The End of Season schedules have been entered on each team's schedule on the BTHL Website, based on the final Regular Season division standings. Regular Season Division Champions will receive awards at their respective tournament game sites.
Updating the schedules involves data manipulation and hand entry; errors are possible. Although we will be continuing to check all the schedules, many eyes are better to help spot any discrepancies. Each team should check their schedule. If there are errors, please report them to
so they can be corrected.
To check your schedule, go to the BTHL Website and use the Choose Team tab to select your team. Then use the Schedule menu on the left to see your scheduled games. You may also use the Brackets menu to see the bracket for your division. (Consolation games may not display properly in the bracket view as the website does not fully support our single-elimination/consolation format.)
The 2017 Tournament Rules are posted under the Championship tab. Coaches should review the rules, especially with regards to timeouts, tiebreakers, game times, and dressing rooms.
This year we have the option to order tournament apparel in advance. Please see the Apparel Order Form and submit orders to
Finally, as always please remember this is a volunteer run tournament. Each team should be prepared to provide a score keeper or clock operator and penalty box attendant. We appreciate your support.
Congratulations to the Regular Season Champions, and Good luck to all in the tournament!
The 2016/17 End of Season tournament will begin on Friday Feb. 24 and run through Sunday Feb. 26. Due to the loss of the Cincinnati Gardens we will be using ice at Dayton, Columbus, and Fort Wayne as well as Cincinnati rinks.
AA divisions will play a double-elimination format, with the modification that the final will be a single game (no extra game if it is the losing team's first loss).
All other divisions will play a single-elimination with 2-game guarantee as we have in past years. Double elimination in all divisions was not possible due to limited ice availability and scheduling constraints.
In order to get all games scheduled, games may begin as early as 12:00 on Friday. We have tried to avoid more than one overnight stay but this may not be possible in all cases.
Please note that changes are still possible and we advise that any hotel reservations include a cancelation option.
The final schedule and tournament rules will be updated after all regular league games are completed on Feb. 19. Final regular season scores must be entered no later than Sunday afternoon (Feb. 19) so that we may finalize and publish the tournament schedule.
Some other reminders
Schedules are very tight. Teams must be available to play up to 15 minutes before scheduled time and must not delay getting in or out of locker rooms.
To be eligible to play in the End of Season tournament, a player must have played in at least 50% of the regular season games for their team. Players with prolonged illness or injury may petition for an exception (please provide a doctor’s note indicating dates and clearance to return to play).
Remember this is a completely volunteer run tournament. We appreciate your support. We will require a scorekeeper/timekeeper from the home team/visiting team for each game.
Tournament rules will be posted on the Buckeye League website.
As league games get underway, here are a few reminders about scorekeeping, and reporting scores and misconduct. For the most part this is the same as last season, however please note that all misconduct penalties, not just suspensions, are to be reported this year.
We are excited about the start of the regular season and hope everyone has a great year!
Team officials (coaches, managers and team representatives) are responsible for the conduct of their teams before, during, and after league games.
Each team representative shall take action to insure that spectators are not abusive to officials, players, team officials, or other spectators.
The Home team hires the officials. The BTHL does not select or control officials for regular league games.
Scorekeeping is important. Associations should be sure scorekeepers know how to fill out the scoresheet. Please remember:
The scoresheet must list all registered players before the start of the game. Draw a line through any player not playing. If stickers are used, be sure you cross out any non-playing players on all copies of the scoresheet.
Head coaches must sign the score sheet before the game starts.
Document all penalties properly. “2-and-10” and “5-and-Game” penalties are two separate lines on the score sheet (the infraction and the misconduct).
If it’s not written up on the scoresheet, it didn’t happen. The league cannot overrule what is (or is not) written on the scoresheet. Last season we had incidents where we could not enforce suspensions due to poorly written scoresheets.
The Home team is required to enter their scores for league games on the BTHL website by Sunday night. A copy (legible photo or scan) of the scoresheet must also be emailed to the division commissioner.
