The Pilots [Travel] Hockey Club is an affiliated travel hockey program designed to attract the best players from the Skokie Park District house league and other outside hockey programs for their respective age groups to compete at a AA or A competitive level. Teams are selected from a tryout. Coaches are hired to coach their respective teams. Pilots travel teams play as a member of the Chicago United Hockey League (CUHL) which features other competitive teams from nearby neighboring rinks, as well as teams from other demographic areas of the Chicago area hockey market. The season, which begins with tryouts just after Labor Day and carries through the early March, consists of approximately 24 regular season league CUHL games, plus playoffs. In addition each team may schedule a few practice games, as well as enter a tournament or two to complete a productive season of approximately 40-45 games. Routinely each team also gets two practices per week, plus a weekly skills clinic. Main Rink home ice slots can occur weekday evenings, as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings or early evenings. Studio rink practices are also scheduled three or four times per month on a weekday evening.
The Pilots [House] Hockey Club is a house league program offered by the Skokie Park District, where players who have completed a minimum of two Future Flyers learn-to-skate, learn-to- play hockey classes, can compete on a team. House League is the lowest of the competitive levels and is really geared for the beginner, recreational level player. Registration is accepted on a first come, first serve basis and teams are then formed by draft and balanced. Coaches are volunteers, usually fathers of players on the team. Our Flyers House League teams play as a member of the North Shore Youth Hockey League. Opponents are from neighboring rinks. The season begins with player evaluations the first weekend after Labor Day and carries through mid-March. The season consists of 14 regular season NSYHL games, plus playoffs. Each team may pursue a tournament during the season. Routinely each team will play a game or practice each week. Main rink home ice slots would occur mostly on a Saturday and/or a Sunday afternoons or early eve-nings, with studio rink practices occurring once or twice per month on a weekday evening.
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