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MWHA 2018-19 Season Kickoff

By MWHA BOD, 08/14/18, 8:15PM CDT

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Important information about the upcoming season.

Hello MWHA Families –

While the lakes are still liquid, and the kids aren’t back-to-school, we are less than a week from 2018-19 Hockey Season registration opening up (August 19) and only five weeks from the start of pre-tryout skills for our traveling teams.  

As noted in earlier emails, the MWHA Board of Directors has been busy this summer, working through position transitions and revisiting each of the policies that provide structure to the association.

Perhaps the most notable transition is that of Mark Studebaker. After serving a three-year term as President, Mark stepped down in late-May.  On behalf of the association, the board would like to thank Mark for his dedication and effort in leading the White Hawk hockey program. Mark stepped into the role during a challenging time, made tough choices and lead the program to the positive and healthy position we are in today. Mark will remain on the board, as Past-President, for the next year and provide support to the executive committee and new President, Ryan Flom; ensuring that the association continues to benefit from his years of experience and knowledge.

The board would also like to thank Dean Swanson and Selmer Moen for their contributions over the past several years.  Dean will remain on the board at the District 3 representative, while Selmer will be supporting the new Tournament Director, Wylie Musel, as an assistant to the director.

More dramatic changes will be coming to 
westonkahockey.org in the coming months, but if you haven’t been there lately, I encourage you to check out the calendar. In an attempt to minimize scheduling conflicts several of the major events and holiday weeks have already been scheduled.  More dates will follow soon including the mandatory Positive Coaching Alliance Seminars (parent meeting) for squirts, PeeWees and Bantams, coach and team managers meetings and pre-season skills and tryout dates and times by level.  

Another section I recommend you review is the documents section.  Here you will find new Code of Conduct polices for Board members, Hockey Operations Committee members, players, parents and spectators.  You’ll also find the current Fundraising, Financial Assistance, Volunteer, Locker Room and Grievance policies and procedures. The HOC and BOD have spent a considerable amount of time reviewing policies from other associations, MN Hockey and USA Hockey to arrive on the updated versions.  

This off-season the Board conducted a financial review, registration rates audit and noting the successful 2017-18 fundraising efforts and 2018-19 projections, the board has adjusted registration rates for the upcoming season.  An extensive review of 15 associations found that MWHA rates were competitive at most levels, at or near the lowest at the Mite/U6/U8, but at the higher end of a few as well. It is for that reason the 2018-19 registration rates are as follows:

 

 Level

2018-19

2017-18

Change

Mite White Mini Mite / U6

$99

$99

No Change

Mite Black U6 / U8

$300

$300

No Change

Mite Red U8 

$500

$500

No Change

Squirt / U10

$1300

$1500

$200 Reduction

PeeWee / U12

$1500

$1600

$100 Reduction

Bantam

$1850

$1995

$145 Reduction

*First 30, 1st year Mite/U6 players registered are sponsored and paid for by the Ron Roelof's Memorial Fund.

District 3 has approved the following teams* and levels* for the upcoming season:
- Squirt 3 teams: B1, B2 and C
- U10 3 teams: A, B1, B2
- PeeWee 3 teams: A, B1, and C
- U12 4 teams: A1, A2, 2 equal B teams
- Bantam 2 teams: A and B2


Note: The number of teams and levels are based on the current player projections and subject to change after player registration.

As a reminder to all parents please review the Player Tryout and Move up Polices also found on in the Documents section of the website.  And for Bantam parents with players trying out for JV or Varsity, please review the High School Tryout Policy.  If you have specific questions regarding the upcoming season please reach out to the appropriate Level Coordinator.

The board has passed a 2018-19 budget that includes purchasing new home and away jersey for the girl’s co-op program as well as the boys traveling teams.  The girl’s jerseys will be purchased in advance of the upcoming season, to align with the new team name, the Warriors and new color scheme, while the boys will be purchased at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season. Both the boys and girls traveling programs will also see new practice jerseys for the upcoming season.

I hope you and your family enjoy the last month of summer and look forward to seeing you at the rink soon. If you have any questions about the upcoming season I encourage to reach out to me, the Board of Directors or a member of the Hockey Operations Committee.

Best,
Ryan Flom

MWHA President
president@westonkahockey.org