The Spring Spirit Wear Sale is open now through May 14th. We are again partnering with Customize It to provide our spirit wear and are offering a variety of options. Below are a few of the new items that are being offered for the spring sale.
Most items are available in both adult and youth sizes. Check out our Shop at www.customizeitcincy.com. To enter the Swords Shop select Shop Login in the top right corner of the Customize It homepage and enter SWORDS for the username and HOCKEY for the password.
Schedule Change – tryouts kick off on Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 28. The online schedule has been updated. Changes have been bolded.
Traffic – Sunday, April 29 there will be a car show in downtown Sharonville from 9am-3pm. Please be sure to take that into consideration for travel to the rink.
Blackout – our parent rep committee made a recommendation to the board of directors to remove parents from the rinks during tryouts. The pros and cons were debated by both the parent rep committee and the board of directors. We have decided to do a pilot program this year and ask that no parents remain in the rinks while their skater is on the ice.
Check In/Pinney – there will be check in set up between the rinks at Sports Plus. Each skater will receive a set of instructions including a call back number and a pinney. The pinney is used for all sessions including the Skills All Call, Battle Drills and Scrimmages. Be sure your skater does not misplace his/her pinney. We use a separate number than the pinney number for invitations back to scrimmages. This is to protect your skater’s privacy.
Independent Evaluators – we are asked every year about the evaluators. Our plan is to have evaluators that have a strong hockey background AND do not have a vested interest in the skaters being evaluated (their skater, their team, their skater’s age group). Coaches for the age group may be in the rink reviewing and taking notes but they are not part of the official evaluation. The skill and battle drill All Calls create the list of skaters invited back to the scrimmages. The scrimmages are independently evaluated and then the coach in conjunction with the hockey commissioner and coaching committee makes the final team selections.
Registration – while we continue to keep registration open during the tryouts, all skaters must be registered before we assign pinney and call back number. It will help your skater, who is already nervous about the tryouts, if this is done in advance and his/her check-in is not delayed. Almost every year, we have a family come in and one parent thought the other parent had completed the registration. Please consider double checking before you come to the rink. You can do this by going to www.swordshockey.com and clicking on “My Account/Payments”. Once you do that you will be able to double check that your skater is registered.
Team Option Comparisons – If you are coming from another organization, we want you to have all the information to make a good decision on why your family should choose the Cincinnati Swords Hockey organization. While most organizations can’t say with certainty how much practice ice each team will get until they know the final number of teams, consider this, we have determined that our U8/ADM program is now scheduled for two weekly ice practices. The ice will be shared by only 2 teams. If we have an odd number of teams, we add 30 minutes. Other organizations offer 2 sheets for an hour and put all their mites on the ice. Our Little Caesars and BTHL teams will have 2 practices a week. If we have to do a shared practice again we increase the ice time from 60 to 90 minutes. At High School - we intend to offer 2 x 60 minute practices for an individual team while others orgs may only offer a 30 minutes Varsity, 30 minutes Var&JV, followed by 30 minutes JV only. We are now offering free clinics on Monday and we have a fitness center available as well. We try to include as much in the upfront pricing as we can. There is no add-on preseason fee or additional charge for tournaments. Please do the comparisons and you should find Swords to be the best value and organization for your skater.
Skater Preparation – take a few minutes a couple of days before tryouts and talk through a tryout with your skater. Important preparation steps from USA Hockey include reminding your skater to (1) Pay Attention and Work Hard; (2) Be First In Line; (3) Show No Lazy Habits; (4) Stay Positive and (5) Have Fun. We would add be sure your skater is well fed and well rested.
Summer FUNdamentals Program: We will kick off our 2018-19 season with an optional summer FUNdamentals program which includes eight 90 minute ice sessions on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30pm (July 23 through August 15). This is a great way to get your skater(s) back on the ice and knock off the rust before the evaluations. The cost of this program is $150 if registered on or before May 15. After May 15, the cost is $200.
Registration for both our Summer FUNdamentals and our Fall/Winter Programs will open on April 20. To register, please go to www.swordshockey.com and click on Register Online on the left-hand side. We will include an early registration discount to encourage early registration.
