Yuma Blaze is the competitive travel team club of Yuma Youth Hockey. Yuma Blaze competes in the Inline Hockey Association of Arizona (IHAAZ) league. Tournament locations include Yuma, Tucson, Peoria, Queen Creek, and Prescott Valley.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to play for Yuma Blaze?
There is no registration fee and fundraising covers the IHAAZ tournament entry fees for travel teams. Each player is required to purchase a sports insurance card through RHA at $35. Families are responsible for their own travel costs which include fuel and lodging (if necessary). Teams may play in additional tournaments and each player is responsible for their share of the entry fee(s). Development teams choosing to participate in tournaments other than the Yuma IHAAZ tournament are responsible for their own entry fees.
How much fundraising is involved?
Each travel team player is required to participate in three financial fundraisers: Poinsettia Sales in October/November and BBQ Ticket & Raffle Ticket Sales for the tournament in February. In addition, each player is required to volunteer at the Yuma IHAAZ tournament and each team is required to volunteer at Midnight At The Oasis (MATO). Each development team player is responsible for one shift at the Yuma IHAAZ tournament.
How much travel is involved?
The second IHAAZ tournament of the year, in February, is held here in Yuma. There are four other IHAAZ tournaments we travel to in Tucson, Peoria, Queen Creek and State Finals (for all teams, no matter rank) in Prescott Valley. IHAAZ State Finals are in May and mark the end of the regular travel season. Some teams choose to attend additional tournaments in Arizona and California, which may extend the season.
What are the age divisions?
8U, 10U, 12U, 14U & 18U. Division is determined by age as of January 1st. Girls may play two-years down (for example, a ten-year-old girl would be eligible to play on the 8U team).
How often are practices? Are they required?
Each team has mandatory practice 2 weekdays/week. Additional practices and/or scrimmages may be held on Saturdays.
Do I need my own equipment?
Each player should have inline skates and a hockey stick. Additionally, each participant is personally responsible to wear protective equipment for all games and warm-ups. Recommended equipment for all players is: internal mouth guard, hip pads, padded long hockey pants, chest protection, and throat protection. Mandatory equipment for players under 18 years of age is: HECC or CSA approved helmet with chin strap properly fastened, HECC or CSA approved full face mask fastened properly to the helmet, elbow pads, hockey gloves, hockey shin pads, protective cup or pelvic protector. Mandatory equipment for players 18 years of age and older is: Helmet designed for ice hockey with helmet strap properly fastened, elbow pads, hockey gloves, hockey shin pads, protective cup or pelvic protector.
Goaltenders require inline skates, a goalie stick, a blocker glove, catching glove and leg pads. It is mandatory for all goaltenders to wear a HECC or CSA approved helmet designed for hockey goaltenders with helmet strap properly fastened and a HECC or CSA approved full-face mask designed for hockey goaltenders. All goaltenders must wear chest protection. Throat protection is highly recommended.