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Welcome to OYHA!

Understanding the Lingo

We are the Ozaukee Youth Hockey Association (OYHA). We're here to help you figure out where to start! 

When trying to register your player, we know some of the lingo can be tough to understand and knowing where to start can be a challenge. Refer to this page & our Registration Tab to figure out where to begin! 

If you have questions, feel free to contact our Youth Hockey Committee Chair at committeechair@ozaukeehockey.com OR find the contact information for the OYHA Committee members here to get a quick response to your question.

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 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 Moms and Dads to make sure you have a great experience.

Where to Start:

Are you a first-time hockey player?

If you are a first-time skater/hockey player, you have 3 beginner programs to choose from:

Learn to Play (Ages 3-8 years)

  • For first-time hockey players
  • No previous skating experience required
  • For more information, please visit the Learn to Play page

Ice CHIPS (Ages 9-14 years)

  • Ice CHIPS is a program for any first-time player. 
  • OYHA strongly recommends players complete a learn to skate program before joining Ice CHIPS
  • For more information about Ice CHIPS, please visit the Ice CHIPS page.

Learn to Skate (Ages 4 and Older)

  • Learn to Skate is NOT an OYHA program. The Ozaukee Ice Center offers skating lessons through Learn to Skate USA. For more information, visit the Learn to Skate page

 

Have you played hockey before?

Our levels offered at OYHA (Birth Years Listed Accurate as of 2024/2025 season):

Hockey levels are based on the birth year of your child.

 

Learn to Play

(Formerly Mini Mites)

Birth years 2018 or younger

6U 

Co-Ed & Girls

(Having completed Learned to play previously)

Birth years 2018 or younger

8U

 (Formerly Mites) Co-Ed & Girls

Birth years 2016-17

10U

 (Formerly Squirts) Co-Ed & Girls

Birth years 2014-15

12U

(Formerly PeeWee) Co-Ed & Girls 

Birth years 2012-13

14U

(Formerly Bantams) Co-Ed & Girls

Birth year 2010-11 (players who are Freshmen in High School have a choice to either play 14U or H.S. but cannot play both)

 

About OYHA:

Below you will find a list of contacts for any questions you may about OYHA and our activities both on and off ice.

The OYHA 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.

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.

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 families.