CCYHA Organizational Commitment - CCYHA Strives to Offer a Friendly Environment Which Ensures Continuous Development Through Experienced Quality Coaching and Organizational Leadership





Columbus Chill Youth Hockey Association House Program

CCYHA oversees the one of the largest youth hockey program in the Mid Am Division of USA Hockey. Our outstanding volunteer base, professional coaching assistance and responsible, professional management continues to make CCYHA "The Premier Hockey Association of Central Ohio” for both House and Travel Hockey.
The CCYHA House Hockey Program offers a first rate developmental hockey program for boys and girls at the Mini-Mite through Bantam level, achieved in part through a qualified and dedicated staff of over 120 coaches.
Registration for our house program typically opens in early July and the season begins late September/early October through late February/early March (depending on the player's division).
Information on becoming part of the CCYHA family is available on the Register Online page found on the left side of the web site (from the home page)
Our on-ice evaluations for all registered house players will be posted on the web site and emailed to all those registered. These are typically held in mid to late September.

The on-ice evaluations are used to gauge player's skill level and try as best as possible to ensure parity among teams at the start of the year. These are not a try-out, all players attending the evaluations will be placed on a team.

Skaters generally are on the ice 2-3 ice times per week (depending on division of play - see Mini-Mite and Mite Hockey section). The ice times will vary - practices will be during the week and games will be on the weekends.
When selecting teams and players, every attempt will be made to ensure that the teams are evenly matched in terms of skill. Reasonable requests regarding player placement may be considered, but CCYHA’s guiding principle of parity of team play with take precedence over such requests.
In addition to regular season games, all Mini-Mite and Mite players participate in an all day jamboree/tournament:
  • 6U/Mini-Mite Jamboree:  December 26th
  • 8U/Mite Gustin Schumacher Memorial: MLK Day in January
End year tournaments are sponsors by CCYHA for 6U/Mini-Mite and 8U/Mite players.  CCYHA 10U/Squirt, 12U/Peewee and 14U/Bantam players participate in a two-tiered league with other Central Ohio organizations.  The Quest for the Columbus Cup allows for a greater level of competition for house level players in the Squirt, Peewee and Bantam divisions.  For more information on this program, go to Columbus House Hockey.
In recent years, house teams have also requested to play in ‘outside’ tournaments. While CCYHA offers this opportunity through participation in our travel and select hockey programs, consideration will be given regarding house team requests. If a team in interested in registering for an ‘outside’ tournament, the request must be made in writing to the respective Divisional Coordinator. The Divisional Coordinator will review the request to ensure that it does not interfere with any CCYHA scheduled event for the team and ensure that the parents understand that costs for registration/hotel/travel/etc as well as tournament scheduling and general liability is not part of the CCYHA program. Once this obligation is met, the Divisional Coordinator will submit the request to the CCYHA Board for final approval.
CCYHA plans to host a number of clinics/skills sessions for our youth players. Many will be specialized by position and/or skill: goalie, defense, offense, power skating, stick handling, etc. The dates and times will be communicated once ice times have been finalized.  Many times these sessions are "last minute" when a sheet of ice opens up and thus may timely notification not be possible.  Every effort will be made to schedule these at least 2 weeks prior to the clinic/skills session.


During the 2018-19 season, CCYHA will continue implementation of USA Hockey American Development Model’s Red, White and Blue Hockey.  Red, White and Blue hockey promotes the integration of cross-ice practices and games into youth hockey – which can raise the level of creativity among players, increase player participation, and create a positive environment for kids to play, love and excel.  The four main tenants of Red, White and Blue hockey are:
  1. More Puck Time: Smaller spaces mean more opportunity for a player to touch the puck – and ultimately improve their game.
  2. Age-appropriate training: By shrinking the ice down to their level, kids can get more involved and learn skills quicker and easier.
  3. Increased Ice Touches:  Because multiple teams share the ice, kids get on the ice an additional time each week without increase in cost.
  4. Increased competition: A smaller ice surface makes players of all skill levels think and act quicker, resulting in more frequent battles for the puck.
During the 2018-19 season, the Mini-Mite aged players will play cross ice games, participate in ADM practices consisting of  skill development stations.  These stations focus on the key hockey skills of skating, stickhandling, shooting, and game play.  Many of the stations and drills utilize small area games which are not only fun but critical to hockey skill development.  Mites will have play have the same type of practice and participate in half-ice games. 

Listed below are typical season highlights for Mini-Mites and Mites.  These may vary from year to year depending on the number of players and/or teams in each division.

Mini-Mite Season Highlights:
  • 50-60 ice sessions per season
  • 2-3 ice sessions per week (1-2 skill development practices, 1 cross-ice game)
  • Minimum of 20 week season, 5 to 6 months in length
  • 9–10 skaters per team; no full-time goalies
  • use of smaller sized nets to match ice size
  • Minimum of 14 cross-ice/34 practices
  • Thomas Knox Memorial Mini-Mite Jamboree (on December 26th) and end of season tournament
Mite Season Breakdown:
  • 50–60 ice sessions per season
  • 2-3 ice sessions per week (1-2 skill development practices, 1 half-ice game)
  • Minimum of 20 week season, 5 to 6 months in length
  • 9–12 skaters per team; no full-time goalies
  • use of smaller sized nets to match ice size during half ice games
  • Minimum of 14 half-ice games/34 practices
  • Mite Gustin Schumacher Memorial (MLK Day) and end of season tournament


  • Players practice 1-2 times a week
  • Minimum of 20 week season, 5 to 6 months in length
  • 10–20 players per team (number of players is based upon division)
  • Players have a full-ice game on the weekend and play in the Columbus House Hockey League (teams from surrounding associations play each other).
  • End of season Columbus House Hockey Tournament.



For more information on the American Development Model check out the USA Hockey site at

If you have questions concerning the plans for the upcoming season contact the Director of Hockey Operations - at .

If you have questions regarding registration, please contact
For More information, go to the Parents Page by clicking here PARENTS PAGE