We are so excited to announce that our Spring Fling Tournament has returned for two weekends in March 2022!
We still have openings for teams. Click here for more information.
As we see an increase in COVID cases amongst our players and coaches, and we work to adapt to ever changing guidance on isolation and quarantine, NBYHL has made a change to require mask wearing at all times when engaged in NBYHL activities.
Effectively immediately (January 12), face masks are required to be properly worn both ON and OFF ICE. Masks must cover both a player’s nose and mouth at all times while inside the ice skating rink, including entrance and exit of the facility. This change to on-ice mask wearing allows players to return to the ice after the CDC recommended isolation and quarantine periods (based on vaccination and booster status) for those who either test positive and/or are considered a close contact for COVID.
NBYHL will continue to follow CDC guidelines for the return of players and coaches to participation in NBYHL activities. These guidelines can be found at this link:
For quick reference, below is an easy guide with a question tree that you may find helpful in finding your way through the guidance.
Remember to inform your coach and a board member if your hockey player tests positive or is considered a close contact, to allow us to monitor the health and safety of our program for all of us.
Here are some additional steps for your player to take to reduce the risk of transmission during these times:
Your efforts to work with NBYHL as we navigate the virus are critical to our success; and we’ve been very successful at mitigating risk during NBYHL activities to this point. As the current variant is highly contagious, your increased efforts will keep our players safe while they remain physically and socially active in our community.
Please note that we are hopeful that this on-ice masking requirement is a temporary measure during this surge we’re experiencing as a community, and the board of NBYHL will revisit masking to determine when it might be safe to return to masking only during off-ice activity.
If you have questions related to COVID, we encourage you to call the BHS hotline at 855-262-5465. If you are looking for a vaccination or booster appointment, here’s a link to assist: https://vaxfinder.mass.gov
Since 1969 Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey (NBYHL) has been a league that has promoted and developed the game of hockey among the youth of Northern Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and Southern Vermont. Our league has travel teams (Black Bears) for boys and girls from age 6 through high school. We also boast a learn to skate and learn to play program for ages 4-10.
The purpose of the league is to provide the best available instruction in order to teach the game of hockey, stress the importance of physical fitness, and provide the core values of USA Hockey: sportsmanship; respect for the individual; integrity; pursuit of excellence as an individual, team, and organization; enjoyment; loyalty; and teamwork.