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MYHL UPDATE - May 23, 2016
05/23/2016
We want to thank all the skaters and their families for attending...
2016-17 VARSITY AND JV TEAM SELECTIONS
05/23/2016
Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection...
2002/2003 TEAM DEGROFT SELECTION
05/22/2016
Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection...
HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY AND JV UPDATE
05/22/2016
Thank you to all who attend our Varsity/JV team selections.  We...
SQUIRT (2006 & 2007 BIRTH YEAR) MYHL EVALUATIONS
05/22/2016
The following skaters/goalies are invited back to the MYHL Squirt Evaluations (5/22...
2006 TEAM CANHAM SELECTIONS (FORMERLY TEAM TDB)
05/22/2016
Thank you for your patience as we worked through our coach selection....
2004/2005 TEAM TRAMONTE SELECTIONS
05/22/2016
Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection...
2004/2005 TEAM MERCALDE SELECTIONS
05/22/2016
Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection...
2007 TEAM CROUCH SELECTIONS
05/22/2016
Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection...
2002 TEAM HUHN SELECTIONS
05/21/2016
Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection...
2003 TEAM HELDT SELECTIONS
05/21/2016
Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection...
2005 TEAM GANZ SELECTIONS
05/21/2016
Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection...
2004 TEAM SCHOONOVER SELECTIONS
05/21/2016
Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection...
2006 TEAM MCDONALD SELECTIONS
05/21/2016
Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection...
2007 TEAM BACKEN SELECTIONS
05/21/2016
Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection...
MIDGET/HS TRAVEL TEAM SELECTIONS
05/20/2016
Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection...
KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS: FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE
05/19/2016
We have received our fourth quarter distribution from Kroger. ...
2016-17 MYHL PROGRAM (SQ, PW & BT)
05/12/2016
2016-17 MYHL PROGRAM (SQUIRT, PEEWEE AND BANTAM) The Cincinnati...
2016-17 INDEPENDENT/BTHL TRAVEL TEAM (SQ, PW & BT) PROGRAM
05/12/2016
2016-17 INDEPENDENT/BTHL TRAVEL TEAM (SQ, PW & BT) PROGRAM The...
2016-17 ADM/MITE PROGRAM
05/11/2016
2016-17 ADM/MITE PROGRAM The Swords organization will continue...
2016 SUMMER ELITE TRAINING PROGRAM
05/01/2016
2016 SUMMER ELITE TRAINING PROGRAM We are excited to offer...
2016-17 SWORDS SUMMER PROGRAM - LEARN, DEVELOP, IMPROVE AND PLAY
03/30/2016
2016-17 SWORDS SUMMER PROGRAM – Learn, Develop, Improve and...
BINGO FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY
03/14/2016
Resend of previous email as email address for Steve Herzog had...
CHO YOUTH HOCKEY EQUIPMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
09/28/2015
    ARE YOU A KID AGE 10 AND UNDER WHO PLAYS...
SWORDS KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM
04/07/2015
 The Kroger Co. has renewed their Community Rewards program...
 
MYHL UPDATE - May 23, 2016

We want to thank all the skaters and their families for attending this past weekend's MYHL evaluations.  As we have previously stated, at the MYHL level, we do an evaluation so we can form parity teams and we also place all skaters on a team.  The commissioner and coaching committee will be reviewing and processing the evaluator data from this weekend's skates.  After an analysis, time will be spent building the parity level teams.  We anticipate the MYHL teams will be finalized in mid-June. 


by posted 05/23/2016
2016-17 VARSITY AND JV TEAM SELECTIONS

Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection to our 2016-17 Varsity and JV Teams.  We are very excited for the season to begin.  Please stay tuned for information from your coach.  If your number has not been listed please contact Earl Dalton at blulyner@gmail.com.

