Travel hockey is a competitive league that plays in the Carolina Hockey League (CHL). Just as the name suggests, many games require travel within the Carolinas, Virginia or other states based on tournament locations. Each year, Valley Youth Hockey holds tryouts for the travel teams. Please check the schedule of events page for details on dates and times.
Tryouts for Squirt, Peewee, Bantam Travel Teams:
March 18, 19, & 20
Squirt 5:45-6:45 (Birth Year 2009 & 2010)
Peewee 6:15-7:15 (Birth Year 2007 & 2008)
Bantam 6:45-7:45 (Birth Year 2005 & 2006)
Spring Travel Team Birth Year, in Accordance with USA Hockey, will align in accordance with the 2019-2020 season age bracket and noted above.
Tryouts are open to all players according to Birth Year.
No registration for tryouts is necessary.
Teams will be announced March 25th.
Registration will open March 25th.
Travel Practice Schedule:
Monday / Wednesday: April 1 – April 29 (off April 15-19, Spring Break)
5:45-6:40 – Squirt
6:40-7:35 – Peewee
7:50 – 8:45 – Bantam
Monday / Wednesday: May 1 – May 22
5:45-6:45 – Peewee
6:45-7:45 – Bantam
Tournament Schedule (tentative)
April 26-28; Spring Thaw, Delaware: Squirt, Peewee, Bantam
May 24-27; Boston Cup, Peewee & Bantam
Travel Team Format:
Squirt; Full ice instructional for higher level players. Captures rising squirts and existing squirts. Focus on positional play, offsides, and team development.
Peewee; Captures rising peewee and existing peewee. Focus on team development, leadership, faster tempo play, positional play, and body contact.
Bantam; Captures rising bantams and existing bantams. Focus on team development, leadership, and body contact with an emphasis on checking. Beyond body contact and checking, the primary practice model will be focused on the “Pond Experience” where players have the opportunity to develop in a less forced scenario.
Travel Team Costs:
"Playing Up" in VYHA:
While no player is allowed to play in a younger age group than required by USA Hockey regulations, parents may request that their child be allowed to "play up" in an older age group. All requests to play up must be submitted in writing and must be approved by the Coaches Committee. Requests should include a careful and complete explanation of the reasoning for asking to play up and should detail the player's recent playing history and the name of his/her coach during the preceding season. Decisions on playing up will be made promptly and parents will be notified. Any questions regarding playing up, including requests, should be directed to Coach Paul Haskins or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.