Welcome to DPYH 2021 Spring Hockey -
DePere Youth Hockey is excited to once again offer our 2021 Spring Hockey Program. This program is essentially “organized pond hockey,” with a goal of letting kids get back to the basics of gathering with friends and playing hockey (at the 2021-22 age levels). Teams will be pre-established to create even “blue” and “white” teams, with players receiving a DPYH spring jersey representing their team (may have some changes to ensure competitive balance).
Rink Protcols (COVID) - DePere Health Department has restrictions on all municipal buildings, including DePere Ice Arena. Currently, this results in 1 spectator per player allowed in the rink to meet COVID protocols. All players, spectators and coaches must be masked while at DePere Ice Arena. Recommended arrival protocol is 10 minutes prior to scrimmage time with bottoms on. Locker rooms will be available for goalies and to tie skates, but social distancing is expected. Rink bleachers are encouraged to be utilized as necessary. Expectation is players leave the rink within 10 minutes after scrimmage.
● Mites - Blue/White teams to be pre-determined by DPYH coaches. Will play half-ice with goalie rotation encouraged (or mini-net). 90 second shift changes signified by buzzer. Coaches on ice to assist as needed.
● Squirts - Blue/White teams to be pre-determined by DPYH coaches. Full ice with goalies. Coaches on ice to assist with rules and positioning. Officiating done by a mix of current & interested youth officials.
● PeeWees - Blue/White teams to be pre-determined by DPYH coaches. Officiating done by a mix of current & interested youth officials.
● Bantams - Blue/White teams to be pre-determined by DPYH coaches. Officiating done by a mix of current & interested youth officials. Body contact limited to hip checks (brief body contact tutorial and expectations to be shared to ensure player awareness of expectations).
Coaches will be at each bench with the purpose of providing guidance at the younger age levels (and opening doors) and maintaining structure at older age levels. Bantam will be expected to jump boards and/or independently open doors.
The Calendar on the DPYH website has been updated. If you want the Spring Hockey dates to auto-load into your digital calendar, you can select your tag and export it into your device. Access the calendar here: DPYH Calendar
Thank you for your participation in the DPYH Spring Hockey Program and have fun!!!!
Overview - DPYH spring hockey is intended to be a fun session of “organized pond hockey” for kids to play the game in a care-free environment. Adjustments will be made to ensure fun and competitive environment for all players. Clock operator expectations are focused on ensuring games progress in a timely manner. The document on the right gives rules/guidelines for each level.
Click here for the Reffing Schedule - contact Tiffany Weckwerth with any changes or trades at DPYHAssociation@gmail.com. You need to trade within your own color group.
Current refs: Please wear your regular reffing gear as if it was a normal game. Bring your whistle and wear a mask.
New refs: Please wear black pants that fit over shin guards, your skates, your helmet, your De Pere Jacket (if you have one - otherwise something black) and see if you can find a cheap whistle. You will need to wear a mask.
You can get ready in the reffing room. It’s located at the end of the bleachers at the bottom of the steps. Please be ready 10 min before the game is ready to start. If you are scheduled to ref and then play, you can get ready in the locker room if that makes it easier. This will be a laid back pick-up hockey style program. It’s more for fun and you are out there to practice and learn.
New refs, please ask a lot of questions and just observe as you go. We don’t expect you to know everything. If you want to become certified, you can visit https://www.wihoa.org/. Hopefully this coming summer there will be in-person sessions. I’ll be sending out more information this summer when they start up but you could give it a look over to see what to expect. The contact for our area is Dave Mather (email@example.com). He’s an excellent resource and has been very helpful answering questions.
Here is the basic officiating manual if you want to take a quick skim of it. Maybe go over some of the basic signals, etc. Reffing Manual