The safety of each player is our organization's highest priority. The purpose
of this organization is to provide an opportunity for young people to learn
the rules and skills of ice hockey through supervised instruction and
competition while emphasizing the ideals of good sportsmanship and
CCYHA is one of the largest and most successful travel programs in the state. We are an American Development Model (ADM) compliant program with the objective of long-term development. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for young people to learn the rules and skills of ice hockey through supervised instruction and competition while emphasizing the ideals of good sportsmanship and teamwork.
Learn to Play Hockey – This program is for our beginner hockey players ages 3 and up. Session 1 is a 5 week session (one weekend instructional hour per week) from mid October until the weekend prior to Thanksgiving. Session 2 runs from December through mid March and consists of two weekend instructional hours (Sat. and Sun.) per week. Registration for Learn to Play Hockey opens in late summer.
Mite Development – This program is for our players (ages 4-12) that have already participated in a Learn to Skate or Learn to Play hockey program. The Mite Development program runs mid October to mid March and consists of two weekend instructional hours (Sat. and Sun.) per week. Registration for Mite Development opens in late summer.
House League – This program is for kids aged 5-12 who have at least 1-2 seasons of skating AND hockey experience. Players are placed onto teams and have two practices and 1 game per week. Games are played half ice, with real boards across the center ice line separating the two games. Games are played 4 verse 4 plus a goalie in net (using goalie equipment). The House League program runs from mid October to mid March. Registration for House League opens in late summer.
U8 Mite Travel (2013 & Younger Birth Years) – CCYHA is compliant with USA Hockey ADM model at the U8 level. The mite travel teams consist of our more experienced players at the U8 level. Mite travel teams will compete in CHC. Tryouts are held in March for the following season. Mite Travel teams will have two practices per week plus 2 games per weekend. Most weekends consist of one home and one away game. The number of mite travel teams will be dependent on several criteria including; number of participants, birth years, and talent level. The Mite Travel program runs from late August to mid March.
U10 Squirt Travel (11 & 12 Birth Years) – We have offerings for all experience levels at the U10 level. We typically have several teams at the A, B and C levels. Tryouts are held in March for the following season. Squirt Travel teams will have two practices per week plus 2 games per weekend. Most weekends consist of one home and one away game. The number of squirt travel teams will be dependent upon number of participants. Our squirt travel teams will compete in CHC and will have the opportunity to qualify for Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4. Our Squirt AA team will also compete in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL). This will consist of a 16 game schedule, 8 games of which will be played at two festivals and 4 home and 4 away games. The Squirt Travel program runs from late August to mid March.
U12 PeeWee Travel (09 & 10 Birth Years) – We have offerings for all experience levels at the U12 level. We typically have several teams at the A, B and C levels. Tryouts are held in March for the following season. PeeWee Travel teams will have two practices per week plus 2 games per weekend. Most weekends consist of one home and one away game. The number of peewee travel teams will be dependent upon number of participants. Our peewee travel teams will compete in CHC and will have the opportunity to qualify for Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4. Our PeeWee AA team will also compete in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL). This will consist of a 16 game schedule, 8 games of which will be played at two festivals and 4 home and 4 away games. The PeeWee Travel program runs from late August to mid March.
U14 Bantam Travel (07 & 08 Birth Years) – We have offerings for all experience levels at the U14 level. We typically have teams at the AA, A and B levels. Tryouts are held in March for the following season. Bantam Travel teams will have two practices per week plus 2 games per weekend. Most weekends consist of one home and one away game. The number of bantam travel teams will be dependent upon number of participants. Our bantam travel teams will compete in CHC and will have the opportunity to qualify for Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4. Our Bantam AA team will also compete in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL). This will consist of a 16 game schedule, 8 games of which will be played at two festivals and 4 home and 4 away games. The Bantam Travel program runs from late August to mid March. For those players that plan to tryout for their high school teams in the fall, we will explore offering a Bantam Half Year option. Players who plan to tryout for their high school must notify CCYHA on the commitment agreement so we can plan accordingly. These players will be guaranteed a spot on a travel team if they do not make their high school team.
Midget High School Teams – CCYHA will be hosting Midget teams for the Wethersfield HS and Newington HS coop. These teams will be a half season team with players from those high schools on the roster. These teams will be undeclared midget teams. Midget season will run from late-August through Thanksgiving.
U16 &U18 Midget Tier 2 and U15/U16 Split Season Teams – Building off the success of last year’s season at the midget tier 2 level, Central CT Youth Hockey (CCYHA) will be, once again, forming split season teams at the U16 and U18 Tier 2 levels for the 2021-2022 season. Our U18 team finished tied for second in Tier 2 and our U16 team went undefeated in state games and have been crowned STATE CHAMPIONS and will be representing CT at USA Hockey Nationals. These teams fill a void in our area at the Tier 2 level. Teams will be competing in CHC Tier 2 with the winners of the CT State Tournament advancing to the USA Hockey Tier 2 National Championships. Teams will practice and play at Newington Arena. Tryouts will be held in mid April.
Additional Program Offerings:
ProCrease – On-ice goaltender instruction for all Mite-Bantam teams two times per month.
Future Fitness - Off-ice training for all Bantam teams two times per month.
Goaltending Director – CCYHA has a Director of Goaltending to help advance the skills of goalies within our organization.
Summer Ice – We will be offering ice throughout the summer. Each age group will have a weekly session to stay on the ice (if they wish). This will be a combination of skills, small area drills and scrimmage.
Skills Sessions – Regularly scheduled skills sessions will be offered throughout the season.
