Category: Announcements

MGHA Sunday November 27th – Thanksgiving Scrimmages and Potluck Social

Hey MGHA!

We don’t have regular games this weekend, but we’ll have scrimmages and a potluck at the rink! 

Scrimmages: Sign up for one scrimmage at the level of play where you are most comfortable. We’ll send a follow-up email to encourage additional signups later in the week if our numbers are low for any of these slots.

Log in and sign up for scrimmages here:

  • 4:30 – 5:30 – Low Intermediate Scrimmage
  • 5:00 – 6:00 – High Intermediate Scrimmage
  • 6:10 – 7:10 – Advanced Scrimmage
  • 7:10 – 7:20 – Goalie Game! A 10-minute, all-out, all-goalie extravaganza! Gene is organizing.
  • 7:30 – 8:25 – Beginner Scrimmage
  • 8:35 – 9:30 – One more Intermediate Scrimmage!

Potluck: If you’re interested in snacking and socializing between scrimmages, we’ll have an informal potluck upstairs (in the bar area if it’s open). Bring a dish, a drink, a snack, your leftovers, or just come eat and hang out with us! Sign-up here with more instructions. If you remember, bring your own tupperware and cutlery to dish up your potluck plate—less waste is great! We’ll have some paper plates and napkins at the rink as well. 

Volunteers: we need a few extra hands to help with set-up and take down of the potluck and closing up the rinks. Please add your name to the list here if you can help out!

Let us know if you have questions. See you back on the ice soon! 

Greta, on behalf of HOPs // Social

11/27 Thanksgiving Scrimmage Sign Up

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MGHA News for Sunday, November 4th: Our First Game Day Schedule + Reminders to Read

This Sunday is a celebration – of new hockey players and new leaders practicing personal growth and discovering their team’s uniqueness, and of old friends and returning alumni reuniting in joyful moments on metal blades where we find balance, turn ice into snow, turn ourselves to see, catch, release a rubber biscuit across painted lines.

Returning folk – we know that this hockey is a special sport with care-filled rules and never-ending physical challenge. We show up to the MGHA as care-filled humans with emotional abilities, willing to step into the challenge of serving ourselves and each other.

New folk – you are learning MGHA ways. You are of equal importance in designing mood and rituals on and off the ice. Today, we celebrate you officially in competition and growth with us.

This Sunday, we welcome all – skaters, volunteers, friends, family – to join us in person at the arena.

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Skaters should read everything below to understand what you need to do and know for MGHA game days. As always, please connect with a leader (captain, coach, mentor, board member) to get answers and clarifications.

1. Schedule

This Schedule Page will always have the latest information, updated with website magic.

How to sub: 

1. Check the “I want to sub:” box on the Schedule page to sign up to sub *BEFORE* 11AM on Sundays for your name to be included in the automatic email sent to captains with sub recommendations.

2. Both game captains review and select subs to ensure game balance and equitable subbing.

3. Players are contacted by captains on Sunday between 12PM and game time to confirm sub.

4. Players check in with the scorebox to add their name, number to capture accurate stats.

Read more about Subbing on the website.

From the Schedule page, you can click the game date and time (“11/6 6:10 PM”) from this page to go to any unique Game Page.

Game Pages (below: orange-black-11-6-22) show rosters, absences, scorebox shifts, and potential subs. When you sign up to sub, you will see your name appear on the bottom of the page.

2. Locker Room Reminders

  • We request captains and leaders state these in person in the locker room before each first game – please and thanks!
  • Review our Concussion discussion page
  • The MGHA is an adult only (18+) league, and for this reason, children are never allowed or permitted into the locker room as it is a space where adults may be changing. We ask that all fans, family, and honored guests meet with players in publicly sanctioned spaces (lobby, Eagle’s nest, bleachers, etc). 
  • For Positive Covid case reporting process
    • Were you likely contagious on Sunday? Did you test positive on or before Tuesday following games?
      • If no, no need to inform MGHA. 
      • If yes, then 
        • Did you spend 30+ minutes in common areas AND/OR were you within 6 ft of more than 3 people outside your household? 
          • If yes to either, then notify a league leader or email covid@madisongayhockey.org and we will notify both teams for your game and a broader group depending on your specific situation. 
    • We will keep individual cases anonymous to the best of our ability and inform exposures based on location, i.e. on the ice or in the locker room vs. common areas.
  • We have one medical kit available per rink, attached to puck bags. Please check and update your account page with medical contact info in case of emergency.

