WYHA Release Request

Use this registration to request a Release


All WYHA players must have a release before they can move to another organization. This includes players in all Programs (Travel, Girls, Empire House(8U thru 18U), Pony/6U and Beginners). Any organization that allows a player to move from one organization to another without obtaining a release is subject to penalties for illegal recruiting. Per NYSAHA rules, no organization is required to release a player before the end of the season unless the situation is extraordinary. USA Hockey defines the begin of the season as August 1.


Players who would like a release to (potentially) move to another organization at the end of season should request a release after 2/26 and at least ten days before the tryouts or evaluations for their age group. Players who wish to move to another organization after they are selected for a Travel or Girls team, attend Empire Evals, pay a deposit, or register for a WYHA program or team should contact their respective VP or the Registrar to discuss their reasons for moving. NYSAHA severely restricts player movement after tryouts/evals unless extenuating circumstances (like a parent move out of the area) exist. All teams (6u thru 18U) rosters freeze on 12/31 per either NYSAHA TB rules or league rules (EAHC, WNYAHL, GLGHL).


NYSAHA Regulations on Player Movement & Recruitment can be found at: http://www.wyha.com/events/nysaha-policies-on-tryouts-releases-and-recruitment/378


WYHA follows NYSAHA regulations and does NOT issue releases to players during the season (May thru March) for movement to other teams once they have a position on a Travel or Girls team or have attended WYHA House Evals/paid a deposit/registered for the Pony/6U or Beginner Programs.


TRYOUT INFO: For age classifications that do not lead to a National Tournament (12 U & below) tryouts can start 48 hours afterthe endof the last NYSAHA State Championship (late March). For age classifications that lead to a National Tournament (13 U through 18 U) tryouts can begin 48 hours after the end of Nationals in April. Empire House Evals (7U thru 18U) will be scheduled after the conclusion of Travel Tryouts. West Section restricts all House Evaluations to after Nationals end on 4/9. Players desiring to join the Pony/6U program do not need to attend Empire House Evals and should register for this program once Registration begins in early June.



Additional Costs

None. All players requesting a release must turn in any WYHA equipment and must be paid in full in order to get a Release.

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