NOTICE: Your spot cannot be guaranteed until you pay. We have a limit of 24 teams of 11 people each, or 264 total people.As this is the first time we are doing something on such a large scale, please be patient with us. There will be some growing pains. If you run into any trouble or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this post, send us a
Q: Where can I check on to see how many teams have registered and the status of my team?
A: We created a Google Document that we update daily with information on the teams. Click here
to view it.
Q: I registered but can’t figure out how to pay. How do I do that?
A: Contact us
with the name and email address you used to register and we will send you a request for payment through PayPal. If your PayPal account uses a different email address, please let us know that.Q: When will the brackets and schedule be posted?
A: As soon as all 24 teams are registered and filled.Q: How skilled do you have to be to play?
A: All skill levels are welcome! This is about getting out, having a good time, playing the best sport on earth, and raising money for a good cause. You have to know how to skate and have the appropriate equipment, though.Q: What equipment do I need?
A: All skaters need skates and a stick. Goalies need the typical goaltending equipment. If you’re a dude you’ll most likely want to wear a cup. It is recommended that you wear shin pads, gloves, and a helmet as well.Q: Is this tournament coed and all ages?
A: Yes and no. It is coed but you have to be over 18 to play.Q: Can I contribute without playing?
A: Yes! We need volunteer referees (the rules won’t be complex), some people to help keep score, and perhaps some people to help hand out refreshments or manage the flow of the event (ie. making sure teams get to the right rink at the right time). We also really need a couple more sponsors
.Q: Can I donate without playing?
A: Absolutely! You can donate money directly to the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation
. You can also buy one of our ESYHF t-shirts and/or hoodies
. The profits get split between the logo designer and the ESYHF. We don’t make a dime off of those sales!Q: Will we be playing with a ball or a puck?
A: Majority rules. We opened a poll on this page and asked people on Twitter and Facebook. While the puck fans held strong opinions, more people preferred to play with a ball.Q: Can we get more details on the rinks?
A: I apologize but I have not had a chance to make it to the rinks yet. I will try to make it there soon and get some photos and information.
Q: Will you be providing refreshments at the tournament?
A: ConAgra Foods donated three cases of protein bars for the tournament. Wegmans is donating two big boxes of bananas and 10 cases of water. Additionally, we may have a food truck or two at the park, where you will be able to purchase other food and drinks.
Q: Is there a rain date for the tournament?
A: Yup. May 19-20.
Q: Are you really giving out $1,000 to the winning team and a trophy?
A: Sure, as long as we hit our mark of 24 teams, that won’t be a problem at all. Given the early level of interest, it looks like we’ll easily reach that cap.
Q: Will checking be allowed?
A: No. A player will receive a penalty for checking. Due to the wide range of ages and skill levels involved, we don’t want to run the risk of injury.
Q: How long will the games be?
A: Even with 52-hours of hockey available to us, time will still be tight, once you account for stoppages, warm-up time, and unexpected delays.Each game will consist of two 15-minute periods with a one-minute intermissions and five minutes to warm up before the game.
Q: What else can we expect from this tournament?
A: We will do a 50/50 raffle drawing, like we did at the Pub Quiz (the winner of that took home $250). We will also try to get some Flyers memorabilia donated to raffle off as well. Additionally, Steve and Hal might do a live radio blog of the championship game(s), if it is at all possible. If we can get a P.A. system, they might even do commentary for the game(s). (Hal does not know this yet and might be surprised to read this here. Hey, Hal!)
Q: Do we really need to commit to playing either forward or defense?
A: No. If you’re registering an entire team, all that really matters is that you have a goalie and ten skaters. You can work out the positions yourself. If you’re registering as an individual, you will be asked your primary and secondary preferred positions so that we can evenly balance out auto-selected teams.
Q: What if we have a group of players that wan’t to play together but not enough to make a full team?
A: When you register as an individual, there will be a “Notes” field in the form. You can add the names and email addresses of the people in your group and we should be able to assign all of you to the same team.
Q: How do we register and pay?
A: Click the registration tab above. At the time of registration, you will pay the fee through PayPal. So, if you’re registering for an entire team, make sure to collect money from all your teammates!
Q: Are you sure forwards and defenders can play on foot?
A: Maybe we’ll do a floor hockey tournament at some point too. It definitely won’t happen this season, though. Planning four fundraising events in four months is way more than I can handle as it is. However, if something changes and we allow people to play on foot in this tournament too, we’ll let you know.
Q: What are these other events you’re talking about?
A: We did the Pub Quiz on March 5. We’re doing an NHL ’94 Tournament at Play2 at 8:00 p.m. on April 22 (no event page up yet). We’re also working to put together an ice hockey game/tournament but that’s moving at a glacial speed for some reason.
Q: Will this be an annual event?
A: Yes! All of our fundraisers will be annual events to benefit the ESYHF. Our next Pub Quiz is in March. Our goal is to get the ice hockey game on the ice at the Wells Fargo Center next season too. The roller hockey tournament will probably be in the spring again, so that we can play in nice weather.
Q: What’s the deal with the ice hockey tournament? Are you still doing that?
A: Yes! We have details on it but that information will not be posted until registration on this event closes. Sorry!
If you have any other questions, please leave them in the comments section below and I will respond individually and/or add the answer as part of the Q&A above.