Prospects preparing to take the ice at tryouts
Western Washington Female Hockey Association (WWFHA) – Washington Wild - is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), volunteer-run association dedicated to promoting girls’ ice hockey and developing female players in the US Pacific Northwest.
WWFHA’s commitment to girls’ hockey is 100% - focusing on the players, their goals, development, and hockey dreams. WWFHA is a member of USA Hockey, Pacific Northwest Amateur Hockey Association (PNAHA), and the Canadian Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association (PCAHA).
Western Washington Female Hockey Association (WWFHA) was established in 2002 when previous all-girl teams in the youth/boys’ ice hockey associations ended. A group of dedicated parents desiring a place for their daughters to play ice hockey started WWFHA with three teams – 12U, 14U and 19U.
As the association has grown, several distinct teams have been created to support the age and ability levels:
In the last ten years, WWFHA has transitioned from a recreational club providing girls an opportunity to play ice hockey to an association aiming to meet the competitive and recreational goals of each and every female hockey player.
WWFHA is a member of USA Hockey, Pacific Northwest Amateur Hockey Association (PNAHA), and the prestigious Canadian Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association (PCAHA) female division.
The Washington Wild have 8 PCAHA Championship titles and many tournament championship honors; the 19U Tier 2/AA team has competed at USA Hockey Nationals and Districts for years, and the 14U Tier 2/AA recently joined them.
WWFHA restructured to provide a well-rounded offering to its members, both recreationally and competitively, by providing an avenue for growth and development tailored specifically for girls and the female game. With on-ice skills and systems as the priorities, WWFHA also now offers additional services in conditioning, training, nutrition, balanced well-being and the collegiate process.
Today, WWFHA is the only girls' hockey association in the Pacific Northwest, and we give girls the opportunity to play on all-girl teams, regardless of ability or experience.
WWFHA's mission is to empower girls to skate and play ice hockey thus promoting healthy lifestyles for more productive, healthy and happy lives.
Per the the Women’s Sports Foundation, girls participating in sports are more likely to:
WWFHA is an all-girl hockey association focused on long-term development rather than on short-term success. Our goals are to:
WWFHA’s philosophy is based on long-term development, not short-term success. Our program is carefully crafted to develop players in the female game in preparation for high levels of hockey, with female learning styles and methodologies in mind. Short term success, such as win-loss records and similar stats, are secondary to game-by-game, month-by-month, season-by-season individual growth and development.
With over ten years as an organization and well over 100 years of combined experience in coaching and managing organizations, the WWFHA leadership team’s philosophy will stand the test of time and drive the campaign for growth and development of female hockey in the Pacific Northwest.
WWFHA’s philosophy is to establish a steady organization that plans for the future and provides the best development opportunities at each age and ability level, as dictated by numbers and interest.
Long-term efforts with successful impact:
Short-term strategies are enticing, especially when one is focused on ‘winning it all’ versus the overall development of the player; however, they have been proven to be detrimental to players and programs in the long run. Moreover, they are discouraged by the top hockey experts--scouts and women’s NCAA collegiate coaches--across North America (read article: Advice from the Experts).
WWFHA has established a very specific process for female individual and team growth and development based on a wealth of experience in female ice hockey. Players gain most from this process when joining the association early.
Each team is centered on a curriculum that is age and talent-specific to promote each player through the WWFHA system.
WWFHA aims to consolidate female hockey players in the Pacific Northwest to establish the critical mass necessary for driving growth, development and the level of play in a rapid manner such that the Northwest will catch up and keep up with the rest of the country.
WWFHA’s vision for the future is to keep more girls in the game, increase the numbers of girls playing ice hockey, and be the premier place in the Northwest to play -- with two or more teams at every age group.
WWFHA believes that a firm foundation is critical in reaching its goals of providing more opportunities at every level and age group. WWFHA is ready and willing to expand to more teams at each age group as soon as the numbers and interest justify growth.
WWFHA continuously works with local boys’ associations to build girls' hockey in the following ways:
Meanwhile, WWFHA will continue to provide the following teams with their structured curriculum for female players to progress through the association and to the next level.
In the near future, WWFHA hopes to provide a House and a Rep team at each age level, while we partner with other associations to encourage female players to stay in the game – whether playing boys or all-girl hockey.
WWFHA continues to be the premiere place in Washington State for female hockey players, providing a solid foundation and process to attain the next level, as well as a fantastic hockey, learning, and growing experience – helping each player reach their hockey dreams.