Belmont Youth Hockey
Members’ Meeting Minutes
October 4, 2007
I. Call to order
Jim Wooster called to order the members’ meeting of the Belmont Youth Hockey Association (BYHA) at 7:06pm on October 4, 2007 at the Belmont Public Library.
II. Roll call
The following board members were present: Jim Wooster, Curtis Cole, Janet Liddell, John Curran, Steve Nally, Doug McLaughlin, Kerry O’Donovan, Mark Shapiro. BYHA members present were: Pierre Raymond, Kenneth Whittemore, Bruce Liddell, Tricia Reggio, John Markey and Dorothy Rizzo. Absent from the meeting were board members: Andy Papathanasiou, John Myers, Larry Christofori, Lisa Pargoli, and Brian Quirk.
III. President’s Report
a) Jim W. began by welcoming and thanking members for coming to the meeting.
b) Recap of 2006 – 2007 Season. Jim summarized the 2006 – 2007 season, describing a difficult year plagued by issues such as operating short handed, poor communication amongst members and coaches, Pee Wee team sizing, huge surplus of ice resulting in loss of money for the program. A special meeting was held at the Lion’s Club on February 12, 2007 to discuss problems and potential solutions with BYHA members. Additionally, the Board met with representatives from Watertown’s youth hockey program and Mass. Hockey to discuss possibility of merging the Belmont/Watertown programs. From these meetings and discussions the board decided to: work with Watertown on further developing a community feeder program to develop young hockey skaters; recruit new board members; meet with the Belmont Recreation Department regarding ice allotment; and hold a coaches meeting (April 24, 2007) to solicit coaches input and enhance communication.
c) Plans for 2007 – 2008 Season. Jim outlined improvements made to the program from actions taken last season. Membership is up – the first time in many years, with 234 registered players. There are 16 teams, with 3 Mite teams and 2 Girls U10 teams. Several “select” players re-joined the ranks of BYHA at the Bantam A level this year. Additionally, seven (7) members were recruited to fill board vacancies.
Jim then introduced the new board members and outlined the goals for this season:
1. Fix problems from last year regarding full board, ice, communication
· Establish 3 Committees:
· Increase Enrollment
· Build Feeder Program
· Sell Advertising on the web site
· Identify/attract new coaches
· Membership survey
· Show profit for the season
2. Continue to deal with on-going issues:
· Retention of players – Select player policy
· Ice times availability
· Placements process
· Tryouts – timing
· Building Community
IV. Special Reports
Feeder Program Committee – Curtis Cole and Steve Nally summarized progress made regarding the feeder program. Discussions regarding a joint venture with Watertown have been favorable.
Coaches – First coaches’ meeting was held at the Elks Club, Lexington on 9/13/07. Next coaches’ meeting to be scheduled in next couple of weeks.
Ice – Doug McLaughlin reports goal is two scheduled practices per team per week. Practices may not be cancelled by coaches. Doug’s intention is to work closely with coaches to schedule best practice ice possible given limited availability of ice and teams’ scheduling conflicts (i.e., soccer games, SAT’s, music program).
V. Questions and Answers
A spirited question and answer period followed the organized presentation. Members of the hockey community inquired about late practice ice times, retro-fitting/upgrading the existing rink, offering Skills by using in-house talent, and varying practice ice to add interest (i.e., trading for full sheet of ice, using stations, land training, and inviting high school kids to assist).
VI. Next Meeting:
Regular meeting of the Board November 5, 2007 at 7:00pm at the Belmont Public Library.
Jim Wooster adjourned the meeting at 8:17pm.
Minutes submitted by: Janet Liddell