Our Youth Travel program is designed for players who want to make a serious commitment to the game of hockey. Travel teams get more ice time and travel to other rinks to participate in appropriately balanced competition. The WHA fields multiple travel teams at the Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam levels and competes in the Northern Illinois Hockey League (NIHL). WHA also fields multiple Girls Only teams.
You get tons of ice time; typically 4 or more times a week:
Additional Features of The Program:
The majority of on ice events will take place at Wilmette Centennial Ice Arena, with additional events held at North Shore Ice Arena (NSIA).
For less experienced players, WHA also offers House (Recreational) Hockey at all levels.
Goalies are the anchor of each team and vital to success. Goalies receive:
We take pride in our highly talented coaching staff. Our unified coaching approach develops hockey skills and life skills through competition.
|Mite 1||Joe Heaton|
|Mite 2||Grant Paulsen|
|Mite 3||Joe Heaton|
|Squirt 1||Adam Cheris|
|Squirt 2||Ben Piskor|
|Squirt 3||Nate Gibson/ Peter Kennedy|
|Squirt 4||Ben Piskor|
|Pee Wee 1||Brad McMahon|
|Pee Wee 2||Andy Bauer|
|Pee Wee 3||Ethan Austin|
|Pee Wee 4||Bill Martin|
|Bantam 1||Anthony Booth|
|Bantam 2||Kyle Sennott|
|Bantam 3||Bill Martin|
|Girls U10||Katey Shadek|
|Girls U12||Nicholas Ponce De Leon|
|Girls U14||Nicholas Ponce De Leon|
All assistant coaches will be announced at a later date.
Our Head Coaches are supported by elite level skills Directors.
Do you have a girl interested in playing travel hockey?
The following sets forth the level each player is eligible to participate in based upon such participant’s birthdate. If your player is a Mite Level Player visit the Wilmette Tribe Website.
|Level||Birth Date Between|
|Mite||2010 and 2012|
|Squirt||2008 and 2009|
|Peewee||2006 and 2007|
|Bantam||2004 and 2005|
|Girls U10||2008 and Younger|
|Girls U12||2006 and 2007|
2004 and 2005
All sessions at North Shore Ice Arena (NSIA)
|Squirts||Tue, 8/21 6:40pm||Thur, 8/23, 5:40pm||Sat, 8/25 4:20PM||Tue, 8/28 6:40PM||Thur, 8/30 5:40PM|
|Pee Wee||Tue, 8/21 7:50pm||Thur, 8/23, 6:50pm||Sat, 8/25 5:30PM||Tue, 8/28 7:50PM||Thur, 8/30 6:50PM|
|Bantam||Thur, 8/23, 8:00pm||Sat, 8/25 6:40PM||Tue, 8/28 9:00PM||Thur, 8/30 8:00PM|
|Bantam Checking Clinics||
Mon, 8/20 5:50 PM
Mon, 8/20 7:00 PM
Mon, 8/20 8:10PM
Tue, 8/21, 9:00-10;10PM
Sat, 8/18 9:20AM
|Sun, 8/19 9:20AM||Wed, 8/22 5:50PM||Sat, 8/25 1:10PM|
|U12 Girls||practices after tryouts|
|U14 Girls||practices after tryouts|
|Goalie Mites||Sat, 8/18, 1:10pm|
|Goalies Squirts||Mon, 8/27, 7:00PM|
|Goalies PW-BT||Mon, 8/27, 8:10PM|
Welcome Back Picnic: Saturday Aug 25th at NSIA
Travel Parent Meeting: Monday Aug 22nd (Time, Location TBD)
Individual players have ambition and want to make the highest playing level team possible. Players that earn that opportunity will be provided that opportunity. Thus, at each tryout, the opportunity to make the highest playing level team is afforded to all players--equally. Using all of our resources, our coaches will attempt to choose and place the most competitive team as possible.
Click here to review criteria used to determine player placement.
