Brookline High School Warriors Ice Hockey : FAQs
Overview: 

The Brookline High School Boys Ice Hockey Program is overseen by Head Coach Mike Yanovitch and consists of a Varsity team and a JV team, each of which fields a roster of about twenty players. Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior players are eligible to play for the Varsity team. Freshman, sophomore, and junior players are eligible to play for the JV team. *There will be no 8th grade waiver program during the 2017-2018 season.*

For more information, contact Coach Yanovitch by email at bhswarriorshockey@gmail.com or by phone at 617.785.2057.


Registration: 

Registration time is a very busy time for the Athletic Department. It is best to complete registration well in advance of the registration deadline. The registration deadline for the 2017-2018 season is November 21st, 2017.

The following steps must be completed before a student-athlete is cleared to participate in organized team activities:

  1. Register online using FamilyID.com.
  2. Have a valid physical exam on record with the Athletic Department. The coaching staff will notify any returning player who has a physical that will expire prior to or during the season.
  3. Submit payment by check. The registration cost is $300, but financial assistance is available for players in need. Checks should be made out to BHS Athletics and brought to the Athletic Department, mailed to the high school, or given to a coach. *Please write the student's name and sport on the check.*
  4. Return all borrowed equipment to the equipment room and pay all fees for late, missing, or damaged equipment. The coaching staff will notify any returning player who has unreturned equipment or unpaid fees.

For more information, visit the Athletic Department website or contact Coach Yanovitch by email at bhswarriorshockey@gmail.com or by phone at 617.785.2057, Coach Spiers by email at bhswarriorshockey@gmail.com or by phone at 845.235.2882, or Deborah Donaldson, Athletic Department Secretary, by email at deborah_donaldson@psbma.org or by phone at 617.713.5289.


Equipment: 

Some, but not all, ice hockey equipment is provided. Both Varsity and JV home and away uniforms (jerseys, pant shells, and socks), practice jerseys, and hockey bags are provided after tryouts. All other equipment must be provided by the player. A royal blue helmet and royal blue gloves ("royal blue" is the blue of the New York Rangers) are required for all JV players. A navy blue helmet and navy blue gloves ("navy blue" is the blue of the Columbus Blue Jackets) are required for all Varsity players. If needed, helmets are available in the high school’s equipment room. Equipment pickup will be arranged by the coaching staff.

All helmets provided by the school are in good working order and are within HECC certification, with about half of the forty-eight helmet inventory being new this season. For JV players, the school provides a combination of Bauer BHH7500 and Bauer RE-AKT 75 helmets equipped with Bauer 7500 facemasks. For Varsity players, the school provides Bauer IMS 9.0 helmets equipped with Bauer Profile II facemasks. Players are allowed to use a custom facemask on a helmet provided by the school as long as: 1) the facemask is Bauer brand; 2) the facemask is in good working order; 3) the facemask is within HECC certification; and 4) the facemask is approved by the coaching staff.

Ice hockey is an expensive sport and, thusly, secondhand equipment (available through equipment swaps or local hockey shops) is highly recommended, especially for growing players or players who are new to the sport.

For more information, contact Marc Lofchie, Equipment Manager, by email at marc_lofchie@psbma.org or by phone at 617.713.5278.


Transportation: 

Transportation is provided to all Varsity away games. Transportation is provided to some JV away games. Players are required to take the team bus to and from all away games where a team bus is provided and are expected to arrive at the Tappan Street Gym no later than fifteen minutes before the scheduled bus departure time, unless told otherwise by the coaching staff. The bus waits for no one. If you miss the bus, you miss the game.


Sports Medicine: 

Brookline High School is fortunate to have a partnership with Brigham and Women's Hospital that provides comprehensive and multidisciplinary care to our student-athletes. Our expert physicians, athletic trainers, and staff provide coverage for all organized team activities.

The Athletic Training Room is located on the basement level of the Tappan Street Gym.

For more information, visit the Athletic Department website or contact Alex Jzyk, Athletic Trainer, by email at ajzyk@partners.org or by phone at 617.713.5416.


When: 

The ice hockey season typically runs from late-November/early-December through mid-February, including during school vacations. Practice and game times vary, depending on the availability of ice. The Varsity team usually meets five or six times per week, which includes three or four practices and one or two games (one home and one away) per week. The JV team usually meets three or four times per week, which includes one or two practices and one or two games per week. Depending on performance, the Varsity season may be extended into the post-season tournament, which goes beyond mid-February.