3. Game Day Duties

Every skater is assigned ~3 off-ice shifts to support game day processes – everyone has a role. If you aren’t on the Board, HOPs, or a Coach, you will be assigned a General Scorebox shift.

  • General Scorebox
    • Any skater, 3 people per game, 336 total shifts
    • Responsible to keep time, stats, and music flowing for game play
  • HOps on Duty
    • Staffed by HOps and Board members
    • Located in the Scorebox during games
    • Support captains and coaches off the ice and across the benches
    • Answer questions from General Scorebox helpers
    • Available to leave the Scorebox to support around the arena, access to orange box for resources
    • 4 shifts per night, 4 different people, 52 total shifts
      • Opening shift prints score sheets, opens box, drops off pucks, and supports 1st game on Rink B
      • Rink B Middle shift supports second and third rink B games
      • Rink A Middle shift supports first and second rink A games
      • Closing shift supports third and fourth games on rink A
  • Coaches
    • Supports L1 captains to coach players, answer questions, and inform game strategy from the bench
    • Coaches individual players as they request it
    • Help lead L1 clinics with support from captains input from team and skater needs
    • Supports L2 captains on the bench as they request
    • This week starts with Jane, Michelle, Bri and Gene.

4.  It’s a great day for hockey! Wear your jerseys, hang out with new and old friends, opponents, congratulate and celebrate together. 

Extra Credit

Do You Know Nolan?

Nolan is our Cap Ice Rink Manager for Sunday nights. When you see him tending to the precious Zamboni and rinks this season – please thank him for his support. He’s excitable and helpful – you can wave to him as he drives the Zamboni and hustles around on foot.

Nolan Wants You to Know:

1. Nets have a special place on the rink while the Zamboni does its job (see visual below). On game days, refs move nets to their Zamboni-time home. During all other ice times, when Nolan prepares to come onto the ice, you can help set the nets into their temporary Zamboni-time home. 

2. Rink B is a lil Broken. Rink boards and doors are awaiting full repair and replacement parts. Please be patient and exercise caution around the boards, especially near the Rink B Zamboni door and skater-entry doors, as a number of players have broken sticks in the past 1.5 years. Cap Ice is actively working on this, and Nolan is merely a messenger of higher powers.

Nets belong on the blue lines – after a first pass by the Zamboni.

MGHA News: Team Reveal Night scrimmages and pizza

New Scrimmage Available:

We’ve added a 5th scrimmage to Sunday’s events. Sign up for the new 8:15 PM Scrimmage, just after the 7:30 off-ice team reveal and photos. This scrimmage will be open for all levels, just like in past years where the MGHA had just one league. As this is a last minute add – if we don’t get ~14 skaters, we will not hold the scrimmage.

Chip in for Pizza:

If you want pizza, chip in what you can by paying Mason [see email for detail] or bring cash to drop in the lobby table. The board will cover excess cost.

MGHA Craft/Goods Table:

We will have a table with MGHA merchandise / crafts / swag in the lobby. Stop by to gear up!

MGHA News: Tasks for October 8th, 2022

1. Required: Finalize your level(s) preference on your account by Monday, October 10th.

We are committed to placing you in a level of your choice, yet we may request you a level shift to maintain safety, skills balance, and roster size. Today, we feel able to place 95%+ of our skaters within their preferences. Read more about the 3 league levels here.

Note: the 11 skills evaluated this year are new data points taken into consideration for team creation. These are not the only factors used to determine which level you play in this season.

2. Optional: Submit Must-play-with, Do-not-feel-safe-playing-with, Would-like-to-play-with requests here – by Monday, October 10th.

