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Please Help Jack Miller

posted Apr 10, 2017, 3:35 PM by Allan Streib   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 3:36 PM ]

Jack Miller
We share some unhappy news: Jack Miller, who just finished up the 2016-17 season as a player on the Bloomington Blades 12U team, has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Jack is currently undergoing treatment at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. We ask everyone in our hockey family to please do what you can to support Jack in his fight.

You can read more about Jack's story at www.inhockey.net, and you can contribute at his GoFundMe page, or join Jack Millers Army and get a T-Shirt, to help Jack's family with expenses at this difficult time. You can also keep up with his progress at the Caring Bridge website.

Please keep Jack and his famliy in your thoughts and prayers, and thank you for your support!

TPH Spring & Summer Clinics in Columbus

posted Mar 2, 2017, 6:08 AM by Allan Streib   [ updated Mar 2, 2017, 6:10 AM ]

TPH Logo
Travel players: on behalf of instructor Greg Austin, we are providing information related to all the TPH Hockey Academy, TPH Camps and TPH Small Ice Clinics taking place in Columbus this Spring & Summer. Additional weekday/weekend specialty clinics: contact-non-checking, checking, overspeed, pressure decision making and others may be added in the near future. 

For more information about the Columbus Hockey Academy please see the attached flyer.

If you want to find the most up-to-date programming (in addition to what is included below) please go to the following TPH programming link: 
TPH Hockey Academy: Please utilize the link below for information and to register:
TPH Small Ice Clinics:  Please utilize the link below for information and to register:
TPH Speed & Skills Summer Camp:
TPH Tune-up Summer Camp:

Program Updates

posted Feb 2, 2017, 5:15 AM by Allan Streib   [ updated Feb 3, 2017, 6:16 AM ]

A lot of great things have been happening with Bloomington Blades Youth Hockey! Here are a few (long overdue) updates on our 2016/17 season.

Girls Hockey

Girls team with new jerseys.

Thanks to a generous grant award from the MidAm Hockey Roger Sharrer Grow Hockey initiative, the Girls Hockey team has brand new jerseys! Received just in time for January 15 home games with the Columbus and Indy Fusion girls programs.

Coach Amanda Miller said, "The girls had so much fun! Thank you everyone who made this happen today! I spoke with both coaches and both thanked us for inviting them to come. I went and asked each team if they had fun - both teams said they had a lot of fun and the Indy girls asked if we could do this again! The girls are super excited to go to Columbus for another round of games. We also made some great connections for possible games again next year!"

The Girls team will visit Columbus Indiana on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Tournament Wins

14U team with South Bend Tournament Championship trophy

The 14U, 12U, and 10U teams traveled to South Bend to play at historic Notre Dame University's Compton Family Ice Center for a tournament on December 2-3, 2016. The 14U and 12U teams won their division championships, and the 10U team finished as division runner-up.

14U team with Silver Stick Regional Championship banner
Later in December, the 14U team won the International Silver Stick Midwest Regional in Ft. Wayne for the second year in a row, following up the program's unprecedented sweep of the 10U, 12U and 14U divisions in 2015. The win qualified the team to travel to the Finals in Pelham, Ontario in January.

Success continued with the 12U and 10U teams in Cleveland, OH the weekend of January 14-15, with the 10U winning their division and 12U runner-up.

Looking ahead, the Buckeye Travel Hockey League Championship tournament will be played February 24-26. This weekend is also the finale for the 2016/17 travel hockey season.

Try Hockey For Free Day 2016

posted Feb 2, 2017, 4:18 AM by Allan Streib   [ updated Feb 2, 2017, 4:19 AM ]

On Saturday, November 12th, USA Hockey and the Bloomington Blades Youth Hockey Association, along with 500 local associations across the country, hosted Try Hockey For Free Day!

