2018-2019 Season Specifics

Eligibility: 2008 to 2009 birth year players.

Cost: $1325

Evaluations: late September (TBD).

DYHA Refund Policy

Program Description

The Squirt House Program at DYHA is comprised entirely of 9 and 10 year olds.  This programs main objective is fun!

We will hold a mandatory skating evaluation (this is not a try-out) in October prior to the start of the season.  These evaluations will be used to create 6 balanced teams for games.  Each team will be coached by a volunteer parent that has received or is in the process of receiving their Level 1 coaching certification from USA Hockey.  Squirts will have one midweek team practice or midweek team skills session (conducted by professional coaches) and one weekend game (Saturday or Sunday).

Mid-Week Skills Sessions are run by professional coaches (usually 1 per month)

What you can expect:

  • The basics of skating, stopping, passing and shooting conducted under the supervision of professional level coaching

Mid-Week Team Practices run by your teams volunteer coach

What you can expect:

  • 2 house teams (each with 12-15 players) will share one sheet of ice
  • Skills learned from the midweek skills sessions will be reemphasized during a 15 minute full ice skate to start each practice
  • The ice and teams will be divided in half – two stations will be run for equal time following the USA Hockey ADM model (emphasis in these stations will be on stick handling, passing, shooting, and small area games)

Weekend Games

What to expect:

  • Full Ice games will be played from October to March
  • The rules of hockey will taught and enforced during all games.
  • Each game will be counted in the standings (unless noted) and we will finish the season with a 6 team playoff based on the teams overall record (the final 2 teams will play for the squirt house championship on the last day of the season – known as Super Sunday)

 An informational meeting for Squirt House volunteers & coaches will take place in September at Darien Ice Rink.  Additional info on this meeting will be sent out after Labor Day.

All players are required to have the following hockey equipment:

  • Helmet with face mask
  • Neck Guard
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Elbow Pads
  • Hockey Gloves
  • Hockey Pants
  • Cup or Pelvic Protector
  • Shin Pads
  • Skates
  • Hockey Stick
  • Hockey Socks will be provided for Squirt House
  • Hockey Jersey will be provided for Squirt House