Registration & Tryouts

Registration is now open for the 2016-17 Jr. Pioneers Hockey season, beginning with tryouts in August, September and October. To register for tryouts:

  1. Register online with USA Hockey. Each player must be registered with USA Hockey, and we recommend you print and save each player’s confirmation number.
  2. Register online with CAHA. At least one parent/guardian for each player must be registered online with CAHA each season, as mandated by the CAHA SafeSport Program for CAHA/Avs Care.
  3. Read the parent/player handbook. This handbook is your agreement for the season with the Jr. Pioneers Hockey program. You cannot complete the registration process until you acknowledge that you have read the handbook.
  4. Release from any previous organizations. If you are new to the Jr. Pioneers Hockey program, you must attain a financial release from your previous program.
  5. Register online with Jr. Pioneers Hockey. During the registration process, you must enter your USA Hockey confirmation code from Step 1.

Tryout Procedures

  • Players will be notified via email with the group session they must report to during tryouts.
  • Players are required to check-in before each session.
  • At check-in, players will be issued a jersey to use and return after each session. (U8 players will not receive a jersey but will have their name placed on their helmet with a sticker.
  • After each day of tryouts, players will receive notification about which group they are to report to on the following day.
  • After the final day of tryouts, another notification will be sent letting players know which team they were selected for. Players have 24 hours to decline their placement.
  • Practices will start within a few days after selection.

Parents are allowed to watch tryouts. However, they may not:

  • Approach coaches during sessions
  • Sit in the identified areas where coaches may be evaluating
  • Stand by the glass at rink level and bang on it

    Tryout Schedule

    U10 (Birth years: 2006/2007)

    Teams selected: U10 A, B and C

    League start date: October 14

    League playoffs: February 22-26


    Tryout Dates & Times

    September 29 Group 1: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Group 2: 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.
    September 30 Group 1: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Group 2: 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.
    October 1 Group 1: 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Group 2: 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
    October 2 Group 1: 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Group 2: 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
    October 3 Group 1: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Group 2: 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

    U8 (Birth years: 2008 and younger)

    Teams selected: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

    Players will be initially placed according to ability level and will placed into teams at the end of October.


    Tryout Dates & Times

    October 2 Group 1: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Group 2: 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
    October 5 Group 1: 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Group 2: 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.


    Registration & Season Information

    Team Registration

    Registration is completed online following tryouts, and we recommend you review the Jr. Pioneers Hockey online registration tutorial.

    2016-17 Fees

    Fees for the 2016-17 season include:

    • Ice time for games and practices at home
    • Tournament entry fees
    • Practice socks and games socks (U8 players receive practice socks only.), and helmet decals
    • Practice jersey, home and away jerseys (U10-U18 teams)
    • Coaches’ salaries
    • League fees and referee fees (for home games)
    • Parking permit valid for designated areas on the University of Denver campus (Instructions for attaining your permit will be provided once a player has been selected to a team.)
    • One Stick & Puck 10-punch pass per player
    • One Coors Fitness Center 10-punch pass per family (applied only to one parent; cannot be shared)
    • Discounted tickets to Jr. Pioneers Hockey nights at Denver Pioneers hockey games (games predetermined by the ticketing staff)


    Only one discount of 10 percent will be applied. Discounts are not applied to deposits and are only applied toward season fees after a player has been selected to a team.

    Discounts available:

    • 10% for paying remaining balance in full
    • 10% for multiple siblings per family (having more than one player in the Jr. Pioneers Hockey program). The highest registration fee applies first, then a 10% discount is applied for each player afterward.
    • 10% for DU alumni, faculty and staff (automatically applied during registration; if it does not apply, please contact Shawn Reid at 303-871-3388)
    • 10% for Ricks School students (please contact Shawn Reid at 303-871-3388 to use this discount)
    • DU Athletics & Recreation staff standard discount (automatically applied during registration; if it does not apply, please contact Shawn Reid at 303-871-3388)

    Fundraising Toward Fees

    Players looking to help offset registration fees can considering a program in conjunction with the Colorado Avalanche. For each season ticket you help the Colorado Avalanche sell, you receive a portion of the sale that can be used toward your Jr. Pioneers Hockey registration fees. If you are interested or would like more information, please review the program flyer and contact Jason Schofield at


    This season, teams will be placed into specific tournaments, and players are expected to attend all team events including tournaments. Tournament fees are included in your season registration fees.

    While teams will already be entered into tournament, teams may add additional tournaments. If a team decides to attend an additional tournament, the team manager will college additional funds for that purpose.

    Number of Tournaments

    U10 A, U12 AA, U14 AA, U16 AA: 4 tournaments (potentially out of state)

    U10 B, U12 A, U14 A, U15 A/U16 A: 4 tournaments (potentially out of state)

    U10 C, U12 B, U14 B: 3 tournaments (in-state only)

    U8: 2 jams

    Morning Practices

    Due to scheduling, some teams may need to practice in the morning between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. This early start is designed to help families get back home after practice and before school.

    Volunteer Positions

    Jr. Pioneers Hockey is looking for volunteers in the following areas:

    • Merchandise
    • Events
    • Social Media
    • Volunteer Recruitment
    • Academics

    If you are interested in volunteering in any of these areas, please contact Shawn Reid at 303-871-3388 or