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About the Buckeye Travel Hockey League

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.

2021-22 End-of-season tournament dates

AA/A Divisions, 10U - 14U: Feb 25–27, 2022
B Divisions, 10U - 14U: Mar 4–6, 2022
8U Divisions End of Season Jamboree: Mar 6, 2022

League News

BTHL 2021/22 AA/A Final Division Assignments

By BTHL 09/27/2021, 10:30pm EDT

We know you have all been waiting for Final division assignments so you can start scheduling. Thanks for your patience. Please read this entire message and if you have questions please email buckeyetravelhockey@gmail.com.
 
We have considered the petitions and some changes were granted and some were not. The final divisions after all changes are in this spreadsheet. See the tab for your age division and the column heading Final Assignment (column K) for your team. This is a new copy, do not refer to the preliminary announcement as it does not contain the final changes.
 
As mentioned earlier, this year we are trying an experiment with all teams to play 16 league games regardless of division size. This means in some divisions you will schedule an extra "crossover" opponent in another division, or you will not schedule one or two teams in your division.  We've tried to indicate this as clearly as possible but if you are unsure who you should schedule for league games please ask. We'll evaluate this after the season and may continue this in the future to make the number of league games more predictable for all teams.
 
Teams should schedule 4 games per opponent for their league games (2x home and 2x away). The two games are normally played on the same date, so each team should have 4 home dates and 4 away dates for their 16 league games. Teams should give scheduling priority to these league games. You can also schedule other teams within the league or elsewhere as non-league games.
 
Some scheduling contact information has been updated. Links have been sent to teams on our master email list.
 
About entering your team games on the website (please read this to avoid questions). Setting up the teams and divisions on the website is a very manual process. We are working with SportsEngine to try to automate parts of this. If that doesn't work out we will set up the teams manually and send instructions on how to enter your league game schedules. We hope to tell you more in the next few days.
 
About division standings. Division standings for the regular season will be by Points (2x wins + ties) with tiebreakers in this order: Head to Head, Wins, and Scoring Quotient. Scoring Quotient is computed as Goals For / (Goals For + Goals Against) and is a measure of how a team scores compared to giving up goals. Non-league games will not be included in the regular season standings, but when seeding teams for the End of Season Tournament, we may also consider non-league games and MyHockey rankings. We suggest that each team designate a person to update their team game results in the MyHockey Rankings website.
 
About rule changes. This is the first year of the 2021-25 rule changes. The updated rulebook and summary of changes are on the USA Hockey website. There is also a new standardized policy for Match penalties. Please review these. We've also posted the MidAm interpretation of the new penalty times. We have not found any USA Hockey rule on post-game handshake lines this year, so BTHL recommends teams continue last year's guidance to line up on either side of the neutral zone and give a "stick tap" as a show of respect to the other team.
 
Welcome back, best wishes and good luck to all teams!
 

Mid Am Penalty Time Policy

By BTHL 09/23/2021, 2:45pm EDT

MidAm has provided a summary of penalty times that will be in force for the 2021-22 season. This is in response to USA Hockey rule changes that left some discretion to Affiliates to authorize pro-rated penalty times so that the penalty time is proportionate to the period length.

In particular Mid Am has a waiver on the 14U change for minor penalties and these will continue to be 2 minutes. Note also that ALL Major and Misconduct penalties continue to be 5 and 10 minutes respectively.

Please review this chart and provide it to your coaches, timekeepers, and penalty box volunteers.

BTHL 2021/22 AA/A Preliminary Division Assignments

By BTHL 09/22/2021, 11:00pm EDT

To All BTHL AA/A Teams,
 
Do not use this information to start scheduling games. The BTHL will consider petitions for changes in these assignments, which may change which teams you need to play.
 
Experimental this year: Divisions are 4, 5, or 6 teams. For the 4-team 10U AA East/West divisions, we have designated an additional "crossover" opponent in the other division that they should schedule as if that team were in their division. For the 6-team divisions, we have designated one opponent to skip in the regular season scheduling. This gives all teams 16 league games (if teams in those divisions want to go ahead and schedule the "skipped" opponent that is OK, it just will not count as a league game). Some of this is subject to change depending on petitions, but this is the plan for now.
 
Please see this spreadsheet for the preliminary division assignments. The spreadsheet lists the original expected team division, and summarizes the team results from the seeding games. The column headed Preliminary Assignment (column J) shows the assigned division. The "crossover" or "skip" team assignment (if any) will be listed in column K.
 
Note that several teams that played in the seeding tournament have decided not to play the league season.
 
To petition for a change in your assignment: the Head Coach, Team Manager, or Association Rep should submit this form.
 
Petitions are due by 5:00pm (Eastern) Friday, September 24.
 
Final divisions will be posted on Monday, September 27.


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