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UPDATE ON 25-PERSON LAWSUIT RULING

HJB Families -- we have good news to share! In light of the recent lawsuit that challenged the 25-person limit edict and won, the Atlantic District is now allowing all DVHL teams to have full player rosters and all coaches on the ice/bench for games.

Please Note: the Governor's Office has stated they will appeal this ruling and request a stay, which means it could go back in effect at some point, but at the present time, we are not being held to the 25-person max edict for players and coaches.

Also Note -- regrettably, the District is requiring that no spectators be in rinks until greater clarity is gained on the appeals process, so nothing changes for now on that front.

Lastly -- there are different, additional restrictions for Philadelphia County and the State of Delaware, so be sure to read the full letter to see those details. These clauses ONLY apply to those geographies.

Overall this is good progress and we are glad that our players can play together as a full team, while still being vigilant toward safety best practices.

Stay tuned for more updates on this VERY fluid and ever-changing topic.


welcome new board members!

Amber Albright – Level Coordinator Pee Wees

Jan Budman -COVID-19 Coordinator

Thad Kocuba – Level Coordinator Bantams


**HOUSE DRAFT OCTOBER 5th**

At this time, we are announcing that House Draft Night scheduled for this upcoming Monday September 14th is being Postponed until October 5th with the possible starting of practices on or around October 12th.

NOTE: Any returning player to House Hockey WILL NOT need to participate in the Draft Night evaluations. Only NEW PLAYERS to our organization are required to attend.

Click document below for more information


2020-2021 HJB House League Registration OPEN

Click on the HOUSE LEAGUE REGISTRATION BANNER above to register for the 2020-2021 House League Hockey Season!

The Hershey Jr Bears are actively registering players for the 2020-2021 House League Hockey Season!   Detailed information can be found in the House Program Guide below.


A message from the DVHL UPDATE #5

Below is an update from the DVHL with regards to the start of the 2020-21 season.

We will post updates as they unfold.

Thank you!


HJB CORONA VIRUS POLICY




2020-21 HJB Evaluation Process and Important Information

CLICK HERE  for important information regarding the upcoming 20201-21 hockey season.  There is also information regarding the J. Bruce McKinney Scholarship Fund application process.  The deadline for application is August 31, 2020.



Registration now open

Click on the TRAVEL REGISTRATION BANNER above to register for the 2020-2021 Travel Hockey Season!

The Hershey Jr Bears are actively registering players for the 2020-2021 Travel Hockey Season! Our intention is to start on-ice Clinics and Tryouts as soon as we are permitted to, so go ahead and register today by clicking on the banner above.

If you have any questions about next hockey season or what to do about registering your son or daughter given the current COVID-19 situation, please feel free to directly contact any of the following Hershey Jr Bears coaches, who will be coaching the top teams at each respective level:

Midget 18U -- TBA 

Midget 16U -- Jake Thomas: coachjakethomas@gmail.com 

Bantam 14U -- Matt Junkins: matt.junkins@lobar.com 

Pee Wee 12U -- Dave Umberger: dave.umberger@gmail.com

Squirt 10U -- Adam Bonenberger: adam.bonenberger@gmail.com

Mite 8U -- Kyle Spittler: magicalex22000@yahoo.com

You must register in order to attend tryouts this Spring/Summer, so please click on the link below to view our 2020-2021 Travel Brochure and see all the enhancements we have made to our program for the new season and register today! 

Thank You for your interest is Hershey Jr Bears travel hockey and as always, be well and be safe!

Let's Go Bears!!!


J. Bruce McKinney Scholarship Fund

Through the kindness of J. Bruce McKinney and other donors, the Hershey Jr. Bears Organization is able to offer limited financial assistance to families who are experiencing financial difficulty.

Scholarships are awarded solely on the basis of financial need. The identity and the financial information of all applicants will be strictly confidential.

Application forms may be requested by contacting Lori Rich at lrich@hersheyjrbears.org

Please note: ALL Scholarship Fund applications must be received by August 31, 2020. No applications will be accepted after August 31st.



Social Media & Conflict Management Policy


2020-2021 HJB Travel Hockey Program Guide

Click on file below to open, download and print the travel hockey program guide.


a message from the president

Greetings to our Hershey Jr. Bears Hockey Family

Hoping you are all staying safe and healthy during this coronavirus pandemic.  We are all looking forward to restarting Jr. Bears Hockey - exact dates are unknown at this time.  We are excited to share this information with you for 2020-2021 Hershey Jr. Bears Hockey!

Before I close I just want to say a quick thank you...

To the delivery men and women who carry our food and medicine to us To the truck drivers and train operators who stock supermarkets and pharmacies, and to the cashiers at the end of the conveyor belts.

To our Teachers who magically transformed their teaching styles effectively and successfully To all of our children (young and older) who may not understand this "new norm" but have miraculously coped and are persevering!

And of course,  to the health-care workers, from nurses to doctors to EMTs, and all support staff whose job is in some sense the same as it's always been yet is suddenly so profoundly different.

Stay Safe - See  you All soon

Linda Umberger




CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Dear  Hershey Jr. Bears Players and Parents, Coaches and Managers,

Sharing concerns  relative to  coronavirus (COVID-19) and wanted to take a moment to provide an update as it relates to Hershey Bears Youth Hockey activities.

Our top priority, as you know, is the safety of everyone involved with Jr. Bears Hockey.  I share this guidance with you recently published by the   Delaware Valley Hockey League (DVHL). It is important that everyone follow the guidelines below and regularly visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization websites for additional information:

  • Practice frequent and meticulous hand-washing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and/or sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Anyone who is sick (players, coaches, parents, roommates) should not participate in activities
  • Handshake lines after games should include fist bumps with gloves on
  • Use individual water bottles; do not share them
  • Towels should not be shared in any way

Thank you for your diligence in following the guidelines above and continuing to stay engaged with this important issue.

