Q: Why is the hockey season so long?
A: Hockey training requires a rink in order to practice or play games and rinks are few and far between compared to athletic fields and gymnasiums. There just isn't enough ice-time to accommodate all the user groups at reasonable hours without extending the season in order to provide enough ice touches to train young players in this exciting skill-intensive sport.
Q: What is the tier status and age grouping all about in youth hockey?
A: USA Hockey is the National Governing Body for the sport of ice hockey in the U. S. (Please consult their Guide Book for a more detailed explanation at http://www.usahockey.com/about_usa_hockey/Annual_Guide.aspx) They divide the sport into three main tiers, each tier represented by teams at various age levels. The tier status is usually selected by the organization and is usually based on enrollment numbers; tier 1 organizations typically have the largest memberships, tier 3 the smaller memberships. The majority of organizations in our District are tier 2 like we are. Tier 1 organizations usually have sufficient enrollment numbers to support "select" teams that compete at the Tier 1 (AAA) level at State and National Tournaments. The top tier 2 teams from each organization compete against other tier 2 teams at the State and National AA level. Non-state bound teams are considered recreational teams. The various age levels in youth hockey are Mite (8U), Squirt (10U), PeeWee (12U), Bantam (14U) and Midget (16U and 18U) and the girls divisions are 12U, 14U, 16U and 19U.
The SYHI Player/Parent Handbook is a document that outlines the policies and proceedures for Saratoga Youth Hockey. It contains information regarding Team & Coach Selection, Tyouts, Volunteer Hour (Snack Bar) policies and proceedures and much more. SYHI encourages all parents to download the Player/Parent Manual and review it prior to each season. Parents can find the answers to most questions with a quick review of the Handbook.