The world of Youth Hockey can be confusing. We really want you to ask questions, and give us feedback so that the NYHA can improve each year.
One of the best ways to learn how to be a good hockey parent is to become a hockey player yourself! The Nederland Rink offers many learn to skate courses, beginner hockey, women’s hockey, and lots and lots of encouragement. Our community hockey tradition, dating back to Mud Lake, has always been one of encouragement and inclusion. Don’t worry about your skills – just get out there and whack a puck around. You’ll suddenly understand why your kids are so excited about heading to the Rink on a chilly January morning. Don’t be the hockey parent in the stands - be the hockey parent on the ice! Make your kids watch YOU play for once.
Finally - Thank You. Thanks for supporting youth hockey, for getting yourself organized and out to the rink so that your kids can make great memories. So that your kids can get exercise, make friends, laugh, and go to bed happy and exhausted. It’s all worth it.
Please see our menu options on the left for Parent resources.
So - your kid wants to play hockey, but you're not sure where to start. Here are a few online resources to get you started:
But realistically - the best resource for learning about hockey is other parents in the community. Some huge percentage of Ned Elementary parents have had a kid in the program. If you don't know any, contact us and we'll be happy to answer your questions or point you in the right direction. You can also just show up at the registration session and ask questions of the coach, team manager, and other parents. The registration session doesn't involve any skating, so you have time to figure out equipment afterwards if necessary.
The NYHA is entirely run by parent volunteers, so there's lots and lots of room to help out. Here are a few ideas:
The very first step is to let us know you are interested in helping. We can then talk and figure out what you'd like to do. Contact us now!