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.
Dear BTHL Members,
We know many of you have been waiting for news on our plans for the 2020-21 season, and appreciate your patience as we have been discussing a variety of options in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
As we have communicated previously, our priorities are the health and welfare of the players, coaches, volunteers and families while trying to create a way for teams to schedule games and allowing kids to play some hockey if the circumstances allow for it.
Our league covers four states, all of which may have different and changing restrictions regarding public facilities, travel, and essential activities. Additionally, teams may experience different levels of medical risk or quarantine requirements at any time. As a volunteer association, we do not see a way we can require teams to pay for and schedule a normal league season with this amount of uncertainty.
Therefore, we regret that we are unable to offer our normal travel hockey league this season. Our plan is to allow team registration through the BTHL website so that teams can contact each other, schedule games, and record scores. We will not be holding a seeding tournament or any form of in-person team evaluation. Teams will need to self-assess and identify their level of play so that competitive, fun games can be scheduled. There will NOT be a registration fee. We will then evaluate in December whether we are able to offer any type of league, league event, or tournament in 2021.
The BTHL is not requiring teams to play this year, or to schedule any specific number of games. Scheduling games and participating in games should be done at each team’s own discretion and risk. Teams should be prepared for the possibility that a rink facility may be closed, or that scheduled opponents will be unable to travel. Teams should have alternate plans prepared for all ice time purchased. The BTHL will not be involved in resolving or mediating any disputes between teams regarding schedules, facilities, travel, or expenses.
If your team would like to use the BTHL web site to share information for scheduling with other teams, please complete the online registration by August 31, 2020. We also ask that teams enter scores of their games so that we may use them for seeding purposes if the reevaluation in December determines that we can organize or hold a league or league event after that time. If it becomes possible to hold a league or league event after the December reevaluation, a fee for participation in the BTHL will be determined and required at that time.
Please stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following federal, state, local and USA hockey laws, suggestions and guidelines. Get the most up to date information provided by USA Hockey on how they are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic at https://www.usahockey.com/playersafety.
DISCLAIMER: NOTHING HEREIN SHOULD BE RELIED UPON AS SPECIFIC MEDICAL OR LEGAL ADVICE. YOU ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO CONSULT WITH QUALIFIED MEDICAL PERSONNEL/PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS AND TO FOLLOW ALL LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL ORDERS AND OR LAWS. YOUR PARTICIPATION IS AT YOUR OWN RISK AND YOU SPECIFICALLY RELEASE THE BTHL FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY.
Since the first COVID-19 shut-downs started in March, we have all been dealing with a lot of uncertainty and unpredictability. The situation does not seem to be close to settling down. College conferences are shutting down fall sports or limiting their schedules. California just canceled all high school fall sports. Rinks, associations, teams may have to shut down if coaches or players get sick. Parents may not want to travel or afford to have their kids play due to layoffs or business shutdowns. Federal, state and local authorities are becoming more restrictive and shutting things down.
As much as we might wish for a return to “normal,” the BTHL feels that it is very likely that there will be modifications and accommodations necessary for the upcoming hockey season.
The board members of the Buckeye Travel Hockey League are monitoring the current Coronavirus / Covid-19 situation and are debating the best course of action. We are considering everything from running the league as normal, to not having a league season and tournament for 2020/21. While we do not believe it will be at either extreme, we do believe there will be some modifications. We will make an announcement by August 16th as to what we are planning. In the interim, if you have any recommendations, suggestions or questions please send them via email to BuckeyeTravelHockey@gmail.com
It is our goal to create a safe environment for the players and families while still allowing for opportunities to play if circumstances permit it.
We feel that it is unlikely that we will be able to hold a seeding tournament in September to aid us in assigning divisions. We ask that you prepare for that, and give careful consideration to the level at which your teams will be competitive.
Updated May 7, 2020 — All hockey activities (i.e. try outs, tournaments, camps, etc.) are suspended until at least June 15, 2020. This date will continue to be monitored and updated as necessary.
Associations and teams should not be conducting tryouts, workouts, practices, or any other in-person team activities at this time.
Buckeye Travel Hockey League