The Eastern Shore Hockey Association invites all boys and girls, ages 4 to 9, to The Talbot County Community Center on Saturday, February 23rd for a Try Hockey For Free clinic as part of USA Hockey's Come Play Hockey Month. Starting at 3:30pm local youth, ages 4 to 9, are encouraged to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basic skills in a fun, safe environment.
This event is for boys and girls that have little to no experience with hockey. If the boy or girl has participated in a learn to skate program or can stand up on skates, this is a great next step towards ice hockey.
TIME: Try Hockey For Free will start on the ice promptly at 3:30pm, so please plan on arriving at The Talbot County Community Center, Easton, MD at least 30 minutes prior for check-in and maybe earlier if you need to get fitted for skates and sticks.
EQUIPMENT: We will have instructors on hand to help suit up your child. We have very limited sets of full equipment to loan out and ask that you bring any equipment that you may have. If you have a friend or family member that plays or played ice hockey they may be able to lend you equipment. The Talbot County Community Center will provide rental skates for everyone that needs them. Every skater registered for the Try Hockey For Free is highly encouraged to bring their own helmet; Hockey helmets, bike helmets or lacrosse helmets will suffice.
What to wear: If you do not have any equipment, you will need to bring:
A loose-fitting pair of sweatpants or snow pants, a pair of gloves (they don’t need to be hockey gloves- mittens are fine), and a helmet if you have one.
Once you check in at the front desk, get skates, desired loaner equipment (availablity is first come first served), and get dressed. Once dressed all participants will line up by the rink door closest to the Home Team bench on the far side of the rink and wait to hit the ice.
ON-ICE EXPERIENCE: We will have plenty of certified and student coaches on hand to give your child a great youth hockey experience, they will get an opportunity to learn the basic skills of youth hockey and enjoy their first ice hockey game.
With a few exceptions, ESHA is an all-volunteer organization and we welcome everyone who wants to help. Without knowing much about hockey or being able to ice skate you can still help your child’s team and organization by volunteering.
Join the Eastern Shore Hockey Association (ESHA) Board of Directors to make a difference for our kids! There is NO hockey experience needed It’s a great way to meet people, not only within our local association but throughout the mid-Atlantic hockey community all while helping ESHA become an even better Association that it is today.
As per our Association’s By-Laws, our nominating committee is starting to look forward to the 2019-2020 hockey season and the offices that will need to be filled. We are at a critical point in these discussions as we have a number of positions that will be open and are REQUIRED to be filled. The terms of the following offices are coming to an end and the individuals currently holding these positions have held them for a number of years and either their children are aging out of the program or are not seeking re-election. At this time, we need to determine a slate of individuals who are willing to step up and lead the organization into the future.
Currently, the following elected offices will be open and MUST be filled:
Treasurer (finish out one year of a two year term) Registrar
We are also seeking volunteers for the following appointed/non-elected offices to be filled:
Chesapeake Bay Hockey League (CBHL) Representative
Scholastic Teams Representative
Webmaster/Social Media/Marketing Representative
To be honest we have been having a problem filling vacant offices. With that said, you might be asking yourself, “What will happen if no one steps forward to fill these positions?” That is an excellent question, and the unfortunate answer would be that we would need to start looking outside our association and would have to pay an outside person or company to come in and assist in managing our Association. Unfortunately, this will mean an increase in all player’s registration fees going forward. Please understand we do NOT want to go down that road but may not have a choice as we cannot, for the kid’s sake, let the Association fold.
A lot of these positions receive a discount towards your player’s yearly registration fee as well; see “ESHA Discount Programs” under the Forms and Documents/Policies Tab on the website.
Position / Office descriptions -
President: This position is a two year term (June 1, 2019 – June 1, 2021)
The “Chief Executive Officer” of the organization who shall be subject to the control of the Board of Directors and shall have general supervision of the business of the Association and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors are carried into effect. The President shall:
Preside at all meetings and shall be chairman of the Board of Directors ensuring the organization functions in accordance with the By-Laws of the corporation.
Supervise functions for various committees
Establish an Executive committee, as per By-Laws, to review Policy, Procedures, and determine updates to each as well as annual registration fees.
Ensures the ESHA By-Laws are current.
Be the final decision on the cancellation of games and practices (can be delegated to the VP).
In conjunction with the Treasurer, work with families needing to set up special financial arrangements for tuition. President must approve the payment plans requested prior to implementation.
Have the power to temporarily suspend any member for conduct considered to be detrimental to the Association. Said suspension will remain in effect until investigated by the Disciplinary or Coaching Committee
Execute all contracts of the Association, except where required or permitted by law to be otherwise signed and executed or except where the signing and execution thereof shall be expressly delegated by the Board of Directors to some other officer or agent of the Association.
Secretary: This position is a two year term (June 1, 2019 – June 1, 2021)
The secretary shall:
Attend and keep accurate records of all monthly ESHA Board of Directors and general membership meetings
Be responsible for recording and posting minutes of monthly ESHA Board of Director and general meetings to the ESHA Website
Sets up Board of Director’s meetings and prepare agendas.
Follow-up on actions assigned at the Board of Directors meetings.
Updates the appendices associated with the Policy Paper that require updating prior to the start of each season. Additionally, works with the President to update the Policy Paper as needed.
