BYOT brings all of the things you love about StinkySocks Hockey’s Open Leagues to a format where you can build and manage your own team. Captains get the control they’re looking for, from managing their roster to creating the best jerseys on the ice. At the same time, they need not worry about the administration.

BYOT launched for its first season in September 2016, at our premium locations of Phillips Academy in Andover and the Bruins practice facility in Brighton, Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton. BYOT continues into the 2017-2018 season with the addition of several new locations, including Boston University’s Agganis Arena. Let us know where you want BYOT so we’re scheduling around your team!

Details

Highlights of BYOT

  • Reasonable hours – Say goodbye to those west coast start times – NEVER a game start after 10PM
  • Predictable locations – What’s the sense in sending you all over the map? If you sign up to play in an area, you’ll play in that area.
  • The best rinks – Good ice surfaces in the most convenient locations. BYOT leagues are available at premium locations such as Warrior Ice Arena (Bruins Practice Facility), Agganis Arena (BU Men’s Hockey Facility), and Phillips Academy.
  • Specific leveling with individual player qualification requirements.
  • “No Jerks” – We look to attract the right players. Like-minded captains and our Player Conduct Policy help to ensure they stay on the good side.
  • No surprise players – Controlled and enforced roster eligibility ensures that ringers don’t come and go
  • Never skip a week – You’re out there for the enjoyment of the game and for the workout so why skip a week? Play every week, even if your team doesn’t progress in the playoffs.
  • All payments are handled by the league, with the team cost split up amongst the team members
  • Payment plans available for all players
  • Online schedule and standings – get your entire schedule at the beginning of the season.
  • All players qualify for SSH Full Time Player benefits

Levels

We work closely with captains to ensure that the teams are being formed in an equitable way that will ensure balance, which is a vital part of the StinkySocks Hockey experience.  Please refer to our skill level page for more info or call the league office for clarification. Please note exclusion exceptions may be made on a case by case basis, usually if the experience that would exclude them is a significant amount of time in the past.

Lower Intermediate (C-/D+) – This level is geared towards those who began their hockey experience as an adult and excludes anyone who has had high school experience.

Intermediate (C) – All players in the C range are eligible (C-, C,  C+) but as teams look to build the most competitive roster within the rules, this level lends to play towards the high end. This level is most appropriate for those who have had high school level experience and excludes anyone who has had collegiate experience.

Upper Intermediate (B-/C+) – Players at the top of the C range and bottom of the B range are eligible. This level is most appropriate for those who have had college club level experience and excludes anyone under the age of 30 who has had collegiate experience.

Advanced (B) – This level is most appropriate for those who have had collegiate level experience but excludes anyone under the age of 30 who has had D1 collegiate experience.

Expert (A) – This is an open level that is suitable for those who have had D1 collegiate experience or professional experience.

Locations

BYOT leagues are currently active at the following locations:

BYOT Leagues are forming for an upcoming season at the following locations:

Don’t see you’re location? No worries, we’re putting together new BYOT leagues at several other locations. Let us know were your preferred location is and that location may be launching as soon as this season.

Rosters

Each team may roster up to 17 skaters and an unlimited amount of goalies for their team, unless otherwise noted. A maximum of 15 skaters and 2 goalies may dress for any one game.

Eligibility

All players must be registered and confirmed by the league office to be on the team’s active roster in order to be eligible to play. Teams are not be allowed to bring in a player who is not registered and confirmed to be on their roster under any circumstance.

To be eligible to play in any game, players must meet the following criteria:

  • Be registered and confirmed on their team’s roster
  • Have a waiver e-signed
  • Be a player in good standing, meaning the player is current on their dues and is not otherwise ineligible to participate in a StinkySocks Hockey game (admin hold, conduct case, etc)
  • Be prepared to provide an ID or display their BYOT league helmet sticker at attendance

Player Classification

Paying Players – Full time players are players who are committed to your team for the season. By default, full time skaters share equally the cost of your team. Full time players are granted Full Time player benefits with StinkySocks Hockey while their league is active.