Thank you to all the families who attended our event, to the City of Bloomington for providing the ice time, and to the Bloomington Blades High School Hockey players and Bloomington Blades Youth Hockey players and coaches who helped run the on-ice activities. We had nearly 30 children participate, and many families expressed interest in getting their kids involved in hockey. To enroll in Bloomington Parks and Recreation hockey programs, please contact John Turnbull at turnbulj@bloomington.in.gov or visit the The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department main office at 401 N. Morton St. Suite 250, inside City Hall.

House Hockey Equipment Rental

posted Oct 9, 2016, 4:38 PM by Allan Streib   [ updated Oct 9, 2016, 4:38 PM ]

The BBYHA provides equipment rental for house hockey players. You may rent a single item or any combination of items up to a full set of gear. The total rental amount of $75 for a full set is a great value compared to purchasing new gear.

Equipment is available on a first-come, first served basis. Early sessions will have the best selection.

PLEASE allow about an hour to try on gear and complete your rental. Thereafter, plan to arrive at the rink about 30 minutes before a practice or game to allow for dressing.

Cash, check, or credit card payments accepted. Deposit required on all rentals. Download the rental form for prices or to complete in advance. All rental sessions will be held at the Frank Southern Ice Arena:
  • Tues. 10/18 6-8pm
  • Wed. 10/19 6-8pm
  • Sat. 10/22 8-9:30am
  • Mon. 10/24 5-7pm
  • Tues. 10/25 5-6pm

Thereafter by arrangement; check with your coach.

The names they are a changin'

posted Jul 15, 2016, 2:11 PM by Allan Streib   [ updated Jul 15, 2016, 5:35 PM ]

At the 2016 Winter meeting of the Board of Directors of USA Hockey, one of the changes that was adopted involved naming of the various youth hockey age divisions. USA Hockey will no longer use the labels of Bantam, Pee Wee, Squirt, and Mite to refer to the age divisions. Instead, they will use a name that reflects the age of the oldest participants in the division. A summary of the changes that were adopted is shown below:

AgesOld NameNew Name2016-17
Birth Year
Thirteen (13) and Fourteen (14)Bantam14U2002, 2003
Eleven (11) and Twelve (12)Pee Wee12U2004, 2005
Nine (9) and Ten (10)Squirt10U2006, 2007
Eight (8) & Seven (7)Mite8U2008, 2009
Six (6) & UnderMini Mite (or Cub)6U2010+

We will be updating our website, forms, and other communication to in accordance with the new rules. During the transition, you may see references to both the old and the new age category names. We apologize for any confusion this may cause.

Registration and Pool Party: August 6, 2016

posted Jun 29, 2016, 8:12 AM by Allan Streib   [ updated Jun 30, 2016, 6:52 PM ]

Register Now

Register Now!

Submit your registration information online.

If you're new to travel hockey, check out our Parents Page for more info about the program and what to expect.

Save the Date!

Our annual pool party and registration event to kick off the 2016-17 season is scheduled for Saturday, August 6, 8:00pm-10:00pm, at the Bryan Park Pool.

Join us and get reacquainted with friends and teammates, enjoy some refreshments, cool off in the pool, and complete your registration paperwork. We'll also be sizing and jerseys and warmup suits.

Again this year we'll have a "yard sale" area so plan bring your old outgrown gear or warmup pants to donate, and pick up stuff you can use for $5/item or $10 for skates. Proceeds will benefit the Blades and help keep your fees low!

Please complete our online registration in advance to streamline the process and allow more time for fun in the pool! Thanks, welcome (or welcome back), and we'll see you soon!

Looking Ahead

Our practices in Columbus start in August! We are still finalizing schedules so check check your team calendar. If you are not registered you will not be permitted to practice. August will be here before you know it, so please go ahead and take care of your registration now.

We also emphasize that the Columbus practices require full gear and are not optional. Please arrive in time to get dressed and be on the ice at the start of the practice. From the east side of Bloomington, it's about a one-hour drive to the rink. Team managers will help coordinate car-pooling. If you are planning to play travel hockey you need to attend these practices to get in shape for the Buckeye League seeding tournament and early season games.

