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Park City Ice Miners Hockey
New Parent Guide

 

 

Welcome

First of all, welcome to Park City Ice Miners (PCIM) and congratulations on enrolling your child in the most exciting sport in the world!  We have learned over the years that not only do the kids need coaching, but a guide for our parents has proven to be quite helpful too!

Introduction:

This guide will provide parents answers to most of the questions parents have when first enrolling your child in youth hockey at Park City Ice Miners, and will help you understand the needs and expectations for your players age division. It is intended explain how things work and where you need to go for more information.  In addition, our website is a good place for information, www.pciceminers.org.

PCIM Mission Statement

The Park City Ice Miners is dedicated to providing a positive learning experience as we challenge our players to grow in every aspect of the game. It is our goal to develop character, sportsmanship in all players, coaches and parents, and physical fitness among youth in the northern Utah area; promote, encourage, and improve the standard of amateur ice hockey; associate with other ice hockey associations; expand the game of hockey on the Wasatch Back through public awareness and development of as many youths as possible; and to perform or participate in other activities that will aid in reaching these objectives. 

Short History of Park City Ice Miners

Park City Ice Miners (PCIM) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization registered under the name of Wasatch Back Amateur Hockey Association which was formed in 2007 shortly after the opening of the Park City Ice Arena, our home ice rink located in Park City, Utah.  PCIM is affiliated with and operates under the guidelines of USA Hockey and the Utah State Amateur Hockey Association ("UAHA").  Games are conducted according to the rules of USA Hockey and UAHA.  

Facility

The Park City Ice Arena opened in 2006 and contains an Olympic size ice sheet.  The city and county are currently looking at expanding the facility with a second ice sheet.  PCIM is encouraging the city and county to build a second sheet of ice as soon as possible.

Registration

The Ice Miners has an automated online registration system at the organizations web site.  All players must be registered online.  In addition, all players must be registered with USA Hockey and this can be done at www.usahockey.com.  Installment payments and scholarships are available.

Programs

PCIM offers several different programs for its members and provides options for all levels of play for both boys and girls of ages 16 and under.  No hockey knowledge or skill is required to start with PCIM program.  It is recommended that players interested in joining PCIM have some skating experience.  The Park City Ice Arena offers several learn to skate and learn to play hockey programs.

URL Division 1 and Division 2

The Utah Recreational League is also known as the “house” or “recreational” league. Other member associations of the URL are Salt Lake City, Provo, Davis County, Logan, Vernal, and Ogden. This league is designed to provide a recreational level of play for ages Squirt 10U through Bantam 14U. The level of play is less competitive than the Tier and Travel teams but provides a great environment for participating and learning the game. The commitment level of this league typically involves 2 to 4 practices a week depending on age division and games on Saturday.  URL Division 1 teams can have up to 2 out of state tournaments.  URL Division 2 teams will only play in-state games and tournaments.  There are no tryouts for the URL Division 2 team.  All players not playing on a Tier or Travel team are automatically placed on a URL Division 1 or Division 2 team depending on their ability.  The season usually runs from October to playoffs in March.  Certain teams have preseason practices starting in September.  This is a great place for a new player ages Squirt 10U to Bantam 14U to start with PCIM. Teams are selected to  balance the strength of the teams within each age division. Fees for the URL teams are typically less than half of the fees for travel teams.

Travel Teams

PCIM provides Travel teams for ages Squirt 10U through Midget 16U. Travel teams are generally more competitive and require a larger commitment for players and parents. Travel teams will practice 3-4 times a week with 1 or 2 games on the weekends. There may be occasional weekday games for Travel teams as well. Travel teams are selected according to ability.  Tryouts for the Travel teams usually take place in May.  The following table provides an overview of the age divisions and levels available at PCIM.

 

Age Division

Ages*

Levels

6U

5 and 6

URL Division 2

8U

7 and 8

URL Division 2

10U

9 and 10

Travel, URL D1 & URL D2

12U

11 and 12

Travel, URL D1 & URL D2

14U

13 and 14

Tier 2, Travel, URL D2

16U

15 and 16

Tier 2, Travel

18U

17 and 18

Tier 2

 

* Ages are determined by the age of the player on 12/31 of the year the season begins.

Typically there is one team at each level within an age group.  The Tier 2 level is the most competitive (very advanced players)  followed by Travel (advanced players), then URL Division 1 (intermediate players), then URL Division 2 (beginner to intermediate players).

Girls Teams

All of our URL, Travel, and Tier teams are co-ed.  Girls are encouraged to join our URL teams and to try out for any of our Travel and Tier teams.  In addition, a Girls Only Travel team may be created depending on player interest.  Please contact the Director of Hockey for more information regarding the Girls Travel Team.

