Western Connecticut Youth Hockey Association
Our goal is to develop great skaters who can become great hockey players and/or to develop each player’s skating skills and hockey skills to their maximum potential.
We are advocates of and incorporate the USA Hockey ADM "American Development Model" into our youth hockey model.
We stress the importance and value of team play.
Skills Sessions: "Power Skating" for Skaters, is an important component of the Western Connecticut Youth Hockey program, therefore there is no additional cost. Skills Sessions are held ~1 evening per week during practice and all players are eligible and expected to attend.
Skills Sessions: "Skills and Drills" for Goalies, under the direction of Pro Crease are an important component of the Western Connecticut Youth Hockey program, therefore there is no additional coast. Skills Sessions are held ~1 evening per week and all Western Connecticut Youth Hockey Players are eligible and expected to attend.
We mandate “good sportsmanship” from the players, coaches, and parents as well as others representing Western.
We recognize children today live very busy lives. We encourage and foster commitment to school, school work and school activities. Good students become smart hockey players and good citizens.
We encourage participation in other sports believing this develops important crossover skills, provides our children with intellectual, social and athletic balance, and a sustainable love of hockey for many years.
Our Season is expected to begin in very early September and extend to the end of February. In recent years, CHC Tournaments and Outside Tournaments have extended into mid March.
Our Season - September through February/March is 26-30 Weeks.
We anticipate providing 2-3 Practice Ice Slots per week averaged over the Season. Practices will be held at Danbury Ice Arena.
We anticipate providing 18-20 Home Game Ice Slots at Danbury Ice Arena. Home game slot times will be consistent and scheduled on both Saturday and Sunday.
Scheduling Games Away is the responsibility of the Team Manager and/or Head Coach. We expect 18-20 Away Games to be scheduled. Away games are played Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Western Youth Hockey funds the CHC State Tournament, as well as one other tournament. Travel expenses are covered by the player and their family.
Western Youth Hockey has commited to the EJEPL. This format will provide 4 away and 4 home games with nonCHC affiliate teams. Two showcases may be attended by teams selected to participate.
8u –cross ice format- MITES
The Mite program plays a Major/ Minor format. Mite games are played in a cross ice format. This is the first introduction to gameplay and is grouped appropriately by age and skill. The target number of games at this level is 30-35. The Mite Major and Minor team will play up to two local tournaments or Jamborees. Roster size objective of 10-12 per team.
Mite Development – This is for the newest player or the player not quite ready to make the move to travel. Your child will practice with their appropriate age/skill group 2x weekly but WILL NOT participate in any officially scheduled gameplay. Reach out to a Western Board member for more information.
10u – SQUIRT
Squirt is played in an A/ B format. The Squirt program is for the player with the desire, passion, understanding, and ability to participate more competitive level of youth hockey. A large family commitment is required at this level of play. A balance of teamwork, sportsmanship, self-confidence, on-ice awareness, and technique is pursued at this level. The objective is to challenge the players through some higher levels of competition. Teams will practice 2 - 3x weekly and may also be introduced to dryland training. The target number of games for this level is 40 to 50 including tournaments. Each of these teams will participate in 2-3 tournaments. Roster size objectives at the Squirt level are 11-13 skaters and two goalies per team.
12u – PEEWEE
The Pee Wee program is A/ B Format. Peewee hokey is for the player with the desire, passion, understanding, and ability to participate at the most competitive level of youth hockey. A large family commitment is required at this level of play. A balance of teamwork, sportsmanship, self-confidence, on-ice awareness, and technique is pursued at this level. The objective is to challenge the players through some higher levels of competition. Teams will practice 2- 3x weekly and may also include dryland training. The target number of games for this level is 40 to 50 including tournaments. Each of these teams will participate in 2- 3 tournaments. Roster size objectives at the Pee Wee level are 13-15 skaters and 2 goalies per team.
14u – BANTAM ·
The Bantam program will follow an A/ B format. Bantam hockey is for the player with the desire to continue to develop their skills and gameplay while having the desire to play at the next level: be it Midget and/or High School. It is expected that our teams will be highly competitive and passionate as they have progressed to our highest full-season level. The focus at this level is to refine and expand upon the skill and knowledge developed throughout their youth hockey playing experience. The target number of games for this level is 40 to 50 including tournaments. Each of these teams will participate in a minimum of2- 3 area tournaments. Roster size objectives at the Bantam level are 16-18 skaters and 2 goalies per team.
USA Hockey Age Classifications for 2022/2023 Season
- 8u – Mite: Birth year 2014 and under
- 10u – Squirt: Birth year 2012-2013
- 12u – Pee Wee: Birth year 2011-2010
- 14u – Bantam: Birth year 2008/2009
To be considered for any Western team it is expected that you will make the scheduled evaluations for your age group. A full copy of placement guidelines is available on our website. If you are unable to attend evaluations please register for tryouts and notify the registrar in writing prior to the scheduled date. Please understand that the Organization reserves the right to construct and populate our intended team rosters based on participant numbers and will do so in the best interest of the young athletes, this will be done based on committed players and skill levels.
In an effort to continue to grow the game and our program and thanks to our continued commitment to fundraising Western is able to offer reasonable tuition rates for the 22-23 season.
Tuition for the 2022-2023 Season
Mite Development $1,000.00 (Practice only – NO gameplay)
All Mites - $1,800
All Squirt Teams - $3,300 Squirt Goalies - $1,850
All PeeWee Teams - $3,400 PeeWee Goalies - $1,900
All Bantam Teams - $3,500 Bantam Goalies - $1,950
All Midget - 1,700 Midget Goalies- 1,000
Additional expenses will apply for annual USAH Registration, any overnight tournament accommodations, uniforms - if you are in need of new or replacement, Western Wear - if you choose to purchase, Individual and team photos of your player - if you choose to purchase.
All programing dates such as Tournaments and Picture Day cannot be scheduled until late August and will be released when booked and confirmed.