April 15, 2021
With the end of the season approaching there are a few items I would like to bring to attention of the membership at this time:
If you are interested in running for a seat on next year’s board of directors please email OMHA President Dan Bartlett at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Elections will be held during the annual meeting on May 26th at 7pm at the McCrobie Civic Center. Members are elected to a 3 year term.
The OMHA Board of directors will interview and appoint coaches at these levels before the annual meeting:
10u travel or Snowbelt red (coaches discretion based on talent level)
12u tier III TB team
12u tier II Girls TB team
14u tier III TB team
14u tier II Girls TB team
16u tier II Girls TB team
18u tier III Split Season Team
Please note that at the discretion of the OMHA Board of Directors, there may be additions or deletions from this list based on projected number of players at each level.
Candidates are asked to forward their interest to OMHA President Dan Bartlett no later than April 30, 2019.
The NYSAHA has decided that for this season their will be a new process concerning the release of players from their 20-21 teams. All players will be considered released from the previous seasons’ organization provided they have not been placed on a financial hold list which must be provided by OMHA to the NYSAHA board of directors. We currently have less than 4 people with outstanding fees due to OMHA so all other players are considered released after the conclusion of next weekends State Championships.
We’ve got a bunch of news for the 2020-2021 season…
Due to current NYS guidelines hockey can begin under the following circumstances:
These rules are in place for all organizations in NYS at this time, the OMHA board has decided to open registration and proceed in a skills-based fashion until competitive play is allowed. Many organizations are allowing kids to hit the ice and get ready for the coming season. As players register and we get a sense of the number of players we have at each level, the OMHA Board will develop a plan for each level to get the appropriate ice touches in the safest manner possible. This may or may not include splitting into teams depending on numbers. When the governor allows competitive play we will proceed in the normal fashion of having snowbelt and travel teams where appropriate.
Registration will be open by today 9/18 via the OMHA Website: After registering your child for USA Hockey visit www.oswegohockey.com and follow the registration tab and directions to register your child for this upcoming hockey season: The following will be the cut off dates for registration this season.
If you are interested in coaching at any level of OMHA for the coming season please email Dan Bartlett at email@example.com immediately.
We anticipate needing:
Travel Team Head Coaches:
for the 2020– 2021 season have been announced they are as follows:
Squirt Travel TBA (Although this team will be registered as a snowbelt team)
PeeWee Travel Dan Bartlett
Bantam Travel Tom Roman
Girls 12u Phil Cady
Girls 14u Randy Pratt and Ben Miller
Girls 16u Eric Koproski
Please go to Jersey link on our registration page regarding the ordering of a jersey if needed. This pertains to anyone needing a replacement from last year or all first year squirts.
In addition to those that serve on the board many thanks go out each and every year to those who selflessly step forward in support this organization there are definitely too many to name. The time and effort all of you put fourth in support of this organization is greatly appreciated.
This organization exists and continues to thrive based on all your support.
This year, as is the case every year, there will be many opportunities for everyone to step up in support of the players, coaches, and the program. Either working the concession stand, being a member of a committee, or working a tournament I would like to encourage all of you to continue support the kids by helping in any way you can.
As always we would like to thank our sponsors and encourage our membership to continue to support our sponsors and the community by patronizing their businesses. You can find our sponsors listed on our website and on the banners and dasherboards at the rinks.
I would like to wish all of you the very best for this upcoming season. With the hope that this will be another fun, exciting, and fulfilling season for our children.
Please check the website often now and throughout the season for news, schedules and event information.
Further information regarding new protocols around the rinks will be provided prior to the first week of the season. These protocols will include a safety plan for our players and coaches so that they will be able to participate in hockey in a safe manner. Protocols will strictly follow NYSAHA and NYS guidelines for ice hockey.
OMHA has been getting a lot of "What is happening with hockey this season?" questions. Generally, it is around this time that Registration for the 2020-2021 season opens. However, due to Covid-19 we are still unsure of exactly what our season plans may look like. USA Hockey, NYSAHA, and New York State Government continue to have dialogue as to how they would like teams to proceed with the upcoming season. The NYSAHA annual meeting will be held August 29th in Albany and I’m hopeful that some clarification and guidance will be provided for affiliate organizations at that time.
You may be noticing that many rinks across our nation are opening up and players are hitting the ice. In NYS there is strict guidance as to how this can occur and no games or scrimmages of any type are currently allowed.
The OMHA Board of Directors remains committed to providing an opportunity for OMHA players to participate in the upcoming season and we will work with the City of Oswego on developing a safe plan for our players and coaches. At this current time, we do not have specific details, other than we plan to have a hockey season starting Mid-October. We know that everyone wants answers and specific plans, unfortunately we need to wait on those same details from USA Hockey, NYSAHA and New York state. We encourage you to watch the video below (a brief presentation by Joe Baudo, President of New York State Hockey Associations concerning the most recent status of hockey in NYS).
Rest assured, that once we have been given the green light from NYSAHA and our local government we will have hockey in Oswego. Some local organizations have started the registration process. The OMHA Board of Directors has decided to wait for guidance and a plan for the season before we allow OMHA families to register. By waiting for guidance and a plan we are allowing families to know exactly what the season will look like before collecting any funds. Please be mindful that every organization in NYS has to follow the same protocols. So even though some organizations are allowing for registration it does not mean they have a plan for the upcoming season, because nobody knows what the season will look like at this point.
Please feel free to message me any questions or thoughts pertaining to this matter.
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.
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