We hope everyone had a great summer and are looking forward to another great season of New Canaan Winter Club Travel Hockey. With tryouts fast approaching, we wanted to provide a brief overview of our program for the upcoming season.
First, registration and interest in travel hockey at the NCWC has never been higher. Our philosophy remains consistent – we want our top “A” teams to compete at the highest Tier 2 level in our region and our A1/B/C teams to compete at a skill appropriate level within the Connecticut Hockey Conference. As most of you know, our program has grown considerably during the past several years and we have been able to provide travel hockey opportunities for more Members than ever. This season is no different - we expect to have 3 full travel teams at the Mite level (in addition to the expanded Mite Development program), 3 squirt travel teams, 3 Pee Wee teams and 2 Bantam teams. As in past years, we have more players than spots, so we will not be able to offer a spot for every player who has registered for travel hockey but we will do our best to minimize the number of players who do not make a team.
Every tryout will have 2-3 on ice coaches and 4-5 off ice evaluators assessing your child’s capabilities. Our goal is to find the right spot for your child for the upcoming season. While there will inevitably be difficult decisions and some disappointed players, we have developed a very rigorous tryout process, which includes input from many different coaches. We expect to post teams within 48 hours post tryouts and once team selections are posted, there will be no changes to the roster.
Ice Time and Coaching. As many of you may have heard through the local grapevine, the NCWC has entered into a long-term arrangement with Darien Ice Rink which will guarantee that our program has plenty of ice to operate our program for years to come. You will receive more information on this initiative under separate cover, but in the short term, we will have more indoor practice at Darien and reduced indoor practice at Ridgefield Winter Garden.
On the coaching front, we have a great coaching staff returning from last year and have added some very talented new coaches to the mix. We have great confidence that your child will develop not only as a hockey player but also as a person. We have also hired a full time goalie coach, Michael Mammone, who worked with our Bantam A1 and Squirt A1 teams last year. Michael brings a wealth of goalie experience, and a very exciting curriculum to our Club to develop our goalies even further. He will be working with our Club Goalie Coordinator Scott Chaisson to roll this program out shortly after tryouts.
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A few housekeeping items to make you all aware of as we approach the Labor Day weekend:
Tryout times. Please note the following times/locations for our pre-tryout warm up skates and tryouts on our website. IMPORTANT - NOTE THE CHANGES TO THE TRYOUT SLOTS ON SUNDAY 9/13. Instructions for tryouts will be sent under separate cover.
Finances/Past Due Balances. All past due balances must be made current in order for your child to attend our tryouts. Please contact the NCWC Treasurer if you have any questions or issues with your account.
Lake Placid. For certain teams, LP weekend is November 5-8.
Volunteers Needed!The NCWC is a Member run Club and our strong group of volunteers contributes to the smooth functioning of our program. Most of these positions do not require a lot of time and we particularly need volunteers as Team Managers, Schedulers, Social Coordinators, etc. so please consider helping out this coming season.
Good luck and look forward to seeing you at the rink.
U10 Ice Cats Tryouts: Monday, Aug. 31!!! ***Please Read***
U10 Ice Cats’ Parents,
As a final reminder, below is the documentation that you need to bring to your daughter's first day of tryouts on Monday, August 31 for U10 Ice Cats tryouts next week. Please arrive 45 minutes prior to the start of your daughter’s scheduled U10 tryout session to complete the Check In process.
PLEASE COMPLETE THIS INFORMATION BEFORE YOU ARRIVE AT THE RINK.
1. Three (3) checks made out to DYHA for the following amounts per each player:
$150 (cashed immediately). This is your daugher’s fee for tryouts.
$990 (Registration Fee: cashed if your daughter makes a team) If your daughter is not assigned to an Ice Cats team, your check will be destroyed.
$2300 (Travel Supplement: cashed if your daughter makes a team). If your daughter does not make an Ice Cats team, your check will be destroyed. AS SOON AS WE KNOW THIS AMOUNT, WE WILL UPDATE THIS INFORMATION.
**If you have multiple children, please complete separate checks for each of your children. This helps ensure that our accounting remains completely accurate.
