Author: Matthew Dorris

I am a graduate student at UW-Madison who enjoys goofing off by singing, roller-blading, and, thanks to the MGHA, playing hockey. I've learned much about hockey and culture in the last few years.

4Mar2018 Challenge games

We will have our last set of challenge games for the season, so please sign up below. For this set, we have a low intermediate game (5:15), a beginner game (6:30), an advanced game (7:45), and a high intermediate game (9:00). You’ll notice a change to the intermediate games, an offering of a low intermediate and a high intermediate.  This is a result of the town hall where it was suggested that some folks don’t feel they fit into advanced but the intermediate was too wide of a net and included some novice players who are trying to challenge themselves.  Please choose the slot that makes sense for you.  As usual, please sign up for only 1 slot until after Saturday at noon so others have opportunity to sign up to play.

As a reminder, please sign up for a game where you can learn and play safely. It’s a good idea to challenge yourself, but only within your limits. In the advanced games, skaters do not “play down” in some of the ways that they try to do in our regular season games. More advanced players who sign up for a scrimmage below their skill level should facilitate game play for players who fit well in that skill level. For safety, HOps reserves the right to shift players if we feel you have signed up for a level that doesn’t match your skill.

4Mar2018 Challenge games

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4Feb2018 Challenge games signup

We will have our 4th set of challenge games for the season, so please sign up below. For this set, we have an advanced game (5:15), two intermediate games (6:30 and 9:00), and a beginner game (7:45). As usual, please sign up for only 1 slot until after Saturday at noon so others have opportunity to sign up to play.

As a reminder, please sign up for a game where you can learn and play safely. It’s a good idea to challenge yourself as the season progresses, but only within your limits. In the advanced games, skaters do not “play down” in some of the ways that they try to do in our regular season games. More advanced players who sign up for a scrimmage below their skill level should facilitate game play for players who fit well in that skill level. For safety, HOps reserves the right to shift players if we feel you have signed up for a level that doesn’t match your skill.

4Feb2018 Challenge games

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January 7th 2018 Challenge games and clinic

This is the sign-up sheet for the Challenge games on January 7th.  We will have our usual advanced challenge game (4:50), intermediate challenge games (6:00 and 9:30), and beginner (8:20) challenge game.

We will also have a mid-season special: clinics during the 7:10 time slot.  There will be a clinic run by Mark Nessel and HOps for beginner skaters.  There will also be a clinic for those who are goalie-curious.  We have some gear for people to borrow and some goalies helping teach for those who want to learn what it’s like in the net or improve on goalie skills.  Woooo helping and learning from awesome volunteers!

As usual, please sign up for only 1 skater slot until Saturday after 12 noon.

7Jan2018 Challenge games and clinics

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Thanksgiving Weekend 2017 Challenge Games

Our challenge games are coming up this weekend. Since it’s early in the season we have some reminders.  PLEASE ONLY SIGN UP FOR ONE GAME until noon on Saturday, November 25th. Please sign up for a game where you can learn and play safely.  We’ll have two intermediate games, a game for beginners, and a game for advanced players.  It’s a good idea to challenge yourself as the season progresses, but only within your limits.  In the advanced games, skaters do not “play down” in some of the ways that they try to do in our regular season games.  More advanced players who sign up for a scrimmage below their skill level should facilitate game play for players who fit well in that skill level.  Inclusive play is exceptionally important in such a situation.  For safety, HOps reserves the right to shift players if we feel you have signed up for a level that doesn’t match your skill.

The games will be scheduled as follows:

5:15 PM – Intermediate Game 1
6:30 PM – Advanced Game
7:45 PM – Beginner Game
9:00 PM – Intermediate Game 2

See you on the ice!
-HOps (Tim, Matthew, Amanda, Mark, Courtney, John, Brian)

26Nov2017 Challenge Games

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2017 Team Reveal and Challenge Games

Hey y’all,

We’re starting our season off with our annual team reveal and challenge game night!  We’ll have three scrimmage-style games on Sunday along with team reveal.  Here’s the schedule for October 15th:

  • Beginner Scrimmage – 5:15 PM
  • Intermediate Scrimmage – 6:30 PM
  • Team Reveal – 7:45 PM
  • Advanced Scrimmage – 9:00 PM

Some info since this is our first scrimmage night of the season-

Please only sign up for one game until 12 noon on Saturday, October 14th.  We want to make sure everyone has a chance to sign up (and not everyone in the league can check their computers or phones multiple times per day). As usual, there are 30 slots for skaters per game along with two roster spots for goalies.  You’ll need to sign into the website to sign up for a scrimmage slot.

Unlike season games, challenge games are sorted based on the skill level of the players. Players choose at what level of play they can safely and most happily play.  Self-selection is a privilege and must be considered carefully.  If you choose to play down that is great, but you must understand that inclusive play is especially important.  A person playing down is there to facilitate fun and safe hockey play for newer skaters.  If you choose to play up that is commendable, but you must understand that the usual level of inclusive play does not apply.  Advanced skaters are there to challenge one another and work on their hockey skills.  Further, playing beyond one’s ability can create an unsafe environment for the individual skater and everyone else on the ice.  A person playing up a level doesn’t have to do well while learning new things, but skaters cannot play at a level where they can’t keep up. Particularly since this is the first scrimmage, Hockey Operations may ask you to move to a different time slot.  This is not meant to single anyone out but to ensure that everyone can play safely and effectively.

One note: We realize we’ve schedule advanced players late and beginners early throughout the season kickoff.  We’ll make it up to you all by switching up the schedule for the remainder of the challenge games.

See you on the ice!
-HOps (Tim, Amanda, Sara, Matthew, Mark, Brian, John, and Courtney)

15Oct2017 Challenge games

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