At the May Cincinnati Swords Board of Directors meeting, the board reluctantly accepted the resignation of Chris Knecht as President. Chris took on the role of President originally at Queen City Hockey and continued in the role as Queen City and Cincinnati Amateur Hockey merged back into one organization, the Cincinnati Swords. It has been eight years and he has contributed thousands of hours to helping making this organization the success it is. His spirit, energy and ability to look at every situation for the good of our children, will be missed. His son Ian is continuing to play so you will see still see Chris around the rinks and he will continue working with the board through August.
We are also please at this time to announce new members to the Cincinnati Swords Board of Directors:
Todd Adrien has accepted the position of President. Todd will work with the Cincinnati Swords hockey community to make our community that best it can be. Todd was our MYHL commissioner last year and his son Max has been playing hockey with us since the merge.
Scott Mercalde has accepted the position of Travel Commissioner in addition to his duties as Vice President. As VP, Scott will continue as liaison for the Swords with USA Hockey and Mid-Am. As Travel Commissioner Scott has already begun by observing this year’s tryouts and will now work with all our Indep/Buckeye Travel teams to continue both player, coach and team development. Scott already has two players in our ranks at the peewee and squirt levels.
Chris Woycke had already stepped up to help Todd this year with our MYHL program and has graciously agreed to accept the role of MYHL Commissioner full time as Todd transitions to President. Chris will work with the league to assure our players and teams have the best possible experience in the MYHL. Chris will be able to bring a unique prospective since his son Nick has played in our MYHL league for the last three years and is transitioning to his first travel team this year.
In addition, the office has added two part time positions. Jennie Tiemeyer will be working in the office to help with ice scheduling and team management. Kelly Kangas will be working as marketing director to continue developing sponsorship opportunities for our association.
CINCINNATI SWORDS GOALIE CLINIC: GOALIES AND SKATERS WANTED
The Cincinnati Swords board of directors is pleased to announce a summer goalie clinic headed by Ellen Metz. The clinic is open to all goalies registered on a 2016-17 Independent, BTHL, High School, MYHL team or in our ADM/Mite program. The clinic is free of charge to any Swords goalie but advanced registration is required. To register, go to www.swordshockey.com and click on “Register Online” on the left-hand side to begin the registration. Registration will close on Friday, July 22 so we can adequately staff and prepare the curriculum based on the participants’ backgrounds.
Dates: Monday, August 1 through Thursday, August 4
Time: Two Sessions (8-9am and 9-10am)
Location: Sports Plus
Sessions will be divided by a consideration of both age and level of play. You will be notified prior to August 1 which session you should attend.
Focus for younger/newer goalies will be on fundamentals including: skating – especially the c cut, T-pushes, stance, tracking, positioning, dropping into a butterfly/ 1/2 butterfly, getting up, and blocker/glove saves.
Older/more experienced goalies will be working on continued skating development, stance, save selections, proper post position, glove/blocker saves, deflections, power pushes/slides.
We are also looking for 5-8 skaters to assist on-ice with the drills. If interested in being a shooter, please register through the online registration as well.
We are very excited to bring this instructional opportunity to our goalies and hope they will all take advantage of the additional training. Please keep in mind, you must be registered in a Swords 2016-17 Fall/Winter program to participate.
Registration for the Fall Session of Learn to Play Hockey is now open. Swords Learn to Play Hockey is a combination of hockey skills and scrimmage situations taught by a professional and friendly staff. Whether you’re brand new to hockey or have taken a break and want to get back into hockey, here’s a great way to get started. The class is open to boys and girls ages 4-16.
All sessions are Sunday mornings from 9-10:30am at Sports Plus-CAN rink. Details about the program can be found under the Learn to Play Hockey tab on the left-hand side.
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.
CHARITY MANIA FUNDRAISER: SWORDS AND SPARTAN FAMILIES
Want to play hockey for free? Just looking to reduce your fees? You should consider CharityMania’s Football Mania Sweepstakes. Last year, Swords & Spartan families reduced their fees by almost $10,000 participating in this program and we were able to award almost $3,500 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%. This is not illegal gambling as their is a music download access code included in the purchase. 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 are grand prizes 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. If the ticket holder scores 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. New this year: we would like all families to sell 90% of their order as unsold tickets result in reduced winnings.
How do I participate? Email Melanie Luft at
by Friday, June 10 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 and 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 Thursday, September 1. 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.
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:
Friday, June 10 – place ticket order via email (
); note you will receive an email confirmation of order with 24 hours. If you do not receive the email confirmation, it means we did not receive your order; please resend or call 513-407-0222. No phone orders accepted.
TBD - pick up tickets from office at Sports Plus (anticipated date between June 20-24)
Thursday, September 1 - return tickets and money to office for registration with CharityMania
Welcome emails were sent to all MYHL skaters on June 9. If you did not receive this email, please contact Jennie Tiemeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
We want to thank all the skaters and their families for attending this past weekend's MYHL evaluations. As we have previously stated, at the MYHL level, we do an evaluation so we can form parity teams and we also place all skaters on a team. The commissioner and coaching committee will be reviewing and processing the evaluator data from this weekend's skates. After an analysis, time will be spent building the parity level teams. We anticipate the MYHL teams will be finalized in mid-June.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Sundays 9:00-10:30am Sports Plus USA
Wednesday 7:00-8:00pm Sports Plus USA
Sunday SessionsWednesday 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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.
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)
SHOULDER & ELBOW PADS
KNEE & SHIN GUARDS
VISIT WWW.CINCINNATIHOCKEY.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS PROGRAM AND/OR SEE PROGRAM FLYER EMAILED TO ALL SWORDS FAMILIES.
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.
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.