One month down, one to go for the Summer of 2016. And while most people are spending their free time complaining about politicians and hunting Pokemon, the DYHA Board has kept ourselves very busy getting geared up for the 2016-17 hockey season.
We wanted to share with you a few things we’ve worked on since we last ‘checked in’…
Last week was our first chance to meet with all of the Team Managers and Head Coaches of our Wild and Stars teams. We had a great turnout, with all 13 teams represented, and we discussed a number of topics pertinent to the team manager role. At the top of the list once again was communication. Jeremy Forest, BOD President, talked about the importance of two-way communication between the team managers, coaches and the board. He also discussed that it is the board’s priority to support the coaches and managers who work with our young athletes every day.
Scott Hamel, BOD member-at-large, was introduced as the Team Manager Coordinator, a new position that was created to ensure a stronger line of communication between our teams, parents and the board. Scott walked the group through some of the pre-season ‘housekeeping’ items for team managers and explained how the board will help make their job easier by taking on tasks like gathering paperwork for the ‘team book’ that each team manager is required to maintain.
Mike Aceto, our Fundraising Director, spoke to the group about all of the work that has been done to evaluate and improve our fundraising programs. He discussed the board’s focus on ‘low effort, high return’ fundraising programs (for those of you keeping score at home, this means NO MORE selling cookie dough!)
Included in this season’s fundraising program are three fun events that are planned for this season to bring DYHA families together while generating much-needed income for DYHA:
-our annual winter dance and silent auction
-DYHA team night at the Manchester Monarchs
DYHA has also reinvigorated our sponsorship program. We will seek to generate income from local businesses interested in sponsoring our Heyliger Tournament, X-League and House league. More information about sponsorship is available on our website. Anyone who knows a business that may be interested is asked to email email@example.com.
The board will continue to look for ways to improve the hockey experience for all DYHA players and families and wants to encourage parents to contact us with needs, issues and ideas. Email addresses for all board members are available on the Board of Directors page of the DYHA website.
We also continue to need your help. As Mike reminded everyone at the team manager meeting, many hands make short work of any task. We are fortunate to have a small but growing group of volunteers and we can ALWAYS use more help. Here are some quick and easy ways you can help:
We are looking for hole sponsors ($100 per hole) and items for our raffle ($50+ value items). We also need volunteers to help at the tournament. Please contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help with any of these.
We also need teams to sign up, so please encourage family and friends to sign up today! Online registration is now open. Click here to register!
DYHA is now set up on AmazonSmile, a service from Amazon that gives a portion of every purchase to a charity of your choice. So choose DYHA and help up out! To set up DYHA as your charity, please click here.
SportsEngine & Facebook
Communication continues to be our #1 priority, so please make sure you are set up with a Sports Engine account! Team managers have been reaching out to parents who are not yet set up with accounts. Please let them know if you still need help creating an account. Sports Engine also has a mobile app that lets you receive important messages from DYHA and your coaches/team managers, practice and game schedules and more. The mobile app is available for iPhone and Android devices through the app stores.
We have also posted ‘how to’ guides for anyone needing help with their Sports Engine account. Those can be found on thehttp://www.doverhockey.org/page/show/1304497-administration-tuition-and-payments of the DYHA website.
Last, but not least, DYHA is on Facebook! So please like our page and share posts with family and friends!
Online registration is now open for the 2016 Dover Youth Hockey Association Golf Tournament honoring Scott French and Michael Hower Sr.
To register please click here or visit the 'Special Events' section of the DYHA website.
Effective August 1st, Dover Youth Hockey will officially shift to using Sport Ngin for all schedule management and email communication to parents and players. The Sport Ngin tool is designed to provide parents with one source of information for everything about your DYHA player(s) and team(s) through the web or via the Sports Ngin mobile app on your phone.
It is essential that ALL families are set up with at least one active Sport Ngin account by August 1st. An email was sent earlier today (Friday, July 22nd) providing all parents with instructions for setting up an account and/or confirming that your account is set up properly and associated with your player(s). That information is also available on the Administration Page of the DYHA website.
If you do not currently have a Sports Ngin account that is linked to your player(s): please email email@example.com to provide your player's name, their 2016-17 team (ie, Wild Squirt Majors) and the email address you want to set up. An invite will then be emailed to you through Sports Ngin that will enable you to create an account that will automatically be linked to your player.
If you do currently have a Sports Ngin account: please log in and make sure that your account is linked to your player(s) and also confirm that you are set up to receive notifications either via email or text. You must have one of these options turned on to be alerted to new messages, schedule changes, etc. You can follow the instructions for "Sports Ngin: How to Set Up an Account" if you are unsure how to confirm that your account is set up properly which are found at the Administration Page of the DYHA website.
If you have questions or problems setting up your account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, please make sure you set up your account immediately. We will begin to use the system fully on August 1st and it will only be successful if all parents have registered an account.
DYHA would like to congratulate two members of our organization, Mike Young and Geoff Negm, who were recently hired as head coaches of two area high school hockey programs.
Mike Young, our Director of Hockey Operations, has been selected as the new head coach at Dover High School. Mike started playing hockey at age 6, played for Dover High and has served as an assistant coach at Dover for the past 8 years. During that time the program made eight consecutive playoff appearances, three trips to the Division II championship and two titles.
Geoff Negm, the head coach of our Granite State Wild PeeWee Major team, has been tabbed as the new head coach at Noble High School in North Berwick, ME. Geoff played youth hockey for Somersworth/Berwick and the NH Jr Wildcats, played a year at Spaulding High School and then played junior hockey in the IJHL for the West River Wolves and Salem Ice Dogs.
Mike and Geoff will both continue in their current positions with DYHA.
As DYHA strives to provide our young athletes with the best possible player development, we are very happy to count Mike and Geoff as two more members of our staff who have been chosen as head coaches at the high school level. They join Peter Harwood, assistant coach of the GS Wild Squirt Majors who is also the head coach of St Thomas Aquinas, and Ray Terrell, head coach of the GS Wild Mite Majors who formerly served as head coach at Dover High School.
Supporting your favorite youth hockey organization just got a little easier! DYHA is pleased to announce that we are now registered with AmazonSmile.
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop using the AmazonSmile site you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Dover Youth Hockey Association!
To register your Amazon account and start supporting DYHA, please click on the AmazonSmile link found on the right side of the DYHA website. You can also visit smile.amazon.com and follow the prompts to select Dover Youth Hockey Association.
Once you've registered, please don't forget to bookmark smile.amazon.com. All purchases must be made from that site to qualify.