Sunday, March 30, 2008

Administrator and organizational news: summer hiatus

This post is really only of interest to MN Special Hockey board members, coaches, volunteers, etc.
I've cleaned up our site for the summer break, please take a look and let me know of any other changes to make:

Here's a quick summary of the changes:
  1. Revised team site to say we'll be back in the Fall. I'd like to add specific dates when registration will reopen if those are available please send to me.
  2. Revised the "about us" page to make it current.
  3. I changed the "Admin pages" link at the bottom of the first page.
The "Admin pages" link now goes to a password protected site. You need to login with your MN Special Hockey account. If you've forgotten that information I can send it to you. It uses some new Google Apps features and it's a big improvement on our old "start" page.

The old page is still around, but it mostly points to this admin site.

Please let me know of additional requests, changes, etc.

If I get dates for this Fall's registration I'd like to add those to our calendar and to the news page. I'd also like to add board meetings to the calendar.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Photos from 2007-2008 season finale are online

I've finally edited and uploaded the game and party photos. They're in our 2007-2008 photo album, starting here. There are about 140 photos.

If you run your mouse over a photo being displayed, you'll see a menu that allows you save a copy to your personal computer. You can also order prints.

Our web site photo albums page has a link to the 2007-2008 album, it also reminds us that the password for the photo album is "mnhockey".

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The off-season: City of Edina - Adaptive Recreation Golf

We had a terrific season. A huge thank you to our coaches, volunteers, staff, players and their support crew(s).

At our pizza party Sue Bradsher suggested we ad some web site resources about off-season activities for MN Special Hockey players. We don't yet have a summer hockey camp (one day?), but there are some adaptive sports programs our community has enjoyed.

I've heard good things about Edina's Adaptive Recreation program for winter skiing and spring golf. We're going to sign Tim Faughnan up to play, though we'll also be looking at what the Minnesota Special Olympics program will be doing this summer

City of Edina - Adaptive Recreation

The fees to register for AR&LE programs are broken into Resident and Non-Resident amounts. A Resident is classified as anyone living in the City of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina or Richfield. Non-Residents are considered to be those living outside of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina or Richfield. The difference in these fees is minimal.


Join golf pros Larry Nelson and Mike Grube for another fun filled season of golf. Learn about golf etiquette, basic skills and rules.

Golfers are supported on the course with volunteers based on their needs.

Date/Time: Fridays, May 2 —June 27 (no class on May 30) - 7:30 pm to dark

Location: Braemar Golf Course
Cost: $85 resident, $95 nonresident

Register by: April 14

Participants in the AR&LE programs need a completed profile. It's a form that's printed and mailed in. I'm sending it with our golf registration form.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Final game and end of year party today

Just in case anyone is looking for help!

The final 2008 game is today March 2008, per the South Stingers Schedule 2007-2008 and a recent post:
The Breck Ice Arena is at: 4210 Olson Memorial Hwy, Golden Valley. You can see it in this Google Map view. There's parking in back of the arena.

Coach asked us to be dressed and ready to go on the ice by noon. John F will take group photos before the game(s).

Saturday, March 01, 2008

South Stingers 2007-2008 Yearbook

We've published a "Yearbook" for the South Stingers. It has player profiles and pictures, but only first names.

The Yearbook can be found with a link in a new section of the MN Special Hockey - The South Stingers called "Yearbooks from past seasons".

I need photos for Maggie and Nick and a profile from James. I'll ask if someone can get that for me tomorrow as I'll be with our daughter in the stands.

I'd also like the coaches and helpers to send me a note from them. I'll add them and update the Yearbook.