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NYC Cyclones 2017-2018 Tryout Registration Updated

By NYC Cyclones, 02/22/17, 12:30PM EST

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The New York City Cyclones Youth Hockey tryout registration for 2017-18 is now open.
 Registration for tryouts is online only. No exceptions.

The pre-registration tryout fee is $175, if completed before April 1 (for Mite, Squirt & Peewee) and April 16 (for Bantam & Midget) and $225, if registration occurs after those dates.



Payment is by credit card only and must be completed during the registration process. All payments are non-refundable.

Please note the following as it relates to tryouts:  

Board Members will be at tryout nights to answer questions about our program.

All players need a parent with them at both tryouts.

During the second tryout for each age group, we will hold a meeting with the parents of participating players.  At that meeting, we will discuss the program for next season, answer questions, and explain the process for roster selection and registration.  At the conclusion of the tryout session, we will post AA and A team rosters in the area outside the youth hockey office. 
To secure your child’s roster spot, you will be required to sign a NYSAHA commitment form and pay a deposit or full season fee, by check, at the time rosters are posted.  There will be no exceptions. Those wishing to pay the season fee balance by credit card can do so online during Season registration. Please note credit card payments will incur a fee.  By signing the commitment form and paying the deposit, you will commit your player to the NYC Cyclones for the 2017-18 season.  No releases will be granted and your child will be prohibited from trying out for another organization.  Note that we previously advised that commitment forms and deposits would be collected before the second tryout.  That policy is in the best interest of our committed players and teams because it prohibits families from trying out with multiple organizations, choosing their preferred option, and abandoning their Cyclones commitment.  Although trying out for multiple teams and abandoning commitments violates LIAHL rules, it is a situation we deal with every season.  We anticipate that the requirement that families immediately submit their commitment form and deposit will have substantially the same effect as our preferred policy.  However, please note that if you fail to provide us with a signed NYSAHA commitment form and deposit when rosters are posted at the conclusion of the second tryout, we will assume that you have decided to decline your child’s roster spot and will immediately offer that spot to another player.  If a family has a financial issue with providing a deposit at the second tryout, please reach out to Peter Panay at cyclones.registrar@gmail.com to work out a resolution in advance.

Please notePlayers who have not registered and paid online will not be allowed to tryout unless prior arrangement is made with the Cyclones organization. Please e-mail the Cyclones Registrar at cyclonesregistrar@gmail.com, to make arrangements.

Players who played for another NYSAHA organization and would like to participate in the NYC Cyclones clinics and/or tryout are required to provide a NYSAHA Player Release Form from their organization. Players coming from another LIAHL TEAM must provide an ORIGINAL NYSAHA PLAYER RELEASE FORM WITH A RAISED SEAL.

Mission

The NYC Cyclones are New York City's premier youth hockey organization. The Cyclones field teams at the mite through midget age levels that compete in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (AA Teams only) and Tier II of the  Long Island Amateur Hockey League. Cyclones teams compete in tournaments and college/prep school showcases across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic areas.

Program Specifics

“AA” Tier II State bound Teams – All teams are non-birth year specific

Our AA Teams (Squirt to Midget) will begin preparing for next season by practicing once a week this spring starting the week after all tryouts end, and playing in a spring EJEPL showcase in May.  The regular season starts in late August 2017 and ends in March of 2018.  All games, practices, showcases & tournaments are mandatory and the organization reserves the right to move players between AA and A teams through December 31, 2017 based on commitment and skill level.  There will be a showcase at the end of August required by the EJEPL.

  • Practices - 2 per week.
  • Off-ice practice at the beginning of the regular season - once a week for Peewee through Midget.
  • Power skating – all Mite through Bantam teams are expected to have two power skating sessions every month during the season as part of their regular practice schedule.
  • Games – Over 50 games (exhibition, showcases, tournaments, leagues).
  •  All “AA” teams will participate in the Long Island Hockey League (LIAHL) and Eastern Junior Elites Prospect League (EJEPL Diamond), except for Mites.
  • Tier II/AA Teams are New York State Amateur Hockey Association tournament eligible.
  • Tournaments & Showcases – 3 per season minimum per team.  Tournaments & EJEPL Showcases involve travel, the cost of which is not covered by the season fees paid to the organization. Tournaments & Showcases are often held during Holiday weekends and will involve Friday games (least amount possible).
  • Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers is our home rink, but some teams may use other rinks for practices and home games due to ice time constraints.

“A” Tier / or Milner Tier II Non-State Bound – All teams are non-birth year specific

Our “A” Teams season starts in early September 2017 and ends in March of 2018 and all games, practices, & tournaments are mandatory.  This will be a less intensive schedule than our “AA” teams. 

  • Practice - 2 per week.
  • Off-ice practice  - once a week for Peewee and Bantam. 
  • Power skating – each team (Mites thru Bantams) is expected to have two power skating sessions every month during the season as part of their regular practice schedule.
  •  Games – Over 40 games (exhibition, tournaments, league).
  • All “A” teams will participate in the Long Island Hockey League (LIAHL) except for Mites.
  • “A” Teams will participate in at least two tournaments per season and likely another travel weekend. Tournaments involve travel, the cost of which is not covered by the season fees paid to the organization.  Tournaments are often held during Holiday weekends and will involve Friday games (least amount possible). 
  • Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers is our home rink, but some teams may use other rinks for practices and home games due to ice time constraints.

