Janessa sleeping in her car and smoking in the Zamboni Room
1/1/19 After informing Zeke that the day would be extremely busy (New Years Day - kids off school - - nice weather) there was only one rink attendant on duty. He was so incredibly busy - people had to wait. Unfortunate! Later in the day the attendant was joined by another member of the recreation center staff who had no knowledge or training on handing out skates, etc.
1/2/19 The inner warming house opened up almost 15 minutes late. There was a line of people waiting. Someone who had no experience as a rink attendant at Groveland was sent up to open up. His keys didn't work - - he had no idea where the skates were or how to hand them out - - Zeke finally arrived and apologized for being late. He indicated it took him longer in the shower than normal and apologized.
1/3/19 John and I have been waiting since 10/22 for some direction from Patti on a) whether the 4theloveofpuck tournament is officially a go, b) the schedule, and c) lockerroom issues / chili cookoff / electrical concerns. To date we have heard nothing. Jim will send an e-mail to Patti.
1/3/19 Text of e-mail to Patti: Patti,
As of today, January 3, 2020, we are exactly two weeks away from the “proposed” 4theloveofpuck hockey tournament at Groveland Ice Rinks and we (the volunteers with Groveland Ice Rinks) still don’t have any idea about:
- have you, as the project /program manager, officially decided the tournament is a definite go? Last time we spoke you indicated you thought so but were working on a revised proposal that you were going to be presenting to Caz. Did he accept your proposal? If so - - can you forward it to me? Without having anything for reference - - I have some additional questions.
- is the tournament scaled down from three days to just a day or possibly two days like you’d mentioned / considered a while back?
- what is the game schedule so we can arrange for volunteers to adjust their professional work schedules and be available to Zamboni the ice between games? (Note: Yes, many of us work on weekends and so we need time to plan in advance. Just a basic courtesy.)
- have the locker rooms been finalized? What’s the plan? (Caz stopped down to the rinks several weeks ago and an idea was bantered around about putting up a couple temporary walls)
- there was talk about a chili cookoff - - we blow circuits with the hot chocolate and rink attendant space heater running - - a plan needs to be put in place to accommodate additional electric needs with an already problematic situation (remember the McLeod Tournament last year? Blowing circuits?).
- you mentioned something about a skating party during the weekend? Has that taken shape, what does it look like, and what are the needs?
- what should be done with social media to “market” the weekend to inform the public?
- has Rec Center staffing for the tournament been addressed so we’re sure to have the help needed?
- what other help and support is needed?
It sure would be nice to know what’s going on!
1/3/20 Rink Attendant neglected to turn off the PA system when he closed.
1/4/20 Jim sent Zeke a draft of ideas for Rink Attendant Responsibilities on 12/16/19. Zeke said, "let's go with this." It has now been around 3 weeks and last year's list of responsibilities are still posted in the Rink Attendant Office instead of being taken down and the new / updated list posted. Jim will provide Zeke another copy so it can be posted.
1/6/20 Jim posted Rink Attendant Duties and removed last years. The Rink Attendant on duty left the PA system and radio on AND they neglected to bring in one skate trainer.
1/6/20 e-mail to Patti Schwartz
Just a quick note to confirm the conversation we had earlier today.
- You have confirmed the tournament is a definite go for January 17 – 19.
- You have approved the game schedule (below) as provided by Adam and Caz.
- ALL games must be played on the EAST rink.
- The Groveland Ice Rinks volunteers will resurface (as conditions / time allow) between games. Not knowing the game length - - logic, and looking at the schedule, would imply the game time is an hour? If so, we will need every minute of the 20 minute break to clear the rink, Zamboni the ice, and, if temperatures permit - - time for the water (if we can put a coat down with the Zamboni) to set up in preparation for the next game. Let’s hope for colder temperatures so 1) the surface doesn’t take such a beating, and 2) so water CAN be put down between games. The volunteers will do our best (as we always do) to make sure our 4theloveofpuck guests have the best ice possible for the conditions mother nature gives us and the beating it will take because of heavy usage.
- Reminder - - there is a standing / weekly ice rental on Saturday mornings from 9-11. We will direct them to use the West rink for that day only.
- Groveland Ice Rinks volunteers (per your directive) will NOT be involved in or responsible for anything other than taking care of the ice. This includes (but is not limited to) any set-up & tear down; arrangements for power and electricity needs; locker room accommodations and warming house logistics; restroom monitoring / cleanliness; marketing and social media; chili cook off; adequate Parks and Rec staffing to handle the typically large crowds we have on weekends AND a tournament, too; the family skate; equipment (tables, chairs, other), etc.
- Groveland Ice Rinks assumes you and Zeke will be on hand for all set-up and operational hours of this event / each day to support Caz and his group’s needs as well as handle all public relations issues / questions / directions / facility access / etc.
Last, if the weather does not cooperate (either is too warm or we have a snow storm on any of the tournament days) we will do our best to keep you appraised of any delays or changes that would be expected to the schedule.
Groveland Ice Rinks
First game of the tournament was delayed because everyone felt they needed a 1/2 hour warm up - - then at least 6 people (all of which did not include Cas or Adam) were complaining the rinks needed Zamboni-ing
The tournament started with a lot of inflexibility on the part of the players regarding weather
Repeatedly had to ask participants NOT to be drinking alcohol on the premises
Considerable amount of fowl language in the warming house area - - "God, it's fucking cold out there!"; "I could hardly see the fucking puck!";
Players changing in non-locker room areas - especially Friday night (yes, there were not many people from the community there but grown men should NOT be changing around children - - PERIOD!
Players blocking the main hallway with their bags and not using the the assigned locker rooms (especially Friday night)
Zeke was stretched too thin and not always available because he had to snowblow - - attendant window was closed a lot Friday night.
Regular attention to garbage and bathroom cleanliness was handled by volunteers
Patti never showed up for anything - - oh to be sure her husband's health comes first - - but to not even stop down to witness and observe anything to do with the tournament seems a bit odd (since she is the programming chair for the site). And, at no time did she ever check in with Jim Johnson and ask, "how are things going?"
No one from the city (i.e. Janessa) was on duty at any time during the weekend so Groveland Ice Rink Volunteers had to shovel the steps, etc.
Garbage containers were not placed throughout the area
Volunteers had to regularly pick up bottles and can (beer) throughout the area
Players finally adapted to the weather and helped shovel on Friday night
Chili cook off was great
Vendors were really respectful (Aersenol - especially)
Zeke and Elijiah did a great job - - but Zeke spread too thin!
Adam, especially, was GREAT to work with. Always asked, "how can I help." Cas a lot less - - he simply asked for stuff and wasn't eager to help.
Jim had to put away chairs from the tournament (there were 5 padded chairs out on the ice); Jim did the bathrooms; Jim needed to ask Zeke to get a second person on duty (Zeke knows better - it is a Holiday); sidewalk between the Rec Center and the Warming House not shoveled - - we had a wheel chair guest (mono skate) that could not navigate his way to the warming house. Many of us helped. Jim and Ahmed shoveled the walk. Jim stayed and helped the young man get back to his car.