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An Update From USA Hockey NYS District Director Joe Baudo
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2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Seasons Sanctioned Event Information
As everyone should be aware, earlier this month USA Hockey canceled its National Tournaments and National Player Development Camps, and NYSAHA canceled its State Tournaments and is now canceling its Player Development Camps.
The purpose of this letter is to update everyone regarding tryouts and all sanctioned USA Hockey events in New York State. Based on New York State Governmental directives, until further notice all USA Hockey and NYSAHA sanctioned events are postponed, including but not limited to the NYSAHA Annual Meeting and Section Meetings, tryouts, clinics, and on-ice and off-ice activities for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons. USA Hockey has authorized its Affiliates, including NYSAHA, to alter tryout dates based on local governmental directives and other requirements. NYSAHA will notify the membership of when tryouts and other sanctioned events may be scheduled.
It should also be noted that pursuant to USA Hockey Rules, if any tryouts or other sanctioned events take place in violation of the above, the Association will be sanctioned, and violations will result in a hearing to be held before the NYSAHA Board of Directors.
Sanctions regarding USA Hockey tryout rules are as follows:
• For Tier I, the USA Hockey Youth Council has agreed that the violation of the recruiting and tryout rules by a Tier I team shall result in that team being ineligible to be recognized as a Tier I team and ineligible for National Championships for the season for which it was holding tryouts.
• For Tier II, the USA Hockey Youth Council has agreed that the Affiliate has the authority to subject the coach, team, program and/or responsible administrators to appropriate discipline, or ineligibility of the team or coach for violation of the recruiting and tryout rules by a Tier II team. The Youth Council has strongly recommended that the appropriate discipline for a Tier II team’s violation of the recruiting and tryout rules is to prohibit said team from being recognized as a Tier II team and making said team ineligible for the National Championships for the season for which it was holding tryouts.
• For both Tier I and Tier II, if a team is determined to be ineligible for National Championships, the Youth Council further recommends that players that were not subject to improper recruiting or tryouts should be released and (subject to roster deadlines) free to join an eligible team.
• For Tier III, teams are required to follow Tier I and Tier II Rules, as provided at NYSAHA Rule 10.A.9 (page 55 of the NYSAHA 2019-2020 Annual Guide).
NYSAHA Board of Directors will continue to make changes as necessary to facilitate the conduct of business.
Thank you for your attention to these considerations.
Lions Announce Changes to 20-21 Season, Tryout Dates TBD
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The Nassau County Lions Travel Hockey Program will be making some changes for the upcoming 2020-2021 season.
Beginning next season, we will no longer be age-specific for any teams we field at the Mite through Midget Levels. Our top AA team will be open to combined birth years, comprised of the best players at tryouts. Based on tryout numbers, our second teams will also be mixed birth years as well.
We will play our top teams in the EJEPL, as well as a high-level exhibition schedule and we have expanded our tournament schedule to allow all our teams more flexibility to compete in three tournaments in addition to two EJEPL Showcases. Our second teams, based on tryout numbers, will also play in the EJEPL, as well as in the Hudson Valley League. Our AA Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams will all be tournament-bound.
We are proud to announce the addition of a Midget 18U team. This team, along with our Midget 16U team, will play a true split-season schedule. This will allow for players to play for their high schools without the worry of conflicts and still compete for a bid to the N.Y.S.A.H.A. State Tournament.
Our 16 & 18U teams’ split schedule season will begin in August and run through November 15. During this time frame, each of the teams will play a full schedule, consisting of one EJEPL Showcase, 10 EJEPL games, as well as a competitive exhibition schedule.
From November 15-February 1, each team will practice twice a month (full ice) and play a few exhibition games and/or tournaments based on player availability. During this time frame, all players are free to play only high school if they wish. There is no commitment required during this period. At the conclusion of the high school schedule, all players will return to the program full-time in hopes to compete for a bid to the N.Y.S.A.H.A. State Tournament.
There will be two tryout dates at each level for the 2020-2021 Nassau County Lions. There will be a $75 tryout fee per player and attendance at BOTH DATES IS MANDATORY. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, our original tryout dates will be re-scheduled and posted shortly.
Nassau County Hockey will be offering its logo apparel via online provider Squad Locker. All orders can be submitted online, using one of two Nassau County Hockey logos, the traditional Lion logo or special apparel commemorating the 50th anniversary of Nassau County Hockey. Click either logo below to begin your Squad Locker experience.