Belmont Youth Hockey Association is dedicated to the character development of Belmont youth through teaching, coaching and playing ice hockey.

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Belmont Youth Hockey
Meeting Minutes
April 14, 2009
I.       Call to order
Joe Noone called to order the regular meeting of the Belmont Youth Hockey Association (BYHA) at 7:08pm on April 14, 2009 in the Staff Room of the Belmont Public Library.
II.     Roll call
The following persons were present: Doug McLaughlin, Kim Rocha, John Curran, Jim Finn, Janet Liddell, Jeff Brody, Mark Shapiro, Joe Noone, Steve Nally, Jim Brown, and Larry Christofori. Absent from the meeting were: Jim Wooster, and Brian Quirk.
III.    Approval of minutes from last meetings
The minutes from March 16, 2009 were accepted.
IV.    Position Reports
March 10, 2009 through April 13, 2009 total income reported at $14,929.  Income included $2,825 in tuition payments and registration income and Belmont ice time reimbursement by the GBL for $11, 880.  Expenses were heavy in this period, totaling $52,082 with $23,421 ice rental at the Ryan Arena, GBL and MYC league dues $15,137 (now paid in full) and over $6,833 for the end-of-year team Banquets.
John C. projected that overall, BYHA will finish off this season with about a $60,000 operating surplus and attributes the healthier financial status of the organization to significantly better ice time allocation, closing the gap in tuition receivables and fundraiser efforts.
Kim R. reported no issues with current registration process. End-of-season Banquets well attended; requests dedicated Banquets coordinator next year.
Bantam level poses difficulties as numbers of skaters currently too low to field two dedicated teams. Meeting held with Bantam level parents discussing options; well received. Will re-evaluate options after membership makes their financial commitment to secure a place on the team (by May 15, 2009).
Steve N. reports three new coaches with college hockey experience will be joining ranks next season. The Girls U19 coach is currently the girls’ hockey coach at MIT and brings strong goalie skills to our program.
Congratulations to our Mite A (North) and Squirt A (South) Division Champions!  Congratulations to Coaches Kelleher and Freedman for these terrific wins.
More success…Girls U10 and U12 teams won their league playoffs. Both teams participated in the State Tournaments with U10 making it to the finals and U12 skating away with the trophy! Congratulations to Coaches DiGiovanni and Nally for these terrific wins.
Joe N. reports too few players at the upcoming U14 level results in inability to form a team in Belmont. Girls joined Arlington program at BYHA urging in order to give them a place to play.
Joe N. will inquire if MYC can field a U8 team, as 6 and 7 year olds would benefit from their own league. Successful recruiting efforts at the Mite/U10 level may enable BYHA to offer developmental and competitive teams for the Mite and Girls programs.
No report
No report
Public Relations
Board commented on improved program visibility with increased articles about BYHA games and championships in the local newspaper and on our website.
Jeff Cronin, Squirt A parent, and in the sign business, agreed to produce the BYHA Sponsorship Board for approximately $600.
Outreach/New Membership
Discussed re-distributing flyer this fall to schools/backpacks promoting BYHA program and tryouts at the K – 2 grade levels. Town Day participation and booth to be coordinated by Jeff B. and Mark S.
Board discussed soliciting sponsors for the BYHA Sponsors’ Board at Town Day with sponsorship levels of $500, $250 and $100.  The size of the sign on the Sponsors’ Board would be indicative of the sponsorship level contributed.
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V.     Other Business
Placement issues and concerns from the hockey community were brought to the attention of the board.  A thorough discussion and debate about these issues ensued.  After much discussion and difficult nature of many of the placement decisions, the board concluded that it needs to be more involved in the placement process.  At the end of the meeting, the board agreed to meet in one week to review the bylaws and guidelines and to discuss and make process and communication improvements and revisions as necessary.
VI.    Next Meeting
*Special meeting of the Board April 21, 2009 at 7:00pm in the Staff Room of the Belmont Public Library
**Regular meeting of the Board May 4, 2009 at 7:00pm in the Flett Room of the Belmont Public Library
VII. Adjournment
Doug McLaughlin adjourned the meeting at 9:23pm.
Minutes submitted by:  Janet Liddell