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Canandaigua Knights Youth Hockey Conference

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Travel Season!

Welcome to the Canandaigua Knights Youth Hockey Conference 2017-2018 Travel Season. This document is intended to explain how travel hockey works within our organization from an administrative standpoint.  It is intended as a brief guide for parents whose children are participating in tryouts for a spot on one of our 2017-2018 travel teams.  In 2017-2018, the Knights are planning to field multiple travel teams at the Squirt through Midget levels.

A tournament-bound travel team is a team that competes over the course of the season to qualify to participate in the State Tournament at that playing level.  League games are comprised of regular games against non-tournament-bound teams, as well as State Qualifier Games (Q Games), which are played against other tournament-bound teams at the same playing level.  If the team finishes the year in first or second place in the Q game series in the West section, the team will qualify and must attend the State Tournament for that playing level.  Each organization may field only one tournament-bound team at each playing level.  If the organization fields both a major and a minor or mixed team, the major team at each playing level may be declared as the tournament-bound team based upon travel coach recommendation and board approval.


CKH offers House, Travel and Girls league teams. House teams compete in Empire, travel teams compete in Western New York Hockey League and we are classified as a Tier Two, NYS Tournament Bound Travel Organization, and the Girls team competes in GLGHL.
In the summer of 2012, CKH moved from a Tier 3 organization to a Tier 2 organization Travel organization.  The rationale behind this move was to further challenge our players and maximize player skill development by increasing the level of competition.
Our 2017-2018 organizational goal is to field 2 travel teams at every USA Hockey age category and field three, Tier 2 Tournament Bound teams.  Concurrent with this, our goal is to have between one and three of these TB teams qualify and compete in the State tournament.  Ideally we will field one major and one minor team at each age bracket however, the 2nd team makeup is subject to the quality and quantity of the players at the tryouts. 
As the only Tier 2 organization located in a southeastern suburb of Rochester, we offer AA players the unique opportunity to potentially play in the NYS tournament.  CKH offers a consistent practice schedule and excellent coaching with reasonable team and organizational fees.  The CKH travel tryout policy is such that, to receive full consideration players are encouraged to attend all tryout sessions however if they participate in at least one tryout session they are still eligible to be selected. 

Given the expanded number of travel roster spots available at CKH; new-to-travel and new-to-CKH players are encouraged to attend the organization's tryouts taking place in March and April.  The Squirt and PeeWee tryouts will be conducted at the GCCC on March 21st and 23rd. A potential 3rd tryout date will be scheduled as needed for March 28th.  The Bantam and Midget Tryouts will be conducted at the Thomas Creek Ice Arena during the early part of April. Also, the Girls Program will host an evaluation sessions during the early April timeframe.

The Major team will be selected after two tryout sessions and the 2nd team will be selected after a 3rd subsequent session. 
Ideally the 2nd team will be a Minor team.  That being said, if there are four or more major-aged players involved in the 3rd session considered to be among the “top 10 players” in terms of overall ability, then the 2nd team would play in the WNY Mixed Division. 

Chair, Coach and Player Development Committee


Tryouts are posted on the website and will be held in March and April in accordance with USA Hockey Guidelines.  As opposed to house program evaluations, where independent evaluators place children at the A or B level and on a specific team, travel teams are selected by the head coach directly.  One of the facts of life in a travel program is that not all children will be selected to the team.  If your child is not selected for the team, we encourage you to speak directly with the head coach regarding the specific skills or abilities the coach was looking for when selecting his team.   The head coach has the responsibility of selecting the team.

There is a $40 tryout fee that covers the costs to the association to conduct the tryout sessions.  This fee is charged to all players who choose to participate in the tryout process.  Our organization does not charge a deposit for players to attend one of our tryout sessions.  All prospective players must register online at our website prior to tryouts.  This allows the organization to communicate with each player using the email on file on our website.  Please be sure that you have all emails to which you would like communications to be sent on your account.

If your child is selected to a team, he or she will be asked to sign a Player Commitment Form.  This form effectively binds your child to our association and to the travel team for the full 2017-2018 playing season.   This form is a USA Hockey requirement and is honored by all associations.

General Rules of Tryouts

  1. Any player that did not play for CKH last season must bring the following paperwork on the first night of tryouts.  If you do not have this paperwork, you will be unable to tryout.
  • An Original, signed copy of a release from your 2017-2018 NYSAHA Association (no photocopies accepted)
  1. Any player that owes money to CKH or to their prior year CKH team and/or organization is ineligible to tryout at CKH.
  2. The cost to register $40.
  3. Walk-in registrations will be accepted. We will have laptops available the night of tryouts to register online.
  4. The tryout schedule is subject to change. Please check the CKH website frequently to ensure that you do not miss a critical tryout date or time. Coaching announcements will also be made via the website.
  5.  Please plan ahead. If you need a release from your current organization, we highly recommend requesting it early to give your current association time to process your request.



