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    Seeking Members for Board of Directors & Fundraising

    06/07/2017, 8:45am EDT
    By Jeremy Forest

    DYHA Needs Your Help!

     

    The DYHA Board of Directors is seeking a member of the organization to serve on the Board.  This individual will fill a 'Member-at-Large' position that has recently become open because of the resignation of a member who cannot complete their term due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts.  

    Dover Youth Hockey Association is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors comprised of volunteer members.  The Board typically meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.  Additional details on the roles and responsibilities of Board members can be found in DYHA's bylaws, which are available on the 'Meeting Minutes' page of the DYHA website located in the Board of Directors section.

    The Board will vote to elect the new member at our upcoming meeting on Monday, June 19th.  Any individual interested in the position is asked to email Jeremy Forest at dyhapresident@doverhockey.org by no later than Friday, June 16th.  Any questions about the position should also be directed to this address.

    The Board is also seeking one or more individuals to serve as Chairperson/Co-Chairpersons of the DYHA Fundraising Committee for the 2017-18 season.  In this role the Chairperson(s) will help to manage the organization's annual fundraising efforts with the support of the Board and volunteer members of the fundraising committee.  Annual events include include DYHA's Golf Tournament, 'Night at the Whitt' UNH Mens' Hockey Game and the Annual Fundraising Dance.  All of these fundraisers help to support our scholarship fund and other aspects of the DYHA program.  

    Those interested in serving as a Fundraising Chair for the 2017-18 season are asked to email Jeremy Forest at dyhapresident@doverhockey.org.  

    DYHA Announces Scholarship Opportunities for 2017-18 Season

    06/06/2017, 8:15am EDT
    By Jeremy Forest

    Scholarship Opportunities

    The DYHA Board of Directors is happy to announce that several player scholarships are available for the upcoming 2017-2018 season.  Please take a few minutes to read through the list of scholarships opportunities below.  The scholarships are intended for DYHA players and their families who are in need of financial assistance to offset tuition costs and many have a specific requirements. 

    If you feel that you are eligible and are deserving of any of the scholarships below, please send an email naming the specific scholarship(s) you believe your player is qualified to receive and providing specific details about your need.  All emails must be sent to dyhasecretary@doverhockey.org. The deadline to submit a request for consideration is July 15, 2017.  Selections will be made and communicated by early August.

    Kathleen and Fred Gilpatrick Bingo Volunteer Scholarship
    Kathy Gilpatrick is the original and current DYHA Bingo Coordinator. She and her husband Fred have been instrumental in creating this incredible fundraising arm of the DYHA organization. Prior to her involvement in Bingo, Kathy was a DYHA board member, serving as treasurer and making her name as Dover Hockey’s most effective fundraising coordinator. Gilpatrick Scholarships of up to $400 may be awarded to current Dover Youth Hockey Bingo volunteers to help further reduce their tuition obligations.

    McNulty Sibling Scholarships
    Pat McNulty was a longtime member and president of DYHA who was instrumental in developing our house and travel programs. Pat and his wife Lorraine raised two children who both played travel and high school hockey. They know what it means to have two children enrolled in travel hockey at the same time, and the time and financial demands placed on a family by two children’s hockey commitments. Pat currently works for the City of Dover. Both Pat and Lorraine McNulty have been named honorary members of DYHA by the Dover Youth Hockey board of directors. McNulty Sibling Scholarships will be awarded to children of families with more than one child playing travel hockey. Amounts may vary depending on need and the resources available.

    Robert “Pops” Higgins Scholarships
    A Higgins Scholarship will award between up to $1000 annually.  This money is given to families in need to help reduce the cost of travel hockey. A lifelong hockey fan, Bob Higgins has been a fixture as a volunteer at Dover Youth Hockey Bingo for more than a decade. During that time, he has quietly helped many families manage the cost of hockey. Bob’s greatest hope is that all children are able to experience the great game of hockey, regardless of their families’ circumstances. Bob Higgins has been named an honorary member of DYHA by the Dover Youth Hockey Board of Directors.

    Frederick Catalfo Referee Scholarship
    Freddy Catalfo is well known to anyone who has ever spent time at Dover Arena. In addition to working the front desk and as a referee, Freddy has worked as DYHA’s referee scheduler for many years. Freddy Catalfo has been named an honorary member of DYHA by the Dover Youth Hockey board of directors. One Catalfo Scholarship of $200 will be awarded each year to a travel hockey player who is also a USA Hockey certified referee. This award will be made in the form of travel tuition reduction in recognition of the additional investment young referees make in training and referee equipment and uniforms.

