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Welcome to the Shaker Youth Hockey Association

Although success at the team and individual level is important, SYHA places significant emphasis the development of student-athletes of all levels of ability.   SYHA promotes long-term athlete and child development by providing on-ice and off-ice training opportunities that allow each player to maximize his or her potential in a competitive learning environment, while providing positive lessons that allow them to excel in life.  We believe very strongly in citizenship, sense of community and sportsmanship.  SYHA is committed to helping boys and girls make big strides on and off the ice as athletes, students and members of our community. 

Hello Parents,

Congratulations again on a season of fun and growth for all of our players. Spring hockey and tryout season is upon us. We are proud
to have a record number of over 100 players enrolled in our spring hockey clinics. It’s not too late to register or just drop in.
I would encourage all players to stay active before tryouts. At Shaker Youth Hockey, our mission is to develop skills both on and off the ice, be part of a community and establish life-long friendships. We want our players to be relaxed, have a good time and have a healthy competitive spirit. Please read the links below on how you can be a positive role model for your child, encourage them to do their best and keep tryouts fun.

What to expect at tryouts:
Our program is growing and our goal for 2018-2019 is to field 4 Mite teams, 4 small Squirt teams, 2-3 Pee Wee teams and 2-3 Bantam teams. The tryouts will be run by myself – with logistical help from SYHA volunteers - and we will have outside evaluators at each level. Spring clinics, tryout dates and times are listed on the SYHA website homepage at In order to have the most productive tryouts, we have coordinated tryout times so that they accommodate our outside evaluators’ schedules and city rink ice times. The format will consist of individual skills evaluation, small area games, and full ice scrimmaging. Each team will be carefully selected (from evaluators’ recommendations and my input) based on similar skill level. 

Our goal is to place each player on a team that helps them develop and grow as a player and person. If appropriate and we have enough kids with like abilities, we will follow USA Hockey’s recommendations to have some birth year teams. Because we expect to have eight teams at the Mite and Squirt levels, we anticipate that there is a possibility to have a few birth year teams at those levels given the number of kids in the program but it will depend on the numbers and balance we see in tryouts. It is a blessing to have so many younger kids in the program, which affords us an opportunity to develop these players and build the program. A list of preliminary coaches, registrations and final details will be out soon, but I anticipate that I will be coaching at the Squirt 3 and 4, or Pee Wee 2 and 3 levels. Very much in the spirit of community, I ask that all parents pace yourselves and remember this is a marathon not a sprint. The most important thing at these ages is development at the proper speed, not which team each child makes. We want the kids at all the levels to be successful and have fun. Our goal is to create the most positive experience for all our players.

We will continue to supplement the program with instructors and clinics from area professionals, such as Tim Okicki, Russ Sinkewich, and Georgi Feduolov.  And in the summer months ahead, there will be additional ice time for more clinics and practices for our teams.
My door is always open for questions or concerns. Please feel free to contact me or Scott Camp with any questions. Thank you for your continued support.

As I finish my first year as hockey director, I want to thank you all for the opportunity to get to know your children on and off the ice.
I look forward to all learning from our first year together and continuing to grow as a program. I am looking forward to a fun and competitive Spring and a great 2018-2019 season. I hope the kids all have fun, make friendships that last a lifetime, and enjoy the greatest game on earth.

All the best,
Coach Berg

SYHA Program Highlights

See detailed information and program highlights about Shaker Youth Hockey in the pdf file below.  


Shaker Youth Hockey Summer Schedule

Coaching Opportunities 2018-2019

SYHA is looking for youth coaches. We are looking for candidates who have leadership and communication skills both on and off the ice.  Most importantly, candidates should be energetic, motivated, disciplined and love kids and community. Please see the link for an application. For Questions please contact

UH Sports Medicine

Below find a PDF outlining the services offered by the UH Sports Medicine practice.  UH Sports Medicine partners with Shaker Youth Hockey to provide baseline concussion testing and provides sponsorship for our teams.  Thanks to UH Sports Medicine.   

Paper Registration Forms for Try-Outs & The City of Shaker Heights

Please fill out a separate player registration form for the City of Shaker Heights.  Information on fees and payment schedule is provided below. 

Congratulations to this year's SYHA Always a Raider Award Recipients!

Congratulations to Jeff, Mark, Dominic, James, Ethan, Collin and Andy for "Always Being A Raider"!  We are proud of your commitment and loyalty to Shaker Hockey.