I have been receiving many inquiries regarding Oswego Minor Hockey for the 2020-21 Season. As a result, I will try and share some insight into our current status and projected plans.
All youth sports are currently considered Phase 4 activities by the NYS Government. Here in Oswego we are currently operating in a Phase 2 status. Materials I have been made aware of indicate that the earliest we will advance to Phase 4 should be by the beginning of July.
With that being said there are some things currently happening in the NYS hockey world that are causing some people anxiety over where their child might play next season. Many organizations over the past few years have conducted spring tryouts for their travel teams (We have done this ourselves on occasion at some levels). When teams are picked in the spring it affords organizations and teams time to plan ahead as a group and in some cases get together and work out in the pre-season phase of hockey. Due to Covid-19 and current restrictions, no tryouts are allowed to be held at this time.
In Oswego, this has little to no effect on the make ups of our teams because our intent is to move to a late September or early October tryout process for our Tournament Bound teams. (Keep in mind this is how things were done in Oswego for decades!) However, many other organizations are feeling the need to have their teams picked now, so as a result NYS Hockey is allowing organizations to sign players to commitment contracts for next season in lieu of having a tryout. OMHA is not currently entertaining signing players to contracts for next season. With that being said, if you are approached about signing a contract for your child to play for another organization here are some things you should know (and please bear in mind these are NYS Hockey rules not OMHA rules).
1) Once you sign you are committed to that team for next season (you will not be able to come back to Oswego if you are not satisfied with your experience).
2) If you sign there are no tryouts for your child, they are not allowed to be cut once they sign a contract. (even if tryouts are held at a later date for that team, your child by signing a contract is obligated to play on that team).
Again, the contract issue is currently not applicable to OMHA players unless you are interested in playing for an organization that is deciding to sign players. The early signing period for players is June 1-June 10th (for players 14u and above) and June 11th – June 30th for younger players. If you are approached by another local organization about signing a contract for your child, I would advise you to ask lots of questions about what you are signing up for.
At this point in time, nobody knows what next hockey season will look like. Hopefully, the OMHA family can slightly adjust our yearly business and hold regular tryouts at the beginning of next season. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please feel free to send me an email or call.
Here are the coaching appointments for the 2020-2021 Season:
10u Boys- TBD evaluations are held next Fall, team make up and sizes to be determined based on registration of players.
12u Boys tier III TB- Dan Bartlett
14u Boys tier III TB- Tom Roman
16u Boys tier III TB- Jeff Schremp HC/ Tom Roman/ Ben Miller
18u Boys tier III TB - Adam Michalski
12u Girls tier II TB- Phil Cady HC/Greg Sharkey
14u Girls tier II TB- Randy Pratt HC/ Ben Miller/ Adam Michalski
16u/19u Girls tier II TB- Eric Koproski
Tryouts for each of the Tournament bound teams are projected to be this spring and will follow the NYSAHA guidelines. Tryouts will be posted at a later date.
If you are looking to schedule games with OMHA travel teams for the 2019-2020 season please contact the following coaches:
8u Mites Ryan Baldwin @ Rbaldwin25@me.com
10u red squirts Josh Crannell @ firstname.lastname@example.org
10u blue squirts (Naumann) Christine Sharkey @ email@example.com
10u blue squirts (Reed) @ Lyman4reed@gmail.com
12u tier III TB pee wee Dan Bartlett @ firstname.lastname@example.org
12u snowbelt white Bill Greene @ email@example.com
14u tier III TB Bantams Ben Miller @ firstname.lastname@example.org
14u snowbelt blue Dan Taylor @ Daniel.Taylor@novelis.adityabirla.com
16u tier III TB Split Season Midgets Tom Roman @ Troman@nbtbank.com
18u tier III TB Split Season Midgets Freddy Donabella @ email@example.com
18u snowbelt midgets Kevin Reitz @ KJReitz124@gmail.com
Girls program please contact Randy Pratt @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 1964, the Oswego Minor Hockey Association Inc. (OMHA) has been providing area youth with the opportunity to learn to skate and play the game of ice hockey.
The mission of the OMHA includes promoting good sportsmanship, respect, discipline, self-esteem and fun at all levels - while enhancing skills to accommodate the full spectrum of player ability. Through the generous sponsorship of numerous local businesses, as well as a variety of successful fundraisers and an expanding equipment-lending program - the association works hard to support participation from boys and girls of all economic backgrounds.
The OMHA is a member organization of the New York State Amateur Hockey Association (NYSAHA), which is a recognized affiliate of USA Hockey – the national governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States. The OMHA is considered to be a “Tier III” (also known as “C” level) organization. This status is granted by the NYSAHA in recognition of the association’s size and general competitive success.
The OMHA is incorporated in the state of New York and maintains an official mailing address of:
Oswego Minor Hockey Association
P.O. Box 5525 ,
Oswego, NY 13126.
The association maintains its status as a not-for-profit organization in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code.
Located on the scenic shores of Lake Ontario in Central New York, Oswego is a compact city with a long tradition of quality hockey. With three ice rinks located within two miles of the downtown area, Oswego is home to the SUNY Oswego Lakers Men's and Women's Hockey teams, the Oswego City High School Boys' and Girls' Varsity Hockey teams, and the Oswego Minor Hockey Association.
Oswego Rink locations:
Crisafulli Memorial Skating Rink at Fort Ontario
East 9th St. & East Van Buren Street
Oswego, NY 13126
Cullinan Skating Rink
West 3rd St. & Varick St.
Oswego, NY 13126
SUNY Oswego Campus Center Arena
Washington St. & Centennial Dr.
Oswego, NY 13126