Letter of Commitment: 2015-16 Travel Hockey Season
Dear NCWC Travel Hockey Families:
The Hockey Policy Committee (HPC) needs for all current and future Winter Club TRAVEL hockey players to let us know about their plans for the 2015-16 season, so that we can plan for next season.
As in past years, we are asking all Winter Club Travel Hockey players to register for next season and sign a Letter of Commitment. Most, if not all, travel hockey programs in our area have a similar policy and it is a vital tool for the HPC to purchase ice, secure coaches and generally prepare for the season.
The Letter of Commitment will be executed in electronic form during the Registration process and is a binding obligation of the player. Please be sure to read the Letter of Commitment in its entirety and by executing this Letter of Commitment, the player and his/her family agree, among other things, to the following terms and conditions:
·We agree to remain with the NCWC for the duration of the 2015-16 season and we agree to pay the full season financial obligation as set forth by the NCWC, a Connecticut Hockey Conference member program.
·We understand and accept that player must obtain a proper Connecticut Hockey Conference release from the New Canaan Winter Club prior to registering with any new program in any ensuing season.
·We, the undersigned player and parents/legal guardians further understand that this Letter of Commitment may only be terminated by mutual consent between the NCWC and player. Upon such mutual consent, and payment of any outstanding obligations, the NCWC will issue a proper Connecticut Hockey Conference Release and the player may transfer to another program.
****As part of the Registration, a $250 non-refundable charge will be applied to your NCWC account for each child whom you register. This registration charge will be credited against your hockey fees for the 2015-16 season.****
Registration timing and procedures. Each returning and new prospective TRAVEL players must register ONLINE. The Registration process will begin on Monday, March 30, 2015 and will end on Friday, April 10, 2015. Those players who do not register by April 10, 2015 will go on a wait list for tryouts and will be invited to tryouts only with the consent of the HPC.
You can find your child’s respective age group under the REGISTER NOW button (upper right side of home page) on our Club’s homepage and follow the easy instructions for completing this process. It should take you less than 2-3 minutes for each child, who intends to play travel hockey next year. This is a very easy task and will benefit the entire Club as we begin the planning process for next season. ***Please make sure that you LOG IN using the same email address and password that you used at the beginning of the season to register you and your family within the Winter Club’s database. If you forgot your password, please enter your LOG IN email, leave the password section BLANK, and hit Submit. Your password will be immediately emailed to you. Also, you do not need to register for a new USAH number as your USAH number from the 2014-15 is still good in the system.
For example, please press the REGISTER NOWbutton for each of your children as it relates to the Winter Club TRAVEL hockey programs for next year. If you have three children, please follow these steps:
Child One: Billy Trottier – birth year 2007
·Click on Mites Birth Years 2007-2009 Hockey Players (Boys & Girls)
·Find Billy’s name & click on his name
·Double check that all of the Participant Information is correct & click Submit
·Fill in the section to add any comments (e.g., Billy is a goalie or Billy may play HS hockey if he makes varsity) or leave blank then click Submit Information
·Click Return Back to Registration and you are finished unless you have other children to register.
Child Two: Dennis Trottier – birth year 2005
·Click on Squirts (2015-16) Letter of Commitment and follow the same steps that you completed above.
Child Three: Mike Trottier – birth year 2002
·Click on Bantams (2015-16) Letter of Commitment and follow the same steps that you completed above.
IF YOUR DAUGHTER IS GOING TO TRY OUT FOR THE U12 & U14 ICE CATS (2001-2004), we do NOT need you to complete a Letter of Commitment for her on the Winter Club’s website.
IF YOUR DAUGHTER IS GOING TO TRY OUT FOR THE U10 ICE CATS (2005-2006), we DO need you to complete a Letter of Commitment for her on the Winter Club’s website. Please click on the Squirts/U10 Ice Cats Letter of Commitment. If your daughter makes the Ice Cats U10A or U10B in September, we will release her from her Letter of Commiment.
