We are just over a week away from our second annual Welcome Back to Hockey weekend. Carla Venhoff, our event coordinator, has been working tirelessly to make this a great event and her efforts are paying off.
A couple of new items for participating families:
Registration – we will have a registration table for all participants. Please do not forget to check in as you will also receive a ticket that can be used for a free Gatorade and popcorn and a ticket for each skater to get in free to our JR A games on Saturday and Sunday where our mite skaters will be our intermission entertainment.
Schedule Update – please be sure to double check the online schedule as we have updated.
Mite Participants – Sports Plus has given all our mites FREE access to the blow ups from 10-11am on Saturday (immediately following their on-ice portion of the Saturday program). Please be sure to get your entrance wristband when you check in for your ice portion.
Travel Head Coaches/ Travel Team Managers/MYHL Coaches/ADM Coaches – we have a small token of appreciation for you from Bauer. Please stop by the registration area on Saturday.
Coaches Game – don’t forget to come out and support your coach as he battles on the ice during our coaches’ game.
Parents – our nutrition talk will be from 12:30-1:30pm in the conference room upstairs. Please look for the signs. This presentation will be very informative.
Prize Board/CharityMania Tickets – We will have a $5.00 pick a number board where every number has a prize including Bauer gear, Certificates for free hockey photos, Swords/Sabres decals, Sword pins, and much more! Take a chance you may win something special. We will also be selling CharityMania tickets for the upcoming NFL season. CharityMania is a game of chance that runs the entire length of the football season. While we all love hockey, we know we have die-hard football fans out there as well and you may win $1,000. All proceeds from the Number Board and CharityMania tickets, like any other proceeds, will go directly to the new Workout/Video Center.
Beacon Orthopaedics & Drayer Physical Therapy Institute will be available late Saturday afternoon prior to the JR A game. They are a good resource to talk with regarding any injuries and injury prevention. For those of you with high school athletes, you know all the school athletic programs work with trainers to keep their athletes on the field. We are thrilled that Beacon & Drayer will be working with us to keep our skaters in action.
Silent Auction – watch for our special edition of WBTH Update next week where we will be highlighting our silent auction. We have a lot of FANTASTIC items up for bidding! You won’t want to miss out.
Volunteers – Carla is still looking for volunteers to help on Saturday and Sunday. Please consider stepping up to help out. Carla can be reached at
IT’S NOT TOO LATE – If you have not already registered your skater, you can still do so but going to www.swordshockey.com and clicking on “Register Online” on the left-hand side. Any skater signed up for a 2014-15 Swords or Sabres program is eligible to participate. All skaters must be pre-registered.
The next checking clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Northland from 4:45-7:30pm. Registration is now open on our website at www.swordshockey.com. This will be the only checking clinic prior to the start of the 2014-15 season.
Swords/Sabres Checking Clinic is mandatory for any Swords/Sabres Bantam, Midget or High School level player who has not previously attended a checking clinic. The clinic includes a video presentation of proper checking techniques and then on-ice controlled practice of both giving and receiving a check. All on-ice activities will be instructed and supervised by USA Hockey certified coaches who have been teaching this program for years. The schedule is as follows:
Date: Wednesday September 10th, Northland Location: Northland Check In: 4:45pm (dressed to waist) Video: 5:00pm Ice Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
COACHING CLINIC AT GOGGIN, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH
THE REGISTRATION FOR THE UPCOMING COACHING CLINICS FOR LEVEL 1, 2 AND 3 AT GOGGIN IS NOW OPEN. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE REGISTRATION PAGE. YOU WILL NEED TO SEARCH UNDER OXFORD, OH ONLY DO NOT ENTER ANY OTHER INFO IN THE FIELDS OR IT WON'T BRING UP THE INFORMATION
MYHL and MITE EVALUATIONS FOR 2014/2015
You must register and pay a $250 deposit prior to the evaluation. If you are unable to attend, please contact the MYHL Commissioner- Earl Dalton - firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-917-7061 or the ADM Commissioner- Scott Mercalde -email@example.com or 513-313-6087
. **ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN**
Mite (2006 and younger birth years)
August 21 6:00- 6:30pm Northland 2010, 2009, 2008
August 21 6:30-7:30pm Northland ALL 2007's August 21 7:30-8:30pm Northland ALL 2006's
Squirt (2004-2005 birth years)
August 19 6:10pm-7:30pm Northland (Top Tier Team Tryout)
August 25 6:10-7:30pm Northland (Parity Team Evaluations)
Pee Wee (2002-2003 birth years)
August 19 7:40pm-9pm Northland (Top Tier Team Tryout)
August 25 7:40pm-9pm Northland (Parity Team Evaluations)
Bantam (2000-2001 birth years)
August 21 8:40-9:30pm Northland (Parity Team Evaluations)
We are pleased to announce this year’s Welcome Back to Hockey weekend will include a nutrition presentation by Dawn Weatherwax of Sports Nutrition 2Go.
