Travel Team Tryouts

Springfield Kings Youth Hockey Association puts together teams each year at the different levels of play for age and skill level each season. The Kings attempt to roster as many youth players as possible each year that want to play competitive youth hockey. The age levels are 10U (Squirt), 12U (PeeWee), 14U (Bantam), and 16U/18U (Midgets). The sport is beginning to use the number classifications over the names but both are still referenced.

tryouts dates and times

Registration Deadline: Sunday 7/31/2022

Squirt (10U)

Tuesday, August 2nd

6:00-7:00 PM 

Thursday, August 4th

6:00-7:00 PM

PeeWee (12U)

Wednesday, August 3rd

6:00-7:00 PM

Friday, August 5th

6:00-7:00 PM

Bantam (14U)

Tuesday, August 2nd 7

7:15-8:15 PM

Thursday, August 4th

7:15-8:15 PM

Midget (16U)

Wednesday, August 3rd

7:15-8:15 PM

Friday, August 5th

7:15-8:15 PM

Midget (18U)

Tuesday, August 2nd

8:30-9:30 PM

Thursday, August 4th

8:30-9:30 PM


Goalies Tryouts - All Goalies

Monday August 8th

7:00-8:00 PM 

Please note:

- Goalies SHOULD still show up on their specific age group night, but will not be evaluated until this night)

- Those that are planning on trying out as goalie AND/OR Offense/Defense player must register as a Goalie at the initial signup. Then they will show up to be evaluated as an offensive/defensive player on the appropriate age-level night.)

Make Up Tryout Dates and Times - All Ages:

Tuesday, August 9th 6:00-7:00 PM 


Wednesday, August 10th 6:00-7:00 PM


Birth years for the 2022-2023 season:

Squirt (10U) 2012 and 2013

PeeWee (12U) 2010 and 2011

Bantam (14U) 2008 and 2009

Midget Minor (16U) 2006 and 2007

Midget Major (18U) 2004 and 2005

Requirements to Register

USA Hockey registration for the 2022-2023 season is required before attempting to register for tryouts. 

Choose Missouri as your state of play when registering (NOT ILLINOIS)



Tryouts Cost: $55.00

Registration and fees must be completed online.


Rink 2 at the Nelson Center

Located in Lincoln Park in Springfield, IL

1601 North 5th Street

Springfield, Illinois 62702

(217) 753-2800

Contact Information

Rik Stone

VP of Competitive Teams

Checking In at Tryouts

Upon arrival at the rink for tryouts the first night, please check in at the SYHA table and receive your ticket with your tryout number for anonymous score posting as well as the two numbers to place on the front and back of your jersey.

A member(s) of the SYHA Board will also be at the rink to help and answer any questions families may have.


Please bring a light and dark colored jersey with you for tryouts. Your jerseys should not have any type of identification on it such as name and/or player number.

Numbers will be given for players at pin on the front and back of their jerseys for tryouts.

Tryout Guidelines

Players wishing to be placed on a competitive travel team through the Springfield Kings need to attend both nights of tryouts for the division(s) they are eligible for.


Missing Tryouts:

Any player that cannot make tryouts or a specific day of tryouts, need to send an email to Rik Stone at to schedule a make-up date on either of the make-up nights above. 



Any player that wishes to petition to play a level higher than their age, MUST register for that age-level and attend BOTH age-level tryouts AND MUST send an email to Rik Stone at for approval. Please include the following in your email:

  1: Reason for Petitioning to a higher level

  2: What the Player has done to prepare for such a move

 (Note- Being approved to petition to a higher-level DOES NOT Guarantee a rostered position on the higher team. Approved petitioned players will not be able to play at a higher-level IF it would take cause an age-level appropriate player to be cut.)


Tryout Evaluations:

   1. Players will be evaluated by qualified independent evaluators.

  2. Players will be evaluated on a wide variety of skills and hockey skills.


Tryout Rostering and Coach Selection:

  1. Evaluation scores will be calculated and then players will be ranked by score and approved by the board.

  2. The board will then choose Team Head Coaches.

  3. Once Team Head Coaches are chosen, Head coaches will be given the initial rosters to review and request any changes.

    A. ANY and ALL changes after the initial rosters have been created by a Head Coach will be presented to the board with reasons for the requested change and must be approved by the board.

      B. All Head Coaches must agree to any requested changes, prior to approval by the board.

  4. After the Coaches have reviewed the rosters, and presented their changes, a final roster will be created for each team, at each age level.

  5. Once the final rosters have been completed and approved, players will be notified of their dispositions by their respective Head Coach.

  6. Head Coaches will then pick their staff and will follow the SHYA SOG in this process.

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