Becker Big Lake Youth Hockey Association will be offering Learn to Skate at the Moose Sherritt Arena in Monticello. Forms will be available at the time of check-in.
The only equipment needed are skates and a helmet. But don't worry, if you don't have skates; there arena does have a few pairs that can be rented for a small fee. And for helmets, if you don't have one, we will helmets there to provide for use to the skater.
The date and times for this event are as follows:
Saturday, October 11th 5:30-6:30
Saturday, October 18th 5:00-6:00
Saturday, October 25th 6:45-7:45
If you have any questions, please contact Kristi White at email@example.com
Registration is open for the 2014/2015 hockey season. Please contact the registrar, Kristi White (firstname.lastname@example.org) before proceeding to the online registration.
~~Hello Becker Big Lake Youth Hockey Association Families!
Another summer is coming to a close, and it is getting to be time to think about hockey again. We have some changes this season that we wanted to make everyone aware of.
First, registration will be a bit later. We will have registration on September 9 at the Friendly Buffalo in Big Lake from 6:00-9:00, and September 14 at Hunter’s Ridge in Becker from 6:00-8:00.
Evaluations for the Mite level and tryouts for the Squirt, PeeWee, and Bantam levels will be October 2-5 at the Princeton Arena. Exact times are still being finalized and will be posted on the website as soon as possible. Termites will not have evaluations at this time, they will start their season the first weekend of November.
We will once again be offering the option to purchase jerseys. The cost should be around $160 for a set, but we are waiting on final numbers from our jersey supplier. These will once again and include a name on the back. We will also offer the option to purchase just the nameplate to attach to your jersey if you choose not to purchase your own jerseys, the cost of this should be around $30 for the set. By purchasing your own jerseys, you will not be required to pay the $50 equipment fee. You will be able to order these at registration, and we will have sizes to try on.
Another big change for our association is that we will be playing in District 10 instead of District 5. This will change our opponents for league games from associations to the southwest, west, and northwest to a triangle that goes from Princeton, to Pine City, to Circle Pines and back. District 10 associations include Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Cambridge-Isanti, Centennial, Champlin Park, Chisago Lakes, Coon Rapids, Elk River, Irondale, Mora, North Branch, Pine City, Princeton, Rogers, Spring Lake Park, and St. Francis. In general, these associations are stronger than many of the associations we played in District 5, so while we may not have the success early on that we have had in the past in District 5, it will make our players stronger in the long run.
District 10 also has a much more organized mite program than many of you are used to. They have the mites divided into four levels, A, B, C, and D. D mites are what most of you would recognize as termites for the beginning skaters. The rest are divided into the A, B, and C divisions. We are anticipating at this time that we will have mite teams at the B and C level, as well as the D level. Mites will be allowed 10 full ice games this year starting after January 1, and we intend to schedule what is allowed.
One other change involving the move to District 10 is that for squirts and above, we will be required to staff the clock and one penalty box for home games, and the book and one penalty box for away games. This is a change from District 5 where the home team was responsible for all jobs.
We will also need to attach District 10 patches on our jerseys. For those of you that purchased your jerseys in the past, the patches will be available for you at registration. They will need to be sewn on to the left sleeve at heart height. If you would prefer, you can bring your jerseys to registration and we can have them sewn on for $5 for the set.
Princeton will once again be our home ice for all of our teams, including the high school team. Princeton will also provide a place to play for any girls wanting to play on an all-girls team instead of a youth team.
The past three seasons our Bantam players were forced to play in Sauk Rapids due to low numbers. We are very excited to welcome this level back to play as Eagles again this season and will once again have teams at all age levels in our association.
We will be using Lettermen Sports again for our apparel. We will have samples available at registration and the first ordering window will be open at that time for those that want to be sure to get their new apparel before games start. We will also have helmet stickers and car window stickers available for sale at registration for those that are interested.
For those of you that use Amazon.com for any of your online shopping, please look at the Amazon Smile program. It allows you to designate a non-profit organization to receive a donation based on the amount you spend. Currently they will donate 0.5% of your total, and Becker Big Lake Youth Hockey is one of the options available. It only takes a minute to set up and if you are going to be shopping there anyway it is a good way to give a little bit back to the association.
We are looking forward to another exciting year of hockey, and as always feel free to speak with any board member if you have any questions.
Becker Big Lake Youth Hockey
During the coming months, the Becker Big Lake Youth Hockey Association will be planning for next season. Information for prospective players will be available this summer. If you have an interest in playing hockey and would be new to the Association, subscribe to the BBLYHA email list to receive the latest information. Returning players do not need to complete this registration.