‘Must’ and ‘Do-not-feel-safe’ requests will be used to create teams. ‘Would-like’ requests will be considered. We have many of these requests to process, so please consider what you need vs. want and include relevant details on the request form as you wish.

Did you know? The MGHA Emails website page has all the individual role email addresses and all group listservs. When captains and teams are announced, you will be added based on your role and be able to communicate within those new listservs. Click the link and learn more for extra-special credit.

Next: We are working to add email contacts for the newly formed BIPOC@, Sponsorship@, and Photography@ groups so y’all can reach out to join, make a request, send an idea, etc. Until then, you can connect with Laur R., Gene Z., or Christina L., respectively.

Thanks,

MGHA Board, via Christina’s keyboard

MGHA News: 2022 Preseason Signups Available

Hi y’all!

After two great new-to-MGHA player weeks of preseason, we’re ready to welcome ALL players to the ice for four weeks of fun. Below is a copy of the MGHA Schedule website page.

MOST IMPORTANT: On ice evaluations and off ice orientation sessions are REQUIRED for everyone this year. Please notice the difference in timeline for goalies (9/25) and skaters (10/2, make ups on 10/9). If you cannot attend, please contact a hockey ops or board member so we can capture your wonderful skills for team formation in another way.

Thanks for your warmth, welcoming and attention to preseason details!

Christina Libs, Web Secretary of the MGHA Board

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MGHA Schedule of Events

Sunday, September 25th

Clinics and REQUIRED Goalie Evaluations – sign up  here

NEW PLAYER SOCIAL: Friday, September 23rd – 6-9pm – Delta Beer Lab

We picked this time as it worked for the MOST new players, yet the invite is open for ALL members, fans and players to join and socialize together. You can bring your own food into Delta, buy a pizza, and support Delta as one of our sponsors. There is an outdoor patio and indoor games. Wear your MGHA gear and let’s welcome everyone to another season! Contact Nat Carlston or Christina Libs with any questions or suggestions for the time together.

Sunday, October 2nd

REQUIRED Skater Evaluations and Off-Ice Orientation – sign up here

Sunday, October 9th

Scrimmages, Make-up Skater Evaluation and Off-Ice Orientation – sign up here

Sunday, October 16th

Team Reveal Night Scrimmages – Sign up here

2022 Season Kickoff

TL;DR: Please read every word of this email as it’s all important! Also, hockey is starting! 😀

Hey everyone!

It’s about time to get the upcoming 2022-2023 MGHA season underway. To do that, there’s a lot we have to cover. I’m going to break it all down for you here. Please read EVERY WORD. Anything you see in red is an action item. Please take a moment to make sure you’ve done what’s asked before the deadline. If possible, do it all now so you don’t forget.

Even more than previous years, this season will be different and there are lots of moving parts, so please pay attention and if you run into questions along the way, email the board.

Let’s get to it!

USA Hockey Registration

Before you can set foot, err… skate on the ice for the upcoming season, you’ll need to be registered with USA Hockey. We do this for liability reasons to protect those in our league. Signing up is easy and can be done online. Follow the link below to head to the MGHA website where we’ve got the steps laid out for you.
ACTION: Follow this link to sign up for USA Hockey… https://www.madisongayhockey.org/usa-hockey-registration-2022/

Level Selection

For planning purposes, if you haven’t gone onto your profile yet and selected your desired level for the season, please follow the link below as soon as possible and make that selection. While there, you can also update your information including t-shirt and jersey size and other biographical information!
ACTION: Follow this link to adjust your account… https://www.madisongayhockey.org/account/

League Fees

You should have already paid the deposit for the league. To pay the bills, we need to collect the rest of those league fees. You can do that at the link below. Please take care of this as soon as possible. Please also know that the MGHA is committed to making hockey accessible to all members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and funds are available to provide financial assistance to players in need. To request financial assistance to help cover the cost of your league fees and/or gear, please complete our financial assistance form. If you have any questions, please contact Gene, our treasurer, via email: treasurer@madisongayhockey.org. We’ll be happy to work with you.
ACTION: Pay your league fees at the link… https://www.madisongayhockey.org/product/2022-2023-league-fees/

