Apr 16, 2023 | Paul Brown | 491 views
2023-24 BB Programming
Hello PHA Families:
There has been lots of speculation & questioning about BB programming for the 2023-24 season.
OMHA sent a directive that for next season, BB programming would be non-contact (ie no body checking). In that directive, they also provided an option to change BB designation to C, which allows for body contact. The numbers do not exist for PHA to roster a BB team and a C team.
PHA is in the Lakeshore League loop, so we will be following their lead as to designation. Lakeshore has not yet clarified which direction they will go. If Lakeshore remains BB, PHA will enter BB (non-contact) teams. If Lakeshore changes their designation to C, PHA will enter C (contact) teams.
There was a Lakeshore meeting last week, however a decision was not finalized. An OMHA Rep was present for the meeting, and was going to bring information back to OMHA.
OMHA met on Friday, and we have been informed that an adjusted document will go to the OMHA Board later this month. We have not been provided any information as to what is included in this adjusted document.
PHA is aware that tryouts are quickly approaching, and this designation may impact players' decision-making. As soon as information is available to us, we will provide an update to the membership.
Note that regardless of the OMHA/ Lakeshore decision, there will not be sufficient time to update the Tryout Policy before the start of Spring Tryouts. So, regardless of BB or C designation, all player will need to begin the tryout process with AA (contact).
PHA has full intentions of holding BB/ C tryouts for U14, U15, & U16. The ability to roster a team will be dependent on numbers. Note that limited numbers do not guarantee a spot on a team. Coaches will still have the ability to release players based on who they believe is a good fit for their roster. This includes, but is not limited to:
- individual skills;
- hockey IQ;
- being a good teammate;
- temperament, etc.