The ORYA Travel Hockey mission is to provide a fun and safe environment for players to experience while learning and playing the game of hockey. Hockey teams are designed to support players of equal skill along with providing teams correct league placement that encourages success as an individual and teammate. ORYA Travel Hockey plays in a multi league program, which requires a high level of commitment. We expect our players to be fully committed to the program to ensure satisfaction. Our primary goal is to allow all players to reach their potential and have fun learning to love the game of hockey.
ORYA’s Learn to Skate Program teams up with local area coaches to develop young skaters balance, skating muscles while teaching them the basics of skating. Learning to fall, to get back to their feet, how to glide & stop will be taught as each player reaches certain milestones. Many kids participate in this class over multiple winters until their skills & confidence on skates allows them to move on to hockey or figure skating programs.
Jr. Ice Cats | Mite Development: This program is designed for kids under the age of 10 that know the basics of skating and want more fun hockey ice time. Many will already be participating in another hockey-based program but want an additional on-ice day. The format is designed to reinforce skill development but focused on fun! The approach is to simply develop the natural love of playing hockey with friends. This fun and fast paced program centers around obstacle courses inspired by Ninja Warrior, small area hockey games and timed relay races among teammates. This approach keeps players playing and improving core skills, most importantly emphasizing having fun through an immersive experience.
*A USA Hockey registration number is required for this program. USA Hockey registration is FREE for birth years 2013 and younger.
ORYA Travel & U14 Girls Hockey participates in appropriate leagues during the season. The New Hampshire Amateur Hockey Association (NHAHA) is the main league in which teams participate and provides the most games during the season that are located throughout the state of New Hampshire. The Seacoast Hockey League is the second league in which our teams participate and provides local games. Our U14 Girls team typically participates in GSL and the MYCGL to offer an appropriate level of competition. Travel Hockey is offered to girls and boys from ages 9-16, click here to view USA Hockey age classification. ORYA Travel Hockey hosts evaluations mid-march take place for players and the results of the evaluations will be used to split up the teams evenly based on skill.
Learn To Skate
This program are for the floppy ankles, baby deer and banana peel steppin’ kids out there! Come to Churchill Rink and learn to skate with ORYA. Our program encourages young skaters to develop balance, skating muscles, falling the RIGHT way while having fun on the ice without the use of walkers or balance aids! Participants are welcome to wear any single blade hockey or figure skates (no double runners) since they’ll be learning the basics which translates to all skating. All participants are REQUIRED to wear a helmet and no participants, parents or guardians are allowed on the ice without skates.
Session 2: Jan. 4 – Feb. 22
Jr. Ice Cats
This Mite development program is designed to reinforce skill development but focused on fun! Coached by current ORYA Travel Hockey Coaches, the approach is to simply develop the natural love of playing hockey with friends. This fun and fast paced program centers around obstacle courses inspired by Ninja Warrior, small area hockey games and timed relay races among teammates.Come and give hockey a try with us!
*Competent Skaters Only
**A USA Hockey registration number is required for this program. USA Hockey registration is FREE for birth years 2013 and younger.
DATES: Jan. 7, 14, 21, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar. 3
*No session Jan. 28
ORYA’s Travel hockey program offers players the opportunity to play with players of similar ability in local and regional leagues. Teams are selected in March for the following year and teams will begin training once the ice is in at Churchill Rink – typically mid October.
Teams will also compete in tournaments appropriate for their teams level at the end of the season.
**A USA Hockey registration number is required for this program.
All girls that are interested in ORYA Girls team are invited to attend the 2019 hockey evaluations. Times and locations can be found below. We ask that all girls try out during the appropriate age evaluation. If enough girls are interested in a team they will be placed in the Middlesex Yankee Conference Girls Hockey League (MYCGL). If there are not enough registrants for a Girls team, their evaluations will be filtered into the “Travel Hockey” team’s evaluations and used for appropriate age group team selections. The commitments for the Girls’ Teams are two practices a week and a skills session every other week to accompany the game schedule.
SUMMER SKILLS SESSIONS 2019
This skills clinic will focus on skating and stick-handling as a way of keeping players in shape and developing skills and habits for the upcoming season. Coaches will be ORYA Hockey coaches and are excited to work with your players on Friday mornings this summer.
The Oyster River Youth Association provides inclusive, fair, diverse and developmentally appropriate recreational programs to the youth of Durham, Lee and Madbury, NH. ORYA meets the changing needs of the children and families in our community for sports and recreational activities by acquiring and maintaining facilities, promoting volunteerism and seeking collaborative and strategic partnerships.