Non-Paying Goalie – Teams may decide if their goalie(s) pay or not. Those not paying are considered to be in this category. Teams are not limited on the amount of goalies on their roster and there is no charge for adding a goalie at any time.

Alternate Skater – Each team can use up to 4 of their roster spots for alternate skaters, who are charged only a $20 registration fee but do not contribute towards the team’s dues. Alternate skaters may participate in regular season games, and can participate in playoff games as long as they have played at least one prior regular season game in the current season.

Player Registration

Players may only register online with the unique team link that is provided by their captain. All players registered by the team’s registration deadline, as indicated on the team’s registration page, are eligible for the first game and will be on the roster provided to their captain at the season’s start.

Mid-Season Player Registration Process and Timelines

All players that come in after the team’s stated registration deadline are considered to be mid-season registrations. Mid-season registrations are manually processed, require a $20 late registration payment. Both the team captain a the player being added will receive a confirmation once they have been added to the team’s roster and the player being added is eligible only after that time. To be clear, skaters cannot be added on the same day as the game in which they wish to start.

Below are the timelines for mid-season registrations:

Any full time (paying) skaters registering mid-season must be added by noon on the business day prior to the game in which they wish to start to guarantee that they will be rostered. For weekend of Monday games, that translates to Fridays at 12PM.

All new alternates (non-paying skaters) start the 2nd game after registering. However, any alternates who was rostered in a past season at the same level may start according the the same guidelines of paying players outlined above.

Goalies are the only players who are eligible immediately after submitting their registration online and e-signing their waiver. The do not require further confirmation, the captain simply has to notify the league office of their goalie’s registration.

Last Minute Player Needs

If you fall short for any one games, we can help. However, teams are not be allowed to bring in a player who is not on their roster under any circumstance. Doing so will subject the team to that game and one other being recored as a loss.

Goalies – If you are unable to secure your own goalie, please notify the league office 24-72 hours prior to your game. Requests within 24 hours are difficult to fulfill. There is a $20 fee for successful placement and must be paid at the time of request.

To offset your own team’s need for a goalie, each team will carry a credit through the current season each time one of their own goalies agree to cover a game for another BYOT team. Each credit will offset a successful placement in the event that your own team needs a goalie in a future game this season. Please be sure to reconfirm your goalie and request a replacement, if needed, on the business day prior to your game to increase the odds of one being able to be placed.

Skaters – If you need additional players for any one regular season game they may be sourced by the SSH league office from other teams in the same league. If the teams opts for this then you can take up to 3 skaters without the game resulting in a forfeit. However, accepting any players from another team for a playoff game will result in a forfeit.

Payments

BYOT leagues are priced per team, meaning that the members of the team are responsible for paying for the amount stated as the cost of the team in full. All payments are handled directly between the league office and the individual players, so there is no need for captains to handle any money other than their own payments.

Players can choose to pay up front or elect a payment plan, each requiring a $100 deposit. Approximately one week prior to the start of the league the cost per player for each team will be calculated based on the actual amount of players registered on team at that time. Each player’s share of the team payment will be calculated by taking the team cost divided by the number of registered paying players.

Pay In Full –  Those who elect to pay in full will have their charged in full on or after the deadline stated on their registration page. The amount charged will be their share of the team payment, less their $100 deposit.

Payment Plans – For those electing the payment plan, their share of the team payment, less their $100 deposit, will be split up into the number of payments stated on their team’s registration page. Please note that there is an additional admin fee of $5 that is added to each installment. Payment plans are offered as a convenience and do not exempt the player from their obligation to pay their share of their team’s payment in full under any condition.

In the event that a player’s payment plan installment fails, that player will become ineligible until the payment is made. If a player’s payment cannot be collected within 21 days then the player will be disqualified and team, jointly and severally, will be responsible for the balance. We will continue to try to recover the amount due through collections and reimburse the team if/when we are successful in doing so.

