RANDOLPH, NJ - With hockey season wrapping up at the end of March, the recreation hockey program reported good numbers at the younger levels, according to hockey committee member Brian DesRosiers. Middle school registration is “lighter, but they should have enough to field a team in the Morris County Hockey League in the fall,” he reported.
Travel hockey programs have grown, which took some players from the recreation teams. Recreation works with the travel teams to keep kids playing on both, but “logistically it’s hard to know who’s coming to which game and who has a travel game,” added Recreation Director Russ Newman.
“Thankfully, the Randolph kids love to play together, and parents are generous enough to allow them,” DesRosiers said in the report. “Our hockey community continues to be a strong little group, both of the parents and the kids that works well together.”
The hockey committee plans to reorganize, and they reached out to all participants to find new members. The current members have been involved for many years, and their players are graduating from the program, Newman commented.
This reorganized hockey committee will be responsible for developing new by-laws and better communication for the overall program.
DesRosiers was unable to attend Thursday’s Recreation Committee meeting, but Newman shared the report on his behalf.
Other recreation programs are seeing strong numbers this year, as well, specifically day camps and teen camps, according to Recreation Assistant Director Jeanne Montemarano.
“It seems like on a lot of them we’re having an uptick, so we’re coming back around.” Montemarano said. “Some of the programs are doing pretty well, and we’re up by 25-30 kids, which is great because for years we were seeing decline.”
The Recreation Department stays busy from January through April “because we’re getting everything ready for spring -- all of our equipment ordering -- and summer, all the summer trips, the summer camps,” Montemarano said. “All of that has to be done before we can even register for the summer camps.”
Teen camps filled up within three days of registration opening, and day camp registrations have exceeded registrations for this time last year.