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KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS: FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE
06/11/2015
We have received our fourth quarter distribution from Kroger. ...
2015-16 MYHL and High School Seasons Kick Off
06/01/2015
Our MYHL and High School registrations are now open.  We are...
NEW FITNESS CENTER
05/07/2015
    CINCINNATI SWORDS WORKOUT CENTER UPDATE   Our...
2015-16 MYHL AND HIGH SCHOOL KICK OFF
04/29/2015
  Back in March we announced the merger of The Cincinnati...
UPDATE: SWORDS KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM
04/07/2015
 The Kroger Co. has renewed their Community Rewards program...
NEW 2015 SUMMER ELITE TRAINING PROGRAM
03/26/2015
2015 SUMMER ELITE TRAINING PROGRAM We are excited to offer a new...
2015-16 USA HOCKEY REGISTRATION GUIDE
03/24/2015
CINCINNATI SWORDS: ALL FOR ONE
03/14/2015
ORGANIZATIONAL RESTRUCTURE: SWORDS AND SABRES MERGER
03/12/2015
The Cincinnati Swords board of directors is pleased to announce an...
TNT DYNAMITE MITE SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAM
02/13/2015
                 ...
ImPACT Concussion Test Online
08/27/2014
Instructions to complete ImPACT Concussion Test Online   Put...
 
KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS: FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE

We have received our fourth quarter distribution from Kroger.  I checked my personal account and it has been updated so I am assuming if you are participating yours has been updated as well.  Below are the directions for determining your Kroger funds.  Please follow them as stated below and if you run into any problems, please contact Kroger directly.  Please try to confirm that the amount has changed from your last submission as they do not date the information posted and it is difficult for me to check everyone's past balance.  These funds can be used for any 2014-15 or 2015-16 program.  

PLEASE NOTE:  I WAS UNABLE TO CUT AND PASTE DIRECTLY INTO MY EMAIL MESSAGE.  I CUT AND PASTED INTO AN EXCEL SPREADSHEET AND FROM THERE WAS ABLE TO CUT AND PASTE INTO MY EMAIL.  YOU MAY OR MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PASTE DIRECTLY INTO YOUR EMAIL BUT IF YOU CANNOT YOU WILL SEE A BLACK SCREEN AND NOT BE ABLE TO READ THE INFORMATION.  IF YOU CANNOT READ IT, I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO READ IT. 

  1. Go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com.
  2. Log in by clicking on "Sign In" about 2/3 down the page.    DO NOT log in by the “Sign In” at the top.
  3. Enter your email address and password.
  4. The next page that comes up should read View Your Rewards Detail (click on this).
  5. The bottom box of information is labeled “Community Rewards”.
  6. Highlight the information in the entire box and copy it.  You can do this by highlighting and RIGHT clicking your mouse and selecting copy or you can do this by highlighting and clicking CTRL C on your keyboard.
  7. Once you copy the information, open your email and where you would type text, paste the Community Rewards information.  Can be done by putting your curser in the text box and either RIGHT clicking your mouse and selecting paste or by clicking CTRL V on your keyboard.
  8. In your email subject line, please type Community Reward, YOUR NAME, YOUR SKATER’S NAME and send the email to me at .
  9. I will acknowledge receipt so if you do not get an email back from me within 48 hours, please assume I did not get it. 

If you are someone who has multiple people helping you out, you may want to contact them and ask them for their log in and password information so you can get the information.  That is clearly up to you.  I can take the information from you or from them.

Here’s some general information Kroger’s passed along with their information email that the check was going to be coming soon.

We cannot enroll or create online accounts for supporters over the phone.  If you have a supporter who is experiencing issues with their online account please have them contact our dedicated online support team at 1-866-221-4141.

If they have forgotten their email address, need to update their Kroger Plus Card information or change their alternate I.D. (the phone number they use at the store) please have them contact our loyalty department at 1-800-576-4377, option 4, then option 3 to update.