Commitment  

Travel youth hockey is a serious commitment of time and energy. As per the Cyclones Parent Contract, all practices, games and tournaments are mandatory and your child is expected to attend all. Please read the rules in the Player Contract and help your child live up to them. For more information please refer to the "Parent Contract (Season)" and "Player Contract" which are available online in the documents section at nycycloneshockey.org.

While we hope to make no changes once the season starts, the organization reserves the right to move players between AA and A level teams up until final rosters are set on December 31, 2017.  Player movement will be based on commitment level and skill level.

Initial Team Selection

Teams will be announced after the final tryout.  As noted above, the organization must have a signed commitment form and a down payment on the season fee prior to a player participating in the final relevant tryout.  If a player is not selected for a team, the commitment form will be deemed null and void and the down payment will be returned.  For those families interested in financial aid, please contact:  cyclonesregistrar@gmail.com.

Teams*

For the 2017-18 season, the New York City Cyclones organization anticipates fielding the following teams:

  • Mite    2 Teams. The Mite program follows the USAH ADM model. The majority of games will be played at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, CT., on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
  • Squirt      “AA” Non-state Bound Tier II

                              “A”   Non-state Bound or Milner Tier II

  • Peewee   “AA” NYS Tournament Bound Tier II

                               “A”   Non-state bound or Milner Tier II

  • Bantam    “AA” NYS Tournament Bound Tier II

                               “A”   Non-state bound or Milner Tier II

  • Midget       U18 “AA” NYS Tournament Bound Tier II (All players birth year ’99-’02 are eligible to tryout for this team).

                                 U16 "AA" NYS Tournament Bound Tier II (All players birth year '01-'02 are eligible to tryout for this team).  If it is determined by the Cyclones coaching staff that fielding a “AA” team is not possible due to the pool of available players, the organization will cooperate with the NYC Skyliners program to offer tryout opportunities to interested players. 

Coaches (projected at this point in time, subject to change)

Mite A:           TBD

Mite AA:        Katherine Issel, Mark Williamson 

Squirt A:         Kirk Jackson, Keith Knight

Squirt AA:     Danny O'Brien, Pat Manocchia

Peewee A:    Brooks Robinson and an assistant to be named

Peewee AA:  Danny Genovese, Alec Adjil

Bantam A:      Bill Lane, Paul Valvo

Bantam AA:   Rob Johnson, Will Rayner

Midget U16:  TBD

Midget U18:  Mike Estroff, Kevin Croxton

NYC Cyclones Goalie Coach:  Miro Recicar
NYC Cyclones Power skating Coach: Kurt Nichols
NYC Cyclones Off ice Coach: Chris Robinson

 

Tryout Dates

Players must attend both tryouts, if there is more than one tryout. Tryout dates and times are as follow:

Monday, April 3
5:30pm – Peewee Tryout 1

Tuesday, April 4
5:30pm – Squirt Tryout 1
7:00pm – Peewee Tryout 2

Wednesday, April 5
5:30pm – Mite Tryout 1

Thursday, April 6
5:30pm – Mite Tryout 2
7:00pm – Squirt Tryout 2

Tuesday, April 18
5:30pm – Bantam Tryout 1
7:00pm – U18 Midget Tryout

Wednesday, April 19
5:30pm – Bantam Tryout 2
7:00pm – U16 Midget Tryout

Please note: Tryout jerseys will be provided at the initial tryout date.  These jerseys must be returned at the end of the final tryout. A fee of $25 will be charged for jerseys that are not returned.

 

Season Fees
Mites                      $4,000
Squirt A                 $5,000
Squirt AA              $5,250
Pee Wee A           $5,000
Pee Wee AA        $5,500
Bantam A              $5,000
Bantam AA           $5,500
Midget U16AA   $5,500
Midget U18          $5,500

Timing and Amount of Deposit
A deposit, in the form of a check,  of $1,800 ($900 for Mites) is required, along with a commitment form, for those players selected to a team, immediately following the posting of rosters.

Season Fee Balance
The balance of the season fee can be paid by check at the time rosters are posted or, by credit card through the registration system.  In the event you elect to pay the balance by credit card, a fee of 2.95% plus $0.75 per transaction, will be charged to your account.  Also, if you elect to pay the balance by credit card, you will have the option of paying in two installments – one on May 15th and the other on June 15th.

Financial Aid
Financial aid is available for qualifying families.  Applications are available during the registration process. All financial aid applicants must make an initial deposit at tryouts. All supporting documentation must be submitted by the deadline, April 30. If you require further information please email
cyclonesregistrar@gmail.com.

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* Teams are subject to number of qualified players and players should not expect to receive a release if they are selected for any Cyclones team, regardless of level.

REGISTER: 2017-18 NYC CYCLONES TRYOUT REGISTRATION