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by posted 12/15/2017
FYHP Nation Update

FYHP Nation,

 

We are well into the 2017-18 hockey season. How do we know that? Well, the leaves are flying, we’ve been at a dozen rinks in the past week, and our fearless webmaster is shaking the dust off and getting some emails out to the program. So, with that in mind, now seems like a good time to share with you some important information and updates about the program.

 

1. Parity round – Now that the VHL parity round is over, the divisions are being re-aligned and the game schedule has been posted through the end of December. Remember to reach out to Mike Hudson, our Valley League rep, with any questions or concerns.

2. FYHP practice scheduling – We have heard from many of you over the past couple of years that a more regular practice schedule is something you want. Hopefully you have noticed that we are piloting this right now. We have been able to set 2 regular weeknight practices per team per week. Because right now we have more ice than this, there continues to be some variability in our scheduling, as teams are getting ADDITIONAL practices. As you know, many teams call Loring Arena their home, so once the FSU and high school seasons are in full swing, our ice allotment decreases somewhat, but we will still be able to schedule one regular practice per team per week (on a two week rotation), with some additional practices on the weekends. Please join me in recognizing the incredible devotion and hard work from our ice scheduler, Bob Ryan, in making the schedule, sometimes on very short notice when the VHL is late making their schedule.

3. FYHP skills – As you know, USA Hockey promotes the American Development Model (ADM), which places an emphasis on age-appropriate skill development, small area games, etc. Ideally, 50% of each practice session should be devoted to skills. Additionally, to boost the skill development of all of our players, our program is committed to having regular skills sessions for all players. These occur on a set day every two weeks (Squirts and Peewees for the full season, Bantams/Mites for half season each). These regularly occurring sessions are in addition to your team’s set practice schedule.

4. Fund raising (part 1) – Last week, FYHP and Framingham HS collaborated to host the Golf Tournament. The weather could not have been better, much fun was had by all of the attendees, and a good deal of money was raised to support both programs. MANY THANKS to all of you who golfed, donated, sponsored, or volunteered to make this event a success.

5. Fund raising (part 2) – This week, we are kicking off our second annual Holiday Raffle Bonanza, graciously sponsored by McCarthy, McKinney, & Lawler Funeral Home. For the second year in a row, participants have a chance to win daily prizes throughout December, as well as the chance at a $500 grand prize. We are asking all players in the program to sell as many tickets as they can, as this is the primary fundraiser for FYHP. All money raised goes directly to reducing the cost of tuition. Again this year, a gracious anonymous donor has provided us with group tickets to a BC game for the team who sells the most tickets. A separate email with full details will be coming this week. Please reach out to Adam Kurzman, fundraising chairman, or Beth Perry, Holiday Raffle coordinator, with any questions.

 

See ya around the rink!

FYHP Board of Directors


by posted 10/31/2017
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