The Buckeye League season opens October 1. The pre-season seeding games are planned for the weekend of September 17-18, in the Cincinnati/Dayton area. Please keep your calendar clear that weekend as full participation is expected.

Want more?

This year there will be an opportunity for players seeking additional tournament play and a higher level of competition. Team Gnawbone is intended to be a regional AA/A level youth hockey program for Squirt, Peewee, and Bantam players in the Columbus Flames, South Indy Sharks, and Bloomington Blades programs.

Players will be selected by tryout.

The program will provide several additional practices, games, and tournaments before, during, and after the regular Buckeye League season. This program is an optional addition to — NOT a replacement for — the regular Bloomington Blades practice, league, and tournament schedule. Please vist www.tsi.hockey for more information and to register.

Summer Hockey Camps

posted Mar 16, 2016, 12:28 PM by Allan Streib   [ updated Apr 1, 2016, 11:24 AM ]

Many of the more popular midwest camps are already full -- but there are some new options and old favorites this year in case you're looking for some more options to get out on the ice and improve skills this summer.

Momentum Sport Camps

Momentum Sport LLC

Greg Austin and Momentum Sport will be offering two week-long Hockey Camps June 13-17 and June 20-24 for Mites, Squirts, Peewees, and Bantams at the Hamilton Center Ice Arena in Columbus IN.

More information at http://www.momentumsport.net/hockey-camp.html or contact Greg at gregaustin7@outlook.com


Indy Fuel High Octane

Indy Fuel High Octane
This year the Indy Fuel are offering several summer camp options, a "traditional" 5-day camp as well as training that is spread out over the summer. Check the attached brochures for more information:

Coach Kevin Schmidt says : In particular, the Goalie Camp is run by my good friend Jamie Morris.  He is VERY good with Goalies - his most recent protege will be headed to Yale to play.

Pro Ambitions Battle Camp

A favorite of many Blades players, once again at the Carmel Ice Skadium the week of July 18-22. The camp training emphasizes small area game situational battle drills encompassing skill elements, speed, edges, quick hands, passing and one on one battle elements. Check availability and find the sign-up link at the Pro Ambitions Battle Camp web page.

Columbus Hamilton Center Ice Arena

Columbus Parks and Rec is offering Power Skating and Drop-In Hockey for Squirts, Peewees, and Bantams throughout the summer. Check the Hamilton Center ice calendar for dates and time. Calling ahead to confirm is also recommended.

The BBYHA does not endorse any particular hockey camps or summer training programs. This information is provided as a service to our members and is not warranted.

2015-16 Program and Coaching Feedback Surveys

posted Mar 9, 2016, 10:41 AM by Allan Streib   [ updated Mar 9, 2016, 10:41 AM ]

Please take a moment to complete our Program and Coaching feedback surveys. We want to hear what we're doing well and where we can improve, and your input is valued and appreciated!

Thank you!

Volunteer to Help with Drop the Puck!

posted Feb 1, 2016, 12:35 PM by Allan Streib   [ updated Feb 1, 2016, 12:35 PM ]

Once again this spring the Blades are helping with the Collegiate Charities "Drop the Puck on Cancer" fundraiser. This event also generates significant funds for the Blades program, which would allow volunteers to earn credits to program fees.

This year the event will include a Broomball tournament at the IU Fieldhouse on Feb. 6. Volunteer to help with crowd control, admissions, ticket-taking, watching exits and entrances, etc. Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084ba8a928abf85-drop. There is a deadline of Monday, Feb. 1 to volunteer for Broomball help!

More details and signup forms for the hockey events will be forthcoming. For now we anticipate volunteer opportunities for:

Feb 25 8pm--12:00am
Feb 26 8pm--12:00am
Feb 27 2:00pm--5:00pm
Mar 4 7pm-12:00am
Mar 5 2pm-12:00am

Thanks for your support and involvement!

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