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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Last Call for Thunderwear!
09/17/2020
The team sales store will close tomorrow. Last call to get any orders...
Rink is open! + Guidelines reminder
09/15/2020
Hi parents,  Quick update. 2020-2021 season is officially...
Veterans Memorial Rink Registration
09/11/2020
Hi Parents,  The registration information from the city has...
VHL Registration and Spectator Policy
09/09/2020
Parents,  If you have not registered your child with the...
Thunderwear!
09/08/2020
Folks, It’s that time of year again, Thunderwear is...
Rink closed 9/8 and game socks
09/08/2020
Parents,  Quick reminder that the rink is not open yet. While...
2020-2021 Learn to Skate and Learn to Play
09/08/2020
******SPACE IS LIMITED. DON'T DELAY!********* LEARN TO SKATE / LEARN TO...
Summer Skills begin this week
07/20/2020
Parents,  As we reach the midway point in the summer, our...
2020/2021 Tuition Update
05/06/2020
Good morning Parents,  Hopefully, this message finds...
 
Last Call for Thunderwear!

The team sales store will close tomorrow. Last call to get any orders in. 

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CLICK HERE FOR THUNDERWEAR!!

The URL is here as well:
 

https://thunderfall2020.itemorder.com/

Thanks!

GHPYH


by posted 09/17/2020
Rink is open! + Guidelines reminder

Hi parents,

 Quick update. 2020-2021 season is officially underway. The Haverhill Veterans Memorial Rink opened yesterday, and our teams began practicing. The VHL teams also started playing games over the weekend and we’re excited to be back on the ice. If you have not registered for the city registration, please do so immediately. The link is below and here.

Also, VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER. We must operate under strict rules if we want our kids to play this year. We’ve already received many reports of parents ignoring program guidelines at games and practices. To reiterated here are some key points for Veterans Memorial Rink:

  • Players must arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before their ice session begins
  • Players and 1 spectator must be registered with the City before entering Veterans Memorial Rink. Plan ahead.
  • 1 Parent per player
  • 0 Siblings allowed as spectators
  • Players must come dressed into the rink (except skates, helmets, and gloves)
  • Please adhere to in-building traffic flow. (get dressed on bench side, leave on penalty box side)
  • All must wear a mask/neck gaiter/face covering (players may remove face coverings during practices)
  • Spectators must socially distance (on the penalty box side of the rink)
  • All must leave the rink within 10 minutes of the conclusion of practice
  • Strongly encourage parents to wait outside or in their car when possible. Your kids will be fine!

These are not optional guidelines or suggestions. They are in place so that our kids can play hockey. They are state, city and league rules. If you choose not to follow them, your child will not be able to play.

If you have any concerns, please let me or a board member know.

Thank you,

Chris

Haverhill Rec dept player registration: www.haverhillrec.com

USA Hockey Registration: https://membership.usahockey.com/

Valley Hockey League Registration: https://admin.vahockey.com/VHL2021/playerregistration?code=8213DD4B2


by posted 09/15/2020
Veterans Memorial Rink Registration

Hi Parents,

 The registration information from the city has been provided to us. Please see below. Do not delay registering your child and at least 1 parent. Do NOT register siblings that do not currently play on a team. Please only register your child for the correct team they are currently assigned to. Any changes to the roster will be adjusted by the league and the city at that time. 

This is all the info I have in terms of how to register. It is straightforward. Thank you for your prompt attention

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How to agree to waivers and sign up for contact tracing for Veterans Memorial Rink

1) Using your preferred web browser, navigate to www.haverhillrec.com

2) If you have reserved a facility or registered for a Haverhill Recreation Department Program, you can simply log in by click the navy “Log in” button on the left side of the home page.

3) If you do not have an account, you will have to create one using the instructions below: How to create an account on haverhillrec.com

  • a) Click the navy “Create New Account” button on the left side of the page
  • b) Enter our email. Click “continue”.
  • c) Fill out all the required information including a password. Click “continue”.
  • d) You have now created an account. If you need to add additional family members, you may do so on the displayed account screen. *at any time in the future, you may log in to your account and add family members from your account page*

4) Click “Home” from the top banner on any page.