Turkey Shootout Pond Hockey Tournament
Tryout Fee: $100.00
Mite Travel: $2,325.00
Squirt Travel: $2,375.00
PeeWee Travel: $2,625.00
Bantam Travel: $2,725.00
Bantam Half Year: $1,500.00 (if we have enough players for a half year team)
CCYHA created a Director of Goaltending position to help foster goaltender development within the organization. The position's primary role will be to work with each coaching to staff to ensure goalies receive the proper attention & instruction during practices. The Director will also distribute information about the position for coaches, goaltenders & goaltender parents, work with each team to track their goalies' development, coordinate with Procrease and be a general resource to answer any questions that come up related to goaltending & goaltender development. Matt Allatin will be taking the lead as our first Director of Goaltending. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to him. He could be reached at
Director of Goaltending
Educating Coaching Staff - each team designates a goalie coach
Periodic check ins with each team’s goalie coach
Discuss progress - identify areas for improvement
Coordinate with Procrease as needed
Address any questions from goaltenders or goaltender parents
Participate in goaltender tryout evaluations
Educating Coaching Staff
Each team will designate a goalie coach for the season - their job will be to work with the goalie during the season
The Director of Goaltending will provide education to the designated coaches - identifying basic fundamentals that can be reinforced in practice - in form of a meeting before the season starts (all coaches are encouraged to attend)
Discuss points where practices typically neglect goalies in practice - ways to improve practice plans
Periodic Check-Ins with Designated Goalie Coach
Coaches explain how the goalie is progressing through the year
If the goalie struggles with a particular facet of the game the director will work with the coach and Procrease to identify drills for improvement
Coordinate with Procrease as Needed
Communicating specific areas of improvement for each goalie as they arise
Address Questions/Concerns from Goaltenders or Parents
Answer questions & provide advice as needed to goaltenders or goaltender parents
Evaluates goaltenders at the goalie specific tryout session
Known cases must isolate but can return 10 days after symptoms began (or their test date if they are asymptomatic), assuming their symptoms have completely resolved for 24 hours or more. Individuals quarantined because of close contact with a known case need to stay away from close contact activities (including sports) for 14 days and there is no test out option to shorten that quarantine. Here’s why:
The risk of individuals exposed to a known case of COVID-19 developing COVID-19 symptoms and/or testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 remains significant enough throughout a 14-day period after last exposure to warrant quarantine of those individuals for a full 14 days. The current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and adopted by DPH, to allow for reduced quarantine of less than 14 days is dependent on a person’s ability to continue with daily COVID-19 symptom screening and continuous mask use when outside of the home, as well as the necessity to avoiding gatherings with people who are not in their immediate household, who are over 65 years old, or who have medical conditions that place them at increased risk for COVID-19. This would preclude gathering with other athletes for engagement in team sports prior to completion of a full 14-day quarantine period. As such, regardless of whether a shortened quarantine period allows individuals to engage in daily activities prior to completing a full 14-day post-contact period of separation, athletes, coaches, and other participants are precluded from engaging in athletic activities involving close contact (within 6 feet) with other individuals until at least 14 days after their quarantine period begins.
And definitely remind everyone that the less they do in their social lives outside of hockey, the more likely they are to be able to complete the hockey season without repeated quarantines of the whole team and opponents. As we have been telling high school kids/parents, you can have a social life or a sports season, but it is unlikely you will be able to have both right now.
Congratulations to the CCYHA U16 Tier 2 team on winning the midget tier 2 regular season title by going 8-0-0 and advancing to the USA Hockey National Tournament. In 8 CHC league games, the U16's outscored their opponents 53-7. The team finished the regular season with a total record of 19-4-2. By being crowned regular season champions, the U16's will represent CT at the Midget Tier 2 USA Hockey National Tournament in Grand Rapids Michigan from April 28th to May 3rd. Congratulations to all players and coaches Anthony Giusto, Alex Rodriguez and Karl Sundquist. The U16 players are currently playing for their respective high school teams and will come back together after the high school season to prepare for Nationals.
Best of luck to each of the players during their high school season and at Nationals.
What better way to spend time while our kids are practicing and playing than to play some virtual golf. Overlooking the Red Rink at Newington Arena, Arena Golf will be open for business on Monday November 2 at 9am. Please visit www.arenagolfct.com for more information and to book time in our state of art golf simulator.
The CCYHA U18 Tier 1 Midgets completed their quest for a BACK TO BACK National Championship by defeating the North Jersey Avalanche 3-2 in overtime. The CCYHA Selects started the national tournament with convincing wins over the Belle Tire 9-1 and Washington Little Caps 5-2. Game 3 brought a loss for CCYHA at the hands of the Boston Jr. Eagles by a score of 4-1. By going 2-1 in the opening round, the team earned the top seed coming out of their bracket. The opponent in the quarterinals would be #1 nationally ranked Shattuck St. Mary's. CCYHA was up to the test as they advanced to semifinals by defeating Shattuck 8-6. In-state rival Yale Jr. Bulldogs was the opponent in the semifinal round. CCYHA earned a berth in the national championship game by defeating Yale 6-2.
The final game was a matchup against #5 nationally ranked North Jersey Avalanche. After CCYHA took a 2-0 lead late in the third period, the Av's tied it up with 2 goals in a 14 second span in the final minute of play to force overtime. The game ended early in the first sudden overtime period as Killian Rowlee secured the second of the back to back National Championships for CCYHA.
CCYHA SHA U18 Tier 1 Midgets win NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Central CT Youth Hockey Selects Academy u18 Tier 1 team wins the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP by defeating the Cape Cod Whalers 5-2. Congratulation to the midgets on winning a national championship for CCYHA.
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