Dawn will discuss pre-game, between game and post-game nutrition and hydration for hockey players. Dawn is a registered/licensed dietician with a specialty in sports nutrition and is the founder of Sports Nutrition 2Go in Liberty Township. She is also a board certified specialist in sports dietetics which is the premier professional sports nutrition credential in the United States. Dawn’s clients have included NFL, NHL, MLB, LPGA, World/Olympic and local college/university athletes.
We are thrilled that Dawn will be speaking at our event! Her presentation will be on Saturday, September 6 from 12:30-1:30pm. All our hockey parents are invited to attend. You will not want to miss this great presentation!
Just a reminder Welcome Back to Hockey weekend is Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7. All skaters must be pre-registered and any skater registered by August 17 will receive a free t-shirt. We also have a separate t-shirt purchase only for coaches and parents who would like to join in the fun. The t-shirts only are $10. To register or purchase t-shirts, go to www.swordshockey.com and click on “Register Online”.
HIGH SCHOOL EVALUATIONS FOR 2014/2015
You must register and pay all outstanding payments prior to attending the evaluation. If you have any questions or will not be able to attend please contact the commissioner- Kirk Montgomery at 513-476-9951 or
August 18 6-7:30pm Northland Comets (Mason), Firebirds (West), Thunderhawks (East)- School Boundaries
On-line registration for the second annual Welcome Back to Hockey Weekend is now officially open! The event promises to be an exciting kick-off to our upcoming 2014-15 Swords and Sabres season! In order to make this weekend a success, the Swords and Sabres needs YOUR help! There are several ways you can help with the weekend.
First and foremost, sign your Swords and Sabres players up for this event and encourage others to do the same. Be sure to register and pay by Sunday, August 17th to get a free WBTH Weekend t-shirt. We are hoping to see all of our Swords and Sabres players at this event.
Second, we need LOTS of volunteers for both days of the event to make it a success! We need volunteers for the following areas: set-up on Friday evening, take down on Sunday evening, drinks/snacks coordinator, volunteer coordinator, kids craft area, silent auction, WBTH event check-in and t-shirt distribution, vendor/information fair coordinator, etc. If you would like to volunteer to help with the weekend on one or both days, please contact Carla Venhoff, WBTH Volunteer Coordinator (), for more information. Please note that this weekend is a great chance for students who are 16 years of age and older to get community service hours. The Swords and Sabres will acknowledge the time donated in writing so that school credit may be obtained.
Third, you can also contribute donations for our silent auction which will be one of our big fundraisers for the weekend. Last year, we had some great silent auction items from some wonderful donors. We hope to have even more great items up for auction this year. We are looking for donations of items such as sporting event tickets, concert tickets, theater tickets, Swords and/or Sabres spirit wear, Under Armour gear, hockey equipment and/or bags, BEATS headphones, I-pad minis, I-pod touches, Keurig coffee makers, knee hockey sets or sticks, hockey memorabilia, video games or game systems, gift cards/certificates, etc. We will need all silent auction donations by Friday, August 29th. Items can be dropped off at the Swords and Sabres office Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon, but please contact Michelle Beach @ 513-979-4590 to confirm. If you need to drop off in the evening or at a different time, please contact Carla Venhoff, WBTH Volunteer Coordinator () and we can accommodate your schedule. You will also need to submit the Silent Auction Donation Form provided in this email with your donation. We are a charitable organization and any donations are tax-deductible to the donor.
Last, but certainly not least, you can attend our Coaches’ game, which is another big fundraiser for the weekend. Also, please come out to support our Swords JR A team for their games on Saturday and Sunday and wear your Swords and Sabres gear!
Want to play hockey for free? Just looking to reduce your fees? You should consider CharityMania’s Football Mania Sweepstakes. Last year, Swords & Sabres families reduced their fees over $4,000 by participating in this program and we were able to award almost $2,000 in winnings to our supporting families. So how does it work?
CharityMania/FootballMania Sweepstakes – You sell Football Mania tickets for $20 and keep $14 of this fee or 70%. What are you selling? You’re selling an access code to digital music and giving away a football sweepstake. Thus this is not illegal gambling. What are you giving away? You are giving away a Football Sweepstakes which gives the owner of the ticket the opportunity to win weekly prizes based on the NFL game results. Ticket owners can win weekly $400, $200, $100, $50 or $25. Also there is a grand prize of $1,000 and $275 at the end of the season.