If your supporters do not see the Community Rewards message at the bottom of their receipt, please have them contact us at 1-800-294-4438 option #2.  We will contact the appropriate personnel to have the problem corrected.  Supporters may also call us for previous cycle donation amounts or to double check that they are enrolled.


by posted 06/11/2015
2015-16 MYHL and High School Seasons Kick Off

Our MYHL and High School registrations are now open.  We are looking forward to a very exciting 2015-16 as we merge all our teams under the Swords umbrella.  To secure your skater’s spot for the season, please go to www.swordshockey.com and click on “Register Online” on the left-hand side.  Note you will need a 2015-16 USA Hockey registration to register.  Instructions on getting your USA Hockey number can be found by going to www.usahockey.com and clicking on “Membership” in the top right.

Here’s a brief description of each program:
 
Mites –The program will include over 75 hours of ice throughout the season broken up into ADM sessions, practices and cross-ice games.  This program incorporates skill development and hockey knowledge while being sure that all the kids have fun.  The fee for the upcoming season remains $700 with the early bird registration ($750 after 7/31).
 
Squirt – Our squirt teams will again participate in the MYHL.  For the upcoming season, we anticipate a top tier team but the final determination will be based on whether or not the league supports a top tier division.  If for any reason the league does not go forward with a top tier division, all players will be redistributed into our parity teams.  At the evaluations, the independent evaluators will select a team to participate in the upper division.  Participation on this team is optional and there is an additional cost as this team will practice two times a week on a full sheet of ice.  All other teams will be drafted on a parity basis.  This year’s fee will remain the same at $775 with the early bird registration ($825 after 7/31) for the parity teams and $925 for the upper division team.  Included in your fees are:
 
15 practices full ice / Upper Division team would get 30 full sheet practices
15 practices 1/2 ice for parity teams only
Evaluation
8 home games/8 away games
League fee
Jersey/Sock
Referee fees
Referee overhead fee
Admin fee of $75/skater
 
Peewee - Our peewee teams will again participate in the MYHL.  We anticipate selecting a top tier team but again the final determination will be made by the league.  If for any reason the league does not go forward with a top tier division, all players will be redistributed into our parity teams.  At the evaluations, the independent evaluators will select a team to participate in the upper division.  Participation on this team is optional and there is an additional cost because this team will practice two times a week on a full sheet of ice.  All other teams will be drafted on a parity basis.  This year’s fee will remain the same at $775 with the early bird registration ($825 after 7/31) for the parity teams and $925 for the upper division team.  Included in your fees are:
 
15 practices full ice / Upper Division team would get 30 full sheet practices
15 practices 1/2 ice for parity teams only
1 evaluation
8 home games/8 away games
League fee
Jersey/Sock
Referee fees
Referee overhead fee
Admin fee of $75/skater

Bantam – Our bantam teams will again participate in the MYHL.  Historically the league has not had a top tier division and based on that information we will draft on a parity basis.  If we are advised there will be two divisions, independent evaluators will evaluate all skaters with the potential of placing a team in the upper division.  This year’s fee will remain the same at $900 with the early bird registration ($950 after 7/31).  Included in your fees are:

30 full ice practices
1 evaluation
8 home games/8 away games
League fee
Jersey/Sock
Referee fees
Referee overhead fee
Admin fee of $75/skater

High School – Our high schools will once again compete in the CHSHL which includes our teams plus two or three teams from the area.  Earl Dalton is the new high school commissioner and can be reached at  .  We are committed to three or four varsity teams and one junior varsity team.  The fee structure has been revised to allow coaches the flexibility to adjust based on the number of participants selected to their teams.  We project the maximum high school fee will be $1,300 with the early bird registration ($1,350 after 7/31).  We are also offering a $500 discount for skaters double-rostered on another Swords travel team.  Included in your fees are:

30 full ice practices

1 scrimmage evaluation

10 home games (an increase of one game from last year)
League fee
Jersey/Sock
Referee fees
Referee overhead fee
Admin fee of $75/skater

If you have any questions contact us at swordsoffice@gmail.com and for financial questions contact us at  .