    If you have a travel hockey player who you believe may qualify for one of these scholarships, please send an email to Samantha Grace, DYHA Secretary, at dyhasecretary@doverhockey.org

    In your submission, please provide a brief description about your player and the relevant details by which he or she qualifies for one of the above scholarships (e.g., you are a Bingo volunteer, your family has siblings playing hockey, your child is a certified referee, or your family simply has financial need.)  Please note that we are not looking for your family’s income or other financial details.  Any additional information that you would like to provide to help our scholarship committee consider your request is welcome.

    All responses must be received by July 15, 2017. Awards will be determined by early August.  Scholarship amounts will be credited to account balances.

    2017 Annual Meeting Notes

    05/23/2017, 8:45am EDT
    By DYHA Board of Directors

    The Annual Meeting for the Dover Youth Hockey Association was held this past Monday, May 15th at the Dover Ice Arena.  The DYHA Board of Directors and Director of Hockey Operations gave a number of reports during the meeting, including a review of the 2016-17 season, an overview of the organization’s current finances and operating budget for 2017-18, as well as plans for organizational improvement in the coming year.  

     

    Elections were also held to name new Board members to 3 vacated positions.  The Board thanked departing members PJ Bandouveres, Mike Aceto and Sean McIntyre for their service to the organization.  They also noted that Bandouveres will continue to serve as the DYHA Referee in Chief.  Following a nomination and vote, the Board welcomed new members Jolynn Seaver, Craig Croteau and Perry Plummer.  (Members Marc Behan, Scott Hamel, Samantha Grace and Jeremy Forest will continue their terms on the Board.)

     

    Following the Annual Meeting the newly formed Board of Directors met to elect officers.  The executive board for the 2017-18 season is:

     

    President- Jeremy Forest

    Vice President- Marc Behan

    Treasurer- Scott Hamel

    Secretary- Samantha Grace

     

    Meeting Notes:

    Calling the 2016-17 seaon a year of “significant transition for DYHA”, Board President Jeremy Forest touched on a number of topics during his report to the members in attendance.  He highlighted the many changes in the organization’s leadership, which started last March when Mike Young accepted the role of Director of Hockey Operations and 5 new members joined the DYHA the 7-person Board of Directors.

     

    He talked about the new partnerships that DYHA has formed to foster player skills development.  These include agreements with Premier Hockey to provide skating skills, Puckstoppers LLC for goaltending skills and PRVN Sports Performance which will continue to bring a ‘total athlete’ approach to player development with their dry land and synthetic ice training program.  The Board also thanked Ray Terrell, Chris Hitchcock, Zach Cobb and Fred Strum for managing the DYHA skating skill program during the 2016-17 season.

     

    Forest also reviewed DYHA’s current finances, highlighting the work that was done over the past year to manage operating costs, increase revenue and improve cash flow.  He noted that improvements in these areas, and a focus on the collection of past due payments owed to the organization, enabled DYHA to pay off much of the debt that was carried over from previous seasons.  He also stated the Board’s expectation that DYHA will continue to move in a positive financial direction and anticipates operating with a small profit in the current fiscal year.

     

    The success of several fundraising programs was cited as a significant contributor to the organization’s improved finances.  DYHA’s first annual golf tournament was a major success, as were the DYHA ‘Night at the Whitt’ UNH Hockey game and a new partnership that increased revenue from the Heyliger tournament.  

     

    The organization’s Bingo game was mentioned as continuing to be a major contributor to DYHA’s fundraising efforts.  Forest noted that 2016-17 Bingo revenue far exceeded expectations.  The Board thanked Kathy Gilpatrick, Bingo coordinator, for the great job that she has done managing the program for the past 20 years.  DYHA’s bingo game is celebrating its 20th year later this month.  A celebration is planned at Seacoast Bingo over Memorial Day weekend with special door prizes and refreshments during the DYHA game days (Saturday and Sunday).

     

    Looking to the future, Forest discussed plans for improvement in 2017-18, which include a continued focus on communication.  The implementation of SportsEngine as a tool for messaging, tuition tracking and online payment processing has been success and the Board will continue to look for ways to keep members well informed.

     

    The plan to hire a part-time Program Coordinator to support the Director of Hockey Operations and Board was also discussed.  The Coordinator will manage a variety of administrative tasks and organizational initiatives..

