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Try Hockey for Free Grant Information

By Admin, 08/24/21, 3:00PM CDT



Increase participation in USA Hockey Try Hockey For Free Events.

Increase retention of Try Hockey participants into transition Learn to Skate or Learn to Play programs.


In an effort to provide opportunities for players new to hockey and continue their involvement beyond an initial Try Hockey event, a 6 week Learn to Play/Learn to Skate framework will be established for associations to implement for the 2022-23 season.  Retention of 6U players is one of the Growth Initiatives identified by USA Hockey.

WAHA Support:

Associations that implement the Return to the Rink - Try Hockey and More Promotion program will be eligible for reimbursement for ice, promotion and marketing, and equipment of $1000. Associations that did not participate in Try Hockey in 2020 or 2021 will be the first associations eligible for the program.  4 associations per region or 24 total associations will be eligible for reimbursement.  Additionally, WAHA will promote their Try Hockey for Free event through Facebook paid marketing within a geographic boundary of their rink/association.


  • Available to Associations and/or Ice Rinks
  • Use the USA Hockey Try Hockey Registration Portal and offer a Try Hockey for Free Event on or near the National dates:  November 5, 2022 or February 25, 2023.
  • Promote your event using marketing and promotional materials and/or social media (in addition to WAHA promotions)
  • Use the WAHA framework provided to transition Try Hockey participants into a 6-8 week Learn to Play or Learn to Skate program
  • Track participation of program participants and complete a report for WAHA Grassroots Committee by January 15 (for November program) or May 15th (for February program).


USA Hockey Try Hockey for Free Portal


THFF Toolkit Resources


Event Manager User Manual

Framework for transition from Try Hockey to Learn to Play or Learn to Skate - More to Come


4 WAHA associations per region or 24 total associations in good standing can receive $1,000 reimbursement for completing all requirements of the program.  Total granted by WAHA not to exceed $24,000.  Final report by associations to include cost of ice time, marketing and promotions, equipment provided/loaned, and other expenses related to Try Hockey for Free and transition to Learn to Play or Learn to Skate.

How to Apply:

Register your THFF event with USA Hockey.

Once your event is registered, your point of contact will receive an email with directions and requirements to receive the WAHA THFF and More Grant!

Grant Submission Form