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THE DYHA TRAVEL TRYOUT PROCESS EXPLAINED
03/25/2017
  There are always questions about the tryout process at...
2017-2018 DYHA TRAVEL TRYOUT SCHEDULE
03/25/2017
DYHA 2017-2018 Travel Team Tryout Schedule DYHA is pleased to...
WHAT TO BRING TO TRYOUTS - Mites to Midgets
03/25/2017
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON WHAT TO BRING TO TRYOUTS CLICK HERE
DYHA ANNOUNCES 2017-2018 COACHING SLATE
03/22/2017
         DYHA is pleased to announce its...
THE BIGGS AWARD - SCHOLARSHIP FOR GRADUATING DHS SENIOR
03/22/2017
This year, as in prior years, DYHA will award a scholarship to a...
DYHA ANNOUNCES NEW MITE TRAVEL PROGRAM STRUCTURE
03/21/2017
DYHA Announcement on Mite Travel Hockey for 2017 - 2018 For the...
DYHA Prayers and Thoughts Go Out to Charlie Capalbo
03/20/2017
The DYHA family sends its prayers and thoughts to long time DYHA...
TRAVEL REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR RETURNING PLAYERS
03/13/2017
Registration for RETURNING PLAYERS who intend to try...
2017-2018 ICE CATS TRYOUT SCHEDULE
03/12/2017
Ice Cats Tryouts Schedule for the 2017-18 Season   The Ice...
 
THE DYHA TRAVEL TRYOUT PROCESS EXPLAINED

 

There are always questions about the tryout process at this time of the year and the DYHA Board would like to provide some transparency into the process to inform our membership as well as help people manage what can be a stressful time.  

As you all know, the DYHA is a closed program. That means that unless a player is attempting to achieve one of the few “non-registered positions” (as outlined on our website) one must be a member of the DYHA to tryout for our travel teams. This is accomplished by either being a returning DYHA player or being invited off the waitlist.

Each age group is led by an non-conflicted Board member responsible for monitoring the tryout process.  This includes, but is not limited to, compiling input from the evaluators to determine selections for split groups (non alphabetical) and selections for final team placement, providing access to prior season evaluations and structuring on ice activity as the tryout progresses.  This Board member also evaluates the players in order to allow him or her to more easily identify possible ranking differences among the evaluators.  Evaluators are most typically DYHA coaches but may include other non conflicted individuals. This year, we have added a ProCrease goalie instructor to each tryout to help us more clearly identify goalie strengths and weaknesses.

Prior to the first tryout (assigned alphabetically), each player is issued a numbered jersey that is used throughout the  process. The Board member is the only person to have the name along with number of the tryout attendees to maintain anonymity of the attendees. Skills presented on the ice are the primary criterion for selection to our travel teams. However, player evaluations from the previous year are used to gain a fuller understanding of the player over the course of a full season related to his/her attitude, attendance and other factors.  The latter factors can indeed become important when two players are of comparable ability. 

After the first few tryouts, the group is broken into two groups for further evaluation. These groups are not fixed and movement between them will occur.  At this point, emphasis moves from skill evaluation to a better understanding of hockey IQ and team play.  Small area and full ice games are incorporated into the sessions. In certain circumstances, we may pair players together or against each other to make comparisons among like skilled candidates.

After the final tryout, the Board member reviews team selections with the evaluators as well as identifies any “outlier” selections, relative to prior season team placement or rankings, that may require further discussion. It is important to note that the evaluators, not the Board member, have final say in team selection. Team selections are presented to the Travel Directors for final review and teams are then posted on the website.  

To claim your players spot on the team, a link to the DYHA Commitment Letter is given and must be signed electronically by the player within 48 hours of the teams being posted. If a player decides not to accept their spot on the team, the travel directors select the next player, from a list of players provided by the evaluators. Players not selected for travel teams are automatically entered into the DYHA House league. 