Play-With Requests

If you have someone who you’ve discussed ridesharing with or even someone you do not feel safe being on the same team as, this is how you let us know. We’ll do our best to honor these requests during the team creation process. This year there are three options including must play with, would like to play with, and would not feel safe playing with. All of this is detailed in the link below. You do not have to fill this form out if you do not have any requests.
ACTION: Follow this link to submit your play-with requests if you have any… https://www.madisongayhockey.org/play-with-requests/

Preseason

This year’s preseason will be a bit abbreviated, mainly due to increased ice costs. The first two weeks will be primarily focused on new-to-MGHA skaters. Following those weeks, returning skaters will attend a clinic week, an evaluation week, a scrimmage week, team reveal (with scrimmages), and two weeks of team practice.
If, during your clinic enrollment, you run into an instance where you are stuck and unsure what to sign up for or if all slots in a particular time are full, please reach out and we’ll do our best to help.

NEW-TO-MGHA BEGINNERS
Who: Anyone new to skating or hockey
When: 9/11 and 9/18 at 5:00 PM

Description: Both weeks will be run clinic-style. During these weeks, we’ll focus on the basics of skating progressing through passing and skating with the puck. We’ll also work on shooting and positioning. There’ll be some ups and downs, but trust us… you’ll get through it! (If you don’t believe me, ask some of the skaters who started last season!)

ACTION: Sign up for a slot here…
https://www.madisongayhockey.org/new-to-mgha-beginners/

NEW-TO-MGHA NOVICE / INTERMEDIATE
Who: Anyone new to the MGHA that knows how to skate and play hockey
When: 9/11 and 9/18 at 6:10 PM

Description: Both weeks will be run clinic-style. This clinic, geared towards novices to intermediates will focus on the fundamentals of the game at a slightly faster pace than the ‘beginners’ group. We’ll work through skating skills, passing, skating with the puck, shooting, and positioning.

ACTION: Sign up for a slot here… https://www.madisongayhockey.org/new-to-mgha-nov-int/

*Important: All players this season will be expected to attend an orientation session. More on that soon.

Each ice session will last 1 hour. As we have limited time, please be ready to be on the ice 15 minutes before the scheduled time. If this is your first time putting the equipment on, be sure to allow even more time to get comfortable. MGHA representatives will be around to help with the gear process.

Hockey Operations reserves the right to make changes if there is any question of safety. It’s in your best interest to choose the level that most accurately represents your current skills.

Evaluations

Evaluations this year will be a little different. Our plan is to have stations on the ice and each player will visit each station and get a score. Hockey Operations will then compile the scores and assign each skater a ranking. These will be used during team creation. Have no fear, though, because everybody will be placed on a team. The MGHA does not cut players! Don’t stress too much about this. Just go out and do your best!
Please keep the night of October 2nd free. We’ll offer signups to allow you to pick your time slot at a later date.

Team Reveal

Team Reveal will be held on October 16th. There will be other activities planned for this night so be on the lookout later. All groups will have a scrimmage as well! Put this on your calendar because it’ll be a fun night!

Team Practices

Once you know your teams, it’s important to get to know the fine folks you’ll be playing with for the next few months. That’s why we have two weeks of team practice built in before games start. This’ll help your team gel. Like past seasons, Hockey Operations will work to provide captains with drills and an agenda for their practices so that everyone gets even more benefit from team practices. Please be sure to mark your calendars and be there on October 23rd and October 30th.

Regular Season and Championship Night

This year, we’ll play the first game on November 6th and we’ll run through a 13-game regular season with a championship night immediately following. The final game will be held on March 19th, 2023. We’ll give more details on how the championship works later in the season.
Regular season games will mainly take place at the following times. There will be several weeks where our schedule will shift due to other events at Cap Ice. We’ll have a full schedule available soon.
Rink A: 5:00 PM, 6:10 PM, 7:20 PM, 8:30 PM
Rink B: 4:30 PM, 5:40 PM, 6:50 PM, 9:10 PM

Wrap-Up

That’s about it. I know this is a long email, but thank you for reading through it. We’re doing our best to provide open, honest, and clear communication. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please let us know and we’ll do our best to address them. This is important. To get in touch with us, please email the Board or reach out to me directly.
We look forward to seeing you all on the ice soon!

