With the remaining travel tryouts right around the corner, we have put together a sheet with the most common questions we’ve received over the past few weeks with regard to combining the Racers and Jr Fuel, Tier 1 vs 2, Select teams, practices and format. Please check out the most frequently asked questions and answers below.
Q: What is Tier 1 vs Tier 2 travel?
A: Tier 1 is AAA travel hockey. Tier 2 is all full travel teams below the AAA level. For the 2019-2020 season, Tier 2 teams will be referred to as Gold, Black and Red teams.
Q: What are Gold/Black/Red teams?
A: Gold, Black and Red teams are mixed birth year teams at the 14U, 12U and 10U levels. These three teams are what we consider Tier 2 travel teams. Gold will compete at the highest level followed by Black and Red. Teams will compete at the appropriate level based on seeding in the Buckeye Travel Hockey League. For 2019-2020 all Tier 2 teams will compete in the BTHL. Tournament placement and non-league games will be at the discretion of the Head coach and managers with input from the hockey director.
Q: Where will travel teams practice?
A: Travel teams will rotate between Carmel/Westfield and the Fuel Tank for practices. No travel team will have an exclusive home rink.
Q: How often do travel teams practice?
A: All 10U travel teams have two team practices per week and a bi-weekly skills and goaltender practice. 12U and 14U travel teams all practice three times per week with one of them being a skating/goaltending practice each week. For 2019-2020 travel practices begin the week of August 26 and end on February 27.
Q: What is the difference between Tier 2 Travel and House Select teams?
A: Travel teams practice and play only with their teams. Travel teams compete at a higher level throughout the season. House Select teams are not full travel teams. House Select players attend all house league practices and get one House Select team practice per week. House Select players have a house league commitment and may not miss house games for Select games or tournaments. House Select players pay their House League Assessment and their Select team assessment. Travel players pay only their Travel team assessment.
Q: What are the uniform requirements for Travel vs House Select?
A: Travel teams require a black helmet, black pants and some version of black/red/white gloves. House Select has no requirements other than the team game jerseys and socks.
Q: Where do House Select teams play and practice?
A: Select teams practice and play only out of the rink where they are signed up for House League. There will be a select team at 10U, 12U and 14U at Carmel, Fishers and Pop Weaver Youth Pavilion at the Fairgrounds assuming there is sufficient interest for each team. .
Q: Do House Select teams play in a league?
A: 14U and 12U House Select teams will play in the Buckeye Travel Hockey League at the bronze level. 10U Select teams will play an independent schedule of approximately 30 games. All age groups will play in three tournaments throughout the season.
Q: Can we add additional select teams after tryouts?
A: No additional teams will be added after tryouts. We will have a maximum of one House Select team at each rink at each age group.
Q: When are House Select tryouts?
A: House Select team tryouts will take place in early August.
Q: Is there an additional fee to tryout for House Select if a player tries out for Travel and doesn’t make it?
A: Yes, there is a separate fee (TBD) to tryout for House Select teams.