The Latest goings on at Western!
Where do my tuition dollars go?
In the past folks have ask where tuition dollars go and why we have the need to fundraise, here are the short answers and basic outline of the Western annual plan. As a non-profit 501 3c we are bound by certain regulatory rules and work to put the money back into the program. Every season is different and capital improvement comes about on an as needed basis.
The bulk of any monies collected is put into ice time rented from Danbury Ice Arena, followed closely by Officials costs and Coaches salaries and expense. Additionally, we have annual equipment costs along with recurring I T costs, accountant fees, nonprofit filings, Connecticut Hockey Conference Dues, Connecticut Girls Hockey League fees, and Tournament application and entry fees. We have annual evaluation expenses. We look to also make investments in capital improvement projects such as new cross ice boards, coaching aids, and visual aids and storage lockers. In the past, we have also subsidized new jerseys and/or skill sessions. We pay some outside venders to address the different levels such as Pro Crease goaltending and I Play Harder (IPH). We have annual banquet fees including small gifts for our athletes, managers and schedulers. We have marketing costs and administrative costs.
Hockey can be a costly sport and we are ever conscience of keeping our tuition in check while balancing the ongoing needs of the organization. Our Organization files annual tax returns and sets annual budgets and maintains an ongoing balance sheet.
As we begin the new season ...
Thanks in advance for your help in enforcing these rules.
- No Players are permitted to be sitting on the boards during ice resurfacings. Should players sit on the boards, the ice resurfacer driver has been instructed to cease the ice cut until the players sit on the benches. Missed time will not be made up if players sit on the boards and delay the ice resurfacing.
- No one except for authorized personnel are permitted in the players benches or penalty boxes during games, practices, clinics or hockey private sessions. In addition, injured/non-dressed players are not permitted on the benches or in the penalty boxes for games even with a helmet on. No spectators are ever permitted on the players benches or in the penalty boxes.
- Spectators are not permitted in unauthorized or non spectator areas. This includes the bleachers and sky boxes on the west side of Patriot, the area above the Zamboni Room and the area in Liberty by the emergency exit doors.
- Players are not permitted to enter the ice surface until the ice resurfacer doors are closed and must leave the ice surface as soon as the ice resurfacer doors open. For practices coaches must be prepared and end practice on time and not wait to pick up pucks until the very end.
Hope the summer was good and you are looking forward to an exciting season! I wanted to touch base on a few safety things as we start the season.
Danbury Ice Arena and the Western Board