Tim
(Hockey Operations Commissioner, on behalf of the MGHA Board and HOps crew)

August MGHA News, Part 2

Can you feel the cool, crispy air on your cheeks? That’s the feeling of seasonal change, anticipatory sweat, and a sweet full body exhaustion after your first, second, and third games of hockey this fall.

It’s time for more MGHA news:

  1. League Expansion
    • We hit a milestone of recruiting 210 players for this year! Because we have enough people on our waitlist AND were able to add a later ice slot at Cap Ice, we’re happy to share that we will expand to 220-240 players this season. Each team will only have a couple late games, and we imagine captains may recruit subs more easily with a larger pool of skaters. Big numbers mean an even bigger thanks to our recruiting team, led by Amanda Thornton, to process all new applications and shepherd this year’s hockey crew onto the ice.
    • If you are willing to be a goalie this season and haven’t already registered as one, please contact goalies@lists.madisongayhockey.org so we can get y’all wrangled. Note that goalies only pay the $100 deposit, they do not pay full dues.
  2. COVID update for the locker room
    • When the Dane county community level is High, we expect players to wear masks in the locker rooms and the lobby area. While we will not enforce this recommendation operationally (i.e. reporting to leadership and messaging to individuals who do not mask), we will make disposable masks available in the lobby and captains can bring a box into their locker room throughout the season. We ask that where possible, you use your own reusable mask. We hope everyone can acknowledge and respect each others’ space, decisions and body autonomy, as we’ve practiced in the locker room space for years. We are not requiring masks on ice this year, and we will continue to use our Covid reporting protocol to communicate known positive cases using covid@madisongayhockey.org when our players are exposed during MGHA sanctioned events.
  3. USA Hockey registration in your Account page
    • The Website team has made a new USA Hockey # field in your /account page to remove the manual email effort – so going forward, you do NOT have to email the registrar your number. You will not be allowed on the ice until you have your USA Hockey # added for the season.
  4. What’s Next?
    1. Required – Add your play level preference on your Account. We will use this to balance levels and estimate team number and roster size going into evaluations. Play-with and -without requests will be collected later.
    2. We will add September orientation, preseason skills and scrimmages to the website so you can sign up. Sept 11th and 18th are focused on new-to-hockey and new-to-MGHA folks, then we will have ice time for all players as we lead into evaluations and team formation in mid-October.
    3. Reminder – complete the volunteer form if you have skills to share or recommendations for us.
    4. Reminder – Use the locker room listserv locker-room@lists.madisongayhockey.org for any informal updates about mentor/mentee skating at the UW Shell or other local rinks, LGBTQ+ events/news, etc.
    1. Extra credit – watch our videos on the Skills and Drills website page to refresh your brain on what’s coming soon during the preseason!

<3 Thanks and see you soon! <3

August MGHA News: 2022-2023 Season Registration

The first fall leaf hasn’t yet hit the ground, yet we have 165 people with a deposit in for the new season! We have flexibility to grow this year with the 3 level structure, but your quick action now helps us plan with time and sanity. New players should get their applications in ASAP, returners need to pay deposit and registration soon to secure a spot.

Here’s everything you need to know and do to get signed up to take the ice with the MGHA in our 15th season:

  1. Read this entire post, understand our COVID policy and new 3 levels of play
  2. Pay your $100 Deposit and $250 remaining Fees
  3. Register with USA Hockey and send your ID # to registrar@madisongayhockey.org *NOTE FOR NEW APPLICANTS: please only do this once you’ve heard from recruiting that we have your spot ready.
  4. Update your account with your preferred level of play
  5. Submit the volunteer / nomination form
  6. [optional] Aug 23 – Attend the gear swap to donate, swap, socialize, support new players
  7. [required] September – Attend preseason orientation before taking the ice
  8. Preview this season’s Schedule, sync it to your calendar

COVID-19

The MGHA follows Dane County guidelines and recommendations for COVID-19. As of August 2nd, 2022, Dane County is at a High Community level, which means masking indoors is recommended but not required. 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html
“People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask. Masks are recommended in indoor public transportation settings and may be required in other places by local or state authorities.”


