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MA Hockey Statement
10/23/2020
Dear Families and Players, Good morning.  Please find below...
Reminder | 2020-2021 Youth Hockey Registrations
10/15/2020
Dear Players and Families,   We are excited to communicate...
2020-2021 Coaching Opportunities - We Need You!
10/15/2020
Hello All,   Building upon the great news that we are...
Season 20/21' | Update 3/Current Plans
10/05/2020
Dear Players and Families,   We are so excited to be writing...
Season 20/21' Update 2
09/26/2020
Dear Bruins Families, We are writing with some exciting news. ...
Season 20/21' Update
09/04/2020
Dear Berkshire Bruins Families,   Well it has certainly...
 
MA Hockey Statement

Dear Families and Players,

Good morning.  Please find below a statement from MA Hockey regarding the recent guidance issued by Governor Baker's Office pertaining to ice rinks and youth hockey.

MA Hockey Temporary Shutdown Statement

While this is unfortunate, at this time we do not believe this will impact our timeline for beginning our programming on November 15th.  We remain strong partners with the Boys and Girls Club and are confident that the programming we have developed will be safe and in line with all guidelines.  If this is not the case, and the rinks are ordered to stay closed, the Boys and Girls Club will reimburse your fees paid. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at .  We would encourage players and families to continue with the registration process.  We will be in touch with our return to the play requirements prior to the opening of the rink.

 

Have a wonderful day and weekend.

Berkshire Bruins Youth Hockey

Southern Berkshire Youth Hockey

 


by posted 10/23/2020
Reminder | 2020-2021 Youth Hockey Registrations

Dear Players and Families,

 

We are excited to communicate with you and let you know that the 2020-2021 Youth Hockey Registration System will be available starting 10/15/20 and we encourage you to register as soon as possible.  The official registration process will close on November 4th at 11:59 pm.  At this time, registration for the program is limited to those players born between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2006.

 

Here are the important steps you need to complete in order to fully register for the upcoming season:

 

  1. You need to complete the annual registration process with USA Hockey.  Please ensure you save your confirmation number as you will need it to complete the registration process as outlined below.

 

  1. Second, you need to complete the registration process with the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires.  In this step you will enroll for your annual membership as well as make payment for the youth hockey program.  If you already have a 2020-2021 Boys and Girls Club membership, you do not need to purchase a membership again.

 

Please ensure you register for both the hockey program and membership, if necessary.  The total due, including membership, should equal $323 when you check out.

 

  1. Lastly, you need to visit the Berkshire Bruins website and fill out the registration form.  This registration allows us to capture your contact information for communication purposes as well as important information about the player for development of our practice cohorts.

 

If you have any questions about the registration process, please email .

 

Thanks so much for your timely attention to the registration process.  Early registrations will assist us in building our schedule and practice cohorts.

 

Have a wonderful day.  See you at the rink!

 

Berkshire Bruins & Rattlers Youth Hockey


by posted 10/15/2020
2020-2021 Coaching Opportunities - We Need You!
Hello All,
 
Building upon the great news that we are moving ahead with plans for a hockey season I am reaching out to all of our families from both programs to gauge interest in coaching this upcoming season.  I am looking forward to integrating our two programs for this season and this will apply to coaches from each program as well.   Our plans for running station-based practices 2 times per week and one house league game at each level will require a number of coaches to be successful.  
 
Please reply to me with your interest in coaching at one or more of the following levels of responsibility and age groups:
 
Learn to Skate - 6U Mites - 8U Mites - 10U Squirts - 12U Pee Wee - 14U Bantam - 16U/18U Midget
 
1)  Head/Lead Coach - responsible for creating practice plans for each practice and sharing those plans with coaching coordinator (me) and other coaches planning to assist at their practices.  Responsible for all parent communication unless a team manager is identified. 
 
2) Assistant Coach (Station Coach) - responsible for choosing a station to run from head coach's practice plan.  Station coach is responsible for gathering all equipment needed to run their station, setting up and breaking down station, adapting station if necessary based on different skill levels of groups passing through station.  
 
3) House League Bench Coach - responsible for matching lines of equal ability with other House coaches during games, maintaining Covid required distance between kids on benches, allowing kids to experiment at different positions during House games. 
 
4) Parent Volunteer - an assortment of contributions as needs arise. 
 
All on-ice coaches must fulfill all USA Hockey certification requirements including registration, background screening, SafeSport, coaching clinic, and age-specific module.  Bench coaches and other parent volunteers must complete volunteer registration, background screening, and SafeSport.  
 
We continue to hold out hope that a traditional travel team program will be offered.  At a later date, we will be identifying travel team coaches and working hopefully with many of you on coaching for these types of teams.
 
With our families facing so many challenges right now I am very happy to be sending this email to you all and I look forward to working with each of you to create a great hockey season for our kids.
 
Best,
John Hammill
Coaching Coordinator
Berkshire Bruins Hockey

by posted 10/15/2020
Season 20/21' | Update 3/Current Plans

Dear Players and Families,

 

We are so excited to be writing to you with our current plans for the 2020-2021 hockey season.  We really appreciate your patience as we navigated these very uncertain times.  Compared to many other programs we are getting a late start but we believe that this season is filled with lots of promise and new opportunities.  As we noted previously, the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires is committed to operating the rink from November 15th through the end of March.  This is welcome and exciting news.  With that in mind, we want to share with you our plans for the season based on that timing.

