Through the recent merger, IYHA has added an elite travel hockey program which is committed to developing players competing at the highest level possible. One AAA team and one AA team will be fielded at the U14 (Bantam), U12 (PeeWee) and U10 (Squirt) levels. The U16 (Midget) level will field one AAA team. All Racers Elite Travel teams will play an independent schedule of games and tournaments.
At each age level (U10 to U16), the Racers will field mixed-birth year teams. This is a change from the Indy Strong's previous format of birth year-specific teams (e.g. every player on a team's roster was born in the same year). Under the new format, players will benefit through a more competitive tryout environment and more variance of rosters from year to year.
At each age level except U16, AA and AAA teams will combine for a majority of their practices, enabling more players to regularly skate with our best coaches. This also keeps the cost to each family as low as possible. Practices will be held two to three times a week, depending on the age group. There will be two to four games on most weekends.
At each age level, one tryout will be held to select the AAA and AA teams. The tryout groups and their respective birth years will be as follows:
There will be no pre-determined number of players from each age group (e.g. it is possible for the entire U12 AAA, team to be comprised of all 2005 players). A player's birth year will have no impact on which team he or she plays for within his or her age level.
If it is determined at tryouts that there are sufficient travel-level players after the AAA and AA teams are selected, the IYHA will consider additional travel teams.
Racers AAA and AA tryouts will be held in May.