The time has come to prepare for next season! The online registration period (players and goalies) will begin Monday, February 13th and will end Monday, March 6th. You must register before evaluations to be placed on a team next season.
Families looking to register their skater(s) for the 2023-2024 season can go to the www.westfieldhockey.org web-site- from there, click on the "Register Online" selection in the left-hand side navigation bar on the home page.
Registration Process (8U through 14U): In order for a child to register with Westfield Youth Hockey Association, the following items must be completed by March 6th:
1. Select the appropriate level of play below and register online.
** 6U & 8U: birth years 2015 and sooner
Squirts: birth years 2013 & 2014
Peewees: birth years 2011 & 2012
Bantams: birth years 2009 & 2010
** 6u is 3v3 no goalies and play cross ice.
** 8u is 4v4 with goalies and play half ice.
2. Copy of Birth Certificate (If new to WYHA)
3. Jersey’s - Jersey order and payment will be completed at Gateway in the Olympia Ice Arena. There will be a separate communication sent out about this.
4. Payment of WYHA Registration Fees
The following items must be completed by August 15th:
1. USA Hockey Registration
2. Prior monthly payments must also be up to date.
For those who are not familiar with our evaluation process, this is not a "try-out". All registered skaters will be placed on a WYH team . . . no skater will be "cut". The evaluation process allows us to place your skater on the appropriate team with players of comparable skill level. For anyone who is not familiar with the evaluation process, please reach out and we can help answer any questions you may have.
Evaluations will run between Thursday, March 9th and end on Thursday, March 16th. The schedule will be posted on our website. Please consult the website periodically for schedule updates and pay attention to the email blasts that come from the association.
12u – 14u level skaters must choose to evaluate as either Defense or Forward.
***Players who register for 6u next season do not need to take part in evaluations***
Goalie Evaluation Schedule:
This year's goalie evaluations will take place at during the normal player evaluations at Amelia Park. Each child who is registered as a goalie for 10u – 14u will be required to attend each session for the age group that your child will be playing in for the 2023-2024 season.
The cost of registration will be $100. There is not a registration fee for 6U (Novice) players or full-time goalies. As noted, before we do offer a 3rd skater discount of 50% for families with 3 or more players.
Registration fees are due by the first night of your skater's evaluation session. A Westfield Youth Hockey representative will be present to verify that payment has been made. Only credit card payments will be accepted. No cash will be accepted. Registration fees are non-refundable.
The evaluation registration process does not include the USA Hockey registration for the upcoming season. After April 1st, but before the start of your first practice in September you must register your skater online with USA Hockey, a separate $56.50 registration fee. Parents will then need to edit their skater's WYHA record on the website and enter the assigned USA Hockey number.
We'll release the initial rosters by the end of day March 19, 2023.
WYHA will continue with the process of placing more players on the lower teams until final rosters are set, however we will be making these final roster spots earlier than ever. The final roster spots will be announced on March 25, 2023. For this to be possible, WYHA will be collecting a commitment payment that is due by end of day Wednesday, March 22, 2023.
Commitment Payment: The commitment will be as follows for the 2023-2024 season and again, is non-refundable:
8U (Mites) = $300
10U- 14U = $500
**Note: Please understand this is not an additional cost coming from Westfield Youth Hockey, but a necessary adjustment to pay the increasing ice bills**
This allows you, the members, to know which team your player is on earlier and allows teams to begin the process of planning their seasons far in advance to organize fundraisers and build an essential team bond. The early commitment also allows WYHA to purchase the appropriate amount of ice, which helps us control our costs and keep ice bills appropriate.
2023-2024 Ice Payment:
For the 2023-24 season we will go with a monthly payment plan. Once the registration payment and commitment payments are collected, the remaining balance will be broken up into 7 monthly payments. This will run from July 2023 – January 2024. Each payment will be automatically deducted on the 1st of the month. The estimated costs per age level are listed below.
6U: $250 per session
8U: $1475 (This includes the $100 calendar raffle)
10U & 12U: $1750 (This includes the $100 calendar raffle)
14U: $2050 (This includes the $100 calendar raffle)
***Note: the $100 calendar raffle money will be added to your October bill***
***Note: all financials will be reviewed prior to start of the season and if there are any necessary adjustments that need to be made, it will be discussed during that month's board meeting***
Please, note we will offer a 50% discount to all full-time goaltenders in 10U - 14U ages.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.