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2014-15 HYHA Volunteer Information

The Hopkins Youth Hockey Association is an organization run by its volunteers and depends on the assistance of its members to function as a successful organization. It is critical that we all share in the commitment to produce a quality program. Volunteers are absolutely essential to maintaining and growing the Hopkins Youth Hockey Association. The more volunteers we have, the better our association becomes.

Volunteer Requirements:
• Every family is required to complete volunteer hours.
Mite/U8 players are required to complete one volunteer shift
Traveling players, Squirt/U10 and above, are required to complete 3 shifts (1 concession shift and 2 Thanksgiving Tournament shifts at the gender appropriate tournament).
• HYHA Board members must complete Headquarter Shifts at the Thanksgiving Tournament regardless of the level of their skater
• Please note that this is a per player requirement and there is no limit to volunteer shifts per family. (Volunteer shifts are generally 4-5 hours in duration.)
NEW for the 2013-14 Season: Because the Thanksgiving Tournament is an important fundraising event for our association and relies on many dedicated volunteers in order to be successful, the HYHA Board has decided on the following change: Travelling players may elect to complete all 3 shifts during the Thanksgiving Tournaments and Mite Players may elect to complete their volunteer shift during the tournament weekends as well.

o Example #1: A family with a U12 and Mite player would be required to complete 4 shifts total, with at least 2 of them completed during the Girls Thanksgiving tournament.
o Example #2: A family with a U8, Squirt and Bantam would need to complete 7 shifts with at least 4 of them completed during the Boys Thanksgiving Tournament.
o Example#3: A family with a U10 and Bantam player would need to complete 6 shifts, with at least 2 during the Girls Thanksgiving Tournament and 2 during the Boys Thanksgiving tournament

• Working the clock, penalty box, music, or announcing at home games for your travel teams are considered part of your duties in having a player in the travel program. These hours WILL NOT count toward total volunteer hours worked.
• There are no exemptions to the volunteer requirements. And there is no maximum number of shifts that a family can contribute in a given year. No roll-over of volunteer hours will be allowed from year to year.
• Volunteer shifts for District tournaments hosted by HYHA at the end of the year, will be filled by the team playing in the Home tournament. These shifts do not count towards your Volunteer requirements.

Volunteer Deposit: 

• A Volunteer Deposit in the amount of $150.00 will be collected from every player prior to the start of the season. Your registration is not complete until your volunteer deposit is received by HYHA.
• In the event that a family does not complete their hours, their deposit check will be cashed. No refund or credit will be given for hours worked.
• Checks will not be returned upon completion of volunteer hours, but will be shredded to save mailing costs


Q: What are the basic skills that will be taught at the introductory levels?
A: The kids will be taught how to balance themselves on skates, how to skate forward and backward, how to stop, how to hold on to their hockey stick, and how to shoot the puck. We will also teach them the rules of the game.

Q: Can I go on the ice and help?
A:  In order to participate on the ice, you must hold a current CEP card.  CEP is the Coaching Certification process administered by USA Hockey.  More information can be found on the coaches page or contact the Ace Coordinator for more details.  Helmets are mandatory for anyone on the ice at all times.

Q: Do you have a checklist of required equipment?
A: We have put together a helpful checklist for hockey equipment, here it is: skates, helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, shin pads, gloves, hockey pants, stick, cup, mouth guard, Neck Guard is optional. Sweat pants can also be used to cover the shin pads.
Q: Do Boys and Girls Play together?
A: We offer both Youth and Girls options at every level when participation allows it.  Girls team levels are U8, U10, U12 and U14.  Youth teams would inlude all Mite levels, Squirts, Peewees and Bantams. 
Q: What is the difference in the Mite Levels?
A: Mini Mites are for Kids new to Hockey or new to skating, Mostly 1st and 2nd year kids. Mid Mites are mostly 2nd and 3rd year kids that are above the just learning to skate level. Advance mites are for 3rd and 4th year kids. Advance mites are chosen during an evaluation process before the full season begins.
Q: Who should I contact for information about a certain level of play? Click on the person's name to send an email.
Boys Travel teams: Pete Waggoner at
Girls Travle teams: Mike Hoschka
Q: What is the $150 Concession fee for?
A: Each family is required to participate in helping fill a shift in the concession stand for each player they have in HYHA.  The concession stand helps pay for the costs associated with running the HYHA program. The check is held for the season and is only cashed if the concession stand shift obligation is not fulfilled by the parents during the season.

Q: How can I become involved in the association?
A: Contact any of our board members. Their names are listed on page one of this newsletter and our website at: We are a volunteer association and encourage all our members to get involved and join in the fun. We welcome all our members to come to a board meeting – they are the third Monday of every month located at the Hopkins Pavilion.

Q: Why should I let my child play hockey?
A: Hockey is fun sport for kids of all ages, ability and size. It is a great way for your child to get physical activity especially during the winter months. They also develop lasting friendships because many of the children stay together playing hockey year after year. Our children become representatives of our community at games, tournaments and fundraisers.

Q: How much time will hockey take?
A: The season begins in September with optional clinics with tryouts taking place for traveling levels in October.  The start of the season is the first week of November and the season ends in February. The amount of practices and games each week depends on the age level of the hockey player. Mites will have ice time on Saturday and Sundays. The older hockey players practice between 2-4 times a week and have 1-2 games a week. Younger age level practices and Games are around 1 ½ hours long and begin in November.