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5/2/16 UPDATE 2016-17 INDEPENDENT MIDGET/HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM
05/02/2016
5/2/16 Midget/High School Hockey Announcement Based on the questions...
2016 SUMMER ELITE TRAINING PROGRAM
05/01/2016
2016 SUMMER ELITE TRAINING PROGRAM We are excited to offer...
UPDATE: 2016-17 TRYOUT/EVALUATION PREPARATION CLINICS
04/26/2016
UPDATE   We have had a huge response for our upcoming...
CINCINNATI SWORDS 2016-17 COACHING ANNOUNCEMENT
04/23/2016
The Cincinnati Swords board of directors is pleased to announce the...
REVISED BOARD MEETING DATE
04/14/2016
The next Cincinnati Swords board of directors meeting will be on...
2016-17 SWORDS TEAM TRYOUT/EVALUATION SCHEDULE
03/30/2016
2016-2017 Swords Team Tryout/Evaluation...
2016-17 INDEPENDENT/BTHL TRAVEL TEAM (SQ, PW & BT) PROGRAM
03/30/2016
2016-17 INDEPENDENT/BTHL TRAVEL TEAM (SQ, PW & BT) PROGRAM The...
2016-17 MYHL PROGRAM (SQ, PW & BT)
03/30/2016
2016-17 MYHL PROGRAM (SQUIRT, PEEWEE AND BANTAM) The Cincinnati...
2016-17 ADM/MITE PROGRAM
03/30/2016
2016-17 ADM/MITE PROGRAM The Swords organization will continue...
2016-17 SWORDS SUMMER PROGRAM - LEARN, DEVELOP, IMPROVE AND PLAY
03/30/2016
2016-17 SWORDS SUMMER PROGRAM – Learn, Develop, Improve and...
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03/15/2016
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03/15/2016
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5/2/16 UPDATE 2016-17 INDEPENDENT MIDGET/HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM

5/2/16 Midget/High School Hockey Announcement

Based on the questions and requests for information we are receiving we wanted to update people on our Midget and High School Programs for the 2016-2017 season.

Midget Travel Update

Based on our preliminary numbers, we are planning for a U15 and U16 team.  We do not have the support for a U18 team at this time so Craig Hahn will be coaching our Varsity only team for the 2016-17 team (see below).

High School League

This year’s high school league will run similar to last year’s season with only slight changes. These changes are as follows:

  • The Swords midget travel teams will supplement their travel schedule by also participating in the high school league.
  • The Thunderhawks team will return with Craig Hahn as the head coach.  This team will be a varsity team for those skaters who do not want to or are not eligible to participate in the combine midget travel/high school teams.  This team will be made up of the best skaters that choose to play high school only.  We will form an additional varsity team if there is interest and ability.
  • The Mason Comets team is currently working on joining the OHSAA for the 2016-17 season.  If they are unable to join this year, we will work with them to provide an alternative option for the season.  Coach Knudsen has asked that all Mason players register and select “play for Mason High School” when selecting a team preference.
  • We will have a Cincinnati Swords team (JV) again this year for players who are not ready for varsity play. The coach for this program is TBD.

Cincinnati Swords Development Team

One of the most important enhancements to our high school hockey program will be the Cincinnati Swords development team (JV). Players that are transitioning from younger age group play need a place to develop their skills and prepare for full varsity play. Players who are on the Cincinnati Swords team will also have opportunities to get “called up” to varsity games as those varsity teams have openings in their line up due to injury, illness etc. A planned integration model for our younger players will serve us well for years to come and ease the transition to a higher level of play. To this end our coaching staff will evaluate players into a couple of different status options:

  • Varsity only coached by Craig Hahn
  • Varsity and Cincinnati Swords development team (JV)
  • Cincinnati Swords development team only (JV)

Our Varsity and JV teams will play a 20 game schedule with ten home and ten away games. Our team practice schedules will be determined after the coaching staff has been picked and we determine the final number of teams we will have. (This is dependent on number of players who show up for evaluations).

Registration, Schedule and Contact Information

It is important that you register your skater as soon as possible so we have enough information to make any adjustments necessary to the evaluation schedule, the number of teams, coaching staff, etc.  To register, please go to www.swordshockey.com and click on “Register Online” on the left-hand side.  All skaters with birth years 1998 through 2001 need to register in the MIDGET/HIGH SCHOOL TRYOUTS/EVALUATIONS 2016-17 registration or click HERE

With these changes, you may have additional questions.  If they are related to the Midget teams, please contact Chris Knecht at or 513-317-2210.  If your questions relate to the Varsity or the Development team(s), please contact Earl Dalton at or 513-917-7061.