By registering for a BYOT league, players authorize StinkySocks Hockey to charge the card used for their deposit based on the criteria above.

Late Registration Pricing

If a player is added to the roster after the team’s registration deadline, their cost will be prorated based upon the number of games left in the season and the number of players on the team (including themselves). The amount that the new player pays is then credited back to all players who had paid prior to them at the end of the season. New players can be added up until the 3/4 point of the season. All late registrations are subject to a $20 late registration fee.

An example of how late add pricing works –  If there were 10 games left in a season of 18 games where the team cost was $4,750 and the team had 14 players including the individual joining, the cost would be calculated as follows: ( ( $4,750 / 18) * 10 ) / 14  = $188.49, which is the prorated cost of the league for the remainder of the season, divided by the entire team. The amount paid would then be distributed equally to the 13 players who registered prior to them, in this case $14.50 per player ( $188.49 / 15 ).

Benefits

All rostered players are entitled to receive Full Time player benefits from StinkySocks Hockey, including the ability to subscribe to our Unlimited membership, access our Bruins tickets, discounted NCH games and merchandise, and more. The Unlimited Membership is our new plan that gives players access to unlimited hockey at one low monthly cost, currently $99.

The team as a whole has the benefit of being guaranteed a spot in our tournaments, including the Quebec Winter Classic in February.

Renewals

Our BYOT leagues are available year-round. Captains of current teams are given the first right of refusal for any subsequent season, guaranteeing their spot if they elect to continue. This will be offered at or about the 3/4 point of the season.

Uniforms

Each team must have one set of matching uniforms and no two teams may have the same color. Teams may secure their color by being the first to secure their team’s spot. Teams may also choose to use the StinkySocks Hockey jersey set and/or reversible jersey.

We offer 100% customizable jerseys at exclusive pricing for BYOT teams, if desired. There is no limitation on where any art or colors can go so you can make the artwork as simple or complex as you wish for the same cost. Jerseys are $45 for ultra-light wicking material and $50 for a heavier game weight material. They come with the standard collar (lace-up is $5 more), reinforcement on the elbow, taped seams on the neck (to protect the stitching), our standard fabric layout (custom sew points available), and SSH logo (back bottom right, shoulder, or chest – $5 to remove). Delivery is typically 2-5 weeks, depending on the time of year. Please contact us to inquire about current production times or to start a custom order.

Playoffs

There will be single elimination playoffs at the end of each season, with the top 4 teams making the playoffs. Any team that does not make the playoffs or are eliminated will still play their full amount of games stated in the season as regular games.  Any playoff or final game ending in a tie will go to a shootout with 3 players from each team initially shooting and one from each team shooting per round thereafter. All skaters from each team must be used in a shootout before recycling players.

Game Format

All games have three periods of 15 minutes (in the case of a 50 minute hour) or 17 minutes (in the case of a 60 minute hour) of running time. The last minute of the game is stopped time if the score is within one goal. No team timeouts are permitted.

Schedule, standings, and stats

Whenever possible, the schedule for the season will be posted before your league begins. Facility confirmation of hours may prevent this.

Officiating

Two on ice officials and one scorekeeper are provided.

Rules and Policies

Please review the complete set of rules and policies that apply to BYOT Leagues.

Any player who is disqualified for any reason is not eligible to receive a refund and remains responsible for payment in full of any balance owed. In the event of non-payment, the team members, jointly and severally, are responsible for the balance of the disqualified player unless/until it can be collected from the individual.

Important info for those playing in Andover at Phillips Academy – Phillips Academy has a strict, zero tolerance, policy on alcohol possession/consumption on their property. If anyone on your team were to be found in violation of their alcohol policy then the entire team would not allowed to return and, as such the entire team would lose the ability to play there without an option for a refund.

