Dear Families,

Since the announcement of registration opening, the Board has received a number of responses from families, mostly positive, but with lots of questions. The purpose of this FAQ is to help clarify items that perhaps need more explanation. Our goal is to be as transparent as possible. If you have questions or concerns not addressed here, please let us know.

Fee Breakdowns
The LAHA Board knew there would be “sticker shock” when the fees were announced. But, at the same time, we also felt it was important to be upfront with what the real cost is to participate in this program. In years past, families signed up at the beginning of the season not knowing all the additional charges that they would be expected to pay through the season. As a Board, we felt this was unfair to new families and we wanted to put it all out there so families know what they are committing to.

The Board worked hard to balance the development needs for players, the season length and how that interplays with other sports, the increased cost of ice, and how this all affects the cost of participation. Contrary to what it may look like at first glance, the costs did not double from last season to this season. It’s just now those fees that were collected throughout the season are now bundled together. Below is a breakdown showing last year to this year.

The biggest cost change is seen at the High School (18U) level. Last year, the HS team reduced practices (2/week after Christmas break) and saw a limited number of games. After meeting with the HS group several times over the past couple of months, the message was a request for more practices, more local games and more development. In order to meet those requests and come into line with USA Hockey guidelines for this age group, it was decided by the coaches and the Board that the season would be extended.

High School (18U)
2015-16 2016-17
 Registration Fee
$970 $1910
 Preseason  $50  $0
 Uniform  $65  $0
 Tournaments  $250  $0
 Team Fees
 $50  $0
 TOTAL  $1385  $1910
 # of Ice Weeks
19 28
 # of Practices
57 84
 # of Games (non-tourn)
16 30

Bantam (14U)
2015-16 2016-17
 Registration Fee
$910 $1760
 Preseason $50 $0
 Added Practices
$75 $0
 Uniform $65 $0
 Tournaments $200 $0
 Team Fees
$25 $0
 TOTAL $1325
$1760
 # of Ice Weeks
19 24
 # of Practices
57 72
 # of Games (non-tourn)
20 28

  • 8 additional games with refs = $150/player
  • 15 additional practices = $210/player
  • additional ice costs due to price increase = $267

Pee Wee (12U)
2015-16 2016-17
 Registration Fee
$910 $1550
 Preseason $50 $0
 Uniform $65 $0
 Tournaments
$250 $0
 Team Fees
$50 $0
 TOTAL $1325 $1550
 # of Ice Weeks
19 22
 # of Practices
57 66
 # of Games (non-tourn)
20 28
     
Squirt (10U)
2015-16 2016-17
 Registration Fee
$770 $1400
 Uniform $65 $0
 Tournaments $250 $0
 TOTAL $1335 $1400
 # of Ice Weeks
19 20
 # of Practices
57 60
 # of Games (non-tourn)
10 20

Mite (8U)
2015-16 2016-17
 Registration Fee
$610 $750
 Uniform $65 $0
 Tournaments - -
 Team Fees
$25 $0
 TOTAL $700 $750
 # of Ice Weeks
18 18

Comparisons
It is difficult to compare LAHA’s program to any other organization as we are somewhat of a hybrid of house and travel. But, for arguments sake, looking to Portland for a reasonable comparison, their youngest level travel team – the Squirt Minors – pay $1799 for the season, while their U16 AAA team members pay $4499 for the season, exclusive of travel costs. Practice times are not yet available, but last year, LAHA had more ice time than PJW’s travel teams.


Payment Plans
Every season, LAHA receives multiple requests for payment options because the burden of paying for registration in one lump sum creates a financial hardship. In years past, this was not something LAHA was positioned to handle. But, with the adoption of the management software that runs our website and player registrations, LAHA now has the capability, which is why we are able to make this available.

When looking at what type of payment structure would make the most sense, the Board felt a six-month payment structure would create manageable monthly payments and satisfy the needs of most families. By starting payments in July, LAHA would be able to collect all registration fees by December when the programs are in full swing.

Timing of Registration Start
For some, the announcement that registration was opening July 1st came as a surprise. The LAHA Board did not intend to cause alarm. Rather, it was our way to get the system in place such that those wanting payment plans could begin making payments. If your intention was to register closer to the start of the season for payment purposes, we would encourage you to go ahead and register to secure your player’s jersey number and then make your payment at the start of the season. You can register without submitting a payment.

Jerseys
This season, LAHA is adopting the Eugene Generals’ branding which is why we are ordering new jerseys for all program participants. Our first goal with the jerseys is to make sure we have a consistent look across all program levels. Second, we want to make sure jerseys are here in time for the start of the season. In order to make this timeline, our vendor requires us to place our order by mid July.

The fee for this year’s uniform (jersey + socks) is $40 per player. $55 for bantam and high school players (upgraded jersey). The cost for a uniform is included in your registration fee.

