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    2023-24 Top Team Head Coaches Selected
    8u - Pat Gillespie
    10u - Dan Anderson
    12u - Chris Kenny

    14u - Colette Youlen
    16u-Wrap* - Ryan O'Connell
    18u-Wrap* - Ryen Young

    18u-Wrap* - Jim Buffoline
    [Wrap teams play before high school season start (Late August through mid-November]

    SYHA fully supports multi-sport athletes.  Players are encouraged to play Fall sports with full support of head coaches (10u to 14u).

    14u Checking Clinic
    14u Tryout Registrants will have the option to sign up for an
    Optional Checking Clinic for $50
    Instructor: Jeff Silengo
    3/24 - 7:10pm @ SCRF
    3/28 - 6pm @ SCRF
    3/30 - 6pm @ SCRF


    2023-24 Hockey Team Tryouts 

    All Players Must Register for Tryouts:

    All teams (TB, AA, A, B, C) for all divisions (10u, 12u, 14u, 16u, 18u) will be formed in Spring 2023 for the 2023-24 season.  All players need to attend these tryouts to be placed on a team for the 2023-24 season.  

    Contact your Tryout Coordinator with any questions.

    10u (2013 & 2014 birth years)

    Tuesday 3/21 - 6-7pm - SCRF
    Thursday 3/23 - 6-7pm - SCRF
    Friday 3/24 - 6-7pm - SCRF

    12u (2011 & 2012 birth years)
    Tuesday 3/21 - 7:10-8:10 pm - SCRF
    Wednesday 3/22 - 7:30-8:30 pm - SCRF
    Thursday 3/23 - 7:10 to 8:10 pm - SCRF

    14U (2009 & 2010 birth years)
    Wednesday 4/5 - 5:45-6:45 pm - Saratoga Vernon Rink
    Thursday 4/6 - 5:45-6:45 pm - Saratoga Weibel Rink

    14u Tryout Registrations will have the option to sign up for an
    Optional Checking Clinic (see dates and pricing above)

    16U (2007 & 2008 birth years)
    18U (2005 & 2006 birth years)

    Wednesday 4/5 - 8:15 - 9:15 pm - Saratoga Vernon Rink
    Thursday 4/6 - 8:45 - 9:45 pm - Saratoga Weibel Rink

    We will be forming two 18u teams and one 16u team for the 2023-23 wrap season.  The 16u head coach is Ryan O'Connell (Mohawks High School Team Head Coach).  The two 18u head coaches are Ryen Young (Storm High School Team Head Coach) and Jim Buffoline (BH/BS High School Team Head Coach). 16u and 18u Tryouts will be conducted simultaneously.

    [Wrap teams play before high school season start (Late August through mid-November]

    Cost: $45

    SYHA fully supports multi-sport athletes.  Players are encouraged to play Fall sports with full support of head coaches (10u to 14u).

    Skating Lessons

    We offer skating lessons year round at the Schenectady County Recreational Facility, 5 Tower Road, Glenville, NY.   Each session is seven weeks long and consists of 7 weekly classes.  Each class includes a 30 minute small group lesson and 30 minutes of independent practice time.  The cost for the 7 week session is $119 per skater.   Special requests for a specific lesson group or specific lesson time are not guaranteed.  Registration cannot be pro-rated.  

     The current session is "Spring I", and will begin on Sat Feb 25 or Mon Feb 27.   Due to annual rink maintenance being done in April, the Spring I session has been shortened.  Monday classes will end on March 27, and Saturday classes will end on April 1st.     

    Our next session is called "Spring II" and will meet on Mondays only, 6-7pm, from April 24 thru June 12.  There is no class on Memorial Day, May 29th.  Online registration is now open and will close on April 16, 2023.  Click here to for more information or register for the Spring II session.   

    Click here for a description of our lesson program and frequently asked questions, including questions about what to wear, make-up classes, lesson group sizes, etc.   All lessons are held at SCRF, 5 Tower Road, Glenville, NY.  

    Questions about purchasing skates?  Please feel free to speak with the Director, Patti Tashman before or after classes.  Please note:  double runners and size-adjustable skates are not allowed.


    Spring hockey skills for ages 5-10!

    We will be hosting a short 3 week session focusing on skills with Coach Peretti for all entry level players.   Three sessions  from March 12- March 26, cost is $45.  

    Please note:  Program dates have been changed as of 2/22/23.  If you registered before this date at the cost of $60, you will be refunded the difference in cost.  Thank you for your registration!

    Entry Level Programs

    SYHA is proud to offer the following entry level hockey programs.  Click here for more information about our entry level programs.
    INTRO TO HOCKEY -  Ideal for ages 5 and 6; one session or more of skating lessons, or equivalent skating experience required.   Program runs November - February.  Program typically meets 1/week on Saturday morning.  More details and online registration for the 2023-24 season should be available by early September.
    MINI-MITES  - Ideal for ages 6 and 7, Intro to Hockey or equivalent skating and hockey experience required.  Fall session runs Nov and December; Winter session runs January and Feburary.  Program typically meets on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  More details and online registration for the 2023 -24 season should be available by early September.
    REC HOCKEY for ages 9-13 - Ideal for the older beginner, MUST be able to skate forward, STOP, and skate backward.  This may require several sessions of skating lessons before registering.  Program runs from the end of October thru February.  More details and online registration for the 2023-24 season should be available by early September.


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    $2.5 Million Upgrade Approved for SCRF by Schenectady County

    February 15, 2023 - The County Legislature approved a $2.5 million expansion and renovation project for the Schenectady County Recreational Facility (SCRF) at their meeting at Yates Elementary School last night.

    Our county ice rink offers affordable entertainment for residents of all ages, and this capital investment will make it a more welcoming space. An updated and spacious building will attract more families and visitors from across the Capital Region and be an asset to our community for years to come.

    The expansion plan includes the addition of 4,660 square feet of space for four new locker rooms, an additional changing room, expanded restroom facilities, and a new and larger front entrance. It also includes a new exterior modern facade, a new room for activities, and expands the parking lot.

    Target construction/completion timeline: Summer 2024.

    As part of the resolution, the County’s Recreational Facility would be renamed the “Schenectady County Ray Wemple Memorial Rink” to recognize Mr. Wemple’s years of service as the Vice President of the Schenectady Youth Hockey Association (SYHA) and commitment to the rink. Ray Wemple retired from the Schenectady Police Department in 1989 and was a long time Schenectady County employee.

    Learn more at

    SCRF Public Skating

    Next Board Meeting

    Date: 3/12/23
    Location:  Teleconference
    Time: 7pm

    (Open to all SYHA members.  Contact SYHA Secretary for conference call information) 

    Live Barn

    Watch live and recorded games/practices at SCRF (and hundred of locations) via LiveBarn.  Use SYHA code eeac-87f8 for 10% discount.

    SYHA is now part of Amazon Smile. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your purchases to SYHA when you shop at

    Same products, prices and service - AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know with the added benefit of supporting charitable organizations.

    SYHA is one of twenty-one associations that have been designated a USA Hockey Model Association.

    In 2017, SYHA rolled out Hockey Scholar™, a online STEM education course to our players that brings science, technology, engineering and math concepts to life using the fast-paced game of hockey.  We are the first youth hockey association in the nation to utilize Hockey Scholar demonstrating our commitment to player academic performance.