2. A COPY of your new daughter’s NEW USA Hockey registration number for the 2015-16 season that you will give to the DYHA Registrar. Please go to www.usahockeyregistration.com to get a copy of this USAH number since your already had one to register on the Winter Club's website. Your printed copy will be proof that you signed the USA Hockey Waiver of Liability. This USAH number is 9 digits long and has the first five letters of your last name in it. The fourth digit is a 6 which indicates that you have registered for the correct season. Do not misplace this number as you will need it to register on the DYHA website after the rosters are posted.
These DYHA/USAH forms for Steps 3-5 can be found by accessing the “Travel Tryouts” tab on the left hand vertical menu of www.dyha.com and clicking on “What To Bring.”
Here is what to expect during tryouts:
During Check In, your daughter will be given a jersey to wear during all three tryout sessions. You will return this jersey at the end of tryouts.
After the U10 sessions on Monday and Wednesday, the players will be divided into two groups and told when to report on Friday for tryouts via a posting on the DYHA homepage.
Rosters will be announced during the week of September 7 and posted on the DYHA homepage.
Once rosters are announced, you will have 24 hours to register/sign up on the DYHA website to secure your spot for the upcoming season. Instructions for these procedures will be emailed to you once rosters are posted.
An independent group of paid Ice Cats coaches will be responsible for selecting all of these teams, including Sean Hurley.
NCWC Mite Development Program - Additional Information
NCWC Mite Parents:
Please note that if you have registered your child to try out for NCWC Mite travel hockey, you do NOT need to register your player for the Mite Development Program (MDP). If your child does not make one of our three Mite aged travel teams, he/she will automatically be enrolled in the full season MDP.
Please also note that we expect program fees for the full season MDP to be $900 and Winter Season MDP to be $600. These fees are estimates based on expected participation rates and may change if our projected numbers do not materialize. As always, we do our best to manage program fees on behalf of our fellow Members.
If you haven't registered your child, but intend to, just a friendly reminder that Registration ends Friday, 9/4.
Mite Development Program (MDP): Registration is Open
As we announced on July 27, we will be offering two (2) new choices this season for our hockey players who have traditionally played in our Junior House League (JHL) program. Thus, please review your two (2) options below and register for one (1) of these programs before COB Friday, September 4.
Your child can only participate in one of these programs and you cannot signup for both.
A late fee of $250 will be assessed after September 4. Our season will start much earlier than it has it past seasons so we need everyone who has a 2007-2011 hockey player to register immediately so that we can plan accordingly.
Full season Mite Development Program – Open to players with 2007/2008/2009 birth years (select squirt age players who are new to hockey may also apply – please email me directly if interested). Program will begin in late September (following conclusion of Mite Travel tryouts) and conclude at the end of February (following merger with Winter Session). Fall session will be focused on hockey skills / skating development via American Development Model (ADM) – see July 27 email on MDP. Weekday sessions will be managed by our skilled travel coaches while weekend session will be run by parent volunteers. We will merge the group with Winter Session additions at NCWC opening. PROGRAM WILL INCLUDE 2 PRACTICES/WEEK AND 2 CROSS ICE GAMES PER WEEKEND.
Winter Session – open to all ages (2007/2008/2009/2010/2011). As outlined in email from late July, this program will focus on skill development (2x weekly)with additional cross ice games (1x). We are targeting one weekday practice and two weekend sessions (Saturday skills, Sunday games). Players will be divided by age / skill for practice sessions. We will merge the Winter session with the Full season in November so players do not need to enroll in Fall in order to play with older players registered in Fall session. PROGRAM WILL INCLUDE 3 ICE SESSIONS (PRACTICE AND CROSS ICE GAMES) DURING THE COURSE OF THE SEASON.
The WINTER SEASON REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO CHILDREN BORN ON OR BEFORE 11/1/2011 AND WHO HAVE SOME SKATING EXPERIENCE.
In addition, we are looking at possibly adding cross ice games with other local youth hockey organizations for our older players as the year progresses as a supplement to the existing program. We will have more information about jerseys, equipment and parent volunteers as we get closer to our first session in the coming weeks.
If you have any questions about this new program, please email Mark Sproule at
Please follow the following four (4) steps to register your Mite Development Program (MDP) Players for both General Registration and their respective MDP program (FULL SEASON or WINTER SEASON) at the New Canaan Winter Club. This process looks more intimidating than it really is and the following steps have been provided to make the process an easier one for you. Please follow these steps precisely as they will save all of us a lot of time.