 

PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT:

 

2016-17 INDEPENDENT MIDGET/HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM

The Cincinnati Swords board of directors is pleased to announce a new playing opportunity for our Midget skaters for the 2016-17 season.  For the last several years we have run separate Midget Travel and Varsity High School programs.  After an in-depth review and hosting the Buckeye Cup tournament in March, we believe the best approach for our Midget players so to do a combination program where skaters can get the best from each program.  Critical information for all skaters and their families is outlined below.

Team Formation:  We are currently planning for up to three Midget Travel teams that will also compete a minimum Varsity High School schedule to qualify for participation in the Ohio State Buckeye Cup which qualifies to the USA Hockey High School Nationals.  Final team numbers and configurations will be based on our registrations.  In addition we will form as many high school teams as possible based on the registration numbers.  Team placement (varsity or junior varsity) will be based on the overall evaluation of the skaters’ skills.

Tryout Schedule:  We will run a combination Midget Travel/High School tryout the weekend of May 21 and 22.   The schedule has been posted on the website at www.swordshockey.com.  The first evaluation is an all-call and is the skills assessment portion of our tryouts.  Attendance is mandatory.  The tryout schedule is subject to change based on registration numbers and team formations.  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.  Midget Travel/HS team fees are set by coaches and will generally range from $2,500 to $2,800.  Traditional high school team fees will be approximately $1,400 to $1,600. 

Registration:  Registration 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 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.

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:  Midget Travel/HS 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.  Our traditional high school teams will have their jerseys provided as part of their team fees.

Team Financial Information:  Any player accepting a spot on a teams 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 05/02/2016
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
UPDATE: 2016-17 TRYOUT/EVALUATION PREPARATION CLINICS

UPDATE

 

We have had a huge response for our upcoming clinics.  Many of our clinics are now at capacity.  Here is a new list of available clinics:

NEW SQ/PW - Monday May 16 @ Sports Plus-CAN (6-7:30pm)

PW - Tuesday, May 17 @ Sports Plus-USA (6:30-8pm)

BT - Thursday, May 19 @ Sports Plus-CAN (7:30-9pm)

Midget - Tuesday, May 17 @ Sports Plus-USA (8-9:30pm)

The clinic is now open to all skaters that register and pay for the 2016-17 tryouts/evaluations.  There is a $25 fee for participation in the clinics.  To register for the clinic, please go to www.swordshockey.com and click on "Register Online" on the left-hand side.  The clinic is the second registration.

 

Note:  Signing up for the Wednesday night goalie and checking clinics is a part of your tryout/evaluation registration.  No separate registration is required.  

 

 

 

 

2016-17 TRYOUT/EVALUATION PREPARATION CLINICS

Last year we offered a tryout clinic for the first time.  This year we are pleased to offer this clinic again for all Independent, BTHL, MYHL and Midget/High School participants.  New this year if you participated in a 2015-16 Swords fall/winter program AND you are registered for the 2016-17 Tryouts/Evaluations by Friday, April 22 you can participate in ONE age-appropriate clinic FREE OF CHARGE

In additional to the age-level clinics, we will also have a goalie clinic and a checking clinic.  Skaters that participate in the goalie and/or checking clinic, may also participate in an age-level clinic.  Clinic registration will be on a first-come basis.  You must register for the clinic separate from the tryout/evaluation registration to confirm a spot at the clinics by using the link emailed to you after you process your tryout/evaluation registration.   After April 22, there will be open clinic registration for $25 if there is any space still available. 

Skaters will be able to select ONE age-appropriate clinic (Tuesday or Thursday).   The clinic schedule is:

Tuesday May 17, 2016 Rink
Squirt 6-7:30pm CAN
Peewee 6:30-8pm USA
Bantam 7:30-9pm CAN
Midget/HS 8-9:30pm USA
     
Wedneday May 18, 2016  
Goalie Clinic** 6-7:30pm USA
Checking Clinic 7:30-9pm USA
     
Thursday May 19, 2016  
Squirt 6-7:30pm CAN
Peewee 6-7:30pm USA
Bantam 7:30-9pm CAN
     

 

**Goalie Evaluation:  This evaluation is open to all goalies registered for the upcoming tryouts/evaluations.  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. 

