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.
2023-2024 Jr. Ice Cats
*Competent Skaters Only. This learn to play hockey program is designed to reinforce skill development but focused on fun! While skating elements will be incorporated into most sessions, this is not a learn to skate program. Coached by current ORYA Travel Hockey Coaches, the approach is to simply develop the natural love of playing hockey with friends. This program centers around kids learning the FUNdamentals of hockey through interactive drills such as obstacle courses, small-sided hockey games and relay races among teammates All players will receive a practice uniform. Full pads (non-goalie) are required for all players. Come and give hockey a try with us!
Session 1 Registration Deadline | Nov. 1
Session 1 $30 Late Fee | Nov. 2 onward
AGES: 6-10+ Recommended
SESSION 1 | 5:00-5:50pm
TUESDAYS: Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec.5, 12, 19, 26
THURSDAYS: Nov. 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28
*No session 11/23
Session 2 Registration Deadline | Dec. 1
Session 2 $30 Late Fee | Dec. 2 onward
AGES: 6-10+ Recommended
SESSION 2 | 5:00-5:50pm
TUESDAYS: Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20
THURSDAYS: Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22
2023-2024 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.
Is your participant ready for Learn to Skate? Most participants are usually between the ages of 6-10. We expect each participant is ready to do a class independently from mom & dad for 50 minutes. We hope participants are able to get back to their feet unassisted the majority of the time. We understand everyone is there to learn but we want those that sign up to be confident their child can be independent and ready to deal with falling and getting back up while they improve.
Travel Hockey Tryouts | 2023-2024 Season
ORYA Hockey offers the best value in travel hockey on the Seacoast. Our coaches are extremely dedicated and up to date on their USA Hockey coaching certifications and modules. Our teams practice at least twice per week with additional skills sessions added each month with guest skills & goalie coaches. Teams participate in a combination of the Granite State Hockey League and the Seacoast Hockey League. Practices and games take place at Churchill Rink in Durham, NH. *A USA hockey number is required for this program and is not included in the player fee.
*Players should attend both sessions
**It is rare for a player to play up an age group. If your player is interested in trying out outside of their birthyear, you must get approval by our coordinator by emailing Whitney Swiesz.
Tryout Schedule | $50 Tryout Fee for U10-U14 Age Groups
U8 (2015 & Younger birth year) | 3/15 | 5:00-6:00pm
U10 (2013 & 2014 birth year) | 3/13 – 6:20-7:30 and 3/15 – 6:10-7:20
U12 (2011 & 2012 birth year) | 3/14 – 6:30-7:40 and 3/16 – 6:30-7:40
U14 (2009 & 2010 birth year) | 3/14 – 7:50-9:00 and 3/16 – 7:50-9:00
Questions? Email our ORYA Hockey Coordinator, Whitney Swiesz
SUMMER SKILLS SESSIONS | Are Back For 2023!
This skills clinic will focus on skating and stick-handling as a way of keeping players in shape and developing skills and good habits for the upcoming season. ORYA Hockey coaches will oversee the program and are excited to work with your players on Friday mornings during the summer months. While most players do participate in ORYA’s travel hockey program we welcome players from other programs to join us in the summer!
Program Information Can Be Found on ORYA Summer Programs Page:
Why are program fees different for Durham, Lee & Madbury residents?
When ORYA receives funding from the communities we serve, it directly subsidizes the participation of our ‘non-competitive’, recreational class programs for members of that specific community. The differences between each residency-rate is a direct reflection of the expected or actual funding from each community in the budgeted year. If one community has a lower player fee, it means your elected Town Council, Select Board or Selectmen have chosen to subsidize your participation in ORYA programs. Travel-based programs are not subsidized by town funding.
Try Out & Registrar
Hannah Baldwin & Whitney Swiesz
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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.