Your team may decide to enter in-town or out-of-town tournaments or jamborees (for ADM). Typically it's best to sit down with your coach and identify tournaments that he would like to play in. Once you have a plan, present the plan to the team for a vote. Each tournament must be voted on separately.
The first two tournaments require a 66% vote to pass. All tournaments after the first two require 75%.
If your team votes yes for a tournament, every family (even those who don't play in the tournament) is responsible for its share of tournament fee and coach costs (applies only to teams with non-parent coaches).
If your team does not vote for a tournament, but you still have enough players to play in the tournament, you can do that but the players who are not participating are not required to pay toward any costs.
You may not pull players from other teams to participate in a tournament, even lower level teams. Only exception is if a goalie is needed you must have permission from your team, the chosen goalies coach and this must be a goalie from an even or lower level team.
If you are traveling outside of the Missouri Hockey district, you must get a travel permit from Missouri Hockey. The cost for the permit ranges from $10 to $30 depending on when you order the permit.
Club Address: P.O. Box 487 St. Peters, MO 63376
Like all other parents, parent coaches are responsible for their own travel expenses. However, if your team is booking enough hotel rooms, your coach's room may be comped by the hotel.
Non-parent coaches receive $40 per day to cover their food and gas costs. Their hotel room, if not comped, is also covered by the parents on your team.
Most tournaments are hosted by a few large companies that we have linked below. Beyond these tournaments, some clubs host their own tournaments. When we receive information on these tournaments we will post them here.
Once your team has agreed on a tournament, you will need to do the following things:
- Complete Tournament Application - You should submit your tournament application ASAP so space doesn't fill up. Never assume that you are in the tournament just because you sent in the application. Always verify with a human that your spot in the tournament is secured.
- Submit Your Downpayment
- Submit Hotel Preferences - Most tournaments require you to stay at a tournament-approved hotel. You should send those to the tournament director ASAP.
- Collect Hotel Reservation Information - Some tournaments handle this differently, but most require the team manager to collect credit card information and reservation dates from each family.
Some other things to consider:
- Plan Team Outings - Oftentimes teams will plan dinners or activities to do when out of town. This is an excellent way to team build. Also consider looking into getting a banquet room one night at your hotel for the kids to play in. If they are unused, the hotel will often give you one for little to no cost.
- Door Posters - Most teams prepare door signs for each kid. This helps the kids and parents know where everyone's rooms are. If you're doing mutliple out of town tournaments, make sure you collect them before everyone goes home so you can re-use them.
- Goody bags - When you have early games the kids may not have time for breakfast, you can ask the parents if they want to donate healthy snacks like granola bars for a quick bite before or between games.
- You may need volunteers for opening the penalty box door for younger kids
- When Jamborees are ran by the Spirit, teams will need parent volunteers for time clock and score keeping.