 

Varsity - Coach Dalton              
                   
806 821 823 827 828 836 843 844 801  
845 847 855 856 865 867 873 877 879  
                   
Varsity - Coach Hahn              
                   
817 832 833 838 839 842 853 854 857  
859 860 861 862 863 866 872 874 875 876
                   
Junior Varsity - Coach TBD              
                   
829 864 841 845 851 852 858      
868 869 870 871 878 880 881      

by posted 05/23/2016
2002/2003 TEAM DEGROFT SELECTION

Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection to the 2002/2003 Bantam Team DeGroft.  Please contact Coach DeGroft at 513-706-3244 with any questions.  Additional information will be sent at the beginning of this week.  

 

731 762 717 722 728 725 767 757 721 Pinny #Black 24
Pinny #Gold 69 Pinny #Black 15 Pinny #Black 21 Pinny #Gold 74 Pinny #Black 25          

 


by posted 05/22/2016
HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY AND JV UPDATE

Thank you to all who attend our Varsity/JV team selections.  We are working to finalize two Varsity teams and one JV team.  We will be posting the team selections by call back number on the website no later than 5pm on Monday, May 23rd.


by posted 05/22/2016
SQUIRT (2006 & 2007 BIRTH YEAR) MYHL EVALUATIONS

The following skaters/goalies are invited back to the MYHL Squirt Evaluations (5/22 Sunday @ 1:40-3:15pm and 4:25-5:35pm) @ Sports Plus USA Rink.  New returnable pinnys will be given to all skaters/goalies.  We will have additional skaters from the 2006 Final Travel Time tryout poste as soon as possible.

All skaters who registered MYHL Team Only should also attend these evaluations.

 

511 527 533 596 597 599        
530 558 575 567 573          
                   
                 

 


by posted 05/22/2016
2006 TEAM CANHAM SELECTIONS (FORMERLY TEAM TDB)

Thank you for your patience as we worked through our coach selection.  We are excited to be able to form four quality squirt travel teams for the upcoming 2016-17 season.  Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection to the 2006 Squirt Team Canham (formerly TBD team). Additional information will be sent at the beginning of this week.  

Alternates should plan to attend the MYHL Evaluations on 5/22 Sunday @ Sports Plus-USA (1:40-3:15pm and 4:25-5:35pm).

 

TEAM CANHAM SELECTIONS
563 589 586 583 579 554 570 584 564 556
578 571 580 569 588 572        
                   
                   

 

TEAM CANHAM ALTERNATES
557                  
                   

by posted 05/22/2016
2004/2005 TEAM TRAMONTE SELECTIONS

Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection to the 2004/2005 Peewee Team Tramonte.  Please contact Coach Tramonte at 513-200-7569 with any questions.  Additional information will be sent at the beginning of next week.  

Alternates should plan to attend the 2004/2005 Peewee MYHL evaluations on 5/22 Sunday @ Sports Plus-USA (3:15-4:15pm skills & 5:45-7:00pm scrimmage).

 

TEAM TRAMONTE SELECTIONS
604 678 666 619 608 568 655 669 659 583
613 630                
                   
                   

 

TEAM TRAMONTE ALTERNATES
621 620                
                   

 


by posted 05/22/2016
2004/2005 TEAM MERCALDE SELECTIONS

Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection to the 2004/2005 Peewee Team Mercalde.  Please contact Coach Mercalde at 513-313-6087 with any questions.  Additional information will be sent at the beginning of next week.  

 

TEAM MERCALDE SELECTIONS
601 623 610 625 609 607 616 634 665 654
631 602 617 628 673          
                   
                   

 

TEAM MERCALDE ALTERNATES
604 678 619              
                   

 

 

  


by posted 05/22/2016
2007 TEAM CROUCH SELECTIONS

Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection to the 2007 Squirt Team Crouch.  Please contact Coach Crouch at 513-720-3672 with any questions.  Additional information will be sent at the beginning of next week.  

 

TEAM CROUCH SELECTIONS
506 512 526 522 531 561 510 532 501 523
500 534 535 514 517 508        
                   
                   

 

TEAM CROUCH ALTERNATES
                   
                   

by posted 05/22/2016
2002 TEAM HUHN SELECTIONS

Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection to the 2002 Bantam Team Huhn.  Please contact Coach Huhn at 414-699-3434 with any questions.  Additional information will be sent at the beginning of next week.  

