Is Tribe Hockey a NCAA varsity sport?

Tribe Hockey is not a varsity sport but rather completes in the Blue Ridge Hockey Conference as a Division III American Collegiate Hockey Association club team with universities in the Mid-Atlantic region. The team is composed of students who share a passion for hockey and a commitment to making the team an integral part of their balanced life on campus. Our players chose William & Mary for its stellar academic reputation and joined the program simply for the love of the game.


Are scholarships offered, and can you help me in the admissions process?

The team cannot afford to recruit players, does not offer scholarships, and has limited influence on the admissions process. The club is simply comprised of players who want to play hockey at a competitive level and enjoy the complete college experience.


Who does the team play?

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary during the 2016-17 season, Tribe Hockey is a Division III member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and plays in the Atlantic Division of the Blue Ridge Hockey Conference (BRHC). Founded in 1987 and organized under the university’s Sport Club Program, the team competes with schools in the Mid-Atlantic region from Maryland to North Carolina and all across Virginia.


What is the time commitment?

The team practices one night a week from September to February, with times generally being later on in the evening (9:20 pm) due to very little availability in the ice time schedule. However, it works out well because it allows the players time to study and work if needed.

There are games almost every weekend from mid-September through February, excluding final exams and winter break from December through mid-January. Depending on the year, there are usually about 15 games split evenly home and away. With trips more than two hours away from campus, the team rents vans and hotel rooms for the players.


What is the financial commitment?

Ice hockey at William & Mary is not a varsity sport and therefore receives limited funding from the administration. Players pay on average $800 in dues each season and are also responsible for the cost of their uniforms (one-time $150 purchase) and equipment. The university provides a team stipend that helps fund major expenditures, including: transportation and travel costs, league membership dues, referee fees, player insurance rates, and ice time. The booster club helps fill the remaining needs from practice uniforms to marketing materials, apparel, and emergency expenditures.


Are other funding sources available?

The Royal Blueliner Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit created in 2011 as the team’s booster club and alumni organization. Operated by Tribe Hockey alumni, the booster club's goal is to ease the financial burden on the players and help fund one-time expenditures, including marketing and team-building expenditures. For federal income tax purposes, all donations to the Royal Blueliner Society are fully deductible (Tax ID: 45-3100609).


How is the team organized?

Tribe Ice Hockey is a student-run organization under William & Mary’s Sport Club Program. Players elect annually a President, Treasurer, Scheduler, Social Chair, and Travel Rep. Head Coach Ken Felix and his assistant coaches are volunteers and work at the pleasure of the team.


What is the Blue Ridge Hockey Conference?

The Blue Ridge Hockey Conference (BRHC) is a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. The league represents 24 college ice hockey programs in the Mid-Atlantic region. The mission is to promote and develop collegiate ice hockey and academic excellence by providing consistent and equitable standards. The BRHC strives to lead the region in developing collegiate hockey programs and services for its members, players, coaches and fans.

The current members of the BRHC Colonial Division include:

  • Christopher Newport
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • East Carolina University
  • Radford University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University

The current members of the BRHC Atlantic Division - North Region include:

  • American University
  • Catholic University
  • Marymount University
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • The College of William and Mary

The current members of the BRHC Atlantic Division - Southwest Region include:

  • Appalachian State University
  • The Citadel
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Old Dominion University
  • University of Richmond

What is the American Collegiate Hockey Association?

The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) began as a men's collegiate hockey organization for the 1991-1992 season. The ACHA currently boasts five divisions (Men's Division 1, 2, and 3; Women's Division 1 and 2) with over 420 teams from across the nation representing 49 different states, all but Hawaii.

The function of the ACHA is to support quality, unity and regulation of intercollegiate hockey programs in the United States. In order to do this, the ACHA has developed Organizational By-Laws and a Policies and Procedures Manual to provide the policy foundation for the organization as it works to fulfill its purpose. These documents are reviewed yearly at the ACHA's annual meeting. The ACHA's policies cover team and player eligibility, rules of play, ranking procedures, national tournament procedures, and other administrative issues.

The American Collegiate Hockey Association is a chartered non-profit corporation. It is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization with the Internal Revenue Service. The ACHA's primary mission is to support the growth of collegiate hockey programs nationwide. The ACHA identifies standards, which serve to unite and regulate teams at the collegiate level. The ACHA shall emphasize academic performance, institutional sanction, eligibility criteria, standards of play, and opportunities for national competition. The ACHA promotes all aspects of collegiate hockey stressing the personal development of individual athletes as well as national recognition for member organizations.

Who do I contact about playing for the team?

You can reach Head Coach Ken Felix at coach@tribehockey.com. First, please submit your information HERE.


Where is the team's home ice?

The Hampton Roads Iceplex is locoated 20 minutes from campus at 401 Village Avenue Yorktown, VA 23693.