Sabres Youth Hockey 2019-20
Evaluations will be in late April/early May for all players 10U-18U who are interested in playing for the Sabres for the 2019-20 season. Evaluations are free for all players. Evaluation schedules can be found below under the tryout section. Registration is open for tryouts at the link at the bottom of this page.
Every attempt will be made to field up to 3 teams at each age level but will depend on the number of players at the evaluation. Sabres Gold and Black teams will play in the Chesapeake Bay Hockey League (CBHL) at the appropriate level (AA, A, or B) based on assessed skill level. These teams may also participate in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL) at the discretion of the teams coaching staff. Sabres Red teams will compete in the Capital Corridor Hockey League (CCHL). If there are not enough participants to field both a Gold and Black team in any age bracket, those participants who are not selected for the Gold team will be placed on the Red team. The club is no longer offering a "Rec" program but instead are will field CCHL bound teams (Red teams) that will play a very similar schedule with some added opportunities.
With the exception of U-18, Gold and Black teams will play approximately 28 CBHL league and non-league games as well as participation in the EJEPL or up to 3 tournaments. After teams are selected, coaches will determine whether or not any specific team will participate in the EJEPL. Registration costs will NOT include the entirety of the EJEPL fees nor the tournament fees. Registration fees will include $2000 per team to cover a portion of that expense but be aware that additional funds will be required (either through fundraising or additional team assessments) to fully fund the planned schedule for each specific team. This additional assessment will be anywhere from $150 to $400 per player depending on the number and cost of tournaments that each team decides to participate in, and/or whether or not your team participates in the EJEPL. The typical season will consist of a total between 40 and 50 games. Each team will have between 13 and 15 home games depending on the size of your CBHL division.
U18 Gold/Black will play approximately 25 games (including league and non-league) with the option to participate in any tournaments that the coaching staff decides. U-18 registration fees will include $2000 to cover some portion of your tournament expenses.
Practices will vary depending on age group. U10-U14 Gold and Black teams will practice 3 times per week with one of those practices being a skills development focus with the Sabres Skills Instructor. This equates to approximately 70 practice ice touches per season for these teams. 16U Gold and Black teams will practice 2 times per week. 18U Gold and Black teams will practice 1 time per week. The reduction of practices for 16U and 18U will reduce the burden on those players who also participate in High School Hockey.
Sabres Red teams will be comprised of players who are developing skills or those who can not or do not wish to commit to the financial and time commitment of participating in the CBHL. Families may request at the time of evaluations to be automatically placed on a Sabres Red team. Red teams will provide a more development focused atmosphere as well as a lower cost/lower time commitment option to our Sabres families. Players who are opting to play on a Sabres Red team do NOT have to attend tryouts but are welcome. You should however still register for the evaluation and select "NO" when asked if interested in playing on a CBHL bound team.
Sabres Red teams will have 2 practices per week, primarily on the weekends and the U10-U14 teams will have the option to participate in the weekday skills practice with the Sabres Skills Instructor. Red teams will participate in approximately 16 CCHL league games with up to 4 additional non-league games. Red teams may also opt to participate in tournaments at the team’s discretion. Tournament fees are NOT included in Red Team registration fees. Players will be responsible to pay the additional cost to cover any tournament fees. Teams may fund-raise to defray some or all of the costs associated with tournaments.
A 2019-20 USA Hockey number will be required. You can obtain one at: https://www.usahockey.com/usahockeyregistration
Fees below are based on expected number of players per team. Fees may fluctuate slightly up or down based on number of players registered but will not change more than $100 either way. A deposit will be collected during initial registration. Final fees will be posted no later than June 1st. Any changes will be reflected in the final 3 installments which will be collected on the 1st of each month starting August 1, 2019. Fees do NOT include entire Tournament or EJEPL fees.
Sibling discounts: $100 off second sibling; $100 off third sibling, etc.
Payment Plans are available with online payments.
Questions regarding the Sabres Youth Hockey program can be directed to the Hockey Director.
USA Hockey 2019-2020 Age Groups
10U: 2009 - 2010
12U: 2007 - 2008
14U: 2005 - 2006
16U: 2003 - 2004
18U: 2001 - 2002