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Be a Player... Join Siouxland Youth Hockey!

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Nothing can separate the fans from their seats like a hockey game. Regardless of age and ability, it offers fast-paced action second-to-none. Power Plays! Short-handed goals! Slap Shots! Hockey is unique and so are the boys and girls who choose to play it.


Siouxland Youth Hockey Association (SYHA) provides the opportunity for young people, ages 4 through high school, to experience the thrill of playing ice hockey:

  • No experience is necessary; new players are taught skating and hockey skills
  • Players are introduced to an activity the promotes fitness, agility and mental sharpness
  • Non-travel skaters will have their own weekly practice allowing an experienced and certified coach to focus on developing less experienced skaters at a faster pace
  • FREE equipment rental available for first year skaters
  • Team play builds discipline and accountability
  • New 8 & under player fee...ONLY $50.00 (plus $40.00 USA Hockey fee and $8.00 Tri-State fee, USA Hockey fees waived for 6 & under)

Below are a list of the age groups and descriptions

The SYHA House League season typically starts the 1st Monday in October and runs through the last week of February. 

Tykes (Birth Years 2011, 2012, 2013)
There are NO travel teams at the Tyke level.  SYHA follows USA Hockey ADM guidelines for the Tyke age group.  Please visit www.admkids.com or www.usahockey.com for more information on this cross ice only program.  Players skate two 1 hour sessions each week.  One during the week and one on the weekend.  Skaters will be assigned to house league teams and cross ice games will be played maintaining a 3:1 ratio.  Games are played during their regular scheduled weekly ice times.  Practice three times to every one game. The season ends with an in-house Tyke Jamboree.

Registration Fee: New Player $50*, Returning Player $110*

Mites (Birth Years 2009, 2010)
SYHA follows USA Hockey ADM guidelines for the Mite age group.  Please visit www.admkids.com or www.usahockey.com for more information on this cross ice only program.  Players skate three 1 hour sessions each week.  Two during the week and one on the weekend.  Skaters will be assigned to house league teams and cross ice games will be played maintaining a 3:1 ratio. Practice three times to every one game. The season ends with a Year-End House League Tournament.

Mite travel teams will begin play in October and participate in a limited number of overnight road trips per season. Being on a travel team is NOT required. Players can choose to skate only house league.

Registration Fee: New Player $50*, Returning Player $250*

IP House League (Birth years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) 
IP House League players will skate three sessions each week, two during the week and one on the weekend.  The season begins with players working on skating and hockey fundamentals.  Skaters will be assigned to House league teams and a regular schedule of games will be played maintaining a 3:1 practice to game ratio.  Once games begin skaters will typically practice twice a week and play a game on the weekend.  The season ends with a Year-End House League Tournament.

Registration fee:  New player $150*, Returning player $250* 

Squirt Travel (Birth Years 2007, 2008)
Players are given the opportunity to tryout for a travel team or choose to skate only IP House League.  Travel Team tryouts will be held in late August to early September.  Each Travel Team will have three practices per week and play a travel schedule typically occurring on the weekends.  Travel teams are typically set by mid to late September.

Registration Fee:  $340*

Pee-Wee Travel (Birth Years 2005, 2006)
Players are given the opportunity to tryout for a travel team or choose to skate only IP House League. Travel Team tryouts will be held in late August to early September.  Each Travel Team will have three practices per week and play a travel schedule typically occurring on the weekends.  Travel teams are typically set by mid to late September.

Registration Fee: $340*

Bantam Travel (Birth Years 2003, 2004)
At this level house league play is not available and the teams are Travel only.  Travel Team tryouts will be held in late August to early September.  Each Travel Team will have three practices per week and play a travel schedule typically occurring on the weekends.  Travel teams are typically set by mid to late September.

Registration Fee: $340*

High School (Freshman - Senior)
All players are selected for either the Varsity or Junior Varsity teams. The teams compete in the Midwest High School Hockey League.

Registration Fee: $385*

*FUNDRAISING REQUIREMENTS
Each age level will participate in fundraising activities that aid in keeping costs affordable.  Please inquire if you have any questions regarding fundraising activities.

*Rates reflect an Early Bird Discount of $30 off the standard registration rate.

If interested in being part of Siouxland Youth hockey e-mail us at siouxlandyouthhockey@gmail.com

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New to Hockey? -- No Problem

First off, welcome.  We're here to answer any questions you might have about the sport and help you get started.  To begin with, let's answer the most basic question - Why Hockey?

  1. Hockey is a fantastic exercise -- Hockey is one of the best cardiovascular games your child could play.  Players are alternating between skating and rest at very rapid rates which makes hockey one of the best cardiovascular interval training sports.  This improves the speed at which your childs body brings oxygen to their muscles while burning tons of calories.  Hockey requires a high level of coordination; regular play can develop a child's gross motor skills, which leads to improvement with the more difficult fine motor skills, and improves eye-hand coordination, which can translate to a better understanding of spatial relationships.
  2. Hockey builds character - Since hockey is a team sport, children learn the value of working with others.  Very quickly, they will learn to rely on teammates and understand that cooperation is the key to success.  Chiildren on hockey teams experience a team spirit that encourages trust, responsibility, sportsmanship and a strong sense of accomplishment.  These skills are essential as teammates turn into colleagues.  
  3. Hockey improves mental agility -- Hockey is an extremely fast sport in which children have to cope with changes in split-seconds.  Plays develop, momentum shifts and opportunity open and close in a blink of an eye.  A child in this sport will quickly adapt their mental agility to be able to recognize these opportunities and their concentration will improve.  In addition, hockey players will quickly begin to project mental imagery of not just what is going to happen, but what will happen next leading towards greater mental agility as well.

While the reasons above talk about why your child should play hockey, we as an association are dedicated to the cause of improving our youth and making them feel excited to play a sport that they will love.  We hope you'll join us next season and below we'll talk about how to get started.


Come and Play Youth Hockey

Please click on the USA Hockey logo for some great information for 1st time hockey families.

American Developmental Model (ADM)

Please visit www.admkids.com for more information on the cross ice hockey initiative.