Registration (Athens Youth Hockey Association | Athens Ohio | Bird Arena)

UPDATE 2023-05-29: registration for the 2023 / 2024 hockey season for all age divisions opens June 1, 2023!

If you are ready to register your youth hockey player for the AYHA 2023 / 2024 season, please follow the steps below to ensure an easy and successful process.  If you are interested in registering a youth player between the ages of four and ten year in the Learn to Play program sponsored by the Columbus Blue Jackets, please visit the AYHA’s Learn to Skate & Learn to Play Programs page under PARENTS.

usa-hockey-logo.pngRegistration Step 1
First, regardless of age you need to register your youth hockey player with USA Hockey, which is mandatory to participate in both the AYHA’s zero-travel and travel team leagues for all age divisions.  For 2023-2024, registration is $15 for children born in or after 2017, $50 for those born between 2015-2016, $61 for those born between 2011-2014, $70 for those born between 2005 & 2010, and $46 for those born in 2003 or earlier (adults).  

Register at USA Hockey's Membership website.

USA Hockey will provide your player a confirmation number, which is required when registering with the AYHA.  A confirmation number is typically a 9-digit number followed by the first five letters of the player’s last name (e.g., 123456789ABCDE).  Please note that it can take some time after you receive your number for the USA Hockey system to recognize it during the Active registration process in Step 2.

Registration Step 2
Next, register your youth player in the appropriate age division.  The AYHA participates in the Buckeye Travel Hockey League for 10U, 12U, and 14U, which includes teams from West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana.  High school players participate in the Ohio Scholastic Hockey League, which primarily plays teams in the Columbus, Ohio area.  6U and 8U players are zero-travel, which means they are not in a league and play games only as the coaches and team managers for those teams can arrange games with other teams if the parents are interested in doing so.   

Fees for each age division are established each summer by the AYHA Board of Directors to cover the anticipated costs incurred by the Association for the upcoming season.  Major costs include renting Bird Ice Arena from Ohio University ($162/hour), BTHL registration fees ($2,000+/- per team), 8U and 10U registration fees for the Marazon Memorial and Veteran's Day tournaments, game referees, and associated administrative costs such as maintaining the website, web-based registration, and others.

For the 2023 / 2024 season, the fee structure for each age division is as follows.

 2023 / 2024 Age Divisions  Season Fee
 6U Zero-Travel Team (Birth Years 2017 & Younger) $500.00 
 8U Zero-Travel Team (Birth Years 2015 & 2016) $650.00 
 10U BTHL Travel Team (Birth Years 2013 & 2014)  $1,050.00
 12U BTHL Travel Team (Birth Years 2011 & 2012) $1,200.00
 14U BTHL Travel Team (Birth Years 2009 & 2010)  $1,500.00
 High School Travel Team  $1,800.00

For full season registration, each of the above fees include a $50 non-refundable deposit.  The AYHA offers a $100 discount for multi-player families as well as a 50% fee discount for youth players participating in their first, full season in the AYHA. 

The AYHA recommends families select the option to pay the season fee utilizing monthly installments. If you register by July 1st, the fee is divided in 9 monthly installments, 8 monthly installments if you register by August 1st, and 6 monthly installments if you register by October 1st.   The final monthly installment is billed March 1st of 2024 for all of the above options.

Please register at:

Athens Youth Hockey Association page on

Be sure to select the appropriate age division when you register.  The Association recommends registering prior to August 1st to not only take advantage of the extended monthly installment payment plans, but also so the Association can commit to having BTHL travel teams prior the BTHL having their seeding tournament in September.   

Registration Step 3 2022-jersey-order.jpg
After you have completed the AYHA registration, you may order game jerseys for youth players on teams 10U and older.  The Association will lend jerseys to the 6U/8U players for their season, so those families do not need to purchase them, but they will still need to purchase socks online.

Game jerseys are $130 for a pair (one green home and one white away), and they may be ordered by filling out and submitting online the following form: 

AYHA 2023 Jersey Order Form

Please fill out the form, including three preferred numbers for the jerseys; all jersey numbers are reviewed and approved by the Registrar to avoid conflicts (prior season youth players may keep their previous jersey number).  Pay close attention to the jersey sizing chart and remember to account for your youth player wearing equipment as well as a little future growth when taking measurements (many families can get two seasons or more out of jerseys).  When the jerseys arrive, they will be billed to your account and added to the monthly registration fee payment.

Game socks can be order directly by families from the Homegrown Sporting Goods company at the following links:  

The AYHA also has overstock game socks available for sale.  Please see the AYHA Overstock page for size and color availability (all are good for practices and/or games).

When selecting a length, remember that a hockey sock should run from the player’s ankle to about 50%-75% up the player’s thigh.

Registration Step 4
While you are waiting for jerseys and games socks to arrive, please complete the following online health and safety training programs:
  • Concussion Awareness
  • SafeSport
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest
More information for each training program, including links and submission requirements, is located under the POLICIES menu at the top of the AYHA page.

Registration Step 5
Please review the Parent / Player Conduct rules under the PARENTS menu at the top of the AYHA page.  By registering with the AYHA, you and your youth player agree to abide the the conduct rules through the season.

After Step 5, you are ready to play!  Please take time to read all of the other information on the site about playing hockey, volunteering opportunities at games, and even coaching.

Updated 2023-05-29.