The 2020/2021 House program has been finalized.
Here is the direction we feel will provide the kids with the best learning and season experience as possible in view of the current environment.
Mini Mites will not start until after the first of the year if/when the State eases the restriction on no spectators allowed in indoor facilities and increases the number of people in groups. We also want to make sure we are as safe as possible as Mini Mites require closer contact with coaches than other teams.
Players will skate once a week in an hour and half hockey camp style session. Sessions will be run by Alec Hagaman with support of coaches.
We will limit the number of kids and coaches on the ice in each session to around 40.
Depending on final registration numbers, some divisions may be combined.
Skaters born in 2012 who have at least one year of mini mites may sign up and skate with Mites. Skaters must be able to skate on their own in order to participate.
Once we get a date that we can start playing games, we will select teams and move to a standard format for the remainder of the season. To catch up and provide the same number of games we will run 2 games to 1 practice.
The house season will begin with the first ice on the weekend of Oct 31/Nov 1. The overall season may run a couple of weeks longer into March to accommodate the normal number of games and tournament.
Should the season be cancelled or cut short, PYHA will prorate a refund for the remainder of the season.
Due to the fluid environment we have been dealing with no late fees will be assigned this year. We do encourage you to sign up as soon as you can if you plan to participate so we can ensure ice slots as needed.
To summarize your skater will get top level instruction and skill development in the initial camp style sessions and the same number of games as in a regular season. If we are unable to complete the season refunds will be provided for portion of the season not able to be completed.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or email me.
There have been several questions lately as to what is PYHA doing with house this year and the Covid restrictions.
So far Illinois has rated hockey as a high-risk sport due to “contact”, I suspect that no one making these ratings is familiar with youth hockey. However, we must still comply with the set rules. According to those rules we cannot scrimmage or play games. AHAI is not approving any rosters currently either.
However, there is no restrictions about getting the kids on the ice for practices and skill development if we stay under 50 on the ice at one time. We are hoping that teams, rosters, games, and scrimmages will be allowed by November or December. To ensure kids are ready and have the opportunity to be on the ice, PYHA House has developed the following plan.
Each division (mini-mite, mites, squirts, bantams, and midget) will have two sheets of ice each week to accommodate up to 50 skaters on the ice for “hockey camp” style skating, skill development and fun. For those divisions that register more than 50, we will divide them into two groups and run each group, so everyone gets their two touches per week. This will be the same amount of ice and touches as before. Mini-Mites and Mites will still use station drills so will not see much change. Once we get the ok to conduct scrimmages and games, we will schedule games and practices by teams based on two games then a practice to try and catch up on the season.
For house players there is a special value to this plan in that Rivermen Team Captain Alec Hageman will be running the “camp sessions”. I am encouraging all the house coaches and or potential coaches to participate in these as well to learn additional methods and ways to teach and develop kids.
One other thing we will be dealing with is if we were to start this program today it would mean that no parents are allowed in the rink to watch Kids must come mostly dressed or at least to the point they can finish dressing themselves, and wear a mask except when on the ice.
We are hoping by the time House starts, some of those restrictions will be relaxed.
Thank you for your understanding during these times, and we hope to see you on the ice.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or email me, I will be glad to help if I can.
VP House - PYHA
Raymond Alvarado Jr.
Due to a large amount of interest PYHA will host an identification skate for U18 players on Sunday, 9/13 at 2:30pm. Any interested U18 player should attent this skate or contact Bo Cheesman at email@example.com
The following players have made the roster for the 2020-2021 U16 Peoria Jr Rivermen:
Anderson, Bennett, Christenberry, Cusmano, Durand, Eddington, Goodwin, Hanna, Henderson, Jacaway, Katalinch, Kosa, Maloney, Mitchell, O'Donoghue, Peterson, Smith, Swingle, Switzer, Swonger
Saturday 8/15 @ 1:30pm & 5:45pm
Sunday 8/16 @ 11:00am
Sunday 8/30 @ 1:00pm & 6:30pm
Monday 8/31 @ 8:00pm
Sunday 8/30 @ 11:45pm & 5:15pm
Monday 8/31 @ 6:45pm
Sunday 8/30 @ 10:15am & 3:45pm
Tuesday 9/1 @ 5:30pm
Sunday 8/30 @ 9:00am & 2:30pm
Monday 8/31 @ 5:30pm
Dear PYHA Members,
I want to take a moment and update everyone on our current plans for the 20/21 season. We all know that as of August 15th we can only have non-contact practices. The rink will be staying open during this phase of our return to play. The Governor has not put a date on when this will be lifted or changed. I know in years past we usually jump right into a season after tryouts, so this could be a blessing in disguise to get our teams on the ice together for few more practices before we jump into games. I am very optimistic that we will have a season, it just will not start at the time we are used to.
