Welcome to Seattle Junior Hockey Association and the Rink Rat Program. We hope that you and your player enjoy your experience! Ice hockey is a fast growing sport in our region. Seattle Junior Hockey Association has been developing players at all levels since 1974. We currently have 35 teams covering ages from 4 to 18 years of age.
If you are new to the sport of ice hockey, you probably have a lot of questions and wonder what is in store for you and your player. We hope that this informational handout will answer your questions and help you understand this great game!!
Once you have registered for the Rink Rats, the next step is to obtain equipment for your player. Seattle Junior Hockey Association offers a great rental program where you can rent an entire set of gear for the season for only $90. This includes a bag, skates, shin guards, elbow guards, shoulder pads, pants, gloves and a bag. You are responsible for an athletic supporter, mouth guard, hockey socks and a practice jersey. You will receive a hockey stick November and game jersey in December as part of the program fees.
Hockey socks are like leg warmers in that they cover the shin guards and go under the hockey pants. They can be held up in several ways. You can use a garter belt, which is available in your equipment rental if you request it, a pair of shorts with Velcro tabs on the front and back of the shorts that will hold up your socks or a pair of snug fitting spandex shorts with the Velcro tabs. Both the shorts and spandex shorts have an athletic cup inside of them. For the girls, there is a pelvic protector called a Jill. This is available at the Olympicview Pro Shop, located in the Olympicview Ice Arena.
The practice jersey can be purchased for a nominal fee from Seattle Junior Hockey Association when you rent your gear or you can purchase it in the Pro Shop at Olympicview Ice Arena.
The Rink Rat program is broken up into blocks of instruction. The first 6 weeks are spent on learning how to skate like a hockey player!! The players are broken up into 3 different groups, based on level of ability , and taught the fundamentals of power skating. We do not give players sticks until week 5 so they learn to skate properly without the aid of the stick.
At the end of November, after 6 weeks of pure learn to skate, we break the players in well balanced teams. You will receive a team jersey at that time. This is yours to keep. You can personalize the jersey with name and a number if you wish. These teams will stay intact for the remainder of the season. Each player will have a head coach, hopefully 1 or 2 assistant coaches, and several on ice helpers. These helpers are usually parents or other older players from our association. All staff is carefully screened prior to placement on the ice.
Cross ice games will begin in January. The main ice arena at Lynnwood is divided in thirds with big black rubber bumper boards. Their coaches will be on the ice with them, offering instruction where needed so they can learn the game.
Throughout the season, the teams will have the opportunity to participate in mini games during an Everett Silvertip games. The teams will skate during the first intermission. More information will be given to you as the time gets closer. Each association provides a limited amount of tickets for free and the remainder of the needed tickets will be purchased.
Each team will need parent volunteers to make this season an enjoyable for your player. There is usually a Snack parent, a team parent, and an events parent. Kris Wilson, Beginner Program Coordinator, will be giving you more information during the parent orientation.
We are here to be of assistance to you. The Directors of Seattle Junior Hockey Association can be reached via phone or email. Michell Urbanski is the program registrar and administrator and is available to answer any questions that you may have. We are proud of our website, www.Sjha.com, and encourage you to look there for information regarding ice schedules, updates on practices and game schedules.
The hockey season runs from the end of September to the end of March, culminating with a Year End Bash at the end of the season where the children receive trophies, turn in equipment, a game of street hockey and for the players; hotdogs and Pepsi Products.
We will communicate via email throughout the season to update you on the upcoming events. USA Hockey has an informational website, www.usahockey.com, that has a lot of useful information regarding ice hockey.
2013/2014 Player Registration - Register Online
The 2013/2014 SJHA Beginner Hockey Season will begin September 28th, 2013.
What a Typical Season Looks like;
Practice ~ last Weekend in September - Middle of March
Saturdays, 11:05pm - 12:05pm or 12:05pm - 1:05pm @ OlympicView Arena
There will be a few Saturdays during the season that SJHA hosts Tournaments; we will do our best to reschedule the practice some time during the weekend, but it is not always possible. You will be notified a few weeks in advance if your practice is cancelled or rescheduled
Games ~ December - Middle of March
Sundays 10:30 - 11:30am @ Lynnwood Ice Center
There will be a few Sundays during the season that SJHA hosts Tournaments; we NOT will schedule games during those Tournaments.
All Players must Register with USA Hockey online and return the confirmation page to SJHA via fax 425.672.1920, e-mail email@example.com or mail (this step is required to ensure that all USA Hockey Benefits are in place). Click Here to register with USA Hockey. - You must be registered with USA Hockey to participate in any Local Youth Program and you only need to register with USA Hockey once every season.
The Program Fee for the entire season (October - March) is $289 The deposit with the Registration Forms is $29.
There is a $75 fundraising commitment per family for the 2013-14 Season - Holiday Raffle.
We do rent equipment for the entire season; Skates to Helmet (with the exception of the athletic supporter). We will eventually issue a team jersey (not until the 6th or 7th week of hockey, please provide a jersey in the meantime). We will give each Rink Rat a stick, until then no need to bring one.
Equipment Rental for the 12/13 Season is $90 and it must be returned at the conclusion of the hockey season in March 2013.
You may pick up your equipment on Tuesday evenings 7 – 9pm @ OlympicView Arena
OlympicView Arena (Equipment Rental is at ice level North end of the rink) – www.olympicviewarena.com
22202 – 70th Ave W
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Lynnwood Ice Center - Games
19803 - 68th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Attn: Youth Division Office
7012 220th ST
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
It's an annual tradition at Komo News: They go to the first games of youngest beginner hockey players, and they record their epic battles with gravity and ice. To the Lynnwood Ice Arena we go, for this week's episode of,
"The Little Heroes."
Click Here to our see the SJHA Rink Rats on Eric's Little Hero's
@ Lynnwood Ice Center