 

Great Things Are Happening Here!

Cincinnati Swords


by posted 06/01/2015
NEW FITNESS CENTER

 

 

CINCINNATI SWORDS WORKOUT CENTER UPDATE

 

Our new Workout Center is under construction!

 

Swords teams will have access to a state-of-the art training center starting with the 2015-16 season!

 

Special thanks to Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, Exercise & Leisure, Koorsen Fire & Security & other generous donors who have made this possible for our Swords players free of charge!

 

GRAND OPENING

(mark your calendars)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH

WELCOME BACK TO HOCKEY WEEKEND 2015

 

Click HERE to see our Concept Plan

 

CINCINNATI SWORDS-GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING HERE!


by posted 05/07/2015
2015-16 MYHL AND HIGH SCHOOL KICK OFF

 

Back in March we announced the merger of The Cincinnati Swords and Sabres.  We are now pleased to kick off the first ever MYHL Swords program for the 2015-16 season and the continuation of our High School Program with new and exciting changes as well.  Registration will open June 1 for our MYHL and high school programs

Please note that to encourage all families to register early so we can order uniforms and secure enough ice, the fees posted here are for those individuals that register and pay their deposit of $250 on or before July 31.  After July 31 all fees will increase by $50.00.  After your deposit has been paid, the remaining fee payments will be spread over three months with payment dates of September 15, October 15 and November 15.   Evaluations are scheduled for August 16-23.  Mark your calendar as the DRAFT schedule is:

Sunday, August 16             5:30-7pm            Top Tier SQ Team

Sunday, August 16             7-8:30pm            Top Tier PW Team

Monday, August 17             6-8:30pm             Mite Evaluations (will divide by age)

Monday, August 17             8:30-9:30pm        BT Evaluations

Wednesday, August 19    6-7:30pm             SQ Parity Teams

Wednesday, August 19    7:30-9pm             PW Parity Teams

Sunday, August 23              5:30-9:30pm       JV/High School Evaluations

 

Here’s a brief description of each program:
 
Mites –The program will include over 75 hours of ice throughout the season broken up into ADM sessions, practices and cross-ice games.  This program incorporates skill development and hockey knowledge while being sure that all the kids have fun.  The fee for the upcoming season remains $700.
 
Squirt – Our squirt teams will again participate in the MYHL.  For the upcoming season, we anticipate a top tier team but the final determination will be based on whether or not the league supports a top tier division.  If for any reason the league does not go forward with a top tier division, all players will be redistributed into our parity teams.  At the evaluations, the independent evaluators will select a team to participate in the upper division.  Participation on this team is optional and there is an additional cost as this team will practice two times a week on a full sheet of ice.  All other teams will be drafted on a parity basis.  This year’s fee will remain the same at $775 for the parity teams and $925 for the upper division team.  Included in your fees are:
 
15 practices full ice / Upper Division team would get 30 full sheet practices
15 practices 1/2 ice for parity teams only
Evaluation
8 home games/8 away games
League fee
Jersey/Sock
Referee fees
Referee overhead fee
Admin fee of $75/skater
 
Peewee - Our peewee teams will again participate in the MYHL.  We anticipate selecting a top tier team but again the final determination will be made by the league.  If for any reason the league does not go forward with a top tier division, all players will be redistributed into our parity teams.  At the evaluations, the independent evaluators will select a team to participate in the upper division.  Participation on this team is optional and there is an additional cost because this team will practice two times a week on a full sheet of ice.  All other teams will be drafted on a parity basis.  This year’s fee will remain the same at $775 for the parity teams and $925 for the upper division team.  Included in your fees are:
 
15 practices full ice / Upper Division team would get 30 full sheet practices
15 practices 1/2 ice for parity teams only
1 evaluation
8 home games/8 away games
League fee
Jersey/Sock
Referee fees
Referee overhead fee
Admin fee of $75/skater

