Empire Teams

The Webster Youth Hockey Empire program is a competitive program for the established skater between the ages of 7 and 18. The program emphasizes the development of individual skills, as well as team play, respect for all players, and sportsmanship. Empire teams should expect to travel to Rochester area rinks for away games.

Ages

USA Hockey defines the age ranges for RWB/8U, Squirt/10U, Peewee/12U, Bantam/14U and Midget/18U. The RWB, Squirt and Peewee teams are co-ed. Checking begins at age 13/Bantam and advanced skating skills are required for Bantam and Midget play. Girls may also play on Bantam & Midget teams if interested and they have the advanced skills. WYHA also offers Girls Only/non-checking teams for Girls 13U and up.

When

The Empire Program will begin in September after Labor Day and run through mid-March for one fee. Evaluations occur in April every year. While attendance at the evaluations is not required, players who do not attend may be placed on any team with space available. WYHA makes every effort to place players on a team at the proper level.

Where

The majority of practices and home games are scheduled at Webster Ice Arena. Other ice arenas within the Rochester area may be used for practices and home games when ice availability is limited.

Practices

Players in this program will skate an average of twice per week at various times. Generally players should expect one practice on weekdays and game(s) on weekends. Depending on ice availability, practices may be on the weekends. Opportunities for clinics and off ice training will be available.

Games

Teams will compete with other area organizations in the Empire Amateur Hockey Conference (EAHC). RWB/8U teams play a 14 game season, Squirt/10U and Peewee/12U teams play a 16 game season, Bantam/14U play a 18 game season and Midget/18U play a 20 game season. Half of the games will be home games and half will be away games at rinks in the greater Rochester area. Teams may elect to play scrimmages against teams in Buffalo or Syracuse. RED teams will play 10 games against Snowbelt/Syracuse area teams.

Jerseys

A pair of hockey socks and a jersey are supplied as part of the Registration fee. Participants are required to supply full hockey equipment including a certified hockey helmet with face mask, a neck guard, mouth guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey gloves, hockey pants, shin guards, single blade hockey skates and an ice hockey stick.

Additional Costs

Empire fees do not include Tournaments and other team activities (ex: team parties, 2nd jersey). Most Empire teams play in 2 to 3 Tournaments and parents should expect to discuss the locations and costs for these activities at the initial parent meeting with their team's coach.

2019-20

Registration opens in early June and players should register as early as possible as we will close divisions as they fill (divisions closed will be posted below).
Players will not be drafted onto a team and may not participate in any team activities until they have registered.

QUESTIONS about how to Register? Consult detailed instructions at: https://www.wyha.com/events/player-registration-instructions-and-information/298

All players are expected to pay in full at registration or sign up for an online payment plan. Parents who wish to pay by check must contact the Registrar at registrar@wyha.com to have a special registration link generated.

Family Discount Program: To utilize this program, register your first child, then contact the Registrar at registrar@wyha.com to get a Family Discount code generated to use to register your 2nd/3rd/4th/etc child.

Empire 12U Red: Only players who have tried out for and been notified they made the team should register for this option.  All other Peewee players should register using one of the "Empire Peewee 12U" options.

NOTE: All discounts and the $150 fee paid at Evals/Tryouts have been already factored into the fees shown:  All fees in this registration assume $150 was paid at Tryouts or Evals. Players who did not pay this fee by May 25 should the check option "I have not paid the $150" and $150 will be added to their fee.

Use the Registration below to register for Empire House Teams (other Programs have separate registrations).

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