Why don't you have Level X in my neighborhood?

by barbaragarn

Stillwater and Woodbury are definite no-go. There just aren’t enough JMSers out there to make it work.rnrnI don’t have time to write out what I have before about the factors that go into a session, but do know a few things:rnWhile you want this session, I’d need many more people to make it work. Not just 16 so we can play five-on-five with three subs, or 22 so I can break even on icetime. Because to make a session WORK, I need a much bigger pool of skaters; one week we’ll miss some regulars due to sickness, injury, working late, car trouble, out of town, etc. We need people who can fill in when those folks are gone. rnrnTo make a session successful, I need AT LEAST three times the number of skaters, because on any given week there will be more people not skating than sign up. Having a dedicated pool of about 70 people, skaters and goalies included, who are committed to skating regularly, is what I need to make a new session work.rnrnWhile one person–or even five people, or ten–can be very dedicated, that’s only a start. I can have ten friends who are super excited about having a session at a certain rink, but as you know that’s not enough for a game… and that assumes that none of them are out for the reasons listed above.rnrnAnd that’s not even getting into booking the ice. Figuring out 1. a day, 2. a rink with 3. available time not to mention 4. early enough, is really hard. Some people are unwilling to drive more than 15 miles to play. Or some won’t play after 10 p.m.–makes things hard in this state of hockey where youth associations eat up all the early times. And of course, day/rink/start time issues will mean some of our eager skaters choose not to play, thus lowering the critical mass available to make a session work.rnrnI want to empower you to help make a session work in your area. Given the factors above, what do you think you can do to help make it work?rn

How many skaters are you talking about? I’d need more than just the basic 16 to make it work–I have to cover ice costs (which does mean right around 22 bodies), and I have to have a big enough skater pool to draw from so that when James is sick, Bob takes his spot, or when Katie has to work late, Elsie wants to skate. It usually works best when I have about three times as many INTERESTED people in the pool as I need to skate on any given night, because other people will be otherwise occupied.

Because I keep level 1 for TRUE BEGINNERS, the skater pool for that level is rather low. People learn relatively quickly and move on to level 2.
But this means that there aren’t enough folks to hold multiple level 1 sessions around the Twin Cities. I try to book as centrally as I can, so everyone has to drive a reasonable amount. That’s just how level 1 is; you’ll drive a while, but then when you move to level 2, there are more options, and at level 3 even more than that. But level 1 with its limitations is something everyone has to go through–so please know that, while it is a further drive than Bloomington, it is not forever.

Solution is not to let everyone from L4 play L3 (which ruins…), it’s to get enough L4s to have their OWN skate.