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MA Hockey Return to Games Webinar

Register here to attend MA Hockey's Webinar on the return to games; Monday, August 17 at 6:30 pm.

COVID Update

Parents,

We want to provide you an update as to what we know currently in regards to the coming youth hockey season.  There are still major question marks that every Association in the state is trying to navigate right now.  As you are most likely aware, the state has listed ice hockey as one of the Higher Risk sports grouped with football, basketball, and wrestling.  Since hockey is a Higher Risk sport, we are currently limited to small skills practices without competitive drills or games.  

Today, the state issued its guidance on Phase 111 Step 1 Expansion of Activity. You can read the state-issued order in its entirety, posted below. While ice hockey is still categorized as Higher Risk, the state is providing guidance to potentially allow for game play this season. Please note, the order contains some conflicting information and will most likely require some significant adaptations to game play.  MA Hockey needs to provide guidance on what game play will look like before we as an Association can pass along what the season will look like.  While there are reports of hockey being able to hold competitive games as early as this coming Monday, as of this moment please do not expect hockey to return to exactly as it was pre-COVID that quickly. 

There are many possibilities to what the season will look like.  

Some examples discussed include:

·       Players arrive dressed for games and practices.

·       Practices have to continue to be non-competitive/non-contact but possibly, we can have games.

·       Game play might be altered for this season. No body checking at the Bantam level is one example that has been discussed.   

·       There might be limits on the number of parents/family members that can attend games.  Maybe only one family member per player. 

·       Face-offs between players that have masks on. 

·       We may have to start the season with practices only and then have games start a little later this year than the beginning of September. 

·       No handshake lines.  Maybe giving stick salutes from opposite blue lines. 

These are only some examples and may not be the only changes to this season.  We just cannot anticipate every eventuality at this point, and we must await MA Hockey's guidance as to what the State has given the approval for.

As an Association we are still moving forward in planning the 2020-2021 season.  We are collecting tuition because when the rinks open we need to pay for our ice time and league fees - the hope being that we can start the season on time.  Our current commitment is that if there is not a full season or if there is a significant disruption, we will look at refunds at the end of the year.  The hockey season is long, and what we cannot anticipate now is if there will be stops & starts to the season.  We are a non-profit organization made up of volunteers who always understand that we have a commitment to manage our members' tuition with great care.

We have also gotten questions about potentially scheduling games in other states.  This is not an option we are currently considering.  The state currently has guidance mandating a 14-day quarantine when returning from (some) other states.  Based on that and other liability concerns this is not something that as an Association we are comfortable committing to at this time.  If guidance changes then we may be able to reconsider. 

The last thing we must ask of each and every one of you is patience.  As an Association we are doing the best we can with the information that we have currently.  There has never been a youth sports season like this.  What is permitted one week may not be permitted a couple of weeks later. The goal is to get the kids out of the house and playing sports. If parents or players do not follow the State guidance then there is the risk that hockey will get shut down as Higher Risk sport. As we get more information we will pass it along.

 

Thank you,

Brian Casey

President, Wakefield Youth Hockey 


Season 2020-2021 Registration for I-Mites, Mites, Squirts, Pee Wees and Bantams

Please click the above link to register your I-Mite, Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee or Bantam for the 2020-2021 season. This registration must be completed NO LATER THAN JULY 15. For Midget or U18 Girls registration, please see the box below.


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Now Accepting Coaching Applications for 2020-2021

Wakefield Youth Hockey is always looking for dedicated and talented coaches and assistants to help shape the future of Wakefield hockey. If you are interested in coaching, please submit your application for the 2020-2021 season. Thank you!


WYSA News

Get Your Wakefield Hockey Face Masks!

By WYSA Board 06/09/2020, 1:45pm EDT

Be safe and support Wakefield Youth Hockey at the same time! Wakefield Hockey face masks are now available through Dynamik Sports. Click here to get your order in!

Available Board Positions

By WYSA Board 06/09/2020, 1:30pm EDT

We are still seeking members to join the WYSA Board. We have two available positions: Middle School Age Director and Learn to Play Director. This is a great way to get involved and the commitment requirements are relatively low. If interested, please contact Brian.casey1@yahoo.com.