Review the WHA Calendar for final location/ times/ date. The calendar is always the most up to date.
|Tue, 9/4 5:30PM, NSIA||Wed, 9/5, 6:40PM, Centennial||Thur, 9/6, 5:40PM, NSIA|
(Teams 2, 3, 4)
|Sat, 9/8 8:00AM Centennial||Sun, 9/9, 10:40AM Centennial|
|Pee Wee AA
|Tue, 9/4 6:40pm, NSIA||Wed, 9/5, 7:50PM, Centennial||Thur, 9/6, 6:50PM, NSIA|
(Teams 2, 3, 4)
|Sat, 9/8, 9:10AM, Centennial||Sun, 9/9, 11:50AM Centennial|
Tue, 9/4 7:50PM, NSIA
|Wed, 9/5, 9:00PM, Centennial||Thur, 9/6, 8:00PM, NSIA||Sat, 9/8 10:20AM Centennial|
|Girls U10||Sun, 8/26, 2:00PM, NSIA|
|Girls U12||Sat, 8/18, 10:30AM, NSIA||Sun, 8/19, 10:30AM, NSIA|
|Girls U14||Sat, 8/18, 11:40AM, NSIA||Sun, 8/19, 11:40AM, NSIA|
Team Declaration Policy:
If a player does not want to be considered for a specific team (ie your child is only trying out for the first “AA” team and would decline a position on the second “A” team), this information must be communicated to the WHA Travel Director or Club President in writing prior to the start of tryouts. WHA will send an acknowledgement in writing once received. If notification is properly received and player is not placed on desired team, player will be assessed the tryout/conditioning fee and the 7.5% transaction fee only.
Fees include: Helmet Decals, 2 Tournament Registration Fees, Professional Coaching and Ice Time:
Pricing includes a $50 discount for 'Paid in Full price'. A three installment payment plan is also available. Third child travel player discount is available.
In addition, each Travel team will collect an 'Expense fund' (approximately $200-400 per player) to cover team expenses (team functions outside the rink, coach's gifts, etc).
Travel expenses to out of state tournaments, and uniform/jerseys costs are not included as part of the league fees and is the responsibility of each player.
The WHA will evaluate requests for financial aid on a case by case basis for hardship situations. Please contact the WHA President in writing with any requests.
Tryout Fee: Each player attending the Pre-Season Conditioning Clinics and/or Tryouts will be required to pay a non-refundable [$300.00] Tryout Fee. This fee must be paid prior to any player taking the ice at clinics or tryouts. This is a flat fee and will not be pro-rated based upon the number of sessions attended. The Tryout fee will not be credited against the Registration Fees.
Refund Requests Prior to the Start of Pre-Season Conditioning: A full refund, less:
Refund Requests After the Start of Pre-Season Conditioning: A full refund, less:
Refund Request After the Start of Conditioning and the Player is selected to a High School Team before being posted to a WHA Team (BANTAM ONLY): A full refund, less:
Player Not Selected for a Travel Team: A full refund, less:
Player Posted to Travel Team (Refund Request Prior to 10/1/18): A refund, less:
Player Posted to Travel Team (Refund Request On or After 10/1/18):
All Players must have a set of WHA Travel Jerseys (Home and Away) and Socks. If you are new to the program and still need to order, you must visit the Wilmette Bike Shop by August 15th for a fitting and to place your order. Be sure to bring your player and his/her shoulder and elbow pads for the proper fit. If you are unable to bring your player to the Bike shop, we recommend you bring in a well fitting practice jersey to compare sizes.
Full equipment is required.
All players MUST have the following equipment to take the ice for any practice, clinic or game:
The Wilmette Hockey Association is a member of AHAI (Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, a USA Hockey affiliate).
Participation in our club requires a USA Hockey membership. USA Hockey membership, among other items, provides a comprehensive insurance program and provides protection for athletes while participating in competitions and practices.
USA Hockey annual membership is $40.
Membership expire annually on August 31st. You must have a valid membership that goes thru August 31st, 2019 to register. If you purchased your membership after April 1st (for the Spring season), your membership is good until August 31st, 2019.
You must have a valid USA Hockey number prior to getting on the ice (including conditioning and tryouts).
All players, coaches and their families/spectators must agree and follow the club's Code of Conduct and Locker Room policy:
Many WHA players also participate in other fall sports. And we're supporters of it! See this document to get information on our perspective as well as our policies related to schedule conflicts with other sports.
Two Choice Rule: AHAI Club Declaration Rule :
Travel Tier II hockey players in Illinois can skate for two organizations in their Mite through Bantam playing careers. The first Tier II organization your skater plays for becomes your first choice. You will have only one other opportunity (choice) to play for another travel Tier II organization through the Bantam level. All players and parents will be required to sign a "Two-Choice" Declaration Form when placed on a team.
Below is the general regular season practice schedule. Each team has approximately 3 practices a week (mix of skills, team and split ice format). This rotation takes effect late September. Please check the WHA calendar for the specific times for each level/team. The calendar is the master schedule and the most up to date.