 

As we mentioned in our late September communication, this season will have a new structure.  We are excited that families that have traditionally registered with the Southern Berkshire Youth Hockey Organization (a.k.a. Rattlers) will be encouraged to register and form one program at the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires for this season.  This is an exciting partnership that will allow us to offer robust skills development programming as well as the potential for competitive in house games / scrimmages for our players.  We feel this is the most prudent and safe path forward based on current regulations and guidelines.

 

Here are some quick bullet points regarding the current structure for the season:

 

  • Registration for the season will be available beginning October 15, 2020 and be open until November 4, 2020.

  • Registration costs will be $323 for the season from November 15th through March 31st.  The registration fee quoted includes the Boys and Girls Club membership fee.  All players will need to register separately with USA Hockey.  The cost of that registration is separate and is not included in the quoted registration fee.

  • The registration fee includes three hours of ice time a week per player.  We anticipate two skills development sessions a week as well as an opportunity for competitive scrimmages or house league games for each age cohort.

  • At this time, each age cohort (e.g. Bantam, PeeWee, etc.) will be limited to 50 players

  • For skills development sessions, the 50 players at each age group will be broken into 25 player cohorts.  This aligns with current MA guidelines with respect to use of ice rink facilities.  These cohorts will be designed to match similar skilled players into cohorts to ensure skills development sessions are effective and meeting the needs of the players.  The cohorts will stay together for all their skills development sessions.

  • Each player will be provided with two practice jerseys (dark and light) and an individual pair of socks for the season.

 

This program will be offered in its entirety from November 15th through March 31st regardless if travel and league games become a reality.  We do not want financial constraints to exclude anyone from participating in the program.  If participation in the program is not possible due to financial constraints, please contact the Boys and Girls Club administrative office.

 

We are continuing our discussions with the TVHL and will use the period from November 15th to December 31st to assess our options for travel teams, evaluate players, review league options, and determine a path forward.  If games and league play become a possibility, we will offer players and families that option.  Any travel teams that are formed will involve an additional registration fee to support the cost of league registration fees, games, referees, and additional ice time, if needed.

 

We are confident that folks have a ton of questions and it is difficult to pack enough information in these communications to address everything.  With that in mind, we would like to host a virtual meeting with families to answer any questions you might have and better explain our shared vision for the season.  This open meeting will be held on October 8th at 7 pm.  Information and link to the meeting will be sent separately at a later date.

 

We hope that you are as excited as we are about this season.  We look forward to seeing many of you in the coming weeks.  Stay healthy and safe.

 

Sincerely,

 

Berkshire Bruins Youth Hockey


by posted 10/05/2020
Season 20/21' Update 2

Dear Bruins Families,

We are writing with some exciting news.  Following a meeting with the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club and the rink manager, it was conveyed to us that assuming all variables with respect to Covid-19 transmission in our local community remain as they are today that ice will be available from roughly November 15th through March 31st.  The Boys and Girls Club leadership along with North Adams City leadership are in partnership to ensure the two public rinks in Berkshire County are available to programs this coming fall and winter.  As you know, there is a lot of uncertainty with respect to Covid-19 and regulations as issued by the Governor or other regulatory bodies could create further complexity but this is welcome news and exciting news.

With this guidance, the Executive Committee of the Berkshire Bruins Youth Hockey Organization continues its planning for a program this fall and winter based on that schedule.  We are actively in discussions with the Southern Berkshire Youth Hockey Organization to develop a strong working relationship for this hockey season and provide a healthy and safe environment for skills development and competitive scrimmages as a single organization.  This partnership would ensure a robust number of players at each age group and allow for a wonderful competitive environment for our players.

If league play becomes a possibility we will of course be prepared to offer players and families the additional option of a traditional competitive travel experience.  We remain in close contact with the TVHL regarding plans for the upcoming season.

We are sure you have a million questions and would encourage you to reach out to any member of the Executive Committee.  We will be meeting next week to layout a plan, provide options, develop fee structures, and ensure our players have an opportunity to hit the ice and develop in a safe and controlled environment.

As always, thanks for your patience.  We will certainly be in touch.

Sincerely,

Berkshire Bruins Youth Hockey


by posted 09/26/2020
Season 20/21' Update
Dear Berkshire Bruins Families,
 
Well it has certainly been a strange couple of months.  The Bruins Executive Committee has been busy this summer discussing what the 2020-2021 season will look like and what sort of season we can offer to our dedicated families.  Based on the information from USA Hockey, Mass Hockey, and the Governor's Office we feel confident that we can put together a program that will allow our Bruins players a quality season full of skill development and growth.
 
We continue discussions with the TVHL as well as other Berkshire County programs about how we can effectively work together on getting players on the ice.
 
Unfortunately, we all remain in a holding pattern as the path forward for many hockey facilities is simply not clear and we are not sure when we will have access to them.  In addition, under current MA guidelines there are limitations on the number of players on the ice and competitive games are still not permitted.  We anticipate that some of these guidelines will change and remain hopeful.
 
Our collective message is, please be patient with us.  We are exploring many options including our traditional season.  When we have a clear timeline and proposed plan of attack we will communicate with you.
 
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions.  We hope everyone enjoys the remaining days of summer and stays safe.  Wear your face covering, wash your hands, and please practice social distancing.
 
Sincerely,
 
Berkshire Bruins Youth Hockey

by posted 09/04/2020
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