Go to www.usahockeyregistration.com and register each hockey player/coach in your family with USA Hockey that will be playing MDP. Please make sure you register your player(s) by clicking "Ice Players and Coaches.” Each player will receive a code that has nine (9) numbers and the first five (5) letters of their last name in it. It is suggested that you print out the USA Hockey registration confirmation (complete with number and barcode) for your records. At a minimum, please write down your USA Hockey confirmation number for each child and keep this information available for completing Step 4 in the Winter Club’s registration process. You will need to pay the $47.50/player USA Hockey registration fee (Including $7.50 for the CHC) via credit card. Children under the age of 6 are free but they must still be registered.
The fourth digit in your USA Hockey number must be a 6. This indicates you are submitting a current registration for the 2015-16 season.
Please print out and complete the NCWC Consent to Treat and Waiver of Liability form (one per family), which is found on the Documents tab on the home page of the NCWC website. Mail this signed form to:
% Annie Watson
905 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT 06840
***Please note that we WILL NOT require a USA Hockey Consent To Treat/Medical History Form (one per player) to be completed until after final team rosters are announced. Team Managers will collect these forms from each of their players as soon as the new season has begun.***
Register all family members for General Registration 2015-2016, who intend to skate at the Winter Club at anytime during the season, including general skating.
Log in by entering email address and your password; if you do not remember your password, then just type in your email address and hit submit. Your password will be automatically sent to your email address. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE REGISTERING BY USING THE EMAIL ADDRESS THAT YOU SENT TO THE WINTER CLUB WHEN YOU FIRST JOINED THE CLUB. DO NOT REGISTER USING A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS UNLESS THE WINTER CLUB HAS BEEN NOTIFIED ABOUT YOUR NEW ADDRESS AND HAS IT ON FILE AS YOUR PRIMARY EMAIL ACCOUNT.
Register Parents first as your information will automatically transfer to your children’s account information. Click on each family member's name that you need to register and follow instructions for completing the Emergency Contact information, Code of Conduct, and Consent to Treat and Waiver of Liability form. When you are completing the medical information for each child, please type the word NONE in the appropriate boxes if the particular medical issue does not apply to him or her. If you do not do this, then the system will not register your child. Please repeat this step again for each family member if you have not done so already. Please verify that each family member has been successfully registered by seeing that 2015-2016 General Registration is listed next to or underneath each child’s name.
***It is not necessary to print out Consent to Treat and Waiver of Liability form again as you have already completed this requirement in Step 2.***
Finally, you need to register all skaters for their respective MDP program (FULL SEASON or WINTER SEASON), who intend to skate in this program at the Winter Club.
***Please note that the system is set up so that you must successfully register for General Registration before you can complete this step***
Please follow these steps:
Click on Register Online on the left column.
Click on your child’s respective link: FULL SEASON MDP or WINTER SEASON MDP.
Click on your child's name that you need to register for each respective Travel Hockey program.
Enter your child’s USA Hockey registration number at the bottom of the Participant Information page after you have verified that the information is accurate. The system will not allow you to finalize your registration unless you provide this information.
Double check the information and click submit. USA Hockey instantaneously verifies that you correctly entered a valid USA Hockey number
Once you click submit, you will get an email confirmation that states that your registration is complete.
Congratulations, you are finished with the entire registration process!!!
Registration for all other Winter Clubs programs (Senior House League, Figure Skating, Men’s Hockey, etc…) will be announced at later dates in October and November.
If you have any questions about the registration process, please email the Winter Club’s Registrar at
Registration for our Mite Development Program will begin within the next 24 hours. As a reminder, please see the program description below that was sent to our membership on July 27. Registration instructions will be emailed to everyone.
NCWC Mite Development Program for 2015-16 Season
As many of you are aware, USA Hockey (“USAH”) and the CT Hockey Conference (“CHC”) have overhauled how we train and develop our Mite level hockey players over the past several years with a particular emphasis on skill development using small spaces, more puck touches and small area games. This approach is not unique to hockey as other sports, soccer most notably, are also adopting different development techniques for younger players. Hockey’s adoption of new teaching plans and techniques has been slow within youth organizations – a function of the difficulty / cost of ice time and the legacy of “how I was taught” among many of the experienced volunteer coaches. For those of you with players who have played Mite level hockey during the past several years, you have experienced the increase in cross ice/half ice games and the significant reduction in full ice hockey. In fact, CHC has been one of the few states to allow any full ice hockey for Mite hockey players the past few seasons. Whether we like it or not, we expect 2015-6 will be the last season where Mites can play any full ice hockey during the official CHC regular season.
