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May 22nd Update - MHC 2020-2021 Season & Registration

By JC, 05/22/20, 8:00PM EDT

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Season Update as of May 22nd

May 22, 2020
 

Montclair Hockey Club families and prospective families,

 
We hope this finds you and your family well. Following up on our communication of May 6th, we want to update you regarding the 2020-2021 Youth Hockey season as some areas of the country initiate phased re-openings.
 

First we want to thank the 330+ Travel players who have registered with us so far for the upcoming season! We take this as an indicator of your confidence in the Blues to successfully and safely navigate the challenges ahead for our teams and players.

Currently all New Jersey ice arenas are closed under State directive. We are aware that some rinks have chosen to operate in violation of the directive. Please exercise caution and common sense and do not put your family at any unnecessary risk.

We understand that ice arenas are currently classified in the 4th phase of re-opening by the State. We expect that when they do re-open they may be subject to some restrictions on operations and initial phases may not be conducive to typical hockey activities. We are in constant contact with our partners at Montclair State University Ice Arena as we plan for re-opening as soon as the State allows.    

We are also engaged in regular conversations and meetings with our leagues, all of whom are in the process of drafting multiple scenarios for planning and scheduling for the upcoming season. We are all doing our utmost to be prepared to act once the State releases a timeline. 

 

As a reminder, we have asked that all players complete the Pre-Season Registration by June 1st using the link on our website in order to be considered when we offer Player Agreements on June 11th per AAHA guidelines. The Registration fee will be credited toward your Season fees if you are selected for a team. If you previously registered your player(s) for 2020 Tryouts we have converted that Tryout registration and fee to a Pre-Season Registration and you do not need to register again.

 

MHC 2020-2021 Player Agreements will be based on appropriate age level only (i.e. 14U, 12U, etc) and not specific teams.

  • Based on registration, prior season evaluations, and coaches' input we have started the process of drafting team rosters.
  • Coaches will be reaching out to players prior to distribution of Agreements to discuss their potential team placements.
  • Any further necessary on-ice evaluations will be held when the arena re-opens.

 

Please note that AAHA requires that Player Agreements issued prior to August 3rd, 2020 include a COVID-19 Financial Hardship Refund Policy, which may be exercised by the participant/family through July 31, 2020. A hardship under this policy must be related to the COVID-19 pandemic, where a family’s financial condition changed after signing a Player Agreement and on or prior to July 31, 2020. A participant/family exercising this option will not be permitted to roster with another team for the 2020-2021 season.

 

MHC 2020-2021 Season FAQs 

 

What do I need to do now?

Please register ASAP. Thanks to all who have already registered! You must be registered by June 1st to be considered for a 2020 Player Agreement. This applies to ALL players –  returning and new, skaters and goalies. The registration link can be found at the top of our homepage at: www.montclairhockey.com
 

New to MHC?

We remain interested in bringing on new players. Please remember to include your previous club experience in your registration. If we have any questions about your player a member of our staff will reach out to you. Every effort will be made to provide a spot for your player at MHC.
 

Timeline for Registration, Agreements and Deposits?

You must register by June 1st to be considered for 2020-2021 Player Agreements.
The Pre-Season Registration fee is $150 for 10U and older. 8U is $50. Goalies are $50. All registration fees will be credited towards your Season fees if you are offered a Player Agreement. Should you be offered a spot at MHC and sign with another club, your registration fee is not refundable.
Player Agreements will be issued starting June 11th.

The Season Deposit due upon committing to MHC and signing a Player Agreement will be as follows.

Goalies’ Season Fee will be due upon signing.

Note: We have adjusted the Mites/8U Deposit to be more inline with Season fees. 

 

Level

Deposit

Level

Season

Fee

Mite Skater

$300

Mite Goalie

$300

Squirt Skater

$500

Squirt Goalie

$300

Peewee Skater

$500

Peewee Goalie

$300

Bantam Skater

$500

Bantam Goalie

$500

Midget Skater

$500

Midget Goalie

$500

Midget Extend Season

$500

Midget Extend Goalie

$300

Girls 8U Skater

$300

 

 

Girls 10U/12U Skater

$500

Girls 10U/12U Goalie

$300

Girls 14U Skater

$500

Girls 14U Goalie

$300

Girls 16U Skater

$500

Girls 16U Goalie

$300

Girls 19U Skater

$500

Girls 19U Goalie

$300

 
The deposit due at Agreement signing is significantly lower than previous seasons reflecting the uncertainty and scheduling challenges that lie ahead. Per AAHA guidelines, anyone withdrawing by July 31st due to a COVID-19 hardship will receive a refund of their Season deposit.
 

Payment Plan Option?

As always we will offer a credit card Payment Plan enabling families to spread costs across multiple payments over time.
 

Season Fees?

Our original planned team structure and anticipated season fees are posted on our website. Once we understand the season start date, duration, and other criteria we may adjust those plans and fees as needed. It is our intention to continue our practice of keeping teams, schedules, costs, and fees aligned as best we can this coming season.
 

Alternatives?

A reminder that MHC runs one of, if not the largest, most successful House/Limited Travel League program in NJ for anyone who may be seeking an alternative to Travel Hockey this year. Our HL program includes a full program for Squirts/10U and Peewees/12U and a limited program for Bantam/14U. For more info on our House League please contact: Matt Cubeta, MHC House League Director at:  mcubeta@nhl.com

Other Questions?

If you have other questions we will do our best to answer them! Please address questions to:Tim Fox, MHC Travel Director at: timfox46@gmail.com

 

On behalf of the MHC Board of Directors we appreciate your continued participation and support of our program. We will continue our planning for the upcoming season with the safety of our players foremost in mind and we will communicate all new developments as they evolve.

 

In the meantime stay safe, stay well. Go Blues !

 

John Cronogue

President, Montclair Hockey Club