May 20, 2014 6:41 pm
Updated: May 20, 2014 6:42 pm

Hockey Regina facing volunteer crisis

Hockey Regina president Stephen Eger hopes the organization can improve communication with members, which might encourage more parents to get involved.

Derek Putz / Global News

REGINA – Stephen Eger says he had a ‘sick feeling’ about a recent Hockey Regina annual general meeting.

Eger, the organization’s president, says the meeting had a poor turnout, with fewer than the 75 members required to form a quorum to vote on decision items.

Many hockey parents have told Global News they’re too busy to volunteer, with other kids’ activities playing a role – they didn’t even have time to meet for on camera interviews on Tuesday.

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A letter to members shows the growing frustration, as Hockey Regina challenges parents to offer just a few more hours.

“Handing out jerseys … opening gates to ensure kids are getting fair ice time during evaluations,” Eger said. “It can be a pretty small contribution, but those things really help us get things done as promptly and quickly as we can.”

It’s a different story with other minor sports.

In football, an activity like helmet cleaning brings out 20-40 volunteers a night.

But it may come back to the cost of the sport – football registration fees in Regina are less than half of hockey.

“(Parents might say football) doesn’t cost a lot, so I don’t mind putting in an hour selling 50/50’s or an hour doing yardsticks,” said Regina Minor Football executive director Len Antonini.

Hockey Regina hopes it can improve communication with members, which might encourage more parents to get involved.

A special Hockey Regina meeting is being held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Queensbury Convention Centre.

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