Alternates should plan to attend the 2002/2003 Team DeGroft scrimmage on 5/22 Sunday @ Sports Plus-USA (8-9:15am).

 

TEAM HUHN SELECTIONS
761 753 754 764 750 765 834 704 720 751
766 768 756 760 710 730 846 701    
                   
                   

 

TEAM HUHN ALTERNATES
752 757 762              
                   

 

   


by posted 05/21/2016
2003 TEAM HELDT SELECTIONS

Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection to the 2003 Bantam Team Heldt.  Please contact Coach Heldt at 419-309-7258 with any questions.  Additional information will be sent at the beginning of next week.  

Alternates and All Other 2003s - please attend the 2002 Team Huhn Scrimmage from 7:10-8:10pm at Sports Plus USA.  

 

TEAM HELDT SELECTIONS
711 732 702 709 727 700 718 742 719 707
703 741 739 708 726 734        
                   
                   

 

TEAM HELDT ALTERNATES
737 710 735 730            
                   

 

   


by posted 05/21/2016
2005 TEAM GANZ SELECTIONS

Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection to the 2005 Peewee Team Ganz.  Please contact Coach Ganz at 513-404-1244 with any questions.  Additional information will be sent at the beginning of next week.  

Alternates should plan to attend the 2004/2005 Team Mercalde and Team Tramonte scrimmage on 5/22 Sunday @ Sports Plus-USA (9:25-11am).

 

TEAM GANZ SELECTIONS
627 632 633 626 600 624 605 603 629 615
611 606 618 614 635          
                   
                   

 

TEAM GANZ ALTERNATES
                   
                   

 

   


by posted 05/21/2016
2004 TEAM SCHOONOVER SELECTIONS

Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection to the 2004 Peewee Team Schoonover.  Please contact Coach Schoonover at 513-300-9047 with any questions.  Additional information will be sent at the beginning of next week.  

Alternates should plan to attend the 2004/2005 Team Mercalde and Team Tramonte scrimmage on 5/22 Sunday @ Sports Plus-USA (9:25-11am).

 

TEAM SCHOONOVER SELECTIONS
671 662 656 668 670 658 676 667 657 672
679 664 651 674 652 675        
                   
                   

 

TEAM SCHOONOVER ALTERNATES
                   
                   

 

 

  


by posted 05/21/2016
2006 TEAM MCDONALD SELECTIONS

Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection to the 2006 Squirt Team McDonald.  Please contact Coach McDonald at 513-503-0833 with any questions.  Additional information will be sent at the beginning of next week.  

Alternates should plan to attend the 2006 Team TBD scrimmage on 5/22 Sunday @ Sports Plus-CAN (9:15-10:30am).

Team McDonald Selections
566 565 574 551 587 576 585 582 560 562
577 552 559 555 553 550        
                   
                   

 

Team McDonald Alternates
564 583                
                   

 


by posted 05/21/2016
2007 TEAM BACKEN SELECTIONS

Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection to the 2007 Squirt Team Backen.  Please contact Coach Backen at 513-675-5976 with any questions.  Additional information will be sent at the beginning of next week.  

Alternates should plan to attend the 2007 Team Crouch scrimmage on 5/22 Sunday @ Sports Plus-CAN (8-9:15am).

 

TEAM BACKEN SELECTIONS
515 502 519 524 528 518 509 504 507 513
521 525 529 503 581          
                   
                   

 

TEAM BACKEN ALTERNATES
561 520 505 526            
                   

 


by posted 05/21/2016
MIDGET/HS TRAVEL TEAM SELECTIONS

Congratulations to the following skaters/goalies for their selection to the U16-Biggs Team.  Please contact Coach Biggs at dbcenter22@fuse.net with any questions.  Additional information will be sent at the beginning of next week.  

Alternates should plan to attend the Midget/HS (non-travel) Team Evaluations on 5/22 Sunday @ Sports Plus-CAN @ 10:40am-12noon.

