Youth Hockey Volunteer Obligation
All winter youth hockey players must pay a volunteer obligation fee in addition to registration fees. The purpose of this fee is to keep registration costs affordable for players, by allowing families to “work off” the volunteer obligation amount. Using our new online registration system, credit or debit card information is securely stored and any amount due at the end of the season will be charged to the stored card. All house players at the Mite level and above have a $150 fee, and all travel players have a $250 fee. There is no family discount for the volunteer obligation, and if families have a mix of travel and house players, each player is charged accordingly.
Volunteer Obligation Options
Families may choose from any of the options below:
Paying Obligation Amount
Families can either pay the entire amount at registration or add the amount onto their registration payment plan. In families with multiple players, the family can choose to buy-out of each player separately.
Selling Cookie Dough, Caramels, Coffee, or Drinkware
Families can earn between 30–50% of their sales (depends on each sale and total amount sold) in volunteer obligation credit.
Scrip is gift card fundraising in which families purchase gift cards through an online program and Missoula Youth Hockey receives a rebate. Gift cards are available for more than 750 major retailers and allow families to raise money simply by using them for everyday purchases such as gas and groceries. Visit the ShopWithScrip website and click on the “Join a Program” button to enroll. The Missoula Youth Hockey enrollment code is FE4C17E21496L. You will need your bank account information to set up an account. The rebate percentage each retailer offers is the amount you will earn. For example, the Albertson’s rebate is 4%, so you would earn $4 toward your volunteer obligation with a $100 purchase. If you have any questions regarding the program or an existing order, please contact Jennifer Jacaruso, Scrip Coordinator.
Solicit a sponsor for a house youth hockey team or travel team and you’ll earn half the amount. You may also sell a Glacier Ice Rink advertisement and receive 25% of the ad’s cost (ads range from $525–$3,400). Sponsorships must be committed by October 1, with payment not due until February 1, 2022. Contact Laura Henning if you would like information or have a potential sponsor.
Donating Your Time ($7 /hour)
At $7 per hour, parents/players can work off their volunteer obligation by helping with the following youth hockey activities:
- Scorekeeping, running the clock or manning the penalty boxes for all non-tournament games held at Glacier Ice Rink. Each player/parent is responsible for submitting their hours to the fundraising coordinator.
- Acting as the locker room monitor for your player’s team. Locker room monitors must be Safesport Trained and Background Check cleared.
- Serving as Coordinator for the following activities: Safe Sport, Equipment, Scrip, Jerseys, Fundraising or Pictures.
- Coaching a house or travel team. Coaches must track their hours and report their hours monthly to the Fundraising Coordinator. Only on-ice and dryland training time can be counted; travel time does not count.
- Acting as a travel team manager. Managers will have the fundraising fee waived only for their player on the team that they manage.
- Any other approved activity. Must be approved by the youth hockey director or executive director.
Donating Your Time ($9/hour)
You may earn $9 per hour by helping with the following Glacier Ice Rink activities:
- Rink clean-up (sweeping and mopping locker rooms, sweeping and mopping common areas, cleaning underneath the bleachers, etc.)
- Working the concession stand during Griz games or as a skate guard during public skates (applies to youth players ages 16 and older)
- Other opportunities, which are listed below.
Equipment volunteers are responsible for equipment rental appointments primarily with Learn to Play participants, and some house and travel players. If you are someone who has great customer service and knows a little bit about hockey equipment, we would love to add you to our equipment volunteer crew! Equipment experience is a bonus, but no experience is necessary. Volunteers get to make their own schedules and all equipment appointments are scheduled through the Schedulicity app/website. We will provide training on our rental process. Equipment rental is an extremely important component of our program. Hours for this position vary but average 2 hours per week throughout the season. Our equipment rental needs fluctuate throughout the season, but the great thing about this volunteer position is that you get to make your own schedule and help when you can! Email Grace if you would like to join the equipment rental team.
Western Montana Fair Wristband Sales – August 10-14
Sell wristbands to people who are purchasing alcohol at the fair. Volunteers are needed in three locations over the course of the fair. Money from this project funds our Youth Hockey Financial Assistance Fund, which helps families with their hockey registration fees. Must be 21 or older.
Click HERE to sign up.
Post-Fair Rink Clean-up – August 15-17
Help us clean up the sawdust from the rink in time for a visit from the Vegas Golden Knights on the 18th! This is the perfect opportunity for kids
Click HERE to sign up.
The fundraising year runs from April 1 through March 31 of each hockey year. Volunteer hours worked after March 31 can be applied to the following season’s obligation. It is recommended that parents or guardians log their hours on a monthly basis. However, volunteer hours must be self-reported within 10 days of the end of each quarter (March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31) via the reporting form below.
Saralyn Houska, Fundraising Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org In order to receive information about new fundraising events, please make sure we have a valid email address on file for your family.