The Bedford Katonah Hockey Association, also known as the Bedford Bears, is a youth travel hockey program whose mission is to help young players develop their skills and foster a love for the game of hockey in a family friendly environment.

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Effective 4/1/2014

Coaches should not discuss any game, incident or a situation that occurred during a game that has provoked an adverse emotional response or created a hostile situation until at least 24 hours after the game/incident. A Parent is not to approach a coach to discuss a game, incident or a situation that occurred during a game that has provoked an adverse emotional response or a hostile situation until at least 24 hours after the game/incident. 

Hockey is an emotional sport. Physical battles and tough penalty calls among other things can spill on to the bench and stands and create strong reactions from coaches and parents. The intense emotional aspect of hockey is one of the reasons it makes exciting entertainment, but it is important to have a “cooling off” period so that emotions do not cloud judgment. For this reason, the Bedford Bears have in place a “24 Hour Rule”. The intent of this rule is to move an emotional and confrontational discussion away from the presence of the players, and to allow the parties to “cool off”, compose themselves and put the incident or situation that occurred in the game in perspective before meeting to discuss it.

Tuition Refund Policy

Effective 6/1/2015 

INVOLUNTARY REASONS (sickness, injury, relocation - proof required): FULL REFUND OF DEPOSIT before start of the season. Afterwards, prorate the season fee based on the # of weeks played. A 5% handling fee will be deducted from the refund amount.
VOLUNTARY REASONS: (not interested anymore, accepted position with other team, scheduling conflict): 
NO REFUND of deposit before September 15. NO REFUND of entire fee after September 15
FULL REFUND OF DEPOSIT before the start of the season. Afterwards, prorate the season fee based on the # of weeks played.
A 5% handling fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Volunteer Coaches Remuneration
Effective 4/1/2017

The Board of Directors of BKHA has approved a new policy with regards to compensating volunteer coaches on the travel teams from Squirt to Midget 18U, effective with the 2017-18 season.

A parent who is named as the Head Coach on her /his child’s team will have their child’s fee for the season waived.

A parent who is named an Assistant Coach on her/his child’s team will receive a 50% reduction of the child’s fee for the season.

In cases when a family has more than one child playing on a travel team and the parent is Head Coach on one team and Assistant coach on another team or an Assistant coach on two or more teams, the total reduction granted will be one full tuition.

In order to qualify for this compensation program, the parent must have had a minimum of one year of prior experience with a BKHA travel team, either as a Head Coach or Assistant Coach and must have received a satisfactory rating in the annual coaches survey conducted by the Board.

Harvey School Rink Rules


Food:  Food is not permitted in the rink area or locker rooms at any time.  This includes donuts, pretzels, cookies, popcorn, etc.  Please note that popcorn is not allowed anywhere in the building.

Pets: No PETS Allowed in Rink

Parking:  No parking is ever allowed on the driveway leading to the rink parking lot.  Should the lot be full, you may either park on the grass, or you may temporarily double park behind someone that you know.

Grid or Fire Zone:  Cars are not permitted to enter the grid area near the rink steps for any reason.  This is a fire zone, not a loading zone, or drop off zone.  This will be strictly enforced.  

Rink Area:  Please do not leave rubber matted areas.  All non-rubber matted areas are off limits at all times.  No one is permitted to walk in the area past the engine room.  Only coaches, and officers of the club are permitted to be in or walk to the home bench area.  

Parents With Children:  We welcome you to bring your young children, but they must be supervised at ALL TIMES.  They MUST stay in the lounge with you.  The stairs, lobby, and rink area are off limits to running and playing. They cannot leave the lounge without a parent, and will not be allowed to run through the building.  There will be zero tolerance toward individuals not following this policy at all times.  

Ice Time:  No group is permitted on the ice before their scheduled time without permission from the Rink Management.  Players cannot enter the ice without a certified coach.  The coach must wear a helmet and be in visible contact with the players on the ice at all times.  Sending the players on the ice while the coach is in the locker room putting on skates is not acceptable. 

ALSO, parents are STRICTLY forbidden to walk out on the ice during an injury, altercation, etc.  ONLY USA approved officials, coaches, and Rink Management may go out on the ice.

Management In the Building:  The Rink Management would appreciate assistance from coaches and parents to make sure that rink policies when visitors are present during games, are followed.  

