Category: Announcements

February 3, 2019 Challenge Games

Hey everyone! It’s that time again… challenge game time!

This month’s challenge games will take place on February 3rd. The times are a little different than normal due to a conflict at Hartmeyer.

As usual, please sign up for a game where you can learn and play safely. While it’s good to challenge yourself, please only do so within your safe limits. Remember that in the advanced games, skaters do not ‘play down’ in the same way they do during the regular season MGHA games. As always, HOps reserves the right to shift players if we feel you have signed up for an unsafe level.

You may sign up for one game right away. On Saturday, February 2nd at 2 PM, you may sign up for a second game if there are spaces available. We’re also looking for a few bench coaches for the beginner game. If you feel you have sound hockey knowledge and can help our beginners, feel free to sign up!

The night will be scheduled as follows:

5:45 PM – Advanced Game
6:55 PM – Beginner Game
8:05 PM – High Intermediate Game
9:15 PM – Low Intermediate Game

February 3, 2019 Challenge Games

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See you on the ice!
-HOps (Tim, Brian, k8, Mark, Ashleigh, Sara, John)

Tonight’s Town Hall – CANCELLED

We’re postponing the Town Hall tonight due to the possibility of slick roads, dangerous temperatures, and potential lack of attendance. A successful town hall meeting requires people and we’re worried we won’t have a good attendance. We’ll work to reschedule for later in February.

Thank you for your patience and stay warm!

Last three games tonight – CANCELLED

Based on the NWS Forecast (check the snow entry – blue bars) , 
We are cancelling the last three games tonight. The schedule tonight looks like:

Narwhals vs Dancing Greens at 4:50pm

Arrrnge vs Madison Blues at 6:00pm

Grayzly Bears vs Snow Witte – CANCELLED

Maroony Tunes vs Red Delicious – CANCELLED

ABBA: Gold vs Nightfuries – CANCELLED

This is reflected on the page https://www.madisongayhockey.org/teams-schedule/ We will make up those games the scrimmage week of March 10th. 

If you have scorebox for the 4:50pm or 6pm games, please still plan to show or get a replacement.

Sub Desk Inner Workings

One thing our mid-season survey reflected was a need for greater clarity regarding how our sub system works. 

  • Every Sunday we have league games, a script on the website runs at noon to check for players who have marked themselves absent as well as players who have volunteered to sub.
  • The script analyzes each absentee and volunteer and uses a combination of skill level, times subbed, and game time to determine sub suggestions. If there are no subs at the appropriate sub level for an absentee, a Potential Sub will be selected (someone of a similar skill level). Each sub is only suggested once per email. For more on this algorithm see here.
  • The script puts all this information plus pictures and contact info in an email (see pic below from Sunday’s email) and sends it to the captains.
  • The team captains then use this info to select a sub and contact them.
  • If the contacted player replies yes, all done! If the contacted player cannot sub that day and time, the captain contacts someone else until they find someone.

A note on last minute subs: yes, we still end up needing last minute subs. Life happens. Captains are instructed to make their best effort to match skill level and communicate with the opposing captains especially on last minute subs to address competitive balance.

Considerations

  • PLEASE mark yourself absent if you know you’ll be absent for your game. You can do this weeks in advance if you know.
  • Please do it before noon on Sunday of the game you’ll miss.
  • Volunteer to sub by marking all the game you are able to sub on the website before noon on Sunday. 
  • Make sure your contact info is up to date!

Thank you and thank you Randi for all your hard work to make this system work!

Town Hall

Hey MGHA!
It’s that time of year for our annual Town Hall meeting! The meeting will be in the basement of the Glass Nickel pizza as usual on Atwood. The meeting will be January 28th starting at 6:30 and we have the room until 10.  There will be pizza of several varieties so come grab a slice and check in on how the MGHA is doing.
Please take a look at the agenda as we will be discussing some formatting changes (as part of the meeting we will explain them).
AGENDA

  • Introductions
    • Brief board introduction and our acting roles
  • Presidential Address 

NEW BUSINESS

  • Clarification of new forum for discussion 
  • 5 minutes to introduce your topic of discussion and present your arguments
  • 10 minutes total discussion for the topic after introduced, then it becomes old business
  • Next meeting will have similar format to introduce old business again
  • Summary of agenda with brief explanation
  • Conduct form introduction  – Maggie
  • HOps update – Tim
  • Survey results summary high level, positives and negatives – Witte
  • Actions taken in response 
  • MGHA Classic Tournament
  • Cap Ice discussion 
  • Recap of all topics mentioned
  • Open discussion

Hope to see you all there!
Cheers,Secretary Witte

January 2019: Challenge Games and More

Welcome back to hockey in the new year! 2019 is starting off with a bang with our challenge games… and more!