Highlights

Highlights of BYOT

  • Reasonable hours – Say goodbye to those west coast start times – NEVER a game start after 10PM
  • Predictable locations – What’s the sense in sending you all over the map? If you sign up to play in an area, you’ll play in that area.
  • The best rinks – Good ice surfaces in the most convenient locations. BYOT leagues are available at premium locations such as Warrior Ice Arena (Bruins Practice Facility), Agganis Arena (BU Men’s Hockey Facility), and Phillips Academy.
  • Specific leveling with individual player qualification requirements.
  • “No Jerks” – We look to attract the right players. Like-minded captains and our Player Conduct Policy help to ensure they stay on the good side.
  • No surprise players – Controlled and enforced roster eligibility ensures that ringers don’t come and go
  • Never skip a week – You’re out there for the enjoyment of the game and for the workout so why skip a week? Play every week, even if your team doesn’t progress in the playoffs.
  • All payments are handled by the league, with the team cost split up amongst the team members
  • Payment plans available for all players
  • Online schedule and standings – get your entire schedule at the beginning of the season.
  • All players qualify for SSH Full Time Player benefits

Levels

Levels

We work closely with captains to ensure that the teams are being formed in an equitable way that will ensure balance, which is a vital part of the StinkySocks Hockey experience.  Please refer to our skill level page for more info or call the league office for clarification. Please note exclusion exceptions may be made on a case by case basis, usually if the experience that would exclude them is a significant amount of time in the past.

Lower Intermediate (C-/D+) – This level is geared towards those who began their hockey experience as an adult and excludes anyone who has had high school experience.

Intermediate (C) – All players in the C range are eligible (C-, C,  C+) but as teams look to build the most competitive roster within the rules, this level lends to play towards the high end. This level is most appropriate for those who have had high school level experience and excludes anyone who has had collegiate experience.

Upper Intermediate (B-/C+) – Players at the top of the C range and bottom of the B range are eligible. This level is most appropriate for those who have had college club level experience and excludes anyone under the age of 30 who has had collegiate experience.

Advanced (B) – This level is most appropriate for those who have had collegiate level experience but excludes anyone under the age of 30 who has had D1 collegiate experience.

Expert (A) – This is an open level that is suitable for those who have had D1 collegiate experience or professional experience.

Locations

Locations

BYOT leagues are currently active at the following locations:

BYOT Leagues are forming for an upcoming season at the following locations:

Don’t see you’re location? No worries, we’re putting together new BYOT leagues at several other locations. Let us know were your preferred location is and that location may be launching as soon as this season.

Rosters

Rosters

Each team may roster up to 17 skaters and an unlimited amount of goalies for their team, unless otherwise noted. A maximum of 15 skaters and 2 goalies may dress for any one game.

Eligibility

All players must be registered and confirmed by the league office to be on the team’s active roster in order to be eligible to play. Teams are not be allowed to bring in a player who is not registered and confirmed to be on their roster under any circumstance.

To be eligible to play in any game, players must meet the following criteria:

  • Be registered and confirmed on their team’s roster
  • Have a waiver e-signed
  • Be a player in good standing, meaning the player is current on their dues and is not otherwise ineligible to participate in a StinkySocks Hockey game (admin hold, conduct case, etc)
  • Be prepared to provide an ID or display their BYOT league helmet sticker at attendance

Player Classification

Paying Players – Full time players are players who are committed to your team for the season. By default, full time skaters share equally the cost of your team. Full time players are granted Full Time player benefits with StinkySocks Hockey while their league is active.

Non-Paying Goalie – Teams may decide if their goalie(s) pay or not. Those not paying are considered to be in this category. Teams are not limited on the amount of goalies on their roster and there is no charge for adding a goalie at any time.

Alternate Skater – Each team can use up to 4 of their roster spots for alternate skaters, who are charged only a $20 registration fee but do not contribute towards the team’s dues. Alternate skaters may participate in regular season games, and can participate in playoff games as long as they have played at least one prior regular season game in the current season.

