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 – ALL games start between 7PM and 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.
  • Specific leveling with qualification requirements – because a college guy with a beginner just doesn’t work, nor does the ringer.
  • “No Jerks” – We look to attract the right players and our Player Conduct Policy helps to ensure they stay on the good side
  • Online schedule and standings – get your entire schedule at the beginning of the season.
  • 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
  • No surprise players – A roster format and positive ID system that ensures that a ringer doesn’t to come through for a game
  • 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:

  • Andover – Phillips Academy
  • Boston/Brighton – Warrior Ice Arena
  • Boston/BU – Agganis Arena

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 4 goalies for their team, unless otherwise noted. A maximum of 15 skaters and 2 goalies may dress for any one game, unless otherwise noted. There are two categories of players:

Full Time 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 and goalies can make an optional contribution (varies team by team). Full time players are granted Full Time player benefits with StinkySocks Hockey while their league is active.

Alternate Players – Each team can use up to 4 of their roster spots for alternate players, who are not charged by the league.

Emergency Goalies – If your rostered goalies are unavailable another goalie may only be placed by the StinkySocks Hockey league office.

Emergency 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.

Teams are not be allowed to bring in their own unrostered players under any circumstance.

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

  • Be rostered by their captain
  • Have a waiver e-signed
  • Be a player in good standing, meaning the player is current on their league dues and is not otherwise ineligible to participate in a StinkySocks Hockey game (admin hold, conduct case, etc)
  • Provide an ID or display their BYOT league helmet sticker at attendance

 

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 approximately one week prior to the start of the league. 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 your league 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 the team 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 Roster Additions

If a player is added to the roster after the first game, 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. To be added, the captain must make a request to the league office and the player being added must have an account with StinkySocks Hockey.

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.

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. 

Schedule, standings, and stats

The schedule for the season will be posted before your league begins.

Officiating

Two on ice officials and one scorekeeper are provided.

Rules and Policies

All StinkySocks Hockey policies apply unless otherwise stated. The policies that do not apply to BYOT Leagues are: Equitable Ice Time Policy, Attendance Policy (skater/goalie), and Standby Policy. As with all StinkySocks Hockey games and events, the age minimum to participate is 21.

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 – ALL games start between 7PM and 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.
  • Specific leveling with qualification requirements – because a college guy with a beginner just doesn’t work, nor does the ringer.
  • “No Jerks” – We look to attract the right players and our Player Conduct Policy helps to ensure they stay on the good side
  • Online schedule and standings – get your entire schedule at the beginning of the season.
  • 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
  • No surprise players – A roster format and positive ID system that ensures that a ringer doesn’t to come through for a game
  • 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:

  • Andover – Phillips Academy
  • Boston/Brighton – Warrior Ice Arena
  • Boston/BU – Agganis Arena

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 4 goalies for their team, unless otherwise noted. A maximum of 15 skaters and 2 goalies may dress for any one game, unless otherwise noted. There are two categories of players:

Full Time 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 and goalies can make an optional contribution (varies team by team). Full time players are granted Full Time player benefits with StinkySocks Hockey while their league is active.

Alternate Players – Each team can use up to 4 of their roster spots for alternate players, who are not charged by the league.

Emergency Goalies – If your rostered goalies are unavailable another goalie may only be placed by the StinkySocks Hockey league office.

Emergency 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.

Teams are not be allowed to bring in their own unrostered players under any circumstance.

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

  • Be rostered by their captain
  • Have a waiver e-signed
  • Be a player in good standing, meaning the player is current on their league dues and is not otherwise ineligible to participate in a StinkySocks Hockey game (admin hold, conduct case, etc)
  • Provide an ID or display their BYOT league helmet sticker at attendance

 

+ 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 approximately one week prior to the start of the league. 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 your league 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 the team 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 Roster Additions

If a player is added to the roster after the first game, 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. To be added, the captain must make a request to the league office and the player being added must have an account with StinkySocks Hockey.

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.

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. 

Schedule, standings, and stats

The schedule for the season will be posted before your league begins.

Officiating

Two on ice officials and one scorekeeper are provided.

Rules and Policies

All StinkySocks Hockey policies apply unless otherwise stated. The policies that do not apply to BYOT Leagues are: Equitable Ice Time Policy, Attendance Policy (skater/goalie), and Standby Policy. As with all StinkySocks Hockey games and events, the age minimum to participate is 21.

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.