Welcome to the East Haven Hockey 2018-2019 tryouts. Our Youth Programs are committed to all the children’s best interests. This is not limited to hockey skills: Our organization works to develop both physical and social skills. For many of the players this may be their first introduction to the concepts of teamwork, dedication and at times, peer pressure. Handled correctly, ice hockey will teach these youngsters many positive and valuable lessons that can last a lifetime. The placement of each player is done in an effort to place them with peers of similar abilities and experiences to enhance their game and practice experience.
We have put together a program that is intended to provide all participants an equal opportunity to demonstrate their hockey skills. Tryouts can be a stressful for both parents and players. A child will usually settle down after being on the ice for a short time, but the sessions are limited; so parents need to control their stress and help keep their children calm so the kids can put their best skate forward in each session.
Arrive 60 minutes prior to tryouts
Player MUST check in before each tryout (LOBBY)
First Check in(Tryout) – Player will be assigned a Number
Number to be worn at each subsequent TRYOUT (please make sure number is visible)
Locker Room Assignments will be issued each day
Commitment (location: East Haven Rink)
At any point a coach may ask a player to commit either during tryouts.
$500.00 Commitment Fee due upon signing (applied to tuition)
Review Commitment Letter and Payment Options in Packet (Club Documents)
*Please know as with most youth sports, what particular team level a player plays at as a 7 to 14 year old rarely affects their later years. In fact, in most cases the relative ability ranking of players in a sport changes greatly over these years, so no single placement for a given season should be, nor is, creating a “destiny” for your child. High School and College rosters of all sports are filled with players who ranged from A to C players in their youth careers. The most critical factor for later years is to still be playing.
The focus and goal of the Learn to Skate curriculum is designed to teach beginner hockey players the fundamentals of skating. Its important for these players to become comfortable on the ice, learn the basic hockey stance, stride, knee bend, use of edges and how to hold a stick before moving into a mite development program curriculum
Mite Development focuses on the continued improvement with skating skills, Edges, skating mechanics and it is where the foundational skills of becoming a hockey player are introduced which makes it a pivotal time in a young players development.