Player Registration

Players may only register online with the unique team link that is provided by their captain. All players registered by the team’s registration deadline, as indicated on the team’s registration page, are eligible for the first game and will be on the roster provided to their captain at the season’s start.

Mid-Season Player Registration Process and Timelines

All players that come in after the team’s stated registration deadline are considered to be mid-season registrations. Mid-season registrations are manually processed, require a $20 late registration payment. Both the team captain a the player being added will receive a confirmation once they have been added to the team’s roster and the player being added is eligible only after that time. To be clear, skaters cannot be added on the same day as the game in which they wish to start.

Below are the timelines for mid-season registrations:

Any full time (paying) skaters registering mid-season must be added by noon on the business day prior to the game in which they wish to start to guarantee that they will be rostered. For weekend of Monday games, that translates to Fridays at 12PM.

All new alternates (non-paying skaters) start the 2nd game after registering. However, any alternates who was rostered in a past season at the same level may start according the the same guidelines of paying players outlined above.

Goalies are the only players who are eligible immediately after submitting their registration online and e-signing their waiver. The do not require further confirmation, the captain simply has to notify the league office of their goalie’s registration.

Last Minute Player Needs

If you fall short for any one games, we can help. However, teams are not be allowed to bring in a player who is not on their roster under any circumstance. Doing so will subject the team to that game and one other being recored as a loss.

Goalies – If you are unable to secure your own goalie, please notify the league office 24-72 hours prior to your game. Requests within 24 hours are difficult to fulfill. There is a $20 fee for successful placement and must be paid at the time of request.

To offset your own team’s need for a goalie, each team will carry a credit through the current season each time one of their own goalies agree to cover a game for another BYOT team. Each credit will offset a successful placement in the event that your own team needs a goalie in a future game this season. Please be sure to reconfirm your goalie and request a replacement, if needed, on the business day prior to your game to increase the odds of one being able to be placed.

Skaters – If you need additional players for any one regular season game they may be sourced by the SSH league office from other teams in the same league. If the teams opts for this then you can take up to 3 skaters without the game resulting in a forfeit. However, accepting any players from another team for a playoff game will result in a forfeit.

Payments

Payments

BYOT leagues are priced per team, meaning that the members of the team are responsible for paying for the amount stated as the cost of the team in full. All payments are handled directly between the league office and the individual players, so there is no need for captains to handle any money other than their own payments.

Players can choose to pay up front or elect a payment plan, each requiring a $100 deposit. Approximately one week prior to the start of the league the cost per player for each team will be calculated based on the actual amount of players registered on team at that time. Each player’s share of the team payment will be calculated by taking the team cost divided by the number of registered paying players.

Pay In Full –  Those who elect to pay in full will have their charged in full on or after the deadline stated on their registration page. The amount charged will be their share of the team payment, less their $100 deposit.

Payment Plans – For those electing the payment plan, their share of the team payment, less their $100 deposit, will be split up into the number of payments stated on their team’s registration page. Please note that there is an additional admin fee of $5 that is added to each installment. Payment plans are offered as a convenience and do not exempt the player from their obligation to pay their share of their team’s payment in full under any condition.

In the event that a player’s payment plan installment fails, that player will become ineligible until the payment is made. If a player’s payment cannot be collected within 21 days then the player will be disqualified and team, jointly and severally, will be responsible for the balance. We will continue to try to recover the amount due through collections and reimburse the team if/when we are successful in doing so.

By registering for a BYOT league, players authorize StinkySocks Hockey to charge the card used for their deposit based on the criteria above.

Late Registration Pricing

If a player is added to the roster after the team’s registration deadline, their cost will be prorated based upon the number of games left in the season and the number of players on the team (including themselves). The amount that the new player pays is then credited back to all players who had paid prior to them at the end of the season. New players can be added up until the 3/4 point of the season. All late registrations are subject to a $20 late registration fee.

