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Bears Club Information

2017-18 Teams

10U (Squirt) BB & B Teams

12U (Peewee) A or BB

14U (Bantam) B

16U (Midget) AA

18U (Midget) AA

Manadatory Background Screening


All hired and volunteer hockey coaches must have a current USA Hockey membership and be screened through the California Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) screening program prior to coaching. The CAHA online background screening program is performed in partnership with Acxiom Information Security Services (Acxiom). Following initial background checks, CAHA performs screenings of all coaches on a two-year cycle.

All other coaches performing services at Sharks Ice facilities, including skating coaches, are required to have an approved background check, including federal, state and county criminal history and notification of subsequent arrests. Sharks Ice performs its screening program through Employers Investigative Services (EIS).

For more information please contact Jon Gustafson, Vice President of Sharks Ice, by calling (408) 279-6000.

Oakland Bears Hockey

The Oakland Bears Hockey Club is a competitive travel ice hockey organization and one of the oldest operating clubs in California with a focus on long term player development with excellent coaching.  The Bears practice and play at Oakland Ice Center operated by Sharks Ice located in vibrant downtown Oakland. The Teams compete in the California Amateur Hockey Association Tier II (CAHA) & Northern California Junior Hockey Association (NORCAL). The Bears field teams at the 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, and 18U levels.  The 8U program hosts and participates in the NORCAL Jamborees. 

Our Travel Hockey A/B & Tier II “AA” teams offer a balance of skill development and competition, with a solid practice and off-ice training program. We have partnered with Children's Hospital UCSF for our off-ice training and education programs for both players and parents (Concussion, Diet, & Proper Training for specific ages). The Bears program offers the opportunity to participate in a highly competitive league throughout California. Many players in our program have developed to the elite levels and have had the opportunity to move on to AAA youth teams in San Jose, juniors and college ranks across North America playing their youth hockey in Oakland. 


Mission Statement

The Oakland Bears Hockey Club is dedicated to provide a fun, fair, and safe atmosphere to foster a lasting love for the game of hockey; to develop an individual both on and off the ice; to create a competitive atmosphere at all age, skill, and dedication levels, and to promote players within the organization and to college hockey and life outside the rink. The Oakland Bears strive to develop a rich community of youth ice hockey players, both male and female, of diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.


Fees for the 2017-2018 Oakland Bears A/B Teams:

  • A/B Teams Pay-In-Full Option: $2,390 if paid in full by August 1, 2017 with $400 up front at time of signing Bears Player & Financial Agreement.
  • A/B Player  Monthly Option: $2,600 if balance is not paid in full by August 1, 2017 and payment plan is desired to December 31, 2017. Payment Plans will be arranged with the Hockey Manager.


Fees for the 2017-2018 Oakland Bears 18UAA & 16UAA Teams:

  • AA Player Pay-In-Full Option: $3,300 if paid in full by August 1, 2017, with $500 due at time of signing Bears Player & Financial Agreement.
  • AA Player Monthly Payment Option:  $3,625 if balance is not paid in full by August 1, 2017 and payment plan is desired to December 31, 2017. Payment Plans will be arranged with the Hockey Manager.
  • 10% Oakland Resident
  • 10% Second Sibling
  • Late or delinquent accounts may be result in player suspension until account is brought current
  • No player with a delinquent account may participate in any NORCAL or CAHA end of the season championships.

Dues for Oakland Bears Travel Teams Include:

  • Regularly scheduled team practices - Begin week of August 14 through approximately mid March depending on playoffs.  Practices are generally 2-3 nights per week beginning at 5:45pm.
  • All NORCAL & CAHA Regular season games.
  • All team registration fees for NORCAL, CAHA, and USA Hockey
  • Coaches stipend

Fees do not include:

  • Individual 2017-18 USA Hockey Player Registration
  • Practice ice and playoff fees for post-season play (should the team qualify)
  • Tournament fees and costs (including coaches expenses) for games outside of the NORCAL & CAHA regular season schedule.
  • Any individual expenses incurred in traveling to and from, and attending games or other team events.
  • Any additional practice or other ice time acquired by the team outside of the regular schedule of two to three weekly practices as described above.
  • Home and Away Oakland Bears Jerseys (returning players use last season's jerseys, new players will have to purchase jerseys)
  • Soft Goods such as team sweats, hats, or other team apparel.