Valley Youth Hockey is a Tier II association based at Onondaga Nation Arena and Meachem Rink in Syracuse, NY.

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Valley Policy Reminder --
Starting 9/1/16, no player can take the ice (practice, games, preseason or regular season) without first being registered with both VYHA and USA Hockey. Last season's USA Hockey registration expired on 8/31/16.
Paying your travel deposit does not register you.  You must still register your player for the season separately although the deposit will be counted toward your player’s registration fee. If your player is not yet registered, please register online HERE.


Valley Links and Info for Coaches and Managers

Coach & Manager Dashboard

How refs get assigned for Valley games.

How to use the projector in the Elders Room at Onondaga Nation Arena

You can call Onondaga Nation Arena to book the Elders Room if you'd like to review game videos with your team or meet for other reasons. We need to make arrangements to store the VGA cable referenced in this guide at Tsha. For now, if you would like to borrow it, please email . 

Valley also owns a camcorder that can be borrowed by any coach or manager to video games. It only comes with a small table-top type tripod. Email   to borrow it.


Microsoft Word file 2019/2020 coaching form -- The form has all info about requirements to become a Valley coach.

Coach Clinic & Screening Reimbursement Form (PDF file) - send to Jamie Sasenbury at 
(managers may use this form for screening reimbursement)
Coach Clinic & Screening Reimbursement Form (editable DOC file) - send to Jamie Sasenbury at 
(managers may use this form for screening reimbursement)

Supplemental Ice Online Form - Record the date & times of pre-season or extra in-season ice you book so Valley can track it.

Sales Tax Exemption Form – VYHA is exempt from New York State Sales Tax – Teams traveling out of town lodging  (i.e. Tournaments)  or making large VYHA related expenditures should consider doing this under the VYHA tax exemption to avoid unnecessary payment of sales tax.  In order to avail yourself of this please complete the form available here: 

Team Fund Raising Form – the Board supports team fund raising events to support team activities.  Many businesses require proof of tax exemption or IRS form W-9 from VYHA which can be provide to you team(s) by completing a form on the Web Site (form attached) provide the request is submitted  at least 2 weeks  advance of the event.

Team Sponsorship Form - Please use this form when approaching a business to sponsor your individual team.  Make necessary edits to this form to make it personalized to include team name and coach information.

Team Tournament Fee/Lodging Request Form -- Have VYHA make a tournament fee and/or hotel payment on behalf of your team. The benefit of having VYHA do so is that, as a non-profit organization, VYHA is exempt from sales taxes, and taking advantage of this benefit can save your team a significant amount.


2019/2020- referee reimbursement-


All forms to be sent to VYHA (online forms are automatically sent), PO Box 15494, Syracuse, NY 13215, or E-mail to Treasurer, William Sanzone,  .



The New York State Amateur Hockey Association, in compliance with the Affiliate Agreement, employs a policy to screen coaches, on-ice officials and volunteers who have regular, routine or frequent access to minor-age players, whether girls or boys, under the age of 18. This excludes players who are over 18 playing on teams containing under 18 year old players, i.e. 19 & Under Women’s teams. 

In addition, it also requires them to complete the specific USA Hockey SafeSport training program provided by the USOC. Both are valid for a two-year period. 

This year, it is required that all coaches, officials and volunteers be screened and complete SafeSport training prior to participating with their association. These volunteers include:

  • Members of the Association Board of Directors
  • Program Administrators
  • Coaches
  • Team Managers
  • Officials
  • Locker room monitors
  • Team drivers
  • Travel chaperones
  • Anyone with regular, routine or frequent access to youth participants

Background checks shall be reimbursed for all those required to complete them, including managers and board members. Use "Coach Clinic & Screening Reimbursement Form" above to apply.



Association Presidents are required to submit the combined 2016-2017 Screening /SafeSport Certification Forms by October 15th, 2016.  

The screening information below has been updated for the 2016-2017 season:

SafeSport Training Link:

Screening Direct Link >>>


UPDATED ADM RULES -- Affects 6U & 8U (non-compliance affects all tournament bound teams)


NYSAHA (USA Hockey) Coaching Resources -- scroll half-way down page



Volunteer Sign-up

Do you enjoy hounding parents to get them to help with the clock, the penalty booth, etc.? Make your life easier by setting a certain number of hours or "volunteer opportunities" each family is responsible for and listing them on the Volunteer Manager page.

Parents can view the job list and sign up for the ones that work best for their schedules. 

The page can be viewed by looking for "Volunteer Sign-up" under the "News & Info" tab.  


 All coaches and team managers have the ability to list jobs here and to track them. Just sign in and click on "Options". The help manual is here:

Valley App
The new app integrates schedules for families with more than one player and includes a new team messaging feature ("Team Chat") that may be very useful for your team communications. Get it HERE.