 

TEAM BIGGS SELECTIONS
808 809 804 800 812 810 807 811 815 802
803 813 814 818 840 826 822 835 825 848
                   
                   

 

TEAM BIGGS ALTERNATES
844 843 827 842 839          
                   

 


by posted 05/20/2016
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 2016-17 program.  

Just a reminder that you must reenroll with Kroger for the next year if you wish to continue participating in their Community Rewards Program.  This is their requirement; not a Swords requirement.  Be sure to select Queen City Hockey Association #81074.

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 from me by Wednesday, May 25, please resubmit.

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 05/19/2016
2016-17 MYHL PROGRAM (SQ, PW & BT)

2016-17 MYHL PROGRAM (SQUIRT, PEEWEE AND BANTAM)

The Cincinnati Swords is pleased to announce a new MYHL program for the 2016-17 season.  My name is Todd Adrien and I’m the commissioner for the 2016-17 season.  I was the commissioner in 2015-16 and have used that experience to help me work with our coaches to improve the MYHL program for the 2016-17 season.  In addition, this year Chris Woycke has stepped up and will be helping me with Commissioner responsibilities. 

Back in February, I met with the coaches to discuss how the 2015-16 season was going and what improvements we wanted to make for the 2016-17 season.  Based on their recommendations and with a plan to minimize any cost adjustments, here is the outline of the new program.

NEW THIS YEAR

Evaluation Dates:  We have moved the MYHL evaluations from late August to mid-May.  We feel moving the evaluations to May will allow us to see skaters before they get rusty from taking time off over the summer.  In addition, we plan to use the evaluations to assess skaters and make recommendations for how they can improve their skill set over the summer months.  Summer time offers programs and camps that work on individual development.  Our coaches feel they need to use their practice times to work on teamwork and team concepts with not enough time remaining for individual skill development.  A player cannot become better without focusing on their skill set. 

We have designed a new summer program (Learn, Develop, Improve and Play “LDIP”) specifically with our MYHL players in mind that want to become better players.  Please be sure you look at and consider the LDIP program for your skater.  There will be a separate announcement with more details on LDIP.

Evaluation Registration:  New this year, you will need to register your skater for the 2016-17 Tryout/Evaluation.  The registration will open after USA Hockey opens their 2016-17 registration the first week of April.  This single registration will be used for any and all team placements.  You will be able to designate within the registration what team or teams you would like your skater to be considered for. 

Tryout/Evaluation Preparation Clinics:  We are very excited to offer tryout/evaluation preparation clinics FREE of charge this year for any Swords skater that was registered in a 2015-16 fall/winter season program AND is registered for the 2016-17 tryouts/evaluations by Friday, April 22.  Please review the Tryout/Evaluation Preparation Clinic information and registration detail on the website. 

Evaluation Cost:  While this may seem like a new fee, it is not.  The evaluation costs have always been part of the total MYHL fee.  If you plan to have your child evaluated for participation in the MYHL program only, we will roll the $75 fee into your MYHL fees as your initial deposit.  If your skater participates in the Independent/BTHL travel team tryouts, the $75 will cover that tryout fee and you will owe a deposit to confirm your participation in the MYHL if you are not placed on an Independent/BTHL team.

MYHL Team Formation:  For the past two years, we have formed a “top tier” team and then parity teams for any remaining players. The Swords organization is subject to what the MYHL can support however.  If the other teams don’t have enough skaters for a top tier or choose to take that team to a different league, we will have no one to play at that level. While we can’t know what every MYHL organization will support next season, it does appear the top tier model will be sparse. Therefore, we will be moving towards “Tournament Teams”.  First of all, this year all MYHL players will be placed on a parity team that will compete in the MYHL.  In addition, in late October, we will hold tryouts for “tournament teams”.  One tournament team will be selected for each age group to allow for a higher level of play.  The team will play home/away game series and tournaments.  The schedule will be set so it does not conflict with the MYHL schedule and we anticipate a 15-18 game schedule.  Players will be able to do both the MYHL and Tournament teams.  Our tournament teams will have one practice a week in addition to the MYHL practices.  So for example, if we have all peewee MYHL teams practicing on Friday night we will then schedule the tournament team in the later hour so that families do not have to travel to the rink an additional night.

Age-Level Clinics:  We will be adding back clinics for skater skill development.  There will be a rotating schedule depending on ice availability with 5-7 sessions throughout the season for each age group.   A definitive number cannot be set until we evaluate the number of teams and the amount of ice available.

Pre-season Ice Sessions:  New this year we will kick off the season four weeks earlier than previous years with a weekly skate per level (SQ, PW, BT) prior to the start of the season in late October.  These sessions will be used to get the skaters back on the ice sooner and kicking off the summer rust.

Payment Schedule:  With the earlier evaluation, we will be expanding the payment schedule from 3 payments to 5 payments.  We hope that the expanded payment schedule will make it easier for families to pay their hockey fees.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

MYHL Team Expenses and Fees:  Many of our MYHL team items remain in place plus the additions of the new items.  We have not had to increase fees for the last several years.  Due to the expansion of the program, there will be a $75 increase in fees from $775 to $850 for SQ and PW and from $900 to $975 for our BT skaters.  Your fees will include:

15 full ice practices

15 half ice practices

4-5 pre-season group practices

5-7 clinics throughout the season

8 home games/8 away games

MYHL league fee including end of season tournament

Jersey/Socks

Referee Fees

Referee Administration Fee

Swords Administration Fee of $75

Evaluation/Preparation Clinic (transferred over if registered for MYHL only)

The entire Swords organization is very excited about the new MYHL program and I believe it will be a new model that will result in better skilled hockey players and teams.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

 

Thank you,

Todd Adrien

 

 


by posted 05/12/2016
2016-17 INDEPENDENT/BTHL TRAVEL TEAM (SQ, PW & BT) PROGRAM

2016-17 INDEPENDENT/BTHL TRAVEL TEAM (SQ, PW & BT) PROGRAM

The Cincinnati Swords board of directors is please to kick off our 2016-17 Independent/BTHL travel season with our team tryouts.   Critical information for all skaters and their families is outlined below.

Tryout Schedule:  We will continue the process of having all tryouts over the course of one weekend based on last year’s success.  All tryouts will take place the weekend of May 21 and 22.   The tryout schedule 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.  As a reminder, 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.

Coaches:  Our 2016-17 coaches will be announced by the end of April as the coaching committee is in the process of interviewing and selecting the coaches.  Coaching prospectuses which detail the coach’s background and team plans will be posted online prior to the tryouts.  Team fees are set by coaches and generally range from $2,000 to $2,800.  We currently anticipate 2-3 squirt teams, 2 peewee teams, and 3 bantam teams.  However, we will assessment our team numbers based on interest and skill level.

Registration:  All travel team registrations will open on April 1, 2016 or as soon as possible after USA Hockey opens their 2016-17 registration.  You must have a 2016-17 USA Hockey number to register on our website.   The registration fee will be $75 if paid by Monday, May 11.   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 office at .   The coaching committee and coaching staff will work 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  letting 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 the older team, the coaching committee must rate the skater as a top-tier player on the older team.  The decision of the coaching committee is final.

Alternate:  With team selections taking place for all teams within about 48 hours, coaches will have the option to name alternates for teams if they feel it is appropriate.  The reason for naming alternates is due to the fact that we have skaters that are offered multiple opportunities.  Rather than excluding a player from a team, by listing them as an alternate we let them know that they are still being considered for a team spot.  Last year we had one team that offered 3 alternates team placement.  Alternates should plan to attend the next team’s invite only skate so they are considered for that team as well.

Tryout/Evaluation Preparation Clinics We are very excited to offer tryout/evaluation preparation clinics FREE of charge this year for any Swords skater that was registered in a 2015-16 fall/winter season program AND is registered for the 2016-17 tryouts/evaluations by Friday, April 22.  Please review the Tryout/Evaluation Preparation Clinic information and registration detail on the website. 

