FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

KOHA's mission is to provide every boy and girl in southwest Michigan the opportunity to enjoy and excel at the game of hockey. We know that our members (and potential members) are in various stages of their commitment to hockey. Hopefully the information below can help parents navigate what's offered and make the best hockey choices for their family.

How do I get my child started with hockey/skating?

Learn To Skate and Beginning Hockey questions answered here.

Where should my child skate once they've completed Beginning Hockey?
After completing Beginning Hockey, if your child is 8 or under, they would move into the age-appropriate (6U or 8U) program for the next season. If they're 9 or older, the best fit would likely be our House C program (see below) to continue to apply those skills learned throughout Beginning Hockey.

Our 6U and 8U programs are weekend only programs - ice times are generally in the mornings on Saturdays and Sundays from mid-October through mid-March. We have small rosters, run station-based practices, and have the KOHA Skills Team on the ice with these programs throughout the season. Our focus is on player development, and encourage all players to try the goalie position throughout their time in 8U. We typically have about 36-40 kids on the ice at a time in these programs for 60 minutes at a time. On game days, we set up the cross-ice boards, and we have refs for 8U game days (coaches run the 6U game days).

Below is a breakdown of the programs offered by KOHA after 8U and some of the differences between them. This organizational chart is to help you make an informed decision about where to sign your child up for the 2017/18 hockey season. We hope you'll find this helpful in making the best choice for child's hockey development. If you have any further questions regarding any of the programs offered by KOHA, please feel free to contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Please note: for 2017/18 season, 2009 birth years MUST play age appropriate in our 8U program; 2005 birth years MUST play age appropriate at the PeeWee level.

BASIC DIFFERENCE IN OUR PROGRAM OFFERINGS AFTER 8U:

Our K-Wings Travel (A/AA) programs are TRYOUT teams that play in the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League. Typically these teams practice 3 times/week (including one skills night) with games on the weekends, and anywhere from 2-4 tournaments (plus Districts), depending on the age group. Teams travel primarily within the state of Michigan, but do sometimes travel for an out-of-state tournament, typically in Ohio, Indiana or Illinois.
Tryouts are held in the spring, and are open to anyone. The tryout schedule for the 2017/18 season will be posted in March, 2017. Some coaches typically hold bootcamps/team building events at the end of August, and regular practice begins after Labor Day.

TRAVEL A/AA - (Squirt, PeeWee, Bantam, JV)
Season length - September thru mid-March
Travel - Throughout Michigan and beyond
Experience - Competitive level athlete
League - LCAHL (Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League)
Practices - 3 per week (12 practice/month)
Games - 45-55. Detroit-based league. 4 tournaments
Sign up - Tryout sport, best players chosen from tryouts
Cost - Approx $2,200-$2,800

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Our Bronco House B programs are DRAFTED teams that play in the Adray League. Registration for this program, as required by Michigan Amateur Hockey Association rules, is open to ANYONE that wants to register. The drafts at each age division are monitored by a MAHA District 6 Chairperson assigned to help ensure our teams are balanced, and our drafts are conducted fairly. Our Bronco teams typically practice 3 times per week (including one skills night) with games on the weekends, as well as 2 tournaments, plus Districts and League tournaments. House B teams play primarily in West Michigan (including areas north of Grand Rapids), although may travel to Detroit or South Bend for a tournament. Evaluation skates are held at the end of August, and teams are DRAFTED generally in the beginning of September, with practices beginning right around the second week of September.

HOUSE B - (Squirt, PeeWee, Bantam)
Season length - September thru mid-March
Travel - West Michigan based league (Grand Rapids central)
Experience - Above average House C recreational player
League - ACHL (Adray Community Hockey League)
Practices - 3 per week (12 practices/month)
Games - 30-35. Mostly West Michigan. 2 tournaments
Sign up - Open sign-ups to all. Teams drafted.
Cost - Approx. $2,200-$2,500

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The House C program is our "Weekend Warrior" program. Open registration, and teams play other teams within KOHA within the same age division. A mix of practices and games are held on Saturdays and Sundays only from mid-October through the beginning of March. The first 2-4 skates are treated as evaluation skates, and then a DRAFT is held at each age division. It is always our intent to create balanced teams so that every child has fun and enjoys coming to the rink every weekend.

HOUSE C - (Squirt, PeeWee, Bantam)
Season length - October thru mid-March
Travel - None, all local arenas
Experience - Recreational player
League - KOHA (Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association)
Practices - Saturday and Sunday only (1 hr each day, except game days)
Games - 14-18, Varies by division, all local
Sign up - Open sign-ups to all. Teams drafted.
Cost - Approx. $700