Bantam – Our bantam teams will again participate in the MYHL.  Historically the league has not had a top tier division and based on that information we will draft on a parity basis.  If we are advised there will be two divisions, independent evaluators will evaluate all skaters with the potential of placing a team in the upper division.  This year’s fee will remain the same at $900.  Included in your fees are:

30 full ice practices
1 evaluation
8 home games/8 away games
League fee
Jersey/Sock
Referee fees
Referee overhead fee
Admin fee of $75/skater

High School – Our high schools will once again compete in the CHSHL which includes our teams plus two or three teams from the area.  Earl Dalton is the new high school commissioner and can be reached at .  We are redesigning our program and details will be sent out as soon as we finalize the plans.  The fee structure will be revised to allow coaches the flexibility to adjust based on the number of participants selected to their teams.  We project the fees will be between $1,100 and $1,300 per team based on numbers and new program design.  We are also looking at ways to incorporate more double-rostering opportunities for all our midget-aged participants.

We are still in the early planning stages.  Please look for continued announcements and information in the coming weeks.  If you have any general questions, please contact us at and for financial questions, please contact us at .

 

Great Things Are Happening Here!

Cincinnati Swords

 


by posted 04/29/2015
UPDATE: SWORDS KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM

 The Kroger Co. has renewed their Community Rewards program for the 2015-16 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 2014-15 account.

If you have not participated in the past but would like to for the 2015-16 season details on the program and how to enroll are listed below.

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
 
The Cincinnati Swords 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 families will participate to help offset their hockey costs.  If you have any questions, please email Melanie Luft at or call 513-407-0222.  You must register by May 1 to maximize your benefits.  You must register with the NPO number 81074; old CAHA or Queen City team participation numbers are void.
 
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.
 
REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS:
 
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.
 

 


by posted 04/07/2015
NEW 2015 SUMMER ELITE TRAINING PROGRAM

2015 SUMMER ELITE TRAINING PROGRAM

We are excited to offer a new summer program for the Cincinnati Swords.  In the past our summer program has been an extension of our spring pod program; an opportunity for skaters to stay on the ice in an unstructured program.  We also know that many of our families participate in summer camps where the skater is on the ice for 3-5 days in a row but then has a month or more before they go back on the ice.  Our newly designed summer program addresses both these issues.

 

Our SUMMER ELITE TRAINING PROGRAM will offer high level instruction over the course of 6 weeks.  Don Biggs (Bantam and Midget) and Derek Crouch (Squirt and Peewee) will head the programs with the targeted goal of having skaters raise their level of hockey skills and game knowledge.  We have split the program so attendees will have 3 sessions in the month of June, take a break in July and then have 3 more sessions in August just prior to the start of the season.  The sessions are open to all skaters who are willing to work hard and want to see their hockey skills improve significantly.  Our instructors’ years of training experience make them the right people to work across skill levels and pull the most out of each skater regardless of their starting point. 

         
  SQUIRT DETAIL:      
         
  DATES:   June 11, 18 & 25; August 6, 13 & 20  
  TIMES:     6-7:30pm  
  LOCATION:     Sports Plus USA  
  COST:    $175 if registered and paid by 5/4/15; $200 thereafter  
         
  PEEWEE DETAIL:      
         
  DATES:   June 11, 18 & 25; August 6, 13 & 20  
  TIMES:     7:30-9pm  
  LOCATION:     Sports Plus USA  
  COST:    $175 if registered and paid by 5/4/15; $200 thereafter  
         
  BANTAM DETAIL:      
         
  DATES:   June 10, 17 & 24; August 5, 12 & 19  
  TIMES:     6:30-8pm  
  LOCATION:     Sports Plus USA  
  COST:    $175 if registered and paid by 5/4/15; $200 thereafter  
         
  MIDGET DETAIL:      
         
  DATES:   June 10, 17 & 24; August 5, 12 & 19  
  TIMES:     8-9:30pm  
  LOCATION:     Sports Plus USA  
  COST:    $175 if registered and paid by 5/4/15; $200 thereafter  
         

 

To register for the SUMMER ELITE TRAINING PROGRAM go to www.swordshockey.com and click on “Register Online” on the left-hand side.

