BHC's Spring Hockey season begins this weekend. We're excited to see some familiar faces and are looking forward to meeting the new players who are joining us.
For those of you who will be joining us for Spring, please read below.
Please arrive early for your practice time to pick up your player's jersey and socks. If you provided a number and size, your player's jersey will be ready to wear. If you have not done so, the pro-shop will help you with sizing and to get a number on the back of the jersey.
Rosters for some teams have been posted, however, there may be some shifting this weekend. All rosters will be finalized after 3/29. Please remember that placement on a specific Spring team has no bearing on which team, Travel or Rec, that your player will be placed on for the 2015-16 season. The goal is to have fun and to learn. The coaches have been working hard on creating practices and skills sessions that will allow our players to develop and improve their on-ice abilities. We are confident that each participant will leave this season a more confident player.
If you have not yet paid your balance, please do so online by Friday evening or bring a check on Saturday. Only fully paid players will be given their jersey and allowed on the ice.
The Big Bear Cherry Blossom Showdown tournament is filling up. In addition to BHC, there are teams from New Jersey, Reston, Southern Maryland, and Texas who are currently registered.
Schedules have been posted. Please see below for this weekend's schedule.
Mites, Squirt Black, and Squirt Gold~Skills 3:15-4:15
Peewee White, Peewee Black, and Peewee Gold~Skills 4:30-5:30
Bantam Black, and Bantam Gold~Skills 5:45-6:45
U16 Black and U16 Gold~Skills 7:00-8:00
Mites, Squirt Black, and Squirt Gold~Skills 9:00-10:00
Peewee White, Peewee Black, Peewee Gold~Skills 10:15-11:15
Bantam Black, and Bantam Gold~Skills 11:30-12:30
U16 Black and U16 Gold~12:45-1:45
My name is Josh Zive and I was recently appointed to serve as the BHC parent ombudsman. The term “ombudsman” is an obscure and odd word, but my job is pretty simple. As ombudsman it is my job is to collect, document, and deal with the concerns or complaints of BHC parents fairly. I took this position because I think every parent in BHC needs to know that they have the right to have their voice heard and their concerns addressed in the most appropriate manner.
This means that if you have concerns or complaints about the BHC board, coaches, try-outs, the rink, other parents, the weather, or just about any topic, you can email me and it is my responsibility to channel the issue to the right people, make sure your concern is addressed, and that you get a response in a timely manner. You may not always agree with the way the concern is resolved, but you can know that you were taken seriously
My job is to be a resource for you. I am an attorney by profession and I take the concept of confidentiality very seriously. If you ask me to keep complaints confidential then your identity will never be disclosed to the board or anybody else. This means that you don’t have to worry about figuring out who the right person is to contact with your complaints or concerns, or have to worry that your concern could create problems between you or your children and any coaches or BHC board members. In fact, to allow confidentiality, I will not discuss the issue with you in person unless you want to talk by phone or face to face.
All you have to do to have your concerns heard and addressed is email:
and I will take it from there.
There have been many exciting changes in our Club in the past year. In addition to positive growth at the Rec, Instructional, and Travel levels, a continued effort to gain and retain knowledgeable and dedicated coaches, emphasizing skills and gameplay, and joining the EJEPL, we have also stepped up our social media presence with a Facebook page and Twitter account (@BowieHockey).
What's next, you ask... How about a BHC App?? Check it out here and let us know what you think. It's a work in progress and we wanted our members' input. Thanks to Andrej for his late night and early morning efforts!
The Bowie Hockey Club is proud to announce a $50 discount per player for the children of active duty military members. This effort is in conjunction with the Club's support for Defend the Blue Line - an organization that supports by equipment donations - the hockey playing children of military families.
Travel Team Tryouts for the 2015-16 season - April 25-30
The Bowie Hockey Club announces the schedule for tryouts for the 2015-16 travel hockey season. These sessions will serve as tryouts for travel players. All sessions will be held at the Bowie Ice Arena. Registration for returning Rec players will open May 1.