First, we’re having our normal 4 challenge games on January 6th. We’ll do 2 early and 2 late and sandwiched in between will be a half-ice skills clinic and a half-ice goalie curious session.

First, the challenge games… as usual, please sign up for a game where you can learn and play safely. While it’s good to challenge yourself, please only do so within your safe limits. Remember that in the advanced games, skaters do not ‘play down’ in the same way they do during the regular season MGHA games. As always, HOps reserves the right to shift players if we feel you have signed up for an unsafe level.

You may sign up for one game right away. On Saturday, January 5th at 4 PM, you may sign up for a second game if there are spaces available. We’re also looking for a few bench coaches for the beginner game. If you feel you have sound hockey knowledge and can help our beginners, feel free to sign up!

In the middle slot at 7:10 PM, we’re hosting two special events. First, we’re having a session we like to call ‘goalie curious’. Basically, if you’ve ever wanted to try goalie, now’s your chance. We have limited equipment and we’ll do what we can to get you suited up but this is first come, first served based on size. We want everyone to try it, but our resources are limited.

In addition to ‘goalie curious’, we’re hosting a mini skills clinic. This is intended as more of a shake-off-the-rust kind of clinic to get you back into the groove. This is more geared toward beginner and intermediate players, but all are welcome. Please sign up so that we know how many plan to attend.

The night will be scheduled as follows:

4:50 PM – High Intermediate Game
6:00 PM – Advanced Game
7:10 PM – Goalie Curious / Mini Skills Clinic
8:20 PM – Low Intermediate Game
9:30 PM – Beginner Game

See you on the ice!
-HOps (Tim, Brian, k8, Mark, Ashleigh, Sara, John)

January 6, 2019 Challenge Games

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Roughly Mid Season Survey

Happy New Year all!

Hope everyone’s had a solid break for the last few weeks.

In case you missed the email or the facebook post, the board is trying to get a feel on how the season is going. We have two surveys for you all.

One for general league play information, and the second to gather your feedback in a more open response format on how the league is running. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Board if you have any questions. Note your responses are anonymous unless you place information in them that makes it otherwise.

Please complete both by January 10th!
Survey 1:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9NDMXVL

Survey 2:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/93N266N

Thank you all and see you back on the ice soon! 
Secretary Witte

Thanksgiving Weekend Challenge Games 2018

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 24th. Please sign up for a game where you can learn and play safely.  We’ll have two intermediate games (one for lower intermediate players and one for higher intermediate players), 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 – Low Intermediate Game
6:30 PM – Beginner Game
7:45 PM – Advanced Game
9:00 PM – High Intermediate Game

See you on the ice!
-HOps (Tim, Brian, k8, Mark, Ashleigh, Sara, John)

November 25, 2018 Challenge Games

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MGHA Social Event – Thanksgiving Potluck and Challenge Games on Sunday, November 25th

We’re approaching that time of year – the holigays!! – I mean holidays 🎉🎀🏒. Which means it’s time for our annual MGHA Thanksgiving celebration!
What – MGHA’s Annual Thanksgiving Celebration = Potluck & Challenge Games
When – Sunday, November 25th
Challenge Games – 5:15 Low Intermediate, 6:30 Beginner, 7:45 Advanced, 9p High Intermediate. (signups will be made available later)
Eats – No social sponsor tonight, it’s a good old midwestern potluck style event.
Goal – MGHA Thanksgiving is about encourage folks get to know each other at Hartmeyer while watching and playing the graytest game there ever was.
What do you want me to do?
1. RSVP to the Facebook event or put it in your calendar… it’s already on our MGHA website calendar so you can add it to your own using the image.png button.
2. Sign up to bring food/drink to share if you can (not required by any means)
3. Invite your friends, family, community, recruits for next year, etc. – this is a casual community event!
Thanks!
– MGHA Social Squad – 
Note: if you have an idea for a social event or program, let one of us know and we’ll do our best to help you make it happen!