Belmont Youth Hockey Association is dedicated to the character development of Belmont youth through teaching, coaching and playing ice hockey.

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Welcome to the Belmont Youth Hockey Association ("BYHA") website. BYHA was 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. We welcome players of all levels of ability to join our program and we're 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.

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 HockeyPlease let us know if you have any questions.

Regards
Mike French
BYHA President

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BYHA update
09/23/2020
Good morning BYHA families, please see the following information below. -The...
Upcoming Season update
08/30/2020
Aug 30th Hello BYHA Community- I hope you’re well and...
2020-'21 Season Update
08/29/2020
August 1, 2020 Hello BYHA Community I hope you and your families...
 
BYHA update

Good morning BYHA families, please see the following information below.

-The next progress payment for tuition is due October 1st,  Please go into your account and select from the drop down menu your progress payment amount, or payment in full option if you prefer.  

-The Belmont rink is planning to open this fall, we are in ongoing discussions with the Belmont Recreation Department to better understand what protocols they will be operating under.

-Mini Marauder registration will open once we know the Belmont rink protocols.  

-Skills start this week, please pay attention to your schedule, we had to implement a rotation which differs from years past to stay in compliance with the Watertown rink guidance on allowed skaters per session.  

-Our skills instructors from The Sharper Edge are requiring our players to wear masks during their skills sessions.  

-After helping your player get dressed, parents/guardians remaining at the rink should relocate to a 6' distanced location in the stands and avoid standing by the entrance/exit doors.  


by posted 09/23/2020
Upcoming Season update

Aug 30th

Hello BYHA Community-

I hope you’re well and excited for the upcoming hockey season.  Now that the state of Massachusetts has authorized resumption of hockey, I wanted to provide an update on next steps for our coming season.  It will be up to each player, coach, volunteer, family member and spectator to ensure we are all doing our part to stay in compliance to ensure our kids can stay on the ice safely this season.

  • Tuition Please make sure you’ve paid the current amount due for your player(s).  For this season we’ve implemented a longer timeline for payment in light of the circumstances.  Total payment won’t be due until later this fall, but in order to start the season, all players must be paid current.  Please contact   with any questions.
  • Waiver:  BYHA will require a waiver for each player this season.  You can find a copy of that waiver here for your review.  Please keep an eye out for an email this week from BYHA via Dotloop or Docusign (aka electronic signature) which will ask you to sign a copy of the waiver for each player.  This waiver will need to be filled out before players can participate in any activity.
  • Protocols In order for us to safely resume play, we’ll need everyone (players, coaches and parents) to comply with guidelines defined by the CDC, USA Hockey and the rinks we play at.  There’s a lot to consume here, so we’ve created a new page on the BYHA site to compile the information.  Thank you for taking the time to review and adopt these guidelines.

We’ll continue to update the procedures area of the site as new information becomes available.  I will do a push communication if there is any material change in the guidelines.  Thank you all for your continued support and patience as we work through these new norms.

Regards

Mike French


by posted 08/30/2020
2020-'21 Season Update

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


by posted 08/29/2020
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