Sabres 10U-18U Youth 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 from the AA to C level for all age groups depending on the number of players and skill levels available. A determination will be made after player evaluations (tryouts).

Ages

This program is for players who were born between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2010

When

Evaluations are held in April. Practices begin in the last week of August for Gold and Black Teams and around the second week of September for Red teams. The season runs until the end of February. Games typically start in at the end of September and the league season ends with the playoffs in late February/early March.

Where

Your practices and home games will be played at the Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf, MD

Practices

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 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.

Games

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. The typical season will consist of a total between 40 and 50 games for the season. 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. Sabres Red teams will participate in approximately 16 CCHL league games with up to 4 additional non-league games. Red team may also opt to participate in tournaments at the team’s discretion.

Jerseys

Players in this program must purchase our club jerseys. You can find more information about jerseys under Resources.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

2019-2020 Head Coaches

Coaches will be announced around the first week of April

2019-2020 Team Fees

  TBD

Sibling discounts: $100 off second sibling; $100 off third sibling, etc. - Note that the discount(s) will be provided to each family by the SOMD Sabres in the form of a check as the system does not allow for discounts.

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

2019-20 10U-18U Tryouts

All 10U-18U Players interested in playing for ANY Sabres team for the 2019-20 season are highly encouraged to attend tryouts. Players indicating a desire to play for a Gold or Black team (CBHL bound) will be notified via email of team placement.  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. 

If you do not wish to participate on a Sabres Gold or Black team (CBHL bound) please indicate in your registration or email Brian Magill at hockeydirector@somdsabres.org.  Although encouraged, you do NOT have to attend the tryout if you only intend to play on a Sabres Red team.  There is no fee for tryouts.

Schedule:

10U Parent Meeting April 28 @ 7:05 AM
12U Parent Meeting April 28 @ 8:25 AM
14U Parent Meeting April 28 @ 9:45 AM
16U Parent Meeting April 28 @ 11:05 AM
18U Parent Meeting April 28 @ 12:20 PM

On-Ice:


 DO NOT SELECT YES FOR NEW JERSEYS.  YOU WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE NEW JERSEYS WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR THE SEASON.

Players selected to a Gold or Black Team (CBHL bound) will be required to register under the Sabres Youth Hockey Program and pay first installment (or in full) within 24 hours of being notified or spot will be offered to next player in line.

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