The most frequently asked questions (FAQ) we receive are answered here.
There are two Q&A sections below:
1. Parent questions
2. Player questions
We are happy to field any other questions you have -- just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (425) 409-9448!
If you would like more detailed information about each team, please go to the 'WA Wild Team' section, select the team you are interested in and select the FAQ for that team.
1. Why play for a girls' team?
Answer: WWFHA’s commitment to girls’ hockey is 100%. We focus on the players, their goals, development, and hockey dreams. Playing on an all-girl team in WWFHA provides female hockey players with tremendous benefits. Our well-qualified coaches are dedicated to and skilled in teaching the female hockey game, they communicate in a style designed to create rapport with the girls, and our hockey curriculum is developed specifically for girls. The Women's Sports Foundation says that girls participating in sports are more likely to:
2. When should my daughter transition from boys' to girls' hockey when 'everyone' says she should play boys' hockey as long as possible?
Answer: It is up to the player when they make the transition to girls' hockey. We recommend transitioning at the age of 12 or 13 years old, but it is different for every player. Some choose not to transition to girls hockey until much later in life; however, they are less likely to adapt easily and quickly to the girls game, be seen by collegiate scouts, be recruited and be invited to play collegiate hockey, especially if they are playing on the west coast.
In fact, Kelly Katorji of Rush Hockey Showcases says it is fine to play boys’ hockey when first starting to play and especially when there is no other place to play. However, girls should consider making the transition to all-girl hockey when it is available so they can get used to the game and have exposure to collegiate scouts. The bottom line is that scouts for female collegiate teams will not be attending boys' tournaments.
3. Why not play boys' hockey up and until my daughter goes to college?
Answer: From past and present collegiate coaches and scouts, who we speak with on a regular basis, and the WWFHA board's and coaches' over 70 years of collective experience, we know it is a myth that a female player will be better if she play boys' hockey exclusively.
It becomes more and more difficult to transition to the female game and successfully adapt as a player gets older, which can make going to college that much more challenging.
Brian Idalski is entering his seventh season as Head Coach for the University of North Dakota (UND). He says, "Here is a little insight on what we focus on when recruiting: We really look for players from associations which focus on development."
Girls playing boys' hockey tend to have less touches of the puck, are less experienced in skating with the puck and have a great deal of trouble adjusting the first year they play all-girls' hockey.
Collegiate coaches say that it can take up to a year to change games, which is time that they don't have the luxury to waste; thus, they prefer that girls start playing the female game at a much younger age.
Also, a player is less likely to be seen by scouts when they play on a local boys team that does not travel to scouted girls' tournaments, especially if the team is located on the West Coast. It is imperative that female players are seen at all-girl tournaments which are attended by the scouts, as the scouts don't have the budget to travel to see one or two random players on a boys' team.
Coach Idalski: "We scout a few key tournaments each year in the mid-west and on the east coast." Yet another reason to transition to girls' hockey is that more and more season- and career-ending injuries are being reported by girls playing boys' house hockey.
4. What makes play in WWFHA so different or better?
Answer: WWFHA is exclusively dedicated to the girls' game and helping female players reach their specific goals. We are a tight-knit group with the common goal of focusing on what is best for each player rather than on generating income (we are a not-for-profit organization with very little overhead). We are the experts on coaching girls, the nuances of the girls' game, and how to achieve the highest levels of play. We are totally committed to girls' hockey.
5. How can my daughter check out a team before committing to play?
Answer: Each player may attend two practices for free on the their team of choice in WWFHA! Before joining us, why not meet the coaches, board members, players and families? Everyone is welcoming and the two free skates are a great way to ensure our association and team is for you! We are also available for evaluations, where we will come watch you play and talk to you about the best team for you.
6. How do we know if my daughter will fit in skill-wise?
Answer: We can talk to your former coaches, evaluate past palyer history, and/or perform a free evaluation where we assess your player and recommend the best team. In addition, each player may attend two practices for free on the their team of choice in WWFHA
7. What Washington Wild gear is recommended / required?
Answer: Each team has different requirements, but at minimum we would like player to purchase the Team track suit. If you buying new equipment, we prefer black helmets and gloves that are black, white and red (or a combination of those colors). Check out each Team's overview section for more information on requirements and preferences..
8. Where can my daughter learn to skate and learn to play hockey?
Answer: WWFHA offers beginner Hockey 1 - Learn to Skate and Hockey 2 - Learn to play classes. Check out the Beginner Overview page for more information
9. What are the costs?
Answer: Costs are divided into three categories.
1) Each player is a member of WWFHA and pays assocation dues which cover practice and game ice, referee fees, league fees and general operation costs.
2) Each player also pays into a Team-specific Slush Fund, which covers coaches' expenses, tournament fees, extra practice or game ice, and team-decided extras (for example, chocolate milk after games, year end party and gifts and more). The slush fund fee is split equally among the players of that team.
3) 'Soft' costs include personal expenses for travel (flight, hotel, meals), equipment and team apparel. Please visit each team's Cost Overview section to learn more.
10. What if my daughter is injured? Does she still have to pay?
Answer: An injured player must continue to pay WWFHA dues, and pay into the Team Slush Fund, even if she is not playing, except in the case of suffering a season-ending injury.
11. Is financial assistance available?
Answer: Yes. WWFHA may have financial aid/scholarships available each season, based on donations, to help defray WWFHA Dues (scholarships do not apply to the Team Slush Fund, travel or other expenses). Scholarships are based on financial need. Contact the treasurer for more information on applying for a scholarship or download and submit these forms.
12. Does WWFHA or teams participate in fundraising?
Answer: WWFHA is constantly seeking sponsors and donations. Secured money will be applied to growth of the sport and keeping players' WWFHA dues as low as possible. Each season, each team will decide if they want to hold fundraising events to apply to Slush Fund or travel costs. All fundraising activities must be first approved by the WWFHA Board.
13. Where can I track what is going on within the association and my team? Social Media? Mobile app?
Answer: The WWFHA website provides up-to-date information on what is going on in the association, and each Team section will contain news, information, schedules, player stats and more.
We also utilize Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to give updates, which may direct you back to the website for more details. Sport Ngin also offers a free mobile app that you can download (iOS and Android) and track each teams' news, schedules, rosters, stats and more.
14. How competitive are the teams and the leagues they play in?
Answer: Each team is competitive in its own right. We work very hard for individual and team growth and development, which is measured shift-by-shift, game-by-game and from the beginning of the season to the end.
Long term development is our primary goal and we believe that the 12U, 10U and 8U team teams playing in the local co-ed league provides continuous challenge to the team, in addition to the girls' tournaments they attend.
The 19U Rep Tier 2/AA, 19U Rep Tier 3/A, 14U Rep Tier 2/AA, and 12U Rep Rep Tier 2/AA teams play in a competitive Canadian PCAHA girls' league and attends tournaments for accelerated growth and development, with the Rep Tier 2/AA teams attending more nationally competitive tournaments, going to USA Hockey Pacific District Championship Tournament and vie for USA Hockey Nationals Championship Tournament.