We hope the above commentary helps you better understand the DYHA tryout process.  We know there is no such thing as a perfect tryout and evaluators do their best to have their team selections accurately and objectively reflect what has taken place on the ice. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions about the DYHA tryout process.

Thank you and good luck at tryouts.


by posted 03/25/2017
2017-2018 DYHA TRAVEL TRYOUT SCHEDULE

DYHA 2017-2018 Travel Team Tryout Schedule

DYHA is pleased to announce tryout dates and times for next years travel teams

*ATTENTION: PLEASE CHECK BACK BEFORE TRYOUTS AS ALPHABETICAL GROUP ASSIGNMENTS MAY SHIFT*

Mite Tryouts (Birth Year's 2009 and 2010)
​26-Mar      Sunday       8:00 AM-9:00 AM           STRW Last Name A-K
​26-Mar      Sunday       9:10 AM-10:10 AM         STRW Last Name L-Z
​28-Mar      Tuesday      5:00 PM-6:00 PM           STRW Group TBD
​28-Mar      Tuesday      6:10 PM-7:10 PM           STRW Group TBD
​30-Mar      Thursday     5:00 PM-6:00 PM           STRW Group TBD
​30-Mar      Thursday     6:10 PM-7:10 PM           STRW Group TBD

Squirt Tryouts    (Birth Year's 2007 and 2008)
26-Mar      Sunday       10:20 AM-11:20 AM       STRW Last Names A-J
​26-Mar      Sunday       11:30 AM-12:30 PM       STRW Last Names K-Z
27-Mar      Monday       4:30 PM-5:30 PM           STRW Last Names K-Z
27-Mar      Monday       5:40 PM-6:40 PM           STRW Last Names A-J
29-Mar      Wednesday  4:30 PM-5:30 PM           STRW Group TBD
29-Mar      Wednesday  5:40 PM-6:40 PM           STRW Group TBD
31-Mar      Friday         4:30 PM-5:30 PM            STRW Group TBD
31-Mar      Friday         5:40 PM-6:40 PM            STRW Group TBD

Pee Wee Tryouts    (Birth Year's 2005 and 2006)
26-Mar     Sunday           12:40 PM-1:40 PM      STRW Last Name A-K
​26-Mar     Sunday           1:50 PM-2:50 PM        STRW Last Name L-Z
​27-Mar     Monday           6:50 PM-7:50 PM        STRW Last Name L-Z
​27-Mar     Monday           8:00 PM-9:00 PM        STRW Last Name A-K

29-Mar     Wednesday      6:50 PM-7:50 PM       STRW Group TBD
​29-Mar     Wednesday      8:00 PM-9:00 PM       STRW Group TBD
​31-Mar     Friday             6:50 PM-7:50 PM        STRW Group TBD
​31-Mar     Friday             8:00 PM-9:00 PM        STRW Group TBD

Bantam Tryouts   (Birth Year's 2003 and 2004)
​26-Mar    Sunday           5:20 PM-6:20 PM         STRW Last Name A-G
​26-Mar    Sunday           6:30 PM-7:30 PM         STRW Last Name H-Z
​28-Mar    Tuesday          7:00 PM-8:00 PM         STRE Group TBD
​28-Mar    Tuesday          8:10 PM-9:10 PM         STRE Group TBD
​30-Mar    Thursday         7:20 PM-8:20 PM         STRW Group TBD
​30-Mar    Thursday         8:30 PM-9:30 PM         STRW Group TBD

Midget Tryouts
​26-Mar    Sunday           3:00 PM-4:00 PM         STRW 2001 and 2002 Birth Year's
​26-Mar    Sunday           4:10 PM-5:10 PM         STRW 2000 Birth Year and older
​28-Mar    Tuesday          7:20 PM-8:20 PM         STRW 2001 and 2002 Birth Year's
28-Mar    Tuesday          8:30 PM-9:30 PM         STRW 2000 Birth Year and older
​30-Mar    Thursday         5:45 PM-6:45 PM         Sono 2001 and 2002 Birth Year's
​30-Mar    Thursday         6:55 PM-7:55 PM         Sono 2000 Birth Year and older 


