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TNT hockey president responds to criticism of registration
to the editor,
Every year TNT Board members have a budget meeting to set the
fees for the upcoming season. A few years ago the TNT Treasurer at the
time set up a template that we go by every year at budget time to make
sure we have everything included for each division.
We start by taking each division on their own. We fill in the template
at the house/local league level; this is the base price for the
division. We use the average number of players per team that we
put on the house/local level teams. I have included the Peewee division
as an example of what we do for each division. (Chart posted at
bottom of letter) As you can see the fees are broke down for
every expense. The lines that have a zero amount means that that
division does not have that particular cost. For example house league
does not have any league fees.
The Administrative Allocation is the same for all divisions,
this includes telephone bills, paper, letterhead, envelopes, postal,
website, bank charges, cleaning supplies for office and board room,
hangers for sweaters, goodwill, accountant fees etc.
The equipment cost is for jerseys, socks and trainers kits for
house/local league divisions.
Referees costs have gone up this year for each game. Referee fees are
included for house/local divisions. This year all timekeeper fees
will be paid for house/local and rep by the association as part of the
Every player from Mite to Midget in every division receives at $25
credit from the association fundraising that is done all year.
Raffle, mouth guards, oil changes etc.
Sponsorship for the house leagues are split between the players based
on the Sponsorship that TNT collects. For Mites and Tykes, their
sponsorship comes from Tim Hortons, Novice is Dodge Caravan, Atom is
McDonalds and Peewee is Reliance Home Comfort. We are trying to
get some sponsorship for the local league teams but they are welcome to
get their own sponsors if they wish. The Rep teams are
responsible for their own sponsorship.
At the bottom of the sheet you will see the ice allocation to the
house/local team and the Rep teams.
The base fee for the Peewee division is a minimum $775.74/player and
the registration fee is set for $790.00 per player. The $14.26
per player goes into the general account and it will help to fund our
"Kids Can Play Fund" and any other unexpected fees that might come up
through the year.
The Rep fees for Peewee are then set by adding the extra ice that the
house/local teams do not get each week. The ice is the biggest extra
cost between the house/local and rep teams. League fees for both
OMHA and York Simcoe Minor Hockey are part of rep fees also. The
difference in the price between the cost and the fee is used for the
OMHA play offs fees that are charged to each team. These fees are
based on the number of home games the team plays from the beginning of
play offs until the team is completely finished for the season.
It also helps our "Kids Can Play Fund" and any other costs that come up
through the season.
The last few years we have run as close a balance budget as we can -
TNT has either had $1000 to $2000 loss or profit. Our accountant,
our bank and the OMHA have suggested we carry at 10 per cent carry over
and what goes through our bank in the season. This would mean
having a $70,000 carry over. The Board of Directors feels it is
very important to keep the costs as low as we can hoping to have a
carryover of approx. $10,000 this year.
The "Kids Can Play Fund" was set up at the beginning of TNT to help any
families that were struggling and could not afford to have their
children in sports. For the first 10 years TNT had two annuities
that produced approx. $2,500 per year. We had a $10,000 annuity
from a local family and a $10,000 from Alliston District Minor
Hockey. We have received money from Jump Start, YMCA, the
Alliston Fire Department and some private donors. We have had one
Ontario Minor Hockey Foundation weekend that brings children in from
Children's Aid, Big Brothers and Big Sisters. TNT funded the ice cost
and the Ontario Hockey Foundation supplied equipment and volunteers to
help. It was a big success for the area with 10 players in the
TNT area joining hockey that year. We hope to host another one
sometime soon. To receive help the parent needs to fill out the
form on our website and then the Treasurer and Administrator meets with
the parents to work out funding and any payment plans. The TNT
Executive feels very strongly about not turning any children away from
Some people try to compare prices to other centres and that is a very
hard thing to do as there are so many different things involved.
How much do they pay for ice per hour - each municipality gives a
different amount of subsidy to minor sports programs. What is
included in the fees - jersey, socks, awards day, pictures, number of
hours of ice time, shared or not shared ice, sponsorship, fundraising
At the AGM this April some divisions asked for more ice for this
upcoming season, the board agreed as long as the parent understood they
would have to pay for the ice they receive. The Peewee house
league now gets full ice practices once a week - no more shared
ice. The Bantam local league requested an hour per week practice
instead of every two weeks so we changed it to every week. The Midget
local league requested longer games so they are going to play 1 hr. 20
min games instead of 50 min games.
We are also providing a goalie clinic every week for all TNT goalies
for the season. We are going to have power skating for the house
leagues teams. We are going to have hitting clinics for the first
time contact players in September.
We have the two teams from the GOHL leagues, the women's hockey and the
sledge hockey playing in the town arenas this season which has used up
ice among the other users so TNT has bought some ice time from the
Nottawasaga Inn this year to fulfill our ice needs. We have also
taken close look at the ice time we have and how we can set up a
template for ice that can be used every year with the odd change here
or there depending on what the town gives us for ice time.
When TNT started we had the two arenas, Alliston and Tottenham
so to try and make it fair we had the Major teams in Alliston and the
Minor teams in Tottenham so that everyone got a chance to play in each
rink. It worked out very well for planning and the members
knowing where they were going to be every year. Once we got the new
arena things changed and there was really no consistency year to
year. So this year we took a good look at the ice time we
have been given on the three pads we have worked it out to what we hope
will work from year to year. Tottenham will be used for practices for
the Minor Rep teams and some local league teams. The NTRC will be
used for Major Rep team practices, rep team games and local league
practices and games. The AA teams will play on Saturdays and the AE
teams will play on Sunday. The house league will be split between
NTRC and Tottenham on Saturday and Sunday mornings. There will be
rotation throughout the season so that everyone will have some games on
pad 1. If this works out well this season then as you the player
goes through the years you will know when and where you will practice
and play. So for example if you are in Tottenham this year
practicing as a minor then you will be at the NTRC next year as a major
There has been some suggestion that our registration numbers have gone
done. This is NOT correct. When TNT started in 1996 we had
approx. 590 players since then we have grown to 766 players. TNT
received a phone call last year from the OHF asking if we did something
different to keep our Midget players in hockey. We had 7 Midget
teams for our size center and they thought that was very good.
