All Coaches, Managers, and Schedulers must register with USA Hockey and PYH.
Online Registration is now open for:
- Travel Team Players
- Doodle Bugs Beginner & Intermediate
- Overage Beginner Program
- House Programs Mite - Midget
Click and follow the instructions there.
Doodle Bugs Hockey - A Great Way to Start!
NEW for 2016-17 - The Doodle Bugs Hockey Club is replacing the Beginner and Intermediate Programs! The program will skate twice per week from mid-September thru February 28, 2017 on Saturday Mornings and Wednesday Nights at Thomas Creek Ice Arena. The program includes: player instruction by the Rochester Hockey Academy, Doodle Bugs Hockey Club Jersey and club apparel as well as Player Progress reports and many Special Events thru the season. The Doodle Bugs Program is priced at $200.00/season and as a bonus players who stay in the Doodle Bugs program are guaranteed the same price in future seasons. This program is truly unique and low price alternative to other programs available in the Rochester area!
The Doodle Bugs Hockey Club is supported by the generous support of our sponsors, including: Doodle Bugs Children's Center, Victor Chevrolet, F. Ritter Shumway Foundation, Paul Louis Arena, Thomas Creek Ice Arena, Rochester Hockey Academy, Catalog & Commerce Solutions, LLC and Crazy Dogs T-Shirts.
Registration is now open for the 2016-17 hockey season.
Here are the highlights….
Go to the PYH site and from the main page click “Register Now.” Choose “House” from the dropdown menu and continue with the instructions from here. Note that your skater must register with USA Hockey at this time as well, there is a link provided at our registration page to do so.
Pricing for the year:
Squirts $870 (includes a new jersey and socks)
Pee Wee $935 (includes a new jersey and socks)
Bantam $1,000 (includes a new jersey and socks)
Midget $770 for skaters, $385 for goalies (add $80 if you need a new jersey)
Free sessions for registered Squirt, PeeWee, and Bantam players – August 2 and August 30
Evaluations will be held
Goalies and Midgets – Thursday evening, September 8th
Squirts, PeeWees, and Bantams – Friday evening – September 9th
Team placement is expected to be completed by September 18th
Team practices should start approximately September 25th
We need goalies… if you are a goalie email us right after you register so we can plan. If you know a goalie, tell them about our programs and to contact us if they are interested or have questions.
We need coaches... please contact us immediately if you are able to coach at the Squirt and Pee Wee level in particular.
Fairport Rotary offers Sean Shortsleeve Memorial Scholarships
The Fairport Rotary Club is pleased to offer scholarships to PYH players in memory of Sean Shortsleeve for the upcoming season. For information regarding criteria and an application download this document. Applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2016.
The Rochester Junior Monarchs are looking for host families. Coach David Leaderer is looking for families interested in providing a safe, comfortable environment for out-of-town players during the hockey season. This is an ideal environment for younger players to be exposed to an older, experienced player to see how they act on and off the ice. The host family receives a $400.00/month food stipend. The Monarchs are looking to build a strong billet community - like in other cities - to provide players a good opportunity to play at a higher level.
Registrations for the 2016-17 House program will be opening up shortly, be sure to check back here soon. In the meantime, all Squirt, Pee-Wee and Bantam players can mark their calendars for two FREE skates this summer.
The skates will take place on Tuesday, August 2nd and Tuesday, August 30th.
Squirt: 5:30 to 6:30
Pee Wee: 6:30 to 7:30
Bantam: 7:30 to 8:30
The skates will be held on the West rink. We encourage all house skaters to attend if possible. We will be fitting skaters for their game jerseys at the August 2nd skate.
Former NHL star Ray Ferraro was asked to talk to parents of a club that was going through a tough time, with parent expectations at an all-time high.
This is what Ferraro told the parents.
– Minor hockey is out of control in terms of Parents chasing the dream for their kids instead of kids deciding on their own how passionate they are for it and how bad they want it.
– In the last 10 years only 21 kids who either played at NSWC or BWC have appeared in at least ONE NHL regular season game. Point is if your banking on your son collecting an NHL pay cheque to solidify his and yours financial future you seriously need to stop and come up with a new plan and now.
– The odds of going pro are extremely low but the odds of having to find a career and a job to pay bills and be a husband and father are extremely high and it’s not dictated by if you played AAA hockey
– Parents need to enjoy the ride while you have it … your son’s minor hockey days end too quickly and often times people end up regretting what they did not know then and what they ending up missing because they were focused on everything but their kid having fun
– As a parent who devotes time and money to your son, the only right you have to ask is they give it their best … not how much ice time they get, if they play on the PP, who is their winger or D partner
– Don’t pay for power skating, dryland training, skill development and expect your son to score 50 goals, if you decide to invest in extras do it because your son asked for it and wants to improve and has a smile on his face each and every time … too many parents decide what they want their kids to do instead of their kids asking to do it.
– 12 month hockey is wrong … organized skills sessions, tryouts, spring hockey is too much and too taxing … kids can shoot pucks, stick handle, play street hockey but they need out of the mental insanity of a hockey rink and need to be engaged in something other than hockey … the time away reinforces the passion to want it
– Coaches are coaches we all know the game and think this should be done a certain way … how come we never tell our kids math teacher how to teach calculus but we think as parents we have the right to tell a hockey coach how much ice time and with whom and when our kids should play.
– When you evaluate your kids season, never base it on how many banners they won, what provincial they won, what tourneys they went to and won … ask yourself what improved from September to April, what did he learn or improve upon including non-hockey stuff … evaluate the season besides wins and losses but gains and improvements.
– I have a son who is going through the rigors of pro hockey in the AHL. Hockey is a tough racket. Growing up, my dad never talked to me after a game or practice, I did that with my kids. Just let them play, learn and develop. Pressure is high enough, no need to make it worse.