RINK ABBREVIATIONS
STRW       Stamford Twin Rinks West
STRE        Stamford Twin Rinks East
Sono        Sono Ice House

 

 

 


by posted 03/25/2017
WHAT TO BRING TO TRYOUTS - Mites to Midgets

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON WHAT TO BRING TO TRYOUTS

CLICK HERE


by posted 03/25/2017
DYHA ANNOUNCES 2017-2018 COACHING SLATE

         DYHA is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 Coaching Slate

Mite A...................................Mark Wilhelm

Mite A1.................................Kevin Erving

Mite B - Blue..........................TBD

Mite B - White........................TBD

Squirt A.................................Rosario Mallozzi/Nick Taylor

Squirt A1...............................TBD

Squirt B.................................TBD

PeeWee A...............................Pat Gore/Asst TBD

PeeWee A1.............................Buzz Olson/John O'Neil

PeeWee B...............................Bob Mazzone/Asst TBD

Bantam A...............................Mike Cioffi/Tucker Grose

Bantam A1..............................Kevin and Brian Williams

Bantam B................................Mike Carrano

Midget Major............................Mark Wilhelm/Mike Carrano

Midget Minor Blue.....................Matt Stack/Pat Gore

Midget Minor White...................Paul Hammer/Buzz Olson

 


by posted 03/22/2017
THE BIGGS AWARD - SCHOLARSHIP FOR GRADUATING DHS SENIOR

This year, as in prior years, DYHA will award a scholarship to a graduating Darien High School senior who has participated in the DYHA program. Named in memory of Darien High School student Todd Copeland Biggs, and funded by Friends of DYHA, please see the attached letter for additional information: The Biggs Award


by posted 03/22/2017
DYHA ANNOUNCES NEW MITE TRAVEL PROGRAM STRUCTURE

DYHA Announcement on Mite Travel Hockey for 2017 - 2018

For the upcoming 2017-2018 hockey season, USA Hockey has declared that there will no longer be a six full-ice game exemption for Mites in New England. This exemption had allowed the DYHA to combine a 1/2 ice experience for the beginning of the season with 6 full ice games after the start of the New Year as well as one tournament before the end of the CHC season.

With the elimination of this exemption all CHC Mite teams will now play their entire schedule as 1/2 ice sessions in 2017-2018.  Historically, the DYHA has carried rosters of 15 skaters and 1-2 goalies on A and 18 skaters and 1-2 goalies on A1. These roster sizes reflected proper usage of the ice and an optimal distribution of play for the children in a full-ice format.  As we have moved away from full ice play we have found that these roster sizes have proved unwieldy for 1/2 ice play and have reduced playing time, puck touches and ultimately player development. As an interim solution, Mite schedulers have been forced to look for two games on each day of the weekend which is difficult and time consuming.    

Many programs have moved to smaller rosters at the Mite level to accommodate more puck touches, more time on the ice and reduced scheduling burden. The DYHA has decided to move to smaller rosters for the 2017-18 season  by selecting an A, A1, B-Blue and B-White teams with 12 players and 1-2 goalies eachThe total number of kids involved in the Mite travel experience will be largely the same as our prior system of A, A1 and B.  However there are some differences that you should be aware of:

  • The tryout dates for B-Blue and B-White are different. In an effort to give our players an opportunity to develop over the summer we will be selecting the B-White team in the Fall (date TBD) while the B-Blue will be selected at our Spring tryouts. Children can tryout in the Spring and if you don’t make a team you can work over the summer to tryout better in the Fall.
  • We will be reserving a few spots for 8 year olds on each of the Blue teams.
  • The B-Blue and B-White teams will begin their season on or about October 1st which compares to a mid-November start for our current B team.  We believe the earlier start date for both B teams as well as the summer development opportunity for the B-White team will result in greater skill development for our Mite players.
  • All B team members (Blue and White) will have one practice per week and one game per weekend.
  • All B team members will also play in our Mite House League and will resolve all conflicts in favor of the House League.
  • Both B teams actively encourage dedicated goalies given your player will also be skating out in House.

