Travel Tryouts begin one week from today. We acknowledge that this can be a very stressful time for many and, with this in mind, we'd like to give you a few tips and answer a few Frequently Asked Questions to help set your minds at ease.
Tips for Players:
Get a good night's sleep prior to tryouts. Additionally, eat a healthy meal and don't forget to hydrate before and during your tryouts. Check and double-check your bag before leaving home to ensure you have everything you need.
Players must sign themselves in at the check-in table when you enter the rink through the hockey players' entrance. Give your name at the check-in table and you will be provided with a helmet pinny that you must wear throughout tryouts. No helmet pinnies will be issued to parents. Pinnies are to be returned after each tryout; we will have a bin for pinnes situated near the Meeting Rooms.
Come to tryouts prepared to skate. When on the ice, execute each drill to the best of your ability. If you have questions about a drill, ask. We want you to succeed. Make an effort to skate hard and try your best!
Be positive and have fun! Regardless of the outcome, while you're on the ice, focus on having fun and doing your best. Remember that sportsmanship is important too.
Tips for Parents:
We will have a very brief meeting at the start of your child’s first tryout session during which the head coach(es) for the age division will discuss their goals and expectations for the season.
To minimize your child's stress level, take a seat in the lobby or on the bleachers, away from the evaluators. Please refrain from coaching them from the sidelines. Remember, this is a stressful time for many players. Allow your son or daughter to focus on the coaches and drills and give them a pat on the back for a job well done when they come off the ice.
If, at any time during or after the tryouts, you would like to discuss the process, please email Joshua Zive, Parent Ombudsman, at BowieHockeyParents@gmail.com. Josh will forward all questions and concerns to the appropriate party and will get back in touch with you with answers/resolutions. Please do not attempt to raise questions with the coaches or evaluators during the tryouts as their primary focus should be on the players.
Please ensure your registration fee/tryout fee of $450 is paid in full. Players will not be given a helmet pinny or allowed on the ice until any balance is paid.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How will I know if my child has been rostered on a travel team?
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 have concluded. Teams will be posted on the website after all players on all teams have been contacted.
What are our options within the Bowie Hockey Club if my child is not placed on a team?
Bowie Hockey Club has a thriving and successful Recreational Hockey program. If desired, you may register your player for Recreational Hockey where they will continue to learn game concepts, skills, and individual techniques. Recreational players are encouraged to attend all Monday skills sessions as well as their individual weekly practices.
Will my child automatically be registered for the Recreational program if they are not chosen for a travel team?
No, parents must register their children for the Rec program starting on May 1 for returning BHC members and on June 1 for new BHC members.
My child has only played Spring Hockey at Bowie; (s)he has never played for BHC during the regular season. Does that mean, if my child is not rostered for a travel team, I must wait until June 1 to register them for the BHC Recreational Hockey?
No, if your child has previously registered for a BHC program, regardless of whether it is Instructional, Spring, or regular-season hockey, they are eligible to register for Rec hockey beginning on May 1.
Who is evaluating my child's performance during tryouts?
BHC will be using an evaluation committee that will include the coaches of each division as well as independent, non-parent, non-member evaluators. Our independent volunteers have a wealth of experience including professional, Division I college, Junior and youth playing and coaching experience.
My child is only trying out for the top level team in his/her division. What should I do to ensure the Club Head Coach and VP of Travel are aware of this?
A player/parent should notify the Club Head Coach, Billy Palmer, or the VP of Travel, Larry Robinson, prior to the first tryout session, that (s)he is only trying out for the top travel team in their age group. 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 session.
Payments and Refunds:
Tryout Fee Schedule
Due at Registration: $450
Non-refundable tryout fee: $50 (this 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
Travel 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 on their account
Payments may be made via the BHC website or by check
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
Not included in the fees are costs associated with travel for games and tournaments, fees for any additional tournaments individual teams may choose to enter, as well as costs for jerseys and warm-ups, etc.
Players may withdraw from tryouts at any time after registration until the final tryout with a fee of $50 plus an ice time fee of $50.
If a player who has been chosen for a travel team decides not to register for said team, $200 of the pre-registration fee is forfeited in addition to the $50 tryout fee.
For players who are not chosen for a Travel team, those who register for Recreational hockey will have their $400 Registration fee applied to their balance. Those who choose not to register for BHC’s Recreational Hockey program will receive a $400 refund.
Parents and Players, we hope this information has been useful. Please contact Joshua Zive, Parent Ombudsman, with any additional questions you may have.
We look forward to seeing you at tryouts!
Good luck from the Board, Club Head Coach, Team Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches
I am happy to announce that Dave Perry will be running approximately fifteen powerskating/skills clinics on Monday nights during the upcoming season for our teams. As most of you know, Dave is an accomplished skating instructor and we are excited that he will be working with our players next season to improve their skating and skills. Welcome Dave!