Tier and Travel Team Fees

Tier and Travel team fees are higher than URL teams due to the increased number of practices and games. Tier and Travel team fees may adjust year to year slightly to reflect differing costs.  Tier team costs are higher than Travel team costs as a Tier Team will typically have 4 practices a week and 36+ games where as a Travel team will have 3 practices per week and play 30+ games. 

You may hear the terms of A, AA, AAA tossed around while coaches or parents are talking about Tier and Travel teams. Tier 1 teams have been called AAA teams in the past, while Tier 2 teams have been called AA teams.  Travel teams where called A and the URL Division 1 was called B. At this time, Park City does not have a Tier I team.  These classifications are defined by USA Hockey and the Utah Amateur Hockey Association.   

Travel Team Selection Process

Travel Team selection is a competitive process.  The Ice Miners will hold team tryouts usually in May prior to the start of each season.  Sometimes an additional tryout will be held in September or October.  Travel teams usually consist of 14-16 skaters with 1 or 2 goalies.  Teams may have as few as 10 skaters. 

Travel Team Season and Tournaments 

Our Tier and Travel team’s season typically runs from September to March or April. The Bantam U14 and U16 Tier teams will play in a state playoff with the opportunity to qualify for the National Tournament.  Coaches choose tournaments throughout the season to attend.  Tier 2 teams will typically have 6-7 tournaments and the majority of them will be outside the state of Utah.  Travel teams will typically have 4-6 tournaments, some in state and some out of state.  There may be 1 or 2 that are a 4-5 hour drive from Park City. Tournaments are typically held on holiday weekends such as Thanksgiving, and Christmas, Martin Luther King, and Presidents Day weekends.  Each tournament is usually 4 games and sometimes 5.  Games usually start of Friday but some tournaments will have a game on Thursday with the other games being on the weekend.  Players are responsible for their own travel, lodging and food while attending tournaments.

6U and 8U Programs

Our 8U and 6U programs at PCIM is run differently than the other age groups.  The primary focus in the 6U and 8U Program is introducing the fundamentals and skill development while making it fun and developing a passion for the game. The 8U Program at PCIM Hockey Association will continue to follow the USA Hockey ADM (American Development Model).  Please visit the USA Hockey link for more information on the ADM at www.admkids.com/.  8U will practice twice a week and have Cross-Ice games once a week.  In addition, there will be several Mite Jamborees where many teams will gather to play Cross-Ice games.  6U only practice once a week and also have Cross-Ice games once a week.  The 8U Program will set the foundation for the players' hockey development and prepare them to progress through the older age divisions (10U, 12U, 14U, 16U & 18U) where opportunities exist at PCIM Hockey to play on competitive travel teams or in-house recreational teams.  Equipment is available to loan for the season for 8U kids.  The equipment sets are first come first serve and include everything except for skates and athletic cup or pelvic protector.

Try Hockey for free

Try Hockey for Free” sessions are designed to allow kids to be introduced to the great sport of hockey.  PCIM partners with the Park City Ice Arena and USA Hockey to offer 1 or 2 “Try Hockey for Free” days.  This is a great opportunity to see if your child has any interest in learning to play hockey.  In addition, PCIM also offers several “Bring a Friend to Hockey” day where kids can bring a friend to try hockey for the day at no charge.  Equipment for U8 kids is usually available at no charge

Coaching

Each year the Director of Hockey interviews and selects coaches for our program who are approved by the board.  Each team is assigned a head coach and in some cases assistant coaches. Every coach (head coach and assistants) must meet the USA hockey requirements for certification and be registered with USA Hockey. The certification level(s) required varies depending on age level and skill level being coached. Additionally PCIM conducts coaches meetings on a regular basis to provide additional guidance and education for its coaches.  Coaches select their assistant coaches, who also follow the USA Hockey guidelines for certified levels on the bench and the USA Hockey coaching standards.  All coaches and assistant coaches receive a background check through the state program each year.

Volunteers

Like any youth organization a successful season at PCIM depends heavily on its volunteers.  Each team must staff a team manager position.  All parents and guardians of PCIM players will be expected to volunteer throughout the season.  Certain positions such as Team Manager and Assistant Coaching automatically receive credit for their volunteer hours at the beginning of the season.  The team manager is a key volunteer position and is appointed by each coach at the beginning of the year.   The manager is responsible for much of the administrative duties for a team.

For each home game the team must provide a person to do score keeping, run the game clock and work the penalty box for their team. There is training available for score keeping and clock for those not familiar with these duties.

In addition to game time volunteers, PCIM must staff all of its own tournaments with volunteers and that may include welcome desk, supervisors, hospitality table and others.

