Thank you for your interest in the Darien Youth Hockey Association (DYHA). There is a wealth of information posted here at our website regarding hockey programs and the registration process. The below information as well as links to other more detailed web pages should provide answers to most questions. If you need additional assistance, please email the current DYHA Registrar,
For a detailed description of the DYHA registration process, click here.
REGISTRATION and 2020-2021 TRAVEL TEAM TRYOUTS
DYHA is pleased to announce on-line registration for the upcoming 2020-2021 season:
- Registration for RETURNING PLAYERS who intend to try out for a DYHA or CT Ice Cats Travel Team will open on February 8th, 2020. Returning Players are those players currently rostered on DYHA House, Travel and CT Ice Cat teams. DYHA Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget and CT Ice Cat tryouts are currently posted on the home page.
- Registration for Returning Players (2002 - 2013 Birth years) who do not intend to try out for a travel team and want to participate in our House program will open on May 1st, 2020. On March 1, 2020, all 2014 birth year and all 2015 birth year players will be welcome to register as Mighty-Mites and Mini-Mites respectively.
- Players not currently registered and rostered on DYHA teams (in birth years 2002-2013) who are interested in joining DYHA for the 2020-2021 season should register on the Waitlist which opened January 1, 2020.
If your player has any siblings (born in 2013 or earlier and not currently a DYHA player) interested in joining DYHA next season, please register them on the waitlist.
Returning players (those who played hockey with DYHA the previous year) can register by clicking on the "Register Online" tab on the left-hand pane and using the Returning Player Registration Form. Interested players who were not in the DYHA program this past season may also register on our waitlist at any time by using the Waitlist Registration Form, also found in the "Register Online" tab of the website.
The travel teams listed below will conduct tryouts for 2020-2021 Season Starting on March/April TBD with the following dates:
U-10 Girls (2010 & 2011 birth years)
U-12 Girls (2008 & 2009 birth years)
U-14 Girls (2006 & 2007 birth years)
U-16 Girls (2004 & 2005 birth years)
U-19 Girls (2002 & 2003 birth years)
Mite (2012 & 2013 birth years)
Squirt (2010 & 2011 birth years)
Pee Wees (2008 and 2009 birth years)
Bantam (2006 & 2007 birth years)
Midget Minor(2004 & 2005 birth years)
Midget Major (2002 & 2003 birth years)
Key Dates for the 2020-2021 Season
January 1, 2020: Online waitlist registration is open for new participants to DYHA
Feb 8 - Feb 18, 2020: DYHA Returning Travel Player registration for Players intending to tryout for a travel team (Mites, Squirts, PeeWee, U10,U12)
Feb 8 - March 15th, 2020: DYHA Returning Travel Player registration for Players intending to tryout for a travel team (Bantams, Midgets, U14, U16, U19)
March/April TBD: Travel Tryouts start, see dates and times on the home page
March 1 - September 1, 2020: Mini-Mite and Mighty-Mite registration
May 1 - September 1, 2020: Returning House player registration
For information on specific DYHA programs, please follow the links below.
House Programs: Predominantly play teams within DYHA, all level of players welcome to participate.
Travel Programs: Requires selection to a travel team through a tryout process.
Mites: 2012, 2013, and 2014 birth years
Squirts: 2010 and 2011 birth years
PeeWees: 2008 and 2009 birth years
Bantams: 2006 and 2007 birth years
Midget Minors: 2004 and 2005 birth years
Midget Majors: 2002 and 2003 birth years
U12: 2008 and 2009 birth years
U14: 2006 and 2007 birth years
U16: 2004 and 2005 birth years
U19: 2002 and 2003 birth years
Please familiarize yourself with the following document regarding registration fee refunds and DYHA's Photo Release Policy: DYHA Refund Policy and Photo Release Policy
Important Registration Definitions
Mini-Mites: New or current players born in 2015. Click here for more information about the Mini-Mites hockey program. Click here to register in the Mini-Mites program. Registration is ongoing from March 1, 2020 throughout the beginning of the season.
Mighty-Mites: New or returning players born in 2014. Mighty-Mites registration will open March 1, 2020 and will continue throughout the beginning of the season.
Returning Players: Players who were part of a DYHA program during the previous hockey season. Click here to register as a Returning Travel Player (opening Feb 8th). Registration is only open from Feb 8th to Feb 18th for Mites, Squirts, PeeWees, U10, U12 and Feb 8th to March 15th for Bantams, Midgets, U14, U16 & U19. Click here to register as a Returning House Player (opening May 1).
Waitlist Applicants: Players who did not participate in DYHA during the previous hockey season, whether new or returning from an older season. Also, returning players who did not register by the May 15th deadline. Click here to complete a Waitlist Application (generally opening Jan 1).
Non-Registered Players: Players from outside the DYHA program who are not currently registered with the organization, but during the course of travel tryouts demonstrate abilities that rank among the top player candidates may be offered a position on a travel team. Non-registered player recommendations will be determined by the “AA” and "A" team coach(s) and the DYHA Travel Directors and must receive full Board approval. The DYHA board may authorize the rostering of up to two Non-registered players per season at the Squirt level and reserves the right to not accept Non-registered players at this level. Squirt aged players attempting to gain Non-registered status will only compete for an “AA” team position and must demonstrate skill levels which rank them among the top prospects for that team. At the Pee Wee and Bantam levels the DYHA Board may elect to take 3 Non-registered skaters and one Non-registered goalie per season. While the process is similar as that described above, the “AA” team will have the option to roster 2 Non-registered players, one of which may be a minor aged player. The “A” team may elect to roster one first year player. One Non-registered goalie may be rostered by the “AA” team. If there are no cuts at tryouts for a given team, the restrictions regarding Non-registered players may not apply. DYHA also reserves the right to not roster any Non-registered players for any given team for whatever reason regardless of whether skill comparison during tryouts warrants such action or not. This decision will be at the sole discretion of the DYHA coaching staff, the DYHA Travel Directors and the DYHA Board of Directors.
Financial Aid: The DYHA is able to make partial financial aid grants to qualified new and returning hockey players in the program. Assistance can be in the form of both scholarships and payment plans. If you need assistance paying your registration fees and/or travel supplements, click here to access a Financial Aid Application. For Financial Aid FAQs, click here. Financial Aid Applications must be received by the June 1st deadline.
USA Hockey Registration Numbers: In order to register with the DYHA, it is mandatory that each player have his/her individual USA Hockey Registration Number. This number is obtained by registering with USA Hockey at their website, which includes paying a registration fee (approximately $40). The number is twelve characters long, with nine digits and the first five letters of the player’s name. To register with USA Hockey, click here.