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2017-18 Season Wrap up and Survey Results

By Admin, 06/08/18, 3:30PM CDT


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.

MWHA Board of Directors (BOD)

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.

The board serves you, so please contact any board member with any comments, concerns, suggestions, ideas, etc. Our goal is to continually improve this association, and provide an outstanding program for our players. Your feedback and involvement is a very important element to the organization’s success.

In addition to your feedback, we want to be sure we are effectively and transparently communicating to you. This includes association updates, important dates, results, finances, and anything that may be relevant to you as a member in an MWHA program. We also understand that the frequency and content you receive can be difficult to keep up with. We will be working to provide a more consistent and timely updates, so that you will always have a resource to ensure you are informed. In addition, we will be updating  this summer to provide a better experience with improved site hierarchy to making searching faster and easier!

MHWA Hockey Operations Committee (HOC)

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.

2017-18 Team/Program Level Summary

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 ( 

Mite Program - Rookie camp

The MWHA Rookie Camp is a program for new and potential players to give them an opportunity to gain the experience and to help recruit new players into the association. Our association is very fortunate to have the camp wholly supported by the Thaler Foundation - with a considerable financial contribution to offset the program expenses. Additionally, thanks go to the Thaler Arena for donating ice time.

The Thaler Foundation has recommitted to this program for 2018-19 and the Association hopes to continue to grow the Rookie Camp and Try Hockey for Free programs as 75% of the Rookie Camp participants registered for the Mite program in 2017-18. If you know of any potential players or families that could benefit from this program, please encourage them to sign up.

Program Level Results

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

2017-18 Survey Results

Thank you for your robust and frank feedback in the recently completed survey. The attached presentation provides a brief overview of final results with analysis and highlights. Overall the organization is headed in the right direction, but there is room for improvement. In some areas a great deal of improvement is necessary. Your responses and comments have been reviewed in the April Board meeting, and the respective teams and coordinators responsible for these areas will be working to address the concerns and opportunities highlighted. If you are interested in being contacted by a board member to discuss the survey or your feedback, please and an Executive Committee member will contact you.

MWHA Survey Results


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.

Team Decisions

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.

2018/2019 Registration and Try-outs

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.

Future Communications

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

Westonka Community Education is offering STP summer hockey training for skaters and goalies from Mini-Mite/U6  through the High School level.  These sessions will be run by Jake Hindermann the MWHS Boys Hockey Coach.  The program includes both on-ice and dry land training modules. 

The sessions run throughout June and July at Thaler Sports Arena, each tailored to improve and reinforce the skills learned over the past season.  

The schedule is set up for consistent practice sessions to build off of prior knowledge to help players improve their skills and knowledge of the game. This program offers convenience of skating locally and the team benefits of working with current and future teammates. It will be a great opportunity to work on hockey skills over the Summer while still enjoying other sports and activities.

For more information or to register, visit Westonka Community Education - Additional details and schedule at the links below!

Girls Programs

Boys Programs


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