Why can't I register for USA Hockey when I register for Tryouts?

USA Hockey registration does not open until April 1st, and players need to register for MYHA by the end of March for tryouts.

Why is scheduling hockey such a challenge?

Game schedules are released about every six weeks with a two-week bridge schedule in between. During the 6-week rounds, the league is trying to gain parity so that teams of similar caliber are playing each other. During the two-week bridge rounds, The Valley League Hockey schedulers align the teams appropriately for the next six-week round of parity. Our scheduler receives these schedules about 10 days before games start so it is impossible for us to assign weekend practices until we get the game schedule. We do our best to begin working on the schedule the minute the VHL posts it. Weekday practices are VERY consistent. Each team can expect to play 35 games.

How do I donate used equipment?

The League rents a storage shed in Marblehead to store used equipment. We welcome used equipment in good condition so that we can help offset the cost of hockey for families in need of new equipment. Please reach out to the equipment manager for donations or requests. Click on the Contact Us Page for contact information.

What are the gear requirements for the Learn To Skate Program?

USA Hockey and the insurance company for MYHA require that any player or parent on the ice must have an approved Hockey helmet. This means that skiing and bike helmets are not acceptable. 

Session 1

  • Helmet
  • Skates
  • Snow or hockey gloves
  • Snow pants or hockey pants and socks


As children progress to Whack A Puck then full hockey gear is needed. 


What is the team selection process?

The process consists of three steps. As of the 2020 season tryouts, MYHA contracts with an outside company to evaluate players of a two- day tryout. Each coach prepares a player evaluation which identifies, game ability, work ethic, skills level, and coach-ability. The selection committee looks at both evaluations when placement is made.

What happens if my player has the same number as a player on the same team?

If players have the same jersey number, the following procedures should be followed.

  1. Returning player gets to keep the number.
  2. If both players are new, then the player with the older birth year has the first option to keep the number.
  3. The player that is changing will need to contact The Marblehead Sports Shop to order and pay for a new Jersey. 
  4. There is a list of jersey numbers that can be provided by the coaches.
In which Leagues does Marblehead Youth Hockey Play ?

MYHA coed teams play in the Valley Hockey League and the hollyhocks play in The Middlesex Yankee Conference Girl's Hockey League.

Why is Marblehead Youth Hockey so reluctant to cancel games?

The team canceling a game has to pay $277 for their sheet of ice as well as for the team on which is being canceled. It is very difficult to reschedule games due to ice restrictions. MYHA will not pay for refs and scorekeepers for make-up games as it is incurring stiff penalties.

When are tryouts for Marblehead Youth Hockey?

Tryouts are typically held on the 3rd Monday and Tuesday in March at Lynn Connery Rink. When confirmed, they are posted on the League schedule.

What are State Playdowns?

State Playdowns is a state tournament that is during MLK weekend. It is sponsored by Mass Hockey vs VHL so participation rules are slightly different. MYHA pays for the first game of the tournament, however families will be charge for any Championship games which are played on Monday.

What is the Alternate Player Program?

The alternate spot selection for MYHA has been created with the goal of giving all those who live in Marblehead the opportunity to play and stay connected to their town, if and only if, they are affiliated with another club hockey program or are committed to another winter sport during that season.  This designation aligns to MYHA's mission of providing an opportunity for everyone in Marblehead to be part of the youth hockey program.  It is important to point out that the goal of the alternate spot is not to interfere, disrupt, or take away anyone's chances of making one of the selected teams.

We believe that with this new designation of an alternate spot, it will help keep players connected to Marblehead longer given the current and changing competitive hockey landscape.

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