Suspensions and Misconduct Reports
All misconduct penalties and suspensions must be reported to the league as soon as possible. We ask for these within two hours of the end of the game. This year we want all misconducts reported, including 2-and-10 even if there is no suspension. Use the new Misconduct Report on the BTHL Website under the Suspension tab. Submit a separate report for each penalty. Also send a copy of the scoresheet to
BTHL Rule – any player who receives a Game Misconduct in a league game must sit the next league game. Please note that a single Game Misconduct could result in sitting two (2) games if the penalty occurred in a league game and the next game for the team happens to be non-league.
BTHL Rule – Any player, coach or manager who receives two game misconducts in one season will be suspended for the next two (2) league games over and above the normal USA Hockey rules.
USA Hockey continues to strictly enforce automatic misconduct or game misconduct penalties for "aggressive infractions."
USA Hockey has implemented "progressive suspensions" nationally. Any player who receives their third major penalty during the same season for any combination of aggressive infractions shall receive an additional three-game suspension. For any player who receives their fourth major penalty in this category, the player shall receive an additional five-game suspension. Any player who receives their fifth major penalty in this category during the same season shall be suspended until a hearing is conducted by the proper authorities (Mid-Am). These designated game suspensions shall be in addition to any other suspensions imposed through the official playing rules. The aggressive infractions that fit into this category are:
All petitions must be submitted using the Petition for Division Change form on the Buckeye Travel Hockey League website. The deadline for petitions is 5:00pm Eastern Time on Sunday, Sep. 25, 2016. As a reminder, petitions must be submitted by the Head Coach, Team Manager, or Association Rep, and must be for their own team only. Petitions requesting a division change for another team will not be considered.
With the seeding tournament completed, we thought it would be a good idea to remind everyone of a few items. Firstly, thank you to everyone for being patient with us while we worked on the schedule for the tournament, and thank you to everyone who helped out at the various venues. It is difficult to get everyone on and off the ice, so we are very grateful for everyone who helps with the process.
There are a number of games to get scored, and it is even a more daunting task to get all the teams, games and scores in one spot in order to best identify which teams belong in each division. We will have the initial divisions posted no later than Friday September 23. We understand that everyone wants to get moving on scheduling, but we ask for your patience as we do our best to get the first pass correct. We ask that you do not send requests asking for the initial seeding completion prior to September 23. It is our priority to get teams assigned to the proper division. Our primary goal is to ensure even competition with all of the other considerations (location, number of teams, etc) coming second.
Once the initial seeding is completed and posted teams will have until 5:00 pm on Sunday September 25 to petition for a change of division. We are introducing a new petition which will gather more data, and limit the subjective reasoning for a change. We ask that when you complete the form, please do not send an email with a further explanation. We will not consider the email when making decisions. We may, however contact the head coach to determine the best fit for a given team. We did that last year, and it seemed to work well. The petition to change is on the Buckeye web site under the “Seeding” tab. Click on “Petition for Division Change” to access the form.
Final divisions will be posted on Tuesday September 27. Each team representative will need to complete and enter the team rosters into the Buckeye web site by Friday September 30. Games may begin on Saturday October 1.
During the finalization of seeding as well as for the 2016/17 hockey season we ask that all communication with the Buckeye Travel Hockey League (BTHL) flow through the Association Representatives. Specifically we ask that parents/families do not communicate directly with the BTHL Board. We ask that the families work with the coaches and association reps with any questions they have, and allow the representative work with the board. There are many coaches, players and families and communicating with each of them would be difficult to manage as well as inefficient.
Time Line Summary
Initial Divisions posted by Friday September 23
Petition for change must be received by 5:00 pmSunday September 25
Final Division posted by Tuesday September 27
Rosters complete and entered on BTHL web site by Friday September 30 (we will have further instructions on this out by tomorrow).
Game begin Saturday October 1
We are very excited to get the 2016/17 hockey season underway, and look forward to an excellent season of competition and fun for our players, coaches and parents.
VP, Buckeye Travel Hockey Association
The final 2016 seeding schedule has been published under the Seeding tab on the Buckeye Travel Hockey League website. Individual games have also been updated in each team’s online schedule.
Please note that Squirt Games originally scheduled at Northland on Sunday 9/18 will be played at Sports Plus. Peewee games originally on Sunday 9/18 at Sports Plus are now at Northland. This was done to be off the ice earlier at Sports Plus at their request. Other changes are generally highlighted but all teams should re-check their schedules.
