Registration for tryouts for the 2020-2021 Jr Black Bears is now open. Tryouts for all players 10U-18U will take place the week of July 20th. Tryouts for 8U (players born 2012 or later) are expected to take place during the first week of August. The tryout fee will be $75 and will include a Jr Black Bears tryout jersey which will be yours to keep. All players wishing to be considered for a Jr Black Bears team must register.
As you are aware, the ongoing situation with COVID-19 is impacting all hockey operations including tryouts. At this time, we are unable to provide a schedule for tryouts, but rest assured we are working on it and anticipate having a schedule by the end of next week.
Due to the evolving situation and uncertainty regarding the upcoming season, we are unable to accurately predict the pricing for the 2020-2021 season. We can tell you that the season fees will not exceed the fees for 2019-2020. We know that COVID-19 has taken a financial toll on many families and our goal will continue to be to provide an affordable, quality hockey experience for our players. For those who may need some extra help covering hockey expenses, the Black Bear Youth Hockey Foundations is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 season. There are also scholarships available for goalies (ages 8-16) through the Martha Kennedy Memorial Goalie Scholarship. This funding is specifically for families impacted by the Corona virus.
The safety of our players, coaches and families continues to be of utmost importance and as such, we will continue to act in accordance with all state and local guidance, USA Hockey recommendations and Piney Orchard Ice Arena Procedures (see attached). While we recognize that the current situation is less than ideal, much like many of you, we are so grateful to be back on the ice and getting back to the sport we all love. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented scenario.