The objective of Peabody Youth Hockey is to provide to the youth of Peabody the opportunity to learn and play the sport of ice hockey in a safe and controlled environment consistent with the existing USA and MASS Hockey Guidelines.

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Peabody Youth Hockey FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


PYH By-Laws


Q. Is the sport of hockey safe for my child?

A.  Yes. Hockey players wear more protective equipment than any other sport. A study has shown that ice hockey injuries ranked after both basketball and soccer in emergency room visits related to sport and recreational activities. Youth hockey is a different game than the NHL. With a different set of rules in place, youth hockey places a stronger emphasis on sportsmanship and friendly competition. Contact is not allowed prior to the U14 level / Bantam (age 13 & 14). Bantams, checking is allowed but NO fighting, EVER.


Q. How do I communicate with the Peabody Youth Hockey association?

A. All communication, questions and/or issues can be communicated through several methods:


  • General questions and/or feedback can be submitted within the PYH web site, :
  • Email to: 

Peabody Youth Hockey

Attn: Communications

PO Box 2081

Peabody, MA  01960-2081


Q. What is the program cost?

A. The program cost will be based on the program outlined and approved by the BOD (Board of Directors), for the season planned annually.  Copies of the approved program will be distributed annually to all participants just prior to the start of the season.  The components of the cost will include:

  • A registration/tryout fee.
  • Cost for league games and practice ice.
  • Cost for USA Hockey insurance fees and other administrative costs.
  • Estimated fifty (50) practice hours.
  • Awards cost.
  • Banquet cost.
  • Equipment/Uniform cost
    • Socks
    • Jersey (Practice / Game)
    • Shells (Cover for Pants
      • If applicable per team


Q: What is required for USA Hockey registration?

A: Every year each player MUST be first registered with USA Hockey before stepping on the ice.

  • The process for registering can be found on the PYH site.
  • Please ensure that all players & coaches are registered and the valid number provided to PYH by the start of the season. 

Q. How do I manage my information/account online?

A: In order to update an email address, you need to log in to the PYH website. Under the Association menu there is a link to Edit My Account.  Click that and proceed to the login page.  Once logged in you will see a list of all the family members.

  • To edit a member, you can click directly on the name.  This is how you can enter a valid USA Hockey number for all active players.  Other info, including email addresses for parents, can be modified there as well. Click 'Submit' after updates are made.


Q. How do I make a payment to PYH?

A To make a payment Check or Money Order:


Payable to: Peabody Youth Hockey


Mail to:

Peabody Youth Hockey

PO Box 2081

Peabody, MA  01960-2081


Questions and/or feedback can always be sent to: 


Q. Can I be a volunteer and/or coach?

A. Yes Volunteers are welcome.  Coach applications can be found in the CORI form, which can be found on the Documents page of the PYH site.  All coaches and volunteers have to submit a CORI form for a back-ground check


Q. How is the Peabody Youth Hockey Association Board made up?

A. The PYH board is made up of volunteer parents.  The PYHA Board of Directors can be made up of up to nine (9) members, but shall not fall below seven (7) members, one (1) of which will be President.


The following is a guide to the functions and responsibilities of the PYH-BOD.  These responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  1. President
  2. Vice President
  3. Treasurer
  4. Secretary / Media
  5. Fund-raising Director
  6. Website Director
  7. Parent/Player Rep
  8. Equipment Manager
  9. Coaching Director
  10. District/League Rep
  11. Registrar & Rosters
  12. Ice Coordinator
  13. Learn to Skate Clinic Coordinator

REFER to appendix A, By-Laws of PYHA, for description of Board of Directors functions and responsibilities.


Q. What’s included in the tuition price?

A. Tuition includes the below with the possibility of add on items to the list for various reasons:

  • Team registration fee
    • League and USA Hockey Reg fees
  • Coach clinic/module training fees
  • Other administrative costs
  • Ice scheduling cost - Estimated fifty (50) practice hours.
  • Banquet & Awards cost.
  • Equipment - practice / game socks & jersey(s) 

Q. Are there weekday practices?

A. Estimated fifty (50) practice hours, there will be practices for both weekdays as well as weekends.  Practice scheduling is completed and approved by the BOD.  Practices may vary from team to team and rink to rink depending on the season and the ability of the BOD to secure the ice time for the coming season.  Ice scheduling is contracted with the rinks involved in July for the coming season.


Q. When are games?

A. Games may vary, depending on the league.  Schedules are finalized by the valley league throughout the season, we will update our website and Facebook as details come out for each instance.  Usually this is done three or four times during the seasons. Majority of games are on the weekends, but games can and will be scheduled on weekdays.  Depending on the league.  The PYH-BOD is not involved in the scheduling of games with the leagues.


Q. What league does the PYH play in (Registered in)?

A. PYH is registered with USA hockey and is register in the Valley League for all teams accept the Mite team.  The Mite team is registered in the North Shore Hockey League


Q. Are there League playoffs?  If yes, when do the playoffs begin?

A. Yes there are playoffs.  The playoffs typically begin in late March and end before Easter Sunday.


Q. How far is the travel for games/practices?

A.  Travel is part of the process of hockey, but for the league(s) the PYH program plays in, travel on average, should not exceed a 45-50 minute drive/travel time.  There are many places the valley league can opt to use for games, but the travel isn’t usually out of state or more than 20-25 miles from Peabody.


