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Welcome to Bloomington Youth Hockey - Home of the Thunder

Welcome to Bloomington Youth Hockey, Inc. (BYHI), home of the Bloomington Thunder. BYHI is an amateur, non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt youth hockey organization based in Bloomington, Illinois.  The Bloomington Thunder hockey program offers a competitive travel hockey experience for youth players throughout Central Illinois, with a focus on player development and a commitment to providing a great hockey experience.  BYHI provides opportunities from the Mite level to the Midget Major level and our teams participate in the Northern Illinois Hockey League.
 

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Board of Directors - Member Change
08/19/2014
Darren Burns has served Bloomington Youth Hockey in many capacities,...
How Many Teams will BYHI Sponsor This Season?
08/17/2014
For those who were not able to attend the Pre-Season Parents Meeting,...
BYHI TRYOUT SCHEDULE
08/15/2014
BYHI Tryout registration is open! Reminder: Your players...
Midget Team Update for Upcoming Season
08/13/2014
Due to the low number of persons expressing interest in playing on...
 
Board of Directors - Member Change
by posted 08/19/2014
 

Darren Burns has served Bloomington Youth Hockey in many capacities, including as a valued member of the Board of Directors.  Due to outside commitments, Darren was recently forced to withdraw as a Board member.  The Directors express their thanks and appreciate to Darren for his longtime service.

To replace Darren, the Board has elected Tim Kirk to fill the remaining months of Darren's term, which expires at the end of March, 2015.  Tim has long been active in hockey and in local hockey programs, including as a parent of a youth hockey player and as a house league coach.  The Board welcomes Tim to his new position and we look forward to working with him.


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How Many Teams will BYHI Sponsor This Season?
by posted 08/17/2014
 

For those who were not able to attend the Pre-Season Parents Meeting, here is a recap the discussion about the number of teams BYHI will sponsor this year:

 

  1. Mites: likely one team

  2. Squirts:two or three teams

  3. Peewees:two or three teams

 4.  Bantams:One or two teams

 

In all cases, the number of teams actually sponsored depends on many factors, of which the following are most important:

 

  1. The number of players who try out

  2. Coaching availability

  3. Competiveness of each team

  4. Availability of ice time

     

    No decisions have been made at this time about the final number of teams BYHI will sponsor this year.  All players who have an interest are strongly encouraged to register and try out for a BYHI travel team.  During tryouts, the Board will be in regular contact, assessing the above factors, as well as any other relevant considerations.  Announcements about team sponsorship will be made as soon as practicable in each case.

     

    Girls Team for the Upcoming Season

     

    In addition to the discussion at the Pre-Season Meeting, the Board also wants parents who have a child who participated as a member of the Girls team to know that Bloomington Parks and Recreation will sponsor the all-girls team this year.

     

    The Board considered whether to sponsor an all-girls team again this year and many factors went into the decision. While no one factor was most important, two stood out:

     

    1.  Bloomington Parks and Recreation  (the Pepsi Ice Center) is willing to sponsor the team this year. This ensures that the girls will have an opportunity to play, which is vital from the Board's perspective.

    2.  USA Hockey generally recommends that girls play on youth teams until they reach the Bantam level, then switch to a girls-only team. The likely composition of the team this year means that several players will be at the Bantam level. Couple this with the fact that many others are likely to be Peewee level, so to accommodate a four year maximum age spread, we'd be eliminating Squirts in any event from the team. Thus, the team will largely be an older team in composition. This is consistent with older girls playing on a girls-only team (of course, any player is eligible to try out for the age-appropriate youth team).  From a development and experience standpoint, the team will have a similar experience with PIC sponsorship as it would have with a BYHI sponsorship.   Although these were the two most important factors, a host of other factors were taken into consideration.  

     

    If you have any questions about either of these matters, please contact any Board member by clicking on the “Board Contacts” button at the left.


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BYHI TRYOUT SCHEDULE
by posted 08/15/2014
 

BYHI Tryout registration is open!

Reminder: Your players 2014-2015 USA Hockey Number is required before you can register. Thank you!

BYHI TRYOUT SCHEDULE

Tuesday, September 2rd

7:00PM-8:00PM       PIC     SQUIRT

8:10PM-9:10PM       PIC     BANTAM

 

Wednesday, September 3rd

7:40PM-8:40PM       PIC     PEEWEE

 

Thursday, September 4th

5:00PM-6:00PM       PIC     MITE

6:10PM-7:10PM       PIC     SQUIRT

7:20PM-8:20PM       PIC     BANTAM

 

Friday, September 5th

5:10PM-6:10PM       PIC     MITE

6:20PM-7:20PM       PIC     PEEWEE

 

Saturday, September 6th       

3:30PM-4:30PM       PIC    MITE

4:40PM-5:40PM       PIC    SQUIRT

5:50PM-6:50PM       PIC    PEEWEE

7:00PM-8:00PM       PIC    BANTAM

 

Sunday, September 7th          

8:50AM-10:20AM     PIC    SQUIRT

10:30AM-12:00PM   PIC    PEEWEE

 


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Midget Team Update for Upcoming Season
by posted 08/13/2014
 

Due to the low number of persons expressing interest in playing on a Midget Minor team for the 2014-2015 season, the Board of Directors concluded it would not be able to sponsor a Midget team this season.  In addition, low registration in the BYHI Conditioning Camp led the Board to regretfully conclude that, considering costs and coaching committments, it must cancel the sessions for Midget age players as well.  For those who have already paid for the Conditioning Camps, refunds will be sent shortly.

Please send any questions or comments you may have to any member of the Board of Directors


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