1. How old must my child be to start playing hockey?
2. Does my child need to know how to skate?
3. Is hockey just for the boys, or can my daughter play with the boys?
4. When are practices and games?
5. How much playing time can my child expect?
6. Does my child have to live in Barron or Chetek to play hockey in your association?
7. How do I register my child to play hockey?
8. How much does it cost to play?
9. How do you keep your fees so low?
10. What equipment does my child need?
11. Where can I obtain hockey equipment?
12. Why are fundraisers necessary?
13. What fundraisers will I need to be involved in?
14. What are service hours?
15. What is the "Work or Pay" fee?
16. Who will be teaching my child hockey skills?
17. How can I become a coach?
18. How does one become a referee?
19. What is the Prestigious Player Award?
1. How old must my child be to start playing hockey?
 
Parents generally start registering their children in our hockey program when they reach the ages of 5 or 6. This is normally when they are starting kindergarten and are ready for a minimally structured learning environment. Some children start as early as the age of 4 and have done quite well. Others have started playing Barron/Chetek Youth Hockey as PeeWees (11 & 12 year olds) and also were very successful.

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2. Does my child need to know how to skate?
 
Absolutely not! Many children who start in our youth hockey program have never even put on skates before starting hockey. That�s what we are here for, to teach them how to skate and play the game of hockey. An activity they will enjoy long into adulthood if they so desire.

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3. Is hockey just for the boys, or can my daughter play with the boys?
 
Hockey is for your daughter too! Just as in most youth sports, girls are definitely equal to the challenge at the younger ages and may even develop faster than the boys. In fact we would encourage your daughter to continue skating with the boys as long as she feels comfortable. Some girls have even competed successfully at the older age groups when checking is allowed. As in the past, Barron/Chetek Youth Hockey will organize a separate girl�s team if sufficient interest is shown.

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4. When are practices and games?
 
Generally there are two weeknight practices lasting about one hour each and anywhere from one to three games on weekends. We try not to have a team play more than two games in one day or start a Sunday game before 11:30 a.m. The younger youth hockey players (ages 10 and under) will usually start practice between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., while the older players follow about an hour later.

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5. How much playing time can my child expect?
 
Your child can expect to play in every game assuming he/she has not had an excessive number of unexcused absences from team practices. As the Barron/Chetek Youth Hockey policy states, �All players on the team are to play in every game subject to exceptions to be communicated to parents and players by the coach.� In fact to be successful, a hockey team needs two or three players for each skating position in order to allow teammates sufficient rest between skating shifts. Unlike most team sports, hockey is a sport intended to be played at maximum continuous effort with minimal stoppages of play. This can be equated to sprinting a quarter mile, then resting one to two minutes while a teammate takes your place, and then starting the process all over again for a 12 to 15 minute period. Ideally, at the older levels two to three lines of five players are rotated every 40 to 60 seconds without stoppage of play while the goalie never leaves the ice.

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6. Does my child have to live in Barron or Chetek to play hockey in your association?
 
Absolutely not! However, those who reside in the Rice Lake and Cumberland school districts are required to register with their local hockey associations as is required by the Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA) which governs our program. If you reside in the Barron, Chetek, Cameron, Prairie Farm, or Turtle Lake school districts you should be eligible to register your child with our association.

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7. How do I register my child to play hockey?
 
Barron/Chetek Youth Hockey usually has two registration sessions during the month of September for both new and existing skaters. Please contact us at to request information on registration dates or visit this website where dates will be posted as they become available.

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8. How much does it cost to play?
 
Not as much as you may have been lead to believe. You should know that the fees associated with Barron/Chetek Youth Hockey have been some of the lowest of any association with which we have been compared. Whereas many hockey associations charge hundreds of dollars more to take part in their programs, we have been able to keep our fees low. Your child will probably never have a more affordable opportunity to take up the sport of hockey. In fact, first year skaters almost skate for free by only paying the $40 required for USA Hockey�s player insurance coverage. We even provide equipment for first year skaters except for their skates and sticks.

For returning skaters, each family pays a $25.00 family fee plus a registration fee ranging from $65.00 up to $105.00 per skater based upon the age level they participate in. Registration fees include the $40.00 that is sent to USA Hockey for player insurance. Players provide their own equipment except for goalie equipment and jerseys which are provided by the association at no charge. In order to help keep registration fees low, all families are required to volunteer some service time and take part in two or three fundraising events during the year. Those families who would rather not take part in a fundraising activity have the option of paying a buyout fee.

Barron/Chetek Youth Hockey has been known to subsidize a player's fees when the need for financial assistance has been brought to our attention.

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9. How do you keep your fees so low?
 
Our fees are low because Barron/Chetek Youth Hockey is a 100% volunteer organization with no long term debt to repay. As the saying goes, �Many hands make for light work,� and many do donate their time and talents to the association. We are also one of the few indoor ice facilities operated and owned by a youth hockey association with no long term debt to repay.

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10. What equipment does my child need?
 
First year skaters will need to purchase their own stick and skates. The majority of other equipment required for your first year skater will be provided by Barron/Chetek Youth Hockey and usually consists of a helmet, gloves, breezers, shoulder pads, elbow pads, and shin pads. Some equipment is optional, but can be helpful in protecting your child from injury.

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11. Where can I obtain hockey equipment?
 
