Is the sport of hockey safe for my child?
Yes. Hockey players wear more protective equipment than any other sport. A study has shown that ice hockey injuries ranked after both basketball and soccer in emergency room visits related to sport and recreational activities. Youth hockey is a different game than the NHL. With a different set of rules in place, youth hockey places a stronger emphasis on sportsmanship and friendly competition. Contact is not allowed prior to the 14U level (age 13 & 14). At Bantams, checking is allowed but NO fighting.
Source: USA Hockey
Why is hockey so expensive?
Most of the costs associated with hockey are related to ice time. Ice is expensive to produce and maintain and therefore renting sheets of ice can be spendy. However the hockey season is typically much longer than most other youth sports so for the cost players are getting significantly more play time than other sports. The hockey seasons runs from October - March which is 5 months of play, where as baseball/softball is typically 2-3 months, basketball is about 3 months, football is about 2 months. Other youth activities with longer seasons like dance and martial arts are typically as costly or more so than hockey. We always have fundraising options to help families reduce their costs and scholarships are available as well.
Is there a big volunteer committment?
Like all other youth sports we do require families to volunteer. Volunteering helps lower costs for everyone. The amount of volunteer hours varies from season to season and will be determined based on registration and scheduling.
Is there a lot of travel with hockey?
At SYHA we typically play teams within the greater Madison area including Janesville, Oregon, McFarland, Sun Prairie, Verona, Madison, Waunakee, and occasionally will play in Monroe and Dodgeville. Generally half of the games are home games and half are away depending on which age level. Each team will also typically particpate in 1-3 tournaments per year. We try to schedule one tournament close by and/or in Stoughton and the older teams will typically do one weekend tournament farther away that is always a fun bonding experience for the players and families.