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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.


November 10, 2018 Try Hockey For Free Day!

Try Hockey For Free Day will be Saturday, November 10th as 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 450 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.

Host site registration will open in Fall 2018.

For questions, please email ComePlayYouthHockey@usahockey.org.

Participant registration for Try Hockey For Free Day on November 10, 2018 will open in Fall 2018, please visit www.TryHockeyForFree.com.

February 23, 2019 Try Hockey For Free Day!

The Saturday during the 2019 Hockey Week Across America will be highlighted by Try Hockey For Free Day on Saturday, February 23, 2019. 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.

Host site registration will open in Winter 2019.

For questions, please email ComePlayYouthHockey@usahockey.org.

Participant registration for Try Hockey For Free Day on February 23, 2019 will open in Winter 2019, please visit www.TryHockeyForFree.com.

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

IIHF World Girls' Hockey Weekend Logo

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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