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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. 


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 fifth annual IIHF Girls’ Hockey Weekend October 10-11, 2015. To participate, there are four different events 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.  

Registration for this event is now open HERE!

In 2014, nearly 150 locations across the United States celebrated the fourth annual IIHF World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend. 

Mark Your Calendars: 2015-16 Try Hockey For Free Days, Presented by KraftHeinz

USA Hockey announced today that the 2015-16 season's Try Hockey For Free Days, presented by KraftHeinz, is now open for association and rinks to register as host sites!

The first nationwide Try Hockey For Free Day will be Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, as part of Come Play Hockey Month. The second opportunity will occur Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, during Hockey Weekend Across America.

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. In addition to presenting sponsor KraftHeinz, Total Hockey and Liberty Mutual Insurance are official sponsors of Try Hockey For Free Days.

Associations and rinks interested in hosting on a designated Try Hockey For Free Day can register HERE!

NOTE: USA Hockey's national Try Hockey For Free Days have introduced more than 90,000 children to the sport over the last five seasons.

2 and 2 Challenge Caps Successful Third Season!

A record 398 associations participated in USA Hockey's 2 and 2 Challenge, a program that played a significant role in the number of American players during the 2014-15 season.

Associations that commit to the 2 and 2 Challenge follow a systematic year-long plan of utilizing grassroots marketing tools and national events in an effort to add two additional new players and retain two more players than their previous season's 8-and-under player totals.

Congratulations to all associations that completed the 2014-15 season’s 2 and 2 Challenge!

Upcoming Events

  • Oct
  • 10
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 IIHF Girls’ Hockey Weekend October 10-11, 2015. To participate, there are four different events 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.  

    Registration for this event is now open HERE!

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  • Nov
  • 7
TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE DAY, presented by KraftHeinz
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  • Try Hockey For Free Day, presented by KraftHeinz, will be Saturday, November 7th and is part of Come Play Hockey Month. This program, designed to provide youth hockey associations a national platform to introduce new kids to the sport, is a joint-effort between USA Hockey, the National Hockey League and NHL member clubs.    

    Over 500 locations will host a try hockey for free clinic for kids between the ages of 4 to 9. With youth sports wrapping up, this event provides local associations the perfect opportunity to introduce new families to youth hockey.

    November is an ideal time to bring families into your rink that may not have previously considered youth hockey and are completing their fall sports.

    For more information on hosting this event, CLICK HERE.

    Register as a host site for this event HERE!

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  • Feb
  • 20
Hockey Weekend Across America Try Hockey For Free Day
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  • Hockey Weekend Across America, will be highlighted by Try Hockey For Free Day, presented by KraftHeinz, on Saturday, February 20, 2016. This is a national effort with over 300 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.

    February is a great opportunity to attract new families who are thinking hockey because it’s winter. This will give you an advantage with your spring programs and identifying new families for next fall.

    For a detailed overview of the program and what USA Hockey provides, CLICK HERE.

    Register as a host site for this event HERE!

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2015 Try Hockey For Free Days Presented by KraftHeinz