Frequently Asked Questions

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Does my daughter need to know how to skate to join Initiation?

No, we are happy to teach your daughter how to skate at practice.

How do I register my daughter for TGHA Hockey?

You must register on-line for BOTH USA Hockey and TGHA: 

USA Hockey Registration

TGHA Online Registration

What do we need to play?

TGHA will do whatever possible to help players get outfitted and get on the ice! TGHA "equipment bank" has a selection of secondhand equipment available for seasonal loan at no charge. All hockey players wear protective helmets with face shields (made of plexiglas or reinforced wire), gloves and plenty of padding to help protect their shoulders (shoulder pads), ribs, chest, hips, groin and lower back (pants), elbow pads, shin pads, socks over the shinguards, a jersey that goes over the shoulder pads, and the very important mouthguard...and of course every player needs a stick and skates!

Initiation members sometimes wear less equipment at the very beginning using sweatpants or ski pants over shinguards instead of hockey pants and socks. They don’t always wear shoulder pads to start, but gloves and elbow protection are needed.

New and used equipment is sold at Instant Replay Sports’ two locations: The RINK (Call Larry VanOstrand at 607-216-0056 for hours); and at Triphammer Marketplace (Call 607-277-7366 for hours).

There are hockey equipment catalogs and some large hockey stores within an hour’s drive, but many of the basics can be purchased at Dick’s.

Equipment Tips

Are the coaches certified?

Yes, the coaches are certified by USA Hockey, work with other coaches in TGHA and have background checks and must be registered with TGHA.

Is girls hockey the same as boys hockey?

While rules for men's and women's ice hockey are virtually the same, the most significant difference between the two is that women's ice hockey does not allow body checking at any level. “Body checking” is when a player uses the hip or shoulder to slow or stop an opponent who has control of the puck. Players may use the body to "ride" another player off the puck, but direct and intentional checking will result in a penalty. The no-check rule allows players to concentrate on the skills of hockey - skating, passing, stick-handling and shooting.

How much time does it take?

Time commitment is based heavily on level of play. The Initiation and House programs are on the ice approximately two hours per week. Recreational players are on the ice approximately one hour per week, but also occasionally will play weekend games and travel for regional play. The Shooting Stars Travel Teams have the most substantial time commitment with up to three hours of practice per week and extensive weekend games and tournament.

How much does it cost?

TGHA is a not-for-profit organization. TGHA works hard to keep registration fees as low as possible. When you pay, your registration fee includes paying for ice time, USA Hockey registration, insurance costs, team jerseys, and referees. Fees are adjusted to consider each level’s ice time needs. The less ice time used, the less the fee. TGHA works hard to try and make sure any girl who wants to play hockey can. Full and partial scholarship assistance is available.

Can I volunteer to help out on the ice or help coach?

Yes, TGHA  encourages family hockey!  Volunteer coaches must register with USA Hockey, be screened by USA Hockey, and attend mandatory USA Hockey training (this may involve travel within New York). TGHA will reimburse all coaches for these costs (excluding travel cost). 


Coaching Clinics
USA Hockey Registration

TGHA Registration

I don't skate, are there other things that I can help out with?

Yes, TGHA  needs the help of many volunteers to put on a successful hockey season!  Jobs range from fundraising, to web support, to uniform cleaning, to assist in running tournaments.  Please contact the Board of Directors and/or your team coach to volunteer to help out. The TGHA is only as strong as the volunteers that help run the association.

Remember to have fun, and ask lots of questions!