At OYHA our philosophy is simple: the kids come first. Hockey is a great sport which promotes teamwork, character, integrity, the value of hard work, honesty, excellence and fun.
Youth hockey is a lot of fun and creates lifelong friendships for the both players and parents, but being new to the sport can be a little intimidating at times. Not to worry, we are here to help and we have a small army of super friendly hockey Mom’s and Dad’s to make sure you have a great experience.
Where to Start:
If you are new to OYHA you are probably asking, like all parents before you, where do we begin? As parents we need information on where to place your child, practice and game schedules, cost and much more.
Hopefully the following information can answer those questions or point you in the right direction.
Hockey levels are based on the birth year of your child.
Our levels offered at OYHA (Birth Years Listed Accurate as of 2016/17 season):
Learn to Play** (formerly Mini mites) - 2010 or younger
Mites** & Girls 8U - birth years 2008-09
Squirts & Girls 10U - birth years 2006-07
Peewees & Girls 12U - birth years 2004-05
Bantams & Girls 14U - birth year 2002-03 (Bantams / U14 Girls who are Freshmen in High School have a choice to either play Bantams or H.S. but cannot play both)
Ice CHIPs** - a program at OYHA for any player who is new to hockey. It stands for the Children’s Hockey Introductory Program. This is for new players who didn’t get the chance to learn hockey at our Learn to Play level. It is typically for ages 8-14.
** The levels listed above have their own tab on the website for detailed information!
Fee structure is under the Parents tab on the website
Please also consider that, much like other sports, there are potential additional costs for travel, tournaments (for older levels), end of the year parties, and coach & manager gifts.
Practices & Games & Schedule
On average every team practices 2x per week, 50-60 minutes each. Also, coaches may ask for off ice training to be added.
Learn to Play is only on Sat. & Sun. for 45 minutes each session. Ice Chips has a schedule of 1x per week early in the season.
Game by level on average - Mites 15-20 games, Squirts 20-25, Peewees 30-35, Bantams 40-45
Each team will play 1-3 tournaments per year with attempt to only have 1 away tournament. The other tournaments are relatively local within a reasonable driving distance where a hotel stay would not be needed. NOTE: Mini Mite (6U) do not play tournaments. Mite (8U) teams play only 1 tournament per season. For details see the Tournament Limits Policy under the Policies tab.
Schedules will come out in the beginning of the season and will be adjusted slightly throughout the year based on what tournaments the team decides to participate in, swapping ice and other opportunities that come up throughout the season.
Below you will find a list of contacts for any questions you may about OYHA and our activities both on and off ice.
The Youth Hockey Committee oversees all of the operations of Ozaukee Youth Hockey. For information on who is on the committee and ways to contact them CLICK HERE.
When it comes to on-Ice activities, you will want to get to know our Hockey Development Committee, or HDC for short. For information on who is on the committee and ways to contact them, CLICK HERE.
OYHA follows the national lead of USA Hockey and follows the American Developmental Model (ADM) developed by that organization. A major part of that is called “Age-Appropriate Hockey”. The ADM breaks down the proper development of your athlete based on their age. To learn more about that, CLICK HERE.
For information on how OYHA breaks down our players by birth year, what those age groups are called and how your young athlete will progress with OYHA, CLICK HERE.
OYHA is also a part of the Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association or WAHA. WAHA overseas all of Wisconsin’s youth level league play; sets rules for each level of play, organizes State Tournaments and much more. If you want to learn more about them CLICK HERE.
One of the great links on their page is a list of rinks with full addresses for your GPS and a link to the association web sites. CLICK HERE for that.
We hope you and your family have a wonderful experience with OYHA and that you continue to play and enjoy the great sport of hockey long after your days as Ice Dogs and Ice Dog parents.