Numbers
We know that it’s important to players to be able to have their favorite number. We want to accommodate that as best as possible. To make this happen, we looked at the numbers the kids had last season and used those numbers for our initial order, plus a handful of additional numbers to accommodate new players or players moving up whose number is not available due to seniority.

What this means for your player is this… If there is a particular number your player wants to have for the upcoming season, please be sure to register them by July 15th so they can have that number. If you do not register your player by July 15th (we did this to secure a lower jersey cost), there is still a very good chance they will be able to have their favorite number. Really, the only reasons we expect for why a player would not be able to have their favorite number is if there are multiple kids wanting the same number and we have to award it by seniority, or if a player is new to the program.

Sizes
Lots of questions have come in about jersey sizes. The jerseys being ordered are similar to previous years’ sizes and are likely to fit most kids comfortably. If for whatever reason the jersey for your child does not fit, the Board will work with you to get one that does.

Season Length
In the months immediately following the end of last season, the LAHA Board and the coaches reviewed the USA Hockey development model and agreed upon lengthening the season for players in the different age groups. This also came in the form of requests from parents and players.

Last year, the LAHA season ran from October 12 through March 5, totaling 19 weeks on the ice plus 3 off-ice weeks because of holidays. Mites and Special Hockey had shorter seasons.

For 2016-17, the LAHA season will be extended to give players more opportunity for development.
  • Mites (8U) & Special Hockey — October 10 to February 24
  • Squirts (10U) — October 10 to March 10
  • Pee Wees (12U) — October 3 to March 17
  • Bantams (14U) — October 3 to March 31
  • High School (18U) — September 19 to April 14
The longer seasons, combined with higher costs for ice, are the main cause for program cost increases.
Games
As a Board, we have reached out to all the organizations in Oregon to implement an exchange of games at each level with each organization. So, as long as there is a team at your player’s level, you will have a game exchange with not only Portland, but with Medford, Klamath Falls and Bend. We hope this extension of league play will serve to further develop the sport of hockey in Oregon, and reduce the need to look out of state for games.

Games are included in your registration fee, as follows, and should include an equal number of reciprocal games. So, this means High School should end up with 30 games, Bantam with 28, etc. *Exception may be the exchange with Portland where some of the PJW games may be played in Eugene, but at their cost.

High School: 15 home
Bantam: 14 home
Pee Wee: 14 home
Squirt: 10 home

Tournaments
A lot of questions have come in about tournaments and the tournament fee being included with the registration process. Teams will still be able to choose how many and which tournaments to attend. The fee being collected will release team managers from having to solicit money from families and from having the liability of carrying those funds until they can be deposited. The funds collected through the registration process will create a pool from which teams can pull from to pay entry fees.

The fee collected per player for tournaments is $200. The average tournament entry fee ranges from $1,200-$1,500 or more. The $200 will cover a player’s cost for 2-3 tournaments and is comparable to what families paid to participate in tournaments in years past.

But, what if your family doesn’t usually participate in tournaments? Hockey is a team sport and when kids are unable to participate fully with a team, it disrupts not only their development but also that of their team. We felt like at many levels there were issues with kids wanting to go to tournaments but not being able to, as parents felt we were nickel and diming after the start of the season. This year, we built in $200 for tournaments across the board, but in exchange, provided payment options to help alleviate the added costs. Teams will make their own selections about which tournaments they want to participate in, and we as a Board are encouraging local ones both to support our local organizations and to minimize travel costs.

Team Fees
At the end of each season, teams often have a party and awards to celebrate the accomplishments of the season. Historically, team managers had to piece this together at the end not knowing what, if any, budget would be available to cover the costs. In some instances, team managers personally financed portions of the celebrations and this is something we want to avoid from happening.

The LAHA Board wants to make this easier for teams so that by having a known budget, plans can be made in advance, awards can be ordered, etc. so that all costs are covered. If the team opts to do something other than a year-end party, they have the ability to do so. For instance, perhaps a team wants to purchase warmups or use funds to cover team dinners during tournaments, etc., they can do that, too.

The fee collected during the registration process, per player, is as follows:

$25 Mites
$50 Squirts, Pee Wees
$75 Bantams, High School

Splitting Teams
For age groups where LAHA has a large number of players, there will be teams formed. Questions have been asked about how teams will be split.

First and foremost, our goal is supporting player development. While the exact process for how teams will be split has not yet been decided, players will be put on teams where they have the best opportunity to excel and develop their skills. When the timing and process for team splits are decided, the LAHA Board will let the affected families know. One thing is a given, there will not be an ‘elite’ team created as the numbers required by the development plan are not yet met.

Scholarships
Every year, LAHA has awarded scholarships to families in need to assist with the costs of player registration. The Board is actively seeking additional sources of funding so that we can increase the number of scholarships that we are able to award. Right now, however, a limited number of scholarships are available and they are awarded based on need. If your family could benefit from this assistance, please contact the Board.