Our Mission is to provide the youth of the Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan Area, the highest quality youth sports program. The Association believes that participation in team sports can be an important ingredient in healthy youth maturation.
As we continue the battle against COVID-19/Coronavirus, we hope you and your family remain safe and healthy. Our thoughts are with members of the NKYHA family and beyond who have been directly impacted by the COVID-19/Coronavirus. We encourage you to continue to do your part to stop the spread!
The NKYHA Annual Board Meeting occurred virtually on Thursday, April 28, 2020. The following Board of Director positions were voted on during the meeting: Vice President and Secretary. The NKYHA Membership in attendance elected Eric Kathman, Vice President and Chelsey Sheehan, Secretary. They will hold a two (2) year term in their respective roles.
As the State of Kentucky begins to re-open, we're excited to announce the 2020-2021 NKYHA coaching lineup:
U8 - Simon Lovasco/Steven Wyant
U10 B - Hank Frecke
U10 A (Possibly Two (2) Teams) - Brent Degenhardt/Steven Wyant
U10 Jr. Cyclones AA (2010) - Eric Miller
U12 B - Michael Forester
U12 A - Jamie VanHook
U12 Jr. Cyclones AA (2009) - Matt Thomas
U14 B - Alee Gregorcyk
U14 A - Kevin Marks
Junior Varsity - Steve Berling
Varsity Norsemen - Jaime Antelo
The Northern Kentucky Ice Center has submitted a re-opening proposal to the Kentucky Board of Health. The re-opening plan indicates a phased opening with a desired start date of May 26, 2020. Additional information regarding re-opening will be sent by the end of this week.
You will also see evaluation registration information by the end of the week. While we have not set a date for evaluations, we are encouraged by guidance from Mid-am and USA Hockey indicating that evaluations can be scheduled after June 15, 2020, pending state approval. We will be working with Northern Kentucky Ice Center, local and state officials to develop an evaluation process that meets the Northern Kentucky Ice Center re-opening plan, USA Hockey, Mid-am Hockey, state and local guidance.
The Northern Kentucky Ice Center re-opening plan has been developed and the evaluation process will be developed, with the safety of the players, families and Northern Kentucky Ice Center staff in mind.
NKYHA/Jr. Cyclones Partnership and Evaluation Announcement
What a week it has been! As we move thru this unprecedented time in our history, we encourage everyone to follow the guidelines to protect against Coronavirus/COVID-19. Know that the NKYHA Board will be working with our partners to make decisions with the health and safety of the NKYHA family in mind.
I want to say congrats to the entire NKYHA family for their accomplishments this season. The end of the season has been an interesting one as Coronavirus/COVID-19 has caused cancellations of several tournaments our teams were scheduled to participate in including Nationals. While we are all disappointed with these cancellations, we know that the decision was made with the safety of our players, coaches and their families in mind.
The NKYHA Board has been working hard to prepare for, what will be an exciting 2020-2021 season. I am thrilled to announce that Northern Kentucky Youth Hockey Association will be partnering with the Cincinnati Cyclones and the Cincinnati Cyclones Foundation to bring the Jr. Cyclones and AA hockey to the NKYHA family. This partnership brings many benefits, including the return of new and improved skills sessions, coaching development and goalie development to the entire NKYHA family. We are hoping to schedule a Town Hall to address questions related to this partnership. The time, date and location of this meeting has not yet been determined. This meeting will be scheduled once conditions allow us to meet.
NKYHA hopes to roster the following teams for the 2020-2021 season:
U8 (Mite-2012-2016): House and Travel
U10 (Squirt-2010/2011): AA, A and House
U12 (Peewee-2008/2009): AA, A and House
U14 (Bantam-2006/2007): A and House
High School (9-12th grade): Varsity and JV
All AA teams will play under the Jr. Cyclones name; JV, A and House Teams under the Norse name; and Varsity under the Norsemen name. All as part of the NKYHA family!
Evaluation are currently scheduled for:
U8: T.B.D. (Late September/Early October)
U10/U12/U14: April 1-5
JV/Varsity: April 13-14 and 18-19
Evaluations will be held at both the Northern Kentucky Ice Center and Heritage Bank Center. Coaching announcements, evaluation times/locations and registration information will be sent next week.
Please know that these dates and locations may very well change. We will keep you updated on changes to this schedule based on federal, state, local, Mid-Am Hockey, USA Hockey or NKYHA recommended or mandated changes. Protecting players, their families and the entire NKYHA family is of the utmost importance and will be the basis for any change!
Thank you for your patience as we worked thru finalizing this partnership, scheduling evaluations and understanding how this virus may impact our daily lives. As we progress thru the coming weeks, we ask the NKYHA family to take care of their family, friends and the entire community.