Registration is now open for the 2014-2015 Hockey Season.
SYHA will be accepting registrations for Mite, Squirts and Peewees,
Bantams should watch for registration information on the Junior Crusaders Youth Hockey site.
SYHA will be running a Co-Op with them again at the Bantam Level only.
The final price for next season should be a slight increase over this year but the final cost will be determined at the Annual General Meeting in late spring. Tryouts will take place at the end of March and beginning of April. More details to follow.
We are still working on the details for next year but we do not expect many changes:
- Tryouts will be run by an independent outside organization
- We expect to continue the fixed weekday practice and a weekend practice based on game schedules
- We expect to offer additional skills sessions like we have in years past
- Games will still be at Northstar with some games potentially in RI for Squirt and Peewees
The registration link can be found here or on the SYHA website under "Register Online" below our "Refund Policy".
If you have questions or suggestions for the next year you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
For the upcoming season we have been working with the Crusaders on the details of the co-op for next season. Based on the numbers for the 2002 and 2003 birth year of the kids who have traditionally played with Shrewsbury Youth Hockey we are bringing the PeeWee level back to SYHA. We started the co-op as we had small numbers for the 2000 and 2001 birth years but we have a healthy number of anticipated PeeWee's so we hope to field 3 PeeWee teams. We are continuing the co-op at the Bantam level as numbers have traditionally dropped at the Bantam level for both organizations and has only resulted in 3 Bantam teams for the past 2 seasons of the co-op. That trend is likely to continue so the co-op for the Bantams seems poised to continue for the foreseeable future.
The Crusaders are in support of this move as it is good for youth hockey in Central Mass to have more viable organizations. It also helps add teams to the NorthStar league and keep that league on solid footing. NorthStar is local and has been a great asset to hockey in Central MA, so we want to support it as best we can. The only other league we could play in is the Valley League, which would require considerable travel and is quite a bit more expensive than NorthStar.
As we have worked it out with the Crusaders, you need to register with SYHA if you are a 2002 birth year player and played for Shrewsbury before the current season. The Crusaders have the list of the players who are Shrewsbury sourced and will direct you back to Shrewsbury if one of those players does register with them.
To highlight some of the things SYHA is offering:
Half Price tuition for full time goalies Skills sessions with Shayne Toporowski's Hockey group Financial help for those coming back who need a new Jersey. Set weekday practice times as we now have additional practice ice at NorthStar. Working with the Crusaders to have our players and theirs play Middle School Hockey together next season.
It is understood that the 2002 birth year players have enjoyed the season with the Crusaders as they have a solid organization with a great group of kids and coaches. We have the numbers to bring the PeeWee's back to SYHA and that will solidify the organization and help keep the cost for all levels at a reasonable price. Mass Hockey also supports this move as Shrewsbury has always been one of the largest programs in district 7 with over 40 years as an independent organization.
The registration and tryout schedule will be posted to the website in a day or two.
This Sunday, October 13th, begins the first of many skills sessions for our mite and squirt teams. This year former professional hockey player and current Holy Cross' Men's Ice Hockey Assistant Coach Shayne Toporowski will be running the Sunday skill sessions. Coach Toporowski's bio as a player and a coach can be found at http://www.eurotopskills.com/About-Shayne.html
Every team will work with Coach Toporowski for 5 Sunday night sessions throughout the year. Coach Toporowski will also lead five practices for every mite and squirt team, teaching our own SYHA coaches his methods, drills, and approach to player development. All of these skill sessions and practices are included at no additional cost. These sessions are a great way for all of our Shrewsbury Youth Hockey players to improve their game!
#1 - Does my son or daughter's team have skills this Sunday October 13th?
Answer: Not every team will be having a skills session every Sunday. To find out if your team is scheduled for skills it will show up in your team's schedule as Skills. This Sunday, October 13th - the Mite 4-Blue, Mite 4-Gold, and Mite 3 teams have skills at 6pm. The Mite 1, Mite 2 Blue, and Mite 2 Gold teams have skills at 7pm.
#2 - If my son or daughter does NOT have skills this Sunday October 13th, when will he or she have it?
Answer: The SYHA scheduler, Chris Shuler, is waiting on the Northstar game schedules to schedule out the Sunday skills sessions for all the teams beyond this October 13th. Keep checking your team's schedule each week and you will see future skill sessions. For those of you who were a mite or squirt last year, the skill sessions are posted the exact same way they were last year
#3 - Where will the Sunday Skill Sessions be held?
Answer: All the skill sessions will be held at Buffone Rink on Lake Ave. So even if your team's regular practice is at the Northstar Rink - your Sunday skill session will be at Buffone. Again, if you check your team's schedule it will say the location of the practice, game, or skills session.
#4 - What is the cost of the Sunday Skill Sessions?
Answer: The Sunday skill sessions are free and included in your child's enrollment fee in SYHA.
SYHA Skills Director
Skills Director SYHA
All schedules can be accessed from the Master Schedule. The website also provides the option to subscribe to a google calendar or iCal feed. The directions are here:
- Select the team you're interested in from the "Teams" dropdown on the top horizontal bar.
- Select "Schedule" from the vertical bar on the left
- There are buttons for the ical or google calendar feed on the top right
Shrewsbury Youth Hockey offers various programs for youths who are interested in learning to skate or play hockey.
Learn To Skate
The learn to skate program offers sessions for young skaters who are new to skating or want to work on their skills. There is no hockey instruction and the only equipment requirements are a helmet and skates. Registration for learn to skate starts August 20th, 2012.
The House League is Shrewsbury Youth Hockey’s Learn to Play Hockey Program. This program teaches basic hockey skills to children ages 4 to 8. The program includes skating and hockey skills instruction and hockey games. No prior skating or hockey experience is required. Full Hockey equipment is needed.
The House League plays cross ice hockey. The rink is separated into three sections, goal line to blue line; and then the other blue line to goal line. Each section of the ice will have children grouped with peers who posess similar skills; Beginner (any skater who has minimal skating experience); Intermediate (skaters with 1-2 years experience) and then Advanced (skaters with more then 2 years of experience.
The program runs from November 2012 through February 2013. It takes place on Saturdays from 8 - 9 am and Sundays from 8:15 to 9:20 am. It runs for 17 weeks. The coaches are parents who are volunteering their time and have hockey experience.
Many of our house league players move on to the Shrewsbury Town teams and play competitive hockey.
SYHA fields town teams which play competitive hockey at Northstar and practice at Buffone Arena in Worcester. The season starts in August and end in April with league playoffs.