We are very excited about the upcoming 2018-19 season. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Ellen Metz at email@example.com or Jennie Tiemeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At last night’s board meeting, the ADM Commissioner, Ellen Metz, presented a revised U8/ADM program for the 2018-19 season. Ellen met with several ADM coaches to review the past program and incorporate several new items. The board approved the program. Changes/additions to the program include:
Teams: Planning for 4 teams
Monday nights: On-ice ADM sessions (2 teams per 60-minute session)*
Friday nights: On-ice team sessions (2 teams per 60-minute session)*
Saturdays: 16 weekends of 2 hours (each team will receive 8 60-minute sessions)
League Play: Teams will participate in MYHL with home and away games
League Tournament: Teams will participation in the EOS MYHL tournament
Post Season Tournament: Each team will participate in a tournament after the MYHL season
Season Length: Extend season 8 weeks by kicking off on Friday, Sept. 7 vs Oct. 30 last year
Fee: Anticipated fee is $995 (will be adjusted based on registration between $950 and $1,050)
Weekly Cost: Last Year - $53; This Year - $44
Early Registration Deadline: Moved to May 15 for planning purposes
Registrations for the U8 Summer FUNdamentals Program and the U8 Fall/Winter Program are now open at www.swordshockey.com click on “Register Online” on the left-hand side. First 10 players that register will receive a small Swords token at the August evaluations.
We are very excited about the updated program and hope you are as well. Questions? Please feel free to reach out to Ellen Metz, at
or the Swords office at
*If numbers dictate an odd number of teams, Mon/Fri sessions may include 3 teams but allotted time will be increased to 90 minutes.
Ellen Metz, ADM Commissioner, has met with some of the past ADM coaches and has a proposal to present to the Board of Directors. We anticipate an ADM update and registration opening no later than Friday, April 20.
This program update is a result of a review of the 2018-19 U18/Varsity and U16/JV program with parents and Swords representatives as well as consideration of potential play outside our league.
Our initial proposal this year was to form a U18 and a U16 team with expanded rosters for practice players-who would also participate in tournament play. At this point, we still plan to form a U18 and U16 team and they may choose to pick a larger roster than 20 skaters due to the rate of injury/ absence. However, in place of a tournament team, the Cincinnati Swords has determined that if the registration numbers support, we will form a third independent midget team.
This 3rd independent team will practice twice a week and will primarily play regional teams with a home and away series. We have not been able to get commitments to actual games as teams do not have coaches selected this early. We do feel that there are enough teams available outside the Cincinnati League to plan for a season of ~16 games. Upon registration, Players will be able to choose to be considered for this team only as part of the registration. If applicable to you, be sure to select this option under “Team Preference”. If you have already registered, please let Jennie Tiemeyer know if you would like your preference changed to “Independent Team Only” and she can update your skater’s profile. Her contact email is
To provide extra time for our families, our U18 and U16 early registration deadline has been extended to Tuesday, April 17. If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact Chris Woycke, Hockey Commissioner, at
Team Gick ended their season on a high note placing 1st in the BYHL Bantam A Silver Lower Championship on February 24th! They earned Bronze in the Olympic Showdown skills competition at the Nashville Showdown tournament on March 2nd. (Picture with hats). They also placed 1st place in the Nashville Country & Western Showdown Tournament in Nashville on March 3rd. They went 4-0 against teams from Atlanta, Huntsville, Nashville, and Indianapolis in the Bantam B Division.
Team Clark – Peewee MYHL
Team Clark ended the regular season as the #1 seed in their division, with a 15-1 record. They reached the end of season tournament finals, but lost to West Virginia. As a team they played in 5 total tournaments (including the EOS Goggin) during the season. Making it to the finals in 4 of the 5 tournaments with a win in the Cleveland tourney finals. The team also had the opportunity to skate at US Bank Arena with the Cyclones, practice and scrimmage.
Team Erdmann – Peewee BTHL
The Cincinnati Swords PW3 team led by coaches Evan Erdmann and Brandon Fackey ended their season as BTHL Silver division champions with a record of 19W, 3L and 2 ties. They also took the Silver medal in the end of season BTHL division champions, losing a hard fought game against the Indy Racers. On a whole the team played 65 games this year and ended up with a 37W, 27L, 4T record, winning a tournament in Detroit and having 2 second place medals in tournaments in South Bend and Pittsburgh. The team had a great year of growth as hockey players and as friends. At the end of season party the team got together and presented their teammate Mitchell Reh a shadow box frame housing a team picture and medals from all 3 of our tournaments this year to replace the medals lost in their home fire.
