The Buckeye Travel Hockey League is the premier youth travel ice hockey league for "AA," "A," and "B" 10U, 12U, and 14U teams in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia. The BTHL’s 8U Mite Division includes teams from the region which play in Jamborees with league associations every weekend starting in November. The BTHL is a part of USA Hockey's MidAm district.
League teams will play in various skill level divisions within each age group based on results from seeding games played in September each year. BTHL awards both regular-season and post-season tournament championships in each division.
To all Coaches, Managers, BTHL Board and Commissioners:
Thank you all for your help with another season of BTHL hockey, and congratulations to our Regular Season Division Champions!
Like your own associations, we depend on the work of volunteers. We know and understand that you have been waiting for the schedule for the end-of-season tournament. Please remember that final league games occured just two days ago so there is a limited time frame to complete and publish the final schedule.
As we emphasized in the pre-season call (last summer), some teams will play on Friday starting as early as 12:00pm. We do our best to avoid asking teams to miss school but it is unavoidable on this one day of the season.
We have scheduled nearly 120 games for over 80 teams at six different facilities and eight sheets of ice. The master schedule is posted under the Tournaments tab.
TEAMS PLEASE DO NOT ADD THE TOURNAMENT GAMES TO YOUR LEAGUE GAME SCHEDULE AS THIS WILL CREATE DUPLICATES.
This year we have used multiple format types for the playoffs. All divisions have a two-game minimum. We are using a modified double-elimination format, or a pool play/round-robin format (in some cases not all teams play each other). We have regrouped the teams to try to ensure the best competition and parity. Substantial effort was taken to increase the chances for competitive and fun games for all participants. We feel we have created situations where almost every game could be meaningful and that in most cases almost every team would have a chance at making it to the championship game. The goal was to create as much parity as possible and as a result some divisions were small. The potential cost included possibly more overnight stays and some situations where a team could end up playing three games in a day (usually when a losing team plays back in through the losers bracket). Our hope is that the changes that were made are improvements from last year.
Please note that the brackets playing double-elimination switch to single-elimination in the final game. There is no rematch if it is the losing team’s first loss.
There is very little we can do to change the schedule at this point. If you believe you have found a critical error please let us know, and please try to suggest a solution. Due to limited ice times some schedules may not appear ideal. Unfortunately these types of situations occur with tournaments of this magnitude over a 3 day period. We expect all participants to do their part to accept the schedule as is and make the best of it.
As always we recommend that any hotel reservations have a cancellation option. There are no restrictions on hotel choice for this tournament.
Scoresheets will be provided at tournament check-in. Each team will need to bring stickers (preferred) or fill in their rosters. Please be sure you have sufficient stickers for all copies of the scoresheet for all your potential games. All teams should have a copy of their current USA Hockey Approved Roster.
Remember this is a completely volunteer run tournament. We appreciate and depend on your support. We will require a scorekeeper/timekeeper from the home team/visiting team for each game.
Updated tournament rules will be posted soon. All decisions of the tournament director are final.
BTHL End of Season Tournament Rinks
Goggin Ice Center
610 S. Oak St.
Oxford, OH 45056
Hamilton Center Ice Arena
2501 Lincoln Park Drive
Columbus, IN 47202
Indian Hill Winter Club
10005 Fletcher Rd
Camp Dennison, OH 45111
Northland Ice Center
10400 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45241
10765 Reading Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45241
South Metro Sports
10561 Success Lane
Centerville, OH 45458
Thank you for the feedback from 8U Commissioners and Coaches on team placement and game play. The past two weekends of 8U Jamborees have resulted in an 8U “seeding tournament” of sorts. We have multiple 8U teams requesting to be re-assigned (from original team applications) to a different skill level (Red, White, Blue, Mini-Blue) and BTHL is accommodating. Schedule changes involve ice availability, team blackout dates, limiting travel, associations with in-house mite leagues, and parity of play. If you have requested a travel date not be changed - we are accommodating as well with the revised schedule.
Nov. 2019 Jamboree Schedule updates are posted on the JAMBOREE MASTER SCHEDULE
Dec. to March 1, 2020 Jamboree Schedule updates will be posted by 5:00pm on Monday, November 11.
The BTHL 8U page is updated and should be the resource for information and schedules. If there is feedback you have not shared for your 8U team, please share by 9:00am Thursday, November 7, by emailing email@example.com.
You may have seen recent emails from USA Hockey describing a directive that has been announced changing the penalty for use of language that is offensive, hateful, or discriminatory in nature. This will now be an automatic MATCH PENALTY which mandates suspension from all team activities until a hearing can be conducted before the affiliate disciplinary committee. This could result in sitting out up to 30 days in addition to any suspension or other discipline imposed. Also, any such incidents occurring within the team, e.g. at practice or in the locker room, etc. are a SafeSport violation and must be reported. Read more at USA Hockey website.
Buckeye Travel Hockey League