How does the ticket work? The ticket has all 17 weeks of the NFL season on it and each week the ticket holder gets three randomly generated NFL teams. Basically for your three teams you add up the total points the teams score for the week. If it’s the highest combine score for the week, the ticket holder wins $400; second highest $200, third highest $100; next 5 highest score $25. There’s even a looser prize. If you score the lowest combine total you win $50; next 2 lowest scores $25. So each week 11 prize winners are selected. There is also an end-of-season grand prize of $1,000 for the highest valued card of the season and $275 prize for the lowest valued card of the season. There is also a way for your team to still count even if it’s their bye week and there are tie-break rules in place as well.
What are my costs? THERE ARE NO UPFRONT COSTS TO YOU! CharityMania keeps $6 per ticket registered but you do not pay that amount until you SELL the ticket and it’s registered on their website. We will get sponsors to purchase tickets to cover the printing and shipping/handling charges.
How do I participate? Email Melanie Luft at
by Monday, June 30 with the number of tickets you would like to order. We will place one order for all our tickets to reduce the shipping/handling portion. We should have the tickets in hand and ready for pick up at Sports Plus one week later. You then sell the tickets for music downloads and the free football sweepstakes. You collect $20 per ticket (cash or checks payable to Cincinnati Swords) and the completed ticket stub which includes the purchasers name, address, phone and email. You can sell tickets until Wednesday, September 4. At that time, you will need to turn in your monies and ticket stubs. We will register all the sold ticket stubs with CharityMania, pay CharityMania their $6 per ticket and credit your account for $14 per ticket.
Okay I ordered by tickets, I’ve sold my tickets and you’ve registered them. What happens after that? CharityMania handles it from that point on. They calculate the winners and will notify us of any winners in our group. They transfer the winnings to us so we can pay our winners and send thank you notes. We will then pay the winners directly and announce them on our website.
Attached are the CharityMania fact sheet and a copy of a sample card. Please let me know if you have any questions or need any additional information. I can be reached at
. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to help with your hockey costs. The more tickets we sell the more opportunities we will have for winners. This past year we had $25, $50, $100, $200, $400 winners plus the grand prize winner!
Important Dates To Remember:
Monday, June 30 – place ticket order via email (
TBD - pick up tickets from office at Sports Plus (anticipated date between July 10-15)
Wednesday, September 3 - return tickets and money to office for registration with CharityMania
The Cincinnati Swords and Sabres Board of Directors is pleased to announce the second annual "Welcome Back to Hockey Weekend" for all Swords and Sabres players who are registered for the 2014-15 season. We have put together two action-packed, fun-filled days of hockey we hope ALL our Swords and Sabres families will enjoy! Our second annual "Welcome Back to Hockey Weekend" is scheduled for Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7, 2014. Please mark your calendars for this exciting event!
Lucas Miller of Lucas Miller High Performance Hockey, Inc. will once again be leading on-ice training sessions for all levels. Lucas Miller has generously agreed to help with our weekend at a significantly reduced rate. Sports Plus has contributed the ice for the weekend at a substantial discount to us. New this year, Ellen Metz will be offering on-ice goalie training sessions during the weekend. This weekend could not happen without the generous support of Lucas Miller, Sports Plus, Ellen Metz and many others. Thanks to our generous supporters, the cost to participate in the weekend is again only $15 per skater. Each skater who registers and pays for the weekend on or before AUGUST 17th will receive a FREE Welcome Back to Hockey Weekend 2014 t-shirt! T-shirts will be available for pick-up at the event for those who register and pay by Sunday, August 17th. So, be sure to include your shirt size on the registration form. After August 17th, you can still register for the weekend until Friday, August 29th, you just will not receive a t-shirt at the event.
In addition to great on-ice training, there are also several other new events being added to the weekend this year. Off-ice training sessions will be offered by ESF Cincy for all registrants, their parents and coaches. A sports nutrition presentation will be provided by Dawn Weatherwax of Sports Nutrition 2 Go. There will be a vendor/information fair covering all things hockey (spirit wear, concussion testing, latest and greatest hockey equipment, etc.). A craft area for registrants’ younger siblings will also be open during the weekend.
Again this year, there will be a silent auction with lots of great items to bid on, a pro shop sale and a Coaches’ Game on Saturday evening. A big “thank you” to Coach Scott Davis
who again has graciously agreed to coordinate the Coaches’ game this year.
All proceeds from the weekend, the silent auction and Coaches’ game will be invested back into our Swords and Sabres hockey programs. In the near future, you can expect a big announcement about how the proceeds from this event will be improving our programs and benefitting our hockey families.
