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House Program Information

2020/2021 House League Overview

The Wilmette Braves House League program is a great place to start organized hockey and is appropriate for players of all skill and experience levels.

The House program is focused on fun, competitive, low-stress team play.  Key principle is balanced ice time; rolling lines.

Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam:

  • The season runs late-September through March
  • Teams play in the North Shore Youth Hockey League (NSYHL) against clubs from local communities.
  • The program consists of 1 team practice and 1 game (home or away) per week.  Typically, the practices/games are on the weekend.
  • The season will be comprised of approximately: 4 seeding round games, 12 regular season games and a post season round robin playoff.


  • Team will play in the North West Hockey League (HWHL)
  • Expected 2 divisions with 12-13 teams.
  • Approximately 6 seeding round games, 12 regular season games, post season tournament.
  • Games and practices are typically on the weekend.

Registration with USA Hockey is required.

Program Level and Age Groups

Squirts : Birthyear 2010-2011

Pee Wees : Birthyear 2008-2009

Bantam : Birth year 2006-2007. Bantam is a 'Check' league.

Midget : Birth year 2002-2005. Midget is a 'Check' league.

All teams are co-ed.

Looking for House Hockey for Ages 4-8 (Mites)?

Information for our House and Travel programs for players Ages 4-8 (2012 birth year and younger) can be found here:


Conditioning & Evaluations

Conditioning sessions help the player get comfortable on the ice after a long summer.  Your registration includes all conditioning and evaluation sessions.

For Bantams and Midgets, there are MANDATORY Checking Clinics (must attend at least 1; attendance at both is recommended): These have been postponed until State and AHAI guidelines change.

Skill evaluations are held at the beginning of the each season. The objective of the initial evaluation sessions is to ensure skaters are slotted at the right level, balance team make-up and to provide for parity in game play to the extent possible.

Please plan on attending both sessions so we can ensure the player will be assigned to the correct level and team. If you are unable to make it, please email us

Friend requests will be taken at evaluations and will be honored if possible. 

Please view the WHA Calendar for more detail.

House League Conditioning Schedule

Date Day Rink Start End Type
2020-09-12 Saturday Wilmette Centennial Main 08:00:00 09:00:00 House Squirt and Pee Wee Conditioning
2020-09-12 Saturday Wilmette Centennial Main 09:10:00 10:10:00 House Bantam & Midget Conditioning
2020-09-13 Sunday Wilmette Centennial Main 11:50:00 12:50:00 House Bantam & Midget Conditioning
2020-09-13 Sunday Wilmette Centennial Studio 08:30:00 09:30:00 House Squirt Conditoning
2020-09-13 Sunday Wilmette Centennial Studio 09:39:59 10:40:00 House Pee Wee Conditioning
2020-09-19 Saturday Wilmette Centennial Main 08:00:00 09:00:00 House Squirt and Pee Wee Evals
2020-09-19 Saturday Wilmette Centennial Main 09:10:00 10:10:00 House Bantam & Midget Evals

Practice and Game Information

Practice/ Game Location

  • Practices are held either at Centennial in Wilmette or North Shore Ice Arena in Northbrook.
  • Home games also occur at either Centennial or NSIA
  • Away games are scheduled at local arenas and typically involve no more than 30-45 minutes travel time.


Families can generally anticipate a practice and a game each weekend. (an hour on Saturday and an hour on Sunday) Specific schedules and times will be determined once the number of teams at each level is set and games are scheduled with the other clubs. No practices or games over Thanksgiving or Winter breaks.

Team practices and games are managed by, USA Hockey Certified, experienced parent volunteer coaches and managers.

Volunteers Make This League Possible

Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles including: coach (on ice) and manager (off ice).

Both coaches and managers must register with USA Hockey and complete a thorough background check. Coaches have the additional requirements of an annual coaching clinic and age-appropriate online coaching modules through USA Hockey.

Please consider volunteering -- teams are limited essentially by the number of volunteers willing to coach and manage teams. Email the House Director for more information.

Required Equipment

Team Jerseys and socks are provided by the club at no additional cost.

Full equipment is required

All players MUST have the following properly fitted equipment to take the ice for any practice, clinic or game:

  • HECC certified helmet with full face mask
  • Shoulder pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Shin guards
  • Cup and supporter for boys or pelvic protector for girls
  • Stick
  • Gloves
  • Hockey pants
  • Properly fitted and sharpened skates
  • Mouth guard
  • Neck guard 
  • Hockey socks (provided by the club)
  • Jersey (provided by the club) 

Equipment for WHA programs CANNOT be rented from the Park District or WHA.  View our Gear page to find places where you can buy gear.

In early September, the WHA and the Wilmette Tribe host an annual Gear Free Cycling event.  Donated used gear will be available for free. Its a great place to pick up some hockey gear.  


Cost for all players are to be determined.

Fees include: jerseys, socks, conditioning sessions, weekly practice, weekly games and post season playoff games.

Registration with USA Hockey is required before you can register.

House and Travel Programs - A Comparison

Feature WHA House WHA Travel Tribe House
Age Levels and Programs Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget.  All co-ed. Squirt Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget. All co-ed and Girls Only U10, U12, 14, 19 Mite. All co-ed.
Season September (Conditioning)-Early March August (Conditioning) - Early March Late September to Early March
Practice Events 1 per week, typically on Saturday Between 2-3 practice sessions each week, most on weekdays 1 per week on Sat

Northshore Youth Hockey League (NSYHL) for SQ, PW and BT


Northwest Hockey League (NWHL) for Midgets

Northern IL Hockey League (NIHIL) None - only play other Wilmette  House Teams
Games ~12 -16 games, typically 1 per week on Sundays. Includes 4-6 seeding round games. ~35 games per season, 1-2 games a week and they mostly occur on weekends but can occur during weekdays ~20 games, all games on Sundays
Tournaments/ Playoffs End of Season Round Robin Playoff 2-3 Tournaments/ Playoffs events including local Tournament over Thanksgiving and 1 out of town Tournament typically over Martin Luther King Weekend None
 Coaching USA Hockey Certified Parent Volunteer Coaches WHA Professional Coaches Tribe Professional Coach for Skill Sessions coupled with Parent Volunteer Coaches
Game Location

Home Games at Centennial/NSIA, Away Games are mostly northern burbs/ within a 30-45 mins drive.


Midget games are throughout the Chicagoland area.

Home Games at Centennial/NSIA, Away Games throughout Chicagoland area (could include Rockford) All games at Centennial
Membership Needed USA Hockey USA Hockey AAU
Skill Level All levels, from new to organized hockey to experienced Experienced team hockey players All levels, from new  hockey players to experienced
Cost $$$$ $
Game Format Full Ice Full Ice Mix of Studio, Cross Ice and Full Ice
Additional Skills Sessions TBD based on level of interest Not available For Jr & Sr Mites, 1 hour every 2 weeks available, extra fee applies.



All players must adhere to our WHA Policies:

Refund Policy

Refund Request Prior to the Date of the First Player Team Practice:  A refund, less:

  • 7.5% transaction fee on all refunded dollars.

Refund Request On or After the Date of the First Player Team Practice: 

  • No Refund


Please contact the House League Director.


Please contact our House Director:

Jake Howard

House League Director