It’s that time of year again and we are excited to open WFHA registration for the 2019-2020 hockey season on Monday, July 1st. The upcoming season brings some new and exciting announcements.
In an effort to improve our hockey program for our players, we are implementing some new programs to our 2019-2020 season:
Squirt & 10U In-House League
WFHA will be offering all Squirt and 10U players an in-house program to supplement their travel schedules. The in-house league will have 2 tiers (4 teams in tier 1, 6 teams in tier 2) and play an additional 12 games against each other on Sunday nights. This in-house league will also be in addition to the regular season games, at no extra cost, with its own jerseys. These will be similar to the ones the mites and termites use from Play it Again. There are many benefits to having an in-house league and I am excited to share this with everyone at our level meetings in September.
WFHA will be offering a new program for players who wish to continue to play hockey but without the commitment of three practices a week and a full weekend of games. This non-competitive league will be co-ed and a fun way to help us grow the game and try to get as many kids trying out this great game as possible. The Rec league will feature three age groups, have four practices throughout the course of the season and play games on Saturday mornings. We are still working with Fargo and Moorhead to put this league together so please look for that registration soon if you think this is a good route for your family/player.
Bantam AA & Peewee AA Teams
We are offering AA teams for our top players in an effort to have them playing enhanced competition, tournaments and to get the advanced level of training they need from our Association. We had a great informational meeting, with a great turn out, regarding our AA teams in May and we will discuss it further at our level meetings in September.
First Year Free*
To continue to Grow the Game, first year Termites will receive a $150 discount, which makes their first season free!* If it is your first year of hockey at any of the other levels and you are new to USA Hockey, you will also receive a $150 discount.*
*Volunteer and fundraiser requirements are still required for players at every level.
New Stampede Travel Jerseys
For players at the Squirt/10U and above levels, new game jerseys have been ordered for the upcoming season. Thank you for voting on your favorites and I look forward to the big reveal when they come in!
Other Changes and improvements
We are working hard this summer to improve everything from last season. I am making practice templates that teams will follow, all levels will have certain aspects of the game to focus on during the season to ensure they have the right tools in place for their upcoming levels. Coaches will have on-ice meetings, where at least one coach from each team needs to attend, every two weeks to go over new drills/concepts that they need to be working on. We will continue to improve our goalie recruiting and training by implementing Sunday night camps, playing ½ games, goalie mirror and cameras to help them. Also, position specific practices, skating clubs and more.
I can’t wait to get started and look forward to seeing everyone around the rink soon.
West Fargo Hockey Association
West Fargo Hockey has an opportunity to introduce AA hockey into our Association at the PeeWee and Bantam levels. This type of program is an exciting addition to our Association as it allows players at those levels to play within an elite level of competition.
There will be one team each at the PeeWee AA and Bantam AA level. These teams will be more demanding than the other ones at the A, B1 and B levels. Players will adhere to a stricter, more regimented practice and game schedule. There will be more games to play and more tournaments to participate in as well as a much more intense off ice program. Double A hockey also has a considerably higher price tag associated with it.
There will be a PARENTS ONLY, no kids please, informational meeting for guardians of PeeWee and Bantam players that are interested in this new program for the 2019-2020 season. This will take place at Vets 2 on Thursday, May 2 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tryouts, cost, travel, tournaments, leagues and coaches are among the items to be discussed, as well as any other questions you may have. We appreciate your interest and look forward to seeing you next week!
There is a great opportunity for hockey treadmill and stride conditioning from local instructor, Zachery Boor.
Zach is from Fargo and played hockey for Davies High School. He has coached PeeWee B1 for West Fargo as well as just graduating college at NDSU. He has previously worked at Sanford running their treadmill and would like to bring his knowledge to WFHA this year.
Benefits from treadmill training and stride conditioning include:
The treadmill training program will be level specific and open to boys and girls of all ages. At the lower level tiers it will start out with proper form, arm movement and returning strides to the body properly. For higher tiers Zach will focus on acceleration, resistance training and top-end speed. This is all done while using proper form. Each session will be tailored to the specific needs of the player.
Now the details:
-Please contact Zach directly for scheduling. He can be reached via email at email@example.com or his phone number is 701-809-5533. Please attempt contact via PHONE first.
-Players will want to bring skates, helmet, gloves and stick.
-Sessions will be 30 minutes long, unless scheduled with Zach otherwise.
Pricing structure will be as follows:
1 Session: $28 5 Sessions: $115 10 Sessions $220
Checks need to be made to WFHA
The hockey treadmill is located upstairs at Vets 2. If you've never been up there, there are shooting tarps available to shoot at if your player would like to get some shots in towards the 10k Puck Challenge over the summer!! Come in early, stay after your session or meet a friend up there!!