South Bend Senior Hockey League: Welcome

Sunday, March 22
South Bend Senior Hockey League






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Rink manager Mike klute 574-250-7814 cell









Dates for boot camp are as follows:


Tuesday March 17th 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Friday March 20th 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Sunday March 22nd 5:45 PM – 7: 15 PM

Tuesday March 24th 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Friday March 27th 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Sunday March 29th 5:45 PM – 7: 15 PM

Tuesday March 31st 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Friday April 3rd 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Fee: $ 80.00 for 8 sessions

Requirements: Full equipment is required. All skaters must be 18 years of age or older.

Those with questions, please contact

Michelle Michelle Mensik, Assistant Manager Ice Box Skating Rink 1421 South Walnut Street South Bend, IN 46628 Office: 574-288-3300 Ext 202 Fax: 574-288-2010 Cell: 574-286-0636



More information found here IB-2 is rink 2 on the north part of the building and IB-1 is the old rink on the west side of the building. I will post the times on the eteamz website. If anyone has questions for Michelle her email is cell number is 574-286-0636

The IYHL is having their annual membership meeting 3/24 @ 6:30pm at the ice box. They will be having elections and more information is on their website

Spring/Summer session will start April 6th or 12th. We will run through end of august. I am going to go with the same 18 games like last year. Team fee is going to be $3150. So if you have a 15 man roster it’s about $210 a guy or roughly 14 bucks a game. Obviously less if you have more guys rostered. More guys = less ice time= less $$$. My team rolls light and we pay more, but that's your call and I won't be telling guys who and how many they can roster. Tell your guys it's going to be between $195 and $235 per player.

I sometimes get criticized with sharing too much info, but that's how I roll. I like to back my figures up with facts, so here's how I came up with the $3150. Ice is $280 an hour and both refs make $25 a game. So its $350 a game split in half or $165.00 per team, per game. 18 games is $2970 just for the ice and refs.

Insurance was more than last year and I usually cover it with fees from winter. Ill cover it with the sax tax, which I will get to later. Guys joining the league please note that our insurance requires all players to have either a cage or face shield on your helmet, in order to play. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!

The rink charges a security fee, for the security guards in the parking lot during our games. The fee is $10 bucks a guy per season and I am going to base it on a 15 man roster, regardless if you have 12 or 17 guys on the team. I used to base it on a 14 guy roster, but it seems every summer the rosters get longer and longer. The average this winter was 16 guys. The money goes to the rink anyway, not in my pocket and whatever I collect doesn't come close to covering the expense the rink bears. In the past, before we had security, there have been break ins, but they have now been pretty much eliminated with the addition of the security. So, making it uniform across the board, it's based on 15 guys and it just makes it easier for me. I am not counting rosters or doing a head count. Some guys are on two or three different teams and have to pay these two or three times. I have heard every excuse in the book. Just pay it!!! So add $150 to the $2970 and were up to $3120.

There's a thing I affectionately call the "sax tax" which goes to cover my league fees, my time, creates a small surplus and gives me the peace of mind that I won't have to cover a deficit. Remember this late into the season, I am still chasing one team that has still not paid in full. I don't get rich off this, and it's extremely, extremely, extremely time consuming. I really enjoy running the league and hope nobody begrudges me. The continued growth of the league is testament, I hope, that things are going in the right direction. We're talking a summer budget of over 85k and a surplus of roughly $600 to work with. Not real huge margins here. We pay our ref scheduler a buck a game to schedule the refs. If scores aren’t posted, please contact phil nowak. He is getting paid for it, so if you don’t see them on the site, please bug him That adds $9 per team. I am also going to probably be looking into a new website with email notifications. Right now we pay about $200 a year for the eteamz site. I think it will be worth the extra money for the new website and if anyone has any other ideas, please let me know. I want it in place by spring league. I am looking at team snap right now, but I am open to anything. Lets just go with $30 for the sax tax to cover the scheduler and probably a new website.

League fees can be paid by Cash, personal checks, money order, or by PayPal (please add a 3% fee). I also take several post dated checks to make it easy for everyone. NO POST DATED CHECKS PAST JULY 1ST. I had some guys post date checks out to march for winter league. Sorry, no more!!! The PayPal link is on the eteamz website. Checks can be mailed to my house or dropped at the rink. There is a drop box now next to klutes office on the right past right when you come in the double doors. Even with this flexibility, I still have issues collecting from teams and individuals. Team Fees will be due April 6st. Teams won't be scheduled until they are paid in full. Captains get rid of the deadbeats. There will be guys looking for teams willing to pay on the free agent list. Pick them up, drop the dead weight!!!

Captains, there will be a captains meeting on Monday march 10th at 6:30pm. If you can't make it, you MUST send a representative; otherwise your team won’t be playing. We will discuss the usual. Refs are welcome and encouraged to attend. I would encourage those on the disciplinary board show as well. I will be posting the team rosters as they come in. Captains please let me know ASAP if you're fielding a team and even if you have partial roster I can post. There will be a link on the eteamz site to get there and it will be visible to everyone.

I will also be posting names and contact info of people looking for a team to play on. Please pick these guys up if you’re short. Many of these guys looking for a team are willing to pay up front, unlike a few of the regular guys on your team you have to beat the fees out of every season. If you are looking to play on a team, please email me with your contact info and what level you play at. Those looking for a team will be posted on the roster link, and I will try and shoot an email to the captains.

As far as game times. Last year we had 27(spring)/28 (summer) teams, and with one rink, we pretty much played every night of the week. I am anticipating the same amount of teams this summer. For the first few weeks in April and last few weeks in august we will pretty much play every night. Once we get to end of April we lose our Monday (dads and lads) and Thursday (A league) night’s slots. We will pick them back up in august. Guys need to be prepared to play any night of the week including Friday and Saturday nights. In the past, 7th day Adventists, fireman, policemen etc who have days they can't play, We will do her best to look out for them, but with not much to work with, expect the worst and hope for the best. I can't be any more blunt.

The senior league will be split up into B, C and rec. We will talk about placing teams at the captains meeting. Captains if you want to voice your opinion where you think your team is, then be there. The Rec league is going to purge some of their "C" players this spring and hopefully kick them up a division. If you aren't sure if you belong in rec league, then ask your captain, or just move up. We really need to keep the level of play down for those who belong there and who are just starting out. The C league, which was the original beginner’s league, has gotten so much better, but then again so has pretty much everyone else. When the rec league was introduced it really filled a void. We are at that point again. If people are there to play with family members, we can try to make acceptations, but beware, we will be making sure the spirit of the league is followed and adhered to.

So to recap: Boot camp in march

Captains meeting march 10th 6:30pm

$3150 per team 18 games Spring/summer league starts April 6th or 13th  

Jeff Sax

2804 s Twyckenham Dr

South Bend, IN 46614

219-898-5705 cell  773-945-1104 work  

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