NYSAHA Policies on Tryouts, Releases and Recruitment

2019 Tryout Start Dates (as set by West Section) for Travel, Girls and Empire House:

For age classifications that do not lead to a National Tournament (12 U & below) tryouts can start Tuesday,March 26, 2019.

For age classifications that lead to a National Tournament (14 U through 18 U)  tryouts can begin Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Empire House Evals (7U to 18U) will be scheduled after the conclusion of Tryouts. Pony/6U players do not need to attend Empire House Evals and should register for the Pony Program once Registration opens in Early June.

NOTE: All Players (Travels, Girls, Empire House & RWB/8U, Pony/6U, & Beginners) who wish to move to another organization fro 2019-20 must request a release prior to attending the Tryouts or Evals at the new organization.  WYHA has 10 days to process all Release requests per West Section rules.


From Pages 60-62 of the NYSAHA Guidebook found at: https://www.nysaha.com/page/show/885596-nys-usah-guide-book


     A. Player Movement Restrictions. No player will be allowed to move from one team to another team, and no team or Association may engage in “Recruitment” (as defined in this Rule 4) of players or offer contracts to players for the following season until:

          (i) for teams comprised of players 13 and Over (including Tier I, Tier II and Tier III teams), until 48 hours after the last game of the Youth National Championships (both Tier I and Tier II Nationals must be completed), or;

          (ii) for all other teams that do not lead to a National Championship (currently 8 & Under, 10 & Under, and 12 and Under, until 48 hours after the conclusion of the last game of the NYS Hockey State Tournaments, provided, however, that such players may try out for a team in these age classifications not leading to a National Championship and may obtain a Player/Financial Release from their current Association, but will remain committed to that current Association and team until 48 hours after the conclusion of said State Tournaments.

     B. Signed Release. Upon the foregoing having been satisfied for that player, the player must obtain a fully signed Player/Financial Release from each Association they are leaving, showing that they do not have a financial and/or equipment obligation owed to their Association(s), before any player movement outside of their Association(s) will be permitted.

     C. Player Movement During the Season. When a player joins a new Association and the Association and player commit in writing, that commitment to participate is for the next complete season. Until the season ends as provided in sub-section A above, no permission to move will be granted without “Extenuating Circumstances”, as defined in this Rule 4.

     D. Extenuating Circumstances. For any player movement request not permitted in accordance with sub-sections A and B above, the request must be submitted to the respective Section Vice President who will make the determination and present it to the NYS Hockey Board of Directors or its Executive Committee for the decision to be confirmed prior to such movement being allowed. Extenuating Circumstances shall include, but not be limited to the following:

         (i) The player’s current Association has signed a Player/Financial Release at any time during the season with respect to the player;

         (ii) The team on which the player was rostered has been disbanded, and the Association cannot offer the player a comparable team on which to play (a non-tournament-bound team is not a comparable team if the player was originally rostered on a tournament-bound team); or

         (iii) The player has relocated to another region such that it would be impracticable, or unreasonable, to require the player to continue to play with the current Association. For any reason other than (i) above, extenuating circumstances must include the player having satisfied all reasonable financial obligations to the current Association. A Player/Financial Release sought under Extenuating Circumstances ordinarily should not be granted after February 1 if the player was rostered on a tournament-bound team during the current season.

     E. Recruitment. Associations, through their Participant Members or other component persons (whether or not affiliated with the Association), are prohibited from soliciting or otherwise contacting youth, girls or high school players from another Association, such as by offering contracts, holding tryouts, development camps, programs or other activities, or otherwise engage in conduct that would appear to suggest that such a player who has not been released change his or her affiliation with their current Association (such activities to be known as “Recruitment”). It shall be evidence of Recruitment if after such player and Association have executed a commitment and the player has not been released by obtaining a Player/Financial Release, that the player is contacted by another Association in the above prohibited manner. Any written and signed complaint regarding Recruitment shall be directed to the respective Section President, who will investigate and make a full report to the NYS Hockey Board of Directors, which will take action as deemed necessary and appropriate.