Youth Hockey organization for the towns of Haverhill, Pentucket, Groveland, Georgetown, Merrimac, Paistow, Newton NH, Salem NH and surrounding areas.

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GHPYH Mission Statement
The mission of the Greater Haverhill / Pentucket Youth Hockey Program is to administer and maintain a not-for-profit organization designed to support inter-league competition in the sport of hockey. It is our objective to foster good sportsmanship, discipline and teamwork through the execution of structured programs. We will provide for a positive learning experience geared towards developing the fundamental knowledge and athletic ability of our players.
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2020/2021 Registration
03/31/2020
Hello GHPYH Members,  Hope your families are safe and healthy....
Update from GHPYH Board of Directors
03/31/2020
Hi Parents, I am sending this note to all 2019/20 players as well...
Pride Hockey Spring Skills
03/11/2020
Our Skills partner, Pride Hockey, will be conducting spring skills sessions....
2020/2021 Registration is OPEN
03/05/2020
Registration for the 2020-2021 season is now open! -CLICK HERE- It...
Message from the Board of Directors
12/02/2019
Good Afternoon,  I hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving....
 
2020/2021 Registration

Hello GHPYH Members,

 Hope your families are safe and healthy. This is a quick note about registration for the 2020/2021 season.  

All players who intend to play with GHPYH at the Mite – High School levels for next season need to be registered by Thursday, April 9th.  Doing so will allow us to properly account for players and will allow us to begin our budgeting process for the 2020/21 season.  Click HERE to register today. If you have any registration payment questions, please email our treasurer at  .

Several options are being considered for the evaluation process, and they are all contingent on when the rinks can reopen. As soon as we can resume hockey operations, we’ll determine the evaluation process and communicate those decisions broadly.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself ( ) or Fred Bishop ( ).

Thank you!

 

Chris Baker

President – Board of Directors

Greater Haverhill Pentucket Youth Hockey


by posted 03/31/2020
Update from GHPYH Board of Directors

Hi Parents,

I am sending this note to all 2019/20 players as well as 2020/21 registered members.  

It’s been a few weeks since the abrupt postponement of the season/evaluations and I wanted to send an email with some updates. Hopefully you and your families are staying safe and healthy as we navigate this challenging environment. I’ve been in regular contact with both the city and Valley Hockey League over the last two weeks. Further, our board of directors conducted a remote board meeting last Thursday to review the latest info and make some decisions based on the information we have right now.

  • Valley Hockey League – Though the season has not been cancelled, the outlook is not great. VHL is still holding out hope that the season could possibly be concluded at some point.
  • Veterans Rink – The city has made the decision to close the rink. With the state decisions on essential businesses, and the updated timelines, there was not a viable option to maintain the ice sheet.
  • New Board seats – Traditionally, we’ve held votes for the new board seats in March during evaluations. With the current situation, we voted to hold the current board seats as is until a time when we can conduct an in person vote to establish next seasons board members.
  • Evaluations – Unfortunately we don’t have anything new currently. Until the stay at home order is lifted, and rinks can reopen, we can’t determine what to do next. What we CAN confirm, is we will hold evaluations at some point. Multiple options have been discussed and we’ll communicate the decision as soon as it’s safe to proceed.
  • Registration – If your child plans on playing with us next year, please register ASAP so we can account for them.  Additionally, if they are NOT playing with us next year but have registered, please also let us know. We will be creating a budget in the next few weeks and will use our current registration numbers to estimate the quantity of teams as well as associated program costs.

I’ll send another update as more information becomes available. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy.

Chris Baker

President - GHPYH


by posted 03/31/2020
Pride Hockey Spring Skills

Our Skills partner, Pride Hockey, will be conducting spring skills sessions. Please see the attached flyer and link for more information. This is a great opportunity for kids to focus on skills based training after the season concludes.

http://www.pridehockey.net/

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APRIL 7TH - MAY 26TH

WHERE: HAVERHILL VALLEY FORUM

WHEN: TUESDAY’S 6 – 7PM

(ALL AGES)

COST: $200

*Session will run from 4/7 – 5/26 (8 sessions)

 

Pre-registering for the entire session will assure a spot

Walk-Ons will be LIMITED!

This program is designed for every level of  player who wants to stay sharp throughout the off-season. A strong commitment and desire to get better is paramount! We will work with each player on the skills listed below in an environment that demands correction and hard work! Players will be separated by ability to ensure maximum development. Each 60 minute session will consist of the following:

·        EDGEWORK

·        FORWARD AND BACKWARD SKATING

·        CROSSOVERS

·        BALANCE AND AGILITY

·        QUICKNESS

·        TAKE-OFFS

·        SKATING STRIDE TECHNIQUE

·        PROPER PUCKHANDLING

·        CORRECT PASSING TECHNIQUE(STATIONARY AND MOVEMENT)

·        CORRECT SHOOTING TECHNIQUE(STATIONARY AND MOVEMENT)

·        REPITITION AND CORRECTION TO MAXIMIZE DEVELOPMENT


by posted 03/11/2020
2020/2021 Registration is OPEN

Registration for the 2020-2021 season is now open! -CLICK HERE-

It will remain open from now through March 15, 2020.  All registrations are done online through our website. The tryout registration fee is $100.  This non-refundable fee is due prior to evaluations and will be applied to the 2020-2021 tuition.  Please note that Peewees and Bantams will be asked to list their position preference.  This is not required for Mites and Squirts.

Registration will close on March 15th to allow GHPYH time to determine approximate sizes for each tryout session to allow evaluators to provide the fairest evaluation. Therefore, it's critical to pre-register.

