Registration has opened. Fees have remained the same this season. The early bird deadline this year will be September 21st. The Board has decided to start the season a little early with hopes to start practices the first week of October. This will allow head coaches at the upper levels to observe all skaters and have ample time to select teams before games begin. You must register prior to participating in the practices. As a reminder Learn to Skate will be free for first year skaters so please spread the word to anyone who may be interested.
Head Coaching Lineup for this year is:
Mites- Brandawn Kozilsky and Steve Moffat
Squirts- Black: Pat Ryan and Otis Rabideau
Squirts- Red: Mike Lumb
Peewee- Kyle Siskavich
Bantam- Jason Terry
If you are planning on helping out on the ice or as a bench coach please make sure you complete the steps necessary to do so. The steps are as follows:
The clinics tend to fill up quickly so please register as soon as you can. The virtual clinic dates posted currently are as follows:
If you have any questions progressing through this process please do not hesitate to contact any member of the board.
Head coaches will be looking for parents to volunteer as team managers once the season gets underway. If you are interested you can notify the board and/or get in contact with the head coach at your appropriate level. You are not required to complete the steps previously mentioned to be a team manager.
As the season approaches, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out to myself or any other board member. Members are also always welcome to attend the board meetings. The next board meeting will be September 22nd at 5:30pm. Location TBD. Happy hockey season!
It is time for nominations for open board positions due to expiring terms.
We are soliciting nominations for the following positions:
President - 2 year term
Secretary- 1 year term
Treasurer- 2 year term
Director in charge of Fundraising- 2 year term
Director - 2 year term
Nominations must be received by midnight February 15th. Please email your nominations to Kirsten Darrah at email@example.com
Elections will be held early March with dates to be determined.
The rink is working with the board to help reduce some of the risks and concerns due to COVID.
As a result the schedule has changed slightly to allow for more time between practices. This will help ensure that there are fewer people in the rink at any given time and to allow time to clean and sanitize between groups. Please view the schedule changes on our website.
Learn to Skate is scheduled to begin November 20th at 5:15 PM at AC North. Registration will be open early next week. Please continue to check our Website for updates.
We are in need of volunteers for the Learn to Skate program. Please contact Andy Nephew at Andy.firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and/or you are willing to volunteer. The LTS program is the future of our organization. Help from our families is needed to keep the program running and for the continued success of our organization.
As always, feel free to reach out to any board member with any questions or concerns.
Due to the fact that we will not be playing games until January 1st at the earliest. The board has decided to postpone tryouts.
We will use the ice time that was scheduled for tryouts as pre-season skates. The pre-season skates are open to all registered players.
Squirts - Wednesday 10/28 at 5:15.
PeeWee - Wednesday 10/28 at 6:30.
The regular season practice schedule, mites updates, and Learn to Skate information will be coming soon.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact any board member.
Due to the increased number of Mites players registered we need to make a change to the Mites pre-season schedule.
Sunday 10/18 @1pm ONLY Mites with last names starting with A-K will skate
Monday 10/19 @ 5:15pm ONLY Mites with last names starting with L-Z will skate
Friday 10/23 @ 5:15pm Mites A-K ONLY
Friday 10/23 @ 6:30pm Mites L-Z ONLY
Sorry for any inconvenience but to make sure everyone is included, keep everyone safe and follow the rinks guidelines for numbers this change was necessary.
As an addendum to we wanted to say that outside of any rink regulations, we as an organization want to make this hockey season as safe as possible for everyone. We respectfully ask that you follow social distancing guidelines while in the rink and do not gather in the lobby area or warm room.
We look forward to a good safe season, see you all on the ice.
Plattsburgh Youth Hockey Board
IMPORTANT UPDATE -
Linked HERE please find our COVID regulations/contract that you MUST sign prior to your child skating this year. Please print, sign and return it to one of the coaches at your first skate. If you are not participating in pre-season skates, this will be required prior to tryouts or your first regular practice.
Upon entering AC North you will be required to complete a COVID pre screening/tracing form and have your temperature taken, both for the player and any spectators.