If you note any discrepancies between what is in your team schedule and what is in the summary spreadsheet, please let us know immediately by email at
For the seeding tournament we need your team’s USA Hockey approved roster, which can be submitted by email to
. Please include your association name, team age division, and coach last name in the subject line to make it easier for us to manage. Please forward the link to the USA Hockey roster not a screenshot or scan.
Please also review the Tournament Rules. As in previous years, we are requesting a volunteer clock operator and score keeper for each game. Remember like your associations this is a volunteer effort so your assistance and support are appreciated!
As some have already noticed, the preliminary 2016 seeding schedule has been published under the Seeding tab on the Buckeye Travel Hockey League website. Individual games have also been loaded in each team’s online schedule.
Please note that this is preliminary. We don’t anticipate significant changes, but changes are possible. We strongly advise that any hotel reservations have a cancelation option.
If you note a problem with your schedule or any discrepancies between what is in your team schedule and what is in the summary spreadsheet, please let us know by email at
before Monday September 5.
Please keep in mind the following:
We would appreciate if you would make an effort to provide a solution rather than a complaint.
Remember, like you we are all volunteers doing this in our spare time at night and on weekends.
With nearly 200 games to schedule in two days, it is not possible to give everyone a perfect schedule. Changes that are strictly for convenience may be declined.
A note about rosters:
The confirmation email that was sent in reply to your team application indicated that we wanted team rosters entered on the website by September 7. That was incorrect. We need team rosters on the website by September 30 (before league games begin).
For the seeding tournament we need only your USA Hockey approved roster, which can be submitted by email to
. Please include your association name, team age division, and coach last name in the subject line to make it easier for us to manage.
Team Applications Are Open for the 2016-17 Season.
The online form is available on the BTHL Website under the Seeding tab.
To complete the process, the Organization or Coach or Manager must:
Submit the online application for each team wishing to participate in the BTHL in 2016-17. Please fill out the form as completely and accurately as possible, including any comments to ensure that teams are properly matched at the seeding tournament. In addition, the contact information you submit will be loaded to the website for your organization and team to ensure proper communication is sent to the necessary people.
Once the form is completed, your registration confirmation will be emailed to you with the amount due.
You must mail the following (POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN AUG 6, 2016) to the address in your confirmation email:
A printed copy of the registration confirmation email.
A check for the full amount due (organizations submitting multiple team applications can write a single check for the total as long as the check and all applications are mailed together).
Additional Dates to Remember
Application deadline is August 6, 2016.
USA Hockey Stamped Rosters must be provided at or before check-in at the seeding tournament. You must have 10 skaters and a goalie to play. Any player not on the USA Hockey roster will not be permitted on the ice or bench.
We will do our best to have the seeding tournament schedule posted by noon on September 9, 2016. Emails and phone calls regarding the seeding schedule will not be returned and will not speed up the process. Please be patient.
Pre-season seeding tournament: September 17-18, 2016
Divisions posted: On or before September 23, 2016
Petitions due from teams to move up or down a division: By 5:00pm on September 25, 2016
Final divisions posted/Scheduling starts: September 27, 2016
Schedules and Team Rosters complete and entered on website: September 30, 2016
Congratulations to Teams (Players, Coaches, Managers, Team Schedulers, and Parents) for another great year of hockey. A big thanks to all of the Coaches, Managers, Team Schedulers, and Parents for your role in making the season a good experience for the players and families involved. This year we ended with 90 teams (21 Squirt, 33 Pee Wee, 27 Bantam, and 5 Midget and 4 Girls). In order to continue to create the greatest experience possible for the kids and families, we will continue to need everyone to work together and volunteer their time and resources. Between the seeding and year-end tournament the BTHL scheduled approximately 310 games across 9 sheets of ice in 4 different cities, including securing referees for all games, tabulating and calculating all of the seeding, standings, and brackets. The division coordinators reviewed and validated around 2000 score sheets to ensure scores and penalties all get entered correctly into the website for standings and accountability. They validated around 1,300 players on rosters, and ensured that all team members were in fact eligible for the tournament.
