Bay Arena’s suit­ing up

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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

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 tech- nical 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.

Com­pass file photo

Bay Arena mi­nor pres­i­dent Scott Cros­bie.

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