Return to Rinks Webinar

By WYSA Board 06/09/2020, 1:30pm EDT

Massachusetts Hockey recently held a webinar on “Return to Rinks,” outlining the changes we are likely to see this season due to COVID-19. The direct link to the recording can be found here. We encourage anyone who is curious about hockey in the “new normal” to check it out.

USA Hockey Registration for 2020-2021

By WYSA Board 06/09/2020, 1:15pm EDT

Reminder, all skaters must register with USA Hockey each year before stepping onto the ice. Please visit this link to register your skater(s), and then please forward your confirmation to Bill Welch at Welchwi1126@gmail.com. Also please note, all parent volunteers must also register with USA Hockey and forward to Bill. Thank you!

 

Inside Edge Summer Camp

By WYSA Board 06/09/2020, 12:45pm EDT

Registration is open for this summer's 8-week Inside Edge Summer Camp, led by Don and Joanne Collins. This is a unique camp designed to develop both on-ice and off-ice skills, including strength and conditioning, hockey hands development, on-ice edge work, power strides, acceleration techniques and puck control, and individual fitness assessments. Camp will run July 7 through August 26 with two sessions a week: Tuesdays 5:00-6:00 pm and Wednesdays 5:20 to 6:20 pm. While camp is valued at $450 per player, Inside Edge has reduced the price this year to $425.  To reserve your spot, please email InsideEdgeTraining@outlook.com.

 

2019-2020 Season Champs and Runners Up

By WYSA Board 06/02/2020, 9:45am EDT

Although the Valley Hockey League season met an abrupt end before the final playoff games could be played, the League has named its division champions based on year-end records, and Wakefield has four teams representing this year!
Congratulations to the Squirt 3 team for earning the title of Squirt A East American Division Champions!
Also, congratulations to THREE of our Mite teams, who each placed as runners-up in their respective divisions; Mite 1 in the Mite North AA White division; Mite 2 in the Mite North AA Blue Division, and Mite 4 in the Mite North AA Green Division.
Congratulations to all players and coaches! We look forward to watching all of our players and they continue to develop and grow!

State Champs!

By WYSA Board 03/10/2020, 11:00am EDT

Congratulations to the the Bantam 2 team for winning the 2019-2020 14U Bantam Tier III Medium Massachusetts Hockey State Championship! The Bantam 2s knocked off Masco on Sunday night 6-4 to bring home the banner. Congratulations as well to the Squirt 2 and Pee Wee 2 teams for their phenomenal performances in their respective state tournaments. The Squirt 2 team went 2-1, and the Pee Wee 2s made it to the semi-finals with a record of 2-1. We're proud of all our teams! Good luck to the Bantam 1 team who heads to their state tournament this weekend!

Mite 4 Team Makes College Debut

By WYSA Board 03/02/2020, 3:55pm EST

Last Saturday night, the Mite 4 team got to experience one of Boston's fiercest hockey rivalries first-hand, taking in the BU vs. BC game at Agganis Arena and getting to play a scrimmage between the second and third periods. In addition to skating before a sell-out crowd, the players got to meet with Rhett the BU terrier and were even interviewed on camera by Agganis staff!  Thanks to BU, Agganis Arena staff, and especially Spencer Dalby for helping to arrange.

I-Mites are Heading to Providence

By WYSA Board 03/02/2020, 3:54pm EST

On Sunday, March 29 the three I-Mite teams are heading down to Providence to play each other and the Eastern MA Senators between periods of the Providence Bruins game. Tickets are normally $28 plus fees, however if anyone would like to attend, Wakefield Youth Hockey is receiving a reduced ticket price of $22. Please contact Bill Welch at welchwi1126@gmail.com for information.

Squirt Twos Get Tourney Invite

By WYSA Board 02/18/2020, 9:15am EST

After a hard-fought battle that came up just short in their district championships, the Squirt 2 team has received an invitation to participate with their division in the Massachusetts Hockey State Championship. The tournament will be played in Springfield the weekend of March 6-8. Good luck players and coaches!

Wakefield Youth Skating Association

(From the 1972 WYH Supplement to the Wakefield Daily Item)

Charlie Kirk and Donald MacKay started it all back in 1946 with a handful of boys, and it has now grown to the program you see today. The children of Wakefield can thank these dedicated men for starting it all.

The Wakefield Youth Skating Association (WYSA) as it is know today was organized in 1969.

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