Dear Friends of Rochester Youth Hockey:
We hope that you are looking forward to the 2014-2015 season!
Program Focus: This program is designed to introduce children to the sport of hockey while developing skating and puck handling skills (such as passing, receiving, and shooting). There is also an emphasis on learning about hockey and having fun in a team-oriented environment.
The Intro program has 2 sessions. The 1st session begins in mid-October and ends at the end of December and the 2nd session runs from January to the beginning of March. Intro players typically skate two times per week and /or on weekend mornings. Our Intro program is ultimately designed to prepare children for Mite hockey once they reach the appropriate age or skill level to progress into the Mites program.
New players ages 4-8 (birth years 2006 and younger) with no previous hockey experience will register for RYH Intro to hockey. We expect that these players have enough skating skill to move forward on the ice without assistance. (A select few older players, and those who demonstrate sufficient skill, may be invited to join the Mite program no later than early December, if numbers allow). The on-ice sessions will feature an active clinic-style approach to the practices with lots of hands-on coaching and instruction.
Registration for each session is open all year. The Intro program is designed so that the youngest players can spend a second season in Intro before moving up to the Mite program; younger players should consider this option.
Player Eligibility: The Intro Hockey program is ideal for players ages 4-8 who can balance and move forward on skates but who have had little or no exposure to ice hockey. We recommend that kids skate in at least one session of Learn to Skate. We also encourage parents of players younger than 5 years to be actively involved on or off-ice to best ensure a good experience for their child. We are happy to discuss the appropriate program for your player at any time before or during the registration process.
The birth years below outline the recommended level of play for 2014/2015: