We're happy to announce that NYHA Registration will be officially open from Dec 1 to Dec 14! Visit nedhockey.com on or around Dec 1 for the link to online registration.
And yes, we're a bit delayed compared to last season. This is because RINK is restructuring its fee system somewhat this year. They're facing a number of issues related to the sustainability of the facility, and we think it's important that you're aware of what these are.
RINK has always relied heavily upon a small group of dedicated volunteers (plus a few overworked and underpaid managers) to pull off the ice season. It's to their credit that the transition and execution seem so effortless, but it's a massive amount of work moving boards, laying down mats, rolling out liners, making ice, putting in lines and curling houses, removing snow, resurfacing ice, maintaining buildings, staffing the desk, and so forth. Relying so heavily on volunteers has kept costs low for the ice users, like our hockey kids, but it does mean that the RINK's business model is precarious and highly subject to volunteer burn-out. Add to this pressure from the Town to start paying for utilities like water, which were formerly provided free or on the cheap, and there was strong motivation for RINK to move toward a more sustainable business model this year.
Alan Brewer, one of our favorite coaches, is also the RINK Treasurer, and he's put forward a model which, among other things, accounts for all volunteer hours typically required for an ice season. You may be surprised to learn that across all winter activities, it adds up to over 1000 hours! While it would certainly be a worthy pursuit to try to figure out ways in which to decrease this burden -- primarily through capital improvements to the facility, I think -- there's no denying that it takes a heck of a lot of work to make it happen. Alan's quantified this and assigned an hourly rate to these hours, so that we can all get a better sense of what it would cost if we had to pay someone to do all of the volunteer work. Because whether or not we have volunteers, the work needs to happen for the RINK to function.
What this means for NYHA is that our cost to use the ice is jumping considerably, and you'll see this reflected in your registration fees this year. Our primary mission continues to be lowering barriers to entry for youth hockey, but our fees are going to have to reflect the real cost of operating even a rustic outdoor rink in the mountains, and those costs are considerable. We will continue to subsidize your hockey fees with fundraisers like our silent auction -- we haven't ever brought in enough cash via registrations alone to actually cover the cost of a season of NYHA, if you're curious -- but you will see a substantial increase nonetheless. We're also losing our automatic season passes, though RINK is going to pricing their season passes much lower than previous years, especially child passes. Keep in mind that we're still offering a great season of outdoor hockey with top-notch coaching and fun travel to other like-minded mountain programs for an excellent price.
Ultimately, though, we don't want to lose a single kid because of increased fees. We're totally committed to keeping everyone in the program. So we're looking at several options for cutting costs for families for whom the fee hike will be a burden:
#1) Volunteer! We should have a deal with RINK whereby any NYHA family which manages to put in 10 hours of volunteer work per child will receive a rebate which, though we can't throw around exact numbers yet (RINK meeting tonight), could drop your fees to LESS than what they were last year. Volunteer hours beyond that 10 will count toward a season pass, as in years past. Here are some jobs which need doing:
#2) Apply for a scholarship. We realize that if you're holding down 2 jobs just to make ends meet, finding time to volunteer may be tough. NYHA has rewarded scholarships in years past, and we're setting aside some reserves to fund some this year, as well. And if you have the means to donate a scholarship, we're happy to facilitate. Look for more information on scholarships on the website soon.
If you think you're going to struggle with the new fees, please let us know, and we'll figure something out. Once again, we don't want to lose a single family.
For further discussion, feel free to comment on our FB page here:
Nederland Youth Hockey Association
and Wild Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery
will host a Silent Auction Fundraiser on April 4th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
All proceeds benefit NYHA programs!
Auction items include:
Come out and support your local hockey program and bid on some great items.
Happy Hour 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
$3.50 Home Brewed Pints, discounted Appetizers, Wine, Margaritas, Bloody Marys
Auction closes at 8:00 p.m.
Thanks to all our donors for making this event possible!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:57
Come out and join NYHA at a D.U. Pioneer game
March 8th at 7:00pm
D.U. Pioneers vs. Miami of Ohio
Only $24.00 per ticket.
Kids will have a pre-game locker room visit with D.U. Pioneer Players!
A portion of the proceeds goes directly back into our program. Help support NYHA!
Reserve your tix now. Call Rick Fortunato @ 720 988 3755
Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 09:11
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