Q. Do we have to register with USA hockey?

A. Participants of the PYH Program MUST register with USA Hockey at

  • USA Hockey registration is an additional $40 fee (ages 7+) at the time of registration with USA Hockey. 
    • This fee is set by USA and paid to USA hockey
  • A USA Hockey ID is required to register for all PYH programs
    • Your USA Hockey ID has to be registered with the league by the PYH BOD
    • You will receive an email with your USA Hockey ID to save for your recrods
      • Please also communicate your USA Hockey ID to PYH by forwarding the email to:

Q. Do we have to Try-Out?

A. All players must tryout.  Players coming into the program late / new arrivals will be placed at the lowest level team of that age group and be evaluated for placement at the appropriate age/skill level where an opening exists.  Registration/tryout cost is not refundable if player participates in the tryout.

  • Team tryouts will be held each March/April at the end of the hockey season for all members in good standing.
  • The purpose of the tryouts will be to competitively place players at their appropriate age/skill level of play.
  • All players who are notified of tryouts must register and attend all tryouts.  Team positions will not be held open for any player regardless of talent, if that player has not participated in the tryout for that team.  Exceptions are case basis, e.g., exception to injured player, doctor's note must accompany player at registration/tryouts.
  • Players coming into the program late, releases from other towns (financial release form required at time of registration), or new arrivals will be placed at the lowest level team and be evaluated for placement at the appropriate age/skill level where an opening exists.

NOTE: No player selected to a team through the tryout process will be moved down to a lower level to make room for a new player who did not attend tryouts


  • It is the intent of the PYHA BOD to place players at the appropriate age/skill level as not to cause injury to a player by playing at a level above the player's ability.
  • A player may be moved up to a higher age level or playing level after selection to a team and officially notified by the PYHA BOD and the head coach of the team.
  • The tryout process shall consist of a minimum of two (2) on ice sessions per level (i.e., mite, squirt, peewee, and bantam).  Mite Instructional team tryouts may utilize one (1) on ice tryout session.
  • Tryout sessions shall be by age level as set by USA Hockey.  All candidates for tryout must be pre-registered and must wear full equipment and numbered tryout shirt.

Registration/tryout cost is not refundable if player participates in the tryout. 

Q. What equipment is needed to play hockey?

A. Below is the listing of information for the various levels of youth hockey for Peabody.  A basic new starter kit of protective equipment for a youth hockey player will cost about $100-$200, this kit normally will include a bag, shin pads, elbow pads, chest protector, gloves and pants. Some kits include these other items, but some do not and the major costs will be the  skates and a helmet.


Full Hockey Gear defined as:

Ice Hockey is a pretty rough sport that consists of twelve players fighting over a little 3" puck that can be launched like a missile. Add skates and big sticks and you have the potential for injury. Playing over ice also increases the risk as ice can cause both shock and serious internal injuries.


The following listed ice hockey equipment pieces are required for this game.

  • Ice Skates:
  • ​​Helmet with Cage and Mouth-guard:
  • Hockey Stick:
  • Hockey Pants:
  • Hockey Gloves:
  • Shoulder Pads:
  • Elbow Pads:
  • Shin Guard:
  • Jockstrap (men) or Pelvic protector (women):
  • Neck Guard:


Q. What are the youth hockey levels?

A. PYH has 7 levels of hockey


1Learn to Skate - LTS: This program is for kids who have from no experience to less than a year of ice experience 

  • Age 4 & Up
  • Comfortable water-resistant type clothing
  • Skates
  • Helmet with a Cage/Mask
  • Mouth Guard (Recommended)
  • Gloves (Hockey Gloves recommended)​
    • **(No Cloth gloves as these will become soaked from the ice and stick to the ice)**


 2. Whack a PuckWAP: This Program is for the beginner player that has completed LTS and/or WAP

  • Ages 5 & Up
  • Full Hockey Gear

 3 U8 - Mite / X/Ice: 

  • Levels I, II, III
  • Age: 8 & Under to 5
  • Full Hockey Gear

 4. ​ U10 - Squirt:

  • Levels AAA, AA, A, B, C
  • Age: 9-10
  • Full Hockey Gear

5U12 - Pee Wee:

  • Levels AAA, AA, A, B, C
  • Age: 11-12
  • Full Hockey Gear

6. U14 - Bantam:

  • Levels AAA, AA, A, B, C)
  • Age: 13-14
  • Full Hockey Gear

 7. U15/U18 Jr's/Midget:

  • Levels AAA
  • Age: 15 - 18  Under
  • Full Hockey Gear

Q. What are the positions in Hockey?

A. There are 6 positions on the ice (6 Players): Goalie, Center, Left & Right Wing and Right & Left Defense:


  • Goalie - The goalkeeper's main responsibility is to keep the puck from entering the goal and there are no restrictions placed on the methods he can employ. His offensive contributions are limited and consist of occasionally passing the puck up to his defensemen or forwards to start a rush. A goalkeeper almost never scores a goal and only on rare occasions does he receive credit for an assist.
  • Defenseman (Left & Right) - Basically the two defensemen try to stop the incoming play at their own blue line. They also block shots, clear the puck from in front of their goal and watch the opposing forwards. Offensively they carry the puck up the ice or pass the puck up to the forwards, then follow the play into the attacking zone and help to keep it there.
  • Center - The center operates mostly up and down the middle of the ice and usually leads his team's attack by carrying the puck. He sets up plays by exchanging passes with his two wingmen and tries to keep the play in the attacking zone by harassing the opponent's puck carrier (forechecking). After the opposition works the puck out of their end of the rink, he tried to interrupt their playmaking as it moves through the neutral zone into his defending zone (backchecking).
  • Wings (Left & Right) - The two wings move up and down the sides of the rink with the direction of play. Offensively they skate abreast of the center exchanging passes with him while positioning themselves for a shot on goal. Defensively they watch the opponent's wings and try to disrupt their playmaking and shooting as the actions moves back towards the defending zone (backchecking).