If you are new to Fox Valley Youth Hockey Association, WELCOME and congratulations on enrolling your child in the most exciting sport in the world! Below there are several resources to get you started.
Remember that your age director and team manager are great folks to answer your questions; and other parents are always a good resource too - so don't hesitate to introduce yourself and ask questions. We're all in this together!
The best way to make the most of your child's experience in hockey is to get involved and volunteer. Ask your child's team manager or age director how to be involved with the team and with the club.
The Parent Handbook has been put together with the goal of providing members with a general understanding of the organization, major policies, and information parents may need to actively engage with the club and their child’s team.
Dressing your first time hockey player can be a daunting task for the new-to-hockey parent! This video highlights the basics for equipment and how to dress your son or daughter for hockey.
FVYHA has equipment for rent for the season for our young Introductory Program skaters (appx. ages 4-8). It is not expected that they have their equipment at this age. The club has a wide range of used items to fit different sized kids so that everyone is safe and comfortable out on the ice. If your older child needs equipment be sure to talk to your age director about options for renting, borrowing, or purchasing used equipment, at least to get started. Your child will need their own equipment eventually. The rental program gives you and your child an extended opportunity to try hockey before you buy your own equipment.
For a parent of a new hockey player, entry into the sport can be an intimidating experience in part because outfitting your youngster at 6U, 8U, or whatever age they might be starting requires head-to-toe equipment that’s specific to hockey. If you started in IP and rented equipment you have an idea of what you will need as your child moves up to the next level - Mite Hockey. Check out USA Hockey's Parents’ Guide to Buying Equipment as first step. Starter kids are also available at Scheels (with a discount for FVYHA members) and Dick's sporting goods. EJ's is our local hockey specialty store; and Play it Again Sports sells used equipment seasonally. Make sure to get some help with sizing your child's helmet and skates before you purchase. If you don't know - just ask - every hockey parent was in your shoes at some point!
We have learned over the years that not only do the kids need coaching, but a little guidance for our parents has proven to be quite helpful too! There is no shortage of hockey mom and dad advice out there, and here are a couple of favorites to support your role as a positive sports parent:
Children learn best by example, so applaud the good plays of both teams. Do not embarrass your child by yelling at players, coaches or officials. Show a positive attitude toward the game and all of its participants and support the officials on and off the ice. Applaud a good effort in both victory and defeat. Keep it fun for everyone - yourself included.
Concussions can happen in any sport or physical activity. The Center for Disease Control has very good information for parents and players about concussion prevention, assessment and treatment in youth sports. You should discuss this information with your skater; and your skater should report any concerns right away to their coach if they have a fall, bump, or hit to the head. Our coaches receive training concerning concussion prevention and assessment. Concussion symptoms may occur after the incident, even a day later. It's important for parents to know the symptoms of concussion. If you think your child might have a concussion, he or she should see their medical provider to be assessed as soon as possible. The doctor will determine when it is appropriate for your child to return to play. FVYHA provides baseline ImPact Testing in the fall for our skaters 10 and over to help your provider manage concussion if needed.