Where: 

Practices are typically held at local rinks, including, but not limited to, Kirrane Skating Rink (Larz Anderson), Reilly Memorial Rink (Cleveland Circle), Dexter Athletic Facility (Dexter Southfield), and Hennessy Rink (Roxbury Latin).

Varsity home games are typically held at Walter Brown Arena (Boston University). Transportation is provided to all Varsity away games. All players are required to take the team bus, unless told otherwise. The bus waits for no one.

JV home games are typically held at Kirrane Skating Rink (Larz Anderson), Reilly Memorial Rink (Cleveland Circle), or Rodman Arena (formerly Iorio Arena) in Walpole. Transportation is provided to some JV away games. All players are required to take the team bus, unless told otherwise. The bus waits for no one.

The addresses of home and away rinks can be found here.


Schedule Changes: 

Due to inclement weather, practices or games may be cancelled or moved with relatively short notice. Official announcements will be made by the coaching staff as soon as information becomes available. Nothing is cancelled until it is officially announced by the coaching staff. For scheduling updates, follow us on Twitter @bhsboyshockey2. (To receive updates from @BHSBoysHockey2 via text message, text "Follow BHSBoysHockey2" to 40404.)

The most up-to-date schedules (available to sync with both Apple and Android devices) can be found here.


Attendance: 

2017-2018 general attendence policy coming soon.

VARSITY ATTENDANCE:
• Varsity players are expected to arrive at the rink no later than one hour and fifteen minutes before the scheduled start time for games and are expected to be fully prepared no later than twenty minutes before the scheduled start time for games.
• Varsity players are expected to arrive at the Tappan Street Gym no later than fifteen minutes before the scheduled bus departure time for all away games where a team bus is provided.
• Varsity players are expected to arrive at the rink no later than thirty minutes before the scheduled start time for on-ice practices and are expected to be fully prepared no later than five minutes before the scheduled start time for on-ice practices.
• Varsity players are expected to arrive no later than fifteen minutes before the scheduled start time for off-ice practices and are expected to be fully prepared no later than five minutes before the scheduled start time for off-ice practices.
• Failure to be on time or prepared on time will result in loss of playing time. Repeated failure to be on time or prepared on time will result in dismissal from the team.

JV ATTENDANCE:
• JV players are expected to arrive at the rink no later than forty-five minutes before the scheduled start time for games and are expected to be fully prepared no later than ten minutes before the scheduled start time for games.
• Varsity players are expected to arrive at the Tappan Street Gym no later than fifteen minutes before the scheduled bus departure time for all away games where a team bus is provided.
• JV players are expected to arrive at the rink no later than thirty minutes before the scheduled start time for on-ice practices and are expected to be fully prepared no later than five minutes before the scheduled start time for on-ice practices.
• Failure to be on time or prepared on time will result in loss of playing time. Repeated failure to be on time or prepared on time will result in dismissal from the team.

Bona Fide Team Members: 

Per Rule 45 of the 2017-2019 MIAA Handbook:

A bona fide member of the school team is a student who is consistently present for, and actively participates in, all high school team sessions. Bona fide members of a school team are precluded from missing a high school practice or competition in order to participate in a non-school athletic activity/event in any sport recognized by the MIAA. Students cannot be given special treatment for non-school athletic programs. Saturday and Sunday practices ONLY may be excluded from this rule and no waiver is required.

Historically, an exception to Rule 45 has been made for players in our 8th grade waiver program. This exception does not apply to high school students.

For more information on Rule 45 and other MIAA rules, download the 2017-2019 MIAA Handbook.


FOBHSH and Fundraising: 

The team booster club, Friends of Brookline High School Hockey (FOBHSH), raises funds year-round to subsidize the cost of the team. Funds raised by FOBHSH are used to provide, among other things, practice ice, low-cost team apparel and bags, financial assistance for players in need, stipends for volunteer coaches, and the end-of-the-season awards and banquet. All parents of players in the Brookline High School Boys Ice Hockey Program are automatically members of FOBHSH and are encouraged to be involved.

The FOBHSH Advisory Board for the 2017-2018 season:

If you are interested in supporting the team through FOBHSH or have any questions about becoming more involved in FOBHSH, contact us at fobhsh@gmail.com. If you would like updates on fundraising efforts and community events, visit the FOBHSH website or follow FOBHSH on Twitter @FOBHSH. (To receive updates from @FOBHSH via text message, text "Follow FOBHSH" to 40404.)