Pre- Season skate schedule is as follows:
Friday 10/16 5:15 Squirt 6:30 Pee Wee
Sunday 10/18 1:00 Mites 2:15 Pee Wee
Monday 10/19 5:15 Mites 6:30 Squirts
Wed. 10/21 5:15 Squirt 6:30 Pee Wee
Pre-season skate coaching:
You may have volunteered to coach for this season (Thank you) , however for pre-season skates the following coaches will be the only coaches allowed on the ice. We will select coaches for the regular season after tryouts.
Squirts (10 U)
Pee Wee (12U)
REMEMBER- you need to be registered for the season in order to participate in pre-season skates.
Tryout dates and times are:
Monday 10/26 5:15 Squirt 6:30 Pee Wee
Wednesday 10/28 5:15 Squirt 6:30 Pee Wee
Regular season practice dates and times will be forthcoming in a future update.
We are still working on scheduling the Learn to Skate program. We will update you as soon as possible.
If you have any questions feel free to reach out to any board member.
GOOD NEWS!! The ice is finally ready at AC North. Last evening our scheduling director spoke with the rink owner and secured our ice times.
Our first Pre-Season skate will be this Friday at 5:15 for 10U (Squirts) and 6:30 for 12U(PeeWee). Mites first skate will be this Sunday, the 18th at 1:00 pm. If you wish to take advantage of these skates please register before Friday. The dates for the rest of our pre-season skates will be in a future update.
Please bear with us as we are working under tight time constraints. We are working now to schedule which age groups will skate at what times. More information to come in the next couple of days.
Tryouts for 10U and 12U have been scheduled for Monday, October 26th and Wednesday, October 28th.
More information is forthcoming, however please understand that there will be specific COVID related procedures in place by both PYH and the rink.
Masks will be required for all players. If you prefer the CCM mask that fits inside the helmet, they are currently in stock at Play It Again Sports.
We have a meeting with the New York State Amateur Hockey Association this evening and hope to have more information to share regarding COVID tracing procedures and regulations.
Keep an eye on your email, our website and Facebook page in the coming days for further information.
We are excited to be moving in the right direction and can’t wait to see our players back on the ice!
Thank you for your patience as the organization works to solidify a plan to open the 2020-2021 hockey season. We are working closely with AC North to confirm practice times for each age group and hope we can share details shortly.
Tentatively, the board hopes to offer 2 weeks of preseason skating prior to holding squirt and peewee level tryouts. We are aiming for the week of 10/25-10/30 for try-outs, however we need confirmation from the rink.
Our scheduling director is still awaiting word from the rink as to when they will allow us to start scheduling ice time. Once we have exact dates and times for preseason skates and tryouts, we will be sure to share across social media and send email updates.
You will need to be registered in order to participate in any pre-season activity.
We understand some of you have concerns about the board’s decision to consider registration refunds at the end of the season. The reasons behind this decision include unanticipated changes to the season based on state mandate COVID-19 parameters. Internally, PYH pays an hourly rate for ice time, but the organization only gets an invoice from the rink 2-3 times during the entire season. After we settle any payments, we can determine un-utilized ice time. Once the board’s treasury determines a surplus of funds, plans will be in place to refund accordingly. If you have unusual or unexpected financial circumstances that warrant an early refund request, please reach out to a board member.
We encourage you all to register so that you are ready to go when we get the word that the rink is ready- which will hopefully be very soon. We want to get everyone on the ice as soon as possible.
Please be aware that we are mandated to follow any rules and restrictions set forth by New York State. Based on what we know right now we believe that we will not be allowed to play competitively in NYS until after the New Year. As a result, the first half of the season MAY be primarily skill development.
All local hockey organizations will have the same requirements and restrictions. Playing for another organization will not change these facts.
Things are constantly changing and the board is working to get this season started as soon as possible.
We will be in touch through email soon with the dates for our pre season skates.
Hello PYH families!
A quick update from the PYH Board:
We are continuing to work and plan for the upcoming season. We are working with AC North to schedule upcoming pre-season skates, tryouts and practices. We are awaiting final word as to when the rink will be open and available to us.
NYS Amateur Hockey Association has an upcoming meeting in a couple of weeks. We hope to have more information as to what NYS will require concerning COVID restrictions, games, etc.
