1. How long has the South Stars organization been in existence and what league is it a part of?
The South Stars High School Hockey Association was established in 1979. It plays within the Indiana State High School Hockey Association and locally within the Hoosier High School Hockey League.
2. How many teams are involved with the South Stars?
There are two varsity teams, the South Stars A team and the South Stars B team.
3. What is the difference between the A Team and B Team?
The A team is considered the top varsity team.
The South Stars B team is a developmental team typically comprised of freshman and sophomore players.
Each team is a varsity team playing full schedules within the Hoosier League and State. Each team is eligible for the State tournament in March and winning a State Championship.
4. Where do I find specific information about the South Stars?
Website is southstarshockey.net includes all club news, schedules, and important documents.
The Indiana State High School Hockey Association also has a website http://ishsha.com/. This website is for overall High School hockey news in the State of Indiana. Standings, results, and statistics are kept updated on this website.
5. What are the South Stars Club budget and player fees?
The overall club budget varies, but has typically been between $90,000 and $100,000. The biggest expense is the cost of ice time for practice and games.
Fees for the last few years have been around $3,000 for the A Team and $2,500 for the B Team.
6. Can an individual player reduce his or her fees?
Yes, Sponsorships can be obtained by the player directly benefitting the player in order to reduce individual fees. Sponsors are identified in the senior night program and recognized at the year-end banquet.
7. When does the High School hockey season start and end?
The season can officially start in September and ends over the first two weekends in March.
Teams will play anywhere from 35 – 45 games. Games are scheduled most every weekend from September through March.
8. Is there an informational meeting scheduled for incoming players and parents?
Yes, an incoming player/freshman player open skate is typically scheduled for March prior to Spring Break. Look for additional information on the website for the date and time of this event. This is an opportunity for the South Stars coaches to see the players who might tryout for next season’s team. There will also be a parent meeting at the same time to discuss High School hockey, answer questions, and review the plans already in place for the next season.
9. When do activities start in preparation for the next South Stars season?
Tryouts may be scheduled shortly after the hockey season April. Activities will continue throughout the summer on a limited basis. These activities might include on-ice practice and dryland training.
There will be a cost for tryouts and summer activities in the range of $100 - $125.
10. Where do the South Stars practice and play games?
Beginning in October through the end of the season Perry Park is the home of the South Stars High School hockey teams.
Prior to October the South Stars will hold practice and games at either the Fuel Tank in Fishers or Hamilton Ice Center in Columbus.
11. When are practices scheduled?
Once at Perry Park, the South Stars A Team practices Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights through December. In January and through rest of season practice only occurs 2 nights a week.
The South Stars B team typically only practices 2 days a week during the season.
Prior to Perry Park opening, practice times and days will vary depending on rink utilized.
12. Where do the South Stars travel for games?
Majority of games are within the State of Indiana. Games are played locally in Fishers and Carmel. Games are also played in Fort Wayne, South Bend, Bloomington, Columbus, Evansville and Dyer.
Overnight trips vary each year, but traditional tournament type weekends include trips to South Bend or Fort Wayne. Overnight trips out of state have been scheduled in the past to the Dayton, Ohio area and Chicago areas.
13. What equipment is provided by the South Stars?
Game socks, pant shells, practice jerseys, helmet stickers, pucks, water bottles, and miscellaneous supplies.
14. What equipment is provided by each player?
White helmet, Jerseys are purchased by each player to use throughout their South Stars career, all safety equipment, sticks, skates, team equipment bags, Navy blue, red, and white gloves.
15. How do I know if my player is eligible to play for the South Stars?
Regardless of what youth hockey league or team you played for, players are assigned to High School Hockey Clubs based on the High School a player attends. The South Stars territory includes the following High Schools and geographical areas.
Avon Beech Grove Brownsburg Cascade
Center Grove Danville Decatur Franklin Central
Lutheran Mooresville Perry Meridian Plainfield
Roncalli Southport Tri-West Hendricks County
Johnson County: Clark, Pleasant and White River townships.
16. Are female hockey players eligible for the South Stars?
Yes, females are eligible and a number of teams throughout the State have female players.
17. How should a bantam player prepare for High School hockey?
Work on conditioning from the time the bantam season is over throughout the summer months. Start or continue weight training. Attend all South Stars pre-season activities and dryland training. Look for stick and puck opportunities at area rinks to keep skills sharp.
18. How does a youth hockey player become a South Star?
Most important, continue playing hockey to improve your skills. Travel hockey teams provide more ice time and increased competition to further enhance a player’s hockey skills. Look for opportunities to attend hockey camps, clinics and special hockey events in the area.
19. Are there opportunities for parents to volunteer within the South Stars?
Yes, the South Stars is a Club run by parent volunteers. Volunteers are always welcome and needed each year.
Volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to Board Members, team managers, scoreboard operators, scorekeepers, penalty box attendants, statistics, videographer, fundraising, senior night, year-end banquet, breast cancer awareness night, registrar, league representative, equipment manager, spiritwear, website manager, photographer, etc.