Evanston Youth Hockey Association (EYHA) is a premier hockey program in northern Illinois offering all levels of youth hockey from Mites through High School levels.

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Girls 14U Program

Get Ready for Fall

Evanston is quickly building a tradition of girls teams that are a ton of fun, play hard and win! We are looking forward to a great 2018-2019 girls season, filled with team building and good competition. 

In 2018-2019, Evanston Hockey girls will join 14 other NIHL teams and will play a full NIHL girls season. The team is also slated to play in two regional tournaments. 

The team will once again be coached by Hannah Bielawski, a former Evanston player who went on to play AAA hockey and then played NCAA hockey at Middlebury College. 

Tryouts/Eligibility/Key Dates

  • The team is geared toward 2004 and 2005 birth years, but girls born in 2006 and 2007 are invited to try out.
  • Girls can double roster for a discounted fee (either for the 12U (Peewee) team or the girls high school team, depending on birth year.)
  • Mandatory conditioning before tryouts is scheduled for Aug. 21, 24, 28 and 30, and tryouts will take place after Labor Day [see below for dates/times].

Open Skate/Conditioning/Tryout Schedule

  • Aug. 17, 6:50-7:50 p.m.: Girls Open Skate
  • Aug. 21, 8:10-9:30 p.m.: On-ice conditioning #1
  • Aug. 24, 5:50-6:50 p.m.: On-ice conditioning #2
  • Aug. 28, 8:10-9:30 p.m.: On-ice conditioning #3
  • Aug. 30, 7:40-8:40 p.m.: On-ice conditioning #4
  • Sept. 5, 7:40-8:40 p.m.: Travel tryout #1
  • Sept. 8, 12:55-1:55 p.m.: Travel tryout #2
  • Sept. 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: First practice
  • Week of Sept. 10: Travel practice begins; full schedule to be added to website

Evanston has a long history of building successful girls, with six Evanston alumnae competing in the USA Hockey National Championships in 2018: http://leagueathletics.com/News.asp?org=EVANSTONHOCKEY.COM#732286

For information on the Evanston Hockey girls program, please contact Carrie Ballard, 773.655.1652 or . Come skate with us!

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Tryout Philosophy and Process

Evanston Hockey makes every possible effort to ensure that our tryout process for travel hockey has integrity, inspires confidence from parents and players and builds competitive teams that challenge players. Travel hockey provides players with a more intense practice and playing schedule geared toward a higher level of competition. It involves more ice time, significant instruction by a professional coaching staff and games played against other teams generally of a similar skill and commitment level. 

Closed Tryouts

Evanston Hockey travel tryouts are closed. This means that only skaters and coaches are allowed into the main ice area during tryouts. Our preference is to have the kids focus exclusively on the coaches’ directions, particularly since coachability is one of the primary criteria used to evaluate players.

Tryout Criteria

The hockey director and multiple coaches use a ranking system to evaluate players during tryouts. The criteria used to assess players relative to their peers include the following:

  • Skill: What is the player’s level of competence in core skills — including skating, passing, puck control, checking (14U (Bantam) level and above) and shooting?
  • Attitude: What is the player’s attitude on the ice — toward the coaches, toward other players and toward himself/herself?
  • Coachability: How receptive is the player to instruction from the coaches? How well does he/she apply that instruction?
  • Hockey Sense: What is the player’s level of understanding of positional play and does he/she demonstrate an awareness of the game and positive decision-making abilities?
  • Work Ethic: Does the player demonstrate the willingness to put in sustained effort necessary to improve his/her own skills as well as the team?
  • Athleticism: What is the player’s individual athletic ability — including speed and strength?
  • Positional Needs: What position will this player most likely play — and how does that factor in with team needs at that position?

Team Selection

The hockey director and all coaches for each age level meet in person after tryouts are complete to review the number rankings and discuss each player. Input from previous coaches also may be considered. Teams are then finalized with input from all coaches who performed evaluations, as well as the hockey director.

Team Notification 

Rosters are usually posted within 72 hours of the final tryouts. Teams may be divided by skill level or by birth year at the discretion of the hockey director.

Important Note

Our coaches and hockey director work hard to get it right. We know that tryouts can be a stressful part of the season. We want every child who plays for Evanston Hockey to expand his or her skills and continue to love the game. Is it possible that we don’t get it right 100 percent of the time? Yes. We can assure you, though, that we care about our players and do everything we can to place each athlete at a level that will be challenging, advance hockey development and be fun.

If you have questions about your child’s team placement, we are happy to address them. Please contact Del Morris at , and we will set up time to talk to you about your child’s strengths, development opportunities and how he or she can build skills in the year ahead. 

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Season Fees

Evanston Hockey works hard to keep season fees steady. Travel hockey fees are announced in advance of conditioning and tryouts with discounts available for goalies and multiple siblings.

Fees include:

  • practice and game ice
  • coaching fees
  • off-ice training
  • set of game jerseys (rented)
  • game socks (keep)
  • practice jersey (keep)
  • dry-fit off-ice training shirt (keep)
  • pant shells (HS only)
  • one tournament entry fee
  • end-of-season trophy/plaque

Financial aid is available for those who demonstrate need. The dues adjustment form can be found on the website. It should be completed and forwarded to the . The Evanston Hockey Finance Committee will consider all requests.
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Key Events & Schedule

We have listed some pre-season dates and full season key dates on the website and encourage you to review these dates although we remind you to always confirm exact dates/times with your team manager.

The schedule for all teams can be found on evanstonhockey.com. You can view the master calendar to see the schedule by week or you can view individual team schedules on the team pages. To stay current, you can download the most up-to-date schedule, which would include any changes as they happen, to your mobile devices and online calendars by clicking on the "options" drop down menu on each team's page. If you have more than one player, you can access multiple schedules by clicking on one of the team's pages and then clicking on "multi-schedule" where you have the ability to select more than one team to view schedules simultaneously.

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Hockey Progression

If you want to understand the progression of playing hockey starting as a five year old through high school, please view this three-step process.

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Questions?

If you have any questions about the Evanston Hockey travel program, please  email