Shoot, remember the Poland Hockey Team? That club was amazing. Canfield is still going strong. Even the Mooney/Ursuline Hockey Program was amazing.
I think it did give EVERYONE a chance to step back and look at the bigger picture. The skating families being placed under pressure to sell tickets, Mr. Zoldan realizing something isn't right, Ice Zone management time to step up (still haven't seen that)...it has definitely made people look at their options and make choices.
Hopefully by this article and some of our comments alone, local businesses and the Covelli Center can see what a difference these sports make in many kids and adults lives. Hopefully we can pick up where we left off...
April 15, 2013 at 2:11 p.m.
DOGBYTE though I do believe that we are fighting for the same side...I think you need to look in to your statement of "competent qualified coaches".
All of the coaches for figure skating have to take numerous certification requirements. Hockey had the coaches...but they don't want to be associated with the rink. Have moved on to others.
What do the followers get left with, the ones who have been faithful to the rink get? Nada...zip...nothing!
April 15, 2013 at 12:41 p.m.
Totally agree with you UETZ, there was a point in time when it was an enjoyable atmosphere at the Ice Zone. That place was a great place to be on weekends and during the week for practices.
There was never a weekend that you didn't have at least 3-4 hockey games, high school and youth games. There wasn't a weekend that you didn't have a PACKED Phantoms crowd. Hard to believe, YSU even got a turn out at games. Lessons had to happen three times a week for the skating program and hockey stick time sessions barely had any room on them. The pro shop had booming sales of apparel and equipment.
So yes, if I was in Mr. Zoldan's case the decline in participation in all I have to offer would make me stop and think "why are my numbers so low, why am I no longer making any money" and then, maybe if I went to my location every so often and could see the decline of the building, the horrible upkeep and cleanliness, maybe then my eyes would be open to the fact that obviously SOMETHING isn't right here.
Stop and take a chance and listen to your customers Mr. Zoldan, maybe not so much your "right hand" people. People are leaving to go to rinks that have a proper structure and upkeep. That can sell people ice time when they want to turn over their money, not be turned away because no one wants to wake up earlier and be there at the building, or be there any later then they have to.
It would take some time, but if you get the right people helping, that rink can be something great. There are a million suggestions constantly going around the rink. Bring an exercise area upstairs, bring back the bands, turn the other rink into a indoor soccer or baseball cages, bring back the PHANTOMS!
It isn't because of the decline in participation of ice sports. That the demand isn't here in this area. There are groups coming from all over the state and surrounding areas that want ice time. Not just for the use of playing hockey or figure skating...try sled hockey, broomball, and more! Previous poster even said they were taking lessons but are now going elsewhere. It is kind of like that saying "if you build it, they will come"....make some changes, reopen, and invite people to see the new!
April 15, 2013 at 11:34 a.m.
WOW Metz I would like to know WHERE you are getting your information from?! Check your resources...TOTALLY mistaken...
WE, the skating families, didn't give up, we were given up on...WE, the skating families, planned and asked NUMEROUS groups and businesses who showed little to no interest. So we went a different route to plan a great event on our OWN to be held at the facility. That was CANCELLED as well.
I think before you post things that are FALSE you should double check your facts.
April 15, 2013 at 7:25 a.m.
What a smart businessman! Way to go MR. Zoldan, threaten your customers with what they need, that gets the job done. Logical business practices indicates that when you don't have something customers want, they go elsewhere to get it...
...which is what the families of the Ice Zone are doing! You have left them no choice! Mr. Zoldan let the rink decline. This isn't because parents, skaters, and young kids of public session and lessons have not attended. This is because of poor management, lack of facility upkeep, and an I don't give a crap attitude. He said it in the article himself! He doesn't have time!
So you don't care, pass it on to the people who want their children to exceed in sports! Who want their kids active in the area in which they live, not travel to Pittsburgh or Cleveland for ice time, and patronize out of area businesses. Take a look at the amount of scholarships that are given from skating programs, to athletes of ice sports in general. Or better yet, dig a little deeper and take a look at the amount of trophies and medals won by these kids hanging on their walls and shelves.
Bottom line is parents and skaters DID support the plan to sell tickets, and they did do all things possible. We can't make people buy something they don't want, and people that don't want to support Mr. Zoldan, but want to support the skating were told they weren't allowed to process their donations in that matter. A major fundraising event cancelled, kids left without a training facility...just sad....
...but yet you have 5-6 employees there at your slowest time "working". More like sleeping in the concession stand, sitting eating on the counters, or "hiding" when a person wants to pay for ice time. Oh yes, let me hand over my $240 for tickets so I can spend another year in a place like that...
April 14, 2013 at 10:08 a.m.