NOTE:   If we do not meet the minimum number of skaters, we will combine groups.  If we have a larger than anticipated turnout, we will look to add additional time/dates.


by posted 04/26/2016
CINCINNATI SWORDS 2016-17 COACHING ANNOUNCEMENT

The Cincinnati Swords board of directors is pleased to announce the coaching staff for our Independent and BTHL teams. These coaches bring the desire and expertise to help our hockey players continue their hockey development.  Similar to past years, we will offer a top team selection by birth year plus mixed birth year teams if the registration numbers and skills evaluation dictate that we have enough interest and ability to do so.

SPECIAL NOTE:

1.  We will continue to add teams and coaches as our registration numbers and interest level dictate.  We will also further evaluate our coaching list based on their individual skater(s) evaluation.

2.  Assistant coaches will be named after a determination is made on their skaters’ proper placement.

3.  We have a strong MYHL coaching pool in place.  However, we will not name coaches as some families would like their skaters evaluated for possible inclusion on an Independent/BTHL team. 

4.  Coaching prospectuses will be updated and added within the next week or so.

 

Squirt Level (birth year 2006 and 2007)

2006 – Dan McDonald

2007 – Andrew Backen

2007 #2 or Mixed – AJ Crouch

Peewee Level (birth year 2004 and and 2005)

2004 – Rob Schoonover

2005 – Rob Ganz

Mixed Teams – Scott Mercalde and Matt Tramonte

Bantam Level (birth year 2002 and 2003)

2002 – Dan Huhn

2003 – Andrew Heldt

Mixed – Brian DeGroft

Midget-U15 (birth year 2001)

To Be Announced (coach has been selected but would like his skater’s placement determined before an announcement)

Midget-U16 (birth year 2000)

Don Biggs

Midget-U18 (birth year 1999 and 1998)

Craig Hahn


by posted 04/23/2016
REVISED BOARD MEETING DATE

The next Cincinnati Swords board of directors meeting will be on Thursday May 12 beginning at 6:30pm at Sports Plus (conference room upstairs near Swords office).  


by posted 04/14/2016
2016-17 SWORDS TEAM TRYOUT/EVALUATION SCHEDULE
2016-2017 Swords Team Tryout/Evaluation Schedule
         
Saturday, May 21, 2016 CAN Rink   Saturday, May 21, 2016 USA Rink
         
Birth Year 2007 (SQ) 7:45am-9:00am   Birth Year 2005 (PW) 8:00am-9:15am
Birth Year 2006 (SQ) 9:00am-10:15am   Birth Year 2004 (PW) 9:15am-10:30am
         
Midget/HS (A-L) 10:15am-11:30am   Birth Year 2003 (BT) 10:30am-12:30pm
Midget/HS (M-Z) 11:30am-12:45pm   Birth Year 2002 (BT) 12:30pm-1:30pm
         
BREAK 1:30pm-3:00pm   BREAK 1:30pm-3:00pm
         
2007 SQ Invite Only Scrimmage 3:15pm-4:30pm   2005 PW Invite Only Scrimmage 3:00pm-4:15pm
2006 SQ Invite Only Scrimmage 4:30pm-5:45pm   2004 PW Invite Only Scrimmage 4:15pm-5:30pm
         
Midget/HS Invite Only Scrimmage 5:45pm-7:00pm   2003 BT Invite Only Scrimmage 5:30pm-7:00pm
Midget/HS Invite Only Scrimmage 7:00pm-8:15pm   2002 BT Invite Only Scrimmage 7:00pm-8:00pm
         
         
Sunday, May 22, 2016 CAN Rink   Sunday, May 22, 2016 USA Rink
         
2006/2007 SQ Invite Only Scrimmage 9:00am-10:15am   2002/2003 BT Invite Only Scrimmage 9:00am-10:15am
      Midget/HS Invite Only Scrimmage 10:15am-11:30am
         
         
MYHL Evaluations  
         
Squirt - Skills Assessment Sunday, May 22 12:00pm-1:30pm Sports Plus-CAN Rink  
Squirt - Scrimmages Sunday, May 22 2:45pm-4:15pm Sports Plus-CAN Rink  
         
