Tier League Rec Hockey

The Tier 1 and Tier 2 Recreational Youth Hockey League is for older players that have graduated from a Learn to Play (LTP) Program either at Springfield Nelson Center or their local association if they have recently moved into the area or have aged out of the ADM Program. This program is for players either beginning to play hockey that focuses on skating development, stick handling, shooting, and developing a love for the game of ice hockey after LTP graduation or want to continue to play hockey not at a competitive level. The two levels of play in this program are Tier 1 (Lower Playing Level) and Tier 2 (Higher Playing Level). This program registers through the Missouri Youth Hockey League just like the Springfield Kings travel teams.

This program is a joint partnership between the Springfield Youth Hockey Association and the Springfield Park District.


The Tier 1 and Tier 2 Recreational Youth Hockey League has two levels of play within its program. The levels are Tier 1 (Lower Levels of Play) and Tier 2 (Higher Level of Play).

Players will be evaluated within the first couple weeks of play to determine the appropriate level for them to play at. Players can move throughout the season based on their development.

This league is for players born 2008-2014.


The Tier 1 and Tier 2 Recreational Youth Hockey League will begin Wednesday, October 4th, 2023 and continues into March 2024.

Practices and Games:

October 4th, 2023 to March 10th, 2024.

Monday Skills:

October 2nd 2023 to March 4th, 2024


The Nelson Center located within Lincoln Park is Springfield, Illinois.

1601 North 5th Street

Springfield, IL 62702.

(217) 753-2800.


Team Practices:

Wednesday 8:00-9:00PM

Monday Skills:

Elite Hockey

10U & 12U: 7:00-8:00 PM CST

14U: 8:15-9:15 PM CST

(every other Monday) starting Oct 2nd, 2023


The Tier 1 and Tier 2 Recreational Youth Hockey League normally has scrimmages on Sunday evenings throughout the season.

If possible throughout the season, other recreational teams from around central Illinois or St. Louis area may be scheduled to play our recreational teams. These are not a guarantee but the program tries to add these games for additional opportunities for the players. 

Games Times

Sunday 4:15-5:15

Sunday 5:30-6:30


All players will need to purchase jerseys and socks for the program. These will be available through the PRIMO Design website link provided by SYHA once the program begins.

Players will need the following:

  1. Black and white reversible jersey with the Kings logo as well as player last name and number
  2. Black hockey socks

Players and families will also have the opportunity to purchase Bauer warm-ups and Kings merchandise from PRIMO Designs through web links provided by SYHA.

Extra Costs

SYHA registration fee of $50.00 covers costs for SYHA to roster the player with Missouri Youth Hockey League as well as administrative costs associated with this.

Players may choose to participate in additional scrimmages, jamborees, and tournaments at an additional cost. Each event normally has a different cost that is divided amongst the team attending. These are NOT mandatory. More information about these opportunities will be given by Cindy Huddleston, VP of Recreational Programs, as the program begins and continues as information becomes available.

Monday Skills - registration through SYHA website. Instructed by Elite Hockey twice every month.

Player Number

Players will receive their number from Cindy Huddleston, VP of Recreational Programs, at the beginning of the season.

Players returning from last season can keep their numbers if they desire.

Player numbers for new players are based on availability as well as birth year.

Players born in even years will receive an even number and players born in odd years will receive odd numbers.

Registration Process

  1. USA Hockey Registration https://membership.usahockey.com/register/age
  2. Note: please list state affiliation as Missouri
  3. SYHA Registration: click REGISTER on right
  4. Springfield Park District Registration: Program #340403 https://web2.myvscloud.com/wbwsc/ilspringfieldwt.wsc/splash.html?InterfaceParameter=WebTrac

Frequently Asked Questions

Cindy Huddleston

SYHA VP of House Programs


Marty Strieker

(217)753-2800 x2003

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