Sabres Youth Travel Hockey

The goal of the Sabres Youth Hockey Program is to promote the development and competitiveness of hockey players by providing the most possible ice touches and highest quality of instruction available. The Sabres will field teams for all age groups depending on the number of players and skill levels available. A determination will be made after player evaluations (tryouts). It is very important that the player and parent understand and accept the time commitment of the travel program, and that they are expected to make the travel team a priority. Parents and players should be prepared to accept this level of commitment.

Ages

This program is for players who were born between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2015. For more information on 8U "Mite" hockey, please click on the Programs tab above and go to Sabres 6U/8U Hockey.


USA HOCKEY 2024-2025 AGE GROUPS:

10U: 2014 - 2015

12U: 2012 - 2013

14U: 2010 - 2011

16U: 2008 - 2009

18U: 2006 - 2007


When

Tryouts are held in March and April. 10U and 12U age groups are in March, while 14U, 16U, and 18U are in April. Practices begin in August. The season runs until the end of February, with playoffs typically ending in mid-March. Games typically start in late August or early September and the league season ends with the playoffs in late February/early March.

Specialized Training

Goalies: Goalies will receive weekly instruction during practice from Wolfe Hockey instructors.

Training Room: Sabres will have access to our off-ice training room, during scheduled off-ice sessions with their team.

Off-Ice Study: Gold and Black travel teams will have off-ice classroom sessions with coaches for film study/review, systems study, etc.

Practices

Practices will vary depending on age group.

10U, 12, and 14U will practice 3 times per week, with one of those practices being a Skills session focused on skating and skill development with Sabres Skills instructors.

16U will practice 2 times per week.

18U will practice 1 time per week.

Lady Sabres will practice 1 time per week. Please see the Girls Sabres Hockey section under the Programs tab, for more information on the Lady Sabres.


Games

Gold and Black teams will play approximately 16 CBHL league games, and 16 AHF league games.

AHF games are in a Showcase weekend format (two totaling 8 games), plus for all teams 8 head-to-head games with selected opponents - for a total of 16 AHF games. Families should expect overnight travel for showcase events and possibly the head-to-head games.

The typical Sabres season will consist of a total of between 40 - 45 games for the season.

Additional Costs

Additional Costs include jerseys, tournament fees and miscellaneous costs based on schedule. Teams will make every attempt to fundraise for these additional team costs.

2024/2025 SEASON: 10U - 18U TRYOUTS

It may sound crazy, but we are already looking ahead to next season! All 10U – 18U players interested in playing for any Sabres team for the 2024-2025 season shall attend tryouts. You can register for tryouts here, using the register tab at the bottom of this page.

Once you complete the registration on this Sabres website, you will receive a confirmation email. In order to complete your registration for tryouts, you must click on the payment link in your confirmation email and use it to pay for tryouts. If you do not complete this payment portion of the registration process, you will not be able to attend tryouts.

ONCE TRYOUTS ARE COMPLETE PLAYERS WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL WHICH TEAM THEY HAVE MADE, AND THEN WILL HAVE 24 HOURS TO ACCEPT THAT ROSTER SPOT. IF A PLAYER DOES NOT ACCEPT THEIR ROSTER SPOT, THE HOCKEY DIRECTOR WILL COMMUNICATE WITH THE HEAD COACH OF THAT TEAM TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THE OPEN SPOT WILL BE FILLED WITH ANOTHER PLAYER. IT IS ASSUMED ANY PLAYER ATTENDING TRYOUTS IS TRYING TO MAKE THE BEST TEAM THAT THEIR ABILITIES CAN EARN THEM.

THE SABRES ARE CONTINUING OUR EFFORTS TO GROW GIRLS HOCKEY. LAST SEASON WE HAD A SINGLE 10U/12U COMBINED LADY SABRES TEAM. IT IS OUR HOPE THIS SEASON TO PUT BOTH A 10U TEAM, AND A 12U TEAM ON THE ICE, ALTHOUGH WE ENCOURAGE ALL GIRLS OF ALL AGE GROUPS FROM 10U THROUGH 18U TO REGISTER FOR TRYOUTS. WE WILL PUT AS MANY TEAMS ON THE ICE AS WE CAN, BASED ON REGISTRATION NUMBERS. GIRLS MAY PLAY ON BOTH A COED TEAM, AND A LADY SABRES TEAM. PRACTICES WILL NOT CONFLICT. IF YOU TRYOUT FOR A COED TEAM AND ALSO PLAY ON A LADY SABRES TEAM, YOU DO NOT NEED TO PAY FOR THE GIRLS TEAM TRYOUTS.


tryout costs:  

10U  and 12U:  $79,  with an early bird registration of $59 if you register by 3/1/24.

10u and 12u lady sabres:  $50, with an early bird registration of $30 if you register by 3/1/24.  free if trying out for co-ed teams.  

14U+ lady sabres:  $50, wth an early bird registration of $30 if you register by 4/10/24.  free if trying out for co-ed teams. 

14U and 16U:  $79, with an early bird registration of $59 if you register by 4/10/24.

18U:  $50, with an early bird registration fee of $30 if you register by 4/10/24


TRYOUT SCHEDULE:

10U TRYOUTS:

Monday March 18th AND Wednesday March 20th:

6:00pm - 7:00pm each evening: 10U Group 1*

7:00pm - ICE CUT

7:10pm - 8:10pm each evening: 10U Group 2*

*Tryout groups for Monday will be emailed to families about a week before tryouts. Tryout groups for Wednesday will be emailed to families on Tuesday March 19th.



12U TRYOUTS:

Tuesday March 19th AND Thursday March 21st:

6:00pm - 7:00pm each evening: 12U Group 1*

7:00pm - ICE CUT

7:10pm - 8:10pm each evening: 12U Group 2*

*Tryout groups for Tuesday will be emailed to families about a week before tryouts. Tryout groups for Thursday will be emailed to families on Wednesday March 20th.



10U/12U LADY SABRES:

Friday March 22nd:

6:20pm - 7:20pm



14U TRYOUTS:

Saturday April 27th AND Sunday April 28th:

7:00am – 8:10am each morning.



16U TRYOUTS:

Saturday April 27th AND Sunday April 28th:

8:20am – 9:30am each morning.




18U TRYOUTS:

Saturday April 27th:

9:40am – 10:50am



14U+ LADY SABRES TRYOUTS:

Saturday April 27th:

11:00am – 12:00pm



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