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NYHA In-house Program Overview

NYHA's In-house program is designed to be a fun and instructional introduction to hockey for boys and girls ages 4 through 9, typically with 3 or less years of hockey experience. Most practices and games are conveniently held on Saturdays and Sundays at regular times starting in mid-October and running through mid-March. The 2016 In-house season will start on 10/22/16. Please also note earlier Sunday ice time new this year.

All In-house levels follow the USA Hockey/American Development Model (ADM) with an approximate ratio of 3:1 practice time to game time. Each level will typically have 4-6 teams of 6-10 players each. All games are cross-ice and against other NYHA teams within each level. Additional scrimmages against other local In-house teams may also be added during the season.

Teams are coached by parent volunteers. In addition, Saturday practices are led by professional coaches from Pro Ambitions Hockey, Inc.

A description of each In-house level is provided below. All players who register receive a NYH jersey with a number.

If you have questions, or are interested in coaching/volunteering, please contact Bryan McGinn at inhouse@nyha.org. In addition to on-ice coaches we are also looking for off-ice volunteers to help manage levels (organize teams, handout jerseys, communicate with parents, etc...).



  • Age range: 4-6

  • First time players with some skating experience

    • Recommended that players complete a learn to skate program before start of season. At a minimum players must be able to stand and shuffle without assistance from coaches.

  • Emphasis on skating with some basic hockey skills introduced later in the season

  • Ice times*: Saturdays 11:20 AM and Sundays 10:45 AM (Sundays start in mid-December)


  • Age range: 5-6

  • Completed Beginners or equivalent

  • Emphasis on skating and developing hockey skills 

  • Ice times*: Saturdays 10:15 AM and Sundays 11:55 AM

In-house Mites

  • Age range: 7-9

  • Completed Beginners and Rookies (or equivalents) or first time players older than 6

  • Emphasis on skating and developing hockey skills 

  • Ice times*: Saturdays 9:10 AM and Sundays 1:00 PM

In-house Majors

  • Age range: 9-12

  • Completed an in-house program (or equivalent) or first time players older than 9

  • Emphasis on skating and developing hockey skills

  • Ice times*: Saturdays 8:00 AM and Sundays TBD

Equipment list (in dress order):

  • Jock/Jill (optional but recommended)
  • Shin pads
  • Hockey socks
  • Pants
  • Skates
  • Shoulder pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Jersey (one will be provided)
  • Neck guard
  • Mouth guard
  • Helmet with cage
  • Gloves
  • Stick


Note: ice times and locations may change based on rink availability

* Projected Pricing is: Beginner: $450, Rookie: and In-house Mite:  $575