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.