5) Click the orange “Veterans Rink Registrations” on the home page.

6) Click your desired program on the left menu bar.

7) To the right of your team name, click the blue page icon.

8) Answer all the questions on the page honestly and click “yes” to agree to the waiver shown.

9) Click “Add to Cart”. *you may register multiple family members at this point by repeating steps 4-8 before continuing. NOTE: your cart will expire after 15 minutes and delete all contents*

10) Click “Check out”

11) A fee of $0 will display. Click “Pay”.

12) Registration will complete. A receipt will be displayed on the screen with an option to print. You will also automatically get a receipt emailed to you when completing the previous step.


by posted 09/11/2020
VHL Registration and Spectator Policy

Parents,

 If you have not registered your child with the Valley League, please make sure do do so before games begin this weekend. Also, please see below for some important information from the league, including the spectator policy. 

The policy is there for a reason. The last thing we want is to have no spectators or worse, have the season cancelled/suspended. It's our responsibility to follow this policy to ensure our children stay on the ice. Please take the time to read this.

 

Player Registrations Required by Week 1:
A very important note is that this season the VHL Player Registrations/Rosters must be completed by the first week of VHL games.  The VHL online rostering system allows for each parent to roster their player within 5 minutes from any phone, pad or computer.  The VHL will be utilizing the Team Rosters and the associated player registrations as the means for contact tracing per the requirements of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the local Boards of Health. Therefore, this process is mandatory and must be completed by the first week of the season. The league office has been informed by several third party rinks that if a player does not appear on the VHL online roster, that player may not be allowed to enter the facility.  Please impress upon all of your parents the importance of completing this process immediately.
 

Valley Hockey League Registration: https://admin.vahockey.com/VHL2021/playerregistration?code=8213DD4B2

PLAYER & COACH REGISTRATION
MUST BE COMPLETED BY WEDNESDAY 9/9
VHL Spectator Policy:
The VHL office has received several questions with regard to spectators at VHL games.  During the first few weeks of hockey games in August, Valley Rinks encountered very few if any issues with players and coaches.  However, we did encounter a vast number of spectators that were unwilling to abide by the State Mandated Covid-19 Guidelines.  Therefore, Valley Rinks imposed a no spectator policy for a 2 week period.  Starting September 11th all Valley Operated Rinks will revert back to a policy of 1 guardian/spectator per player.  However this will be contingent upon the spectators abiding by the mandatory guidelines, which include but not exclusively:  face coverings at all times, social distancing at all times, no parents in any locker room, following the one way enter/exit patterns, 1 spectator per player, etc..  The VHL is hopeful that all parents/spectators can and will abide by these guidelines and we can continue to allow 1 guardian/spectator per player at VHL Games.  Please understand that there are 1 or 2  rinks (private schools) that will prohibit any spectators in order to keep their students safe and this is beyond the control of the VHL.  The VHL will be providing a link on the VHL website with Rink Specific Protocol for all VHL Rinks prior to the start of the season.  Parents will be able to click on the link for each rink prior to attending a game.  

Thank You
Valley Hockey League

by posted 09/09/2020
Thunderwear!

Folks, It’s that time of year again, Thunderwear is back for another season!!!
 

Our Team Store is LIVE now until Wednesday 9/16. Please go to:

https://thunderfall2020.itemorder.com/

We will NOT be having an on site fitting day this year. If you need to, you may go to the TSR team sales offices to try on apparel. They are open for fitting needs Monday-Friday from 12-4pm Address is: 34B Pelham Rd. Salem, NH 03079. Fittings do not take place at the retail stores. 

We will be offering neck gaiters and face masks. The face masks will be black with the thunder logo to the left. We hope to have the face covering portions of the orders expedited and hand-delivered to the rink quicker than other items. 

***Also please note that Bauer Jackets have changed styles. Pay close attention to the sizing chart. TSR recommends measuring your current jacket and sizing based on dimensions vs. prior year sizing. 

