There are typically a lot of questions after the start of the year around the GSL play-offs and how many teams qualify. The process is overall pretty simple........
The GSL play-offs are for Squirt-Bantam age teams.
Divisions with 8 or less teams take the top 4 teams into the play-offs.
Divisions with 9 or more teams take the top 4 teams into an upper play-off and the next 4 teams into a lower play-off.
In the play-offs there are two semi-final games (1 seed plays the 4 seed and 2 seed plays the 3 seed).
The winners of these games play for a championship and the losers play a game for 3rd place. (The Bantam divisions do not have a 3rd place game.)
So with the exception of Bantams teams that make the play-offs play 2 games.
A schedule will be created and posted later. There will just be placeholders for the seeds and the final seeds set by teams performance.
The GSL statistician keeps the official standings which are based on game sheets that are turned in. (A list of missing game sheets can be found on the GSL documents page. Games without game sheets are not counted toward the standings.)
Parents play a major role when it comes to influencing youth hockey players to display good sportsmanship. Children often see their parents as role models and look to replicate their actions. Here are 11 principles that parents can use to promote good sportsmanship by displaying it themselves and teaching it to their kids.
It is expected that all PVL Hockey parents observe the following principles:
Children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment. I will encourage and support my child’s desire to play his/her chosen sport but will not pressure him/her into participating.
I will remember that the game is fun. I will not taunt or disturb other fans, or embarrass my child by yelling at players, coaches, or officials.
I will support and promote Fair Play by encouraging my child to play by the rules. I will display good sportsmanship by applauding a good effort by both teams in victory and defeat, and respecting players, coaches, and officials.
I will remember that “wins” are based on my child’s performance, teamwork, and playing within the rules.
I will recognize the importance of volunteer coaches and will take the time to attend team meetings to get to know my child’s coach’s philosophy, expectations, and guidelines. I will communicate with my child’s coaches and support them.
I understand that when my child is on the ice, the coaches do the coaching. I will not yell instructions to my child from the sidelines or give my child instructions counter to those of the coach.
I understand that it is my role to teach my child sportsmanship, how to deal with success and failure, and to support my child’s development in the game.
I will strive to become knowledgeable about the rules of the game and support the official’s decisions on and off the ice.
I understand the importance of skill development. For the lower age groups, I will remember that practices benefit my child more than games and competition.
I will respect locker rooms as private areas for players, coaches, and officials.
I will not place unreasonable expectations on my child.
Its hard to believe but its that time of year again. Pioneer Valley Youth Hockey will begin our LTS/LTP on Saturday September 19th. LTS/LTP will begin at 10:30 A.M. This year our program will be run slightly different then in years past. Both our LTS/LTP programs will skate at the same time. PVYHA has purchased "half boards" which means that we will be able to split the ice in half. Both programs will run through December 19th when we will hold our end of session family skate. Please see our LTS page in the left hand column for registration details. All lessons will held at Fitzpatrick Arena in Holyoke. Also as please make note that the weeks of November 21st and 28th there will be no LTS/LTP due to Thanksgiving and the rink being used for a tournament.
2015 Pioneer Valley Youth Hockey Association
First Session - $55.00
Saturdays - September 19th - December 19th
The Pioneer Valley Youth Hockey Association offers new skaters a place to learn the skills of skating. The goal of our LTS program is to help skaters have fun while learning to skate safely. Skaters are continually evaluated during sessions and move through three (3) different stages: beginning skaters, intermediate skaters and advanced skaters. Once skaters have mastered the basic skills of skating, they are eligible to participate in our Learn-to-Play program.
**All participants must have a USA Hockey approved helmet with cage or full face shield, skates and gloves/mittens. We highly recommend that skaters also wear shin guards and elbow pads. **
Saturdays - 10:20a.m. -11:30 a.m.
INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT: www.pioneervallevhockev.orq (or come to 1st day and sign up.)
New skaters who can competently perform the basic skills of skating are eligible to join our Learn-to-Play program. Through Learn-to-Play, they will develop hockey skills, including stick handling and shooting. Players interact in small games designed to make learning the sport fun. This year our LTS/LTP will be run simultaneously utilizing “half boards” that were purchased over the summer.
**All participants must have a USA Hockey approved helmet with cage or full face shield, skates, hockey gloves, shoulder pads, hockey pants, elbow and shin pads, athletic cup and hockey stick. *