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  • Golf Tournament Raises $7,000 for Wounded Warrior Project

    This past weekend our Belmont Golf Course hosted The Start Spangled Scramble, a golf tournament to benefit A Wounded Warrior Project. Through the generosity of all the sponsors, participants, volunteers, etc. $7,000.00 was raised for the Wounded Warrior Project.

  • An Inside Look at our Learn to Skate Program - Part II

    In my last blog I caught up with Beth Merz whose daughter, Brynn, is a participant in the “Learn to Skate” program at Reisterstown Sportsplex in Westminster, Maryland. Beth praised the efforts of all the instructors involved in the program. She went on and on about how kind and knowledgeable the staff is.

  • Lights, Camera, Action! The Best Hockey Movies to Watch on Valentine’s Day

    In my last blog I talked about some cool hockey-themed gift ideas and activities for Valentine’s Day. Well, for you movie-lovers who would prefer to stay home with your sweetheart rather than deal with the hustle and bustle of going out, here’s a list of some great hockey movies you can cuddle up and enjoy! Miracle - The moving true story about the 1980 U.S.

  • For the Love of the Game: Giving the Gift of Hockey this Valentine’s Day

    As you know, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. You’re probably thinking, “Yeah, so what’s that got to do with hockey?” Well, nothing really. Except that you’re likely trying to come up with a good gift idea, right?

  • GAME ON: The Role of the Hockey Parent

    Youth hockey is wonderful. The fun, exercise, healthy competition, enjoyment of team play and camaraderie...there’s so much for these kids to love! Of course, it can be just as rewarding for the parents as well.

  • Hockey 101: A Beginner’s Guide to the Rules of Hockey

    Let’s face it, ice hockey probably isn’t as popular as football, baseball or basketball. If you were to ask the average American what “checking,” “icing,” or a “power play” was, they’d probably look at you like you had three heads. In all my years as a hockey enthusiast, I’ve often asked non-hockey fans why they don’t like the game.

  • Types of Hockey Sticks and How to Tape Them

    Now that your child is all geared up for some hockey, it’s time to put a stick in his hand! Back in the early days, sticks were really nothing more than the piece of wood you whack the puck with. But over the years, the quest to make sticks stronger, lighter and more durable has helped develop the world of hockey into an extremely diverse one.

  • Gearing Up - How to Fit Hockey Equipment

    Now that you know how to find, fit, and sharpen your skates, it’s time to assemble the rest of your equipment. Being new to hockey, you may look at a player and feel somewhat intimidated by what’s exactly going on under the jersey. Not to fear though.

  • Ice Resurfacing: Tips on How to Get the Best Ice

    Ice resurfacing requires an odd skill set.  Some of the job is technical skills and some of it is artistic.  Anyone can perform the technical skills, but only a few people can take those skills to the next step by developing artistry. To highlight this concept further, let's take a look at how ice resurfacer drivers are typically trained and developed.  Most rinks either train people who want to drive the ice resurfacer, or those people who have the work-time availability to drive...

  • Preparing for Extreme Winter Weather: How to Winterize Your Operation

    As I write this in early October, I realize much of the nation is on the verge of experiencing extreme weather in one form or another. Seems like this year, 2011, has been extreme compared to many. While tornados and flooding are weather events that are usually unexpected and therefore unplanned for, winter weather is usually predictable in its methods.

  • Tips on Handling Difficult Guests at Your Recreation Facility

    Any facility open to the public will have a few guests who are not happy with the services rendered. I think this is a reality in life. As arena professionals, we have to deal with these issues in a manner that encourages repeat business.

  • Hockey for Beginners

    Howdy folks! It’s nice to be back. My next blog session actually won’t begin for a few more weeks yet.

  • Holiday and Seasonal Rinks – What it Takes to Create One

    My life has been consumed by holiday and seasonal rinks for the past couple of weeks. Growing up in New England, my perception of a seasonal rink was shoveling the snow off a swampy area behind my elementary school and then skating. One year, my family tried to build a naturally cooled temporary rink which failed miserably.

  • What to Look For in a Consultant

    The past two posts dealt with possible reasons to hire a consultant to analyze a recreational facility. Once the decision has been made to enlist a consultant's help, what kind of consultant should a facility choose? Whenever any job goes out to bid, responsible owners and managers always consider who to hire.

  • Continued...10 Reasons to Seek Consulting Help with Your Facility

    In last week's post, we discussed different reasons why hiring a consultant makes sense for athletic facilities in a variety of situations. We discussed five reasons, and here are a few more (in no particular order): #4 You are a municipality and your facility is 30 years old and needs replacing This situation is happening all over Canada and the Northern tier of states. Questions to ask include keeping the old facility open after a refurbishment, maintaining ice times if the old structure has t...

  • 10 Reasons to Seek Consulting Help with Your Facility

    From time to time, things change in both business and life. Coping and dealing with those changes can get a little more complicated if your life is involved in an ice rink or athletic facility. From municipal facilities, to the mom and pop shop down the street, every once in a while the organization could use a little outside help.

  • Is Direct Mail Marketing Still Effective?

    Anyone I talk to always complains about all the junk mail they receive in their US Mail box. I've signed up on web sites to remove myself from junk mailing lists. One of the more famous sites is DMAchoice.org which helps consumers receive the mail they want rather than everything.

  • Ice Hockey or Roller Hockey? A Guide for Newbies

    It's no secret devout ice hockey players swear ice is best, and hardcore roller hockey players say the same about their surface of choice. But which is actually better? Well, to know that you have to dig below the surface (pun intended).

  • How to Build Your Customer Base During the Summer Months

    As we hit the midst of summer, I find myself contemplating why summer patterns are so different than winter patterns. Our sales year is very busy from November to February, has a busy week in March when the kids are out of school, and dies down the rest of the year. I think that's what they mean by the ice skating business being seasonal.

  • Training Tips for the Off Season

    In the winter, it’s pretty easy to find ice. Here in Maryland, shallow ponds for skating and stick work are easy to find. But what about in the summer time?

  • Refrigerant Facts for the Ice Skating Rink Industry

    We've all seen our weather get warmer and storms get stronger. There is no doubt that the climate is changing. The causes of climate change are way beyond this blog, but here are two reputable sources that discuss potential changes: NASA and EPA.

  • How to Bake Your Ice Skates

    Buying new skates is great, isn’t it? Brand new, shiny, pristine blades with no dings, dents, or scuffs...awesome. Of course, all that new-ness comes with one drawback - stiffness.

  • Painting the Rink Again? Organizing for Large Projects

    Every year at the rink we run, Lloyd Center Ice Rink, we have a rose show for a week. This year I enjoyed the roses for the fourteenth time since starting to work there in 1998. Where do the years go?

  • How to Select a Good Refrigeration Contractor

    Meet our new blogger Don Baldwin! Don works as a Regional Manager for Rink Management Services Corporation and as an ice rink manager at Lloyd Center Ice Rink. Today, I work in a mall rink.

  • The Importance of Sharpening Your Skates

    Falling on ice is normal. Especially when it’s black ice in the driveway. Of course, I’m not really talking about that kind of ice.

  • Introducing Hockey Rob!

    We at Rink Management Services Corporation want to extend a warm welcome to our new blogger Hockey Rob! Rob (as the general public calls him) hails from Baltimore, MD and plays ice hockey at the Reisterstown Sportsplex. When he's not on the ice, he makes his living as a multimedia specialist, producing, shooting and editing everything from sporting events to feature films.

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