Thank you to everyone for participating in BYHA's 2014-15 placements last week. Given that most of the current BYHA teams have not completed their seasons and that our final banquets are scheduled for late April and early May, BYHA will NOT be announcing teams until mid-May.
The end of season team banquets are scheduled as follows:
Mite A & B
Squirt A & B1
Squirt B2 & C
PW A, B1 & B2
Girls U14 &U10
Girls U12A, U12B & In-House
BT A, B1 & B2
Please respond to your team contact to let them know how many people from your family will be attending. Players and coaches are admitted free of charge. Parents are $25 each and siblings $15 each. Checks can be mailed to BYHA, PO Box 154, Belmont or paid the night of the banquet with a check or by credit card. All banquets are held at the Chateau Restaurant in Waltham (195 School Street, Waltham, MA) and will begin at 6pm. Meal choice is Chicken Parmesan for adults and Chicken Parmesan or Chicken fingers for the children.
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.
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.