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Registration

All travel hockey players must be registered with USA Hockey before beginning practice for the season (practices start in August). Registration can be completed online at the USA Hockey website.  Once you have completed your registration online, you will receive an e-mail confirmation. Please forward this email to your team manager, and use the registration number when you register for BBYHA travel hockey. Your child will not be permitted to practice unless USA Hockey and BBYHA registrations have been completed.

BBYHA Guide for Parents

The BBYHA Guide for Parents provides information on what to expect, and what is expected of you, as a parent of a BBYHA hockey player.

BBYHA Player Code of Conduct

All players agree to abide by the BBYHA Player Code of Conduct for 10U, 12U, 14U or BBYHA Player Code of Conduct for 8U. Please review these expectations and the consequences for violations with your player.

BBYHA Gear Exchange

The BBYHA Gear Exchange email list has seen very low activity in past seasons and was discontinued last year. We will have a gear "yard sale" at our registration pool party on are working to develop a new approach to helping parents and players exchange their outgrown but still usable hockey gear. Stay tuned!

Should my child "play up?"

In almost all cases, no. The BBYHA endorses and follows the USA Hockey player age classifications and philosophies. USA Hockey has done extensive research on the appropriate developmental progression of youth hockey players, with a focus on long-term development. There are rare exceptions, but "playing up" is not in the best interest of a child's development as a hockey player, results in less game ice time and critical "puck touches," and also exposes the child to increased chance of injury. USA Hockey recently published a couple of good articles on this subject: 10U: Should My Child Be 'Playing Up' and  8U Q-and-A: Racing to Adulthood.
 

Equipment

Travel players will generally want to purchase their own equipment (also check with your team manager who may be able to help you find  someone else's outgrown gear). Rental gear is primarily intended for house players, but any travel player wanting to rent equipment may do so subject to availability. Please contact your team manager for more information.

American Development Model

The Bloomington Blades Youth Hockey Association endorses the USA Hockey American Development Model. The ADM provides age-appropriate guidelines that are intended to help our kids enjoy hockey and develop their skills in a way that is appropriate for their stage of development. For more information on the American Development Model, visit our ADM information page.