August 28, 2020
Ice Dog Goalie Families –
Last season, the decision was made to build a goalie development program predicated on historical feedback we’ve received from many of our families whose player stands between the pipes. Based on feedback of a first-year program, the responses were positive overall.
Conversations between IDHA and GDI took place over March and April constructing what this season would look like. Amid doing so, COVID-19 became a frightening reality. Over time, the topics of conversation changed to what is the 2020-21 season going to look like? Will there be games? How will IDHA / Glacier set standards to protect our players and families? Many other questions that have also been addressed the past several weeks. Talks continued into this week and a decision has been made to put a pause on the dedicated development program for the 2020-21 season. This was made predicated on the uncertainties about game play and the safety of our players and families. In lieu of this change in direction, we are going to reinstate the 25% reduction in fees this season. It’ll take us a bit of time to process and/or apply these credits for each family so please be patient while we outline how that’ll play out.
The natural response to this change is if the season will not include dedicated goalie instruction, what will be made available to such an important position in hockey. The board is already working towards a plan to bring instruction and development this season, in addition to the hours of ice time committed to each team. Again, this recent change requires fast thinking and coordination so please be patient while this is pulled together and communicated to each of you.
As we have over the past few weeks with everyone involved at the Ice Dogs, specific updates will be passed along to each of you as they are confirmed. Please know for the future that the ultimate goal is to resume this dedicated program for the 2021-22 season. Given the time we have to evaluate potential improvements of our goalie program next season, we’d welcome suggestions and involvement from individuals to weigh in and push it forward.
If there are any questions, please feel free to reach out. We will follow up at our earliest opportunity.
Ice Dogs Hockey Association
**Certainly things may be a little restructured due to the new phase mandates for hockey (games), but the program is still a great precursor to the upcoming tryouts for our Ice Dogs Travel Teams.**