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RIVERSIDE RAVENS FLOOR HOCKEY
RAVEN REPORT OCTOBER 2007
THE RAVEN REPORT-VOLUME ONE
1. Welcome to our second season of Riverside Ravens Floor Hockey. Even though
we had been involved in a number of sports organizations, last season was our
first attempt at running a floor hockey program. Riverside Optimists had operated
this league for 25 years and for a number of reasons decided not to be involved
any longer in floor hockey. We, as a group, did not want this worthwhile program
to end and we decided to try and continue the program. We felt that our first
season was successful and hopefully those involved felt the same way. We
realized that our first season would be a learning experience and we needed to be
prepared to make necessary changes as required. We did in fact make some
changes that we felt would benefit the league as a whole. We will take the same
approach this year. If changes need to be made, we will not hesitate to make the
changes for the betterment of the league.
2. Revenues to run our program from registration fees, sponsorship fees, and the
running of bingos. One of our major sources of fundraising is bingo revenue.
Registration fees were able to be kept as low as possible due to the fact that bingo
revenues were very good in the past. However the bingo industry in Windsor is
on the decline and our revenues have been drastically reduced. As a result we had
to slightly raise the fee this year from $70.00 to $75.00. We did not want to raise
the fee but felt that we had no choice. If our bingo revenues continue to decline,
registration fees will have to go up again in the future. This would be regrettable
but necessary to operate the program.
3. Sponsorship fees are another important source of revenue for our floor hockey
program. Monies raised through sponsorships help us to run this program and
helps to keep our costs down. We are always in need of sponsors. At this point in
time we do not have enough sponsors for our various teams. The cost of a
sponsorship is $200.00. If you know of anyone or any business that might be
willing to sponsor our program please let us know. We will contact the business
4. Once again to help offset some of the costs of running this program we are going
to have a 50/50 draw each week. If successful, this weekly draw replaces any
other fundraising venture(chocolate bar sales, magazine subscriptions, tag days,
etc etc.) This was well supported last year and hopefully the support will continue
this year. The monies go directly back into the program to help to defray some of
the costs of our wrap up party at the end of the season. Several draws during the
season will also have Windsor Spitfire tickets as a prize. The cost is 3 tickets for
$2.00 and will be sold during the games and at the front desk.
5. Last year, during the season, we asked the coaches and parents for their input on
how to improve our program. We took all the suggestions very seriously and
discussed each and every suggestion made to us. As a result, we have made some
changes to our program. We now have four divisions. In the tyke and junior
divisions there will be only four players (not five) on the floor and they will be
able to cover the whole floor. Goalies will have goalie equipment. Tyke, junior,
and intermediate divisions will have three minute line changes. Only the senior
division will change “on the fly”. Rule changes also have been made. The
players and coaches will be made aware of these changes.
6. We are always looking at ways to improve our program. If you have any
concerns, ideas, or criticisms do not hesitate to contact a board member or the
convenor of your division. We will listen and take corrective action if necessary.
7. We would like to remind the parents and coaches that the primary purpose of this
league may differ from other leagues that your son/daughter has been involved in
the past.Winning is important but we feel that should not be the primary reason
for playing in our program. The emphasis of this league is all about fair play,
good sportsmanship, skill development, and an abundance of exercise. We want
the players to want to come back each and every week. We want them to have
fun and enjoy each and every game-win or lose. We want them to do their best
and not to be too concerned about the outcome. Obviously they will want to win
but we feel that it should not be “the end all and be all”.
8. A reminder to players, parents and coaches-In order to keep a competitive balance
in each division, the teams may have to be adjusted in the next several weeks.
This may not be popular but it may be necessary in order to keep the teams as
balanced and competitive as possible.
TYKE: KEN BONDY, TERRY KILLEN
JUNIOR: RON OTTOGALLI BILL MCKAY
INTERMEDIATE: TIM HAMILTON , LOUIS TRUDELL
SENIOR: GERRY MCMURDIE, TONY MAZZOTTA
REFEREES: ROB MAZZOTTA,MATT GALLINA, MATT RUSTAULKA, JILLIAN MAZZOTTA, DYLAN TOME
CONCESSIONS: GEORGE RUSSETTE
Ron Ottogalli, President