The club is planning on at least one Mite travel team, at least two each at Squirt, Pee Wee, and Bantam, and at least one U16. More teams or U18 teams will be determined by the number and level of players who register.
The registration link is now open on the BHC website.
Mite (Players born in 2007 and 2008)
Saturday, April 25, 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Sunday, April 26, 8:00am - 9:00am
Wednesday, April 29, 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Squirt (Players born in 2005 and 2006)
Saturday, April 25, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Sunday, April 26, 9:00am - 10:00am
Wednesday, April 29, 7:00pm - 8:00pmÃƒƒƒ¯»¿
Pee Wee (Players born in 2003 and 2004)
Sunday, April 26, 10:15am - 11:15am
Monday, April 27, 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Tuesday, April 28, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bantam (Players born in 2001 and 2002)
Sunday, April 26, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Tuesday, April 28, 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Wednesday, April 29, 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Midget (Players born in 1997 through 2000)
Saturday, April 25, 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Sunday, April 26, 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Monday, April 27, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Thursday, April 30, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
If you have any questions please direct them to Larry Robinson, VP/Travel for the club.
Registration for all travel teams for the 2015-2016 season is now open. Please review additional information below regarding BHC policies regarding travel hockey:
Tryout and Refund Policies for Travel Programs
The Club has adopted the following policies for the Travel team tryout policies, which will apply for the 2015-16 season.
Eligibility for Travel Team Tryout
If a player registers for tryouts it is assumed by the Club that they are trying out for a Travel team. This is the only opportunity the Club gets to evaluate players for selection on teams. Roster spots will be awarded to players who attend tryouts.
Signing up for tryouts does not enhance a player’s ability to be placed on a Recreational team. Registration for Rec teams will be open on May 1 for returning Bowie Hockey Club members and June 1 for players new to the club. As has been the practice in the past, Bowie Hockey players are given preference in registration.
A player may declare prior to the first tryout that s/he is only trying out for the top travel team at a given age level. If the player is not placed on that travel team during tryouts, s/he will not be placed on any other team. These cuts may occur at any time following the first tryout.
Travel Tryout Procedures
The Club Head Coach and VP of Travel Hockey will be responsible for developing tryout evaluation procedures and providing evaluators and Club coaches with adequate direction relating to this matter. Each player will be assigned a unique tryout number that must be worn at each evaluation.
All players who are selected for a travel team will be contacted by the Team Head Coach by email or phone no later than 48 hours after all tryouts for all ages are concluded. Teams will be posted on the website as soon as players on all teams at a given level have been contacted. The results will be posted by tryout number.
The Club will evaluate the talent and number of players at tryouts to determine the exact number of teams and their levels. The Club is planning on two teams at most travel levels. Coaches will be named and posted here shortly.
A player will be allowed to play at a level above his/her USA Hockey level as determined by his birth date if the Club Head, VP of Travel Hockey and President determine that the player demonstrates skills such that at the higher level he will be one of the top six players (i.e. a first line player or top goalie) on the higher level’s top team. Mite age players are not eligible to play up by CBHL rule.
Payments and Refunds
Tryout Fee Schedule
Due at Registration: $450
Non-refundable tryout fee: $50 (this fee is not included in the season fees)
Pre-registration fee: $400, due upon registration for a travel team tryout, will be credited to the account of the player and used for fees for the season
Season Fee Information
Full payment is due by October 1, players are not allowed on the ice after this date if there is an outstanding balance in their account
Payments may be made via the BHC website or by check, more details are in the registrations materials
Teams that play in the EJEPL league will have an additional charge of $125 per player
Included in the fees are approximately 48 practices, 15 home game slots, skills sessions, referee costs, 2 club-wide tournaments (3 for teams that play in the EJEPL), and certain other club expenses
Fees and items included are based on 16 players per team
BHC Accepting Applications for 2015-16 Scholarships
Greetings BHC Parents,
Applications are currently being accepted for scholarships for the 2015-16 season. Click here to see the scholarships we have to offer and to determine whether your player meets the eligibility requirements for each individual scholarship.
Most applications can be submitted online and deadlines are noted.