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08/09/2020
On behalf of the new Livingston Blues Board of Directors, I would...

08/04/2020
USA Hockey announced that they will sanction youth hockey for the...
 

On behalf of the new Livingston Blues Board of Directors, I would like to thank all of you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times. As our organization faces the new realities and uncertainties of youth hockey during this pandemic, we have developed a plan for the return of Blues Hockey for the 2020-2021 season. Not unlike the game of hockey itself, our plan, as outlined below, has three distinct periods for our players and coaches. But before I reveal the specifics of our three-phased blueprint, I wanted to offer some general information.

GENERAL INFORMATION

To return to the ice safely, this season of Blues Hockey may not look exactly like the brand you know and love.

Blues Hockey will, at least during the beginning periods, take place on a different rink. With our home ice at SUNY Geneseo unavailable to us for the foreseeable future, the Board has secured ice time at the Scottsville Ice Arena (2000 Scottsville-Chili Road, Scottsville, NY 14546).  The Blues may secure ice at additional rinks as necessary. (ie. Bill Gray’s IcePlex,  2700 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd, Rochester, NY 14623)

Our players and coaches must abide by all rink, local, state, and national safety protocols. Among other things, this will require players and coaches to arrive at practices as completely dressed as possible and mandate the wearing of face masks until the helmets go on and they hit the ice. Waivers or other documents may also need to be reviewed by parents and signed before a player steps on the ice.

With our Spring evaluations cancelled, the assignment of players and coaches to a particular team will be accomplished using the best information available. However, teams will not necessarily be set in stone, as all efforts will be made to field competitive and balanced teams at each level of play.

This season will demand flexibility, creativity, and forbearance from all of us. However, as much as things will be different, our overall goal is for Blues Hockey to look very familiar, with our players learning and playing the sport they love.    

FIRST PERIOD (September-October 31, 2020)

            Clinics at Scottsville Ice Arena. (Limited to 30 skaters per scheduled session)

Fee:       The fee for the First Period will be $200 per person for Mites, Squirts, Pee Wees,  Bantams, Girls (19U) and Midgets.  This will include two sessions per week for each player.

Beginners will be $40 and will skate for one session per week.

IP will be $60 and will skate for three sessions every two weeks.

Please Note: You may be used to seeing different prices for each level of hockey. Because those differences are created by additional ice time needed for games at higher levels and increased referee fees for higher levels, we will not see those until we reach the point where we are playing games.  At this point, all teams will be getting the same time on the ice, and referees are not a factor.

SECOND PERIOD (November – December 31, 2020)

Blues Hockey will likely be in a similar position as the First Period with practice/clinic ice and no games.  Obviously, this can change with updated guidance from USA Hockey, NYSAHA, WNYAHL and Governor Cuomo to determine how this moves forward. 

THIRD PERIOD (January – March 2021)

We would hope to be playing some games by this point.

Even if there is ice at SUNY Geneseo beginning in December - January, Blues Hockey does not anticipate being able to visit campus based upon current visitor policies.

The costs for the Second and Third Period will be determined as soon as we are able to establish what those Periods can include.  The registration fees on the website for each level are a guideline, and were created using our traditional season ice fees, referee fees and associated costs.  There may be some small fluctuations, however, the Board is committed to keeping fees at the anticipated level.

REGISTRATION

Blues Hockey for the Three-Period Return to Hockey requires:

  1.  A current USA Hockey Identification number, good for the 2020-2021 season.  If anyone is not sure, the number will have a 1 as the fourth digit if it is current.  USA Hockey Registration can be found here.
  2. A registration with the Livingston Blues which can be completed here.
  3. A minimum $20 deposit, which will be applied to fees.
  4. Commitment to pay Period One fees prior to the start of Period Two.  (November 1st).
  5. Past-due balances paid in full, or a payment plan created by contacting Registrar, JoBeth Rath:   .
  6. Credit balances resulting from evaluation fees that were not utilized will be applied to fee balances automatically through the existing account.

We will keep the lines of communication open and will promptly advise all members of any changes as they occur.

Please stay safe and healthy.

Eric Schiener

Livingston Blues President


by posted 08/09/2020

Register Your Player Today!

USA Hockey announced that they will sanction youth hockey for the 2020-2021 Season! While there are still many questions, that is great news!

As we await the New York State announcements on youth sports, your Board is preparing for the season.  It will most certainly look different, and we will run into many more questions than we have answers for, but here is what we know:

  • USA Hockey is sanctioning youth hockey!  As our governing body, and the method in which leagues like the Livingston Blues obtain insurance, coaching certifications, volunteer background checks and more, this is an important step in getting our youth back on the ice for the season.  USA Hockey registrations last one year, and expire on July 31st.  If you have not registered your youth with USA Hockey for the 2020-2021 season, that is step one!  There is a registration free for youth over 6 years old of $54.  This is not a part of the fee structure for the Livingston Blues registration, however, the current USA Hockey ID will be required. Get the season started by registering your player with USA Hockey!

  • Registration for the Livingston Blues will require a $20 deposit.  While we know this is a splash in the regular fee, we do not want to have families shelling out the dough until we know just what we are in for!  Getting your player registered as sooon as possible will be beneficial in allowing us to get things rolling as soon as we are able! Click here to register!

 

  • Where will we play?  Based upon current SUNY Geneseo plans, there will not likely be ice available to us, therefore, we are securing ice at alternate rinks.  Scottsville Ice Arena and Bill Gray's IcePlex are the likley alternatives.

 

  • How much will it cost?  We have listed anticipated registration fees for each level based upon a regular season in our home rink.  We know the season may change in length, the number of games may change, and that ice rates will be higher than we are used to!  The Board will be doing our best to keep fees at the anticipated rate.  

 

  • What team will my skater be on?  Because we were not able to have evaluations in the spring, we will work to get on the ice as early as we are allowed this fall, evaluating skaters and assigning teams.  Our coaches and ACE Coordinator assembled some "best guesses" to allow us to submit the teams and potential rosters which were required by NYSAHL in mid-July.  We know this is not what you are used to, but can assure you that the messaging is clear from NYSAHL - NO TEAMS SHOULD BE ON THE ICE UNTIL APPROVAL IS RECEIVED.

 

  • Will I be able to watch? What about masks? Rules for spectators, masks and more will be made by each rink, and enforced by rink management.  As an organization, we will communicate the facility rules to our players and families, and will expect that we can each do our part to follow those and keep our kids playing!  If you have been in the rinks this summer, general rules are that masks are worn for entry and being in the rink, but not on the ice; players arrived dressed, and sit to put skates, helmet and gloves on in socially-distant seats; locker rooms are closed; fans are limited to 1-2 people per player and are asked to be masked and socially distant.  For rinks with restaurants, masks can be removed once seated.  We anticipate rules to be generally the same, but will respond to the rules put forth.


by posted 08/04/2020
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