'Round the Rink
with Debby Connor
August , 2001
Top 10 Ways to Jazz up Opening Day
From the Home Office in Elktick, Manitoba
10. Turbo chargers on the referees’ skates
9. The Monster Zamboni Pull
8. Black lights on the dasher boards
7. Madonna singing the National Anthem
6. An audible sound system (We ARE snitty)
5. Sequined jerseys
4. Sell beer
3. Actually have ALL of the travel teams show up
2. City Council and Mayor perform on the flying trapeze
1. Shoot Doug DeLeeuw out of a cannon
1st Association/Coaches Meeting Planned
The first SCSHA meeting is on Tuesday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Activity Room. Division Representatives will be elected and house draft packets will be handed out. All head coaches, in both the travel and house divisions must attend. As, always, the meeting is open to all members of the SCSHA.
Draft Dates and Times
The house drafts will be as follows: Tuesday, September 4 - Mite draft at 6:30 p.m. and Pee Wee draft at 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 5 Squirt draft at 6:30 p.m. - Bantam draft at 8:00 p.m. And Thursday, Sept. 6 all Midget B at 6:30 p.m. and Midget BB at 8:00 p.m.
How to Remove a Registered Player from the Draft
If your house player made a travel team outside of St. Clair Shores, if your family is moving, or if your player just decides not to play hockey, you must notify the registrar, Sal Giacalone, to remove your player from the draft. All requests must be made by Tuesday, August 28 in order to receive a timely refund. Sal’s phone number is 949-7285. Any player withdrawing AFTER August 28 will lose their registration fees.
News from the MAHA Convention
The Michigan Amateur Hockey Association held its annual summer convention at Shanty Creek Resort.
The SCSHA was represented by Doug DeLeeuw and Debby Connor. There were only 15 proposals for voting consideration. Many of them were minor rule changes. The rule change that received the most attention was allowing players from border states (within 100 miles) to play in Michigan if no program existed in the player’s area. After much heated discussion, the issue passed.
MAHA also used the the summer meeting to launch its S.T.A.R. Hockey Program, aimed at eliminating negative and aggressive parental/spectator behavior. S.T.A.R. is an acronym for Shared Tolerance Appreciation & Respect. MAHA has produced a video, narrated by Mickey Redmond, that shows the destructive affects of verbally abusive hockey parents on the entire sport. The SCSHA plans on making sure that every player and parent in the association views this video before the start of hockey season. It is hoped that this tape will serve as a catalyst to restore positive parental participation to youth hockey.
Used Hockey Equipment SaleThe Parents’ Club will be holding its annual USED EQUIPMENT SALE on Saturday, August 18 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Items can be brought in for resale from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 16 and Friday, August 17. The Parents’ Club keeps 20% of the purchase price. The terms of the sale are cash only and no items will be accepted on the day of the sale. If you want to work at the sale, and get first crack at the equipment on Friday’s workers’ sale night, call Diane Peers @ (313) 884-6411. Also see the flyer mailed with this newsletter
But I want a Glow in the Dark Jersey . . .If your team wants to purchase a set of jerseys that are not your league issued jerseys, you must get your new set approved by the hockey board. Variance forms will be available on draft nights. The board will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 11 to review any variance requests. The next board meeting will be on Tuesday, October 2. Once again, requests will be reviewed on that date. Please put your completed request forms in the Secretary’s (Debby Connor) mail box prior to either of the meetings. Your approval/ denial will be in your team’s mail box immediately following one of the above scheduled meetings.
Treasurers’ Meeting Scheduled
Jim Rini, SCSHA Treasurer, will be conducting his team treasurers’ meeting on Thursday, Sept. 13. The travel treasurers’ meeting will be at 7:00 p.m, followed by the house treasurers’ meeting at 8:00 p.m. The meetings will be in the SCSHA Board Room. All teams MUST be represented. Call Jim @ 468-0380 with questions.
It’s Managers’ Clinic Time Again
The 8th annual Managers’ Clinic will be held on Tuesday, September 18. Material for new managers will be discussed from 6:30 p.m.- 7:45 p.m. Information for both new and “seasoned” managers will begin at 8:00 p.m. Revised league guide books, first aide kits, Dollar Store Give Away, and “Ask MISTER Referee” with Greg White are just some of the planned events. It’s fun. It’s informational. AND it’s free.
Parents’ Club Meeting Slated
The first Parents’ Club meeting of the season is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Activity Room. All teams should be represented. The Parents’ Club sponsors many outstanding events throughout the season. The commitment is about 1 hour per month. Don’t let your team miss any of the exciting events and activities. Make sure to put the first meeting on your calendar. Anyone can attend - - not just your team rep. After September, the Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Board room.
Greg White, the SCSHA’s referee-in-chief, will be holding two upcoming referee training sessions for individuals interested in working for the St. Clair Shores Referee Association. The two sessions, August 5 and September 9, are designed for 13-14 year olds, although older participants are encouraged, too. Mt. Clemens is offering USA officiating clinics for level 2 and above referees. For more referee information, call Greg at 771-8406 or check out the St. Clair Shores referee web site at scsra.org.
Upcoming Events this Season
Parents’ Club Euchre PartySat. Oct. 6
2nd Association Meeting Thurs. Oct. 18@ 8:00 pm
Opening Day Sun, October 21@ 10:00 am
Silver Stick “A” . Thurs. Dec. 6 - Sun. Dec. 9
Silver Stick “AA Thurs. Dec. 13 - Sun. Dec. 16
Skate with Santa Sat. Dec. 22 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Silver Stick - Mite Finals Fri. Jan 25 - Sun. Jan. 27
Announcing 2000 - 2001 Coaches
101 Brian McEvoy
104 Ted Wahby
105 Mike Blum
110 Tom Peck
201 Gary Partyka
202 Dave Sandora
203 Dan Drop
204 Mark Cicchini
205 Doug Templeton
206 Frank Demers
210 Ron Lipa
220 Sal Giacalone
301 Tim Miller
302 Ron Lipa
303 Mark Fett
304 Marty Sell
305 Mark Burlingame
306 Dave Rice
310 Rich Warner
320 Tad Ruggeri
350 Doug DeLeeuw
401 Doug DeLeeuw
402 Tom Nicholson
404 Dave Mutart
405 Sal Giacalone
406 John Rafferty
410 Roger Horrie
420 Dale Buss
450 Bob Semanco
501 Rich Alore
502 Norm Schroeder
503 Mark Fett
504 Dave Grout
505 Ed Knapik
510 Fred Springer
520 Mike Rinaldi
550 Don Benson
620/Junior C Program Jim Rini
Welcome Message from SCSHA President
However, our association is only as strong as its volunteers. Get involved. Teams need assistant coaches, managers, treasurers, Parents’ Club representatives, scorekeepers, jersey managers, and fund raising chair- people. It is the strong commitment to excellence that our hockey families have upheld over the years that has made our association flourish and become one of the premier leagues in the state, maybe even the country.
I look forward to
meeting all of you this season. I am proud to serve as your president and
am always willing to listen to what you think and feel. Foremost, remember
that youth hockey exists for the players. Let’s teach them the
fundamentals of the game, sportsmanship, friendship, and most importantly,
encourage fun. Here’s to a great season. Doug