BOULDER HOCKEY CLUB
Boulder Hockey Club, founded in 1970 as a non-profit organization, is located in Superior, CO. Boulder is a recreational, travel recreational and Tier II hockey association. BHC has a membership of 450+ players, 35 non-parent coaches, 5 on-ice age group directors, a goalie director, a defense specialist, a player development director and a hockey director. The Boulder Hockey family has an immense number of volunteers including five division directors, a registrar and scheduler, a safe sport coordinator, a IT Systems Administrator/Webmaster, and eleven Board Members. Boulder Hockey Club is affiliated with the Rocky Mountain RoughRider Tier I program, and in our 50th year, we are strengthening our relationship further by changing our nickname and branding from the Bison to the RoughRiders!
Boulder Hockey Club trains out of the Sport Stable - a sports complex that houses 2 NHL rinks, 1 "studio rink", 21 locker rooms, an 80’ x 40’ turf field, full basketball/volleyball courts, batting cages, Fairways Golf (virtual golf simulators), Synapse Physical Therapy and Impact Sports.
The BHC mission is to develop the character of young women and men through the game of hockey.
Our vision is for Boulder Hockey Club to be the most respected youth hockey organization in the State of Colorado.
Boulder Hockey Club is dedicated to providing Boulder area youth with a positive atmosphere that supports a fair and competitive environment. Ice hockey is used as the vehicle to promote sportsmanship, integrity, self-esteem, dedication and commitment as a foundation for growth, both as an individual and as a member of the community.
Emphasis will always be placed upon family, education, personal development, community, diversity, teamwork and sportsmanship. The proper and positive conduct of board members, coaches, volunteers, players and parents will be maintained to ensure a positive culture and a dignified organization of which we can all be proud.
Boulder Hockey Club will be offering Tier II, Travel and Recreational team options. These various teams will play in the Colorado Recreational Hockey League (CRHL), Colorado Competitive Hockey League (CCYHL), the Mountain States Girls Hockey League (MSGHL), Colorado Girls Hockey League (CGHL), and the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) League. All of the Boulder RoughRider teams will train and skate out of the Sport Stable and CU Boulder. Our goal is to provide options for our members that meet their player development, gender and financial needs. Recreational teams will be provided 2 ice touches a week including their game schedule. The competitive teams will receive 3-5 ice touches a week depending on their league and tournament game schedules.
Above all … it’s all about the kids.
Our Club will apply our Cultural Values in all decisions made from the Coaching level up through the Board of Directors to continually improve.
Our Club will strategically grow our girls’ and boys’ program at all age levels.
Our Club will focus on a player’s skating abilities and physical and mental development that follows both the USA Hockey guidance and best practices.
Our Club will provide an enjoyable family experience with membership through a proactive culture of mutual respect, listening, communicating, empathy, and safety.
Our Club will support our local area community through team efforts to help those in need and encourage our players to recognize the value of hockey.
Our Club will ensure that our financial and operational capabilities are properly managed and sustainable.
Sportsmanship: We conduct ourselves with honesty and integrity on and off the ice.
Work Ethic: We apply the highest level of commitment needed to develop and excel.
Empathy: We demonstrate caring for others.
Respect: We show respect for players, parents, coaches, referees, officials, hockey facilities, and competitors.
Teamwork: We support each other and work as one.
Leadership: We inspire, teach, influence others and their attitudes.
Safety: We ensure players follow proper physical, emotional, and cyber behavior.
Inclusiveness: We welcome all players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and socio-economic status.
Pride: We believe in ourselves, each other, our teams, and our programs.
BHC has many different characteristics that separate us from other programs, but none more important than the coaches we have in our club. At each age group classification, we have On-Ice Directors who implement skills training on a weekly basis. The Directors will run skill development practices during our Monday weekly director skates for all competitive BHC teams. Each week players will receive position specific training breaking down offensive, defensive and goaltending training. Our approach is that even though each player comes to Boulder with different skill sets, athletic ability or hours logged as an ice hockey player it is our job to provide the environment, development model and coaching staff to allow all our athletes to excel.
All BHC coaches must meet the criteria set by the BHC Coaching Committee and agree to follow the Coaching Code of Conduct as set forth by CAHA and USA Hockey. Coaches must have coaching experience and the appropriate level of USA Hockey certification in order to coach BHC teams.
All Directors, Coaches, Managers and other Volunteers abide by and act in accordance with the Association By-Laws, rules and regulations and playing rules of USA Hockey and CAHA.
The average player touches the puck less than 1 minute in a game. It is impossible to become a highly skilled player while only touching the puck for less than 1 minute in a game or 15-20 times in an average flow drill based practice. Playing more games or only having full ice practices is not the only place to develop individual or team technical and tactical skills. Today’s game is all about transition, speed & small area dominance. Two thirds of the game is played on one-sixth to one-third of the ice. Players need to be able to execute puck control while making quick decisions at high speeds. If we want these players to be good in high traffic areas then we need to use small area training as the means of our player-training model. Here, at Boulder, we use a studio rink and station based drills to elevate our player’s skill development.
Each goaltender will be able to train one to two times a week with our Director of Goaltending Timm Lorenz. Coach Lorenz style of training fits the players' strengths and weaknesses. He will create a set of variables that lays the groundwork for the goaltender's game. His coaching style builds on the six core fundamentals of goaltending: skating, stance, positioning, save selection, rebound control and recovery. These principles lay a strong technical base complemented by a focus on an athletic, unrestrained style of play. Coach Lorenz allows goaltenders to develop their own style based on their strengths, resulting in quick efficient movements and confidence in their game. All goalies will have the option to attend one goalie specific practice per week.
The season runs from early September through early March with registration beginning in the spring and the first team try-outs in late August. Games or practices are on Saturday and Sunday with additional practice time scheduled during the week. Most teams average 3-4 times a week on ice plus off-ice, "dry-land" training. Top level teams in each division are provided additional on-and off-ice practice times.
As a member of the Colorado Competitive Youth Hockey League (CCYHL), BHC teams play a schedule of games against teams from the Denver, Ft Collins, and Colorado Springs area. Most BHC teams also attend local and out-of-state tournaments each year.
BHC has a registration or membership fee to cover all common expenses. A separate ice fee is charged to cover ice rental costs. Most teams collect money for various costs associated with team tournaments and other team costs. Teams manage their own costs for traveling to tournaments.
Members, coaches, and players must be registered with USA Hockey and CAHA.
BHC's home ice is the Sport Stable rink. Additional ice time is purchased from the Colorado University Recreation Center on the CU Boulder Campus. Both rinks are within six miles of each other.