** If you are still unsure of sizing, do not order custom embroidery. TSR will work with you to correct sizing if items are not customized. 

 

This year we will be offering:

  • Bauer jackets and pants
  • Dangle Sublimated sweatsherts
  • Bauer Hoodies
  • Sweatpants 
  • Bauer Full Zip Sweatshirts
  • Short and long sleeved T Shirts
  • Polo Shirts 
  • Pajama Pants
  • Shorts
  • Winter Hats and baseball hats
  • Backpacks
  • Under Armor Bags
  • Face Coverings

Payments will be made directly to TSR through the ONLINE STORE ONLY.  They will not be accepting orders in person. Please don't delay your order. You don't want to miss out on these must have items!

GO THUNDER!

 


by posted 09/08/2020
Rink closed 9/8 and game socks

Parents,

 Quick reminder that the rink is not open yet. While we had hoped to get started Tuesday, the ice is not ready. We hope to have an update in the next 24 hours on the status of our practice schedule for the rest of the week. I am tentatively planning on practices to officially begin the week of 9/14 but hope we can get on the ice for practices this weekend. Until then, we appreciate your patience. 

Scheduled games will take place this weekend regardless. 

In the meantime, we are coordinating a date and time for you to pick up your childs game socks. All Mite-Bantam players are provided a pair of socks and a practice jersey as part of your tuition. Stay tuned. Practice jerseys will be givin to the head coaches to distribute as soon as they arrive from the vendor.

Thank you!

GHPYH Board of Directors


by posted 09/08/2020
2020-2021 Learn to Skate and Learn to Play

******SPACE IS LIMITED. DON'T DELAY!*********

LEARN TO SKATE / LEARN TO PLAY REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
WHO - Open to Girls and Boys ages 4-10

WHEN / WHERE?

All session Take play at Haverhill Veterans Memorial Rink. Behind Haverhill High School


LEARN TO SKATE Session 1 begins on Saturday October 17th, 2020 at 11AM. This is a 10-week session, runs through December 19th.  Registration starts at 10:30AM Saturday October 19th, 2019 at Haverhill Veterans Rink or you may also register online by clicking register on-line.

LEARN TO PLAY begins on Saturday December 5th, 2020 at 10AM. This is a 10-week session, runs through February 20th. (no sessions over Christmas break). You must register beforehand by clicking register on-line.

LEARN TO SKATE Session 2 begins on Saturday January 9th, 2021 at 11AM. This is a 10-week session, runs through March 12th.  Registration starts at 10:30AM Saturday January 9th, 2021 at Haverhill Veterans Rink or you may also register online by clicking register on-line.

COST:

LEARN TO SKATE - $100

LEARN TO PLAY - $250 includes full equipment from TSR Hockey in Salem NH. $150 if you have your own equipment.

I WANT IN, NOW WHAT?

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

Email Fred Bishop at: 

 
 

by posted 09/08/2020
Summer Skills begin this week

Parents,

 As we reach the midway point in the summer, our voluntary summer skills are about to begin. We’re excited to return to some semblance of normalcy during these challenging times. Our goal is for the children in our program to safely return to the ice and prepare for the upcoming season. To do that, we all need to follow the guidelines set forth to ensure we maintain compliance with the rink and USA hockey guidelines and directives.

These guidelines will be enforced by the rink and our board membership. Please adhere to them so that we maintain our ability to use the facilities. They are as follows:

  1. Players must come to the rink dressed and show up no more than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled ice session. Player must wear a mask entering and exiting the rink. Space will be provided to put your skates on in a socially distant atmosphere. No locker rooms will be available for use.
  2. Players must leave within 15 minutes of the end of their session. Players cannot linger at the rink while other siblings are on the ice.
  3. Valley Rinks strongly recommend drop off only. When that is unavailable, only 1 spectator per skater is allowed in the building. Spectators must wear face masks and practice safe social distancing.
  4. Masks are not required while player are on the ice.
  5. Players must provide their own water bottles and fill them at home. Water fountains will not be available.
  6. If your player is ill, coughing, fever, or other flu like symptoms they should not attend
  7. If any player of family member in attendance receives a COVID diagnosis after attending our sessions, they must report to the league president – . We will anonymously communicate a positive diagnosis to the families of participants in our program and the hour that the player attended a session. No further information will be provided to the program out of consideration to the privacy of that individual/family.
  8. Hand sanitizing stations will be provided by the rink.
  9. Participants and spectators must not spit under any circumstance.
  10. Participant may only attend the session for their age group.