Most of the local sporting goods stores carry various items of hockey equipment. Barron/Chetek Youth Hockey obtains most of its hockey equipment from Play-it-Again Sports where you can purchase either new or used equipment. Bike & Skate is a good source in Eau Claire as is Treadmill Sports in Somerset. In addition, some Barron/Chetek Youth Hockey families sell their used equipment at very reasonable prices during our fall registration.

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12. Why are fundraisers necessary?
 
Barron/Chetek Youth Hockey which is incorporated as Barron Youth Hockey Association Inc., is a charitable tax-exempt organization under the United State Internal Revenue Code as described in section 501(c)(3). We are also a 100% volunteer organization which makes fundraising very important to the continued success of our youth program. Fundraisers assist us in keeping registration fees low and accomplishing our stated mission of providing our area's youth (regardless of ability, race, gender, or economic background) the opportunity to participate in an affordable hockey program in a positive and safe environment. Funds raised are necessary to help cover maintenance, equipment, supplies, and operating expenses incurred in the operation of our youth hockey programs.

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13. What fundraisers will I need to be involved in?
 
Families with only first year skaters are not required to participate in any fundraisers, but are welcome to become involved to the extent they feel comfortable during their first year.

In any given year, our mandatory fundraisers have usually consisted of two or three of the following fundraisers: calendar raffle, Christmas greenery/wreath sale, beef raffle, and a softball tournament. Those families who would rather not take part in a required fundraising activity have the option of paying a buyout fee which is established each year before the start of the fundraiser.

Our optional fundraisers have consisted of aluminum can recycling and the purchase of Econo Foods coupons.

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14. What are service hours?
 
These are the hours contributed to Barron/Chetek Youth Hockey by our members. We are a 100% volunteer organization and someone has to make the ice, sweep the floor, work concessions, keep score, drive the Zamboni, throw out the garbage, etc. Such tasks completed by association members are what help keep are registration fees low.

There are parent and player service hour requirements. Parent service hours are mandatory, while player service hours are optional. Currently, a player�s parents/guardians submit a refundable check for our �Work or Pay� fee and are required to complete 25 service hours during the hockey year ending March 31st. However, parents with only first year skaters are not required to complete any work hours, but are welcome to become involved to the extent they feel comfortable during their first year. A Player�s service hours are applied toward fulfilling his/her �Prestigious Player Award� requirement which varies from 0 to 8 hours depending on the skater�s age level.

All you need is the desire to help, and if you don�t know how to do a required task, we�ll teach you.

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15. What is the "Work or Pay" fee?
 
The �Work or Pay� fee is a refundable fee to be applied toward mandatory service hours (25 hours) and fundraiser requirements not fulfilled by a family during the hockey season. Parents currently must submit a $300.00 check at the time of registration. If the required fundraisers and parent/guardian service hours are completed, the check will not be cashed and will be returned at the annual meeting held in April. However, checks may be cashed if the full 25 hours have not been worked or the required fundraisers completed. Refund checks will be issued after a reduction for service hours not completed at the rate of $20/hour and for fundraiser requirements not met. Parents with only first year skaters are not subject to the �Work or Pay� fee.

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16. Who will be teaching my child hockey skills?
 
Your child will be coached by a volunteer that has been certified through the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program. All coaches are required to attend clinics taught by USA Hockey certified instructors in order to be certified for the level of hockey they will be instructing. All coaches applications are also reviewed by the Barron/Chetek Youth Hockey Board and approved after it has been determined they are willing to coach within our association�s guidelines.

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17. How can I become a coach?
 
Prospective coaches must submit a coaching application to the Barron/Chetek Youth Hockey Board and if approved by the board, obtain the appropriate level of USA Hockey certification by December 31st of the current hockey season. Pre-registration for coaching clinics is mandatory and is completed at the USA Hockey website at www.usahockey.com by clicking the Coaches Section banner and selecting �Coaching Clinics�. Most coaching positions for the following season are assigned on or before the association�s June board meeting. The association likes to have head coaches assigned as early in the summer as possible so that they have ample opportunity to plan and obtain assistant coaches for the upcoming hockey season. The association will reimburse an approved coach�s level 1, 2, and/or 3 clinic fees at the end of the hockey season they were incurred if the coach is in good standing.

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18. How does one become a referee?
 
First, you must be at least 12 years old before August 1, of the current season. Also, you will need to pay registration fees to both USA Hockey and the Wisconsin Hockey Officials Association (WHOA) to be eligible to officiate games in Wisconsin. Prospective referees must complete the USA Hockey Open Book Rules Exam and the requirements of a USA Hockey sanctioned Officiating Seminar.

Seminar pre-registration is required at www.wihoa.com. Skaters are encouraged to become referees as it helps them become more familiar with the rules they must play by. The association will reimburse the fee paid by an association member for a successfully completed Officiating Seminar at the end of the hockey season it was incurred if the member officiated association games during the season.

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19. What is the Prestigious Player Award?
 
The �Prestigious Player Award� is meant to reward those players that have shown a dedication to there team and the association during a hockey season. This award is earned by fulfilling attendance and service hour requirements established by the youth hockey board for each playing level. It consists of either a unique patch designed for each playing level (Mini-Mite, Mite, Squirt, PeeWee, and Bantam) that is awarded the first time it�s earned at a playing level or a pin if it�s earned again at the same playing level.

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