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Central Catholic VIkings Hockey Tryouts for 2020-2021 Season Scheduled

The Central Catholic Vikings Hockey Club (CCVHC) is pleased to announce that Varsity and Junior Varsity team tryouts have been scheduled for the 2020-2021 season. 

Please check the "Registration" tab on this website for updated tryout information and online registration. Registration will open online through this website approximately two weeks prior to the start of tryouts. All tryouts will be held at Alpha Ice Complex in Harmarville, PA. 

Varsity and JV Team Tryout Schedule

July 20, 2020: 8 pm - 10 pm

July 22, 2020:  8 pm - 10 pm

July 27, 2020: 6 pm - 8 pm

July 29, 2020: 6 pm - 8 pm

CCVHC Affiliations & Governing Bodies

CCVHC is a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL). CCVHC is also a local association of the MidAmerican District Hockey, Inc. (MidAm), an affiliate of USA Hockey, the governing body of youth and amateur hockey in the United States. MidAm is the governing body of youth and amateur hockey talent in Ohio, Indiana, Western Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia.  


Get ready for another exciting season of Vikings hockey!

Please check the CCVHC website frequently as tryout dates and times are subject to change. As you prepare for CCVHC tryouts and season registration, please see the "Helpful Reminders" below. 

Bantam/Middle School Team -- Player Registration

Due to rink closures and other scheduling delays, CCVHC will not be holding dedicated tryouts for the Bantam/Middle School team this season. Instead, to make parents' lives a wee-bit easier this summer, the program will be offering direct online registration for the CCVHC Bantam/Middle School team. Registration will open in the next few weeks. Please check this website frequently for updated information. 

If you or your son is interested in learning more about playing on the Central Catholic Vikings Hockey 2020-2021 Bantam/Middle School team and exploring Central Catholic as a college preparatory high school option, please do not hesitate to contact Central Catholic Vikings Hockey and/or the CCHS Office of Admissions. You may also contact the Central Catholic Vikings Hockey Club Head Coach William Connelly.

As CCHS does not have a middle school, the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade members of the Bantam/Middle School team may be enrolled at any public, private, parochial or charter school, irrespective of where they live, so long as they have a good faith interest in considering CCHS.  For the 2020-2021 season, the Birth Year ("BY") for Bantam/Middle School team players must be either 2006 or 2007.  Subject to Mid-Am Hockey rules, the percentage of 2nd year peewee players (BY 2008) who are eligible to "play up" to a bantam team is limited. If your son is a BY 2008 (2nd year peewee) player, please contact Coach Connelly to discuss CCVHC Bantam/Middle School team roster eligibility prior to registration. All Bantam/Middle School players are required to have current USA Hockey membership and baseline concussion testing.

Central Catholic is proud that, every year, nearly every 8th grade member of the Bantam/Middle School team enjoys the experience so much that he chooses Pittsburgh Central Catholic as his high school.  Roll Vikes!

Getting ready for CCVHC tryouts and season registration?

Here are some helpful reminders...

COMMUNICATION IS CRITICAL.  We recognize that tryout scheduling has been unavoidably delayed by several months due to USA Hockey/MidAm rules and state mandated rink closures.  We want your son to be able to participate in CCVHC! If your son interested in trying out for either the Central Catholic Vikings Hockey VARSITY or JUNIOR VARSITY team, but is unable to attend one or more of the scheduled tryouts, please contact Vikings Head Coach Bill Connelly promptly. 

USA HOCKEY MEMBERSHIP. All interested players are reminded to renew their USA Hockey Membership for the 2020-2021 season prior to registering for CCVHC tryouts.

SAFESPORT TRAINING. All CCVHC players birth year 2003 and older must complete USA Hockey SafeSport training prior to the start of the season (August 1, 2020). Please see USA Hockey SafeSport Training for detailed information and program certification.

REQUIRED BASELINE CONCUSSION TESTING. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL) requires all players to complete a concussion baseline test every 2 years. Players/parents are required to attest that this testing is current at least two weeks prior to the first PIHL game.    

This summer, there are several testing options for parents to consider. *Please note that as of 7/2/2020, CCHS has cancelled the originally-scheduled baseline testing slots for the week of July 6. See below for more information.* 

First, parents can register for testing through the "HeadsUP Summer 2020" program. For further information about baseline concussion testing, and to schedule an appointment, please see UPMC ImPACT Baseline Concussion Testing. The registration link is at the lower right of the webpage.   The cost is usually $25.00.

Second, most pediatricians also offer in-office baseline concussion testing. As you schedule your son's annual physical or sports physical this summer, please discuss this option with your pediatrician.  The cost is usually $25.00. 

Third, CCHS will make available *free* baseline testing sessions for ALL prospective CCVHC players in August.   Please see the direct link below to sign up. Even though the July sessions have been cancelled, we have been informed that August scheduling will still go forward, as planned. If you are unable to obtain any required baseline concussion testing for your player, this may still be something to consider.

Due to social distancing guidelines, CCHS can only test 25 student athletes total per session.  All student athletes who sign up for a test will have a COVID-19 screening performed before entering the building and will be required to wear a mask while inside the building for testing.  

All testing will take place in the basement of the campus STEM building in two classrooms to allow for proper social distancing.  The "CCHS Baseline Testing Campus Map" referenced below this article will show where student athletes can enter the building for screening and then proceed to the testing area.  There is also a designated area marked on the map for family members to park and wait in their vehicles while testing is in progress.  We ask that you arrive no more than twenty (20) minutes prior to your signed up testing slot.  Testing will take about one (1) one hour.  

Please use this CCHS SignUpGenius Link to sign up for a day and time slot for testing. Any questions should be sent directly to rvisconti@centralcatholichs.com.   

Please do not delay in scheduling any testing your player may need to compete in the PIHL this season!



Jonathan Beiber, '19.

Beiber, '19, signs with Richmond Generals

CCVHC is pleased to announce that the Richmond Generals in the USPHL has signed CCVHC and CCHS alum Jonathan Beiber, '19, for the 2020-2021 season.  In addition to posting strong stats as a defenseman with the CCVHC Varsity team, Beiber scored 12 Goals and added 26 Assists for 38 Points with a +28 in 60 Games for Pittsburgh Predators U18AA.

VIKINGS ALUMNI NEWS

Central Catholic Vikings Hockey (CCVHC) has launched a  "VIKINGS ALUMNI" section on its new website and we want to hear from you! Please contact us! Let us know about your Central Catholic Vikings experience and what you have done -- on or off the ice -- since leaving the quadrangle! Have you returned as a coach, mentoring and guiding Vikings? Have your family members participated -- and/or currently participate -- in Vikings Hockey? Please check the page on occasion, we will be updating it as we collect and digitize more information about all of the teams ... going back to the inaugural season, 1972-73!!

If you have remained in contact with the program over the years, we appreciate it and always welcome your support and involvement! If you haven't had a lot of contact with Vikings hockey since graduation, please check out the CALENDAR section. If you are in Pittsburgh, come watch a game and reconnect with the program. In only a couple of years, CCVHC will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary season!! We hope that you will be a part of the excitement! Roll Vikes!

A flashback to CCVHC Varsity Hockey 20 years ago ... where are they now?

As we embark on the 2020-2021 season,  CCVHC is looking back to teams from decades past ... where are these CCHS alumni now?  While these men may have graduated from CCHS nearly two decades ago, for Vikings hockey players, tradition never graduates! 


Central Catholic High School Yearbook, 2000-2001


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