This was the first year we had part of the Year End Tournament in Fort Wayne and thanks to the time and effort of BTHL Vice President and Indy Tournament Director Evan Porter, all went well. We will continue to consider having the same amount or more games in both Indianapolis and Fort Wayne due to the successful experiences we have had in the past couple of years.
To make all of the above happen, we needed volunteers to give of their time and resources. The league was very fortunate to have the time and efforts of our webmaster, Allan Streib, who put in countless hours keeping our league organized and our games scheduled. We were also fortunate to have our Divisional Commissioners and the time and efforts they put in all year. Nick Poe, our Director of Discipline continued to spend countless hours helping research rules and working to make sure all issues were dealt with according to USA Hockey and BTHL rules. There was interest in developing Girls, Elite, and Midget Division and we were able to get a Girls and Midget Division organized. Thanks to Steve Bolyard (Girls) and Michael Lause (Midget) for helping get these off the ground and completed. We will continue to develop those and try once again to offer Elite divisions if there is interest and folks who will help run them. If you have any interest please contact me, Andy Pokupec, BTHL President at
. Please include your prospectus and experience.
We tried a few different playoff formats at several different levels and the results and feedback was mostly good so we will continue to look into doing more of that this year. We also did some reseeding of teams for the playoffs based on season results. Although the reseeding was not easy and it was time consuming, it seemed that most were done pretty well based in scores in the year end tournament. We also switched from trophies to Banners for the League and Tournament Champions and the feedback has been positive so far.
We are also considering lengthening the season and possibly making some of the playoffs occur over 3 days and/or 2 weekends, primarily for the higher level teams.
Thanks again to all who helped make this year a great experience.
SUMMARY OF CHAMPIONS
Congratulations again to the teams below for the end of season tournament and the full year champions. I appreciate all your flexibility at the rinks and hope everyone enjoys the offseason.
UPDATE 5/23/2014: The call will start at 8:30 PM Eastern Time.
The 2014 BTHL Annual Meeting will be held via conference call on May 27, 2014 at 8:30PM. The meeting will start promptly at 8:30 pm.
Each organization must have a representative on the call -- the dial-in information and agenda have been sent to the contact on file for each organization. If your organization has not received the agenda and call-in numbers, please contact Jason Bowra at
or any member of the BTHL board.
If you are interested in being the new webmaster, please contact Craig Davis
or Jason Bowra
The 2013-14 Initial Division Assignments have been posted to the website and are available for download: (2013 Initial Divisions.xls). In addition, the teams have been assigned to their respective division on the website navigation and season results/standings pages.
Coaches and Managers: Petitions to move up/down are to be submitted by 5:00 PM on Tuesday 9/24/2013 using the online form: Move Up/Down Petition Form.
Petitions can be viewed online as well: Submitted Petitions (you must be logged in to view the petitions).
Final divisions will be posted on Thursday 9/26/2013.
Thank you all for your part in another successful BTHL Seeding Tournament weekend!
All game results have been posted to the website -- please of any discrepancies by EODMonday 9/16/2013.
Preliminary divisions will be posted on Monday 9/23/2013 Please do not contact us regarding team placements before the preliminary divisions are posted
Petitions to move up or move down must be submitted by Tuesday 9/24/2013 at 5:00 PM Only Team Officials (Coach or Manager) or Organization Reps may petition a team to move up/down
Final divisions will be posted on Thursday 9/26/2013 There will be no changes to divisions after this date
Teams are expected to contact each other for scheduling after final divisions are posted Team scheduler contacts are all posted on the website
Schedule confirmation conference calls for each division will be held Saturday 9/28/2013 All teams are expected to dial-into the conference call with all league games scheduled
First day of League Games is October 7, 2013 Here's to another great season -- its always a great day for hockey!
In addition, later this week coaches/managers will receive instructions that can be forwarded to all team members -- This year, all players must register themselves on the BTHL website and enter their own contact information and USA hockey numbers, thus ensuring complete and accurate roster information for all players and teams. These must be completed by player's families before the first games begin.
And again, thank you to all of the BTHL volunteers, Rink Directors, and area rink owners/managers for helping make the weekend go so smoothly!
The 2013 Seeding/Prospective Teams list has been uploaded to the website.
