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2019-2020 Fall Travel Information

Overview

Wilmette Tribe Mite Travel League is for players aged 6-8 (birth year 2011, 2012 or 2013).  

For Devo and Mite House League, please visit the House page. If your player is birth year 2009 or older, they are part of Youth Hockey under USA Hockey. Please visit the Wilmette Braves Hockey Association for Squirts, Pee Wee, Bantam and Girls Only USA Hockey leagues.

The Wilmette Tribe Hockey Club’s goal is for young hockey players to develop a foundation of skills and love for the game so they play for a lifetime.  Hockey is a game of skill AND passion.  Wilmette Tribe club members come to the rink with energy and an edge that let's everyone know--they are a hockey player and they love the game!

You get tons of ice time in the Wilmette Tribe program including: (all included in the fees).  

  • 2 to 3 Weekly on Ice practices (a mix of ADM Skills & Team practices)
  • Goalie Clinics  
  • 6 Full Ice Seeding Round Games
  • 16 Full Ice CUHL Regular Season Games
  • 2 Tournaments (1 local, 1 out of state)
  • 2 Outdoor "Friendly" Games  
  • End of Season Playoffs 

Additional Features of The Program:

  • All teams will be led by our top notch Wilmette Tribe professional.
  • Team sizes that maximizes player development and ice time 
  • Jerseys & Socks are provided by the Club

The majority of on ice events will take place at Centennial Ice Arena, with additional events held at North Shore Ice Arena (NSIA).  

Not sure if Travel is right for you? View our Travel vs House comparison to understand all the differences in the program.

Program Level and Age Groups

This program is targeted to:

  • Birth Year 2011 or 2012 with previous team hockey experience or appropriate ability.
  • 2013s will be considered on based skill, experience, maturity, and coaches' approval.

If your child is a 2013 or if you are not sure if travel is the right fit, please reach our coaching staff at the contact at the bottom of the page.

For less experienced hockey players, our house leagues are also available.

Conditioning Clinics

The travel coaches will be holding Pre-Season Conditioning Clinics leading up to the tryout days and all interested skaters are encouraged to participate. Skater Sessions:

Tuesday, August 20 (Jersey Fitting)
5:30-6:30pm @ NSIA NHL

Thursday, August 22 (Jersey Fitting)
5:40-6:40pm @ NSIA NHL

 

Goalies.  If you do not have goalie gear, the club can lend you gear for the clinics and Try Outs.  However, if you make the team as a goalie  you must provide your own gear. Goalie Session:

Monday, August 19th
5:50-6:50pm @NSIA

Players, Goalies and Families please join us for a Welcome Back BBQ on Saturday August 24th at NSIA starting at 1PM.

Mite Travel Tryouts

We anticipate fielding 3 Mite Travel teams this Fall. With the limited spaces and strong program demand, comes the need to hold tryouts for these roster spaces. 

All Mites competing for travel team must participate in ALL THREE tryouts:

Tryout 1: Saturday, August 24
3:10-4:10pm @ NSIA NHL

Tryout 2: Sunday, August 25 (Jersey Fitting)
12:50 -1:50pm @ NSIA NHL

Tryout 3: Tuesday, August 27
5:30-6:30pm @ NSIA NHL

Goalies: If you don't have your own equipment, the club will lend you gear for the Try Outs. However, you must have your own gear post try outs.

Mandatory Parent meeting to be announced at a later date

Rosters will be announced by Thursday August 31st.

Please keep in mind our Wilmette Tribe Hockey Club goals.  In the big picture, we are attempting to "teach kids through hockey" and provide long lasting, important, life skill lessons.
 
Additionally and importantly, travel hockey is competitive hockey.  Individual players have ambition and want to make the highest playing level team possible. Players that earn that opportunity will be provided that opportunity.  Thus, at each tryout, the opportunity to make the highest playing level team is afforded to all players--equally.  Using all of our resources, our coaches will attempt to choose and place the most competitive team as possible.

The competition for team spots will be vigorous.  We look forward to seeing the results of hard work and placing players according to their performance. Any players that are not selected for a travel team are eligible for the Tribe House and House Plus league. 

Click here to see criteria used by Wilmette Coaches to place players.

Be proud of the Wilmette Tribe Hockey Club Tryout Process.  Read more about it here.

Season Dates and Information

Practices

There is NO Hockey scheduled for Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon of Labor Day Weekend.  First Team Practices start on Tuesday 9/3.  Please review the team calendars for team specific practice schedule.  

We attempt to schedule as many events at Centennial as possible; however, due to limited ice availability we also use North Shore Ice Arena for practice and games.

