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Return to Practice - Reminder of Protocols
11/22/2021
Good morning. We really appreciate your patience over the last...
Berkshire Bruins Hockey Program Update
11/17/2021
Dear Berkshire Bruins Families, Players, and Coaches, Good morning. We...
Tournament Hotel Information
11/14/2021
Hello Families! Today is the LAST day to book a hotel for Avon!  In...
Berkshire Bruins - Health Update
11/14/2021
Dear Berkshire Bruins Families and Coaches, Good evening. We...
Season 21-22 | Important Information
10/13/2021
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Return to Practice - Reminder of Protocols

Good morning.

We really appreciate your patience over the last week as we worked with the leadership of the Boys and Girls club with respect to our programming.

We are excited to share with you that we will indeed be returning to the ice for skills sessions and travel team practices this week.

This weeks schedule is as follows:

  • Monday
    • 6 pm - 8U / 10U Skills Session
    • 7 pm - 12U Skills Session
    • 8 pm - 14U Skills Session
  • Tuesday
    • 6 pm - 10U Gold Practice
    • 7 pm - 12U Gold / 12U Black Practice
    • 8 pm - 14U Gold Practice

We will pause for the holiday and return to our normal weekly programming on November 29th.

We will be operating under new protocols beginning this week for practice sessions at the Boys and Girls Club.  Those protocols are as follows:

  • Locker rooms are no longer available for practices
  • Players may enter 15 minutes prior to practice and must arrive fully dressed (minus helmets and skates) and exit the facility fully dressed
  • Players should remain seated and not congregate next to the rink entrance door.  Coaches will call players on the ice when appropriate
  • All individuals in the rink must adhere to our mask protocols at all times on and off the ice.  Masking will be strictly enforced
  • Please maintain social distancing within the space as much as possible and adhere to instructions from rink staffing

Given the recent events, we would encourage all participants to test prior to returning to the rink, if possible, using an at-home Covid-19 antigen test kit.  As always, if you are experiencing symptoms associated with Covid-19, we encourage you to avoid practice sessions until you ascertain that Covid-19 is not the cause for your symptoms.

 

Thanks again for your patience.  If you have any questions, please reach out.

 

Berkshire Bruins Youth Hockey Executive Committee


by posted 11/22/2021
Berkshire Bruins Hockey Program Update

Dear Berkshire Bruins Families, Players, and Coaches,

Good morning.

We have continued to assess the health situation of our program and receive updates from families.  Unfortunately, the number of families in our program that are impacted by Covid-19 has grown.  As a result, we feel it is prudent to suspend our normal activities for the remainder of the week for our U14, U12, and U10 programs.  This will include this weekend's scheduled contests.  Our goal with this approach is to preserve everyone's holiday as well as the upcoming Thanksgiving tournament.  We want everyone to rest so we can continue with our season healthy and strong.

We will restart our normal weekly schedule on Monday, November 22nd for the impacted programs.  It is important to note that U8 and U6 programming will continue as planned.  Please consult the schedule for days and times for that programming.

We would encourage that all U14, U12, and U10 players and coaches perform a test before returning on Monday the 22nd.  We think it is prudent to encourage this and local pharmacies have at home test kits available for this purpose.  In addition, we continue to encourage players and families to vaccinate themselves against Covid-19.

We have gotten lots of questions about our Covid-19 protocols going forward and this is our planned approach:

  • Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 via a PCR administered test should isolate for 10 days per public health protocols.
  • Fully vaccinated close contacts of a confirmed positive are allowed to continue to participate in the program as long as they are symptom free.
  • Unvaccinated close contacts should take a five day break from the program and may return after five days if they test negative and are presenting no symptoms.

This will be our approach going forward and we wanted to share this with all of you so we are on the same page for future illnesses, etc.

As a result of the recent situation, we will be requiring new protocols in the rink and we ask that everyone adhere to these protocols:

  • Locker rooms will no longer be available for practices
  • Players may enter 15 minutes prior to practice and must arrive fully dressed (minus helmets and skates) and exit the facility fully dressed
  • Players should remain seated and not congregate next to the rink entrance door.  Coaches will call players on the ice when appropriate
  • All individuals in the rink must adhere to our mask protocols at all times on and off the ice.  Masking will be strictly enforced

We recognize the reality of this situation and we will be living with Covid-19 for the foreseeable future.  We hope that we can mitigate the impact on our program by taking these measures and being diligent with our approach.

We thank you for your continued support and patience.  We remain committed to the season and are looking forward to the upcoming events.

 

Sincerely,


Berkshire Bruins Youth Hockey Executive Committee


by posted 11/17/2021
Tournament Hotel Information

Hello Families!

Today is the LAST day to book a hotel for Avon! 

In addition, we now have a hotel block for the New Year’s Tournament!  Please be aware they are BOTH Hampton Inn's, so be mindful when clicking the links.  Both hotels are listed below: 

 

Thanksgiving AVON Tournament

Dates:  11/26/21-11/28/21

Hotel:  Hampton Inn Hartford/Farmington,  CT

Cost:  $139/night (min. 2 nights)

Link to reserve, click HERE for Avon

Cutoff date:  11/15 at 11:59pm

We only have 24 rooms of 40 booked! 

All reservations need to be booked by END OF DAY TODAY (Monday 11/15)

 

 

Winter Classic Hooksett, NH Tournament

Dates:  12/31/21 – 1/2/22

Hotel:  Hampton Inn Concord/Bow

Cost:  $109/night (min. 2 nights)

Link to reserve, click HERE for Winter Classic

Cutoff Date:  11/31 at 11:59pm

We have 40 rooms available.

 

Thank you,

Leanne

 


by posted 11/14/2021
Berkshire Bruins - Health Update

Dear Berkshire Bruins Families and Coaches,

Good evening.

We write with some unfortunate news but we anticipated that this season would come with its trials and tribulations.  We have had a couple of clustered Covid-19 infections impacting coaches and players in our program.  As a result, out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelling our 10U, 12U, and 14U sessions on both Monday and Tuesday of this week.

Our 8U and 6U programming will proceed as planned per our schedule.  8U players will have a session tomorrow evening, Monday, at 6 pm, as planned.

We will be constantly evaluating the health landscape and will provide another update on Wednesday about the remainder of the week, potential make-up practice sessions, and weekend contests for our 10U, 12U, and 14U programs.

We encourage everyone to remain diligent and if experiencing symptoms to avoid practices and contests.  We will be instituting more stringent protocols at the rink going forward so please be on the lookout for our updates.

T

hanks so much for your patience and continued support.

Berkshire Bruins Youth Hockey Executive Committee

 


by posted 11/14/2021
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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