NCWC is in a unique position given the availability of both ice and coaching talent to re-design our Mite development model to incorporate more of the ideals that the USAH “American Development Model” (“ADM”) has proposed (http://www.admkids.com/about). We have made modest changes to our development model during the past few seasons to our Mite program, most notably, increasing the number of teams and ice time for this age group. By and large, we have a deeper group of skilled young hockey players than ever before at the NCWC but we think we can do an even better job of developing hockey skills for our Mite level players.
Proposed Changes. During 2014-2015 we provided four travel teams (A, A1, B, C) along with JHL I/II. For our upcoming 2015-2016 season, we will be merging the C program (predominantly younger players) with the JHL I/II and expanding the level of coaching / ice for the new “Mite Development Program (MDP).” We believe this change will better utilize our coaching talent, ice time and enhance the progression of our youngest players.
How will our revised Mite program differ from prior years?
Our Mite A, Mite A1 and Mite B teams will also include at least one ADM based practice weekly, and at B level likely to utilize ADM based practices for the full season. As in past years, we expect two practices and two games per week, although we expect (based on our current view of ice availability) to offer an additional skill session for Mite level players during the season (i.e., MORE ICE TIME!!). As in past years, team selection will be primarily skill/maturity, not age, based
JHL and the Mite C will be merged into the MDP
Increase practice / game ratio to 2.5:1 with focus on skills – note practices will include a significant amount of “game” experiences to provide for a fun and competitive environment.
Group players into small (8-9 max players) sub groups by age/grade to enable development at divergent levels of age, ability and maturity.
Begin “season” earlier –2008/2009/2010 MDP players will begin practice in September. 2011 birth year players will begin with NCWC opening.
Increase ice time with added weekday practice managed by our group of professional coaches under oversight of MDP administrators
Further opportunities throughout the season for select travel “jamborees” with groups of interested kids at other local programs for older players
We are lucky to have Mike Holland, last year’s JHL director, return as head of the MDP. Along with Mike we will add significant additional support including many of our professional travel coaches (Mike Carlucci, Chris Myhro, and others). Coaches will be asked to monitor practice sub groups for development, adjust their specific segment plans to meet needs of each age cohort and be prepared to discuss skill progression mid season with our MDP coordinators.
What won’t change? Importantly, we will continue to push our older and more experienced Mite players and provide an environment where our Mite A, Mite A1 and Mite B teams are expected to compete effectively within CHC, develop the key skills necessary to progress in the game and provide an experience where players ready to matriculate to Squirt level hockey the following season understand the basic structure of a full ice hockey game. We expect you will “feel” fewer changes for our top teams than you will for our younger players, although we will be focusing more practice time to skill development and acquisition. We also want to stress that our travel caliber players will receive MORE ice time than in past seasons as well with expanded focus on skating and skill development. We know this is the correct thing to do for this age level and is a similar approach to those being used by other top programs in our area.
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We believe that USA hockey has built a great base plan for developing players and keeping the focus on fun. We have a unique opportunity to build an ADM model program with the help of our talented group of coaches and parents. We invite parents to spend some time looking at the USA Hockey website which has a large amount of information regarding the methods and logic behind ADM (usahockey.com).
In terms of logistics, we will have specific details out in the next several weeks, but expect Mite tryouts (for A, A1 and B teams) to be after Labor Day. Our MDP will begin following our Mite travel tryouts in September and registration for the MDP will occur in August so keep an eye out for the Registration email.
Please reach out to me directly if you have any questions / concerns.
Mark Sproule, on behalf of the Hockey Policy Committee
The following are the tryout details for all 2007-9 birth year skaters who are trying out for our Mite A, Mite A1 and Mite B travel hockey teams. Due to very high numbers, we have organized the first tryout by birth year in order that we can properly evaluate the players. After this tryout, we will be assign the players to a group based on his/her appropriate skill and maturity level. It is important to note that we have over 60 skaters registered for Mite travel hockey for 3 teams. Those skaters who do not make one of these teams will be assigned to the Club’s Mite Development Program.
