A regularly scheduled board meeting of DYHA took place on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 7:30pm at Stamford Twin Rinks.  Present board members were Todd Halloran, Frank Cataudo, John von Stade, Art Flynn, Jeff Eccleston, John Fraser, David Hill, Larry Paredes, Lisa McCarthy, Nick Hathaway, Dave Kreppein, Dave Johnson, Kevin Cassidy, Pete Canelli and Gigi Williams.
The timing of returning player registration was discussed in light of the timing of when new season USA Hockey registration numbers are available.
The communication to waitlist candidates was discussed, including procedures, timing and email blasts.
Concussion Discussion
The board discussed the topic of concussion testing.  Discussions regarding baseline concussion testing ensued.  A proposed policy was then discussed requiring written medical clearance from a doctor before a player that has been diagnosed by a doctor to have sustained a concussion can return to play.  The board determined that education and information will remain an ongoing focus throughout the season.
Boy’s Travel
Constructive feedback from parents, coaches and off-ice board members was discussed, as the board continues to refine the tryout process.
  • Timing vs. start of school
  • Number of sessions midweek
  • Number of players at all levels in line with expectations and vs. prior year
    • Mites – 56 skaters / 3 goalies
    • Squirts – 68 skaters / 5 goalies
    • Pee Wees – 57 skaters / 8 goalies
John von Stade addressed the need for Goalie Development in tandem with House programs.
The Board also discussed matters regarding: (i) an injured tryout candidate and (ii) two candidates for impact player spots.  Questions were asked and answered regarding the matters discussed above.  Based on recommendations provided by the relevant coaches and independent evaluators, a majority of the directors that do not have a conflict with the matter submitted to a vote, approved the two impact players, one at Squirts and one at Pee Wees.
With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 10.10pm.
Gigi Williams