As per previous communications, the WMHA Board of Directors met earlier this month to review how our house league programming was impacted by the Town of Whitby strike.
Seasonal Planning Background
The Town of Whitby serves many user groups within our large community and there are several weekends where WMHA does not own the ice within the hockey season.
These events are scheduled in advance of our registration process and are taken into account when setting our schedule and rate. Examples of these are the WGHA tournament, the Whitby Wild Ringette tournament, our International Silver Stick tournament as well as other OMHA activities.
The International Silver Stick is the only event hosted by Whitby Minor Hockey. The proceeds from this volunteer run tournament help lower our registration rates for house league players. It also provides scholarships opportunities for post-secondary WMHA players and contributes to local charities. It is important our members understand the benefits of having this event.
Unfortunately, the Town of Whitby strike, couple with these prescheduled events, created inconsistencies within our house league program. WMHA recognizes this has led to a disappointing season for some of our house league members however,
WMHA wants to stress the importance that we place on our house league players, parents and volunteer coaches. Our community programming is at the core of our association.
How is WMHA compensating for ice lost to the Town of Whitby Strike?
House League Programming Costs
In order to understand the review process, members need to cognizant that in the house league program there are two types of costs. One-time costs incurred regardless of the number of hours provided and costs that are incurred per ice time.
One-time costs include:
· player insurance
· insurance for bench staff
· player/team photos
· year-end medals or swag
· credit card fee on registration
· team registration with the OMHA
· equipment purchased for programming such as goalie equipment
· administrative costs WMHA incurs to operate
The WMHA Board of Directors have reviewed the per ice time costs saved during the strike. The board estimates the cost saved per house league player as a result of strike is $75.
WMHA is offering house league players a credit of $175 towards the 2024-2025 season. This will be placed on the player’s HCR profile and be reflected when the player registers for next season.
If a player wants a refund in lieu of the credit then a refund of $75 will be issued.
Refunds must be requested by completing the following form
House League Refund Request- only complete if you would like a refund and not a credit towards the 2024/25 season
Deadline to request a refund in lieu of a credit is March 15, 2024.
Where possible refunds will be processed through the Hockey Canada Registration system directly back to the card used at registration time. If the refund is not able to be processed (card closed) then a cheque will be issued.
Mark Elsenaar, President and the WMHA Board of Directors