More details will follow next week with exact details for tryouts that begin on August 31. We will let you know everything that you need to bring for the first day of tryouts and ensure that everyone is all set from an administrative standpoint.
2015-16 Travel Hockey Coaches: Registration Is Required!
Travel Hockey Coaches,
Please complete these registration steps if you ANTICIPATE that you will be assigned to coach one of the travel hockey teams at Winter Club for the 2015-16 season. For the purpose of this registration, it does not matter which specific team that you will coach. Registration ENDS on August 7.
A $250 LATE FEE will be debited to EACH COACH's Winter Club account that registers after this date.
Please follow the following four (4) steps to register for General Registration and as a Travel HockeyCOACH at the New Canaan Winter Club. Please follow these steps precisely as they will save all of us a lot of time.
1. Go to www.usahockeyregistration.com and register yourself with USA Hockey by clicking on "Ice Players and Coaches.” Each coach will receive a code that has nine (9) numbers and the first five (5) letters of their last name in it. It is suggested that you print out the USA Hockey registration confirmation (complete with number and barcode) for your records. At a minimum, pleasewrite down your USA Hockey confirmation number and keep this information available for completing Step 4 in the Winter Club’s registration process. You will need to pay the $40.00/player USA Hockey registration fee via credit card.
***The fourth digit in your USA Hockey number must be a 6. This indicates you are submitting a current registration for the 2015-16 season.
2. Please print out and complete the NCWC Consent to Treat and Waiver of Liability form (only one per family), which is found on the Documents tab on the home page of the NCWC website (www.ncwinterclub.com). Click on 2015-16 Travel Hockey to find this actual document. Mail this signed form to:
NCWC – Head of House Committee % Annie Watson 905 Silvermine Road New Canaan, CT 06840
***You do not need to complete this step if you or your wife have already submitted this form on behalf of your family during the registration for any of your children for the upcoming travel hockey season. ***
3. Register yourself and all family members for General Registration 2015-2016, who intend to skate at the Winter Club at any time during the season, including general skating.
***If you have already completed this step during the registration period for your children to participate in the upcomiing travel hockey season, you do not need to complete this step again. Please go to Step 4.***
Log in by entering email address and your password; if you do not remember your password, then just type in your email address and hit submit. Your password will be automatically sent to your email address. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE REGISTERING BY USING THE EMAIL ADDRESS THAT YOU SENT TO THE WINTER CLUB’S REGISTRAR WHEN YOU FIRST JOINED THE CLUB. DO NOT REGISTER USING A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS UNLESS THE WINTER CLUB HAS BEEN NOTIFIED ABOUT YOUR NEW ADDRESS AND HAS IT ON FILE AS YOUR PRIMARY EMAIL ACCOUNT.
Register yourself first as your information will automatically transfer to your children’s account information. Click on each family member's name, who will skate at anytime at the Winter Club, that you need to register and follow instructions for completing the Emergency Contact information, Code of Conduct, and Consent to Treat and Waiver of Liability form. When you are completing the medical information for each child, please type the word NONE in the appropriate boxes if the particular medical issue does not apply to him or her. If you do not do this, then the system will not register your child. Please repeat this step again for each family member if you have not done so already. Please verify that each family member has been successfully registered by seeing that 2015-2016 General Registration is listed next to or underneath each child’s name.
***It is not necessary to print out Consent to Treat and Waiver of Liability form again as you have already completed this requirement in Step 2***
4. Finally, you need to register yourself as a Travel Hockey Coach.
***Please note that the system is set up so that you must successfully register for General Registration before you can complete this step***
Please follow these following steps:
Click on Register Online on the left column.
Click on Travel Hockey Coaches
Enter your USA Hockey registration number. Please ensure that you correctly enter this number as the system will immediately reject it if you do not.
Double check the information and click submit. Once you click submit and USA Hockey instantaneously verifies that you correctly entered a valid number, you will be registered as a Travel Hockey Coach.
Congratulations, you are finished with the entire registration process and confirmation emails will be sent to you!!!
If you have any questions, please email the Winter Club’s Registrar at: