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Welcome to Orono Youth Hockey

Orono Hockey President's Update

I know summer and the end of the school year are just about here, and hockey is a long way off, but our planning for the coming season is in full swing.

Surveys

We all appreciate the time people took to complete the end-of-season surveys, and offer us feedback on what the Association is doing right and where there is room for improvement.

The Booster Board has been reviewing the surveys and  listening to your concerns and feedback.  The good news is that about 80% of the surveys are positive, but there are areas we can do better, and I can assure you that everyone on the Booster Board and Coaches Board is committed to making things better for our kids.  

A couple of areas that stood out in the surveys, are better communication from coaches to parents and clear channels of communication from both sides, along with a better understanding of what to do if you have an issue, and our grievance policy.  A special thanks to our outgoing Grievance Chair, Frank Larson, who handled a number of issues this past season. 

There was also a lot of feedback related to our Mite program and how to improve it; from scheduling to what happens on the ice. 

Report Cards

We want to have player and coaches report cards at year end and mid season to make sure parents know how their kids are progressing, and coaches know what they may need to improve on.  We are also reviewing the development options that we offer for skaters and goalies which the surveys indicated is important to our members.   

Volunteers

There will also be some other changes in the coming year.  One that will impact everyone, is that last year the board decided to implement a mandatory volunteer program similar to what other associations do, and our parents will need to sign up for volunteering opportunities at the rink, with their teams, or with district tournaments that we host.  We will be getting more information out at the town hall meetings on how it will work.

Coaches Board

The Coaches Board is also in full swing.  The new Head of the coaches board is John Klaers and the Vice Chair is Paul Antonenko, and the new coaches board members are Matt Hutchins, Steve Anderson, and John Greenagel.  We had some great candidates for the board and it is a testament to how passionate our members are.  Thanks to all that applied and for the three that were selected.  They, and the rest of the coaches board, are busy working on reviewing last years coaches and new candidates, tryouts, skill development programs, and a number of other things to get ready for the 2016-2017 season.  The coaches board is working on bringing more structure and standardization to our policies related to playing time, discipline, practice plans, and team meetings.   More to come on all of those issues as we get closer to the season.

While we have some very dedicated board members, there is a lot of work to be done, and we can always use additional help at the level rep or committee levels, so please let me or another board member know if you want to get involved in any areas such as fundraising, recruitment and retention, communication, etc.  Any help is welcomed.  The coming season will be here before you know it, so enjoy your summer and we will see you at the rink!

Pete Eckerline

President OYHA

 

 

Get Involved

Click on the links and let us know if you are interested in being involved in any of the following:

Level Representatives:

  • PeeWee
  • U6
  • U10
  • U8

Committee members for:


Upcoming Dates

Town Hall Meetings - September 7th and 12th at 7:30 pm in the Intermediate School.  More info to come as the dates get closer.

OYHA Calendar

  • Jul
  • 1
Hockey Registration Begins
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  • 12
OYHA Booster Board Meeting
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  • Our monthly board meetings are open to the members from 6:00pm-6:15pm. We welcome your feedback and will do our best to include you on the agenda. If you would like to be added to the agenda please contact Pete Eckerline at p_eckerline@ml.com .

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OYHA Booster Board Meeting
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  • Our monthly board meetings are open to the members from 6:00pm-6:15pm. We welcome your feedback and will do our best to include you on the agenda. If you would like to be added to the agenda please contact Pete Eckerline at p_eckerline@ml.com .

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OYHA Town Hall Meeting #1
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  • Orono Intermediate School Gymnasium
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OYHA Town Hall Meeting #2
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OYHA Mission Statement

Orono Hockey Boosters provides a traveling hockey program for youth in the Orono community, including but not limited to students in the Orono Minnesota School District. We operate Advanced Development Model (ADM) programs for kids at the 4-9 year old level as well as traveling teams for boys at the A, B, and C levels for Squirts, PeeWees, and Bantams, and for girls at the U10, U12, and U14 levels. We also are committed to offering a program at other youth levels (Junior Gold) when the demand within our association justifies doing so. We operate under the terms of a Code of Conduct that is signed and acknowledged by all players, parents, and coaches each season.

Our philosophy is to promote the growth and development of players in a fun, fair, and safe environment that maximizes player participation and skill development at all levels while also developing sportsmanship, teamwork, and self-confidence.

We believe that participation in youth hockey should lead to building of personal self-esteem, self-discipline, social skills, and respect for others.

We are committed to evaluating our programs on an ongoing basis to ensure that we are serving our memberships’ needs, developing our players at all skill levels, and providing a positive experience for our youth.