Thank you for your interest in the SHIHA Bernards/Somerville
Middle School Club Team!
Who are we:
The MS Club team is managed and supported by the Somerset Hills Ice Hockey Association (SHIHA) Board Members and plays under the Bernards/Somerville Team Name.
The Bernards/Somerville Middle School Team is managed as a Club team and is not sanctioned by the Middle School or Board of Education.
Our goal is to promote the development of Youth Ice Hockey in the Bernards and Somerville School Districts.
Our Middle School program is open to players in grades 6 through 8 residing in Bedminster, Bernardsville, Branchburg, Far Hills, Peapack- Gladstone and Somerville. Students entering 5th grade will also be considered. Players from surrounding towns who do not have a club team in the league will also be considered.
The program offers a great opportunity for kids to play with other kids from town, at different age groups and skill levels who will potentially play together in High School on the Bernards/Somerville Varsity Team.
League & Games:
The Middle School Team has participated in the Bridgewater Middle School League for 12+ years.
The league is run by BSA with all games played out of BSA on Sunday (early evenings) and a few Friday evenings.
Typically it is a 12 game season plus playoffs.
Other middle school teams we compete against include teams from Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Hunterdon, Watchung and Westfield; many of which also compete in the Skylands Conference with the High School Program.
The Season begins in mid-October and ends in mid-March.
The head coach is Ron Pace. He is a qualified coach who also coaches with the Hunterdon Bears.
Depending on skill level and player interest, Coach may schedule a few team practices; approximately 4-6 per season.
Practices are limited since many players also to play for other travel teams that are usually a much bigger commitment and have regular practices and games during the same season.
A pre-season skate/evaluation will be scheduled in September timeframe to determine the skill level of the players.
There is no official tryout and we welcome everyone regardless of gender or skill level.
Tuition includes league fees, jersey, socks, non-parent coach, end of season team dinner and player gift.
The MS Tuition for the 2016-2017 season was $475 per player and is determined by the number of players rostered.
A $200 deposit is due in September/ October timeframe to secure a spot on the roster with the balance due in November.
The SHIHA coordinates an Ad Journal fundraiser with the High School Program to help offset the cost to families.
Fundraising usually starts in June/July Timeframe through October.
Approximately 80% of individual player sales is returned to players via tuition credit.
Middle School players are asked to sell $250 in ad sales.
Check out the Booster Club section of this site for samples of previous season journals.
As a parent run organization we need your help!
We are always looking to add some fresh faces and new ideas into the program.
We Invite you to get involved...if you are interested in becoming a board member, want to be a team manager or coordinate various team activities such as the end of season banquet and team uniforms, simply contact the coach.
For More information on the Middle School Program contact: Coach Ron Pace