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Welcome to the 2015-2016 Season
Hello WYH members!
On behalf of the Executive Board I want to welcome everyone officially to the 2015-2016 WYH season. As is the norm the summer has gone by in a flash and seemingly just as some of you are finishing up spring and summer sports it’s time to get back out on the ice.
I am excited for the upcoming year for our organization with four new executive board members, many new directors and some significant work that has already occurred over the summer. Before we can move onto the upcoming season I want to recognize the past board members who continue to support and help make the transition easier for those of us who are new.
I want to highlight some of the key accomplishments that the executive board and directors have committed time to over the summer:
LTS / LTP: Our most important program has been fortunate to have coach Tom Boyer volunteer to be the coordinator for both programs! Tom will run all of the programing and volunteers if needed. Thank you Tom for your willingness to volunteer your time!
CPR / AED Training: All of our head coaches this year will be required to be certified by October 31st to coach their respective teams. The Kevin Major Foundation “KEVS Foundation” and Susan Canning are sponsoring this critical skill for our coaches for this coming year. We are fortunate to have enough training session openings to make this available to our assistant coaches as well.
WYH Merchandise: We are excited that DK’s at Amelia Park will be carrying our merchandise line in their store for the upcoming hockey season. We have worked with Dan and Keith to design some new apparel that they will stock beginning in early September. DK’s has also committed to a minimum of every two-week ‘special orders’ and personalization of anything you would like.
Ice Schedule: We are getting close to a final schedule for release and in response to challenges at Mass Mutual Center we have minimized our ice there for our teams and most specifically the younger levels. We will still have some ice-time at Olympia as in years past.
Clinics: Louis Cabot is back for Monday night clinics beginning in the middle of September for six weeks. We are also working with “Blazing Speed” to schedule some springtime clinics before evaluations.
Golf Tournament: Along with the Fire and Ice tournament, this is our most critical fundraiser of the season. The Executive Board is committed to distributing all of the money raised from this tournament proportionately to each team for one tournament at minimum. Excess money beyond this commitment will be reviewed and decided upon after the event. Please commit to volunteer for the event at minimum and remember that you could save $250 off from your ice bill if you bring in the most money via hole sponsors and foursomes for the tournament!
Thank you to everyone that has jumped in and volunteered your time whether it be by a board member, a coach or supporting one of our Committees. The willingness of so many people to volunteer your time and energy is why our organization is so great. I look forward to seeing everyone at the rink real soon!
The next Golf Tournament Committee Meeting will be August 25th at 6:30pm.
Note: Meeting moved to August 25th instead of 24th
Our Executive Board voted to commit the proceeds from the golf tournament to all regular season teams to support age appropriate tournaments. Our goal is that we could raise enough money to pay for one tournament. But we need to make this fundraiser as successful as possible to be able to do so. The more money we raise the more money we can distribute.
Teams are often looking for fundraising ideas in the beginning of the season so all you need to do is participate. In this case we just need you manpower and support to get foursomes and hole sponsors. If everyone could lend some time this will be very easy.
WYHA will offer a $250 credit off your ice bill to the individual that raises the most money for the golf tournament.
Please use the attached WYHA Golf Tournament Brochure attached.
We would like to see one representative from each team at our next meeting. Everyone is welcome to participate since many hands makes for light work.
ABOUT OUR PROGRAM
Become a better offensive and defensive player ! Strong emphasis on specific trainning for the defensemen and forward. All players enroll will benefit from the forwards and defensemen skill development. Each session will be divided based on age and level.
HIGHLIGHTS OF TRAINNING: Power skating and edge control, quickness and over speed, explosive starts and stops, power turns, puck control, shooting, passing and receiving, puck protection.
Forwards skills development: Deking, quick hands, touch passing, attacking net and scoring drills, rebound drills, drop passing, screening and tips, backchecking, cycling.
Defensemen skills development: Backward skating, backward crossovers, transition skating, pivots, defending the one-on-one, two-on-one, front net coverage, gap contro and angling.
Each player enrolled in the defensemen and forwards program will receive shooting and scoring development. our professional coaching staff will provide you with the teaching to allow each player to develop quickness, accuracy and speed on their shot.
Video analysis: Each student will receive personal video analysis on their skating and shooting technique by a Professional coach.