TNT has a review engagement statement done every year by a certified
accountant. Our year end is May 31st. At every TNT AGM held
in April each year the financial statement from the accountant is
presented to every member present. The Treasurer goes through the
statement line by line and then the membership is given the financial
report for the time period of June 1st until the date of the AGM and it
is also gone over. The membership is asked for any questions and
then there is a motion put through to accept the financial reports as
given. The Executive decided not to post the Financial Report on
line as not everyone knows how to read a financial statement therefore
having members not understanding where TNT is at financially. The
finances are kept in the office and upon request you can pick up a copy
of the statements for whatever year you wish. All 18 years are
stored away so please give us time to get them out of storage for
you. The AGM is not well attended at all which is very
disappointing when you get people saying that we hide things from our
membership when that is not true at all. With having 766 players
and one parent from each player coming to the meeting we could have 766
people at the meeting instead a big year would be having 50 people
including the board members present. It is the members
association, even if you do not have time or do not want to be involved
take an interest on what is going on. We also have two parent
meetings a year. We ask each team to send one parent to the
meeting to get any information that needs to get out to the membership
such as pictures, awards day, AGM info etc. It also gives a voice
from each team to let the Executive know what is happening good or
bad. TNT has 57 teams the most we have had out to a meeting is 30
teams. Again this is very disappointing as it is a very good way
to communicate with all the members.
TNT had one paid position approx. 10 years ago that worked out OK but
we think it was a little early for TNT to have the paid position.
So the Executive decided to go back to an all-volunteer Board of
Directors. Since then the demand on our volunteers has become
much greater in terms of time spent getting the children on the ice to
play hockey. It is now a year round job. We have done a lot
of research with other centers bigger, smaller and the same size at TNT
to see what they do about paid positions. They all do things a bit
different but with the same results. Most of the centers pay
their ice schedulers as it is a very time consuming job from start to
finish of the season. A lot of centers pay their Treasurer as most are
in the financial business or have financial backgrounds. The
referee-in-chief and assignors are paid for the time it takes to make
sure all games are covered. Most all centers pay at least one
administrator to look after registration, rosters, travel permits, A/P
lists, awards day, tournaments etc. This year TNT will be paying
the ice scheduler, the treasurer, referee-in-chief and
administrator. The fundraising has gone up from $40 to $100 this
season to cover the cost of the paid positions. We decided to do
it through the fundraising so that the membership had a chance to sell
the raffle tickets and get their $100 back. The rest of the Board
positions are volunteer as well as TNT coaches and coaching
staff. Watch the website for posted office hours this
season. The office will be open some hours through the week and
on weekends. Lori Wadge is our Administrator and she will be more
than happy to answer your questions or direct you to the person who can
answer your questions.
As some of you may remember, TNT won the first OMHA Hometown Hockey
award that gave us a $7,500 credit with the OMHA to purchase books,
banners and clinics we held for coaches and trainers. The credit
has now been all used with the balance paying for the two clinics that
we hosted early this season. If a coach or trainer has to go out
of town for certification or re-certification TNT will reimburse them 1Ú2
of the cost for the clinic if they volunteer in TNT for the year.
Please submit your receipt for the clinic to the Treasurer.
The New Tecumseth Minor Hockey Association is a nonprofit
Corporation. The by-laws are posted on the TNT website for anyone
to read. The OMHA played an important role in helping us put the
by-laws in place. You will find the voting procedures for the
Board of Directors, the job description, the length of term of each
position, the eligibility of each position, what positions are voted on
and what positions are appointed by the Board of Directors.
Please check out the Executive list on the website as you have some new
Executive this season. We welcome them on to the Board of Directors.
I decided to write this letter to try and answer questions that are out
there but no one wants to ask. I have never had a Facebook
account but it was brought to my attention about some comments about
TNT on some Facebook sites such as Madhunt. I have been involved
since 1992 when my son was in Minor Novice. I have made some
really good friends in New Tecumseth and all the places I have
travelled for hockey. My family has been in Alliston since 1906
and we have always been a community minded family and this has been my
way of giving back to my community. The smile on the children's
faces and watching them grow up has been very enjoyable for me and my
husband who is still coaching. It is very upsetting when you hear
people question your motives or they think you are getting paid somehow
for being on the Board. I have been very fortunate to work
alongside some very dedicated, hardworking volunteers over the
years. The Board works a lot of hours making sure everything is
done so the players can play the best hockey they can.
TNT has earned a lot of respect from the OMHA and the centers we play
in and the places our teams have travelled to play in tournaments, play
offs or exhibition games. The Board receives many compliments
every year about our teams for their sportsmanship, the level of play
and the behavior of our teams while away.
Thank you to all our players, coaching staff, team volunteers,
sponsors, parents and the Board of Directors for making TNT Tornados a
great organization for all of New Tecumseth to be proud of. I
cannot forget to mention the Alliston Hornets Jr C Hockey club for
supporting and working well with TNT over the years. They
are a very successful team and have certainly given our young hockey
players something to look up to!
If you have any questions or concerns please call, e-mail or
send a letter to the TNT office or myself at firstname.lastname@example.org and
we will do our best to get you the answers you are looking for.