November 2012

posted Nov 13, 2012, 5:06 AM by Tracy Jones
The hockey board met on November 1, at Brewster's.
Scheduling was completed for our league games.  Thank you Dave Horzewski and Andy Rynearson for representing us at the scheduling meeting.  The Mites will be hosting a WMHL Mite jamboree the first weekend in February. Winona and Onalaska are in the league again.
RWD has requested to extend their practice time to 5:30 for the first two weeks of the season.  They have also asked to have all their practices at RACA this year.  Originally, they would have practiced in Reedsburg until Christmas and then moved their practices to the Dells for the second half of the season.  Both requests were approved.  Each youth team will be invited to a high school game to be introduced.
The Badger Thunder will be practicing at RACA on Thursday nights; they have also scheduled games in Reedsburg.
The pizza fundraiser was hugelytsuccessful. Almost 2,700 pizzas were made in one day!  There are a few bills yet to come in so we don't have the final profit amount yet.  We have been receiving additional orders, so there may be a mini pizza making session to fill orders and make more pizzas for the concession.  A big thank you to the pizza committee for all the work that was done to organize this fundraiser: Erik and Tami Knull, Bretta Oakes, Billy Rynearson, Kim Schulenburg, and consultant Chris Christensen.
The fundraiser that Koenecke Ford is organizing for us will be held on November 10.  We will receive $20 from the Ford Motor Company for each test drive.  Koenecke  Ford will match what we sell in concessions, up to $1000.  This is a terrific, easy way to earn money for our programs.
Squirt and goalie tryouts will be held November 6, at RACA.  On November 8, Peewee tryouts will be held in the Dells.  There will be three judges for each tryout.  The judges will be impartial, and skaters will only be identified by jersey number. Rosters will be posted on the website.
There was a request from the girls' teams to change their practice time to a different day.  There were conflicts with travel and church obligations.  There were some adjustments made to the practice schedule:  Mites will practice on Monday and Wednesday at 5:30, Squirts will practice Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30, and the U12 and U14 co-op will practice on Thursdays at 6:30. 
We have some good news and some bad news.  The good news is we have a lot of players attending powerskating; the bad news is that in the Peewee, Bantam, U12, U14 session there are too many kids on the ice, at one time.  We are looking to break the group into two smaller groups, but will need to find an additional instructor.  We hope to have this problem resolved soon. On Mondays we will also be using the all purpose room as a locker room.
The Try Hockey for Free Day will be November 3.  Halloween cards, supplied by USA Hockey, were handed out at the preschool Halloween parade and at the schools.  Thank you, Katie Pfaff, for organizing this event and thank you to the many people who have volunteered to help on Saturday.
Kurt Lentz, from Lentz-Andres Insurance, came to the meeting to review our current policies.  We will be doing an inventory of our equipment, etc. and may make changes to our coverage.
Pictures will be taken, by MPS, on Monday, November 19.  Sandi Sakry will be organizing the schedule for each team's session.
All coaches, assistant coaches, team reps, managers, and board members are required to have a background check.  These checks must be done before November 15.  Information for the background checks is on the WAHA website.
Every 3 or 4 weeks, a team will be assigned to clean the rink.  This basically includes: washing windows, washing walls, dusting, etc. The Mites will be the first cleaning crew; their cleaning day is November 5.
Two meetings were held in October to train parents and skaters about concussions.  This is a requirement for the state's concussions law. The form must be signed by a parent and then entered into the team book.  Thank you, Tracy Jones, for organizing and leading these meetings.
Parent meetings will be held on November 12 and13.  These meetings will be held at RACA, near that teams practice time.  The Bantam parent meeting is November 1.  Please plan on attending. It is a great time to ask questions and receive information.
Jeff Downing will be sharpening skates at RACA.  He is located in the all purpose room.  There is usually a schedule of his hours posted on the door.