Apple Valley Hockey Booster Club

Who is the Booster Club?

The AVHS Boys Booster Club is a volunteer organization made up primarily of parents of Varsity and Junior Varsity hockey players, and we welcome all volunteers and hockey supporters. As most of you are aware, the financial support from District 196 has continued to squeeze all extra curricular activities and hockey is no exception. Coach Sikich, his staff and the teams need our support to maintain the tradition and success of Apple Valley Hockey.

2017-18 Booster Club Board Members:

Treasurer Jeff Melville  952-239-9608 
Secretary  Laura Knobel-Piehl  952-221-4227 
President Tony Hedberg  612-703-8366 
Website Stacy Cobb 952-857-9992 
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Board Member Expectations

President Overall accountability for booster club activities
Coaches liaison for team requirements
Oversees fundraisers to ensure budget targets are met
Vice President Oversees events and non-fundraiser activities to ensure budget targets are met
Secretary Board communications
Manages annual calendar and various reservations for events
Treasurer Manages general ledger and AP/AR functions for the club
Files taxes

What does the Apple Valley High School Boys Hockey Booster Club do?

Our biggest goal is to assist the coaching staff in having a first-class hockey program. In order to accomplish this, the boosters serve in 2 ways;
  1. Fundraising
  2. In-Season Extras
First a word on cost.
  1. As you well know, hockey is a very expensive sport.
  2. All of us know how much we have been paying for hockey for traveling teams, AAA, clinics, etc throughout the years.
  3. District 196 gives very little financial support to school sports, which is why there are booster clubs such as this one to provide an organized process to deliver the financial and volunteer support needed to successfully fulfill that gap. 

Here is a quick breakdown of what you can expect to pay
  • Captains’ Practice - $150 (usually starts mid-September and ends early November)
  • AVHS Activity/Participation fee - $200 (paid to AVHS prior to try outs and returned if not on Varsity or JV teams)
  • Booster Club fee - $675 JV/Varsity (could be less depending on fundraiser participation from previous year's Gertens Flower Sales)

A word on Captains' Practice

  • The booster club is not affiliated with captains’ practices
  • These are run by individuals independent of the high school and booster club
  • Usually begins around mid-September and runs up to try outs
  • This ice time is for potential AV high school players who no longer have Bantam eligibility
  • Full equipment is expected
  • No alumni
  • Attendance is taken
  • No rough play tolerated
  • Participation is optional, but if you practice you are expected to pay

Fundraising / Financial Needs

Each year Coach Sikich works very closely with the booster club board to prioritize the critical needs of the boys hockey program for the upcoming year or years. Here are some items that need to be taken care of every year:
  • Equipment repair/replacement
  • Gloves
  • Breezers and breezer covers
  • Practice jerseys and socks
  • Home jerseys and socks
  • Away jerseys and socks
  • Team jackets
  • Equipment bags All of this equipment is returned at the end of the season and needs to be repaired or replaced
  • Transportation to some away games
  • Assistant coaches’ stipend – the assistant coaches get very little monetary support for all of their time and effort. The booster club helps cover these costs.

In addition these are some of the items that make playing Apple Valley High School hockey special:
  • Team sweats
  • Team poster
  • Game programs
  • Alumni game
  • Face-off dinner
  • Dry land equipment
  • End-of-year banquet

All of this is handled by the fundraising efforts of the booster club and its fees. Our fundraising includes:
  • Program advertising/donations
  • Chuck-a-puck and concession duties (each home game)
  • Grocery bagging (mandatory)
  • Apparel sales
  • Shop with Scrip Fundraiser (optional)
  • Gertens Spring Fundraiser (optional)

In-Season Extras

We try to provide the boys with the “extras” that will make their high school hockey experience one they won’t forget.
  • Clothing sale
  • Face-off Dinner
  • Alumni game
  • End-of-year banquet
  • Posters
  • Seniors night
  • We pay for certain meals when the team is on the road