GPYHA "A" Teams
The toughest question for a coach to answer is: “Why does my child, who comes to every practice, get the same ice time in games as those who miss constantly?”
We realize that kids are very busy: fall baseball, church, soccer, sick, school, etc.
However, to be competitive at the A level, consistent attendance is a must. The GPYHA Board of Directors has adopted an attendance policy for the Mite A, Squirt A , Pee Wee A teams.
In any given season, each team will touch the ice 70-90 times a season (rule of thumb is 1/4 are games and 3/4 are skills/practices). So, each player will be allowed nine absences for the season. After nine, for every practice or game missed, they will sit on the bench for the first period of the next game they attend (regardless of home/away game, rink location, etc.)
Vacations, soccer, school events, baseball, sniffles, sore throats, birthday parties, banjo lessons, etc. are all good reasons to miss hockey. However, for players who make our A teams at these four levels, we ask that you keep it to 9 or less.
Please note: extenuating circumstances will be handled on a case-by-case basis (examples are major illnesses, etc.)
Why an attendance policy?
- Teach kids about commitment/choices.
- Fairness to those who come every day.
- Helps us build a competitive program.
There have been some questions regarding playing for a GPYHA team while also playing on a RI Saints/Stars team. In fairness to all skaters on our travel teams, this organization's philosophy has been that, as a rostered travel player on one of our teams, WE COME FIRST. Whether it's a practice or a game, if it conflicts with a RI Stars game, GPYHA's commitment should supercede. Though players in other organizations may find ways of skirting the situation, we as an organization feel strongly about this matter. The RI Stars will concur with this message, as they also mandate that any player playing with the RI Saints/Stars are required to be registered and playing with an RIAHA team.