We hope you find the following frequently asked questions helpful:
TYHNC (Triangle Youth Hockey of North Carolina) is a USA Hockey sanctioned organization that governs the 'Hillsborough Sharks' ice hockey teams. TYHNC originated in 1980 and was the first youth hockey association in the Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill, NC area. We follow the USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM) and have teams at all levels.
The names refer to the age groups for each team. USA Hockey groups players into into 2-year ranges. Age cutoffs for each division are based on the calendar year. e.g., If your child turns 8 anytime during the 2015 calendar year, they will be a Mite (8 & under) for the season that runs from Fall 2015 through Winter 2016. If your child turns 9 anytime during the 2015 calendar year, they will be a Squirt (9-10) for the Fall 2015 / Winter 2016 season.
They are never too young or too old to get started. Through our partnership with the Triangle Sportsplex, we recommend the following path for getting started with the great game of hockey.
There are two types of teams at each age level: House teams for players looking for a more recreational level of play with local scheduling; and Travel teams for the more experienced players looking for a higher level of competition. Any player can sign up for a house team, provided the roster is not full, while Travel team players are selected based on tryouts that occur in May or June of each year for the following season.
Yes, all of our coaches are USA Hockey certified, have passed the background and Safe Sport requirements mandated by the USA Hockey and Carolina Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA). All of our coaches focus on fun, skill development, team play, sportsmanship, and enjoyment of the game.
Generally, if a player has completed one or two learn to play sessions, they’re ready to join one of the house level teams. Your learn to play coach, as well as any TYHNC staff member, are good resources to discuss player readiness. We also encourage new players to come to a few practices and try it out (for free) before committing.
The season usually starts in September, and runs through early March.
We usually have a one week break over Thanksgiving and a two week break over Christmas / New Years.
All practices and home games are at the Sportsplex in Hillsborough, NC. Practices are twice a week on weekday nights (once a week for Mites). Games can vary, but usually are on weekends. The number of games and format (single game v. tournament) vary by age level and type of team. Most house teams will have approximately 20 games per season. Travel teams may play 30-40 games per season.
Most House teams play in the Polar Hurricanes House League (PHHL) and teams from other area organizations: Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville, etc. Travel teams play in the CHL (Carolinas Hockey League), which includes other local travel level teams and tournaments in the mid-Atlantic region.
USA Hockey does not permit players to play down a level. Inexperienced players still working on the basics will find the house team at their age level to be a great fit. The size of a child is generally not a factor for determining whether he or she is ready to play hockey within their age group (including from a safety standpoint). Checking is not allowed in PeeWee (U12), Squirt (U10), and Mite level hockey.
Yes, definitely! All of our teams are co-ed. We sometimes even play all girl teams!
Cost varies depending on the age level and the team (house or travel) your child will play on. The 8U / Mite registration fee for 2015-16 is $595. House teams are approximately $1000 and travel teams are approximately $2000. This fee covers the entire 5+ month season. When accounting for all hours of activity provided (practice & games) over the course of the season, it usually works out to about $12-$13 per hour for house team players.
To help with costs, TYHNC allows you to pay the registration fee in five monthly installments, offers financial aid, and offers sibling discounts.
Note, other than uniforms and socks, TYHNC does not provide any gear (i.e., helmets, pads, skates, etc.). If you need assistance on where to obtain gear, and/or are on a budget, please contact us & we can provide some suggestions.
Yes. We have an objective formula that takes into account income and number of dependents to allow for registration discounts at various levels.
Yes. The sibling discount is 10% off of the total registration bill for families with multiple Sharks.
Other than a jersey and socks, no gear will be provided. If you need assistance on where to obtain gear, and/or are on a budget, please contact us & we can provide some suggestions.
Yes, they love it!
Interesting video from USA Hockey on the benefits of playing cross ice for 8U kids.