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Welcome to Program Services

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.

2017-18 Try Hockey For Free Days!

The first nationwide Try Hockey For Free Day will be Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, as part of Come Play Hockey Month. The second opportunity will occur Saturday, March. 3, 2018, immediately after the Winter Olympics.

Try Hockey For Free Days provides youth hockey associations a national platform and opportunity to acquire new players locally. Associations will attract new players for this season as well as capture interested families for the following season. This initiative is a joint-effort between USA Hockey, the National Hockey League & NHL member clubs.

USA Hockey's Try Hockey For Free program, with the support of the National Hockey League and NHL member clubs, among others, is designed to provide youth hockey associations a national platform to introduce new kids to the sport. Pure Hockey and Liberty Mutual Insurance are official sponsors of Try Hockey For Free Days.

For questions, please email

NOTE: USA Hockey's national Try Hockey For Free Days have introduced more than 142,000 children to the sport over the last seven seasons.

2016-17 2 and 2 Challenge Wrap-Up

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!

2017 IIHF World Girls' Hockey Weekend

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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.

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