Evaluations for the 2020/2021 season will be held on the following Tuesdays and Thursdays in March at the Haverhill High School Veteran’s Rink:

Tuesday March 17, 2020
5pm - Squirts (2010, 2011)
7pm - Bantams (2006, 2007)
 
Thursday March 19, 2020
5pm - Mites (2012-2015)
7pm - PeeWees (2008, 2009)

Tuesday March 24, 2020
5pm - Squirts (2010, 2011)
7pm - Bantams (2006, 2007)

Thursday March 26, 2020

5pm - Mites (2012-2015)
7pm - PeeWees (2008, 2009)

We'll be placing Midget players according to the school that they attend.   However, registration is still required to ensure your place on a team this fall.

Registration for our 2020-2021 Learn to Skate and Learn to play programs will open later this summer.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Please continue to check our website for more information as it becomes available. We anticipate the above schedule for each age group but may change the day of the week based on registration volume at each age group.  Dates and times will be confirmed as we get closer to the tryout dates.  

 

Please register for the appropriate program based on your birth year:

Year of Birth                      Division
Ages 4-10                          Learn to Play / Learn to Skate
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005     Midget
2006 & 2007                      Bantam
2008 & 2009                      Peewee
2010 & 2011                      Squirt
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015      Mite    

If your child is planning to be a GOALIE, they will tryout with their assigned age group (Squirt, Peewee, Bantam).  Goalies will be evaluated at the group sessions. Mites do not have a goalie only position. 

You must register online at our website, www.hpthunder.org and click on the “Register Online” button, or directly by clicking HERE.  The non-refundable cost for registration is $100 BEFORE the 1st day of tryouts.   In order to ensure we have the appropriate number of players at each evaluation, you MUST PRE-REGISTER prior to the first session. You child cannot participate in evaluations if the fee is not paid or there is a balance remaining from a prior season

  • All Levels and Players: please make sure to attend at the times assigned for your group. This is established to maintain fairness in the rating process and is not optional.
  • Each participant is required to attend both sessions to be properly evaluated.
  • All fees are applied towards your tuition fees for the 2020/2021 league year.
  • Your 2019/2020 League fees must be paid in full in order to attend evaluations. Please contact the treasurer with questions about your tuition
  • Valid USA Hockey number is required for all programs. You can get your 2020/2021 USA Hockey number after 4/1/20 by visiting www.usahockeyregistration.com.  
  • All Players will be responsible for purchasing Two (2) Jerseys season. Jerseys will be the same as previous years and may be reused, if you desire. Each parent will be responsible for filling out a form on the first night of evaluations. The form will include if you decline to order jerseys or your requested Size, preferred Jersey number (up to 4 numbers may be requested), and players information

 

Registration for our 2020-2021 Learn to Skate and Learn to play programs will open later this summer.

NEXT STEPS?

  1. Register your player for his/her specific tryout age group.
  2. Register your player for his/her jerseys if needed (sizes/numbers will be requested at tryouts)

If you have any questions, please email Chris Baker at   or Fred Bishop at 

Thank you!

GHPYH Board of Directors

 


by posted 03/05/2020
Message from the Board of Directors

Good Afternoon,

 I hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. As we turn the calendar towards December, we wanted to address many items that have been topics of discussion recently at board meetings and within teams.  There’s been quite a few different issues that have come up that are varying degrees of issues that are all 100% avoidable.  We’ve had parents get ejected from games for interacting with officials, complaints about parents behavior/yelling during games, kids bullying other kids (hateful language), kids vandalizing items in locker rooms and more.   Please take a few minutes to read these.

  • USA HOCKEY POLICY -  All Members agree to the USA HOCKEY code of conduct at registration. Additionally, everyone is provided this document at the start of the season. It outlines many items about how parents, players, coaches, etc. should act.  It is attached once again for review and each parent/player should read and understand the expectations.
  • USA Hockey guidance for Hate Language – on October 30th, all USA Hockey members received an email from Jim Smith regarding the enhanced penalties for Abusive conduct. This includes actions of player, coaches and affiliates.  Any negative conduct observed by officials, regardless of if it’s during a game, can and will be address. There is no place for derogatory, racial or bullying language and behavior in our game. It will not be tolerated by USA Hockey or our program.
  • LOCKER ROOMS – Lockers rooms are a privilege, not a right. Effective with Skills on 12/3, all locker rooms should be locked when that team is on the ice, except for mites (there are just too many kids that come and go).  Coaches will be responsible for unlocking the rooms after practice concludes. Further locker rooms must be monitored by coaches always. Coaches will be given instructions on how to handle locker room monitoring to ensure there are no issues.  Parents of younger ages are also encouraged to monitor locker rooms, especially during skills nights.  Failure to respect the locker rooms and other players property will result in the lack of locker room usage at our rink.
  • Official interaction – All players and coaches should respect the officials, regardless of their decisions during a game, and interact with them in such a manner that is appropriate and within the bounds of fair play. We are losing officials at a record pace and we cannot play games without them. At no time is it acceptable for a parent/spectator to engage with an official.  Respect of our officials is an expectation, not a request.

While the overwhelming vast majority of our organization adheres to all of the above already, it’s important for all to read this message. Please share all age appropriate material listed above with your children and anyone else who enjoys watching our teams practice and play.  As a board, we hope this is that time we have to address any of these items with our members. If you see any items that need to be addressed, please reach out to any Board Member or Myself.

Thank you,

Chris Baker

President – Board of Directors

 

 


by posted 12/02/2019
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