Dear Tri-City Eagles Family,
We sincerely hope and pray that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. This has been and continues to be a truly trying time. Stay smart, stay diligent, and keep supporting one another. This test is unlike any we have ever encountered and I am certain we have many obstacles ahead to still overcome.
As I’m sure many of you recall, tryouts for the 2020-21 season were originally planned to take place this weekend. On March 23rd, PVAHA, our USA Hockey affiliate, postponed all tryouts until further notice. At this stage, there is no new information regarding tryouts or the assembly of teams for next year. Moving forward, we will be relying on PVAHA to notify us when they anticipate it being safe for us to return to the sport we all enjoy so much.
PVAHA, the CBHL, and clubs within our area are working together to maintain quality communication and to guarantee a fair and equal tryout process as we return to play. The plan remains to build a multi-week period between rinks opening for business and the hosting of tryouts so that players can properly prepare.
We also remain in close communication with The Gardens Ice House. They are taking their directives from the State of Maryland, but are confidently building plans to efficiently return to operational levels when deemed safe to do so.
Our tryouts may have to be modified as well. With so many variables, unique measures may need to be taken and we are preparing ourselves to be flexible and creative. Most certainly we will all be experiencing a new form of “normal” on the other side of this pandemic, and we must be prepared to adjust.
Unfortunately, as is much of the world, we are just waiting for some positive news that changes the course of the current situation. As soon as we start to see progress around us, we will update you and the timelines we can expect.
Speaking of positive news, we do have some to share. First of all, if you have not seen it yet on our social media, please check out the inspiring article from WTOP. Alex Henderson of Tri-City Eagles 12U Blue and his mother, Suzete, have been hard at work constructing crucial protective masks for our local medical personnel and first responders. A true testament that heroes come in all different sizes. Thank you, Alex and Suzete! In more positive news, all Tri-City Eagles girls teams have been accepted into the Mid Atlantic Women’s Hockey Association (MAWHA) for the upcoming season. This will be in addition to membership in the CBHL and provides amplified exposure and increased quality competition for our already robust girls program. We are very excited about this opportunity and will continue to seek opportunities that we deem beneficial to all teams and members of the Tri-City Eagles community. Lastly, we will be distributing our end of season surveys in the very near future. With the abrupt end to the season, this survey has been delayed until now. Please be on the look out and provide us with as much feedback as possible. We want to hear from you, both on where we can improve and where we are successful. Your voice is critical to our progress.
We know this is difficult, on adults and our children. We want you to know that we are thinking of you and are here for you. The Tri-City Eagles community is here to stay and aims to be a vehicle for progress through this pandemic. Continue to encourage your children to connect with us on social media and if you have ideas, we want to hear them. This is a special community and just know that we are here for each other. Stay safe, stay healthy, we miss you, and we can’t wait to see you again soon!