Several pods are close to be full and going to a waitlist. We do have space set aside to add another pod if the numbers are strong enough. If your skater’s pod is full, please be sure to register for the wait list. By doing so, if we are able to open another pod, your skater will receive the discounted rate. Also, the waitlist does not cost you anything until a space opens up and you process your payment.
As a reminder, if you have an issue, please be sure to email
. We will work out any registration issues and honor the discount on Monday.
The Cincinnati Swords board of directors is please to kick off our 2015-16 travel season with our Swords team tryouts. Critical information for all skaters and their families is outlined below.
Tryout Schedule: We are moving to a new format for the 2015-16 season. All Squirt, Peewee and Bantam tryouts will take place the weekend of May 16 and 17. The board of directors is in the process of reassessing our midget level programs (travel, high school and junior varsity). A separate announcement will be made regarding these programs.
The tryout schedule for SQ, PW and BT has been posted on the website at www.swordshockey.com. As with prior years, the first evaluation is an all-call by birth year. This first all-call is the skills assessment portion of our tryouts and attendance is mandatory. Please note that the tryout schedule is subject to change based on registration numbers and team formations (single birth year vs multiple birth year teams). We will update the website as quickly as possible.
Goalie Evaluation: Again this year we will have a goalie-only evaluation on Monday, May 11 from 7-8:30pm at Sports Plus-USA. This evaluation is open to all goalies registered for the upcoming 2015-16 tryouts. The intention is to dedicate this time to looking at specific skills that relate only to goalies. The information gathered at this evaluation will help the coaching committee with their recommendations to the specific coaches. However, goalie selections will not be based solely on this evaluation. All goalies will also attend their age appropriate tryout as set out in the tryout schedule.
Tryout Clinics: NEW this year is the opportunity for players to participate in clinics prior to the tryouts. We recognize that tryouts can be a stressful time for players and their families and we have been asked by families to give their skaters an opportunity to have a run through of what a tryout is like prior to the actual tryout. To help with this, Don Biggs will be running clinics for all age groups to acclimate skaters to the skills and drills portion of the tryouts. Skaters will actually go through the drills that will be used at tryouts. There is a separate registration and fee for the tryout clinics. Registration is now open at www.swordshockey.com; click on “Register Online”. Skaters can use their 2014-15 USA Hockey membership number. Please be sure if you are interested in attending you complete this separate registration. The clinic schedule is:
Squirt: May 9 3-4:30pm Sports Plus USA
Peewee: May 9 4:30-6pm Sports Plus USA
Bantam: May 3 3-4:30pm Sports Plus-USA
Midget: May 3 4:30-6pm Sports Plus-USA
NOTE: If we do not meet the minimum number of skaters, we will combine the two groups. If we have a larger than anticipated turnout, we will look to add additional time/dates.
Coaches: Our 2015-16 coaches will be announced on Tuesday, March 31. Coaching prospectuses which detail the coach’s background and team plans will be posted online prior to the tryouts.
Registration: All travel team registrations will open on April 1, 2015. This is the date that USA Hockey will open the 2015-16 registration. You must have a 2015-16 USA Hockey number to register on our website. The registration fee will be $75 if paid by Monday, May 11. NEW this year each skater will receive a reversible pinney that is his or hers to keep. After May 11, the registration fee increases to $100.
Excused Absence: It is expected that all players trying out for any travel team attend the tryouts. However, if a skater is injured or unable to attend a tryout, the skater must contact the travel commissioner, Doug Burgdorf, at
. The commissioner will work with the coaching committee and coaching staff to provide as fair an opportunity as possible.
Move Up: If a skater would like to be considered for a team one birth year older, they must (1) register and pay for the tryout in their current age bracket, (2) send an email to
to let us know the skater’s name, date of birth and team they would like to be evaluated for and (3) if applicable obtain and complete a Player Movement Waiver from the Swords office. The waiver must be completed before the skater can take the ice with the older age group. Please note, for a skater to be offered a position on a team one birth year old, the coaching committee must rate the skater as either a top 3 forward, a top 2 defender or the number 1 goalie.
