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.
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.
Using feedback from coaches, managers and associations we have revised the B Division league games for the 2019-20 season with the emphasis being on parity of play. Lopsided scores are not fun or conducive to player retention especially in the B/Rec level.
We departed from the traditional brackets used in the A division, and created a hybrid schedule starting with the former MYHL scheduling grid format and adding the knowledge of game scores and competition from seeding games and other games held during the last two weeks.
More detail is on our B Division Seeding Page.
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