Give notice of all Board of Directors and general membership meetings
Perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or President, under whose supervision he or she shall be.
Treasurer: This position is a two year term, however, since the Treasurer will be stepping down at the end of this season, the member filling this position shall only complete the last year of the term (June 1, 2019 – June 1, 2020) but would be encouraged, not required, to hold a consecutive term. The outgoing Treasurer is willing to train and be available for the upcoming year.
In the absence of the president and Vice President, the Treasurer shall have the powers of the President. The treasurer shall manage the custody of the corporate funds and securities and shall:
Keep full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements belonging to the Association
Deposit all monies and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the Association in such depositories as may be designated by the Board of Directors
Disburse the funds of the Association as may be ordered by the Board of Directors, taking proper vouchers for such disbursements
Prepare a budget and submit it to the Board of Directors for approval every year by May 31st, prior to the hockey season.
Collaborate with the Registrar on registrations, setting up payments of fees/dues, and the collection of same
Works with families needing to set up special financial arrangements for tuition that must be approved by the President.
Notifies President and Hockey Director of tuition payment lapses.
Receives reviewed and approved home ice invoices from the Scheduler and ensures payments are made.
Reviews SHOA invoices following verification by Scheduler and ensures payment to SHOA.
Works with Hockey Director/Coaches/Team Managers for payments and fee collection.
Report the financial condition of the Club monthly to the Board and at all meetings of the Membership. The financial statement must show the funds separately as of the last day of the preceding month.
Make a full financial report at the annual meeting of the membership.
Prepare or cause to be prepared such tax reports and information returns as local, state, and Federal laws require. Supervise the filing of all reports required by law, including the annual returns required to be filed under the income tax laws.
Registrar: This position is a two year term (June 1, 2019 – June 1, 2021)
The Registrar shall:
Ensures the registration of all players and coaches and adds them to the appropriate team rosters within USA Hockey and ESHA websites.
Ensures the Registration of all players and coaches with CBHL/CCHL/EJEPL and USA Hockey.
Ensures new players have releases from previous organizations and provides releases for outgoing players.
Creates the official game rosters for both players and coaches within the USA Hockey portal and ensures CBHL, CCHL, and EJEPL rosters are approved prior to games.
New Players birth certificates collected and verified.
Issue uniform numbers for new players prior to start of season.
Ensure all coaches, managers, board member, and any other adults volunteers have completed appropriate training prior to any deadlines
Ensure all “on ice” adults are registered with USA hockey and approved as ESHA coaches.
Serves as the Safe Sport Coordinator (role can be delegated, if necessary).
The following offices are appointed by the Board of Directors and serve at the pleasure of the Board.
CBHL Representative: Represent ESHA at CBHL meetings and report information back to Board of Directors. Complete, record, and file any and all CBHL related documentation for the Association.
Scholastic Representative: Represents any of ESHA’s Scholastic teams in league meetings. Complete, record, and file any and all Scholastic team related documentation for the Association. He/she must also collaborate with the scheduler and Treasurer on respective matters.
Webmaster/Social Media/Marketing Representative: This Representative shall:
Be responsible for maintaining security of ESHA website
Provide and remove site access to restricted areas.
Ensure ‘roles’ have appropriate responsibilities.
Work with registrar to trouble shoot problems as needed.
Ensure both the website and Social Media are kept current
Be responsible for program promotion (local ads in papers, schools, radio, etc.), distribution of flyers at rink, ESHA bulletin board, advertising Grow the Game events.
So, put your skills and/or talents to work for a great cause, our kids! It only takes a couple of hours a month to help ensure our kids have a great hockey experience.
Fill out and return the attached application to me at
by February 1st, 2019. Voting will commence at the Annual Membership meeting at a date to be determined (most likely sometime in March).
PLEASEconsider volunteering and helping out your kid(s) and the Association!
So Your Kid Wants to Play Ice Hockey - Where Do You Start?
Make sure they like to skate, because as a hockey player they will be doing lots of skating. The Talbot County Community Center (TCCC) Ice Rink offers public sessions throughout the year. Bring your child and some of their friends to a couple of public sessions to see if they like skating, they might actually bump into some of our hockey players.
Once your child has decided they want to learn how to play hockey start them off with skating lessons at the Talbot County Community Center (TCCC) Ice Rink. The TCCC Ice Rink offers a Learn To Skate (LTS) program for all levels of skating, starting at 3 years old up to adult. TCCC provides three full LTS programs (six weeks) and one Mini Session of three classes. To see all of the programs offered by the TCCC Ice Rink go to their website at TCCC Skating Programs
Once they are able to skate we offer two options (depending on age):
1. We offer our very own Learn To Play (LTP) program. This is an option/program designed primarily for players who want to start playing hockey. This program emphasizes hockey skating skills and stick handling with an introduction to the game of hockey. The LTP program is for children ages 4-9 years old that are able to skate. If your child cannot skate, it is HIGHLY recommended that they take a Learn to Skate session. ESHA hopes to run three 6 week sessions throughout the 2018-19 hockey season; keep an eye on our website and Facebook Page.
2. Or, once they have learned how to skate, it is time to join our Easton Ice Hawks. Go to our website and register or contact our Registrar directly at
. All Kids 8 and under can participate in our program (again, they should be able to skate) and can join at any time. For players aged10-18, we hold tryouts in late April / early May for the upcoming season.