Street Hockey Report for Monday 2nd February 2015

Eight points in this newsletter, all are meant to inform, solicit, or chastise. None will entertain. I hope you still read through to the end.

Cheers,

Chad

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1. Game on for Friday, February 6, 8-10pm at Musashi-Urawa.

- Address: Saitama-ken, Toda-shi, Bijyogi 1-chome-8 (埼玉県戸田市美女木1丁目8)

- Map: http://g.co/maps/9q8fv

- Getting there: Meet at Musashi-Urawa station, West Exit at 7:30-7:40

and split taxis. You can walk from Musashi-Urawa or Kita-Toda station. Some buses go near the rink.

- Games: Aim for 4 games (3 games of 2x10min periods, 1 game of 3x8min periods).

- Jerseys: Please bring both a white and a dark shirt to play in.

- Cost: Should be about 2500-3000yen per player. Goalies and gals are 500yen.

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2. Sign up for Friday, February 20, 8-10pm at Musashi-Urawa.

- Deadline: Wednesday, February 11 by 8pm

- Address: Saitama-ken, Toda-shi, Bijyogi 1-chome-8 (埼玉県戸田市美女木1丁目8)

- Map: http://g.co/maps/9q8fv

- Getting there: Meet at Musashi-Urawa station, West Exit at 7:30-7:40

and split taxis. You can walk from Musashi-Urawa or Kita-Toda station. Some buses go near the rink.

- Games: Aim for 4 games (3 games of 2x10min periods, 1 game of 3x8min periods).

- Jerseys: Please bring both a white and a dark shirt to play in.

- Cost: Should be about 2500-3000yen per player. Goalies and gals are 500yen.

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3. If you sign up, you pay

Sorry folks, time for me to be a bit harsh. If you have signed up for a game and don't show, the next time I see you I will ask for money for the missed game. As much as I don't want to have to do this, some people sign up and cancel last minute, meaning that fewer people are at the rink even though the total cost remains the same. Many times I have offset the difference, but other guys have contributed as well. So, from now on, I am going to implement an "if you sign up, you pay" policy and will enforce it with vigor. Grrrrr.

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4. Upfront payment

At the last game, so guys were offering to pay up front for a series of games. I am cool with that, so here is my proposal:

-12 games = 29,000 (2,417/game)

-6 games = 17,000 (2,833/game)

If you choose this route, please bring the money to the next game (Feb. 6th). I will credit you with the games you pay for, but you will still need to sign up as usual. The deadline to use up the game credits will be July 31st. We will have 14 opportunities to play between now and then. Of course, if the number of game cancellations is high, then I will either refund some of the money or carry it over to after the summer break.

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5. Schedule until the summer break

We will play every first, third, and fifth Friday of the month from now until the end of July. THe dates are

- Feb 6, 20

- Mar 6, 20

- Apr 3, 17

- May 1, 15, 29

- Jun 5, 19

- Jul 3, 17, 31

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6. Upcoming Tournaments

- The Mekong Cup (in Thailand) is approaching. If you are interested in joining, please let me know and I will put you in touch with either people from Tokyo who will go or the tournament organizers.

- The Koreans are thinking of holding a tournament in the spring, likely mid April. They are pretty keen to get us over there, so if you are interested, please let me know. If there is enough interest, I will start to put a team together.

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7. Call for photos

Over the next few months, Dave and I will be working to bring the website into the new millennium. Since the current website use quite light, low resolution photos, I am calling on you to share some of your HD pics so that our new website can be much more web 2.0ish.

If you have some GOOD photos of us hockey folk playing, drinking, etc. I would love to get them. HOWEVER, PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL THEM TO ME!!! Rather, share them with the hockey address (info@tokyohockey.com) through Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.

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8. Call for donations

After cracking a number of balls on Friday, I have found that my supply lines are running short. So, to help fund the procurement of new balls and the hosting fee for the new website, I am calling on you all for donations. I will leave the amount up to you.

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FIN

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