Travel teams practice between 3 times per week. Our estimated regular season schedule is as follows (but time/days/location are subject to change):

  • Practices: Tuesday between 5:25 and 7:25PM, Thursday between 5:25 and 6:55PM and Friday 5:10-6:10PM.  Specific time slot will depend on teams and the rotation.  The practices are mix of skills, group and team sessions. Each practice is approximately 60 minutes.
  • Goalie Clinics, spread out across the season, are on Mondays 5:50-6:50PM  

Season

  • Seeding rounds games are Mid-September to October 28 (6 games)
  • Regular Season is November 9 - February 18 (18 games)
  • Playoff Round Robin is February 21 - February 29 
  • Championship Game March 5th (top 2 teams in the division)

Coaches

Our coaching line for the Fall 2019-2020 season:

Skills Director:  Joe Heaton
Goaltending Director:  Grant Paulsen

Mite 1:   Joe Heaton 
Mite 2:   Grant Paulsen
Mite 3:   Joe Heaton

Additional coaches from the Wilmette Hockey Association will support skill sessions and team practices.

Jerseys & Equipment

Team Jerseys are provided by the club at no additional cost for first time Fall Travel players. Fittings will occur at the Aug 20th and 22nd conditioning and the Aug 25th Try Out session.   

Full equipment is required 

All players MUST have the following equipment to take the ice for any practice, clinic or game:

  • HECC certified helmet with full face mask
  • Shoulder pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Shin guards
  • Cup and supporter for boys or pelvic protector for girls
  • Stick
  • Gloves
  • Hockey pants
  • Hockey socks (provided by the club)
  • Properly fitted and sharpened skates
  • Mouth guard
  • Neck guard  

Goalies

Goalies are the anchor of each team and vital to success.  Goalies receive:

  • Goalie Clinics occurring throughout the regular season
  • 43% discount from Skater registration fees  **Discount increased this year**
  • Want to still develop your skating skills?  You will get complimentary access to our Fall House Snr Mite Program as a Skater

To be eligible, your player must be a full time goalie and be a goalie on a Mite travel team.  If you register as a goalie and are not selected, and later play as a skater, you will be required to pay the difference.  If you register as a skater, and later selected to play goalie full time, you will receive a refund.  If you are unsure, select the position you feel most comfortable about, and speak to the coaches during conditioning and tryouts. Goalies must provide their own gear.

Fees

Fees include: Home and Away Jerseys (for new Fall Travel players), Helmet Decals, Home & Away Game Socks, 2 Tournament Registration Fees, Professional Coaching and Ice Time.  

  • Conditioning and Try Out Fee $155  
  • Skater $3,650 
  • Goalie $2,100 (Goalies must provide their own gear)

Pricing includes a $50 discount for 'Paid in Full price'.

In addition, each Travel team will collect an 'Expense fund' (approximately $200-400 per player) to cover team expenses (team functions outside the rink, coach's gifts, etc).

Travel expenses to out of state tournaments is not included as part of the league fees and is the responsibility of each player.

AAU Membership

The Wilmette Tribe Hockey Club is a member of CUHL (Chicago United Hockey League, an AAU organization). Registration requires an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) membership. AAU membership, among other items, provides a comprehensive insurance program and provides protection for athletes while participating in competitions and practices.

AAU membership is $14.  

We recommend not registering for AAU prior to August 15th. Registering for AAU before August 15th will result in your AAU registration expiring before the season begins. If you are completing this registration on or before August 15th, leave the AAU registration field blank. We will follow up with you after the 15th for your AAU number.

Register here for your AAU membership.  Choose "Extended Benefits" and enter club code WYW3AW - Wilmette Tribe Hockey Club.  During registration you will be asked for your Membership ID number (6 digit code).

You must have a valid AAU number prior to getting on the ice (including conditioning and tryouts).

Parent Participation

Parent participation is the backbone to our successful organization. Each family is expected to volunteer throughout the season to assist in the Tribe experience. Some of the tasks that you can assist with include:

  • Team Manager
  • Team Treasurer
  • Registration assistance
  • Social/ Fundraising Activities
  • In game Clock/Scorekeeper
  • Locker Room monitor
  • Much more

Please be on the look out for volunteering requests. If you have interest in a particular area, please send us an email.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help us at Check In for Conditioning and Try Outs. Please sign up here.

Tournaments

We expect to participate in 2 tournaments during the season.

  • Tournament (Local) held Thanksgiving Week (Nov 25th-29th)
  • Out of State Tournament held over Martin Luther King Weekend (Jan 18-20)

The out of state tournament will be selected by the Wilmette Tribe board in collaboration with the coaching staff.

Refund Policy

The conditioning fee will not be refunded once conditioning has started. 

The full season fee will be refunded in the event that a player is not selected for a Travel Team.

If a player does not want to be considered for a specific team, this information must be in the Declaration Form prior to the start of tryouts.  You will receive an email from the club directors when it is accepted.

Once a player name has been posted to a travel team, no refunds of the travel season fee will be permitted.

All refunds will be made less a 5% transaction fee. 

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