Jersey/Equipment Order: We are currently working with Bauer and other vendors to review our jersey selection and process. We will make an announcement as soon as possible so families have amble opportunity to plan their purchases. All purchases will be made through an online store on the website similar to last year. Again we will be working with a narrow time frame as custom jersey production takes a minimum of 90 days.
Spirit Wear: We will work with Customize It again this year for our spirit wear. The spirit wear will be ordered online and the families will have until June 15 to place their initial order. Additional ordering opportunities will be available in late summer and again just prior to Christmas.
Team Financial Information: Any player accepting a spot will be expected to pay an initial team deposit of $350 within forty-eight hours. With all teams being announced in the same timeframe, it is critical that players do not delay confirming their intentions so we can make any appropriate roster adjustments. No refunds (or transfers) will be given for the initial team payment which signifies a skater’s acceptance of a spot on the team. Additionally all Swords teams will have a monthly payment due on or before the first of each month (July through November). Any additional payments made will be refunded only in the case where a skater relocates outside the greater Cincinnati area (more than 100 miles) or is unable to participate due to injury substantiated by a doctor. In the case of relocation or injury, refunds will be prorated based on a calculation of the % of total ice time the team has utilized at the time a decision to not play is communicated to the affected head coach and the organization’s treasurer (less the tryout/registration fee and the initial team payment as outlined above). Note that the Refund Policy is included in your initial registration and is also posted on the Swords website at www.swordshockey.com.
We are excited to announce that with the help of Sports Plus and Northland, we are able to offer our 2015 spring program at a reduced fee of $30 per skater over last year.
Registration for the 2015 spring programs is now open! Again this year, we will have pods but the emphasis will be on skater development rather than just playing uncontrolled scrimmages. All pods will meet twice a week for 60 minutes on ice (one time during the week and one time on Saturday morning) beginning the week of March 30 and concluding the weekend of May 16-17. We are also attempting to run separate pods for travel and MYHL skaters based on registrations. A pod consists of 24-32 players with the emphasis on fun, friendship, and development.
For Squirts and Peewees, pods will be divided in half with the first 30 minutes being skills and drills and the second half being game concepts and coach-controlled scrimmages. For Bantams and Midgets/High School, the week day session will be skills, drills and game concepts and the Saturday mornings will be officiated scrimmages.
Checking Basics & Technique Clinic
A checking clinic will be offered to all age-appropriate spring participants and is mandatory for first time Bantam players and any player older than the 2002 birth year who is a first time hockey player. Goalies must attend if they plan to skate out. The clinic, coupled with the pod format of Spring Hockey, provides an excellent environment for the players to transition into this important skill. It will be held at Northland on Wednesday, March from 5:30-8pm. You must register for spring by March 20th in order to attend this clinic.
USA Hockey age levels for Winter Hockey 2015/2016 will be used in the Swords/Sabres Spring Program. They are: Mite (07-10), Squirt (05-06), Pee Wee (03-04), Bantam (01-02), Midget (96-00).
When registering online, parents/skaters must select their preference of pods. Swords/Sabres will form pods after the enrollment period (3/20/15) that is based on these requests. Players may play in two different pods (at the same level) if there is sufficient room. Pods may be balanced by Swords/Sabres as needed. Every attempt will be made to place all skaters. If you miss the cutoff date, your skater will be placed where openings exist not necessarily according to preference.
Swords/Sabres Spring League Schedule is as follows: February 27th- End of early registration discount March 20th- Registration cutoff March 24th-26th - Players notified of pod March 25th- Checking Clinic March 31th- Season begins
Spring Fees Based on Full Registration AND Payment ON or BEFORE:
Early Registration by 2/27/15
Squirt/Pee Wee $170 (REDUCED FROM $200)
Bantam & Midget $220 (REDUCED FROM $250)
Station Teaching: players will rotate stations & each station will have one to two coaches
Scrimmaging will be used to reward players that work hard during practice
Adapted to individual skills level & age
Coaches will incorporate small games & fun activities to keep players engaged & having fun
High coach to player ratio
When: Tuesday nights March 24th to June 30th & July 28th to Aug. 25th 6:00- 7:30pm
(total of 30 hours of ice)
Where: SPORTS PLUS- CAN
Cost:$325 (early bird discount of $25.00 if you register and pay on or before February 27)
Exploding to the Next Level! For more information or questions, please contact Scott Mercalde at 513-313-6087.
