Our travel team tryouts are around the corner! 2009 and younger will tryout April 27-28. 2008 and older will tryout May 5-6. Our tryouts are being held at the North Buffalo Rink at 156 Tacoma Avenue.
Tryouts can be a stressful time for families in WNY, and our coaches are responsible for selecting the best team available. The best team has many definitions, and each coach will apply theirs to their team. We encourage you to have a dialogue with the coaches so that you can best prepare for your tryout. Every Bison coach will have a handout for families outlining their team plans for the upcoming 2021-2022 season
There will be no physical paper releases this season. Players who have not met their financial obligation to their organization (organizational fees, jersey return, etc) will be placed on a NYSAHA Obligation list. Those players will not be able to sign with a team until they are removed from the list. All other players are automatically released and will be free to sign anywhere.
If you are planning to tryout for a Bison team this season, please fill out the registration form at the link below. This will help coaches understand the numbers and will expedite the sign in process. There will be a $20 tryout fee payable by cash or check when checking in.
When you arrive at tryouts, check in at the table in the warm room. You will be given a locker room assignment and a tryout pinnie. Please note, locker rooms are limited in capacity, you do not have to use them. You are free to use the bench areas around the rink if you choose. Please limit spectators to 1 per player. My advice is to go get a cup of coffee as this will take some of the pressure off of your child, but if you choose to stay, please refrain from talking to your child during the tryout session.
Players will be instructed at tryouts as to where to go to learn their selection status. The time after the session can be chaotic. We want to make this process as simple as possible. Please do not leave the building without hearing from the coach or a Bison Hockey administrator.
If you are offered a spot on a roster, you will be required to leave a $150 deposit with your signed contract. We will have the ability to take this deposit by credit card or by check made payable to Bison Hockey. This deposit will be deducted from your program fee. Your spot on the roster is not secure if you do not sign a contract and leave a deposit.
If you are not offered a spot on a roster, there will be other options within the Bison organization. We may field a second team at that age group or a mixed team if the numbers and interest support the formation of the team. Our Multi-Organizational House League (MOHL) teams are another option. We plan to offer MOHL teams at the Squirt, Peewee and Bantam age levels. Joining our MOHL teams do not require a tryout. You may register for a MOHL team on our website and more information about those teams will be coming shortly after travel tryouts have completed.
Mite Registration, for skaters ages 8& Under, will be available on our website as soon as our travel tryouts have completed. Thank you for your interest in Bison Hockey,
For more information on tryout times, coaches, team availability, organizational fees visit our 2021 Bison Hockey Tryout Page.