Hello From The BAHL Office!
Summer seems to have officially arrived, yeah! I hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather and their break from hockey. The rink has been pretty quiet but things are starting to pick up now. The required electrical repairs are being started this week. Coaches lockers are cleaned out and will be replaced shortly and our new front doors have been ordered.
Registrations are still being accepted for the Billings Bulls Camp August 2-6 and for Planet Hockey’s camp August 9-13. It’s not too late to get your player on the ice and ready for the season. Visit the BAHL website for camp registration information.
We have a great start on registration for this coming season. Many of you took advantage of the early registration discount!
JULY 25th AND AUGUST 1ST: 1:00 – 4:00 pm Registration at the arena. Bring your completed registration packet to the arena, do some cleaning (see below) and let your kid skate for free! I might need some office help these two registration days if someone is interested in earning a few league service hours, let me know.
Cleaning & Ice Laying Schedule:
The time has come to begin a cleaning, prep, and painting schedule for the arena. Here are the priorities:
1. RIGHT NOW: we need to get the concrete surface and dasher boards prepared for the ice laying process. Help is needed to clean the dasher boards and glass of puck marks and we need to scrape all the caulk off the concrete and lower portion of the dasher boards (please bring a sharp putty knife for this work). The work can be done by our youth players, but would advise only older players for removing the caulk as it is detailed and must be done properly. PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP WITH THIS.
2. JULY 6, 7, 8: cleaning and prepping areas that need to be painted – primarily the spectator bleachers and public skate benches. The spectator area, bleachers, walkway and benches will need to be scrubbed and prepped for a new coat of paint. There will be some small areas in the locker rooms that will need some touch up paint as well. PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP WITH THIS.
3. ICE: Our first scheduled activity at Centennial is on July 26th. With this date in mind, the compressors will be turned back on about July 12th. Once the concrete has cooled sufficiently, the ice laying process will begin. Volunteer help is a definite must during this time as this process is quite lengthy. One of the most visible items in this process is the painted lines and ice logos. July 17 and 18 we will need lots of help painting these lines and applying the logos to the ice. Volunteers who have a flexible schedule and can help with the actual ice laying process are also needed. Please contact me if you can help with painting lines & logos or with the ice laying. A schedule will need to be created for this, so I must know who is coming when.
4. FINAL SCRUB: The week of July 24 – August 1st we will have one big cleaning push to get it done. This will encompass the entire arena: bathrooms, floor mats, concession stand, locker rooms, player benches/scorekeepers area, entryways, zam room, skate room, etc. There will be a lot of work to be done so your help will be greatly needed and appreciated! Stay tuned for exact cleaning hours -
REMEMBER THAT ALL WORK DONE AT THE ARENA THIS SUMMER COUNTS TOWARD YOUR LEAGUE SERVICE COMMITMENT. You will need to sign in and out each time you are working at the arena so your hours can be tracked. Most of your league service commitment could be finished before the season begins!
Following is the makeup of the BAHL Board of Directors and Committee Chairpersons for the 2010-2011 season:
President: Sean O’Donnell
V. President: Jeff Wilson
Secretary/Treasurer: J.J. Carmody
Directors at Large: Rob Gagnon, George Bentzel, Pat Picicci , Glen Korf, Jim Lilly, Eric Barnhart and Layne Martin
Marketing/Communications (this committee is for marketing, public relations and fundraising): Jeff Wilson
Leading Practices (this committee is for coaches, league equipment, discipline and tournament director): Pat Picicci
Governance & Operating (this committee is for By-laws, BAHL handbook, Rules & Regulations, nominating, and strategic planning): Eric Barnhart
Volunteer Coordinator (this committee is for overseeing the League Service program): This position has not yet been filled
Member participation is requested for each of these committees. If you are interested in serving on one of these committees or have questions regarding the committees, please contact me. Serving on a BAHL committee counts towards your league service commitment and it gives you an insider’s view of the work that goes into your league.
I did not receive much interest in hosting a used equipment swap for this season, so if you have equipment that you no longer need, please consider donating it to the league. We are especially in need of hockey skates that are in good condition for use in our Learn to Play hockey program and for public skate sessions.
Billings will be host to a Level 4 Coaches Clinic this summer. August 20-22, 2010 are the dates. This clinic will be held at the Holiday Inn and will cost $275.00. You must already have an active level 3 coaching certification to attend. You can register by going to our website at www.centennialicearena.net and visiting the coaches page where I have posted the registration form or you can click on the USA Hockey coaches page link which will allow you to register online for the clinic. This clinic may not be back in our area for some time so take advantage while you can.
Saturday, September 18, 2010 will be a Referee clinic. This is for all returning referees and for anyone interested in becoming a referee. The clinic will be an all day event at the rink with a portion of the clinic being on the ice. Clinic registration can be done through the BAHL website on the new Referee page.
Until next time!
League Director, Billings Amateur Hockey League
Hello From The BAHL Office!
Ice looks great, the arena looks great and the number of skaters on the ice has been good this week. One more week of our September schedule which is mainly drop-in sessions and then we move to our October practice schedule. Don’t forget that you can view the arena schedule at any time through our website at www.centennialicearena.net, just choose the “view schedule” tab on the left side of the page.
Do you have a skater who is at least 16 years of age? Does this skater need or want a job during the hockey season? The arena is hiring for skate guards to help during public skate this season. We will work around travel team schedules. Send the office an email if you or your skater is interested.
This weekend is the Peewee Travel Team tryout sessions: Saturday @ 7:00 pm, Sunday @ 10:00 am and Sunday @ 5:00 pm. Peewee parent meeting will be held during the Sunday 5:00 pm session. Remember that your skater needs to attend two of the three sessions.
Our regular season public skate sessions start this weekend! Saturday and Sunday afternoon 1:00-2:45 pm both days. Next week our Tuesday and Thursday noon sessions start as well (12:00-1:45 pm both days).
Ostby Orthodontics will offer a free mouthguard fitting which includes a free mouthguard on Sunday, October 7th 3:00-5:00 pm. This fitting will take place at their heights office which is across Wicks Lane by Wal-Mart. All BAHL and Learn to Play skaters are welcome to take advantage of this offer!
Did you miss our equipment date yesterday for the first session of Learn to Play? Cristina will be available on Saturday during the Learn to Play session at 12:00 to fit your skater. Please send me an email if you are in need of equipment to get started for this first session.
Mite and Squirt players who need equipment for this season – we will schedule an equipment date for later in October to get you covered.
Help grow the BAHL Girls Program by bringing another girl to the BAHL. Earn a $50 reduction in your player fees for EVERY girl that registers (and pays) with the BAHL this season. There is no limit to the number of female players you get credit for!
Dates to Remember:
September 22/23: Peewee Travel Team tryouts
September 22/23: Learn to Play and Learn to Skate starts
October 7: Mouthguard fitting 3:00-5:00 pm @ Ostby Orthodontics
October 7: Referee Clinic
October 12: First Bulls home game vs Yellowstone Quake
November 3/4: Coaches Clinic
November 3: Try Hockey Free Day 3:00-4:30 pm
Keep up to date with current happenings and both BAHL and arena news by becoming a fan of the BAHL’s Facebook page. Search for Billings Amateur Hockey League to find us or click on the Facebook link on our website!
Until next week!
Director, Billings Amateur Hockey League
Centennial Ice Arena