After all the training, team-building and the Coaches’ game, we will kick off the season of our Swords JR A team with games on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at noon. All skaters who register and pay for the weekend will receive a FREE ticket to BOTH JR A games. We hope that our travel and house players will be wearing their Swords and Sabres jerseys to the JR A games. Our Swords JR A team will host the Toledo Cherokee. We will showcase our mite skaters with between-period skates during the weekend. A big “thank you” to Scott Mercalde for coordinating the mite skates for us!
Our weekend plans are a work in progress, so please keep checking the website for updates. We will be adding a full schedule of events at a later date. To register for the weekend, go www.swordshockey.com and click on "Register Online" on the left-hand side. Please be sure to register as soon as possible so we have the most accurate count for planning purposes. Remember that to receive your Welcome Back to Hockey 2014 t-shirt at the event, you must register and pay for the weekend by Sunday, August 17th.
SWORDS & SABRES BOARD ANNOUNCE NEW MYHL COMMISSIONER
The Cincinnati Swords & Sabres board of directors is pleased to announce Earl Dalton as the 2014-15 MYHL Commissioner. We are very excited to have a person with Earl’s dedication and enthusiasm for the game of hockey step up and accept this vital position. If you have any questions regarding our MYHL program please contact him at 513- 917-7061 or
Welcome aboard Earl!
Station Teaching: players will rotate stations & each station will have one to two coaches
Scrimmaging will be used to reward players that work hard during practice
Adapted to individual skills level & age
Coaches will incorporate small games & fun activities to keep players engaged & having fun
High coach to player ratio
When: Wednesday nights March 19th to June 25th & July 30th to Aug. 27th 5:30-7pm
(total of 30 hours of ice)
Cost:$325 (early bird discount of $25.00 if you register and pay on or before February 28)
Exploding to the Next Level! For more information or questions, please contact Scott Mercalde at 513-313-6087.
UPDATE: SWORDS and SABRES KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM
The Kroger Co. has renewed their Community Rewards program for the 2014-15 year. ALL CURRENT PARTICIPANTS must re-enroll to continue earning community rewards. To re-enroll log into your Kroger account and on the Account Summary page under "Community Rewards" at the bottom you have the option to re-enroll. Please be sure your organization is listed as Queen City Hockey Association and the NPO number is 81074 as there are several Queen City Hockey Association listings. Your re-enrollment period will begin May 1 even if you re-enroll now. This re-enrollment does not have an impact on your 2013-14 account.
If you have not participated in the past but would like to for the 2014-15 season details on the program and how to enroll are listed below.
The Cincinnati Swords & Sabres have enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards program for the upcoming year and are pleased to offer ALL members the opportunity to participate. You must register your Kroger Plus Card Number online and select Queen City Hockey Association (NPO Number 81074) as your participating organization (see detailed instructions below). Once you are registered, you only need to use your Kroger Plus card and you will accumulate rewards. Quarterly, Kroger will distribute $1,000,000 to all participating organizations based on their percentage of spending. Our allocation of the Kroger funds is outlined below.
We hope that all Swords & Sabres families will participate to help offset their hockey costs. If you have any questions, please email Melanie Luft at
or call 513-979-4590. You must register by May 1 to maximize your benefits. If you are currently participating under CAHA or a Queen City team, you must re-register with the new NPO number 81074.
DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS:
The Kroger Co. will distribute funds on a quarterly basis with statements and donations being sent on or before September 15, December 15, March 15 and June 15.
Families will need to provide an email copy of Kroger funds earned each quarter and funds will be applied directly to a skater's program. Funds can be used for any Swords or Sabres online registration. Your friends and family may also sign up on your behalf but will need to provide the necessary information to us each quarter for you to receive credit.
If a skater’s family decides to no longer participate with Queen City Hockey Association and has outstanding funds, all funds will be allocated to the general fund as we are not allowed to distribution funds to individuals and all funds must be used for our organization’s purpose which is youth hockey. Funds can be held for up to four cycles. After that, any unused funds will be transferred to the general fund.
Already a Kroger Community Rewards Participant?
Go to krogercommunityrewards.com
Click on “Sign In” and log into your account
Under Community Rewards click Re-enroll and enter Queen City Hockey Association in the Search bar
Be sure to select Queen City Hockey Association 81074 and click Enroll at the bottom
New to the Kroger Community Rewards Program and have a Kroger Plus Card?
Go to krogercommunityrewards.com
Click “Create An Account”
Enter your email address and create a password
Enter your Store Preference (be sure to do this)
Enter your Kroger Plus Number or Alternate ID
Click Enter – this creates a general account and then you need to sign up for the Kroger Community Rewards outlined above.
New to the Kroger Community Rewards Program and do NOT have a Kroger Plus Card?
You must obtain a Kroger Plus Card at your local Kroger Store and then complete the steps above.