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