NOTE:  We are opening the registration today so any skater that would like to use a 2014-15 USA Hockey number can register and pay prior to the April 1 USA Hockey registration switch to the 2015-16 USA Hockey number. 


by posted 03/26/2015
2015-16 USA HOCKEY REGISTRATION GUIDE


by posted 03/24/2015
CINCINNATI SWORDS: ALL FOR ONE


by posted 03/14/2015
ORGANIZATIONAL RESTRUCTURE: SWORDS AND SABRES MERGER

The Cincinnati Swords board of directors is pleased to announce an organizational restructure for the 2015-16 season and beyond.  When Queen City Hockey Association and the Cincinnati Amateur Hockey Association merged, the two independent associations were in the process of moving their traditional house programs into the Midwest Youth Hockey League (“MYHL”).  After two years of participation, we are now comfortable that the MYHL is a good fit for our traditional house programs. 

However, the MYHL is a regional travel program since the competition is between associations and not a house program.  As such our participating teams are indeed regional travel teams.  Going forward all Queen City Hockey teams will now be Swords travel teams. 

The hierarchy for designation will be:

Swords Independent Travel Teams – top picked teams playing an independent schedule or a league outside the area

Swords Buckeye Travel Teams – teams registered in the Buckeye Travel Hockey League

Swords MYHL Travel Teams – teams registered in the Midwest Youth Hockey League

What does this mean for the MYHL process?  How will it change/stay the same?

First we need an MYHL commissioner to head this critical division.  Earl Dalton, last year’s commissioner, will be moving to our high school program and heading that program for the 2015-16 season.  We are looking to fill the critical role of MYHL commissioner and would like any interested individuals to contact Chris Knecht at .

Second MYHL team selection will remain similar to past years.  We will place all registered skaters on teams with an open evaluation in late summer/early fall.  We will develop top tier teams if the league supports a top tier division and our talent pool is appropriate to compete at this level.  All other teams besides the top tier team will be developed on a parity-basis.  Player jerseys will be similar to jerseys they have received in the past but with the Swords logo. 

We are confident that bringing all our teams together is another step in building the strongest youth hockey organization in the Midwest. 

The Cincinnati Swords Board of Directors

 

 

 


by posted 03/12/2015
TNT DYNAMITE MITE SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAM
 
                                                                                                            
 TNT DynaMite          
Hockey Skills Program
Individual Skills-Based Training

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

 
 Who:          Any & all Mite players 2007- 2010 birth years

                       Coaches:      The Mite Coaching Staff                            
                     


What:          Individual Skills Based Training includes:

                       Advanced Skating
                       Passing & Receiving
                       Puck Control
                       Shooting
                       Attacking skills
                       Defending skills
 
                      Format:

                      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.

by posted 02/13/2015
ImPACT Concussion Test Online

Instructions to complete ImPACT Concussion Test Online

 

  • Put away/turn off all distractions: Cell phone, TV, Music, etc…
  • Go to https://www.impacttestonline.com/sportstest/index.cfm?id=6111
  • Click on “launch baseline test”
  • Authorization code: GSG2UCK35A
    • Make sure pop up blocker is turned off
    • If it is not, you will be prompted to do so: “allow all popups from this site”
    • You will then need to reenter code
  • You will then start the test
    • Pick language
    • Under “school/organization” select “Beacon Orthopaedics”
    • Fill out remaining demographic information and follow directions of test
  • On final page of Test, it will ask for an email confirmation, enter the following address:
  • Exit test

If there are any questions or concerns, Email Bobby Bair, ATC at or 330.612.8488 and he will follow up with you.


by posted 08/27/2014
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