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August 1, 2020

Hello BYHA Community

I hope you and your families are well and making the best of the summer.  I wanted provide an update regarding plans for the BYHA 2020 – ’21 season.

On July 24th, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts provided guidance that classifies ice hockey under the “Higher Risk” category of athletic activities.  You can see that guidance on page 3 of this document. Massachusetts is currently in Phase 3 step 1 of the reopening plan. The guidelines authorize Higher Risk sports to conduct Level 1 type of play which consists of "individual or socially distanced group activities (no-contact workouts, aerobic conditioning, individual skill work, and drills)."  In practical terms, what this means is that, at this time, BYHA is authorized to conduct practice sessions with some modifications to format, to adhere to guidelines.

We’re hopeful that public health circumstances will improve so that later steps of the MA plan can be activated that would allow for BYHA games to be played.  At this time, we’re planning to start the season with practices, skills with Dynamic Skating and possibly dry land training with Institute of Sport and Movement Boston.

We’re excited about bringing youth sports back to our kids, families, and community but our highest priority is the safety and wellness of or players, their families, our coaches and the community.  In order to align with that priority, our activities will adhere to guidelines of the CDC, USA hockey, Mass Hockey and the State of Massachusetts.  USA hockey issued Guidelines for occupying rinks on May 5, 2020 and we recommend that you review those guidelines here.  

In order to secure ice time for practice and skills, we’re asking for an additional tuition payment for each player in the amount of $400. (For U19 and Midgets, the amount is $100 because of their shorter season and lower costs.) This 2nd payment will be due by 8/26/20. As we don’t know how the season will play out (i.e. when league games will start or whether there will be a full season), we’re unable to confirm total tuition cost for the season, other than it won’t be higher than the original amounts posted. 

Prior to the start of our season, BYHA will require a waiver of liability for each participant.  Please review a copy of that here.   We will continue to monitor updates from Mass Hockey and USA hockey and adjust if/as needed to remain aligned with those guidelines. 

Lastly, we recognize that some families will face a difficult decision as to whether to return to hockey this season.  For those that choose not to return this year, we support your decision to do what is best for your player(s) and your family. If you decide not to play, please contact BYHA registrar Areti Fotis afotis@verizon.net and let us know as quickly as possible. To provide the best experience possible for all, we may need to re-allocate team assignments. 

Thanks again for your support of BYHA and your patience as we navigate through these circumstances. These are extraordinary times and we believe strongly that youth sports can help us in our recovery. However, it has to be done safely, with the utmost care for the health of our youth and our community.

Michael French

BYHA President

 

About BYHA established in 1975 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the character development of Belmont youth through teaching, coaching and playing ice hockey.

Our organization is managed by a volunteer board of directors and operated by a group of more than 50 volunteer coaches.   We offer programs for children between the ages of 5 and 19 and we are a member of Massachusetts Hockey’s District 9 and USA Hockey.  

We welcome players of all levels of ability and are grateful for the support and participation of generations of coaches, volunteers, parents and players.  We hope you will review information about our program within this site and consider participating. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Hello BYHA families,

I hope you and your families are well and making the best of these unusual times.

I wanted to provide and update regarding on going work this off season to prepare for our 20-21 season.  The challenge with this preparation work is that, in full candor, we don’t know what to expect for the fall. 

We have been in close communication with the Valley Hockey League and the Middlesex Yankee Conference and both leagues are sensitive to the ambiguity of the current situation and have temporarily postponed any major deposits required for next season.

We made the decision to reduce the initial tuition deposit for the coming season to $100 in light of the uncertainty.  However, we do expect to ask for an additional tuition payment sometime in July from each of our registered families once more information is provided by both leagues.  We will do our best to communicate with you in advance on a due date and payment amount.

Mass Hockey has been hosting frequent live webinars that are recorded and made available on their YouTube channel (search for Massachusetts Hockey).  These webinars are a great way to stay informed on the latest information regarding plans for hockey reopening.

We will make these webinars available on our newly formed social media pages, please follow us on Instagram @belmontyouthhockeyassociation or Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/belmontyouthhockey. 

Some rinks and youth camps have recently opened under Massachusetts phase 2 guidelines.  We have complied the following list of local privately run camps if you wish to explore further;

1.            Dynamic Skating      https://www.dynamicskating.com/  (run by coach Tom Ford who coaches out junior marauder skills program)

2.            Greg Carter      https://www.gchockey.com/   (Coach Trodden runs several of their summer camps)

3.            Sharper edge    https://www.sharperedgeskating.com/  (run by our fall on season skill instructors)

4.            Driscoll skating      https://driscollhockey.com/

5.            Pro ambitions      https://proambitions.com/

6.            BU girls hockey camp       https://bugirlshockeycamp.com/            

7.            Warrior rink     http://www.warrioricearena.com/offerings/

 

Thank you for your patience and your continued support.  Getting kids on roller blades, shooting pucks in your driveway, and stickhandling a golf ball are great tools to stay sharp until we can get back on the ice. 

We hope to see you all at a rink soon.

 

 

 


by posted 06/16/2020
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