The Program Services site is a resource center for local youth association leadership. Its goal is to provide local associations with the tools necessary to deliver the best youth sports experience in their community. These include growth and retention programs that associations can easily apply in their own structure.
Thousands Skate, Shoot and Score during Try Hockey For Free Day
First-timers pack rinks nationwide as part of Come Play Hockey Month
Saturday (Nov. 4) was a great day for hockey in America as 11,376 children were introduced to the sport for the first time through USA Hockey's Try Hockey For Free Day. The skating scene played out in 451 host arenas nationwide as part of the seventh annual Come Play Hockey Month.
Try Hockey events were held in 47 states, with equipment provided for children to borrow free of charge. Thousands of USA Hockey-certified coaches provided instruction and encouragement.
United States-based NHL clubs supported local rinks by promoting Try Hockey For Free Day, visiting participants at THFF locations and organizing their own events. For the second straight year, the New York Rangers welcomed the most participants to the ice: 334. The Dallas Stars (174) and Vegas Golden Knights (156) rounded out the Top 3 among NHL teams hosting THFF events.
On a state-by-state basis, Wisconsin once again ranked No. 1, welcoming 1,605 participants. The Badger State was led by the Oshkosh Youth Hockey Association, which put 106 participants on the ice as part of its THFF event.
The honors for largest single-site turnout went to the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Hockey Association and the Kansas City (Mo.) Youth Hockey Association, which tied for the top spot with 165 participants each.
USA Hockey, which conducts two national Try Hockey For Free Days each season, will conduct its second event Saturday, March 3, 2018, the weekend following the XXIII Olympic Winter Games closing ceremony, as part of Hockey Weekend Across America. Interested rinks and youth hockey associations can visit USAHockeyProgramServices.com to register as a host site.
USA Hockey's Try Hockey For Free Days are designed to provide a national platform for introducing children to the sport, free of charge. Pure Hockey and Liberty Mutual Insurance are official sponsors of Try Hockey For Free Day.
NOTE: Now in their eighth season, USA Hockey's national Try Hockey For Free Days have introduced more than 153,000 children to the sport.
The weekend following the Winter Olympics will be highlighted by Try Hockey For Free Day on Saturday, March 3, 2018. This is a national effort with over 400 local rinks and association introducing kids between the ages of 4 and 9 to youth hockey. Participating host locations will receive jerseys, promotional items, marketing tools, USA Hockey sanctioning and online registration to maximize participation.
March is a great opportunity to attract new families who are thinking hockey at the conclusion of the Winter Olympics. This will give you an advantage with your spring programs and identifying new families for next fall.
For details on the program and what USA Hockey provides, see the overview here.
For questions, please email ComePlayYouthHockey@usahockey.org.
Participant registration for Try Hockey For Free Day on March 3, 2018 will open in January 2018.
Congratulations to the 321 local associations that completed USA Hockey’s 2 and 2 Challenge in the 2016-17 season! Associations that commit to the 2 and 2 Challenge follow a season long road map of national events and initiatives in an effort to add two new players and retain two additional players than their previous season’s 8 & under player totals.
These associations played a significant part of growing USA Hockey’s 8 & under membership to 115,694 kids, an all-time high!
USA Hockey is looking for associations and rinks to host opportunities to build awareness, celebrate your current players and grow participation for girls'; hockey as part of the seventh annual IIHF Girls' Hockey Weekend October 7-8, 2017. To participate, host sites can utilize; try hockey for free, cross-ice jamboree, season kick-off party or create an original event to celebrate local female hockey players.
To learn more about Girls' Hockey Weekend, CLICK HERE.
Host site registration is now closed for 2017. Please contact us with any questions.
In 2016, nearly 130 locations across the United States celebrated the sixth annual IIHF World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend.