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2nd Annual Power Skate Clinic by Kevin J Major Youth Sports
by posted 09/16/2014
 
We are pleased to announce on October 13, 2014 the Kevin J Major youth Sports Foundation will be offering a Free Power skate clinic for skaters ages 7-18 yrs old.
 

The clinic will take place at Amelia Ice Rink in Westfield Ma. Sign ups can be found on KevsFoundation.com web site. 

 

Power Skate 2014
brought to you by KEVS Foundation/KJMY Sports
Instruction by Dan Bogden, Certified Power Skate Instructor

Join us on Monday October 13th.  Please check out the information on the link below to SIGN-UP!!

Please click on the Link below to SIGN-UP!!!

The morning session is for Youth AGE 7-11.               The Afternoon session is for Youth AGE 12-18.  
 

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Final Jersey Orders!
by posted 09/16/2014
 

FINAL CALL FOR JERSEY ORDERS!!!

All players who need a WYHA Team Jersey need to place their orders now.  This is the final call. The final order will be placed next week.  If you need to place an order contact Team Jersey Coordinator Patrick Defalco.


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Golf Tournament Fundraiser Committee Meeting September 23rd
by posted 09/15/2014
 

The final Golf Tournament Meeting will be Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm at Amelia Park.  The tournament is scheduled to take place on October 5th at Tekoa Country Club and proceeds benefit the organization.  The committee is in need of volunteers so please take some time to stop by and see how you can help.


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TEAM STORE IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2014-15 SEASON!
by posted 09/15/2014
 

TEAM STORE IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2014-15 SEASON!

The store will only be open from 9/14/15 till 10/5/14. We will make every effort to get orders in prior to Christmas but there is not guarantee.  

Anybody considering purchasing WYHA merchandise for fall/winter including gifts for the holiday would need to do so during this time period because the store will not open again until after the first of the year for a second and final time for the season.

 
WYHA merchandise will no longer be available through DK's, so this is the only place to purchase WYHA branded items.



 You can   Merchandise Coordinator, with your questions or feedback.


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Keeping Your Skates Sharp
by posted 09/15/2014
 

It’s pretty obvious when you’re falling down that your skates aren’t sharp enough. But beyond that, skate sharpening can be confusing for many. Essentially, a skate blade is sharpened by creating a perfectly rounded valley, centered on the bottom of the blade. This forms a pair of sharp edges at the outer extremities of the blades giving skaters control on the ice. This valley is the hollow, or more precisely the “radius of hollow.”

Regular sharpening is important to maintain the blades of the skate. It removes any light rust that forms on the runner’s bottoms and sides. It also helps to maintain the edges keeping nicks from becoming impossibly deep. Most importantly it restores the edges that allow skaters to propel themselves on the ice. Still the question of how often to sharpen skates is a common one.

More experienced players will notice as the edge on their skates starts to fade. The general rule of thumb is every five to ten games. Over-sharpening your skates doesn’t just cost extra money on the sharpening price—it wastes your steel runners. You should be able to get about 150 sharpenings out of your stainless steel runners. That’s 3 years of use sharpening once a week.

An easy and inexpensive way to maintain sharp skates is with a small honing stone. Hold the stone flat on the side of the blade. Rub up and down the length of the blade five or six times on each side. This will remove any small nicks on the blade and bring back a sharp edge.

If your skates slip sideways when pushing against the ice they are dull. Check for large nicks in the blade edges. If they cannot be removed with a honing stone have your skates sharpened.

Dry your skate blades completely after each use. Always walk on mats to protect your skates or wear skate guards; stay off the cement!

Most players should consider sharpening their skates once or twice a month. Players skating twice a week should have their skates sharpened monthly. Those playing or practicing four or five times a week should typically have their skates sharpened twice a month. 


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PROPER STICK LENGTH IS CRITICAL FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT
by posted 09/11/2014
 

One of the most important development tools for any young player is to have a hockey stick that suits him/her. A long stick (at or above the chin on skates) can be detrimental to a child's development. A stick of proper length should lie with the blade flat on the ice when standing on skates, while holding the knob in the palm of the hand (for most, this is a stick cut shoulder height on skates). A stick of proper length will enable players to handle the puck close to their body, make back hand passes, develop more power in their shot and help them control the puck when moving laterally.



More importantly, proper stick length is required to develop proper skating mechanics. Players with sticks too long for them, straighten up to compensate and do not acquire the deep knee bend vital to improving stride length and frequency. Forward skating requires players to have a 45 degree upper body lean and obviously a long stick impedes this as well.

You can confirm the correct stick length by looking closely at the wear of the tape on the underside of the stick. If the tape is worn close to the tip, then you should probably consider a long stick. If the tape is used in place near the heel, then you probably should consider a shorter stick.

If you have questions regarding your players proper stick length speak with your child’s coach.