The Tryout Process

  1. If you understand the process and plan ahead, tryouts should be an easy, fun and exciting time for you and your child.
  2. Please check the schedule to determine when and where you need to be for tryouts.
  3. Please arrive at tryouts at 1 hour before the start of your scheduled tryout.  This will allow for ample time to get checked in.  Also please ensure that your child is well nourished and well rested for tryouts.
  4. At the registration table, your information will be inspected to ensure its completeness and correctness.  Your child will than will be given a jersey, his name and jersey number will be recorded onto a tryout roster used by the coaches conducting the tryouts.  Your child can then go to the assigned dressing rooms and get ready for the tryout.
  5. When you arrive for the 2nd or 3rd night of tryouts, your child will need to check in with the registration table prior to going to the dressing room. This will allow us to ensure that his name and number is logged on the form for that night’s tryout session. If they don’t check in, they will be marked as absent.
  6. Please remember that if your child is not selected for a particular team, it is not a reflection on your child, or you. It is simply that the coach felt that there was another player who better fit the team’s needs. In most cases we have several very talented players trying out for the same team and unfortunately, not everyone will make the team.

Travel Program Fees:

Travel teams are financially independent from the Canandaigua Knights Youth Hockey Conference.  That means that the team must cover the cost of all practice ice time, game ice time, WNYAHL team fees and referees, in addition to any other expenses incurred by the team.  The registration fees collected by the Knights are held specifically for the team and are used to cover the team’s direct costs paid by the Knights.  The team manager will work with the coach to maintain and track a team budget and will ask parents directly for any additional funds necessary if the team chooses to purchase additional practice or game ice and referees during the course of the year.  The registration fee is created to cover the basic costs of practice and league game ice and participation in the Ingle Cup travel tournament.  You should speak directly with your coach regarding expected total costs to play.  If the team is successful and continues on to the State tournament, the cost associated with participating in that tournament is covered by the team.  There is a financial true-up with the Knights at the end of each year where the costs paid for by the Knights are balanced against registration fees.  Any shortfall must be covered by the team.  This would typically occur if the team scheduled additional ice and did not pay for it directly at the time of the session and it was included in the Knight’s ice bill.

Expected Knights Registration Fees by age level for 2017-2018:


Squirt = To Be Announced
PeeWee = To Be Announced
Bantam = To Be Announced
Midget U16 = To Be Announced
Midget U18 = To Be Announced

Additional money is usually required on an individual team basis to cover additional ice time and tournament play. This is decided and collected at the team level.

If Your Child is Selected to a Team, please keep the following dates in mind:

May 1st – June 15th – Team Registration.  You will be communicated to by your team manager asking that you register your player for USA Hockey (www.usahockey.com) and complete the registration process on our website.  It is important that you do so at your earliest convenience as this will allow the team and the organization to communicate with you over the summer.  All travel plays will be charged for a white jersey as part of their Knights registration fees this year as the organization is changing over to a new jersey shell over the next few years.

August 15th – Travel Payments are due.   All players must be paid in full as of this date or a payment agreement must be on file with the CKH Treasurer for the skater to be included on the roster submitted to the league.  Midget players, due to the short playing season, may not take advantage of the payment agreement and must be paid in full as of this date.  This date has changed slightly from prior years and is now in line with other travel programs in our area.

August 15th - Preliminary Rosters are due to WNYAHL. 

Mid August to Mid September – practices begin based on level.  Please keep an eye out for a communication from your team manager as to when practices will begin. 

Scheduling meetings and the beginning of play vary slightly by age level and league. You will be communicated to by the team manager for the specifics for your team

Thank you for considering the Canandaigua Knights Youth Hockey Conference for your child.  We hope you have a good experience with our organization and that your child develops as both a hockey player and an individual! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to a member of our Board of Directors.

Recruiting Violations

The Canandaigua Knights want to remind all members of the Knights organization (players, coaches, parents and board members) that recruiting players from other associations, if that player is not in possession of a release from his/her current association, is in violation of NYAHA rules.  Please read the following.  The Knights do not condone recruiting in any form.

Associations, through their Participant Members or other component persons (whether or not affiliated with the Association), are prohibited from contacting youth, girls or high school players from another Association, or otherwise engage in conduct that would appear to suggest that such a player who has not been released change his or her affiliation with their current Association (such activities to be know as “Recruiting”). It shall be evidence of Recruiting, if after such player and Association have executed a commitment and the player has not been released, that the player is contacted by another Association in the above prohibited manner. Any written and signed complaint regarding Recruiting shall be directed to the respective Section President, who will investigate and make a full report to the NYSAHA Board of Directors, which will take action as deemed necessary and appropriate.