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    2024-2025 Tryout Schedule

    It's time to begin preparations for the 2024-2025 Season!!!
    Tryouts will held at Schenectady County Recreational Facility on the following dates for each division.  Top Team selections will occur the first two nights of each division.

    10U:  March 26 and 27 @ 7PM
              April 8 @ 7PM
              April 9 @ 7:40PM

    12U:  March 26 and 27 @ 8:10PM
                 March 28 @ 7PM

    14U:  April 16 @ 7:40PM
                 April 17,18, and 19 @ 7PM

    16U/16UTB:  April 8 @ 8:10PM

    18U:  April 8 @ 8:10PM



    2024-2025 Top Team Head Coaches

    18U - TBD
    16U/16UTB - TBD
    14U - Colette Youlen
    12U - Kyle Youlen
    10U - Dan Anderson
    8U - DJ Cohen

    Skating Lessons

    Updated 1/31/2024

    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 a 7 week session of basic lessons 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, "Winter", runs through Saturday, February 17 and Monday, February 19th.  

    SPRING I REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! The next session, Spring I,  will run on Saturdays, March 2nd - April 13 (12:20-1:50) OR Monday, March 4th - April 15th , 6-7 pm.  Click here for more details or to register.  Registrants for Spring I may also take advantage of our spring special to prepay for the Spring II, Summer, or September sessions at the discounted rate of $80 for basic lessons, or $130 for semi-private figure skating lessons.  Registration for Spring I will close on February 24th or when maximum capacity is reached. 

    If you are registering for Saturday lessons, we ask all skaters to arrive in time to skate at 12:20 on the first day, unless we are able to notify you by email of your exact lesson time.  Check your email on the morning  of Saturday, March 2nd - if we are able to do so, we will send an email providing you with your exact lesson time.

    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.


    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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    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).

    Link to 2023-2024 Jersey Assignments

    2023 - 2024 Season Jersey Assignments


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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

    Upcoming Board Meetings


    Date: March 17
    Location:  Teleconference/ In Person
    Time: 6pm or TBD if in Person

    Annual Meeting and Banquet:
    April 14 @ Schalmont HS - 11am-2PM
    (Open to all SYHA members.  Contact SYHA Secretary for conference call information)

    SCRF Public Skating

    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 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.