In addition to the WYHA Policies (listed below), WYHA follows and expects all members (parents, players, spectators, board members, coaches and team staff) to adhere to all USA Hockey Policies including, but not limited to, policies on Bullying, Locker Rooms, Discrimination and Substance Abuse.
All registration fees as a participant in the Webster Youth Hockey program will be due and payable in full by July 31st (Travel Midgets must be registered and paid two weeks before the WNYAHL Scheduling Meeting or July 31 whichever occurs earlier). A late fee of $50.00 will be assessed to the registrant if payment in full is not made by that date. Players not paid by July 31st will not be allowed on the ice and will NOT be rostered (can not play in Games) or drafted (House). In addition, there will be a $50 non-sufficient fund (NSF) fee imposed for all returned checks. Further payments to be made due to NSF fee will be by credit card, bank check or money order only. Parents electing to use the WYHA Payment Plan must continue to make payments on schedule or risk the penalties for not being paid in full. All payments in a Payment Plan must be made by 11/30 (Midget Travel players on payment plans must be completely paid by 9/30).
USA Hockey allows 20 players on a team. Our target at Webster Youth Hockey is 14 – 17 players (8U team targets follow USA Hockey guidelines). Less than 14 or more than 17 players must be approved by the Webster Youth Hockey Board of Directors. Team ice time and/or fees may be adjusted relative to the number of players rostered on a team when the WYHA board adopts the WYHA Budget.Players must tryout or evaluate at their USA Hockey defined age group. Player requests to play "up" must be approved in advance by the applicable Division Vice President and the player must attend the tryout for their age group first.
In addition to only playing in sanctioned Tournaments, teams are responsible for ensuring that they only play rostered USA (or Canadian) teams. Leagues and Tournaments are responsible for making sure all teams are appropriately rostered, thus teams are responsible for scheduling scrimmages against rostered opponents.
- neck guard
- mouth guard
- HECC helmets with chinstraps properly fastened; also applies for all coaches, assistant coaches, on-ice helpers, and student coaches. Student coach helmets must include a face mask.
- injured players or players not playing and sitting on the bench must wear helmet with face mask
Coaches and On Ice Helpers are required to wear HECC helmets, gloves and skates when on the ice.
WYHA has selected and approved Team Game Jerseys. For games (including scrimmages, tournaments, league, playoff, and championship games) and for team pictures, the use of the official WYHA-issued league jerseys and socks is required. WYHA does not allow advertising on the official approved game jerseys. WYHA Teams are welcome to purchase practice jerseys and add sponsors to the Practice Jerseys. WYHA does not purchase practice jerseys for Teams and teams are not eligible to use the WYHA Sales Tax Exemption to purchase practice jerseys, teamwear or any other team equipment.
House players as alternates for a Travel team are allowed as governed by the rules of the Empire Amateur Hockey Conference (EAHC; www.empirehockey.org), GLGHL, and the Western New York Amateur Hockey League (WNYAHL; website: www.wnyahl.net). Please refer to their respective websites for specifics. A House player’s first priority is to their House team.
Travel players as alternates for an older/higher Travel team are allowed as governed by the WNYAHL rules. Alternates always go "up" and never "down".
- Additional fees owed as a result of the above will be determined by and payable to the older/higher team. The fees charged shall be clearly identified as to their purpose and returned if the alternate does not participate in the activities the fees cover.
- Alternates are committed to and are to play for their primary team first and can be used as an alternate as long as it doesn’t interfere with the primary team’s schedule. However there are situations where use of alternates in conflict with their primary team’s schedule would be allowed. For example if the primary team has a practice and the alternate team has a game then the alternate can play in the game. Also, if both head coaches and the Travel Director discuss the situation and it is determined use of the alternates is in the best interest of both teams and the organization as a whole.
Select or Supplemental teams will be permitted only if a written request is submitted and approved by the WYHA Board. Tryouts will be held and are limited to players registered with WYHA. Players must be USA Hockey rostered and fall within his/her USA hockey age classification. The team’s schedule cannot conflict with the House schedule.
- WYHA Select teams will be allowed ten (10) games with the same WYH House player. Once the eleventh game is played, player cannot and will not be allowed to return to a House team.
- Select teams will have a separate registration and a separate roster established by 12/31 of current year.
(b) COACH – Suspension of a coach from Webster Youth Hockey by any individual having that authority will occur due to the breaking of any of Webster Youth Hockey and/or team’s written rules, regulations, policies, agreements, coaches’ code of conduct and/or by-laws.
USA Hockey, WNYAHL, EAHC, and WYHA all have the authority to suspend coaches, players and parents.
All teams are required to participate in the WYHA sponsored Tournaments if a division is offered for their team.
The WYHA logo is trademarked. Therefore, use of the WYHA logo requires approval by the Board of Directors (Executive Board).
To be eligible for the WYHA Board of Directors, if the interested individual has children playing hockey, at least one child must play for WYHA. In addition, those interested cannot hold an office in another organization which could cause a conflict of interest. WYHA Board Members and Officers may not accept financial payments for services to WYHA as this presents a conflict of interest to be accepting payments that were approved by the Board or Officers and could impact WYHA's 501-3c status.
Officers, board members and/or committee members are expected to attend meetings on time, as dictated by attendance policy. If two meetings are missed by member, they may be asked to step down.
NOTE: Any use of the term “Board of Directors” herein specifically relates to the Webster Youth Hockey Board unless otherwise agreed upon.
Policy #20 Refund of Travel/Girls/House Deposits & Fees
WYHA will refund the $150 deposit to any player who is cut or otherwise not offered a position on a WYHA Team. Travel & Girls Deposits will be returned after the completion of House Evaluations or transferred to House once a request is made. Players who are offered a position and subsequently decide to leave the organization before completion of the season they tried out for or evaluated for will NOT be refunded the deposit or pro-rated registration fees unless:
1.) The player's family moves making playing for WYHA unrealistic.
2.) The player suffers a season ending injury. See Injury Policy.
3.) The player is replaced by another player approved by Head Coach and applicable Division VP. WYHA is not responsible for finding replacements.
4.) Another compelling reason making playing for WYHA unrealistic which is approved by the WYHA Board.
In addition, any players offered a position on a WYHA Travel or Girls Team are considered to be committed for the entire subsequent playing season and any previous Releases requested or issued before Tryouts are void. WYHA deposits & fees returned for players who were offered positions may have WYHA expenses subtracted including but not limited to credit card and processing fees.
Policy #21 Travel/Girls Jersey Costs
Once Travel/Girls jerseys are ordered, they are non-refundable. Jerseys can not be returned and orders can not be changed due to failure to accurately size the player. Players who withdraw from a team (for any reason) are still responsible for payment for the jerseys. Refunds of deposits or registration fees will be withheld or the jersey costs subtracted from the fees already paid if necessary.