The teams also are listed in each age group/division on the web site at the level proposed by each organization/coach/manager. This (and additional information on the applications) is being used to establish the seeding games schedule. The seeding tournament schedule will be posted on 9/6/2013 on each teams BTHL page and on the "Seeding" tab of the BuckeyeTravelHockey.com website.
In addition you will notice a Midget U16 division. Since this is new for 2013 compared to years past, we are extending the Midget U16 registration an extra week (Deadline is 8/17/2013) and offering a fee of $250 for the seeding tournament only. This way U16 teams can properly evaluate the competition (should there only be a single division of Midget this year). It is also a great way for all area U16 teams to jump-start their year as a pre-season tune-up. The $250 will be applied to the normal full season BTHL fees. Please contact ' + ename + '<' + '/a>');
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As you review your potential competition for 2013-14, you will notice many new teams and organization names in the list this year: we have 98 teams registered this year -- 69 returning teams plus 29 new teams.
The new teams for 2013-14 are fairly evenly spread throughout all age groups, with many (19) moving up to the BTHL from House/Select leagues, and 10 teams moving to the BTHL after playing in other A and AA leagues. We welcome all of the new and returning teams to the BTHL!
We look forward to seeing you all at the tournament 9/13/2013 - 9/15/2013!
The application process is well under way, and most organizations and teams have submitted their prospective teams. A list of all received to date and initial seeding recommendations from the coaches is posted to the website under the "2013 Seeding" tab labeled "Prospective Teams". The list will be updated daily as additional teams submit their applications (deadline is Saturday August 10th).
In addition to the league seeding tournament on September 13-15, we wanted to let you all know we've updated the Tournament Listings (on the main home menu) with BTHL member organizations tournaments and those of our sponsors.
Is your team playing in the seeding tournament but looking for more competition before the start of the winter season? Canlan Classic Tournaments is hosting a Pre-Season tournament September 20th – 22ndin Fort Wayne and the BTHL will be looking at the results of the tournament. It's a great opportunity for players to familiarize themselves with their new teammates. Get a head start on the competition and sign up today! Cost is only $695. For more information or to register for this tournament, call Justin Sherwood at: 1-888-422-6526 ext 276, email firstname.lastname@example.org visit ccthockey.com.
If your organization is hosting a tournament you'd like to have included in our listings, please contact the BTHL Webmaster at
To complete the process, the Organization or Coach or Manager must:
Submit the online application for each team wishing to participate in the BTHL in 2013-14.
Once the form is completed, your registration confirmation will be emailed to you with the amount due. Please fill out the form as completely and accurately as possible, including any comments to ensure that teams are properly matched at the seeding tournament. In addition, the contact information will be loaded to the website for your organization & team to ensure proper communication is sent to the necessary people.
You must mail the following (POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN AUG 10, 2013) to the address in your confirmation email:
Printed copy of the registration confirmation email
A check for the full amount due (organizations submitting multiple team applications can write a single check for the total as long as the check and all applications are mailed together)
A complete team roster with birthdates for each player
Additional Dates To Remember:
USA Hockey Stamped Rosters are due by 9/2/2013
USA Hockey Stamped Rosters must be provided at the seeding tournament
The seeding tournament schedule will be posted by noon on 9/6/2013 -- emails and phone calls regarding the seeding schedule will not be returned until after the schedule is posted.
Fees (see minutes for each divisions 2013 team fees)
Organizations (see minutes for new organization applications)
Mite and U16 Division
Discussions were held on both topics and everyone on the call agreed that the Buckeye should try and have a Mite and U16 Division. We will work on this over the summer. Please email the board if you have potential teams.
Important 2013 Dates
Team applications with league dues postmarked by no later than: August 10, 2013
USA Hockey approved team rosters are due September 2, 2013. Stamped roster must be turned in at the pre-season tournament and also sent to division director.
Date for pre-season tournament. September 13,14, 15, 2013
The schedule for the pre-season tournament will be posted on or before September 6.
Tournament placement committee meeting. As required after tournament.
Preliminary divisions posted on or before September 23rd, 2013
Petitions due from teams to move up or down a division. By NO LATER than 5:00pm on Sept. 24, 2013
Petition review meeting. Sept. 25th, 2013 at 5:00pm
Final divisions posted. Sept. 26th, 2013
Date of scheduling meeting. Sept 28th. Conference Call
Dates for Championship Tournament: Feb. 21, 22 & 23 2014. Some teams will be required to play on Friday as early as 12 noon.
