Blaine Youth Hockey Association (BYHA) is a structured organization affiliated with USA Hockey and Minnesota Hockey (MH). It is instituted to provide fun and development at various levels of hockey within a structured environment for the youth of the community. We will strive to keep costs at a reasonable level while providing each player with an opportunity to become the best player and person they can aspire to be. To accomplish this, BYHA provides an organization where youths ages 3-18, currently residing within the Blaine High School boundaries, can play organized hockey.
BYHA provides an Initiation Program (Mites) that provides the younger players with a place to have fun and learn the game of hockey. BYHA also provides additional levels as numbers dictate.
The Traveling Program provides for fun and development but is also competitive and requires more commitment and expense.
S.K.A.T.E. Program Volunteers
The S.K.A.T.E. program is two weeks away and we have a lot of great positions open for parents to fill and complete those volunteer hours. Come help us celebrate our student athletes!
Thank you to everyone that has already volunteered for this fun event.
See below for the link and don't forget to sign into your family account to sign up.
Blaine teams had great success last weekend at the Junior Gold and U14B playdowns, and also at the Minnesota Hockey regional tournaments. SIX teams will be participating in the Minnesota Hockey state tournaments starting March 14th! Here's the rundown:
U19B - seedings are not yet complete, but the tournament gets underway at New Hope Ice Arena on March 14th.
Ice Dogs U16 - Won their playdown game and are playing their first state tournament game at Braemar Arena East on March 14th at 4:40 p.m. vs. St. Thomas Academy
U14A - Took 2nd place in the regional tournament and play Lakeville in their first state tournament game at IRA Civic Center (Grand Rapids) at 2:00 p.m. on March 14th
U14B - Won their playdown game and are playing their first state tournament game at Maple Grove Community Center at 6:45 p.m. on March 14th vs. Brainerd
Bantam B1 - Won their regional tournament and play their first state tournament game at Rukavina Arena (Silver Bay) at 2:00 p.m. on March 14th vs. Wayzata Blue
Peewee B1 - Took 3rd place in the regional tournament and play their first state tournament game at Lake County Arena (Two Harbors) at 6:00 p.m. on March 14th vs. Wayzata Gold
Congratulations to the players and the coaches, and thanks to the parents for supporting your child, the team and the coaches. Let's bring home some more hardware!
Congratulations to the 2014 SKATE Program qualifiers! Nice job this year skaters! We have 260 qualifiers this year which is up 2 skaters from last year despite our registered numbers being lower this year. The program will be held on March 20, 2014 at the National Sports Center's Expo Center.
Registration and sign in will begin at 6:30 and the participants can be picked up at 8:30 pm. We have a lot of fun activities planned this year and are excited to celebrate the educational side of hockey! We also have some very exciting prizes to give out! Hope to see all of you there!
The program will be ran 2x a week, available for Bantam, Peewee, U14 & U12 players
April & May ( 15 hours ) Aug & Sept ( 15 hours ) 30 hours total on ice
Also includes 10 dry land sessions
The program will be staffed by Acceleration North on ice instructors
The cost is now $350 for BYHA skaters. $550 for non BYHA skaters. Goalies are $50
This training will be focusing on skill development, checking, angling, puck protection, shooting & skating. There will also be a variety of different games mixed in
The program will be limited to the first 20 skaters to register. Anyone after the cap of 20 will be placed on a wait list until notified. Registration will now be handled thru the BYHA website. Payments can be made directly thru the website
We are working with Fogerty and Acceleration North on finalizing the schedule
This is for Traveling teams only. If your team is going into post season play that falls after this deadline, adjustments will be made.
Hello everyone—seems like yesterday that I was handing out jerseys to everyone. Now I get to collect them back. As we are wrapping up the season, I will be scheduling hours in the equipment room to collect your game jerseys, practice jerseys, puck bags, and other miscellaneous equipment you checked out for the year. Water bottles can be thrown out but I will collect the water bottle holders. As was the rule last year, I will be collecting each team’s returns at one time. In other words, managers and coaches are responsible to collect all game and practice jerseys from their team, WASHED, before bringing to the equipment room. We will go through every jersey to make sure everything has been returned. If a player drops a jersey off at Fogerty, I will not take the time to figure out who’s jersey it is. They must all come as one set from your team. Players get to keep their socks.
This next part is very important. All equipment must be returned to me no later than 3/15/14. BYHA changed their billing rules a couple years ago. We are now closing/settling out all player accounts no later than the annual meeting in April. Any 2013-2014 bills not paid by then will have a significant impact on how the player will be required to pay their bill next season. In fairness to our members, we are targeting 3/15 as the final billing date to allow members ample time to pay off their final bills. As of 3/15, I will be providing our treasurer with a list of players who have not returned their jerseys and they will be billed for the full replacement costs. There will be no exceptions to this rule. If they have it in their bag on 3/16, they will own it. As such, you will have to collect the equipment prior to that time. If some player is not responding to your repeated requests for their jersey and you have every other jersey ready to return on the 15th, bring them in and let me know who the problem child is and they will by billed. Please do not e-mail me and tell me you can not get them until your team party scheduled after 3/15. Regardless of any scheduled parties, we must have them all in by the 15th. I spoke with one veteran team manager about this and she said she would just collect the game and practice jerseys after the last game and wash them herself rather than try to arrange players dropping off the jerseys to her later. How you collect everything is up to you. In the next week, I will be scheduling times to have the equipment room open. If you have your team’s equipment ready, shoot me an e-mail and we can arrange a time to meet at Fogerty.
Finally, I will be collecting ALL puck bags from coaches this season. Too many coaches tell me they want to keep their pucks for Academy and then I never see them again. Academy will have their own pucks. NO exceptions. Also, please advise your goalies who are using BYHA equipment that you need to return the equipment with the jerseys. If they want to check out their gear for summer hockey, they need to make arrangements with me. Again, no exceptions. Last year, I had several goalie parents come with the manager when they were returning equipment and check them out right away. That probably works best but I need to see the goalie equipment. It allows me to determine the shape of the equipment and determine if I need to replace some or not.
If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks for your cooperation and assistance.