Bay Arena's suiting up

Nicholas Mercer
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The roughly 300 players registered with Bay Arena minor hockey will be receiving tracksuits from the association.

Bay Arena minor president Scott Crosbie.

These suits will be at no charge to the parents of these children, although it is not known how much they will cost.

President Scott Crosbie said the association is in the process of getting a price quote.

“We’ll be getting them at the best price,” he said.

When Crosbie took on the position of president, the board sat down and dived into the association's financial picture.

"We wanted to make sure we're on solid ground, and make sure we're going to have the association in as good, or better place then when we inherited it," he said.

What the group found was very promising.

"Financially, we're very strong as an association," said Crosbie.

This strong financial situation meant the association had a strong reserve for the suits, along with the money saved from not having a technical director. The dollar figure was not known prior to deadline.

To offset the loss of Norris, the executive and other members of the association have been stepping in to help share the load.

“We have helped mitigate some of that impact,” said Crosbie. “We have upgraded our coach training this year and we’ve gone much deeper in that. It is something we continue to push forward on.”

The president said the majority of feedback he has received from parents has been mostly positive, save for a few who have questioned the need for these suits over a technical director.

Bay Arena minor has been without a technical director for all of this year.

However, Crosbie said the association remains open to having a technical director in the association.

“The question is, do the majority of our members place value in it and if they do, not a problem, it’s just a matter of finding the right person,” he said.

 

History

For all of this year, Bay Arena minor has been pushing forward without a technical director.

The association had been hoping previous director Ian Norris would be available at the beginning of the year.

However Norris, a teacher by trade, secured a replacement teaching position at a Mount Pearl high school last fall.

Subsequently, Crosbie said the association left the position open for three months with hopes Norris would be eligible to return after Christmas.

“We left the door open for Ian just in case he freed up Christmas time, but he didn’t,” the president noted. “We don’t have him, because he was fortunate to get a full-time job.”

 

Traditional role not so traditional

Traditionally, the role of the technical director has been to support the coaches on the ice.

The director could also fill in for a coach during practice if he was needed.

The position is meant as a resource coaches can use for practice planning or brainstorming ideas with.

Along with enhanced coaching tools available through sources like Hockey Canada, Hockey NL and others, the role of technical director is not as prevalent as before.

Although not all children take part, but the advent of private hockey schools in recent years have also decreased the need for a technical director.

Crosbie said the issue of filling the position of technical director “has never really come off the table.”

“We were forced into that position, but one thing we ended up with some savings, so we thought we better give it back to the kids,” said Crosbie.

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

Organizations: Hockey Canada, Bay Arena minor

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, Bay Roberts

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