2.1 min readBy Published On: August 13th, 2013Categories: Features0 Comments

South Boston Youth Hockey League

SBYHL is folding:
I’ve heard rumors the Greater Boston Hockey League is no more. South Boston Youth Hockey is stronger than ever, with a new executive board and new programs. For 2013-2014 South Boston will now be part of the Valley Hockey League, a larger league with more parity, better competition, and more playoff hockey!   ??

Youth Hockey is dangerous:
All activity carries a risk of injury. But youth hockey players are very well protected by their gear. As a result, injury rates are below many other youth sports like Basketball, Football, or Soccer. [optional reference: http://www.divinecaroline.com/life-etc/ten-most-dangerous-sports-kids].  All SBYHL coaches are certified by US Hockey for each age group to insure practices and games are organized with the most modern techniques.

Hockey takes up lot of family time:
Young players start off locally at Murphy Rink (Day Blvd) for Learn-To-Skate, learn-to-play and house league games. Most practices are 50 minutes so there is less total time commitment than many other youth sport practices.

Hockey starts too early in the morning:
All SBYHL practices are in the evening, with younger kids scheduled earlier than older kids. House league scrimmages are Saturday afternoons. Travel games for older players are played at different times during the day – some early, some late.

Hockey is a hard sport to learn:
Many kids have already tried public skating or inline skating, so they learn fast. This year will feature a new-and-improved Learn to Skate program for children ages four to ten, as well as a “Learn to Play Hockey” program to learn the fundamentals of the sport at their own pace. Free public skating is available at Murphy rink and other DCR rinks almost every day of the week.

Hockey is expensive:? Youth hockey equipment is much less expensive than adult gear and because kids are growing fast, lightly-used gear is readily available. SBYHL is initiating an Equipment Swap Program to minimize out-of-pocket costs.  Play it again Sports (several stores in the area), Craigslist and eBay offers gently used equipment at deeply discounted prices. The new board is working on these and other programs to provide the best value of any youth hockey program around.

How can I learn more??  Come to an information meeting for parents (new and returning) on Wednesday, September 4th at the South Boston Neighborhood House (136 H Street) meeting will begin at 7PM.

Email: [email protected]
Facebook: South Boston Youth Hockey
Website: sbyhl.com