There are no changes to the A or A1 structure, beyond the team roster size, as both teams will still have 2 practices and 2 games per week and will tryout in the Spring.

We are confident that this new format will continue to provide exceptional development opportunities for our Mite players through increased ice time and puck touches. An earlier start to the B season will kick start the Mite travel experience and the delayed tryout for the B-White team will provide incentive for an extra effort in the summer to pay off with a travel experience in the Fall.

If you have any questions please contact Dave Kreppein or Pat Mullin, Co-Travel Directors.

 


by posted 03/21/2017
DYHA Prayers and Thoughts Go Out to Charlie Capalbo

The DYHA family sends its prayers and thoughts to long time DYHA goaltender Charlie Capalbo who was recently diagnosed with cancer.  The family is still learning about the process going forward and we will pass along information as we receive it.  In the meantime, if you would like to help contribute to defray expenses for Charlie's medical attention please click on the link below.  Thank You!

https://www.gofundme.com/charlie-capalbo-be-strong

 


by posted 03/20/2017
TRAVEL REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR RETURNING PLAYERS

Registration for RETURNING PLAYERS who intend to try out for a DYHA or CT Ice Cats Travel Team Is now open. Please register  March 13th through March 22nd for the 2017 – 2018 season. Click here to register.

Returning Travel Players who register after March 22nd will be subject to a $100 late fee and may lose their spot as we invite applicants into the program off the Waitlist.  Returning Players are those players currently rostered on DYHA House, Travel and CT Ice Cat teams.  DYHA Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget tryout dates are posted below. CT Ice Cats tryout dates are posted below. 

Registration for Returning Players (1999 - 2010 Birth years) who do not intend to try out for a travel team will be open April 3rd through April 12, 2017.   Returning House Players who register after April 12th will be subject to a $100 late fee and may lose their spot as we invite applicants into the program off the Waitlist. Also on April 3, 2017, all 2011 birth year Returning Players and all 2012 Birth year players will be welcome to register as Mighty and Mini-Mites respectively.


by posted 03/13/2017
2017-2018 ICE CATS TRYOUT SCHEDULE

Ice Cats Tryouts Schedule for the 2017-18 Season

 

The Ice Cats are pleased to announce tryout dates and times for next years travel teams.

*STRW is Stamford Twin Rinks West Rink

 

U10 (Birth Year 2007-8) Tryouts

20-April          Thursday              420-520pm          STRW Last Name A-L

20-April          Thursday              650-750pm          STRW Last Name M-Z

22-April          Saturday              410-510pm          STRW Group TBD

22-April          Saturday              520-620pm          STRW Group TBD

23-April          Sunday                150-250pm          STRW Group TBD

23-April          Sunday                300-400pm          STRW Group TBD

 

U12 (Birth Year 2005-6) Tryouts

19-April          Wednesday         645-745pm           STRW Last Name A-L

19-April          Wednesday         755-855pm           STRW Last Name M-Z

21-April          Friday                 620-720pm           STRW Group TBD

21-April          Friday                 730-830pm           STRW Group TBD

23-April          Sunday               410-510pm           STRW Group TBD

23-April          Sunday               520-620pm           STRW Group TBD

 

U14 (Birth Year 2003-4) Tryouts

20-April          Thursday              800-900pm          STRW 

22-April          Saturday              630-730pm          STRW Group TBD

22-April          Saturday              740-840pm          STRW Group TBD

23-April          Sunday                630-730pm          STRW Group TBD

23-April          Sunday                740-840pm          STRW Group TBD

 

U16 & U19 (Birth Year 1998-2002) Tryouts

21-April          Friday                    840-940pm         STRW

23-April          Sunday                 1240-140pm        STRW       

 


by posted 03/12/2017
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