Welcome back to another year of youth hockey. Here's a bit of information about some of the happenings right now for the South Windsor Youth Hockey Association
As everyone should be able to see, we have set up the schedule for the first few weeks to have all of the players at all of the age levels to have lots of extra ice and lots of skating. Our effort at a "Training Camp" so to speak is for the players to get their legs back and practice a lot before games start.
This week, we have Robby Glantz running all of the practices for Mites thru Bantams. He is a professional skating skills coach. Every player gets three nights with him this week. If you're interested, his website is: http://www.robbyglantz.com/
Next week, we expect the practices to settle into the regular practice schedule.
Every five weeks, there will be an additional Tuesday Skating Skills Clinic for all skaters. Jon DiSalvatore, a retired professional hockey player, will be running these clinics again this year for Squirts, Pee Wees and Bantams, and he will be focusing on skating. We'd like skaters and parents to treat these clinics as important because we believe that skating better is critical to hockey development.
We will also have Goalie Clinics run by Pro Crease every five weeks for the goalies at all age levels.
SWYHA's biggest fundraiser is our annual Golf Tournament. The success of the tournament directly impacts our budget and can have a huge effect on dues. We're hoping for a good turnout.
At this time, we still have openings for golf foursomes and we have a great need for sponsorships.
Please consider registering and coming on out for some golf and a good time.
For those of you who do not know, if you can get a business to be a Gold Sponsor, it costs them $1,000.00. Their sponsorship includes a banner we put up at the rink for the business, which is great marketing exposure seen by many people, and it stays up all year. It's a great way for a business to help support youth hockey and at the same time receive lots of exposure. And importantly, for every Gold Sponsor you obtain, you receive a $250 credit on your dues. It's a major way to help lessen the cost of hockey for your family and help the Association at the same time.
We all know that there is no hockey for our kids without all of the work from our numerous mom and dad volunteers, whether they are helping behind the scenes or coaching. Please take an opportunity to thank them, and please offer to help out if you are not doing so already.
Many people do not know everything that the Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches need to do in order to step foot on the ice as coaches. Every single coach must do all of the following:
In other words, our coaches are committed and have done quite a bit in order to be able to coach.
Yesterday (Sunday), most of our coaches also attended a Coach Practice where our Skating Skills Coach, Jon DiSalvatore, worked with all of the coaches on the skating techniques he'll be focusing on with all of the kids. That way, all of the coaches can reinforce what he teaches.
4. New Rules
There are some new rules for youth hockey this year that have come down from USA Hockey. The biggest one you will notice has to do with icing during a penalty kill. Traditionally, if the defending team iced the puck during a penalty kill, the play continued. The new rule is that when the defending team ices the puck during a penalty kill, the whistle blows and the puck comes back for a defensive zone face-off.
5. Jingle Bell Tournament
Just a heads-up that all of the South Windsor teams will be headed to a tournament together during the weekend of December 30th. It's called the Jingle Bell Tournament and is in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Last year, our Bantams won the Bantam Division. We're reserving a block of rooms at a new hotel, and once they're able to take reservations, the information will be provided. We just wanted to give a heads-up now so that you can put it on your calendars.
6. New Jackets
You will hear more details in the near future. The companies that previously made the maroon team jackets don't make maroon anymore. We will have new black ones and you will have an opportunity to order them should you wish to do so. It is NOT mandatory. Stay tuned for more information.
7. Monthly Board Meetings
Please remember that the monthly Board Meetings are open to everyone. They take place at 7:30 pm on the first Tuesday of each month, and they are held at Nomad's.
The Executive Board and the Board of Directors as well as all of the volunteers and coaches are very excited for the new hockey season to be underway. Please reach out to us if you need help with anything.
Advanced Learn to Playis the continuation of the Learn to Play Program (In House I), usually for players who have completed the Learn to Play program (In House I). For Advanced Learn to Play, the emphasis is on skating and skill development with small area games in a fun environment.
Learn to Play 9 & Upis our Learn to Play program for children 9 years old and older. This is so that the older kids, who are usually bigger, are learning and competing with kids at a similar size and stage of development.
Both programs begin in October. If you have any questions please contact Coach - Mike Kingor President - Mike Pollack