Sincerely,

Linda Umberger, President Hershey Jr. Bears


DVHL 2020 Coupons!

Dick’s Sporting Goods continues to be a significant sponsor of the DVHL!

Please feel free to share this with your family, friends and co-workers!

Download and Print Coupons Below


Back by popular demand!

THE HERSHEY JR BEARS 2020 DISCOUNT CARD FUNDRAISER IS HERE!!!

All HJB Travel & House Players have a chance to win great prizes for themselves and their team, while earning money for the organization!

WHAT IS IT? The Jr Bears have partnered with 16 NATIONAL & LOCAL restaurants and retail stores who are offering money-saving discounts to Jr Bears Card holders. The discounts are good from NOW through the end of 2020. Great places like Primanti Bros, Arooga's, Chocolate Avenue Grill, Ruby Tuesday, Chili's, Fuddruckers and more.

HOW MUCH DOES A CARD COST? -- the discount card costs $20 to the consumer, and funds go to support costs of HJB hockey including ice time, uniforms, training equipment, the annual banquet and more.

HOW'S IT WORK? -- each HJB player is asked to sell as many cards as they can, beginning this week. As special motivation, between NOW and January 5, 2020, there are SPECIAL Incentive PRIZES that each Player AND Team can win:

* The 3 HJB teams that sell the most cards combined will receive a FREE Team Pizza Party, worth up to $250 of food & beverages!

Each individual player can win GIFT CARD prizes for themselves. The more cards they sell, the better their prize and there is no limit on how many Gift Cards they can win:

* 5 cards sold = $20 Gift Card to the store/restaurant/service of their choice

* 15 cards sold = $50 Gift Card to the store/restaurant/service of their choice

* 25 cards sold = $100 Gift Card to the store/restaurant/service of their choice

* As an extra bonus, the top 15 sellers will receive a FREE Hershey Jr Bears T-Shirt!

* SUPERSTAR Bonus = any player that sells 150 or more cards will receive FREE player registration for the 2020-2021 Season!!!

HOW DO WE GET STARTED? -- all teams' managers will receive an email with the Official Order Form for the HJB Discount Card in the next day, and a batch of cards will be delivered to them this week.

Managers need to give very player on each team an order form to find out how many cards they will need and players can begin selling immediately by going door-to-door, selling to family and friends, at places of work (where permitted) and for those interested, we have permission from some restaurants to set up a table in front of their location (DM us here for details on which partners).

Players collect the money, turn it in to their manager, who then turns it into HJB Board of Directors Fundraising Director, Doug Hummer.

The Incentive Program listed runs through 11:59pm EDT January 5, 2020. Team performance is measured at that point and the 3 winning teams announced later that week.

Good luck with your selling and LET'S GO JUNIOR BEARS!!!


usa hockey directive


Remembering John Devaney

Long time Scholarship and Finance Director BOD member John Devaney has passed away on October 24, 2019.

He has served on the HJB Board of Directors for many years and will be missed.

For more information about services CLICK HERE 



AAHA Zero Tolerance Video

Please watch this 3 minute video regarding the AAHA Zero Tolerance Policy.

CLICK HERE

 



safesport update

SafeSport – Attached below are highlights and the memo summarizing SafeSport. 

  1. The US Center for SafeSport has exclusive jurisdiction over all allegations of Sexual Misconduct and has discretionary jurisdiction over other possible SafeSport allegations.
    1. Basically any adult, covered by USAH, is considered a mandatory reporter and if any such person learns of facts that give reason to suspect that a child has suffered an incident of Child Abuse,

the adult shall as soon as possible report the suspected abuse to both the US Center for SafeSport and to applicable law enforcement authorities.

  1. SafeSport Training;
    1. Beginning this season, SafeSport training is required every year.  However if you completed training in the most recent season (2018-19) you will retain valid training status for 2019-20.
    2. All (whether registered with USAH or not) board members of the clubs and affiliates are to have SafeSport training.  There will be audits conducted to assure all required have been trained. 
    3. All players born in 2002 and earlier that are playing on a team with players under 18 are required to have SafeSport training prior to being put on the roster.
    4. USAH will offer and give training to minor athletes with age-specific training, this will not be required for the minor athletes except for “c” above.
  2. Screening will move to a national program administered by USAH starting the 2020-21 season.  The US Olympic Committee is still in the process of finalizing background screening policies, hopefully finalizing by September this year.
    1. The USAH national program will still require the Pennsylvania individuals to still follow PA law for screening.  THIS WILL NOT REPLACE THE PA SCREENING REQUIREMENTS.





Hockey learn-to-skate!

Beginning Hockey skating classes are available!
These lessons are developed in conjunction with USA Hockey and will develop or strengthen the skills needed for beginning and advanced beginning players.  A look at the hockey curriculum is available clicking on the link below. 

In four badge levels, skaters will learn how to be more proficient and agile on the ice. Proper skating techniques for the game of hockey are the primary focus of the levels. All elements will be taught without a puck. Skaters will learn the basic hockey stance, stride, knee bend, use of edges and other necessary fundamentals to be successful in hockey practices and game situations.

Necessary equipment: • Hockey skates • HECC Approved Hockey Helmet

Use this LTS registration link, (click)  for more information and be sure to select the Hockey Track when asked. 

Let's go bears!!!
 


2018-19 End of season banquet video below


click below for official HJB merch & apparel


HJB ONLINE STORE (click on above image)