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During this trying time, the Bruins organization will need to keep up with the ever-changing world and mandatory requirements set forth by USAHockey and MASSHockey!
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Dear Berkshire Bruins Coaches & Families,
First and foremost, thanks so much for your continued support and effort to make the Berkshire Bruins Youth Hockey Organization a success. Once again, these are challenging times and we hope our Bruins families are safe and feel supported.
We are taking advantage of the opportunity during this down time from the normal chaos of life to get organized and prepare for what we hope will be a wonderful 2020-2021 season. As you heard from the Executive Committee via email on March 15, 2020 we are reorganizing ourselves and thinking hard about various affiliations for the upcoming season.
We are anticipating much more stringent rules and requirements with respect to coaching certifications, background checks, etc. for next season and many of the leagues we are looking at require this. A lack of compliance will result in our teams forfeiting games or being removed from leagues. If you plan on coaching next season, which includes being on the ice during practice or on the bench during games, please review the requirements and register for the necessary classes.
Positively, MA Hockey and USA Hockey have recently loosened some restrictions and made classes and courses available now as opposed to waiting until fall. Below is a recent email highlighting many of the available resources. Including two of the most time consuming requirements for certification, SafeSport and the Age-Specific Online Modules. These are now available for you to complete well before the hectic start of the season when your time is taken with scheduling games and building practice plans.
Additionally, the above referenced email included links to webinars from MA Hockey and USA Hockey. The MA Hockey Webinars are great, but even more impressive and extensive are the series of USA Hockey ADM Webinars. All webinars, plus a number of other great resources can also be found at https://www.mahockey.org/hockeyresources. We hope you check them out.
Our hope and goal is that we can hit the ground running this Fall and have everyone with the appropriate certifications in place in advance of the season. If you have any questions or are interested in coaching, please do not hesitate to reach out to me (
) with questions.
Member, Berkshire Bruins Youth Hockey Executive Committee
Chair, Player Development, Compliance, and Coaching Coordination