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The FCHA Philosophy


The primary purpose of the Franklin County Youth Hockey Association is to contribute to the development of our youth through the game of hockey. FCHA is committed to providing our young people the opportunity to have fun on the ice while learning the basic skills of ice skating and how to play the game of hockey. Our program is available to all interested youth regardless of socio/economic background.


As a team sport, hockey affirms the importance of commitment, self-discipline, and sportsmanship among participants (Team = Together Everyone Achieves More). It is the rare child who grows up to become an NHL All Star. Our commitment is to assure that all young people who participate will develop skills and values which will have lifelong benefit to themselves and to society.

Specific benefits participants of youth hockey receive include:

§ Development of the skills necessary to play ice hockey

§ Knowledge of the rules and strategies of the game

§ Knowledge of conditioning techniques that affect short and long term health and performance

§ Enjoyment and recreation

§ Commitment to teamwork

§ Good sportsmanship

Our house league teams and our introduction programs focus on team efforts, recreation and sportsmanship. Both programs focus on the physical and emotional self-confidence of the player, a cooperative team environment and the highest degree of sportsmanship.

Travel teams emphasize competitive play with the goal of playing the best possible team hockey in an effort to win the game. However, at FCHA we make a clear distinction between the process of trying to win (which is the goal of the game) and winning itself (the outcome of the game). Too many youth coaches and parents confuse the two. It is the process that is important, not the outcome. Competitive travel hockey (and for that matter recreational hockey or any game) will cease to be fun for kids if the outcome of the game is what enthralls or seduces us.

Please help us insure that we adhere to this philosophy throughout the year.

Have a great season!!!