Bantam (Last Name A-L) Skills Sunday, May 22 1:00pm-2:00pm Sports Plus-USA Rink  
Bantam (Last Name M-Z) Skills Sunday, May 22 2:00pm-3:00pm Sports Plus-USA Rink  
Bantam Scrimmages Sunday, May 22 4:30pm-6:00pm Sports Plus-USA Rink  
         
Peewee Skills Assessment Sunday, May 22 3:00pm-4:30pm Sports Plus-USA Rink  
Pewee Scrimmages Sunday, May 22 6:00pm-7:00pm Sports Plus-USA Rink  

by posted 03/30/2016
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 03/30/2016
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 03/30/2016
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 03/30/2016
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
2016 SPRING PODS AND SCHEDULE
SPRING HOCKEY PODS
                     
    COACHING STAFF   RINK DAY TIME   RINK DAY TIME
SQUIRT II & MITE   AJ Crouch/A. Backen USA Thurs 5:30-6:45pm   CAN Sat 8:15-9:30am
                   
SQUIRT   C. Sample/D. McDonald/K. Norus CAN Tues 6-7:15pm   USA Sat 8-9:15am
                   
PEEWEE                  
Independent/BTHL Travel   S. Mercalde/R. Schoonover/D. Hyland/A. Luzi CAN Tues 7:15-8:30pm   USA Sat 9:15-10:30am
MYHL   J. Das CAN Thurs 6-7:15pm   CAN Sat 9:30-10:45am
                   
BANTAM                  
Independent/BTHL Travel   J. Clisham/B. DeGroft/A. Heldt CAN Wed 7:30-8:45pm   CAN Sat 10:45-12noon
MYHL   E. Dalton/T. Adrien/D. Floreani: CAN Thurs 7:15-8:30pm   USA Sat 10:30-11:45am
                   
MIDGET/HIGH SCHOOL                  
Midget Tier I & Tier II   P. Higgins CAN Tues 8:30-9:45pm   CAN Sat 12noon-1:15pm
Midget High School   E. Dalton/C. Hahn/D. Floreani CAN Thurs 8:30-9:45pm   USA Sat 11:45am-1pm
                     
POD SCHEDULE:                
Week Day Schedule   Weekend Schedule**                
                     
Session 1:  April 5-7   Session 1: April 9                
Session 2: April 12-14   Session 2: April 16                
Session 3: April 19-21   Session 3: April 23                
Session 4: April 26-28   Session 4: April 30                
Session 5: May 3-5   Session 5: May 7                
Session 6: May 10-12   Session 6: May 14                
                     
** Mites:  Only 1 90 minutes session a week; no weekend session              

by posted 03/15/2016
SWORDS 2016 SPRING PROGRAM

Registration for the 2016 spring programs is now open!  We are excited to offer a significant discount to those skaters that register early for our spring program.  Please be sure to read all the details so you don't miss out.

MT, SQ, PW, BT & MG Program Format

We will continue our pod program with an emphasis on skater development.  All pods will meet twice a week for 65 minutes on ice (one time during the week and one time on Saturday morning) beginning the week of April 5 and concluding the weekend of May 14.  We are also attempting to run separate pods for Tier I/Tier II travel (Independent/BTHL) and recreational travel (MYHL) based on registrations.  A pod consists of 24-32 players with the emphasis on fun, friendship, and development. 

For the Mites, 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 sessions will be skills/drills and game concepts and the Saturday morning sessions 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 is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23 at Sports Plus.  You must register for spring to participate in this checking clinic.  Another checking clinic will be scheduled for those skaters participating in the tryouts/evaluations in May.

Age Levels
USA Hockey age levels for 2016/2017 will be used in the Spring Program.  They are: Mite (08-11), Squirt (06-07), Pee Wee (04-05), Bantam (02-03), Midget (98-01).

Parents/Skaters
When registering online, parents/skaters must select their preference of pods.  Swords will form pods after the enrollment period 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 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.

Important Dates
February 19th:              End of early registration discount

March 23rd:                   Checking Clinic (tentative)
March 26th:                   Registration cutoff
March 28th-30th:           Players notified of pod
March 23th:                   Checking Clinic
April 5-7:                      Season begins

Spring Fees Based on Full Registration AND Payment:   

Mite/Squirt/Pee Wee              $250
Bantam & Midget                   $300


            
CLICK HERE to see dates/times of pods

ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY AVAILABLE AT:
www.swordshockey.com click on “Register Online” on the left-hand side of the home page.  


by posted 03/15/2016
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.

___________________________________________________________________________

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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