Session schedule:

Monday’s, 7pm - Squirt, Peewee, Bantam, Midget Goalies ONLY

Tuesday’s

Mites – 5pm-5:50pm

Squirts – 6pm-6:50pm

Peewees – 7pm-7:50pm

Bantams – 8pm-8:50pm

Midgets – 8pm-8:50pm

  • Location: All Sessions will take place at Haverhill Ward Hill Forum. Address is 7 Parkridge rd Haverhill Ma
  • Schedules: Sessions begin July 20th and 21st and will run for 5 consecutive weeks. 
  • What is it?: A summer conditioning program geared towards improving core hockey skills on ice.
  • Is this mandatory?: These are not mandatory sessions. Kids may attend as many or as few sessions as they would like for their assigned age group. You are not required to attend both on and off ice sessions each day. No discounts are provided to your annual tuition for not attending some or all of these sessions. 
  • Cost: There is NO additional cost. However, Team placement deposit must be made in order to attend these sessions. To make your team placement deposit, go to www.hpthunder.org. If you need to make arrangements with the league please email:  @gmail.com as soon as possible.  
  • USA Hockey numbers are required for this session and the GHPYH season. We must have an updated, 2020/21 USA Hockey number on file in order to attend the session. Go to https://www.usahockeyregistration.com to sign up prior to the first session.  Once signed up you can upload it online as well. Click on "edit my account" then select the childs name. Finally scroll down and enter it in the USAH Confirm. # field and click submit. Please also email it to us at  .

Looking forward to getting the kids on the ice. Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Chris Baker

GHPYH – President, Board of Directors


by posted 07/20/2020
2020/2021 Tuition Update

Good morning Parents,

 Hopefully, this message finds your family safe during these challenging times. Over the last month, the board has met virtually a few times to continue our planning for what we hope will be a fun and exciting 2020/2021 season this fall.  With the inability to conduct evaluations or conclude our season normally, we have had to adapt accordingly.

The board has voted to not increase tuition for next year.  This is our 5th year holding our full season tuition steady and we know that in times like these, it is more important than ever to keep our costs low. We have also decided to postpone our normal payment schedule, which typically requests a first installment by June 1st, by at least one month.  While we understand that in these most uncertain circumstances, hockey is very low on the priority list, we will continue preparations in hope of playing a full season next year.  In order to assist in our preparations, we respectfully ask that you keep us informed of your intent to play with GHPYH next season.  The payment portal will be open and will begin accepting payments now, if you would like to get a head start on the season. (Mite parents, your final amount due will be determined by your childs placement once that occurs)

 

It is our hope to continue with the same offerings that we have provided in years past to our members once again this year. That includes:

·         35 Game Valley Hockey League Schedule / 25 Game Mite Schedule

·         2+ Practices per week

·         25 week Fall Skills Session with Pride Hockey (starting in late July)

·         5 Week Summer Skills with Pride Hockey

·         25 Goalie skills session with ITZ Goaltending

We will continue to offer an area best 40% discount for dedicated goalies at the squirt level and above. We also maintained the 50% discount for a 3rd child in the program. 

As we get closer to the start of the season and our costs become clearer, we will keep you updated on offering enhancement or adjustments. We will also take the advice of local, state and USA Hockey officials when making any decisions about a return to hockey activities. But to reiterate, we will maintain tuition at the same rate as last year.

Hope everyone is well and enjoying some additional family time.  If you have any questions or there is anything we can do to help, please do not hesitate to contact us.


by posted 05/06/2020
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