     

    Mike Young, Director of Hockey Operations, discussed the performance of our Granite State Wild and Dover Stars teams in 2016-17.  He highlighted the Stars Peewee 1 team, who won their Granite State League Championship, Dover Stars Bantams winners of their Seacoast League Division, the Wild Mite Majors and Dover Stars Mite Development White team who reached the NHAHA Mite Championships in their respective tiers, and the Wild Squirt Major team that reached the finals of the Premier Tier of the New England Premier Hockey League.  

     

    Young also noted that participation remained consistent throughout all levels of the organization. For the 2017-18 season DYHA will again field 10 full-season teams, along with 2 split season teams (Bantam and Midget) and a Mite Development program.  

     

    Marc Behan, DYHA Vice President and Chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee, reported that there were no significant disciplinary issues during the season.  The committee did not hold any disciplinary hearings during 2016-17.

     

    Behan also presented the DYHA operating budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year.  He reviewed the organization's profit and loss statement from the previous year and the adjustments made in the 2017-18 budget to ensure financial stability.

     

    Finally, PJ Bandouveres, DYHA’s Referee in Chief, discussed the implementation of a new schedule management software this past season. The new system streamlined communication and provided various additional benefits for the scheduler and referees, including providing reminder notifications that helped to reduce scheduling challenges.  


    The meeting adjourned with a thank you from the Board to all members who attended.

    Warren Brown Award Winners Announced

    04/14/2017, 7:45am EDT
    By Jeremy Forest

    Dover Youth Hockey Association is pleased to announce the 2016-17 recipients of the Warren Brown Sportsmanship Award.

    The award is named in honor of Warren Brown, a UNH student and standout hockey player, who also volunteered as a coach for Dover Youth Hockey.  Warren was known for being a great teacher of the game and especially for encouraging his players to work hard and set a good example on and off the ice. 

    In 1973, Warren was killed in an automobile accident while traveling home to Ontario with 2 UNH teammates for the Christmas holidays. His passion for the game of hockey and his sportsmanship left a lasting mark on our entire organization.

    Recipients are selected by their fellow teammates on the basis of their sportsmanship, effort and contribution to making their team a better unit. 

    This year’s recipients are:

    Wild Mites- Cole Levesque

    Wild Squirt Minor- Liam Eddy

    Wild Squirt Major- Owen Kenney

    Wild PW Minor- Chase Turcotte

    Wild PW Major- Cody Dubois

    Wild Bantam Minor- Crosby Smith

    Stars Mites- Noah Stone, Elizabeth Pelletier, Travis Cole

    Stars Squirts- Aidan McQuaide

    Stars PW1- Orlando Ricci

    Stars PW2- Joseph Labonte

    Stars Bantam- Colby Roy

    2017-18 DYHA 'Off-Ice' Conditioning Program

    04/13/2017, 10:00am EDT
    By Jeremy Forest

    Registration now open!

    Registration is now open for DYHA’s “Off-Ice” Conditioning Program for the 2017-18 season.  All interested players must register by Friday, May 19th to participate.   

    Program details are provided below.  Please visit www.doverhockey.org/conditioning to register.

    DYHA has once again partnered with PRVN Sports Performance to provide a customized conditioning program for players.  Led by Head Coach Matt Carney and a staff of certified strength & conditioning trainers, the program will focus on developing each player’s strength, metabolic conditioning, balance and core stability. The PRVN coaching staff will lead players through age appropriate high-intensity circuit training and body weight strength development techniques, as well as hockey-specific sessions on a synthetic ice surface.  

    Additional Program Details:

    Eligibility: Any DYHA travel team or house league player born 2008 or later may enroll.  Players will be assigned to groups by age.  Each group will contain no more than 14 participants.

    Schedule: sessions will be 50 minutes in duration.  Players will attend one session per week at the time scheduled for their group.  Sessions will begin in September and run to the end of February for a total of 22 sessions.  

    Each group’s sessions will be held on a consistent day and time week-to-week, but the final schedule will only be determined after the DYHA 2017-18 practice schedule has been finalized.  Every effort will be made to schedule off-ice training sessions on a nights when players are not also scheduled for an ‘on ice’ practice.  Currently there are no plans to hold conditioning sessions on Fridays.    

    Location: all training will be done at the PRVN Sports Performance facility (50 Crosby Road, Dover NH). 

    Cost:  $230 per player*
    (*Bingo credits cannot be used to pay for the conditioning program)