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When is the regular hockey season?

The Rockets regular hockey season officially starts with AA evaluations in mid-August, followed by 14U, 12U , and 10U evaluations in late August.  Practices start the first week of September.  The season will end the first weekend in March with the Missouri State Championship weekend.


When do I register?

Regular season registration typically opens the end of July

To complete your registration process for the Rockets, you must first register with USA Hockey.  You will be asked for your USAH number during the Rockets registration.  To register with USA Hockey, visit USA Hockey.  All USA Hockey numbers need to be renewed each season. You must have a current USA Hockey number

What program should I register my son or daughter for?

The Rockets will be offering programs at the 14U  age group, the 12U age group, the 10U age group, the 8U age group, and the 6U age group.

The Rockets will also be offering a Learn-To-Play (LTP) program for players new to hockey.


What does it mean to be an A1 player?  Or to be a Gold or Silver player?

Rockets teams at the 14U, 12U and 10U  age groups compete in the Missouri Hockey Youth Division (commonly referred to as MO Hockey). 
 
Teams are grouped into leagues according to skill level, to maintain competitiveness of games and a positive experience for all players.  AA is the top skill level offered by Missouri Hockey, followed by A1, A2, B, Gold and Silver.


Rockets players at the 14U, 12U and 10U age groups will be placed onto skill-appropriate teams following evaluations in late August.

14U skaters will be placed on AA, A1, A2 or B1 or B2 level teams. There are no Gold or Silver divisions at this age level. **B2 is NO-CHECK hockey.

Rockets teams at the 8U age group will also be divided according to skill level.  At the 8U age group, the top skill level is Red, followed by White and then Blue.

Rockets players at the 8U age group will be placed onto skill-appropriate teams in middle to late September.

How often will my hockey player be skating?

The Rockets programs are generally designed to follow USA Hockey’s guidelines for the appropriate number of ice touches per season per age group.  For more information on these guidelines, please visit ADM KIDS.  

The Learn-To-Play program will skate once-a-week.  Learn-To-Play will be divided into Fall session (September 1 to December 1) and Winter Session (December 1 to March 2)

The 6U program will skate on average twice-a-week:  once on during the week, and once on the weekend.  Weekend ice will be a mixture of practices and cross-ice games.


The 8U program will skate, on average, twice-a-week on weeknights with half-ice games approximately every other weekend.


10U, 12U, and 14U teams will skate, on average, between 2-1/2 and 3-1/2 times per week (including full ice games), depending upon the skill level.  Squirt, PeeWee and Bantam teams may also pick up additional ice playing in-town and out-of-town tournament weekends.

How much does it cost to play for the Rockets?

Division Cost
Learn to Play (typically 13 weeks) $20/week
6U $895
8U $1160
14U, 12U, 10U $1625
Goalies 10U through 14U $925




LEAGUE FEES FOR A1/A2/B1/B2 PLAYERS ARE CALCULATED INTO THE SINGLE PAYMENT AND PAYMENT PLAN FEES

  • AA PLAYERS/GOALIES WILL PAY AN ADDITIONAL $250 DUE BY DECEMBER 1
  • GOLD AND SILVER PLAYERS [NOT GOALIES] WILL RECEIVE A $200 CREDIT ON DECEMBER 1



Additional team related expense:  

Team funds are collected to cover tournaments, travel permits, etc.
Team fund contributions vary from team to team and year to year based on tournament costs, but  are typically between  $250-$350/player. These are paid upon team formation to the team manager or coach in September.

Do the Rockets offer a payment plan?

The Rockets will be offering a payment plan for the regular season.  All registrations under the payment plan will be assessed an additional convenience fee of $40.


Under the payment plan:
1/4 is due upon registration
1/4 is due October 1
1/4 is due November 1
1/4 is due December 1.


These payments will be charged to the account used for registration thru SportsEngine.


Are there scholarships available?

Through our association with the 47Fund, the Rockets offer a limited number of partial scholarships.  For more information, please visit the 47Fund’s website (www.47Fund.com).


What about jerseys and socks?

Only 10U and above need to order jerseys.
 

Players new to the Rockets at the 10U, 12U, and 14U  age groups need to purchase their game jerseys.

Jerseys for 8U, 6U, and LTP players are included as part of the registration costs.

My skater needs new equipment. Is there a uniform policy?

To maintain a consistent appearance throughout the St. Louis Rockets’ teams please note these guidelines:

  • Helmet – Navy Blue
  • Hockey pants – Navy Blue
  • Gloves – Navy Blue, White or Orange or any combination of Rockets colors
  • Home and Away jerseys and game socks

 This policy applies to replacement items or new skaters.  

YOU DO NOT NEED TO PURCHASE NEW ITEMS IMMEDIATELY.


What are evaluations?  When are evaluations?


Evaluations are the process by which the Rockets place players on skill-appropriate teams.  All players will skate between two and four nights prior to placement.  Regardless of skill level, all players will be placed at the end of evaluations.  The Rockets do not cut players that have registered for the regular season.

The first evaluations are the AA team try outs. These skaters are the top 10-15% in their age division.

AA Tryout Policy:


Players interested in trying out for the Rockets AA teams are required to register for the AA tryouts during registration.  The fee is $50 per player.  All players are guaranteed one [1] evaluation session. Beyond the first date, skaters will be invited back for further evaluation. 


To be considered for an AA team, all skaters MUST be evaluated.

After the conclusion of AA evaluations, the Rockets will hold regular evaluations for ALL 14U, 12U, and 10U players. 

8U evaluations will take after Labor Day; 6U players will be sorted into balanced team in September.

How do I register to become a Coach?

Registration for Coaches is completed via the Rockets website, much like player registrations.  Selection of coaches is solely at the discretion of the Rockets Coaching Directors and will be completed only after evaluations are completed.
 
This registration should be available by early-mid August.

To be a Coach and to get on the ice with the teams, parents are required to:

  • Register with USA Hockey for the current season
  • Pass the MO Hockey background screening
  • Complete the SafeSport online class
  • Complete USA Hockey’s coaching certification program
  • Complete USA Hockey’s age appropriate modules

There are no exceptions to these requirements.


For more information, please click HERE.


How do I register to become a Team Manager?


Registration for Team Managers is completed via the Rockets website, much like player registrations.  Selection of Team Managers will be completed only after evaluations are completed.
To be a Team Manager, parents are required to:

  • Pass the MO Hockey background screening
  • Complete the SafeSport online class
  • Obtain a current USA Hockey number – this is at no cost for manager/volunteers

For more information, please click HERE.


What if I have more questions?


Please contact one of the General Managers for your player’s age group.

GENERAL MANAGERS    
LTP

Greg Johnson

Amy Zebala

rocketsltp@gmail.com

akzebala@gmail.com
6U Kevin Landy Kmlandy44@gmail.com
 

Rachel Bartlett

Robert Dodson

rbartlettdc@yahoo.com

rdodsonjr@hotmail.com

8U Kevin Landy Kmlandy44@gmail.com
 

Drew Acree

Alison Nadaud

dacree@chameleonis.com

alison.nadaud@gmail.com

10U Squirt

Charlie Vantine

charles.vantine@dentons.com
  Chris Coulter Coulterck@yahoo.com
12U PeeWee Frank Castiglione f.castiglione@liftxl.com
  Amy Zebala akzebala@gmail.com
     
14U Bantam Greg Johnson rocketsltp@gmail.com
  Sue Silverstein suesilverstein@me.com
Midget Kevin Whitworth [former Board member] winterlandicehockey@charter.net