Hanover Coed Program Overview
Hanover Hockey Association’s co-ed program offers instructional and competitive hockey experiences for boys and girls ages 4 to 16. Through skill development and team play, HHA provides the opportunity to learn the game in a fun atmosphere that emphasizes safety and sportsmanship.
HHA coaches are volunteers, though many have significant hockey experience, and all are committed to providing young athletes with a supportive environment in which to develop. The primary goals of the program are to instill a lifelong love of hockey in every player and help each child realize his or her individual potential.
Registration for the each season opens in February. Tryouts are held in mid- to late-March. (Players that miss tryouts could still be placed on a team on a space available basis.) Whenever possible, HHA rosters multiple teams at each age level so that players with similar skills and abilities are grouped together.
Fees are due at the beginning of each season. Payment plans and financial assistance are available.
Practices for most teams begin around Oct. 1, and the regular season runs through early March. Depending on the age group, players are on the ice 2-5 days per week. Most practices and home games are held at Campion Rink on Route 10 in West Lebanon, but teams occasionally practice and play elsewhere, including Dartmouth College’s Thompson Arena.
Travel teams compete in the Granite State League, and teams that qualify get to participate in the season-ending GSL state tournament, with the potential to advance to the regional tournament. Travel teams also play non-league games against other teams in New England, and many teams participate in one or two tournaments during the season. Schedules and travel vary by age and competition level.
House teams, at levels where they are available, do not travel outside the Upper Valley during the season.
HHA generally adheres to the guidelines of USA Hockey’s player development model. This includes maintaining a proper ratio of practices to games, skills-based practices and utilizing age-appropriate modifications, such as cross-ice hockey for ages 8 and under.
For more information about HHA or to inquire about opportunities for your child, contact our registrar