The New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Club is committed to delivering a professionally run, comprehensive youth hockey program. The goal of our program is to create an atmosphere that will: foster player self-confidence, develop high self-esteem, and build strong character. We provide a qualified professional staff to instruct our players and offer state of the art programs that are designed for youth to learn and play the sport of ice hockey. Our programs are structured to provide players with the latitude for individual growth that will enable each participant to reach his or her maximum potential as an individual and help to prepare them to succeed in life's competitive environment. The cornerstone and driving principle of this organization is our Commitment to the development of our youth.
The New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Club is dedicated to providing ice hockey programs that are focused on helping youth of all ages and skill levels to learn the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, commitment, self-esteem, discipline and responsibility. The underlying goal of our Program, is to promote and instill these fundamental values within each individual to last for a lifetime.
The origins of the Club date back to July 15, 1974, when the Essex Rocket All Stars Hockey Club was formed. The Rocket All Stars skated teams out of two Essex County operated rinks, Branch Brook Park and South Mountain Arena. From those humble beginnings the club has developed into a premier youth hockey organization, operating out of the Richard J Codey Arena at South Mountain in West Orange NJ, Union Sports Arena, and the AmeriHealth Pavillion in Newark NJ. We currently offer nearly 30 teams for players aged 6 – 17. We also have approximately 80 players enrolled in our Learn to Play programs as well as a thriving Sled Hockey program for players with mobility impairments.
Over the years, the club has proudly advanced countless players to New England prep schools, Colleges and the professional ranks. In 2015 we celebrated our 25 year anniversary and we look forward to the next 25 years of serving hockey players of all abilities in in northern NJ.
The New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Club is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) incorporated non-profit organization with a Board of Trustees. There is no ownership of the organization. We have gone through a number of changes over the course of our 40 year history, but our status as a non-profit organization has never changed.
The most recent major change to our Club structure occurred in July 2010, when the New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Club, an unincorporated non-profit organization, ceased to exist and was replaced by Junior Devils Inc D/B/A New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Club, an incorporated non-profit organization. When we adopted the current version of our By-Laws in 2010, we moved from an elected Board of Directors to an appointed Board of Trustees.
Our Board of Trustees consists of seven members, three of whom no longer have players in the organization, three of whom currently have players in the organization, and the Managing Director. The Board is responsible for overseeing the financial health and general operations of the organization and the Operations Committee, a subset of the Board, is charged with supervising our day-to-day activities.
Devils Youth has two full-time employees, the Program Director John DiNorcia and the Managing Director. The Directors report to the Operations Committee and the Board of Trustees, though we are given considerable autonomy when conducting the daily business of the Club. The Program Director supervises all on-ice activities, oversees coaching assignments and player evaluation and selection, and works with our coaches to set instructional goals for each team. The Managing Director is responsible for all off-ice aspects of the business including payroll, bookkeeping, accounts receivable and payable, scheduling, and registration.
The Directors receive support from a number of part-time and seasonal staff members. Our Associate Program Directors Adam Diglio and Steve Riley, Goaltending Director Tom Fogu, Program Managers, Senior Coaches, and our 50+ team coaches are all under the supervision of the Program Director. Our Office Manager Darren Besida and Master Scheduler Cathy Volonnino report to the Managing Director.
For the 2015 - 2016 Season, the Club has 427 athletes playing on 29 travel teams from Mite through Midget. We also have approximately 60 players enrolled in our Learn to Play programs held on Friday evenings and a thriving Sled Hockey program for players with mobility impairments.
As a non-profit organization, we are required to report our expenses as either Program or Non-Program Expenses. Program Expenses are monies spent directly on our players, including coaching salaries, equipment and uniforms, ice, referees, and tournament expenses. Non-Program Expenses include insurance, utilities, administrative salaries, office equipment, printing, and professional services. Charity Watch, a non-profit watchdog and information organization, considers a charity to be Highly Efficient when 75% of income is spent on programs. At Devils Youth, we are proud to say that 78¢ of every dollar is spent directly on our athletes.
We have set ourselves a goal to make one capital purchase each season that will add value to our program and improve instruction. During the 2014-2015 season we purchased two sets of ADM Cross-Ice Dividers which allows us to have cross-ice Mite games on both rinks simultaneously or to have three 6 & Under games on one ice surface. (Our older players have enjoyed the cross-ice boards for small-ice games too!) This season, we purchased Game Breaker video analysis software which will allow coaches to easily break down game tape for instructional purposes.