The main goals of the Tri-County Youth Hockey Initiation program are to teach the fundamentals of skating, stick handling, good sportsmanship, and instill a love of the game. We follow the USA Hockey America Development Model (ADM) for implementing age appropriate practices and skill drills. We encourage you to visit the USA Hockey ADM web site at www.ADMkids.com or www.usahockey.com for more details. Initiation is run on a half-ice. By utilizing smaller ice surfaces, players learn skills and build confidence with the increased repetitions and puck touches.
As a USA Hockey, Empire Amateur Hockey (EAHC), and New York State Amateur Hockey (NYSAH) affiliated program, our volunteer coaches are screened and complete a USA Hockey Coaching Education Program Course. Anyone can request to become a coach and we encourage parents to contact TCYH about becoming one. Coaches and on ice helpers are always needed!
The TCYH Initiation Program is a HOUSE program with all ice sessions occurring at SUNY Brockport with no travel needed. The program is generally geared for players ages 4 through 6. The Initiation Program runs from September through March with approximately 35 hours of total ice time.
All participants are required to have a USA Hockey registration prior to registering with TCYH, (USA Hockey registration is free for players 6 and under, $40 for 7 and older).
In 1976, a small group of Brockport residents wanted to give young people in the area a chance to play organized hockey. Their work, along with efforts of the Brockport Lions, formed Brockport Lions Club Hockey. Over the years, the club grew to encompass many towns from Monroe, Orleans and Genesee Counties. In 1983, the club was incorporated and became Tri-County Youth Hockey, Inc. Today we are proud to say that the league has grown to 24 teams with close to 400 boys and girls ranging in ages from 4 to 17. We have a development program that teaches young players how to skate and introduces them to the basic skills of hockey. There are also house teams, advanced travel teams and an all-girl's team.
The league has been very successful over the years. We have had numerous divisional and state championship teams. While it is great to experience the joys of winning, Tri-County teaches that it is equally important to be gracious with a loss. The league also encourages fun, respect, hard work and team play, with special attention given to player self esteem.
The season begins in mid-September and continues well into March. During the season, there are player clinics, tournaments and year-end playoffs. Additionally, at the end of the year, there is a trophy presentation party for each team.
All of the people involved with our league are volunteers and spend many hours of hard work to make this a fun, learning experience for all players. Be forewarned: hockey is an addicting sport and a great way for the players and families to have fun during the cold winter months.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
The home ice surface for Tri-County Youth Hockey is located at the Tuttle Ice Arena on the campus of SUNY Brockport. All home games and most practice sessions, for both travel and house divisions, are held at this location. However, on rare occasions due to ice availability, these activities might take place at another rink. Parents are notified well in advance so they can make the appropriate arrangements.
WHAT DO I NEED?
Hockey is a contact sport which requires full protective equipment. All players must comply with approved equipment or they will not be allowed to participate in the program.
The following list shows the gear required:
Helmet with facemask
Goaltenders require the following special equipment:
Gloves (catching and stick/blocker)
Chest and stomach protector
The league can provide the special goaltenders equipment for a nominal yearly rental fee.
Additionally, each player will need skates that fit properly and stick(s). The team jerseys and socks will be provided by the league at no additional charge. Finally, bring a good attitude and a willingness to learn and you're ready to go.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The costs cannot be established at this time due to the fluctuating costs associated with ice. The actual cost will be established prior to player registration.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
Player registration begins in May. There are tryouts for the travel teams in March/April and evaluations for the House teams in March. See ice schedules for these times.
MORE QUESTIONS . . .
Thank you for your interest in Tri-County Youth Hockey. We hope that this has answered some of the basic questions that you might have had about the organization. In the event that more information is required, please direct your questions to anyone on the current Executive Board.