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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.


2018-19 National Try Hockey For Free Dates Announced

USA Hockey is excited to announce the National Try Hockey For Free dates for the 2018-19 season. 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. Last season, nearly 25,000 kids had their first ice hockey experience while participating in a National Try Hockey For Free event.

The Try Hockey For Free Day for Fall will be Saturday, November 10th as part of Come Play Hockey Month. November is an ideal time for new families that may not have previously considered youth hockey and are completing their fall sports.

The Spring Try Hockey event will take place on Saturday, February 23, 2019. February is a great opportunity to attract new families who are thinking about hockey because it's winter. This will give rink programs an advantage with spring programs and identifying prospective hockey families for next fall.

Click Here to register as a 2018-19 Try Hockey For Free Host Site.

For questions, please email ComePlayYouthHockey@usahockey.org.

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

Registration is open for the 2018-19 2 and 2 Challenge

The 2 and 2 Challenge guides youth hockey leadership through national programs and tools to drive participation at the 4 to 8 age group. By growing hockey at this age group, programs will experience long-term growth as these kids continue to develop.

What is the goal of the 2 and 2 Challenge?

The blueprint guides youth hockey leadership through national programs and tools to realize their goal of acquiring 2 new players and retaining 2 additional players than the previous season's total in the 8 & under age category. Associations accepting the 2 and 2 Challenge will:

  1. Participate in Welcome Back Week (Sept. 17-23, 2018)
  1. Host a Try Hockey For Free event on November 10, 2018 OR February 23, 2019; PLUS one additional event
  1. Offer a Transition Program (after your Try Hockey events)

By completing the 2 and 2 Challenge, associations will receive up to $250 in Pure Hockey credit to help your association enhance growth initiatives.

For more information or to get started, visit www.2and2challenge.com

IIHF World Girls Hockey Weekend

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 eighth annual IIHF Girls’ Hockey Weekend, October 6-7, 2018. To participate, host sites can utilize; season kick-off party, cross-ice jamboree, try hockey for free, or create an original event to celebrate local female hockey players.*Events are encouraged to be focused on the 8U age group. To learn more about Girls Hockey Weekend, please CLICK HERE.

Host site registration is available HERE. Please contact ComePlayYouthHockey@usahockey.org with questions regarding registration.

In 2017, over 120 locations across the United States celebrated the seventh annual IIHF World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend.

March 3, 2018 Try Hockey Event Recap

Hockey Weekend Across America Celebrated Coast to Coast: More than 13,000 skate in Try Hockey For Free events

The 11th annual Hockey Weekend Across America proved to be a success on every level, highlighted by 13,460 children experiencing Try Hockey For Free Day at 379 rinks nationwide on Saturday (March 3).

Each day of the celebration featured a special theme. Friday (March 2) was Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day, sponsored by Chipotle, during which fans across the country showed their hockey pride by wearing their prized jerseys. Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day capped the weekend on Sunday (March 4) with recognition of those who power the game at grassroots levels. Sandwiched between was Saturday’s (March 3) national Try Hockey For Free Day, when children ages 4-9 from were introduced to hockey for the first time with complimentary equipment, ice time and encouragement from certified USA Hockey instructors.

The Colorado Rampage, a USA Hockey Model Association, led the nation in THFF participants, welcoming 351 children in three sessions to the Monument (Colorado) Ice Rinks. The Indy Junior Fuel (Indianapolis, Indiana), with 271 participants, and the New Mexico Ice Hockey Foundation, with 150 participants, rounded out the top three.

On a state-by-state basis, Michigan led the way 1,373 participants, followed by Pennsylvania (1,064) and Wisconsin (1,021).

The NHL, AHL and ECHL provided outstanding support to help drive attention to local Try Hockey opportunities. Additionally, several NHL clubs and other leagues supported the initiative by promoting and organizing events of their own.

Also part of Hockey Weekend Across America, 34 young officials had the chance to meet and learn from current NHL officials in conjunction with 17 NHL games in American markets over the course of the event.