We understand that sometimes these decisions can be complicated, especially months before tryouts. Please be as forthright and detailed as you can in the sections that are provided after you submit each child’s Participant’s Information form via the registration process. If you do not need to add any color about your particular child, then leave this section blank.
Once again, the deadline for registration is Friday, April 10. If you encounter any issues with registration, please email the Registrar at
As we look back at this past season and look ahead to next, our girls hockey program is thriving and has become one of the premier and most popular programs in the state. Our teams continue to enjoy on-ice success with the U-12a and U14a Ice Cats teams winning the Tier II CT State Championships. Both teams are heading to Auburn Maine to participate in the New England Regional tournament next week.
While on-ice success is nice, most importantly we are providing more and more opportunities for our young female athletes to play hockey. Our mission is to provide an environment that helps foster our girls’ love of the game.
With this mission in mind, we are excited to announce that for the 2015-16 season, the CT Ice Cats (joint program between DYHA and the NCWC) will be expanded from the U12 and U14 levels only, to all age levels from U8 to U16/U19. This change will bring stability for the girls program from the youngest of our players through our high school athletes, will provide additional opportunities for girls at every age level and will bring uniformity to our offering.
Looking ahead to the 2015-16 season, we will deliver on our stated mission with teams ranging from U8 thru U16/U19. The coaching staffs will be announced shortly through a posting on our websites and will be filled from a pool of highly experienced paid and volunteer coaches.
The following provides a brief overview of each team:
U19/U16 (2000-1996 birth years):
Given the commitment to other hockey teams by the vast majority of girls in this age group and the non-declared status of the U19 the last two years, we are in the process of reevaluating our offer at this level and will provide more details prior to tryouts.
U14 CT Ice Cats (2001-2002 birth years):
We will once again field two teams at this level – U14a and U14b. Both teams will play a similar schedule as this past season, with approximately two practices and two games per week with several tournaments (2-3) outside of the State, Regional and National (if applicable) tournaments throughout the year. The U14a team will remain a Tier II State/Regional/National Tournament bound team playing in the CHC. The U14b team will play in the CGHL and participate in their season ending tournament.
U12 CT Ice Cats (2003-2004 birth years):
As the popularity of our program continues to grow we are continually looking at the structure of our program and the subsequent opportunities we can provide our female players. Given the significant increase in players at the U12 age group, we are planning on offering three (3) teams again next season. We will continue to offer a U12a and U12b team. Both teams will play a similar schedule as this past season, with approximately two practices and two games per week with several tournaments (2-3) outside of the State and Regional (if applicable) tournaments throughout the year. The U12a team will remain a Tier II State/Regional Tournament bound team playing in the CHC. The U12b team will play in the CGHL and participate in their season ending tournament. Once again we are planning on offering a third U12 team. While the goal is to make this a full season travel team, the final determination of team structure (full travel vs. supplemental) will be made once returning player registration numbers are assessed to ensure its viability and will be communicated prior to Spring tryouts.
U10 (2005-2006 birth years):
We will field two (2) teams at this level – U10a and U10b. Both teams will be full season travel teams playing a similar schedule as the other Ice Cats travel teams (approximately 2 practices and 2 games per week) with several (2-3) tournaments throughout the year. Both teams will be entered into the Open Division of CHC and will participate in the end of season State tournament. Tryouts for this team will be held in the Fall.
U8 (2007-2008 birth years):
We will also offer a girls U8 team for our mite aged female players who are not already playing on full season Mite travel teams. The U8 program is supplemental to our girls’ participation in the DYHA and NCWC house programs. It is intended to aid in the development of our young female hockey players in a lower key, fun environment in an all girls setting. This is a developmental team with an emphasis on skill development and fostering their love of the game. Our goal is to be as inclusive as possible and as such we will have a larger roster. The season will start in early November after the conclusion of Fall sports. The schedule will be comprised of several practices per month and approximately 10-12 games over the course of the season.