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Travel Team Evaluations Complete, Update on Schedule
10/22/2021
Dear Hockey Families,   Thanks for your patience this week. ...
Season 21-22 | Important Information
10/13/2021
Dear Berkshire Bruins Families, Berkshire Bruins hockey is back...
 
Travel Team Evaluations Complete, Update on Schedule

Dear Hockey Families,

 

Thanks for your patience this week.  We are really appreciative for the hard work and dedication of the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires staff.  This may be the earliest we have been on the ice in the last couple of years and we can’t say thank you enough.

 

The evaluations for our 10U, 12U, and 14U program went really well.  Thank you to all the coaches who helped with on ice and off ice assessments.  Our program is not possible without the hard work and dedication of our coaches.

 

We are happy to announce that following evaluations, we have determined that the best path forward based upon the skill level and abilities of our interested players is to form the following teams:

 

  • 10U Bruins Gold - Head Coach:  Trevor Bayliss    
  • 12U Bruins Black - Head Coach:  Paul Lange
  • 12U Bruins Gold - Head Coaches:  Matt Noyes, Matt Sheehy
  • 14U Bruins Gold - Head Coach:  John Hammill

 

Later today, players invited to join one of these teams will receive an email with a registration link.  We ask that you complete your travel team registration ASAP and prior to our first set of skills sessions on Monday, October 25th.  You will be asked for jersey information.  Please make sure to complete that information as part of the registration process as we need to place travel team jersey orders ASAP.  The jerseys are by Athletic Knit and sizing information can be found on their website.

 

The program will kick-off this week with skills sessions and team based practices for all registered players at 10U, 12U, and 14U.  Our 6U Mites and 8U Mites will begin their program the week of November 17th.  Our Learn to Skate program will begin the week of December 4th.  Stay tuned for updates on those programs and additional information.

 

The schedule for Monday for ALL registered players is as follows:

 

  • 6pm - 10U Skills
  • 7pm - 12U Skills
  • 8pm - 14U Skills

 

It is important to note that Monday's session is for ALL registered players.



The planned schedule for the remainder of the week of October 25th for travel team players is as follows:



 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

6:00 pm

10 U Skills

10U Gold

10U Gold

 

 

7:00 pm

12 U Skills

12U Gold / 12U Black

12U Gold / 12U Black

 

 

8:00 pm

14 U Skills

14U Gold

14U Gold

 

 



Please be on the lookout for schedule information, etc. for these first couple of weeks as we will attempt to make use of the ice as much as possible early in the season to ready teams for league play, tournaments, etc.



Once again, thanks for your patience.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask.  We will see you at the rink!

 

Berkshire Bruins Youth Hockey Executive Committee


by posted 10/22/2021
Season 21-22 | Important Information

Dear Berkshire Bruins Families,

Berkshire Bruins hockey is back and we are excited to begin our programming starting on October 18th.  Please read this message as there is plenty of information contained about the start of the season, our weekly schedule, upcoming commitments for travel teams, etc.

We recognize that the registration and format this year is different than in the past.  These changes are part of the growth of the program and we are excited about the season.

Registration

As a reminder, in order to start with the program on the 18th, all players must be registered with the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires.  All players have to have completed the USA Hockey registration, have an active Boys and Girls Club membership, and completed the House League registration.

Registration closes on October 15th.  Players who have not registered will not be permitted to participate in the evaluations on October 18th.

Evaluations

Evaluations will begin on October 18th.  All registered players are invited to attend.  Anyone who desires to play on a Berkshire Bruins Travel Team must attend all evaluation sessions.  Evaluations will be on October 18th, October 20th, and October 21st at the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires rink.  10U (e.g. Squirts or birth years 2011 & 2012) will be at 6 pm, 12U (e.g. PeeWees or birth years 2009 & 2010) will be at 7 pm, and 14U (e.g. Bantams or birth years 2007 & 2008) will be at 8 pm each day.  This schedule will be the same for each of the evaluation sessions.

To prepare families and players for the evaluation process, Coach Hammill has prepared an overview on the evaluation process and philosophy.  We would encourage you to review Coach Hammill’s document and please reach out with any questions.

If you have any questions about the evaluation process or a concern about attendance at all evaluations sessions, please reach out via .

Travel Team Registrations

Upon completion of the evaluations, players offered a travel team invitation will need to complete an additional registration with the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires.  Players and families invited to join a travel team with be sent information on October 22nd.  Those wishing to accept the invitation are asked to complete registration by October 25th.  If you do not plan on accepting your invite to a travel team, please send an email to as soon as possible.  We can then offer an opportunity to another player.  We recognize this is a quick turnaround, but we must act quickly in order to finalize rosters, order jerseys, and begin league play.  We appreciate your patience.

Travel Team Fees

Travel team fees for 10U, 12U, and 14U this year will be $950.  This is an all-inclusive price which includes participation in four tournaments (more information below) as well as a full jersey kit (home, away, and two pairs of socks).  We recognize this amount is different than in years past but we have decided to create an all-inclusive price rather than charging families additional fees throughout the season.  Typically, families paid $625 for registration, $150 for jersey kits, and $200 for additional tournaments.  We feel the all-inclusive fee approach allows for better planning and management of costs throughout the season.

If you are offered a travel team position and the above fees present a hardship, we would encourage a conversation with the Boys and Girls Club management office.

League Affiliation

The Berkshire Bruins travel teams will compete in the Northern New York State Hockey League formerly known as the Tech Valley Hockey League.  We have registered our teams and already begun scheduling games for those teams.  Full schedules and information about league games will be forthcoming once teams are formed post evaluations.

All players, travel and house, are encouraged to attend skills sessions on Monday.  Travel teams will then have practices as noted in the schedule above.  Once travel teams are finalized and coaches assigned, we will use some of the additional ice, that is available early in our season, to provide additional team practices.  In essence, the schedule the first couple of weeks will be variable until we settle into league play and a regular weekly schedule.

Other Schedule Considerations

We are actively planning for tournaments for what we anticipate will be five travel teams.  Two 10U teams, two 12U teams, and one 14U team.

We have confirmed for the Thanksgiving Holiday, November 26th through 28th, for the 10U Gold, 12U Gold, and 14U Gold a tournament registration in Avon, CT.  Information and specific schedules will be forthcoming.

In addition, we have confirmed for all of our travel teams, participation in the Winter Classic holiday tournament, December 31st through January 2nd, in Hookset, NH.  Information and specific schedules will be forthcoming.

Lastly, we are actively exploring what our final tournament of the year will be.  We were informed earlier this month that we will not be able to participate in the Lake Placid International Tournament this year, as has been our tradition.  Please stay tuned on what our end of season tournament plans will be.

We wanted to share this information as soon as possible so families can plan accordingly.

Parting Thoughts

We recognize what a difficult time it has been and we are excited to have our program back.  Many of our families and players have expressed how much they missed our program last year and the competition.  We are looking forward to returning to some level of normalcy and we hope all the information above is helpful and clear.  We want to provide families and players as much information as possible about the approach to the season, the schedules, and our philosophy.

We are waiting on final protocols about what expectations the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires will have in the rink for evaluations, practices, and games.  Please be on the lookout for at least one more communication from us prior to October 18th.

If at any point you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email us at .

See you at the rink.

Berkshire Bruins Youth Hockey Executive Committee


by posted 10/13/2021
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