We want all MGHA players and fans to feel welcome and safe at hockey each Sunday, knowing that everyone is navigating community health data, making decisions about masks, and keeping up with variant news. If you need anything, contact the board member. This will remain to be a priority throughout the season.

About Play Levels

To make the league more inclusive, MGHA Members have opted to shift from a 2-level organization last year to a 3-level organization this year. To implement these changes, we are requiring preseason (off-ice) orientation for all levels, all players, to discuss expectations and hold space for comments and questions.

Level 1 “L1” is for beginners and low intermediate players. Expect to learn and practice basic ice skating, hockey rules and strategy at a slower pace. This level includes coaching and extra skills clinics throughout the season. Higher level players can play in this level and will have restrictions such as strict goal caps.

Level 2 “L2” is for intermediate players who are able to skate safely during faster play. Expect to use and develop skills with your team. This level may include coaching, at your captain’s discretion and coaches’ availability. Higher level players can play in this level and will be goal-capped.

Level 3 “L3” is for intermediate and advanced players looking for SAFE fast-paced competition. Expect to develop strategies with your team, learn how to safely challenge yourself and others, and absolutely NO show-boating or unnecessary contact. This level may include coaching, at your captain’s discretion and coaches’ availability.

We expect ALL levels to skate safely, in control of oneself, and intentionally inclusive of teammates and opponents – this is the MGHA Way – we know it’s more fun! Good competition is created when everyone skate within their own abilities, recognizes and respects others abilities, and creates space for skill development.

ACTION: Select your preferred level(s) for the 2022-2023 on your Account page.

Pay Fees

2022-2023 Fees are $350 total: $100 paid as a deposit, and $250 paid below to complete registration.

Financial Aid: Monthly payment plans and discounted fees are available each year, please reach out if you need any assistance whatsoever.

Volunteer to support this year

Recruiting, mentoring, clinics, evaluations, captains, coaches, fundraising, social events, sponsorships, gear, community skate, tournament, apparel – the list goes on. There’s so much we do each year, please submit this form to note your interest or nominate others to the various volunteer roles that keep the MGHA way alive and well!

ACTION: Complete the Volunteer Form ASAP

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That’s all for now, folks! Check back here for more #news as we gear up for the season.

-Libs and the Board

July News: Members vote to support three levels of play; Returning player deposits due by August 1st

July MGHA News

  1. 76% (37/49) of MGHA Members voted to support a move to three levels of play this year and implement a coaching program. A few notes…. if we do not recruit enough skaters to have teams for each level, then we will fall back to two levels as outlined in the proposal. We have assigned Board member Gabby Grandin to work closely with previous Commissioner Tim Tender to be this season’s co-Commissioners, responsible to implement operational hockey changes.
  2. Returning players: Pay your deposit by August 1st to secure your spot. We have many new recruits ready to join, and a number who already have deposits in. The sooner you commit, the easier it is for us to coordinate this season.

Next in August, we will make full payment / registration available, and ask you to note your preferred level(s). We will also send an interest / nomination form for the various roles and responsibilities for the season; i.e. coach, captain, social hockey operations, fundraising, recruiting, etc. You can always send us a note with your interest, a nomination, recommendation or feedback to board@madisongayhockey.org.

As we experience every year, it takes a village to do this. We appreciate all y’all do to keep us playing and growing as a community.

<3 2022-2023 Board-O’s <3 Avery, Gene, Christina, Bront, Laur, Nat, Gabby

#OverheardattheBoardMeeting “Ah the locker room. Pungent, but beautiful”