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Midget A 3-peat has District Champs
Congrats to the Midget A players and coaches on winning their third straight District 3 title. They will be representing Needham in the Midget II Large State Tournament in mid-November. Midget A's dominated the district tournament outscoring their opponents 9 to 1.
Reminder message about the charity drive this weekend
NYH is supporting the Rayment family effort to support the "Everyone's Player" organization.
Please read the message below from Brett Rayment whose is hoping families will donate some of the unused equipment to support the charity.
Fellow Needham Hockey Families –
My family is involved with a non-profit called “Everyone’s a Player”. Their focus is on helping the less fortunate by providing sporting equipment and funding so that children of all ages can participate in a variety of sporting activities offered through their local community and k-12 school systems that otherwise they would not be able to afford.
Everyone's a Player's mission statement is one we can all appreciate -We offer parents and children the opportunity to overcome the obstacles that may prevent youth involvement in sports. Our goal is to facilitate the inclusion of all children in a team related sport of their choice and to provide them with the financial means to participate and take their game to the next level.
My family has contributed and donated gear to this organization since it first began a few years ago. The gear and donations have made a difference in many children's lives as you can see from their website: http://www.everyonesaplayer.org/
We would like to bring this organization to Needham youth sports, namely hockey, since it is a very expensive sport as we all know. I cannot imagine my years growing up in Needham and not having played hockey. The teams I have played for, the coaches I have had, and the friends that I have made, will always be among my most favorite memories and would like others to have the opportunity to have similar memories.
We need your help!! We are sponsoring an equipment drive for NYH in the hopes we can supply this organization with much needed - new or “gently used”J - gear. Cash donations made out to Everyone's a Player are also accepted. I will be at St. Sebs on Sunday, October 19th from 12-3pm. Stop by for a cup of cocoa or coffee and drop off any/all equipment that’s been piling up in your basement! If you can’t make it at that time you can drop off at my house anytime that weekend. My address is 171 Great Plain Avenue (right near St. Sebs). Any questions or to arrange for an alternative equipment drop-off, please call Deb Rinaldi at (781) 710-3315.
Thanks to all those who have stepped forward to volunteer over the past week. We are still always looking for volunteers, but several have stepped forward to help.
Where improvements to NYH come from? Volunteers make it all happen.
All of the recent enhancements to the program, from strategic actions like creating the mite development program, moving teams to the Valley Hockey League, creation of the girls’ program, new jerseys, re-inventing the skills program with Pro Ambitions, and re-invigorating the Frank Bell Tournament to tactical improvements like acquiring NYH hockey bags, and implementing online payments happened as a result of the leadership of volunteers who thought of a way to improve the program, and made a conscious decision to get involved.
Needham Youth Hockey has always been a volunteer organization, which means all of the benefits your kids enjoy through NYH occur because a volunteer or a group of volunteers stepped forward and gave their time, energy or expertise.
For NYH to grow and flourish, there needs to be a more continuous flow of new volunteers to help evolve and improve the organization going forward. It is a remarkably small number of people who volunteer to support the program: NYH benefits close to 600 families, outside of the 100 or so coaches we have each year get involved less than 2% of the remaining parents are active as volunteers. If NYH is to continue providing a great experience for local players and families, it will be because a new generation of volunteers will step forward to enhance the program that will provide the best experience for their children and the next wave of players coming along.
Below are some of the immediate needs that have been identified by the Board, but this list is not exhaustive. If you have additional ideas, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that you can make a contribution. Many people bring great ideas forward that never can be implemented because they are not willing to invest their time to make it happen.
Critical Need: Frank Bell Tournament Directors: We are seeking 3 people to step forward and jointly run the Frank Bell tournament. Ideally, parents who have kids in the Mite to PW / girls u10/12 range. We need tournament directors immediately or risk having to cancel the tournament. Cancelling the tournament would result in $100 charge per player above the current registration fee as we would need to cover the cost of the ice that it utilized by the tournament and paid for by tournament fees. These roles have a big impact on NYH financials as well as continuing a 40 year tradition that our teams love.
After three years under the leadership of Kim Christie and Laura Hasenfus, Needham’s tournament is fully operationalized and documented, so that managing the tournament will be a much simpler process moving forward. The major functions are to help recruit teams, organize volunteers for snack bar and onsite activities, coordinate with the district 3 for refs, and develop tournament schedule.
to volunteer and I will get you connected with Kim and Laura.
Board Level Roles: In recent years the NYH Board has put many governance processes in place to facilitate new board members joining and exiting the board. NYH believes that the organization will benefit from board members serving for two or three year terms, to promote new thinking and leadership on an ongoing basis. We are looking to bring in new “at-large” board members each year to help provide new insight and take on leadership roles with the organization.
In addition to “at-large” board members, we are looking for a Coaching Coordinators for next season: Thecoaching coordinator is responsible for ensuring that coaching roles are filled for each level of the program. The role typically is filled by an experienced coach or former player. The role works with tryout coordinator to identify coaches for travel teams and then helps the coaches identify assistants. The role also has input on skills program and works with the operation manager on coaching education requirements. The role is board level role. The vast a majority of the work comes during and right after tryouts in the spring and fall. We would look to transition in the new coordinator this spring by working with the current coordinator.
Other volunteer roles
·District 3 Rep (immediate need) – attend monthly meetings and help organize playdown activities with the district and the NYH coaches. Role is not a significant time commitment, but requires attendance a monthly district meetings and keeping NYH board and NYH coaches informed of district and mass hockey updates
·Assistant Treasurer – help NYH budget for future season by reviewing current costs and projected costs to help set future fees and understand our cost structure to various program initiatives. The organization has done a lot of work to improve our financial structure and data, but could use help to more proactively review information and better plan for the future
·Volunteer recruiter – someone who will help board more actively recruit volunteers
·Fund raiser coordinator – develop ideas on how to fund raise to help reduce costs of NYH Program. Work with tournament directors on gaining sponsors for NYH and tournament
·Other: in any given year we need volunteers to help with various aspects of the organization. Raise you hand to help, and will identify roles that require help
Final note, this will be my last year as president, I will continue to volunteer my time, but as my kids have aged through the program, it is time for a new voice for NYH board to our families who have younger. More information on succession plan will come later in the year, but next season I will only have 1 player left in the program who will be Midget age. The organization President should better represent the cross mix of families and have kids active within the organization for the entire season.
We need more people to get involved and look forward to hearing from you.