An example of how late add pricing works –  If there were 10 games left in a season of 18 games where the team cost was $4,750 and the team had 14 players including the individual joining, the cost would be calculated as follows: ( ( $4,750 / 18) * 10 ) / 14  = $188.49, which is the prorated cost of the league for the remainder of the season, divided by the entire team. The amount paid would then be distributed equally to the 13 players who registered prior to them, in this case $14.50 per player ( $188.49 / 15 ).

Player Benefits

Benefits

All rostered players are entitled to receive Full Time player benefits from StinkySocks Hockey, including the ability to subscribe to our Unlimited membership, access our Bruins tickets, discounted NCH games and merchandise, and more. The Unlimited Membership is our new plan that gives players access to unlimited hockey at one low monthly cost, currently $99.

The team as a whole has the benefit of being guaranteed a spot in our tournaments, including the Quebec Winter Classic in February.

More Info

Renewals

Our BYOT leagues are available year-round. Captains of current teams are given the first right of refusal for any subsequent season, guaranteeing their spot if they elect to continue. This will be offered at or about the 3/4 point of the season.

Uniforms

Each team must have one set of matching uniforms and no two teams may have the same color. Teams may secure their color by being the first to secure their team’s spot. Teams may also choose to use the StinkySocks Hockey jersey set and/or reversible jersey.

We offer 100% customizable jerseys at exclusive pricing for BYOT teams, if desired. There is no limitation on where any art or colors can go so you can make the artwork as simple or complex as you wish for the same cost. Jerseys are $45 for ultra-light wicking material and $50 for a heavier game weight material. They come with the standard collar (lace-up is $5 more), reinforcement on the elbow, taped seams on the neck (to protect the stitching), our standard fabric layout (custom sew points available), and SSH logo (back bottom right, shoulder, or chest – $5 to remove). Delivery is typically 2-5 weeks, depending on the time of year. Please contact us to inquire about current production times or to start a custom order.

Playoffs

There will be single elimination playoffs at the end of each season, with the top 4 teams making the playoffs. Any team that does not make the playoffs or are eliminated will still play their full amount of games stated in the season as regular games.  Any playoff or final game ending in a tie will go to a shootout with 3 players from each team initially shooting and one from each team shooting per round thereafter. All skaters from each team must be used in a shootout before recycling players.

Game Format

All games have three periods of 15 minutes (in the case of a 50 minute hour) or 17 minutes (in the case of a 60 minute hour) of running time. The last minute of the game is stopped time if the score is within one goal. No team timeouts are permitted.

Schedule, standings, and stats

Whenever possible, the schedule for the season will be posted before your league begins. Facility confirmation of hours may prevent this.

Officiating

Two on ice officials and one scorekeeper are provided.

Rules and Policies

Please review the complete set of rules and policies that apply to BYOT Leagues.

Any player who is disqualified for any reason is not eligible to receive a refund and remains responsible for payment in full of any balance owed. In the event of non-payment, the team members, jointly and severally, are responsible for the balance of the disqualified player unless/until it can be collected from the individual.

Important info for those playing in Andover at Phillips Academy – Phillips Academy has a strict, zero tolerance, policy on alcohol possession/consumption on their property. If anyone on your team were to be found in violation of their alcohol policy then the entire team would not allowed to return and, as such the entire team would lose the ability to play there without an option for a refund.

Why isn't there a button to just register?

We like to start a conversation with interested teams to make sure that StinkySocks Hockey BYOT is a good mutual fit, which both protects the experience that our current teams enjoy and ensures a smooth transition for new teams. It’s important to discuss how our levels are defined and ensure that all players qualify for the level that the team is entering at. Just as importantly, we also want to make sure that all players are on board with the conduct expectations.

Think you’re a good for what we have going on? We want your team to join us so start the conversation today to get started!