The annual meeting will be this Sunday June 2nd, 2013 at 7pm. The meeting will be held via conference call. The number is 1877-950-5107 Passcode 6884171#. The meeting will start on time. Please plan to dial in early. The buckeye requests representation from every organization planning to be in the Buckeye this year. We are trying to limit this to decision makers within the organization only.
USA Hockey Night at Nationwide Arena - CBJ vs MN Wild
USA Hockey Night is coming up at Nationwide Arena on 4/7 when the Jackets take on Minnesota! There are two great offers for players AND coaches!
Players (and families): Starting at $25 players receive a ticket, hotdog, popcorn, Pepsi, cold stone creamery ice cream cone, CBJ Street Hockey Stick, CBJ hat, and opportunity to take part in a post-game autograph session!
First and foremost congratulations to ALL the kids for a great tournament over the weekend. I have never witnessed so many close championship games.
Please see below for the entire tournament Champions.
·Squirt AA - Dayton Stealth – Perrault
·Squirt A Gold Louisville – Lemonds
·Squirt A Silver Evansville – Sarno
·Squirt A Bronze Columbus BJ - Erickson
·Pee Wee AA Cincinnati - Pardo
·Pee Wee A Gold - IYHA All Stars – Murray
·Pee Wee A Silver - Owensboro - Henry
·Pee Wee A Bronze - Fishers Falcons - Bell
·Bantam AA - Columbus BJ – Donovan
·Bantam A Gold - Cincinnati - Davis
·Bantam A Silver - Butler County – Deer
·Bantam A Bronze - IYHA All Stars - Christie
Quick summary below for the goal differential in the championship games.
·One Goal or overtime – 6 or 50%
·Two Goal – 3 or 25 %
·Three – 1
·Four – 1
·Five – 1
The Buckeye is completely run by volunteers. It will never be perfect. For those of you that wonder why we do the preseason, decisions to approval/deny petitions to move up or down, etc……well we feel that with 75% championship games under a two goal differential is pretty good.
If you feel different and would like to offer your expertise/time the, Buckeye is currently looking for people to help out in all capacities. We are looking to make some major changes and improvements for next year.
If you are willing to become part of the board please contact Jason Bowra. Please only contact if you a seriously willing to commit to a position on the Buckeye.
(Note: Consolation Games do not appear in the above brackets)
2012-13 Year End Tournament Information:
The brackets and schedule for the 2012-13 year-end tournament are now available to download.
Note that some teams will be required to play on Friday afternoon so please plan accordingly.
Once the final division seeding is known, the brackets will be updated with team names and will also be updated not only at the rinks, but also on the website as games complete. Scores will be entered by the rink coordinators, and the next round of the games will automatically display on the website brackets for each division.
Please direct any questions about the schedule you your coach, manager, or division coordinator.
Buckeye Travel Hockey League is the premeir youth travel ice hockey league for "A" and "AA" Squirt (10U), PeeWee (12U), Bantam (14U), and Midget (16U and 18U) teams in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. We typically have 75 or more teams from various organizations in the midwest participate in the league. BTHL is a part of USA Hockey's Mid Am district. Teams will play in various divisions within each age group based on results from the seeding tournament held in September each year. BTHL League Play crowns a regular-season champion in each division based on their final standings as posted throughout the season on this website. In addition, the Year-End League Tournament is also held crowining the Tournament Champions.
For more information about the league, click on our BTHL Contacts link.
The Site is divided into multiple age groups (Squirt/PeeWee/Bantam) which can be selected from the buttons across the TOP MENU.
Picking an age group will allow you to see all of the divisions with that age group (AA/A Gold/A Silver/A Bronze).
Once you have picked a division you will see the choices on the LEFT MENU change allowing you to see the schedule and standings for your selected age group and division.
Tip: Make sure you have the correct season selected at the top of the screen
Scores for completed games show in the schedule. Only one week is shown at a time, so you may need to view previous weeks to see more game results.
Scores for specific teams can also be accessed by clicking on the team in the schedule, standings, or from each team's main page (using the "Choose a Team" button).