Jersey/Equipment Order:  Independent and BTHL travel team players will need to have the following items as part of their team package – gold home jersey and socks, black away jersey and socks, and team warm up top and bottom.  Coaches may require additional items and we will let you know this as soon as teams are selected if there are additional items you will need.  All purchases will be made through an online store on the website similar to past years.  Again we will be working with a narrow time frame as custom jersey production takes a minimum of 90 days so the order needs to be placed no June 1st for a September 1st delivery.

Team Financial Information:  Any player accepting a spot will be expected to pay an initial team deposit of $300 no later than Wednesday, May 25.  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 very excited about the upcoming 2016-17 season.  Please email with any questions.  We will be continuing to provide updated information as soon as possible for our families.

 

 


by posted 05/12/2016
2016-17 ADM/MITE PROGRAM

2016-17 ADM/MITE PROGRAM

The Swords organization will continue our commitment to the USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM) for our mite age skaters.  We have a proven successful history with this program and believe it is the best possible program to teach our youngest members not only how to play the game of hockey but also to love the game of hockey.  We are fortunate this year that Jeff Evans and Julie Doxsey are returning as co-commissioners of the ADM/Mite program.  Here’s a brief description of the ADM program and our philosophy for the mite age group:

WHAT IS USA HOCKEY’S AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT MODEL? The ADM is USA Hockey’s nationwide player-development program for youth hockey associations. It’s based on age-appropriate, age-specific competition and training for boys and girls, beginning with their first steps onto the ice. The ADM places a heightened emphasis on skill development and long-term athlete development principles. Put simply, it’s doing what’s best for kids.

HOW DOES THE ADM LOOK? At the younger age levels, it looks like fun and constant motion in small spaces. The ADM encourages station-based practices, small-area games and cross-ice competition to deliver more repetitions, more puck touches and more skill development per hour of ice time. It provides the most efficient, most engaging development path for children, keeping them both in the game and on a path toward their full potential.

What will the Swords 2016-17 program look like?  We will again have “ADM” sessions one night a week with a 60 or 90 minute on-ice small group skills session (ice time is based off the number of participating skaters).  We will have a one night a week “team” practice on shared ice with another team. We will have games sessions on Saturday morning for all teams to scrimmage cross ice.  In addition, teams will participate in the MYHL and have cross ice scrimmages with other local associations such as Indian Hill, Butler Co, Northern Kentucky, and others.  The season will cap off with the MYHL end of season tournament.

Our ADM/Mite evaluations will continue to be in late August.  We will also open a summer program specifically for mites in August to help kids get back on the ice prior to the evaluations.  Registration for the mite program will open in mid-June.  We will include an early registration discount to encourage registration by July 1.  It is important we have registration done early so we can order the correct number of jerseys and receive them in a timely fashion. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Jeff Evans at JEvans@intertechdesign.net or Julie Doxsey at juliedoxsey3@yahoo.com. 

 

 

 


by posted 05/11/2016
2016 SUMMER ELITE TRAINING PROGRAM

2016 SUMMER ELITE TRAINING PROGRAM

We are excited to offer our summer elite 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 have 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 twice a week over the course of four weeks.  It's a great way to get your skating legs going after the summer break. Don Biggs and Derek Crouch will rotate coaching responsibilities at the SQ, PW, BT & MG/HS levels.  The targeted goal of the program is to have skaters raise their level of hockey skills and game knowledge.  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. This is a fantastic, affordable way to get back on the ice before the start of the fall/winter season AND work on individual skills.

Our Mite/ADM program will be led by Jeff Evans and the mite coaching staff.  These sessions will also be geared to work on individual skills but with a more laid-back emphasis on fun.  We have scheduled this session so it wraps up just prior to the Mite/ADM evaluations on Sunday, August 28. 

