BYHA promotes the development and enjoyment of youth hockey in the Town of Belmont, creating and maintaining a standard of goodwill, sportsmanship and fellowship among it's youth.
 
 
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Belmont Youth Hockey
Meeting Minutes
October 1, 2007
I.      Call to order
Jim Wooster called to order the regular meeting of the Belmont Youth Hockey Association (BYHA) at 7:07pm on October 1, 2007 in the Flett Room of the Belmont Public Library.
II.      Roll call
The following persons were present: Jim Wooster, Janet Liddell, John Curran, Steve Nally, Doug McLaughlin, Kerry O’Donovan, John Myers, Mark Shapiro, Larry Christofori, Lisa Pargoli, and Brian Quirk. Absent from the meeting were: Curtis Cole and Andy Papathanasiou.
III.      Approval of minutes from last meeting
The minutes from September 12 and 18, 2007 were approved.
IV.      Position Reports
 
Treasurer
John C. reports BYHA currently has $73,200 in restricted CDs (scholarship endowment) and $10,678 in a savings account. Income for June 1 through September 30, 2007 totals $32,500 which consists of full payments by the Midgets and U-19 players and ’07-’08 pre-registration for all other players. Expenses were $10,900 which included scholarships awarded for ’06-’07 season, Fessenden ice rental for October, fees for Greg Carter work during tryouts, and the cost for teams participating in the Garden City Tournament.
Invoices for dues for ’07-’08 were sent to the membership on September 30, 2007. Receivables expected from membership by 12/31/07 are $149,500. Families have the option of paying in full or in 1/3 installments due 10/31, 11/30 and 12/31. A payment of $22,000 to GBYL will be paid shortly.
Registrar/Website
 Emergency Contact and health/allergies information printout to be distributed by John M. to all teams/coaches this week.
Coaches
Coaches’ meeting held at Elks Club, Lexington. Next coaches’ meeting in next couple of weeks. Will review appropriate skills per age groups.
Steve N. would like to recruit high school hockey students to help out (community service) during practices.
Would like to offer goalie specific skills sessions, send goalies to offsite instruction if necessary.
GBHL
Larry C. reports GBL meeting this Thursday.
Fundraising – Sponsors sought for all teams with commitments from several.
Girls Program
Two more days of tryouts for U10 girls. Objective rater at tryouts from Wright Hockey working very well. Great turnout. 
Discussion regarding appropriateness of male coaches and parents in locker rooms before and after games. Issue usually works itself out. Parents generally not necessary in locker room at this age.
Ice/Skills
Short on ice right now. Intention for each team to have two sheets of practice ice per week. Right now, sending teams up to Wright Hockey (Woburn). Doug M. will check with area rinks for additional ice. Meeting with Belmont Recreation Department on Wednesday to firm up Belmont ice.       
Tournaments/Clothing
Working with TriCon to set up online ordering of clothing and administration of the members clothing sale at Belmont rink.
Kerry O. requesting on behalf of U10, U12 and U14 to find an appropriate tournament (like Marlborough) for girls this season.
Equipment
Brian Q. reports inventory complete and equipment orders in for game jerseys, socks, and bags. Working on recruitment of team sponsors. Will ask TriCon to sponsor two teams.
Feeder Program Committee
Steve N. reports feeder program discussions with Watertown encouraging. Will continue discussions regarding joint venture specifics, i.e., name of program, fees, sharing ice time and instructors.
V.      New business
a)      Level Coordinators –Board concluded that level coordinators are beneficial at each playing level. The following coordinators were appointed: Bantam- Lisa Pargoli; PeeWee- John Curran; Squirts- Steve Nally; Mites- Larry Christofori; Girls- Kerry O’Donovan.
b)      Jim W. drafted policy regarding openness and inclusiveness of BYHA to those players that also play on “select” and “club” teams.
c)      John C. solicited information on fundraising (i.e., do we still want to sell calendars or look into other fundraising opportunities). According to members, calendar sales should continue as they yield high returns. Other ideas for fundraising will be explored at a meeting scheduled for that purpose.
VI.      Next Meeting: 
*Members’ meeting Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 7:00pm in the Belmont Public Library.
*Regular meeting of the Board November 5, 2007 at 7:00pm at the Belmont Public Library.
VII.      Adjournment
Jim Wooster adjourned the meeting at 8:30pm.
Minutes submitted by: Janet Liddell