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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August Update from the Board
08/12/2020
Hi Parents,  It has been about a month since I last provided...
Rink Guidelines Reminder
08/11/2020
Recently, the board of health has been making periodic visits to...
Summer Skills begin this week
07/20/2020
Parents,  As we reach the midway point in the summer, our...
Summer Skills Schedule
06/17/2020
Parents,  Summer skills will begin in Mid July. Below are...
GHPYH 2020/21 Season Updates
06/17/2020
Hello Thunder Parents,  The “school year” is...
2020/2021 Tuition Update
05/06/2020
Good morning Parents,  Hopefully, this message finds...
 
August Update from the Board

Hi Parents,

 It has been about a month since I last provided you an updated and I wanted to send another note. As it stands right now, we continue to prepare for a hockey season that will begin in September.  What exactly that will look like is still somewhat unknown.  Our board has been meeting regularly and communicating with city, league, and state officials as we navigate the ever-changing landscape that is 2020.

Mass Hockey is working extremely hard to allow games to return in the state. They have made various offers and concessions to the Governor’s office and is awaiting feedback. The key point is allowing hockey to be considered "moderate" risk instead of "high" risk. You can reach out to our state reps to help support a return to game play for hockey.

The city also continues to digest and navigate the virus and various impacts. They are planning on opening the rink on time but will have many restrictions in place. Many will be like what we see at Ward Hill for summer skills. As that document and guidelines become concrete, I’ll share them with you.

We have another board meeting on Monday, and we’ll discuss various COVID related topics to ensure we are as comprehensive as possible as the season gets closer.

To reiterate a couple items from earlier meetings as well:

Evaluations – They will occur at the end of this month. Final dates will be secured this week. Each participant will attend 1 session.

Refunds – We will only charge you for the portions of the season the program is able to participate in. If the State, City, or league does not allow for activities then we will apply appropriate adjustments. Details for adjustments will be finalized next week.

Lastly, if you have not registered yet, do not delay any further. Space is limited at some age groups.

If anyone has any questions or concerns at all, please feel free to reach out to myself or any board member.

 

Chris Baker

GHPYH – President, Board of Directors


by posted 08/12/2020
Rink Guidelines Reminder

Recently, the board of health has been making periodic visits to the Haverhill Valley Forum. Here's a reminder about the rules we are required to follow when at the rink.

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.

GHPYH Board of Directors


by posted 08/11/2020
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
Summer Skills Schedule

Parents,

 Summer skills will begin in Mid July. Below are the dates and times, as well as some important info regarding our summer skills program. As we get closer to the first session, we will provide the most recent guidance from Mass Hockey and valley rinks.

 

Dates for all sessions are as follows:

Goalies – 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17

All Goalie only sessions will take place at 7pm and are open to Squirt, Peewee, Bantam and Midget goalies.

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Skaters – 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18

Times:

Mites: 5-5:50pm

Squirts: 6-6:50pm

Peewee: 7-7:50pm

Bantam: 8-8:50pm

 

Please see below for important info related to summer skills sessions:

  1. Location: All Sessions will take place at Haverhill Ward Hill Forum. Address is 7 Parkridge rd Haverhill MA.
  2. Schedules: Sessions begin July 20th and 21st. The dates and times are consistent. 
  3. What is it?: A summer conditioning program geared towards improving core hockey skills on ice.
  4. 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. No discounts are provided to your annual tuition for not attending some or all of these sessions. 
  5. 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.  
  6. 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  .

 

GHPYH BOARD of DIRECTORS


by posted 06/17/2020
GHPYH 2020/21 Season Updates

Hello Thunder Parents,

 The “school year” is quickly ending and summer is almost here. What has undoubtably been the longest spring is about to end. Rinks have begun to reopen, and youth sports have started to practice again. We are getting closer to phase 3 and that means more activities can commence. The board continues to meet regularly to plan for much needed activities that still need to occur.  There have been several USA/MA hockey webinars that have occurred as well. They have given us guidance and some answers to go along with many of the unknown factors that continue to tangle the balance of returning to youth sports in a safe manner.  

Here are some of the items that we know of now that we can update you on:

Roster space – We currently have space at most levels for the upcoming season. Our registration pages remain open for new participants. If you have friends or family that have considered playing with GHPYH, please have them reach out ASAP.

Summer Skills – We do believe we will be able to conduct our Summer Skills program as we have in the past. Summer skills will run for 5 consecutive weeks beginning on 7/20 for goalies only and 7/21 for all skaters and goalies. Specific dates and times will be posted on our website, www.hpthunder.org . Currently, rinks have many restrictions on participants and spectators. As we get closer to the dates, we’ll provide the most current guidelines we’ll need to follow. As a reminder, our summer skills program is at no additional cost to your family beyond the tuition cost for the season. 

Tryouts – We are NOT able to schedule tryouts yet. We expect phase 3 to allow us to conduct competitive and game situations that are needed for our tryouts to be effectively run. As soon as we receive additional guidance from Mass Hockey with a green light, we’ll get our tryouts scheduled. They will be AFTER at least a few summer skills sessions have occurred, likely early to mid-August. This will give any participant, who wants to, the option of getting back on the ice a few times before being thrust into the tryout sessions.

Leagues – Both leagues we play in, VHL and Mite instructional are hard at work preparing for a full season that begins just after Labor Day once again. We have submitted our initial team counts and are proceeding as we have in prior seasons.

Mass Hockey Return to rinks Zoom meeting - https://youtu.be/zbVeQlPaJhw

We can’t wait to see everyone in the rinks again soon. If you have any additional questions, please ask!

Thank you

Chris Baker

GHPYH Board of Directors

 

 


by posted 06/17/2020
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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