Buffalo Jr. Sabres – FAQ updated 1/19/2016
I heard that the Buffalo Jr. Sabres are expanding the number of teams they will have for the 2016-2017 season. What ages?
Beginning next season, the Buffalo Jr. Sabres will add Squirt Minor (9U) and Squirt Major (10U) AAA travel teams. With the addition of these teams, the Buffalo Jr. Sabres organization will now have teams including: Squirt – 9U and 10U, Pee Wee 11U and 12U, Bantam – 13U and 14U, Midget - 15U, 16U,and 18U and a 20U Junior A team that participates in the Ontario Junior A Hockey League.
Where can I find 2016 Buffalo Jr. Sabres tryout information?
The announcement of tryout dates and times for each 2016-2017 Buffalo Jr. Sabres team will be made by mid-February. All details including tryout dates, times, cost, and pre-registration will be available on buffalojuniorsabres.com
When will the Head and assistant coaches be announced for next year’s teams?
Coaches for each team will be announced in mid-February. When announced, all information will be displayed on our website.
Will we need a release from our existing organization to try out?
Yes. All players attending the Buffalo Jr. Sabres tryouts will need a release from their prior organization.
Are the major teams state/national bound?
Yes. The 12U team could qualify for NY State tournament, and the 14U, 15U, 16U, 18U teams can all qualify for the NY State Tournament as well as Nationals.
Can Buffalo Jr. Sabres teams participate in local qualifying for States (Q-Games)?
Yes, Buffalo Jr. Sabres teams can and will compete annually in local qualifying games for possible participation in New York State Tournament events.
What will the practice and game schedules look like? What does a typical weekly schedule look like?
Each Buffalo Jr. Sabres team will have four (4) ice times per week. All ice times will be held at HABORCENTER. The breakdown of ice time will be: Weekday - two team practices and one skill session with the Academy of Hockey and On weekends, teams who are not on the road will host games or practice with their allotted weekend ice. Additionally, each team will have off ice training twice (2) per week through IMPACT Sports Performance. Lastly, each coach will conduct a weekly video session in the HABRORCENTER Theater.
Does the Buffalo Jr. Sabres organization have a Billet program?
Yes, the Buffalo Jr. Sabres organization does have a billet program. The organization has options for players at all levels; including the 20U Junior A team. If interested in moving to the organization from another area, please email us directly at info@ and we will contact you to discuss process.
What are the player assessments (cost) to play on a 2016-2017 Buffalo Jr. Sabres team?
We will announce the player assessments for each 2016-2017 Buffalo Jr. Sabres team by mid-February. All details will be available on buffalojuniorsabres.com
What will the player assessment include? Will there be any additional costs?
The player assessment includes: all ice fees, tournament registration fees, IMPACT off ice training, Academy Of Hockey weekly POD session, Jr. Sabres apparel and equipment (in addition to jerseys, socks, bags, we provide players with gloves and shells.) There will be additional costs associated with travel including – hotel, meals, etc. When traveling, Buffalo Jr. Sabres staff will reserve and manage all hotel needs for the team.
Will the player assessment be due up front or will there be payment options?
When the team is selected the night of tryouts, we will collect an initial deposit of $500. A payment plan will be set up for the remaining amount of the assessment. All assessments will be collected by August 1st. To be eligible to start the season all player fees must be paid in full.
What league will the Jr. Sabres teams play in?
At this time, all teams under the Bantam age are independent, and will play a competitive schedule of exhibition and tournament games. All Bantam and Midget teams will compete in the Tier 1 Elite League in addition to exhibition and tournament games. The Tier 1 Elite Hockey League is the Nation’s premier amateur hockey league featuring 20 organizations stretching from coast to coast. With significant visibility, top level talent, and elite coaching often coming from the upper levels of professional hockey, the Tier 1 Elite League boasts the ability to move young, talented players to organizations such as Major Junior, Tier I Jr Hockey, NCAA Hockey, NHL, and other professional leagues.
If selected for a team, how far away would the team travel for games/tournaments?
Each age level will have a different and competitive schedule. The schedule will include tournaments within a very reasonable driving distance. Specifically for the Bantam aged players and older, there are possibilities teams could bus or fly 1-3 times per year based on their Tier 1 schedule, as well as a possible National Tournament bid.
What tournaments are the teams targeting to attend?
The Buffalo Jr. Sabres teams will compete in competitive events that have been determined by organization and teams. We will ensure the level of tournament is commensurate with the skill level of the team. Additionally, at the Bantam & Midget level, teams will compete in Tier 1 hosted showcases in addition to other tournaments and showcases.
How much school would my child miss due to away games and tournaments?
Education is very important to us. The Buffalo Jr. Sabres will do our best to schedule away events that will allow players to miss minimal school time, which is consistent with other local WNY teams.
The Buffalo Jr. Sabres have partnered with the Academy of Hockey. How will they participate in the development of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres players and teams?
The Academy of Hockey is dedicated to being the premier development destination for hockey players and coaches. The Academy of Hockey will take an expanded role, and will be the development arm of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres. The Academy will conduct weekly “Pod Style sessions with each team, as well as conducting two weekly goaltending only development sessions (Squirt/Pee Wee and Bantam/Midget). Additionally, the Academy of Hockey coaching staff will serve as a resource to Buffalo Jr. Sabres coaches. The Academy staff has built a long- term progressive development plan, which each Buffalo Jr. Sabres coach will be provided. As important, the Academy of Hockey staff will analyze and breakdown game film for each team, providing feedback to the coaches to use in a weekly team video session. For more information about the Academy of Hockey, please visit www.harborcenter.com/academy
Is there any information about the Fitness/Off-Ice Programs and who will run the off-ice, training?
Our athletes will train at IMPACT Sports Performance at HARBORCENTER. Jason Jerome and the IMPACT team believes that proper training requires a serious, focused approach that is personalized for each athlete’s strengths, weaknesses, and individual performance goals. When an athlete comes through the doors of IMPACT to train, they will be stepping into a very intense, motivating environment where maximizing an athlete’s potential and performance is the driving force. Our 4,500 square foot facility is outfitted with the most authentic playing surfaces and movement-specific equipment that goes way beyond the realm of what is found at your elite training facility.
Will off-ice training be hockey-specific or general training?
The off-ice training will be hockey-specific training catered to the individual player.
How long does the season last and will there be any summer activities?
The season will begin with a two week long training camp in Mid-August. Training camp will consist of one on ice session and one off ice session per day. The season concludes at the end of March. As far as summer team ice, each coach will have the ability to build a program during the summer at his discretion.
Will there be team-mandated fundraising?
There will be no mandatory fundraising.
What does the HARBORCENTER facilities consist of, and what unique resources are available to the Buffalo Jr. Sabres?
HARBORCENTER features world-class on and off-ice facilities and cutting edge technology to enhance teaching, training and athletic performance.