Is the sport of hockey safe for my child?
Yes. Hockey players wear more protective equipment than any other sport. A study has shown that ice hockey injuries ranked after both basketball and soccer in emergency room visits related to sport and recreational activities. Youth hockey is a different game than the NHL. With a different set of rules in place, youth hockey places a stronger emphasis on sportsmanship and friendly competition. Contact is not allowed prior to the 14U level (age 13 & 14). At Bantams, checking is allowed but NO fighting.
As part of the American Development Model, USA Hockey recommends younger players limit their ice time while maximizing fun and developing their overall athletic skills.
What will it cost for my child to play hockey?
BDHA has the lowest fees in the region and is focused on keeping the cost of playing hockey at an affordable rate. We offer offer a free learn to skate program through Hockey 1 & 2 and Girls Development. The learn-to-play programs, Atoms and Mites, are very affordable. Fees for first-time players at the Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam levels are reduced by 50%. BDHA offers a free equipment loan program for all beginner and introdctory level players. To keep the cost of fees down, families are able to earn work and fundraising credits. Reduced fees are provided for families with more than one child in the program. BDHA will work with individual families, as needed, to help manage costs. See the Registration page for more information on the fee structure.