Scarborough hockey Association Announces Minor Development Program cancellation
GTHL Supports Decision and says it is “the responsible thing to do”.
TORONTO (June 24, 2010) – The Scarborough Hockey Association announced today that the plans for a Minor Development Division (MD) have been postponed due to low registration numbers. To date, 44 players have registered for the program that requires about 152 players to operate.
The decision comes after the SHA spent approximately $5000.00 on promotion and advertising of the new program, mailed information packages to every player registered in the SHA during the 2009-10 season, conducted two public information sessions and held thirteen registration nights in an attempt to recruit youth to the program.
“The SHA Board is very disappointed in the response to this program. We did everything we could to promote the program” said SHA President Ed Wahl. “We thought it was best to make the decision now so that the players that had registered could find a new place to play and the SHA would not be committing to the huge expense of ice time that would likely be wasted next season given the early trend in registrations.”
All players that had registered will be given a full refund. “We are offering a $100.00 discount to the 44 players that had registered for the MD program if they choose to register in the Scarborough Youth Hockey League House League Program” said Wahl, who did not rule out the possibility of offering the program in the future.
The SHA has restructured in effort to make operate in a way that is more in line with the numbers of participants it serves. The SHA was granted direct entry “A” status at all age groups in the GTHL League beginning in the 2010-11 season. A condition of that entry was that the SHA offer an alternative program for those youth displaced by the disbanding of the current “A” program in the SHA.
“We are convinced that the SHA made every best effort to make this program work for the coming season” said GTHL President John Gardner. “If the displaced players have not registered for this program, they have either decided to play house league hockey or have joined other existing hockey teams in the GTHL. We are convinced that all players have been accommodated and the responsible thing to do, both financially and for those that had registered, was to terminate the plans to operate this program. Therefore, the GTHL has removed the condition requiring the SHA to operate this program”.
The SHA will operate a full slate of “A” teams in the GTHL next season and the Scarborough Youth Hockey League, the House League Program of the Scarborough Hockey Association, will continue serving players at the recreational level in the Scarborough Community.
The Greater Toronto Hockey League is the largest amateur hockey league in the world. There are approximately 40,000 participants registered in the GTHL annually.
For further information please contact:
Ed Wahl, President
Scarborough Hockey Association
Scott Oakman, Executive Director
Greater Toronto Hockey League
(416) 636-6845 ext 224