Note: Returning families should already be familiar with this information. This is primarily to help families new to travel hockey, or new to our organization, understand costs typically associated with an average season.
If your child, or their older siblings, have already played Tier 2 Travel Hockey, then you probably already have a sense of the costs involved with Travel Hockey. However, if you’re new to Travel Hockey, or new to our Organization, you might be wondering what kind of a financial commitment that you’re considering signing up for.
The majority of our expenses are for ice rental, followed by tournament costs, referee fees, coaching stipends or reimbursements, hockey development director, and for the older teams there are off-ice training expenses. We will also incorporate the Power Edge Pro (PEP) gear and methods into our teams’ drills and practices this coming season.
Last season, the average monthly expense per player ranged from around $150 per month to over $350 per month. However, actual expenses will vary each month primarily depending on the amount of ice time that your team uses, and the expense and number of tournaments that your team commits to. Older teams tend to use more ice as they have more full-ice practices and they have more home games (not subject to the “Peoria Rule”) and their games are longer and require an additional referee(s).
In addition, you should remember to budget for your own out of pocket travel expense (e.g. fuel, lodging, and food) that you will incur for out of town travel expenses for out of town games, tournaments, and your gear.
As a non-profit organization, our primary source of income required to pay the expenses above is monthly invoices to parents of players. However, team or organizational fundraising (e.g. sponsors, dine to donates, etc), as well as volunteerism grants can help lower the amounts due from individual families.
Please contact our Organization Treasurer, Matt Nave (email@example.com) or your Team Treasurer with any questions.
Thank you and Go Thunder!
In June, our hockey community lost a great man. Joe Olson spent the last 13 years in Bloomington/Normal helping to build and support the hockey program that many of us play in today. He will definitely be missed. Per the Olson family wishes, donations in Joe's memory can be made out to: Bloomington Youth Hockey and mailed to PO Box 3454, Bloomington, Illinois 61702.
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