CCYH Registration is Open for the 2015-2016 Season
Evaluations for 2015-16 Season: Evaluations for CCYH 2015-16 team placement will take place at Valley Sports. All registered players (including goalies) should plan to attend both dates. Information can be found at www.CCYH.org
Tuesday, March 24
Bantams (2001, 2002) at 8:40pm
Thursday, March 26:
Mites (2007, 2008) at 5:10pm
Squirts (2005, 2006) at 6:20pm
Pee Wee (2003, 2004) at 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 31:
Bantams (2001, 2002) at 8:40pm
Thursday, April 2:
Mites (2007, 2008) at 5:40pm
Squirts (2005, 2006) at 6:50pm
Pee Wee (2003, 2004) at 8:00pm
If you are a returning CCYH family: Please sign in with your e-mail address and password. If you forgot your password, leave it blank and click on submit. League Athletics will email your password directly to you. All of your child's information does not have to be re-entered, however, if you need to update any information such as your e-mail addresses, phone contacts, or insurance information, you may edit your profile when you sign into your account. In addition, all past due balances must be paid in full.
For new families: Welcome! Please create a new account to register your hockey player.
All Registrants: In order to have your child placed on a CCYH team for the 2015-2016 season, he or she must also be registered online with USA Hockey directly. For the 2015-2016 season, USAH registration will open 4/1/15. This is an annual registration that is your child's liability insurance. The cost to register with USAH is about $40 (free to those 6 years old and younger). Please go to www.usahockey.com and click on "Become a Member."
Next week, Registration for the 2015-2016 season will open. CCYH will field teams in the Mite (u-8), Squirt (u-10), Pee Wee (u-12) and Bantam (u-14) age groups. A short-season Midget (u-16) team will be created later this summer.
Evaluations for 2015-16 team placement will take place at Valley Sports on 3/24 and 3/31 (Bantams) and 3/26 and 4/2 (Mites, Squirts and Pee Wees.)
In addition to feedback from current coaches, CCYH uses independent evaluators from Greg Carter European Hockey to run drills and assess players during these sessions.
CCYH teams will be announced in August. All players who register will be placed on a team that is appropriate for their age level and developmental status as a hockey player. CCYH limits the number of "out of town" players (ie, players not from Concord, Carlisle or an unaffiliated towns such as Lincoln) to two per roster.
Often this time of year, parents in our program ask me about "club hockey." My response usually goes something like this:
"We are blessed in eastern Massachusetts to have a strong hockey culture that supports a wide range of teams. Different associations (be they town-based or club) have different philosophies about player development, playing time, travel expectations and commitment level. CCYH is a community-based, not-profit club that puts a premium on player development, camaraderie, team spirit and sportsmanship. Our membership in the Valley Hockey League provides us with a strong, parity-driven 30-35 game schedule. We offer skills sessions with Joe Mallen (current head coach of Middlesex School Boys' Hockey) and Curt Colarullo (current head coach of CCHS Boys' Hockey) and skating sessions with Sharper Edge Skating. Our coaches are volunteer parents who balance ice time across the players on their teams, work to instill confidence and resilience among their players, and try to have as much fun as possible. The CCYH Board tries to keep tuition increases to a minimum, and only seeks to covers the club's expenses for ice time, league fees and equipment. Our relationships with Valley Sports and Middlesex School offer us consistent and frequent ice time in two convenient and high quality facilities. We do our best to offer all our players a chance to learn about hockey, see what it means to be a good teammate, enhance their own capabilities and chase their dreams.
There are many excellent "club teams" in our area. The tuition will be higher. The time and travel commitment will likely be higher. Many clubs field "elite" teams where the level of play is excellent and the quality of coaching is superb. Many of those same clubs field lower level teams where the level of play is comparable to CCYH. Only you know what is right for your player and your family. Different players develop at different paces, and there is no one "right" path.
The two most common arguments I hear from parents are:
1) 'If I don't get my kid on a club now, he/she will never get on one.'
2) 'The club coaches are professionals.'
In my experience, both are myths. If your player works hard and develops into a highly skilled player, he/she will always have opportunities. And although the "elite" coaches are usually professionals, the non-elite coaches are generally parents.
I am more than happy to talk with any family about the development of their player. CCYH wishes every player the best on his or her hockey journey.