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The Eastern Shore Hockey Association (ESHA) is a USA Hockey registered program that offers competitive travel hockey teams from Mite (8U) to Midget (18U) age groups. These teams participate in both the Chesapeake Bay Hockey League (CBHL) and the Capital Corridor Hockey League (CCHL), and sometimes in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL). Both CBHL and CCHL are associated with the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association, (PVAHA) which is the governing body of all amateur hockey with in the DC, MD and VA area.

CBHL – is Tier II travel hockey which is a competitive level of hockey and requires a serious time commitment by both the players and parent(s).  It is extremely important that the player and parent(s) understand the time commitment of Tier II travel hockey prior to accepting a position on a travel team. Tier II or “AA,” "A," and/or “B” teams are designed for more advanced players in a “travel” program.

CCHL – is a less competitive ice hockey league for “weekend only” hockey teams. Participating teams practice and play games at levels consistent with house and recreational hockey programs. While these teams are considered travel hockey, teams participate in a more recreational, not as competitive travel-light environment.

EJEPL – Tier I and Tier II travel hockey which prepares players to become the Junior, Prep School, and College hockey recruits of the future.

 

Travel Team Information

All 10U – 18U Teams:

  • Practices - Two per week, approximately 40 per season
  • Games – 20(+/-) home/away games (includes league, non-league, tournaments, and playoffs); 16 additional games for EJEPL Teams
  • Practices and home games will be held at the Talbot County Community Center, Easton, MD.  Mid-late August practices may occur at the Centre Ice Rink in Harrington, DE or at the Naval Academy Rink in Annapolis, MD.

 

"Blue" Level Teams:

  • The most skilled available players in each age division will be selected for this level and will play in the CBHL
    • Teams (coaches with consensus of parents) have the option of entering in the EJEPL at an additional cost per player
  • Teams shall be highly competitive for the CBHL and play in the best division such that the team can aspire for division titles
  • Players and parents shall have a high level of commitment for attendance at all team activities
  • Playing time is primarily dependent upon performance, attendance, and discipline, with equity having a lower priority

 

"Red" Level Teams:

  • Teams can be placed in either travel league, CBHL or CCHL, so that it will be competitive comparable to the ability of the team at that level
    • Teams (coaches with consensus of parents) have the option of entering in the EJEPL at an additional cost per player
  • Players should make a commitment to attend most, if not all, team activities
  • Playing time shall be mostly on an even basis, with exceptions for disciplinary problems and/or game situations at the discretion of the head coach
  • Instruction will be in basic skills, rules, situational play, and indoctrination to team play concepts

 

"White" Level Teams (if needed and can be accommodated):

  • Team will be placed in the CCHL
    • Teams (coaches with consensus of parents) have the option of entering in the EJEPL at an additional cost per player
  • As per CCHL rule, if ESHA enters two teams in the same age division, the teams must be of equal strength
  • Players should make a commitment to attend most, if not all, team activities
  • Playing time shall be mostly on an even basis, with exceptions for disciplinary problems and/or game situations at the discretion of the head coach
  • Instruction will be in basic skills, rules, situational play, and indoctrination to team play concepts

 

In the event ESHA is unable to offer a team within a particular age division, the Association shall review alternatives to TRY and support its members and may exercise its right to do so for a particular season for the betterment of the Club and its members. However, there is NO guarantee that all players who register and/or attend tryouts will be placed on a team.

 

Team Size

Roster spots shall be filled by the most qualified players attending tryouts. Only players, 10U-18U, evaluated as qualified to play travel hockey will be offered roster spots. The number of players selected to be on a team’s roster may vary based on age classification, the projected level of play, and the number of qualified players. However, coaches may add players to the team’s roster up to December 31st of each year after receiving approval from ESHA’s Board of Directors. Adding a player during the season will be an exception and is not the general policy of the Club.

 

The Board of Directors also has to determine if it is beneficial to the organization to have a team with smaller numbers in order for the team to compete at a higher level. Since the organization is responsible for the development of all players, there has to be consideration taken to allow the more advanced players to have the opportunity to compete at the highest level possible.

 

Practices

Practices typically start mid-late August and run through February; 8U (Mites) don’t start practices until October.  Teams will usually have two (2) shared ice practices per week on weeknights during the season. Practices are usually one hour (1) in length.  The Club will work to do our best to allow for full ice practices at the Bantam and Midget age groups however, this isn’t always an option due to limited ice. The Club may offer Skills Clinics throughout the season to expand the knowledge and skill of its players. The clinics target specific needs of the Club’s members as identified by the Hockey Director and team coaches. Clinics may include off-ice conditioning, power skating, stick handling skills, checking, and goalie skills. Based on the content, clinics will be staffed by either volunteer coaches and/or paid professional trainers.

 

Games

Games typically begin in September and conclude in February or early March: 8U (Mites) don’t start games until October. Travel games are comprised of league, non-league, and tournaments games, and potentially playoffs. The number of games an individual team participates in is based on age classification, local competition, team objectives, the number of tournaments in which a team participates, and whether they make the playoffs.

 

The tournaments are in addition to regular league and non-league games.  Teams will participate in at least one or as many as three overnight/out-of-area tournaments each season. Tournaments are determined by each individual team. One tournament entry fee, up to $1,500, will be covered by ESHA; players are responsible for all tournament travel expenses.