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Frequently Asked Questions

 

- How long is the season?

Fall season goes from roughly September to March.

Spring season goes from April till early June

- How much ice time per week?

Team practices / combined practices

Ice Valley programing on Mondays and Fridays

So you player will have the opportunity to have 3 hours of ice time a week included in fees for fall season

For spring season we only have one practice a week

- When will practices generally start?

Starting in September, practices will be on Tuesdays for Mites through Peewee.  Mite and Squirt 6:45-7:45 and Peewees at 8-9. Bantams will be practicing before the High School team on Thursdays at 6:45.

- How much game play will my player get?

The season is roughly 20-30 games. This depends on each team. Our league play is typically 20 games. (pre-tier / post-tier / playoffs) A seeding round and post-seeding season play and playoffs. Tournaments are 3-4 games each and teams may schedule scrimmages on top of all this.

-Will my player get to play?

For Coyotes levels we have a Balance Ice Time (B.I.T.) rule that will require the coaches to try to keep all player ice time fairly close during games.

-Is my player to old to start?

At the KYHC we are a teaching organization. We are here to teach everyone the game of hockey no matter the skill level. 

- Tournament options 

One tournament is included in our fees. Each team has the ability to do more if parents all agree.

Typically we look at tournaments during Thanksgiving, MLK day, and Presidents day holiday weekends. 

What does the coaching staff look like? 

Our Coyotes coaching staff is made up of parent volunteers, some with prior youth playing experience and some that learned the game later in life.  All are subjected to background checks,  coaching training modules and classes.  We continue working with every coach at every level to ensure that we are hitting the right benchmarks in player development. Skate, Skate, Skate, Pass, Pass, Shoot is a big part of what we want to accomplish at every level.

What are the benchmarks my player should be hitting?

Mites: Skating, Skating, Skating. Full stop. We will touch on positioning and passing. If we do not teach the kids to skate and skate well they will always struggle with passing shooting and positioning.

Squirts: Skating better and puck control. This will be more difficult skating and edge work. We will push to include skating with pucks and a little passing as they progress. If you can skate and can skate with a puck passing becomes easy to teach.

Pewee: This is a critical stage. If we have created a good foundation then we should be introducing hitting, fine-tuning passing and shooting, and introducing breakouts and systems.

Bantam: This level will be treated as HS light. Sharing ice on the same night as HS team we hope to allow kids to participate in some skates and further push their skills more competitively.

 

New Player getting started

  1. Your player will need to register with USA hockey, this is a yearly reccuring thing.
  2. We use the team snap website to aid your with communication, team information, and payments for the club
  3. We do have fundraisers throughout the season.  The order sheet ones profits will go back to help pay your hockey fees ( Example - Fannie May, Nothing Bundt cakes, and our annual Ad books).  The in game fundraisers will go to help pay for your player's team extra tournaments or any other team expenses agreed upon by the team ( Examples - Split the pot and chuck a puck).  We are always open and looking for additional fundraising ideas to help offset individual and team costs as well.
  4. All players must provide their own hockey pads and skates.  Helmets, Neck guards, and Mouth guards are required on the ice during all practices and games.