Join us for the 2023-2024 player tryouts for A division (travel.) More information is below.
Age groups for players are as follows:
- 8U (Mites) - birth years 2015-2018
- 10U (Squirts) - birth years 2013-2014
- 12U (Pee Wees) - birth years 2011-2012
- 14U (Bantams) - birth years 2009-2010
- High School - birth years 2005-2009 (must be enrolled in high school during the season)
Players may request to "skate up" during evaluations if they are in one birth year younger than their requested age group. All skate up requests require DHA Board approval prior to the player being rostered on the older team. Please select the option for "skate up" during the registration process. (DHA does not allow skate ups for the Bantam/14U age group.)
A division tryouts as well as B division evaluations have now concluded for the 2023-2024 season.
Practices for the A division teams will begin in September with games starting in October.
The B division teams will begin practices and games beginning in October.
The season will run through February or early March, depending on the respective team schedules.
The DHA uses 2 rinks for practices and home games: Kettering Ice Arena and the Springfield Chiller.
Registration for A division tryouts will close on Sunday April 9th. Group times for each age group are posted above.
Players will be assigned to groups by the Registrar and letters will be sent out to players prior to tryouts confirming their assigned group.
What to Wear:
Players for both divisions are required to wear jerseys without their name on the back. Players will use pinnies during their tryout/evaluation.
Participant Numbers - A division only:
Individual participant numbers will be assigned to all players. Players will receive their number at check-in. The player numbers will be used for posting callback invites, so please keep track of your number and watch our website for details following each group.
Callbacks and Team Invites:
All callbacks (A Division only) will be posted on our website by division, age group and player numbers. All team invitations will be emailed directly to players with more instructions for accepting the invitation and selecting how they wish to pay for their regular season fees.
All teams 8U and older will practice twice per week. Times and rinks may vary. The DHA is currently working on the practice schedules and will release the details this fall when the schedules are finalized.
2023-24 Season Fees
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of tryouts?
DHA organizes the tryouts to allow every player an opportunity to have their skills assessed. This allows players to be chosen for A level teams and players to be evenly placed on B level teams.
Who should attend the tryouts?
The tryouts are for all players from 8U White through High School who are considering playing for the Dayton Stealth in the coming year (2023-24).
What is the difference between A teams and B teams?
Our A level teams consist of players that are specifically selected. These players score the highest during tryouts. The A teams travel farther than B teams for regular season games, some of which require overnight stays. The A teams also participate in multiple tournaments during the season. The season for the A teams is longer with a higher number of games and practices.
Our B teams consist of players that are evaluated and split into age specific teams by skill level with no cuts. Teams are set to have an equal distribution of talent. They participate in games against area teams that may take them to Cincinnati, Kentucky, Troy, Butler County, and possibly Columbus and West Virginia. While the B teams do not typically participate in mid-season tournaments, they do have an end of season tournament. House teams are able to enter in other tournaments and those are at an additional cost. These must be agreed upon by each team’s parents and coaches.
Is equipment provided for new players?
In order to help make hockey more affordable, especially for kids just getting started, DHA offers hockey equipment on a rental basis within the program registration process. The length of the rental agreement is the same as the length of the season for which your player is registered.
The rental fee for a complete set of gear, which includes helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, pants, and shin guards, consists of a $100 deposit. When the program ends and all of the equipment is returned in good condition, you will receive $70 back.
Players need to provide their own stick, skates, mouth guard, and protective undergarments. Kettering Rec Center will occasionally offer rental skates to use until players get their own skates.
When and where are the tryouts?
The 2023-24 season evaluations will take place on April 14-16 for A division teams and April 29 for B division teams at the NTPRD Chiller located at 301 W. Main St in Springfield.
Is there a charge for the evaluation?
There is a one-time $50 fee for the evaluation deposit.
May I try out for A division and what happens if I don't make a team?
All players are required to participate in evaluations. Players may select that they are interested in either division. For players that are not invited to join a travel team, they asked to participate in the B division evaluations at no extra charge (There is no need to re-register). B division teams are selected based on a parity model which allows us to evenly distribute talent of all levels to the teams.
How are the players evaluated?
Skaters are evaluated on the following characteristics based on the skills they display during their assigned tryout session:
- Puck Movement
Goalies will be evaluated on:
- Lateral movement
- Stick handling
When will we get our player(s) team invitation?
A division players will get their team invitations within 24 hours after callbacks are completed. B division players will receive invitations within 24 hours after evaluations on April 29.
How quickly do we need to accept the invitation?
Players must accept their invitation within 24 hours of receipt. More instructions are included in their invitation.
How do we pay the season fees when accepting an invitation?
DHA will only be accepting online registration fee payments. You will have the option of paying the season registration in full or paying in six monthly payments when you register and accept your roster position for the season. For those that choose to pay in installments, the first payment will be debited from your account when you register your player. The following five payments will be debited from your account on June 1, July 1, August 1, September 1, and October 1. Any player whose account is not paid in full by December 1 will be subject to suspension from all DHA activities until their account is brought into good standing.
If invited to join an A team, what are the uniform requirements?
All players are required to purchase a uniform and players 12U and above will be required to purchase a uniform consisting of a stitched jersey, socks, and pant shells. Players at the 10U level are required to purchase a stitched jersey and socks. The fee for this uniform is included in your registration fee.
If invited to join a B team, what are the uniform requirements?
All players will be required to purchase a uniform consisting of a sublimated jersey, and socks. The fee for this uniform is included in your registration fee.
After accepting, how soon will we hear from our coach and when will practices start?
Practices for A teams typically being in September and practices for the B teams typically begin in October.
Starter Stealth Hockey
There are no evaluations for Starter Stealth. Players of all ages are invited to come and learn the game.
Is my child ready to move up from Starter Stealth?
When deciding if a player is ready to move up from Starter Stealth to the next level, it is most important to consider skating ability. It is crucial that a player is proficient at skating forwards and backwards. If you think that your player is ready to move up but needs a little more confidence on skates, ice skating lessons are a great way to turn a good player into a great one. All ice rinks in the area offer skating lessons for hockey players. If your player is skating well forwards and backwards you can reach out to DHA about moving your child up at any time.
Waivers and Releases
Below are links related to the DHA waivers and releases required for all players. You will be asked to confirm whether or not you've reviewed these waivers/releases and discussed them with your player as appropriate.
USAH Code of Conduct
Registration for all divisions is currently closed.
Birth Years 2006 and Older:
All players born in 2006 or earlier are required to complete the USAH Safe Sport training prior to the start of dry land training and/or any other team events for the regular season. Visit their website for more information. The certification is valid for 12 months from the completion date, so please plan accordingly for the season.