         
  MITE/ADM DETAIL:   EMPHASIS ON FUN & FRIENDSHIP  
  DATES:   Mondays & Wednesdays (August 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 & 24)  
  TIMES:     6-7:30pm  
  LOCATION:     Sports Plus CAN  
  COST:    $175 if registered & paid by 6/15/16; $200 thereafter  
         
  SQUIRT DETAIL:      
  DATES:   Tuesdays & Thursdays (August 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 & 9/1)  
  TIMES:     6-7:30pm  
  LOCATION:     Sports Plus USA  
  COST:    $175 if registered & paid by 6/15/16; $200 thereafter  
         
  PEEWEE DETAIL:      
  DATES:   Tuesdays & Thursdays (August 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 & 9/1)  
  TIMES:     7:30-9pm  
  LOCATION:     Sports Plus USA  
  COST:    $175 if registered & paid by 6/15/16; $200 thereafter  
         
  BANTAM DETAIL:      
  DATES:   Tuesdays & Thursdays (August 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 & 9/1)  
  TIMES:     6:30-8pm  
  LOCATION:     Sports Plus CAN  
  COST:    $175 if registered & paid by 6/15/16; $200 thereafter  
         
  MIDGET DETAIL:      
  DATES:   Tuesdays & Thursdays (August 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 & 9/1)  
  TIMES:     8-9:30pm  
  LOCATION:     Sports Plus CAN  
  COST:    $175 if registered & paid by 6/15/16; $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 reserve the right to consolidate sessions if necessary. 


by posted 05/01/2016
2016-17 SWORDS SUMMER PROGRAM - LEARN, DEVELOP, IMPROVE AND PLAY

2016-17 SWORDS SUMMER PROGRAM – Learn, Develop, Improve and Play (“LDIP”)

The Cincinnati Swords are pleased to announce a new summer program for those skaters new to hockey AND those skaters who need or want additional time on the ice to work on hockey fundamentals.  We have taken our standard Learn to Play Hockey program and enhanced it for the summer.  Pat MacLeod and Derek Crouch will continue teaching the skaters on Sunday mornings with an emphasis on working with each skater to further develop their individual hockey skills and knowledge.  They will work on forward and backward crossovers, pivot turns, hockey stops, stick handling, passing and shooting.  Sunday mornings will be a 90 minute session laser focused on improving the skater’s personal skill set.  Coach MacLeod and Coach Crouch have both worked with skaters of all levels and have the ability to push skaters to improve from their individual starting point.

In addition, on Wednesday evenings for skaters in birth years 2008 and older, we will have a rotation of our 2016-17 coaches to supervise and work with skaters during a 60 minute scrimmage session.  This session will be focused on team play and game situations.  Birth year 2008’s must have already participated in the Swords ADM 2015-16 program. 

Sports Plus has donated the ice for the Wednesday evening scrimmages so we are able to provide this program at a very reasonable price of $150 for the entire session.  Registration for the program is open on the Swords website at www.swordshockey.com under “Register Online” on the left-hand side.  We hope that you will consider using this summer program to continue your skater’s development.

Schedule

 

Sundays           9:00-10:30am  Sports Plus USA

Wednesday     7:00-8:00pm    Sports Plus USA

Sunday Sessions                                  Wednesday Sessions

Session 1                     June 5                                                  June 8

Session 2                     June 12                                                June 15

Session 3                     June 19                                                No Session

Session 4                     June 26                                                June 29

Session 5                     July 10                                                 July 6

Session 6                     July 17                                                 July 13

Session 7                     July 24                                                 July 20

Session 8                     July 31                                                 July 27

Questions & Answers

Q:        I have a Bantam age skaters and I don’t want him/her scrimmaging against mite players.

A:         Pinnys will be used to separate skaters by age/ability to be sure the scrimmages are learning environments based on a skater’s appropriate-aged hockey group.  Our plan is to have enough coaches working with the groups to maintain balance and control.

Q:        My skater is a 2009 birth year, why can’t they participate in the scrimmages. 

A:         Only second year mites (2008) and older skaters are invited to the scrimmages as younger skaters do not need full ice scrimmages at this point in their hockey development.  We are allowing second year mite players because they have already been through our ADM program at least one year.  If a skater is a 2008 and they have not already participated in the ADM program, they will not be allowed to participate in the scrimmages.

Q:        We are going on vacation and going to miss a week. 

A:         We’ve worked with the rink and they’ve donated the weekday ice.  The cost of this program is such that even if you miss a few sessions, the value you receive is still very high.  You are getting 12 hours of instruction and 8 hours of scrimmaging for $150. 

