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December Monthly Board Member Update


By Shayne Ratcliff


Let the games begin!

High school games, youth games, tournaments, repeat…  Are you ready for another season of non-stop action at your facility?  Now is the time to double check and make sure you are prepared for whatever is thrown at you over the next four months. 

We all know that there are many types of situations that can arise that can make your facility look unprepared if your staff is not ready for it.  Broken dasher board glass, a score board failure or even a broken resurfacer are all things that take place each season which require additional training and a plan of attack.

In addition to being operationally prepared it is just as important to have a well maintained building.  I like to reference the old saying “you never have a second chance to make a first impression”; and this is no truer than in the arena business.  With the increase in out of town teams you will have many players, parents, grandparents, etc. that will be visiting your arena for the first time during high school games and youth tournaments.  I always like to take a walk through my building starting in the parking lot and working my way all the way through the restrooms and bleachers and imagine it is my first time visiting the building.  Burnt out light bulbs, broken door handles and graffiti on the walls are all things that could lead a first time visitor to wonder how long these things have been neglected and how well you really take care of your building.

Regardless of whether you host youth tournaments or high school games, take some time to review your staff preparedness and building aesthetics to ensure that everything is in order so you can showcase your facility at the highest level.




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MIAMA Members,

Please find attached the MIAMA Wild Game Social Flyer to sign up and get your tickets.  Please pay attention to the deadlines and pricing based on payment in full to Jon Balvance.

The earlier you get your order form and FULL payment into Jon the more $ you save on the ticket prices.

We look forward to another great social and a Wild win.  Any questions feel free to contact Jon Balvance or Dean Mulso.  Our contact information is below.


Early Bird Pricing – don’t forget to get your tickets ordered and payment in to Jon!

Here are the dates that prices increase:

$42 pd by 12/31/14

$47 pd by 1/31/15

To date we have 101 tickets sold – Don’t miss out!


Dean Mulso| Burnsville Ice Center
251 Civic Center Parkway | Burnsville, MN | 55337
952-895-4653 (Direct) | 952-895-4651 (Main Office) |
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Jon Balvance |
Rosemount Community Center


13885 S. Robert Trail


Rosemount, MN  55068




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For most of you the 2014-2015 ice season is underway. Hopefully all went well with putting in the ice and all the techniques we’ve learned over the years helps to simplify the process.

Just a reminder to you and your staff to continue to do your Air Quality Testing and other preventative maintenance to hopefully help in a stress free season.


High School and youth games will all be starting soon and with that comes lots of visitors to your facility.

This is a great time to really showcase all the great features your arena has to offer. It’s always fun to hear what people remember about each rink – It is cold?

How is the concession stand? Accessibility? The music? The refs? Have that extra piece of glass ready to go?

Its the little things that you do which make a big difference over the course of the season so have everyone fired up to do a great job!


Remember, we have a great network to help each other trouble shoot and problem solve through MIAMA so don't hesitate to use our forums, website, or simply call a colleague to help you along. That’s what MIAMA is all about.


Good luck to everyone on a great season!

Dave Umlauf

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We are well into October and the 2014 MIAMA Fall conference is a distant memory.   As the seasons change from summer to fall and our mornings feel a little more brisk, it feels more and more like hockey season. (although some folks never really seem to have an off season)   A new season once again will offer several new issues big and small, new challenges, new solutions, new ideas, reusing old ideas we have not use for years, meeting new coaches, seeing new faces, and reconnecting with old acquaintances and friends.

One of the changes going into the 2014-15 season is welcoming 4 new MIAMA Board of Directors:

Troy Ceirnia (Willmar), John Cole (SPA Drake Arena), Mike Newton (Cottage Grove), Jon Balvance (Rosemount)

Another change is the launching of on its new platform. There are several member rinks that have not updated the information on the new web page. With the changes we have done in redesigning this web page it makes it easier for mobile use so that people can find your rink and know about what is happening at your ice arena. If you have not updated the new please go to for directions to do so.

Good luck to each and every one of you on your upcoming seasons

"Remember, I'm pullin' for ya'.  We're all in this thing together."
                                           -Red Green 

Craig Flor

2014-15 MIAMA President