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Getting Your Equipment In Order For The Fall Season
As you get ready for the start of a new hockey season, it’s important to take a few minutes to make sure your equipment is ready for the long haul by ensuring that it’s not only in good working order, but that it’s clean. Here’s a brief checklist of things to look at before packing up your hockey bag.
Considering how much sweat it absorbs during the season, the helmet deserves as much cleaning attention as any other piece of equipment. The protective padding can act like a sponge, trapping all that sweat inside. To clean your helmet, use a gentle soap and warm water to scrub it out. Then leave it outside to air dry.
To clean your mouthguard, use a toothbrush and some mouthwash and give it a good brushing. It’s probably a good idea to keep your mouthguard in a protective case to keep it clean. If you don’t have a protective case, even a zip lock plastic baggie is better than letting your mouthguard sit at the bottom of your hockey bag.
PAD AND PANTS
Your shoulder pads, shin pads and elbow pads call all use a good spin through the gentle cycle of your washing machine along with your hockey pants. Once you’re done, hang them outside to air dry. Whatever you do, don’t throw your pads and pants in the dryer. All sorts of terrible things can happen.
GLOVES AND SKATES
Your gloves and skates are likely the smelliest pieces of equipment in your hockey bag. You can take your gloves for a spin in the washing machine, using the gentle cycle, or soak them in the sink using some soapy water. Once again, don’t put them in the dryer. For leather items you can spray with disinfectant and allow to air dry. With your skates, take out the laces and pull back the tongues. You can also use a little foot powder to get rid of the smell. Take some time to check your skate blades for rust, cracks, and abnormal wear. You can always visit your local pro shop to replace the blades rather than buy a new pair of skates.
All the cleaning won’t mean much if you don’t clean your equipment bag as well. After giving your bag a good shake to get rid of all those little odds and ends that found their way to the bottom over the course of the season, spray it with a little Febreze and let it air out far from any living creatures.
It is finally here, time for the first practice of the season. WYHA will start the week of September 7th (No practice on Labor Day) for the 2015-2016 season. There are a few items you can complete now that will make check-in on your first practice easier.
First Practice Checklist
Complete USA Hockey/Mass Hockey Registration Online (Click Here). Print bar code given by USA hockey.
The cost is $40 to USA Hockey and $8 to Mass Hockey
Enter USAH # on WestfieldHockey.org (This will eliminate the need to bring the bar coded form to the first practice.)
Pay First Ice Fee. If you haven't mailed your payment in (3 days before practice) bring it with you to the first practice.
Mite - $450
Squirt and Peewee - $650
If you are new to WYHA bring a copy of your Birth Certificate (You can upload it to our website if you like under the player’s profile.)
Our Executive Board voted to commit the proceeds from the golf tournament to all regular season teams to support age appropriate tournaments. Our goal is that we could raise enough money to pay for one tournament. But we need to make this fundraiser as successful as possible to be able to do so. The more money we raise the more money we can distribute.
Teams are often looking for fundraising ideas in the beginning of the season so all you need to do is participate. In this case we just need you manpower and support to get foursomes and hole sponsors. If everyone could lend some time this will be very easy.
WYHA will offer a $250 credit off your ice bill to the individual that raises the most money for the golf tournament.
Please use the attached WYHA Golf Tournament Brochure attached.
We would like to see one representative from each team at our next meeting. Everyone is welcome to participate since many hands makes for light work.
On behalf of the Executive Board I want to welcome everyone officially to the 2015-2016 WYH season. As is the norm the summer has gone by in a flash and seemingly just as some of you are finishing up spring and summer sports it’s time to get back out on the ice.
I am excited for the upcoming year for our organization with four new executive board members, many new directors and some significant work that has already occurred over the summer. Before we can move onto the upcoming season I want to recognize the past board members who continue to support and help make the transition easier for those of us who are new.
I want to highlight some of the key accomplishments that the executive board and directors have committed time to over the summer:
LTS / LTP: Our most important program has been fortunate to have coach Tom Boyer volunteer to be the coordinator for both programs! Tom will run all of the programing and volunteers if needed. Thank you Tom for your willingness to volunteer your time!
CPR / AED Training: All of our head coaches this year will be required to be certified by October 31st to coach their respective teams. The Kevin Major Foundation “KEVS Foundation” and Susan Canning are sponsoring this critical skill for our coaches for this coming year. We are fortunate to have enough training session openings to make this available to our assistant coaches as well.
WYH Merchandise: We are excited that DK’s at Amelia Park will be carrying our merchandise line in their store for the upcoming hockey season. We have worked with Dan and Keith to design some new apparel that they will stock beginning in early September. DK’s has also committed to a minimum of every two-week ‘special orders’ and personalization of anything you would like.
Ice Schedule: We are getting close to a final schedule for release and in response to challenges at Mass Mutual Center we have minimized our ice there for our teams and most specifically the younger levels. We will still have some ice-time at Olympia as in years past.
Clinics: Louis Cabot is back for Monday night clinics beginning in the middle of September for six weeks. We are also working with “Blazing Speed” to schedule some springtime clinics before evaluations.
Golf Tournament: Along with the Fire and Ice tournament, this is our most critical fundraiser of the season. The Executive Board is committed to distributing all of the money raised from this tournament proportionately to each team for one tournament at minimum. Excess money beyond this commitment will be reviewed and decided upon after the event. Please commit to volunteer for the event at minimum and remember that you could save $250 off from your ice bill if you bring in the most money via hole sponsors and foursomes for the tournament!
Thank you to everyone that has jumped in and volunteered your time whether it be by a board member, a coach or supporting one of our Committees. The willingness of so many people to volunteer your time and energy is why our organization is so great. I look forward to seeing everyone at the rink real soon!