The purpose of the Friendship Games is very simple, it is to give an opportunity for kids of all levels to play some games without the pressure of winning a tournament. There are no trophies and everyone is a winner by just playing. It is just games for fun. All teams are certified USA Hockey registered. They come to St. Louis to play hockey and met new kids. Some of the teams even attend a Cardinals game and get time to do a little sightseeing.
Since July of 2017, we have had many people contact us to participate in the 2018 Winterland Friendship Games. So in an effort to get more people involved in 2018 we have opened registration for the 2018 event.
The Winterland Program is interested in expanding and finding teams in the House, B, A2 and A1 levels from local clubs and clubs outside St. Louis that would be interested in traveling to St. Louis on July 13-14-15, 2018 for Mites, Squirts, Peewees, Bantams, Midgets, and a new division for Adults to participate in friendships games just for the love of the game. These games are promoted to have fun and play kids from different areas at the same level. We also make arrangements for AA teams that wish to participate along with U8 teams.
Winterland will also accept individuals that would like to be placed on a team and play during the Friendship Games.
House, B, A2 and A1 level kids have nothing to look forward to in the summer so we think this is a great opportunity for those kids to have a chance to travel and play some games without the pressure of winning a tournament. These games are set up for fun and the excitement of playing other kids you would normally not play.
And to may sure we are safe and having fun the Bantam and Midget divisions are NO-CHECK divisions.
Because these are friendship games there are no outrageous tournament fees and you have the option to play 3 to 5 games over the 3 day weekend. Each Squirt, Peewee, Bantam, Midget, and Adult team pays a flat fee of $225 a game which covers the cost of ice, Timekeepers, Scorekeepers, Administration costs, and referee’s for each game they want to play. Mites pay $115 per game which includes 2 mini game per 1 hour session.
Teams are required to play at least 3 games but can request up to 5 games over the 3 day weekend. Price for 3 games is $675 and $225 a game for each additional game. You can play one on Friday Night, as many as three games on Saturday & one, two, or three on Sunday.
This year we are also adding a Lapel Pin Trading Day for players to exchange Team pins.
The 2018 Friendship Games are most important because we have again partnered with MIHOA (Missouri Ice Hockey Officials Assn) for the 5th year in a row, in an effort to give MIHOA a platform to train and evaluate Level 1 and 2 referees. Each friendship game at Webster Groves Ice Rink will have Referees but at the same time, Instructors will be on the ice to help train the young Referees. Head Coaches may be asked to attend a post-game debriefing after each game. This is a major step to improving the MIHOA staff and our referees.
In 2017, we had local kids from our own Winterland Program, Kirkwood, Rockets, Twin Bridges, Chesterfield, Southern Illinois, St. Peters, Meramec, and Affton. We have out-of-town kids coming from Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas.
All teams must be certified USA Hockey registered and supply a USA Hockey Certified Roster to Debbie Hellwig at Missouri Hockey twenty-one(21) days before the event. We will also request you to process a Friendship Game Enrollment form so we can verify your level of play. Our main goal is that teams play teams of equal ability. We do not want anyone getting blown away. If you come and play four games and lose all by one goal, we can live with that but to spend the money to come to St. Louis and either lose by 10 or win each game by 10 is not what we want. So we work hard to make sure the teams are equal.
If you cannot make the trip on those July dates, contact us and we can arrange games on almost any weekend you would like to travel to St. Louis. Our programs run from May until the middle of July.
We would also like to discuss the chance of our Winterland kids traveling to your city and playing some friendship games. We are always open to give our kids the chance to travel and have fun.
Like you – we just want to play hockey.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with more questions.