Tournaments

Each year PCIM hosts two invitational tournaments for a variety of age groups and invites teams from around the country. These tournaments are hosted at the Park City Ice Arena and games are also held at other ice venues in Salt Lake City.  The first tournament is at the beginning of November and the second tournament is at the end of March or beginning of April.

Jerseys and Apparel

All players will receive one practice jersey per season.  Hockey socks are provided to each player each season.  6U, 8U and URL D2 teams may purchase or lease a red game jersey for the season.  URL D1, Travel and Tier teams are required to purchase home and away (Red and White) PCIM jerseys.  6U and 8U players  who do not plan on playing in Mite Jamborees do not need to have a red game jersey.  Jerseys can typically be used for two seasons if they are still in good condition and fit appropriately.  Jerseys can be ordered or leased on the website at time of registration.  Jersey numbers are assigned using the following method: Once a player has a number, they keep it unless someone in the level they are moving up to, who is a 2nd year player, already has the number.  If no 2nd year player on the team has the number, then the player gets his/her preference based on when they register.  It is recommended that you register early to have the best chance of receiving the number your player would prefer!  Player warm-ups are available for purchase and can be ordered on the team web site. 

Fees

PCIM fees vary based on age, level of play, and additional team costs. Typically fees for 6U are the lowest and Tier team fees are the highest. Fees vary slightly year to year and by age division.  In addition, there is a small fee for tryouts to make the Tier, Travel and URL D1 teams.  All fees are paid to PCIM and are used to pay for ice-time, games, practices, and other per team costs associated with running the association.

PCIM has a scholarship program where players families can receive financial help from the association to pay for fees. Scholarships require a detailed application to be filled out regarding the families’ financial need. All scholarships are reviewed by the scholarship committee and are given out based solely on need.

Also, all players are required to register every year at USA Hockey.  (www.usahockey.com)

Other Governing Bodies

UAHA – Utah Amateur Hockey Association

This is the body that USA Hockey recognizes at the state level. It is responsible for registering teams, providing background checks for coaches, running the state tournaments and state camps, etc.  More information can be found at www.utah-hockey.org.

USA Hockey

USA Hockey is the governing body for amateur hockey in the United States. It runs the national tournaments, and assembles national teams for participation in international competitions among many other things.  More information can be found at www.usahockey.com.

Board of Directors and Hockey Director

Each year Park City hosts elections for the board of directors.  There are 7 board members and each year, 3 or 4 positions are up for election.  Anyone can volunteer to be placed on the ballot.  Each PCIM family can cast up to two votes (one per parent) for the open board positions.  All voting is done on line and each parent or guardian must be registered on our online system with a valid e-mail address to vote.  A link to vote is automatically sent to all e-mail addresses of current parents and guardians who are registered in our system. 

Once the board is elected they then elect a President and a Vice President and then appoints a Treasurer, and Secretary.  Each board members is then assigned as a representative for a specific age division.  All board positions are volunteer positions have a term of 2 years. 

The Hockey Director is a contract position for the PCIM Hockey Association. Each year the board reviews the Hockey Director's compensation, contract, goals and objectives and makes adjustments accordingly. The Hockey Director is responsible for all the coaches and hockey programs.

Reporting a Problem

It goes without saying that within any organization there are always some issues that arise that need attention.  If the problem is with the coach or a member of the coaching staff, we advise you to take the 24 hour rule (24 hour cooling down period from time of incident) to collect your thoughts and emotions. At that time, contacting your coach about another player, parent or a coaching incident, can occur via phone or email. If you do NOT feel comfortable in doing so, please contact our Director of Hockey or the designated board member of your age division.  Their contact information is provided on the team web site.  If a problem relates to the safety of any individual, please report it immediately.

Equipment Required

Skates, helmet, gloves, shin pads, elbow pads, pants, shoulder pads, stick, mouth guard, athletic protector (cup) or pelvic protector.  Skates also need periodic sharpening which can be purchased at the Park City Ice Arena. 

Each September, PCIM may operate a Skate and Equipment swap.  This is a great opportunity to get rid of old equipment and to purchase equipment and great prices.

Schedules

All game and practice schedules are managed on our team web site at www.pciceminers.org.  Our calendar system will send automatic e-mail and text reminders for all games and practices.  This option can be disabled when you login to our web site.  To receive these notices, please make sure your information is correct on our web site.

What to do in the Off Season

Clinics, stick and puck, hockey camps are all offered during the off season.  These programs are provided and coordinated the Park City Ice Arena and information can be found at their web site, www.parkcityice.org

PCIM offers summer ice programs which include, skills and drill sessions, drop-in sessions, power skating sessions and off-ice training sessions.  Summer programs are limited and do fill up.