U-8 Team: Given the number of girls that are participating in our Mini-Marauder program and our Girls In House programs this current season, BYHA will explore the option for creating a U-8 girls hockey team for the 2014-15 season. We encourage all of our girls who will be 8 years old or younger on December 31, 2014 that might be interested in playing girls hockey to come to at least one of the BYHA placement sessions, which will be held the week of March 10th, 2014. These placement sessions will be informal on-ice sessions designed to gauge the level of interest at the U-8 level and the ability. Belmont Youth Hockey does not cut anyone from their program. Registration is necessary for placements and there is a $100 fee which goes towards tuition for the 2014-2015 season.
Some anticipated specifics of the proposed U-8 team would be as follows:
Practices and Games will begin after Labor Day. Practices in the early fall will be offered once a week, likely on Sunday mornings. Practices will run on the station concept endorsed by USA Hockey, and will be skill-based and fun. Although practices are optional, we encourage all girls to attend as many as possible.
We anticipate that the U-8 team will play cross ice games as mandated by USA Hockey. BYHA supports USA Hockey’s research that cross ice games provide children at this age level with more developmental opportunities and frankly, more fun.
We are still exploring the best league to enter into but will certainly be mindful of travel time, costs, and number of games. We will strive to provide a fun, skill development focused program that is mindful that the kids are in the early stages of their hockey careers.
It is estimated that per player costs for the U-8 team would be similar to our Mite A/B costs but would depend on which league we enter into.
Girls Hockey is a growing part of the BYHA program. Rather than participating in the BYHA co-ed program, many girls prefer to play only with other girls, especially when they are just beginning to play hockey. BYHA’s intention is to provide a positive social environment as well as an atmosphere of fun so that girls will develop as players, learn new skills, and create lasting friendships.
BYHA is holding placements from March 10th - March 14th at the Belmont rink. Placements will be run by an outside evaluator who has been hired by BYHA. BYHA coaches will assist the evaluator by running the on-ice drills and scrimmages. The data from the outside evaluator will be combined with feedback from each team's coach to determine each player's placement for the 2014-15 season. BYHA encourages players to attend as many placement dates as possible. The placement schedule is posted below. Mite placements will be held in early September.
All players must pay a non-refundable $100 fee prior to attending placements. The $100 payment will count towards players' 2014-15 tuition. Players will not be allowed to attend placements if their family has any outstanding balances from the 2013-14 season.
Even though Belmont does not "cut" players, it is important for players to attend placements so that BYHA can determine how many teams it can host at each age level. Additionally, players who do not attend placements will be automatically placed on the lowest level team. Finally, full-time goalies should attend placements as goalies. Part-time goalies should attend one placement session as a goalie and at least one placement session as a skater. Part-time goalies will be evaluated on their skating ability.
The Emphasis is: Just Play!
Power Play Hockey programs provide both an alternative and a supplement to expensive summer leagues, week long day or boarding camps at a fraction of the cost. Sessions for youth and senior players are available, with all skill levels welcome. All activities are supervised by USA Hockey, and MIAA High School certified adult coaches. If you are tired of seeing the same drills and want to learn how to play hockey with both individual and team skills – this is the program for you!
SUMMER PROGRAM INFORMATION
1: Boys and Girls - Age 5 to 13 4:00pm
2: Girls/Women – HS and Up 5:15pm
3: Boys/Men – HS and Up 6:30pm
Dates: Saturdays, July 6 to August 10 (6 Weeks) Veterans Memorial Rink, Somerville, MA (570 Somerville Ave)
Includes: On-ice instruction, skill development session and controlled scrimmage. Emphasis is on skill development and game style situational play
Staff: Rick Chrusciel: Director, BU, Belmont U19; Maggie Chrusciel – Assabet, Trinity College; Jim Reynolds: Belmont U19, Bay State Games; Justin DeSorgher: UMASS, Westwood HS; Bill Yee: Wellesley Youth Hockey
Cost: $80.00 for six weeks
Contact: Rick Chrusciel at
for registration information
Belmont Youth Hockey Association, Inc. is a tax- exempt private foundation pursuant to Internal Revenue Code section 501( c)(3), run by volunteers and dedicated to the development of the youth of Belmont, Massachusetts since 1975.