Our Peewee A team has been entered as a state bound team for the upcoming season.
Our next board meeting will be held at AC North on Monday, October 5th, at 6:30 pm in the warm room. Please note that masks and social distancing will be required.
There are still many unknowns. Please rest assured that we are working diligently to plan for whatever the season may bring.
We will email and update our website as soon as more information is available.
I hope that all of our hockey families are healthy. The primary purpose of this email is to announce the opening of 2020-21 season registration. However, I also want to provide you an update on youth hockey in the North Country.
First, we have opened registration for the 2020-21 hockey season. You are probably asking why? Well, we need players to register in order to secure coaches, reserve ice time for next year, order supplies, and to allow sufficient time to order jerseys. As these are difficult times, and many people are struggling financially, we are dropping the registration deposit to $75 and the first installment is not due until September 1st.
Second, I want to provide an update on youth hockey in the North Country. Sadly, all hockey in the area is still on pause as a non-essential activity per the NYS Governor. AC North Arena also continues to remain closed. We are currently taking directives from USA Hockey and NYS Amateur Hockey Association (NYSAHA). USA Hockey and NYSAHA have mandated there be no hockey activities, including tryouts, until further notice. Basically, hockey in our area and across the state has been paused by governing bodies, but we want to be ready as soon as we are allowed to resume!
The Board has discussed pre-season skates for all registered PYH players in mid-August through mid-September as long as allowable by NYS. The Board has also been discussing what new protocols will be implemented when youth hockey is allowed to resume. Any new protocols will be based on guidance from USAHockey and NYSAHA.
Contact us with any questions and please register at your earliest opportunity so your player can take advantage of the pre-season skates.
Stay safe and enjoy your family time.
We have switched this year to a new registration and team management system. Our previous registration system closed its doors. We are now using SportsEngine. You will need to create a new account on SportsEngine, however SportsEngine is used by a lot of organizations and sports and once you create an account you are all set. We will also be using this platform for team communication and management instead of TeamSnap starting this year.
Registration Fees: Registration fees have not been raised from last year. They remain-
$635 for 8U,
$685 for 10U,
and $730 for 12U.
14U- We are currently gaging interest for a 14U team. If there are enough players (to include a goalie) and coaches available, we may be able to add this level to our organization.
There will be an early-bird discount again this year. $100 off the original registration fee will be applied to registrations paid by October 31st, 2020
Payment Methods: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or direct withdrawal from a bank account accepted. No offline payments or personal checks.
Payment Plan Option: 8u, 10u, 12u
A $75 deposit must be made at the time of registration and the remaining balance paid off by 10/31 for the early-bird discount of $100 off the original fee. All players not taking advantage of the early bird discount must be paid in full by 12/31/2020.
Multi-Player Registration Discount: A $100 discount off the original fee shall be applied to each additional child when multiple registrations are completed within the same order.
Full-time goalies will receive a 50% discount on their registration fees.
Learn to Skate/Introduction to Hockey for ages 3-7: Registration will open at a later date. Please frequent the Plattsburgh Youth Hockey website for updated information.
Season Cancellation Clause:
In the event the season is cancelled or dramatically altered, refunds will be offered at the discretion of the PYH Board after April 1st 2021.
Questions: Registration questions can be directed to
Otis Rabideau, PYH Treasurer at:email@example.com
General inquiries can be emailed to the board of directors at:
It’s summertime and often the last thing you are thinking about is next hockey season.
Well this is actually the time to start thinking about it. Have you thought about coaching or helping out around the ice during the season? Would you like to be more directly involved with your child’s season? Now is the time to start to think about those things.
Especially with the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming season and the possibility of needing extra ice sessions having certified and ready coaches is important. As many who were involved in the 6U/8U program last year know with so many kids at that level we need as many certified coaches, managers, and volunteers as possible. Before registration even begins those interested in coaching need to prepare so they are certified and qualified to be on or around the ice.
This year with safety concerns and the countries move to online education many of the clinics and classes necessary are available online for the first time, making it easier for you.
This is a great time to get the following accomplished before the season begins:
First tip — make sure you are buying equipment that fits, particularly when it comes to skates. More advice ⬇️