Q:        Why is my cost the same but my skater cannot participate in the scrimmages?

A:         As indicated, the weekday ice was donated and our coaches have volunteered so we have no costs associated with the scrimmages.  The Sunday morning sessions include 12 hours of instruction for $150.  If you look at other Learn to Play Hockey programs, ours is a very high value with more time for less cost.

Q:        I’m not sure whether to sign my skater up for a week-long camp or the LDIP program?

A:         There is never a clear answer here as it’s whatever you feel is best for your skater.  The pro of this program over a week-long camp besides the cost is the fact that your skater stays on the ice for 8 weeks rather than 5 days and then a long break.  However camps have some things that we cannot offer – instructors from outside the area, multiple or longer ice sessions within a day and easier to book vacations around. 

Q:        Should my kid do both?

A:         You know your child best, however, be sure you are not burning your child out.  While the summer is a fantastic time to take advantage of getting your skater on the ice at a reasonable cost, if your skater burns out and then says he/she does not want to play, it’s not worth it.  


by posted 03/30/2016
BINGO FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY

Resend of previous email as email address for Steve Herzog had to be changed.

 

With the 2016-17 season kick off and tryouts/evaluations just around the corner, if you are looking for a way to offset some or all of your fees, please consider Mad Max BINGO.  We have had families working Bingo for some time and that can be you too!

Here's the general information.  If you have specific questions, please reach out to Steve Herzog at steve.herzog@hpe.com.

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We are seeking volunteers that are flexible and dependable for a fund raising opportunity.  Volunteers will sell instant tickets or call back BINGO's at Mad Max BINGO hall located on Harrison Road.  This opportunity is available year round so funds can be accumulated through the off-season, as well as during the hockey season.

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Specifics:  Fridays (6-10pm) & Sundays (5:30-9:30pm)

Pay:        $50

BINGO Details:

  • BINGO is pre-scheduled in 1 month increments so you are able to provide availability to work.  There are opportunities to work additional BINGO’s as “call-in” where additional workers may be needed a day or 2 in advance.   
  • BINGO Hall is on Harrison Avenue

Funding Details:

  • Pay occurs every 2 months and will be posted to a QCHA (Cincinnati Swords) account which can be used to fund clinics and hockey fee’s which are paid to QCHA (Cincinnati Swords). 
  • Funds are set aside for your family and not a general account.  Funds are paid at 100% and are considered tax exempt under 503(c)(3) agreement.
  • Funds cannot be transferred to you as cash\check.

by posted 03/14/2016
CHO YOUTH HOCKEY EQUIPMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 

 

ARE YOU A KID AGE 10 AND UNDER WHO PLAYS OR WANTS TO LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY?

ARE YOU CURRENTLY REGISTERED FOR A SWORDS HOCKEY PROGRAM?

DO YOU NEED A STARTER SET OF YOUTH HOCKEY EQUIPMENT?

OUR GOOD FRIENDS AT CINCINNATI HOCKEY ORGANIZATION HAVE JUST ANNOUNCED THAT THEY ARE NOW OFFERING AN INTRODUCTORY YOUTH HOCKEY EQUIPMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM!

CINCINNATI HOCKEY ORGANIZATION (“CHO”), IS A LOCAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION WHOSE PURPOSE IS TO PROMOTE YOUTH AMATEUR HOCKEY IN THE CINCINNATI AREA.  CHO IS OFFERING A FREE BAUER LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY STARTER EQUIPMENT PACKAGE TO ELIGIBLE LOCAL HOCKEY PLAYERS.

BAUER LEARN TO PLAY STARTER PACKAGE INCLUDES (ALL YOUTH SIZES)

HELMET

SHOULDER & ELBOW PADS

GLOVES

PANTS        

KNEE & SHIN GUARDS

BAG

VISIT WWW.CINCINNATIHOCKEY.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS PROGRAM AND/OR SEE PROGRAM FLYER EMAILED TO ALL SWORDS FAMILIES.


by posted 09/28/2015
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
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