SPRING POD CHECKING CLINIC WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25TH AT NORTHLAND
Swords/Sabres Spring Pod Checking Clinic is mandatory for any registered Spring Pod Swords/Sabres Bantam, Midget or High School level player who has not previously attended a checking clinic. The clinic includes a video presentation of proper checking techniques and then on-ice controlled practice of both giving and receiving a check. All on-ice activities will be instructed and supervised by USA Hockey certified coaches who have been teaching this program for years. The schedule is as follows: Date: Wednesday March 25th, Northland Location: Northland Check In: 5:15pm (dressed to waist) Video: 5:30pm Ice Time: 6:30pm-8pm
UPDATE: SWORDS and SABRES KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM
The Kroger Co. has renewed their Community Rewards program for the 2014-15 year. ALL CURRENT PARTICIPANTS must re-enroll to continue earning community rewards. To re-enroll log into your Kroger account and on the Account Summary page under "Community Rewards" at the bottom you have the option to re-enroll. Please be sure your organization is listed as Queen City Hockey Association and the NPO number is 81074 as there are several Queen City Hockey Association listings. Your re-enrollment period will begin May 1 even if you re-enroll now. This re-enrollment does not have an impact on your 2013-14 account.
If you have not participated in the past but would like to for the 2014-15 season details on the program and how to enroll are listed below.
The Cincinnati Swords & Sabres have enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards program for the upcoming year and are pleased to offer ALL members the opportunity to participate. You must register your Kroger Plus Card Number online and select Queen City Hockey Association (NPO Number 81074) as your participating organization (see detailed instructions below). Once you are registered, you only need to use your Kroger Plus card and you will accumulate rewards. Quarterly, Kroger will distribute $1,000,000 to all participating organizations based on their percentage of spending. Our allocation of the Kroger funds is outlined below.
We hope that all Swords & Sabres families will participate to help offset their hockey costs. If you have any questions, please email Melanie Luft at
or call 513-979-4590. You must register by May 1 to maximize your benefits. If you are currently participating under CAHA or a Queen City team, you must re-register with the new NPO number 81074.
DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS:
The Kroger Co. will distribute funds on a quarterly basis with statements and donations being sent on or before September 15, December 15, March 15 and June 15.
Families will need to provide an email copy of Kroger funds earned each quarter and funds will be applied directly to a skater's program. Funds can be used for any Swords or Sabres online registration. Your friends and family may also sign up on your behalf but will need to provide the necessary information to us each quarter for you to receive credit.
If a skater’s family decides to no longer participate with Queen City Hockey Association and has outstanding funds, all funds will be allocated to the general fund as we are not allowed to distribution funds to individuals and all funds must be used for our organization’s purpose which is youth hockey. Funds can be held for up to four cycles. After that, any unused funds will be transferred to the general fund.
Already a Kroger Community Rewards Participant?
Go to krogercommunityrewards.com
Click on “Sign In” and log into your account
Under Community Rewards click Re-enroll and enter Queen City Hockey Association in the Search bar
Be sure to select Queen City Hockey Association 81074 and click Enroll at the bottom
New to the Kroger Community Rewards Program and have a Kroger Plus Card?
Go to krogercommunityrewards.com
Click “Create An Account”
Enter your email address and create a password
Enter your Store Preference (be sure to do this)
Enter your Kroger Plus Number or Alternate ID
Click Enter – this creates a general account and then you need to sign up for the Kroger Community Rewards outlined above.
New to the Kroger Community Rewards Program and do NOT have a Kroger Plus Card?
You must obtain a Kroger Plus Card at your local Kroger Store and then complete the steps above.