Welcome to the Milton Youth Hockey Web site. Its primary purpose is to provide a central location for information on Milton Youth Hockey - and at times other hockey related news and events. Within these pages you will find everything you need to keep you well informed about our program and our teams. While we continue to enhance this site, we encourage your feedback and suggestions at any time! We welcome you to our program and appreciate your support. Please check back often before, during and after the season for updates. Send suggestions and comments to:
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For those new to hockey and to MYH, we offer two major Hockey programs: A Travel program and a House League Program.
The MYH travel program consists of aged based boys and girls divisions. The Boy’s division is broken in to five age levels based on USA Hockey guidelines: Mite (ages 7-8), Squirt (9-10), Pee Wee (11-12), Bantam (13-14) and Midgets (15-18). The Girls division is broken in to five age levels based on USA Hockey guidelines as well: U (under) 10, U12, U14, U16 and U19. Depending on the numbers of registrations, MYH tries to field teams in all levels.
Within each level – boys or girls, teams are selected based on skating and hockey skills: “A” teams having the highest level and “C” teams have lesser skills. Regardless of skill levels – whether your son or daughter is on an A, B or C team, MYH offers players a fun, safe and competitive playing environment.
As most of the players on the Midget and U19 teams are at the high school levels – and a majority of these players play for High School hockey, MYH offers a Half Season program. This program typically runs from late August and ends prior to Thanksgiving. They typically have about 13 games, and include the Monday night Skills/Power Skating and one team practice each week. The tuition for the 2014-2015 half season program is $570. This represents about a 2% increase over the prior year due in most part to increases in League dues and ice costs.
For all the other teams, MHY offers a full travel season that runs from mid-September to the end of March. These teams typically play about 30 games, and include the Monday night Skills/Power Skating and one team practice each week. The tuition for the 2014-2015 full season program is $975. This represents about a 2% increase over the prior year as well due in most part to increases in League dues and ice costs.
For both the full and half season programs (and our House League), MYH offers a generous discount program for families with multiple children. These discounts range from 15% off the tuition price for the 2nd player, 25% off the tuition price for the 3rd player, and 35% off the tuition price for the 4th player and beyond – these discounts are automatically applied as you complete the online registration.
The Milton Youth Hockey Coaches Committee has over 60 years of combined coaching experience both inside and outside youth hockey. The decisions we make regarding coaches are a direct reflection of what we believe is in the best interest of the players of Milton Youth Hockey. In the spring the Coaches Committee is tasked with choosing the most appropriate coach available for a given team. Each team has different requirements depending on their age, level, and ability. From a procedural standpoint, we wait until the end of the season to pick coaches for the following season so as to minimize interruptions with the current teams. We also try to hold tryouts near the end or after the season ends to also minimize interruptions. The teams making it deep in to their respective playoffs usually finish skating on or around April 15. These are the guidelines we follow annually to choose coaches:
In the late February / early March time frame, we notify all MYH members and current coaches via email and the MYH website to submit a coach’s application to the Board if they have an interest in coaching for the following season.
Complete the coaching application form
We ask each coach for their team preference - but we are not always able to accommodate depending on a number of factors. For example, if a returning coach decides that he would like to coach at the same level (Squirt A for example) for a second year, and if that coach has a clean record and is in good standing with MYH for that year, then they will most likely be invited back to coach that team again. We are not in the habit of firing volunteer coaches.
Selection Guidelines and Criteria
If an individual coach has worked with a team for three consecutive years either as head coach or assistant, then they may be asked to step aside and take a year off so that the players on that team may be exposed to alternative coaching styles. We believe this is in the best interest of each player as they develop and move through the Milton Youth Hockey Program.
There are a number of unique challenges the Committee faces as it reviews the coaching applications, for example a.) Parents who also volunteer to coach generally do not want to agree to coach a B team if, for example, their child has a chance at making an A team, and MYH does not want to offer a upper level team (A or B) to a parent coach when it is not know for sure if that the player will be selected for that specific team.
Year after year we encounter the need for last minute shuffling (sometimes at the tryouts themselves and beyond – as the player selections are finalized) to fill open coaching positions due to challenges.
We make every effort to accommodate all coaching requests but are unable to satisfy everyone noting that each team can only have one head coach. We take into account coaching experience, administrative abilities (communication, etc.), reputation, time to volunteer, and all around character. These are children being coached and some coaches are better suited coaching at specific age levels.
Coaching Sons or Daughters
MHY has no issues with Coaches wanting to coach their sons or daughters – just as long as coaches understand that they need to treat every player absolutely equal. Also, coaches will be placed in a coaching position only after their child has been placed on a team.
Rough Timeline of the Selection Process:
All MYH House League and Travel members and current coaches are notified via email and website Late February/early March to submit coaching applications by mid to late March for the following season.
Coaches’ applications are collected and reviewed by the Coaches Committee prior to the MYH Board meeting.
At the March or April Board Meeting, the Coaches Committee makes its recommendations for coaches for the upcoming season. The Board votes to approve, or otherwise all recommended coaches.
Notifications are sent out via email or telephone to all coaches who submitted an application in writing after the selection process has been completed.
Player Evaluations typically are conducted in the March – early April time frame.
These notes are guidelines to help coaches and parents to understand the MYH coach’s selection process. If anyone has any questions regarding the MYH Coaches Committee or these guidelines, please contact Greg McManus 781.562.1829 (h),617.943.1963 (c) or email him at