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2019/2020 Varsity Tryout Schedule

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Letter from the President

My name is Michael Cuomo, I was recently elected the President of the ISHL.  Many of you all already know me and know that I’ve been involved with the ISHL as a coach, league official and executive for over 10 years.  I’m excited to be able work with you all in this new capacity. 

We will be implementing some new ideas and will be providing a new experience for our players.  Like always, I’d also like to encourage you all to get involved, whether that’s as an elected official or volunteer, every person can help.  Please reach out to the executive board ( if you have any interest in being a part of this new direction and future.  Thank you for your commitment to hockey in Houston and the ISHL.

The biggest changes you will see this season is the revamping of the Prep Hockey League to the new Non-Checking Junior Varsity program, New Website and Social Media communications  and the addition of credit card payment plans for your player league fee.  

Having a JV program focused on skill development and proper checking instruction in practice, while being a step for those looking to get into the sport, will allow the ISHL to improve the overall talent level of the varsity league.  The goal of this change is to keep players interested in the game of hockey and keep them in the ISHL program from JV to Varsity.  Ultimately we aim to create a highly competitive varsity environment for the best players around the city that will give them the chance at competing against some of the top high school teams in the state, with the goal of winning a state title.

Registration is NOW OPEN, payments in full are given a slight discount.

Please note that if you elect to only register for JV tryout and not register for the ISHL Varsity program,  and then are not successful in making the JV roster (tryouts) you will not be eligible to play Varsity until the following season.  All players must be registered for Varsity before Varsity draft day.  Full refund for JV will be provided to any player that pays for JV but is not successful in getting a roster spot at tryouts. 

See rule book for additional information.

Some of highlights this season are below:

·         New Junior Varsity program – This program will focus on developing players for entry into the Varsity program.  This program will focus on skill development and proper hockey techniques to ensure a player’s successful transition to varsity.

o   $575 Full Payment /$650 Payment Plan Player Fee

o   Eligibility

§  Open to travel hockey players

§  In-house 14U – Only able to register if concurrently enrolled in rink in house program, email proof of registration to

§  15 years of age at start of season

§  16 years of age at start of season

§  *17 years – Must send an email to and petition JV commissioner to join.

o   Non – Checking

o   Credit Card Payment Plans for Player Fee

o   Overall Reduced Cost from Prep Last Season

o   Weekend Games

o   4 team league


·         Varsity program

o   $1,300 Full Payment / $1,375 Payment Plan Player Fee

o   No cost increase from previous year

o   Longer Games (15 min periods)

o   Top teams will attend State Tournament

o   Open to Grade Levels – (9th thru 12th)


Team Managers/Representatives Training Sessions 2019-2020
Varsity  8/17/2019
Varsity Registration opens 8/1/2019
Team Try-Out/Evaluations  
Varsity Tryouts - Willowbrook, Sugar Land, Aug 24- Aug 26
Varsity Divisional Try-Outs  
Varsity Coaches Meeting 9/7/2019
Varsity South Division TRYOUTS 8/24/2019
Varsity North Division TRYOUTS 8/25/2019
Varsity pre-draft coaches meeting TBD
Varsity Player Draft -  TBD
Varsity Game Schedule Posted on Website 10/5/2019
Varsity USA Hockey Registration Deadline (USA Hockey) 9/28/2019
Varsity  Registration Deadline & Rosters Finalized 9/29/2019
Varsity Player Fees Due 10/5/2019
Varsity Team Pictures Due 12/14/2019
Back ground check 9/6/2019
Practices Start  
Varsity 9/14/2019
Season Games Start  
Varsity 9/28/2019
Final Date for Roster Ads 12/15/2019
Seniors Game/AllStar/Skills Competition TBD
TAHA State Championship tournament 1/24-1/26 - 2019
Varsity Playoff weekend 3/21/2019
Banquet TBD
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The overall purpose of the ISHL is to promote high school hockey and create new teams throughout the Houston and surrounding area with the goal of obtaining 100% participation from the named school as quickly as possible. The ISHL strives to offer the high school ice hockey experience to as many high school athletes as possible. The program is designed to have teams comprised solely of players that attend the designated school. We realize that because high school hockey is still relatively new to Houston the concept of having each team comprised 100% of players from one specific school is unrealistic. Therefore, if roster slots remain after all players from the individual schools are placed, then players from other schools in the district as well as other school districts will be placed. The ISHL is committed to the establishment and promotion of a premier high school ice hockey program in Houston. The ISHL conforms to all school district regulations as closely as possible, including the No Pass/No Play rule. The ISHL encourages and supports each team to strive to obtain and maintain official club status through their respective school administration as quickly as possible. 


Debbie Crabtree

Varsity Commissioner

Jeremy Hicok

JV Commissioner