Program exceeds 2016-17 participation
The purpose of this communication is to provide some updates related to the organization, summarize the past season (including the survey results), and to share important items and dates for the summer and next season. It has been a busy past three months - in addition to wrapping up the 2017-18 season, the board has been updating the organization bylaws and expanding the board, updating and making revisions to governance documents, policies and procedures, and working to bring the new board and hockey operations committee members up-to-speed. Our goal is to improve the association, and with many of these changes, we are beginning this process.
The board of directors solicited for new members, built a slate of candidates, and voted in five new directors. With this, our board has now expanded to include sixteen members, which provides additional resources and support for our organization, and fulfills other requirements that would be needed for potential future opportunities related to fundraising. We are excited to have the commitment and engagement of so many talented people.
Within our association, the HOC serves as a support committee to the Hockey Operations Director, and directs all matters which pertain to the on-ice aspect of the MWHA. This includes coaching, tryouts, clinics, training and development, team assignments and player placements, ice scheduling, etc. Our Hockey Operations Director is Ross Carlson, and there is an individual coordinator for each level of play within the association. HOC committee members are listed on our website.
The 2017-18 season was a big success with 133 players competing in the boys and girls travel teams and 130 players at the Mite/U6/U8 level – a 2.34% percent increase over the previous year. This growth is on pace with the nationwide growth of 2.32% and outpacing the 5-year average of 1.67% as published by USA Hockey (https://www.usahockey.com/membershipstats).
Squirt B 1-13-4
Squirt C 17-1-0, 1st Place District 3 Red Division - Regular Season and Playoffs
U10 A 9-7-2
U10 B White 10-8-0
U10 B Red 8-10-0
PeeWee A 9-5-2
PeeWee B2 12-1-3
PeeWee C 3-11-4
U12 A 12-2-3, 1st place District 3 Regular Season, State Tournament Appearance
U12 B Red 10-5-1
U12 B White 4-3-9
Bantam A 4-12-2
Bantam B2 6-7-5
Important Dates and Scheduling
It seems strange to be talking about next year when we just finished this year, but we wanted to be sure everyone had their calendars marked for important dates and events between now and the start of the next season.
The board needs to make commitments for ice time very soon, which is why you may have seen some communications regarding next year and whether your child will be playing. The number of kids at each level is what drives the decisions regarding the number of teams. The BOD and the HOC are actively working on this and will be making decisions soon, so that the ice time may be appropriately allocated. This will be communicated as soon as it is available. While the team count is needed soon for the ice commitments, the final level of play declaration is not required to be submitted to District 3 until early/mid-November.
Registration generally opens in early August, and remains open for approximately 1 month.
The coordinators are working on the scheduling for the try-outs, and this will be communicated separately once it is determined. Try-outs generally are scheduled in early October, with the goal to be completed before the MEA break. We realize that families may have date conflicts, so we will publish these dates as soon as they are confirmed to provide adequate time for you to plan accordingly.
We have received feedback that we could provide better communications in many aspects of our association. In addition, we believe there should be complete transparency as to the finances, budgets and spending. From this feedback, we are putting together a more formal communications plan with a higher frequency of touches to our association. While we realize some of you may feel there is redundancy in what you are hearing, we believe it is more important to provide you with a consistent and thorough updates moving forward. As always, please feel free to share any feedback should you feel there are missing items, or ways in which the association could improve your and your child’s experience.
Summer Training Program