*Please visit the Upcoming Events on the events calendar on this site often as dates or time could change.
Team selections for the 2018-2019 season will be based upon evaluations during these skates. There will not be one or two set tryouts, but rather it will be a continuing evaluation. The concept is to be able to see the players several times over the course of a month as opposed to how a specific player performs during one weekend. The plan is to use the first three skates for primarily skill development and drills and the last two skates will be primarily scrimmages. That plan, however, is subject to change and is heavily dependent upon the number of players that register at each age group. Each skate will be 75 minutes and the specific times will be set forth on the website by the end of May. The skates will consist of over 6 hours of coached, age-specific training. We anticipate the cost of the skates to be around $60 and will be charged as a registration fee. You must be registered to skate. We will simply divide the cost of the ice by our target numbers and there is no effort to make money off of this process. As always, the coaches and evaluators are all volunteers. We will hand out pennys to all players which will need to be collected.
Every year we receive questions and concerns from parents regarding the timing of tryouts and players inability to make tryouts due to other obligations. One reason we are doing this is to provide families with flexibility. It is up to you to determine how many skates you want your player to attend. The registration fee to play Jr. Steelheads next year is the same for everyone so whether you attend one skate or all five, the price is the same. We encourage players to come to all the skates not only for the benefit of being on the ice, but also to allow the coaches and evaluators an opportunity to observe your player on multiple occasions and to help promote a fair and just evaluation process.
Coaches will be named in early June. We are still accepting coaching applications which are available on the website. For anyone interested in coaching, please submit your applications to me prior to May 23, 2018.
At the skates we will set up a table for jerseys and spirit wear orders and board members will be on hand to field any questions that you may have regarding the upcoming season. It is expected that teams will be posted no later than August 15.
BYAHA is the parent organization of the Junior Steelheads youth hockey teams and is a member of the Idaho Amateur Hockey Association and USA Hockey. BYAHA is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization. The Boise Youth Amateur Hockey Association is a competitive travel ice hockey program serving the Treasure Valley. Located in Boise, Idaho, the Junior Steelheads are currently seeking young individuals in all age groups for their upcoming hockey season. Teams are being formed for the following levels: Squirt (8-10 years of age), Peewee (11-12 years of age), Bantam (13-14 years of age), U16 (Under 16 years of age) and U18 (Under 18 years of age).
Competitive travel hockey is an exceptionally rewarding experience for youths. The Junior Steelheads program gives some of our community’s most talented and committed young men and women the exposure and opportunity to develop their skills while representing the Treasure Valley. And hockey is teaching our kids so many valuable life lessons such as discipline, teamwork, leadership, and accountability. Our mission is to provide and implement a positive learning environment for young players to gain the maximum benefits of participating in a competitive sports program. We believe in challenging them to embrace school academics, demanding dedication to sportsmanship as individuals and teammates both on and off the ice, enhancing skill development, developing good work habits, helping them set goals and plans to reach those goals. Our goal is to develop great people as well as players. We believe in setting and achieving goals, not just scoring them!