 

Tim McMahon

Communications Director


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Getting Your Equipment In Order For The Fall Season
by posted 08/26/2014
 

WYHA Families,

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.

HELMET
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.

MOUTH GUARD 
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.

EQUIPMENT BAG 
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.


WYHA Communications Director

Tim McMahon


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WYHA Golf Tournament Sponsorships and Golf Registrations
by posted 08/20/2014
 

 

Dear WYHA Families:

Now that we are underway with the promotion of our first annual golf tournament to raise funds to support all of the teams of the association, we are asking all families to assist in getting greens/tee sponsors.  The informational flyer for the tournament, which also denotes the different greens/tee sponsorship levels available, was sent out to all members via email and can also be found on the WYHA website.  Sponsorship by area businesses is vital to the success of the event as this is where the majority of proceeds will come from.  With that being said, the association is offering a $200.00 credit toward ice fees for the family that brings in the most sponsorship dollars.  To make tracking easier, when returning sponsor forms, please be sure to note the player name and team on the sponsorship form.  We appreciate everyone’s help with this. The deadline is October 1 for sponsors.

Additionally, anyone interested on golfing in the tournament can either use the form attached, pick up a flyer at Amelia Park or contact either Chris “Bubba” Bard at 348-7048 or Lynn Grant at 896-0504 to get a flyer. There are a limited number of spot left so don't delay. The deadline for golf sign-up is September 25th.

We look forward to the first of many successful tournaments!

 

WYHA Executive Board


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Golf Tournament Fundraiser Brochure
by posted 07/20/2014
 

Download the brochure here


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Save the Date
by posted 06/19/2014
 


WYHA is organizing a GOLF TOURNAMENT as a fundraiser for the upcoming season.

 

Save the Date!!!

 

Sunday, October 5th, 2014 

12:30 pm

​Tekoa Country Club

www.tekoacc.com

 

 

​More details to come in the coming months.

 


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Looking for Organization Volunteers
by posted 06/19/2014
 

WYHA is looking for parent volunteers to fill some important open positions in our organization.  We are only able to offer these great programs because of our parent volunteers. Most positions don't require a lot time nor expertise. They need a person to organize the activity.

 

If you are interested in helping our organization in one of the following positions contact Kevin Chrisanthopoulos at

 

Equipment Manager
• The Equipment Manager shall report directly to the 2nd Vice-President.
• Responsible for procurement, distribution, collecting and storing of all required gear including: uniforms, first aid kits, pucks, water bottles, goalie equipment and other gear as needed.
• Responsible for keeping an inventory record of equipment.

• The position will involve working in conjunction with the Merchandise Coordinator for team uniforms, socks, and associated gear.

 

Merchandise Coordinator
• The Merchandise Coordinator shall be responsible for procurement and distribution of event merchandise including but not limited to pins, trophies and patches.
• The Merchandise Coordinator shall be responsible for procurement, sale and distribution of all WYHA Merchandise such as clothing, hats, etc.
• The Merchandise Coordinator works closely with the Director of Finance.

 

Safety Coordinator

• The Merchandise Coordinator shall be responsible for procurement and distribution of safety equipment to teams.
• The Safety Coordinator shall be responsible for scheduled safety training with coaches annually.
• The Safety Coordinator works closely with the Mass Hockey Safesport Coordinator.

 

Fundraising Coordinator
• The Fundraising Coordinator shall report directly to the Director of Finance.
• Present to Executive Board of Directors all proposed association fundraising events for upcoming season.
• Give to Director of Finance breakdown of all anticipated costs and associated income related to Executive Board of Directors approved fundraising events for budget preparation
• Give to Director of Communication schedule of approved events for internal and external communication.
• Liaison between WYHA and outside vendors for fundraising events.
• Present to Executive Board of Directors invoices related to fundraisers for payment approval.
• Obtaining all proper licenses and association release forms required for fundraising events.
• Perform such additional duties as may be required by Executive Board of Directors.
• Must approve all individual team fundraisers. Any WYHA merchandise cannot be used as an individual team fundraiser.

Public Relations
• Shall report directly to the Director of Communications.
• Work with Team Rep Coordinator, Team Reps and Webmaster to promote communication.
• Report on the individual team related events and accomplishments.
• Coordinate regular communications.

• Perform additional duties as may be assigned by the Executive Board.

Team Representative Coordinator
• The Team Rep Coordinator shall report directly to the Director of Communication.
• Create Team Rep job descriptions to hand out to all team members at the beginning of the season.
• Compile a list of all team reps from the association and coordinate an information meeting in September to explain their responsibilities.
• Each team rep should receive a copy of the WYHA Bylaws and any other forms deemed necessary to complete their job.
• The Team Rep Coordinator shall be the main point of contact for all team representatives.


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