Team McDonald – Peewee BTHL
It was a hard fought season for Coach McDonald's team, playing BTHL U12 A Gold division in their first year as Peewees. In league they contended for the league championship down to the last weekend. Out of league they consistently played tough against AA and AAA teams. The boys grew a lot over the entire season ending in our end of season championship where they beat the Dayton Stealth 4-0 (they were 0-7-1 against them during the season).
Team Nations Cup Champions 2017 - having 2 points in the seeding round was instrumental in USA beating Canada
Oxford Tournament Runner-ups
BTHL EOS Tournament - Gold Lower Tournament Champions
The Cincinnati Swords is pleased to announce the coaching staff for our 2018-19 teams. After reviewing all received applications and the end-of-the-season survey results, prospective coaches were contacted for interviews and to finalize roles and objectives. The commissioner then presented recommendations to the full board of directors for review and approval. These coaches bring the desire and expertise to help our hockey players continue their hockey development.
New this year, in some cases we have announced coaching teams. The decision to announce multiple coaches for a team is based on our discussions with the individuals and their commitment to working together to lead the team.
Final team numbers and league placement will be determined based on registration numbers and evaluations.
Coaching prospectuses will be updated and added to the website before we open registration.
Our tryout schedule, tryout instructions and program details are now posted on the website at www.swordshockey.com. We plan to open registration on April 2, 2018.
U10 Level (birth year 2008 and 2009)
2008 Kirk Andreae (plans to play in Little Caesars League)
2009 Jeff Evans (plans to play in Little Caesars League)
Mixed Jeff Johnson and Rich Luongo (team(s) placement in MYHL/Hybrid program)
U12 Level (birth year 2006 and 2007)
2006 Dan McDonald (plans to play in Little Caesars League)
2006 Rob Clark (plans to play in BTHL)
2007 Andrew Backen (plans to play in Little Caesars League)
2007 Coaching Team of Armand Luzi/Brian Shiverdecker (plans to play in BTHL)
Mixed Kurtis Lindemann (plans to play in MYHL/Hybrid program)
U14 Level (birth year 2004 and 2005)
2004 Rob Schoonover (plans to play in BTHL)
2005 Rob Ganz (plans to play in Little Caesars League)
Mixed Todd Gick (plans to play in the BTHL)
Mixed TBD (plans to play in MYHL/Hybrid program; coaching announcement at a later date)
U16/JV Level (birth years 2002 and 2003)
Mixed Greg Drach
U18/Varsity Level (birth years 2000, 2001, 2002 & 2003)
Mixed Coaching Team of Don Biggs, Dave Reno and Scott Davis
U8/ADM Program - We will not announce the coaching staff for our 2018-19 U8/ADM program until early summer. However details about the summer and the fall/winter programs can be found on the website.
The Cincinnati Swords are very excited to announce our new and newly revised 2018-19 programs. Here are Word and PDF links to all the programs. Please be sure to read the overall tryout instructions as well as any programs applicable to your player(s).
Beginning this year for the 2017-18 season, all skaters, at least one parent and all coaches (head, assistant, on-ice helpers) must comply with OH Senate Bill 252 (Lindsay’s Law). Below is general information about the bill and the requirements. Even if you do not live in Ohio, if you are participating on a Swords team, you must complete the requirements.
Lindsay’s Law: Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Youth Athletes
What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
A Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, cutting off blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. Sudden cardiac arrest is fatal if not treated immediately, most often by a defibrillator.
Who is Lindsay?
Senate Bill 252 is named for national heart health advocate and former Miss Ohio Lindsay Davis who suffers from a heart condition and has since dedicated her career to raising awareness of this potentially fatal condition.
"Sudden cardiac arrest is the number one killer of student athletes," said Davis. "At any moment I could have died because coaches and teachers had no idea this was even a possibility for someone who looked as healthy as I did at that age."
In accordance with this law, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and other stakeholders jointly developed guidelines and other relevant materials to inform and educate students and youth athletes participating in or desiring to participate in an athletic activity, their parents, and their coaches about the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest.
The following resources were developed to implement Lindsay’s Law:
The Kroger Co. has renewed their Community Rewards program for the 2016-17 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 2015-16 account.
If you have not participated in the past but would like to for the 2016-17 season details on the program and how to enroll are listed below.
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.
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.