Hockey Goals:  Please do not lay the goals down on the ice.  This can and will damage  the netting and more important the frames.  Use Shooter Tutors.

Water Bottles:  Please do not empty water bottles out on the ice.

Locker Rooms:  It is mandatory that locker room assignments are followed correctly when they are issued.  You will find them on the door as you enter the rink area.  Locker rooms are expected to be kept relatively clean. 

Locker Room Cleanliness:  Coaches will be expected to maintain a reasonably clean locker room, and can be held responsible for any excessive mess or damage.


Floor Hockey:  An ever growing problem.  Ball playing, stick handling, shooting, running, and FLOOR HOCKEY is NOT allowed anywhere in the building.

Equipment:  Cones and equipment must be put away and secured at the end of each ice slot. 


Bedford Katonah Hockey Association’s Locker Room Policy

Effective 4/1/2015

USA Hockey requires that all local programs publish their locker room policies to the parents of all minor participants.  In addition to the development of our hockey players and enjoyment of the sport of hockey, the safety and protection of our participants is central to BKHA goals.  BKHA adheres to USA Hockey’s SafeSport Program as a means to help protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of misconduct, including emotional abuse, bullying, threats, harassment and hazing.  To help prevent abuse or misconduct from occurring in our locker rooms, BKHA has adopted the following locker room policy.  This policy is designed to maintain personal privacy as well as to reduce the risk of misconduct in locker rooms. 

Locker Room Monitoring  

BKHA has predictable and limited use of locker rooms and changing areas (e.g., generally 30-45 minutes before and following practices and games). This allows for direct and regular monitoring of locker room areas.  While constant monitoring inside of locker rooms and changing areas might be the most effective way to prevent problems, we understand that this would likely make some players uncomfortable and may even place our staff at risk for unwarranted suspicion. 

We conduct a sweep of the locker rooms and changing areas before players arrive, and if the coaches are not inside the locker rooms, either a coach or voluntary locker room monitors (each of which has been screened) will be posted directly outside of the locker rooms and changing areas during periods of use, and leave the doors open only when adequate privacy is still possible, so that only participants (coaches and players), approved team personnel and family members are permitted in the locker room. 

Team personnel will also secure the locker room appropriately during times when the team is on the ice.

Parents in Locker Rooms

Except for players at the younger age groups, Squirt (U-10) and below, we discourage parents from entering locker rooms unless it is truly necessary.  If a player needs assistance with his or her uniform or gear, if the player is or may be injured, or a player’s disability warrants assistance, then we ask that parents let the coach know beforehand that he or she will be helping the player.  

Naturally, with our youngest age groups it is necessary for parents to assist the players getting dressed.  We encourage parents to teach their players as young as possible how to get dressed so that players will learn as early as possible how to get dressed independently.  In circumstances where parents are permitted in the locker room, coaches are permitted to ask that the parents leave for a short time before the game and for a short time after the game so that the coaches may address the players.  As players get older, the coach may in his or her discretion prohibit parents from a locker room.  

Mixed Gender Teams  

Some of our teams consist of both male and female players.  It is important that the privacy rights of all of our players are given consideration and appropriate arrangements made. Where possible, BKHA will have the male and female players dress/undress in separate locker rooms and then convene in a single locker room before the game or team meeting.  Once the game or practice is finished, the players may come to one locker room for a team meeting and then the male and female players proceed to their separate locker rooms to undress and shower, if available.  If separate locker rooms are not available, then the players will use separate locker rooms or take turns to change. We understand that these arrangements may require that players arrive earlier or leave later to dress, but believe that this is the most reasonable way to accommodate and respect all of our players.  

Cell Phones and Other Mobile Recording Devices  

Cell phones and other mobile devices with recording capabilities, including voice recording, still cameras and video cameras, are not permitted to be used in the locker rooms.  If phones or other mobile devices must be used, they should be taken outside of the locker room. 

Prohibited Conduct and Reporting

BKHA prohibits all types of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, bullying, threats, harassment and hazing, all as described in the USA Hockey SafeSport Handbook.  Participants, employees or volunteers in BKHA may be subject to disciplinary action for violation of these locker room policies or for engaging in any misconduct or abuse or that violates the USA Hockey SafeSport Policies.  Reports of any actual or suspected violations, you may email USA Hockey at or may call 1800-888-4656.