To: Hanover Hockey Association Membership
Subject: Decision to Join PeeWee Programs with Upper Valley Hockey Association
Date: July 16, 2009
Although summer is here and the hockey season seems far away, the Hanover Hockey Association (HHA) board has been working hard in preparation for the upcoming 2009-10 season. While we are usually busy this time of year with the annual coordination of registration, skate sale, 3 on 3, tryouts, etc...this year we have also been involved in a merger discussion with the Upper Valley Hockey Association (UVHA), the combined Lebanon and Hartford youth hockey group.
The process started in April originally as a PeeWee specific issue and soon blossomed into a discussion about merging the two associations as a whole. A merger exploration committee was formed, many discussions and meetings took place which resulted with a survey of the HHA membership to help guide the board. The response from the survey was significant and helpful, a true indication of the passion and commitment of the HHA community.
On Tuesday July 14, at the HHA monthly meeting, the committee presented the survey results to the board. The survey results suggested two things. First, there was a strong sense that HHA PeeWee parents were in favor of accepting PeeWee's from UVHA for the 2009-10 season. Second, with a fairly significant 2 to 1 vote against, the survey suggested that our membership was not in favor of an association wide merger with UVHA. Comments from those opposed to the merger also indicated some widely divergent views about the future direction of HHA and, as a result, our board agreed to work with our membership to explore our options as we move forward.
With that in mind, and with a sincere thank you to the committee members for their time, energy, and effort they put in to address this issue, the board began the debate. As you might guess, it was a lengthy and sometimes emotional discussion. There is no right or wrong on this issue; reasonable and intelligent people can have very different opinions on the best course to take for our program. The HHA board worked diligently and openly to analyze and address a very difficult topic.
Attached below is the motion that was passed at the 7/14/09 HHA board meeting. You will see that HHA offered to accept UVHA PeeWee's for the upcoming 2009-10 season, but with no future guarantees or commitments. We offered two board positions for UVHA representation during the 2009-10 season to help support, oversee, and guide the joined PeeWee program. We have also requested UVHA assistance in securing additional ice at Hartford to help with the ice time challenge of adding additional teams.
The HHA PeeWee combination plan was contingent upon UVHA Board approval. We learned on July 21 that UVHA declined to approve the PeeWee combination plan offered by HHA. HHA has sufficient PeeWee numbers and based on current registrations we are preceding with plans to field at least three teams.
We hope this helps to add some clarity to the situation. Your board has certainly worked hard to try to do what is best for HHA. Please feel free to approach any board member with questions or comments about our decision.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and we will see you in a rink soon.
Hanover Hockey Association Board
On Tuesday, July 14, 2009 the Hanover Hockey Association Board voted to:
Accept the UVHA PeeWee Program (players, coaches, families) into HHA for the 2009-2010 season,
Require all incoming UVHA players to register with HHA by Aug 3; HHA will extend a pre-registration discount to all UVHA players that register by Aug 3.
Commit to the joined Peewee program for the 2009-2010 season only; however HHA will continue to work with its membership to explore future options,
Expand the HHA Board by 2 seats (one-year term) to accept UVHA appointed Board Members who will help support, oversee and guide the joined PeeWee program,
Require UVHA assistance and support to help HHA secure additional ice time (traditional PeeWee and Bantam ice times) at Hartford Arena to accommodate the additional Bantam and PeeWee teams.