I want to address all of the registration questions that I am seeing. First, all of the registration is online and together. When one signs up, one must pay for all the options at that time through the site. These options are season registration, conditioning and the tryout fee. Conditioning can be paid in for all of the sessions or for individual sessions, but must be at the time of registration. We will not be accepting money at the door. If for some reason we have to stop conditioning or a season does not happen, PYHA will issues refunds for services not rendered.
I also want to take a moment to thank the park district and Doug and his staff for the measures they are taking to keep our children safe. The rink looks better than new with all the maintenance and cleaning that was done while the rink was shut down. The Owens Center staff is disinfecting and keeping everything clean on an hourly basis. I know as parents everyone wants to watch their children do what they love, but for right now we need to stay safe and only have the athletes in the building. Masks must be worn at all times other than when on the ice.
I hope these answers most of the questions. If there are any other issues that come to mind please feel free to email myself or any other board member. PYHA is working as hard as we can to keep providing a safe environment for our young athletes to train. Our hockey directors, Jean Guy and Alec are still committed to putting the best product on the ice for membership and when games start, we will be more than ready to show what hockey in Peoria Il is all about. Thank you all so much for your support.
Dear PYHA members. I want to let everyone know that we as a board are working diligently with Doug and the Park District to make sure we have hockey in Peoria. Doug and his staff have taken extraordinary measures to make sure our young athletes are safe when participating at the rink. With the recent news, I am working closely with AHAI and Owens Center to do everything we can to be able to play this year. At this time we are planning on having a season. What that season will look like is still up in the air. With all the info coming in daily, we will have to follow the guidelines of our area. As soon as I have more information and a better idea of how we will need to operate I will pass it along. I hope everyone stays safe and healthy during this time and we will do everything to keep our kids safe while playing hockey.
Travel registration for the 2020-2021 season is now open. Please click the link to register your player.
PYHA is excited to announce that Owens Center will have ice available for PYHA members every Tuesday at 545pm starting on June 30th through the start of conditioning.
$20 per session and all players must provide a valid USA Hockey number
*No coaches or lessons allowed
The Peoria Mustangs are getting ready to start their season and they are in need of some more billets. Billets are host families that the families live with during the season. For more information please see the flier below.
The Registration "Official Website of the Peoria Youth Hockey Association" is not currently available.
A Huge Thank-You to the Blackhawks and Stanley Cup alumni Jamal Mayers
Last Saturday the Little Hawks Learn to Play sessions had a special guest coach on the ice helping with lessons.
Jamal Mayers, Blackhawks alumni from the 2013 Stanley Cup winning team and his son Crew visited Peoria to help with the PYHA and Blackhawks Little Hawks program.
During the sessions Jamal went back and forth between groups and worked with the kids on group skill sessions and took time with each kid individually.
It was a great experience for the kids (and parents). His son Crew jumped right into one of the groups and practiced his skills along with everyone else. At the end of the session Mr. Mayers spent a few minutes talking to the kids letting them know how impressed he was with them.
After the on ice session, Mr. Mayers stayed and signed autographs then had to head to Chicago for a Hawks game where he is the NBC Sports Chicago Blackhawks analyst.
PYHA would like to identify and track our former players who are playing at the "next level". Please let us know if you or your child has played or is currently playing at the junior, college, or professional levels. We would like to post the names of these players as well as the organizations they moved on to on the website and at the rink. Please contact Brad Mitchel at firstname.lastname@example.org.