After an exciting weekend of hockey, we have wrapped the regular season of the CHSCHL. Northern Kentucky Norsemen are the regular season champions and the Cincinnati Swords are the end of season tournament champions.
Northern Kentucky now advances to the KY State Club championship. The Cincinnati Swords and Miami Redhawks advance to the Buckeye Cup which is Ohio's State Club championship. The Buckeye Cup will be held next weekend in Cleveland. We will update the website with results during the weekend.
KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS - SECOND QTR DISTRIBUTION
We have received our third quarter distribution from Kroger. I checked my personal account and it has been updated so I am assuming if you are participating yours has been updated as well. Please send me your information if you are participating no later than 5pm on 3/1/17.
Below are the directions for determining your Kroger funds. Please follow them as stated below and if you run into any problems, please contact Kroger directly. Please try to confirm that the amount has changed from your last submission as they do not date the information posted and it is difficult for me to check everyone's past balance. These funds can be used for any 2017-18 program.
PLEASE NOTE: I WAS UNABLE TO CUT AND PASTE DIRECTLY INTO MY EMAIL MESSAGE. I CUT AND PASTED INTO AN EXCEL SPREADSHEET AND FROM THERE WAS ABLE TO CUT AND PASTE INTO MY EMAIL. YOU MAY OR MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PASTE DIRECTLY INTO YOUR EMAIL BUT IF YOU CANNOT YOU WILL SEE A BLACK SCREEN AND NOT BE ABLE TO READ THE INFORMATION. IF YOU CANNOT READ IT, I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO READ IT.
Log in by clicking on "Sign In" about 2/3 down the page. DO NOT log in by the “Sign In” at the top.
Enter your email address and password.
The next page that comes up should read View Your Rewards Detail (click on this).
The bottom box of information is labeled “Community Rewards”.
Highlight the information in the entire box and copy it. You can do this by highlighting and RIGHT clicking your mouse and selecting copy or you can do this by highlighting and clicking CTRL C on your keyboard.
Once you copy the information, open your email and where you would type text, paste the Community Rewards information. Can be done by putting your curser in the text box and either RIGHT clicking your mouse and selecting paste or by clicking CTRL V on your keyboard.
In your email subject line, please type Community Reward, YOUR NAME, YOUR SKATER’S NAME and send the email to me at
I will acknowledge receipt so if you do not get an email from me by Wednesday, March 1, please resubmit.
If you are someone who has multiple people helping you out, you may want to contact them and ask them for their log in and password information so you can get the information. That is clearly up to you. I can take the information from you or from them.
Here’s some general information Kroger’s passed along with their information email that the check was going to be coming soon.
We cannot enroll or create online accounts for supporters over the phone. If you have a supporter who is experiencing issues with their online account please have them contact our dedicated online support team at 1-866-221-4141.
If they have forgotten their email address, need to update their Kroger Plus Card information or change their alternate I.D. (the phone number they use at the store) please have them contact our loyalty department at 1-800-576-4377, option 4, then option 3 to update.
If your supporters do not see the Community Rewards message at the bottom of their receipt, please have them contact us at 1-800-294-4438 option #2. We will contact the appropriate personnel to have the problem corrected. Supporters may also call us for previous cycle donation amounts or to double check that they are enrolled.
Spring training will soon be underway and registration for 2017 is now open! New this year, our coaching committee has developed to a new spring training program for our players. The program will be split between individual skill development and small game/scrimmages. Each head coach will be given a curriculum which includes skating skills, puck fundamentals, introductory and enhanced checking (age appropriate) and team play. Activities will include stickhandling, passing, shooting and team concepts. Small game/scrimmages will be used to reinforce the learned skills in a game environment.
Our spring training will be held over five weeks. The first three weeks (April 3 –April 22) will be just prior to our 2017-18 team tryouts/evaluations. Coaches will be working with the skaters to get them ready for the week of tryouts/evaluations that all 2017-18 players will attend. Tryout/evaluation drills will be practiced during the spring training program. After the week of tryouts/evaluations, we will give all the skaters a one-week break to relax. The last two weeks of spring training (May 6-May 20) will be geared to letting the kids showcase what they have learned with an emphasis on having fun. We have worked hard to select quality coaches and put together a curriculum where every child can become a better hockey player.
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.
Sessions 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 3 and concluding the weekend of May 20. There will be a week off for our 2017-18 tryouts/evaluations and also a week break immediately following tryouts/evaluations. Sessions will be limited to 30 skaters and 4 goalies. NOTE: We have a few coaches that needed adjustments to their sessions and we have accommodated these requests. If your session has a schedule adjustment, we will send an individual email with the new schedule. The schedule change will keep the sessions on the same days/times, but you may get one more weekday vs a weekend or vis versa.
If your mite is a birth year 2008 or 2009, they can register in our “Young” SQ pod. We will have a summer program for all mites in August just prior to the ADM/Mite Evaluations as well.
Checking Basics & Technique Clinic
Don Biggs will be running the on and off ice checking clinic and the BT sessions will have a strong checking component. The checking clinic will be offered to all age-appropriate spring participants and is mandatory for first time Bantam players (2004) and any player older than the 2003 birth year who is a first time hockey player. Goalie attendance is optional. The clinic provides an excellent environment for the players to transition into this important skill. It is scheduled for Thursday, April 6 at Sports Plus.
Goalie Clinic/Price Reduction
We are in the process of putting together a separate goalie only clinic for our spring goalies. As soon as we have the date and time, we will update. We have also reduced the price for goalies. We will accept 4 goalies per session on a first-come basis.
USA Hockey age levels for 2017/2018 will be used in the Spring Program. They are: Squirt (07-08), Pee Wee (05-06), Bantam (03-04), Midget (99-02). Birth year 2009 Mites are welcome to register for the Young SQ session.
Online registration is by session so please be sure you are registering for the correct session.
Young Squirt (geared to 2008’s and 2009’s) AJ Crouch/John Steiger
Older Squirt (geared to 2007’s) Andrew Backen/Paul Hayes
Peewee (2006 and 2005) Danny McDonald/AJ Crouch
Bantam (2004 and 2003) Rob Schoonover/Armand Luzi
Midget/High School (2002-1999) Ellen Metz/Craig Hahn
Important Dates March 3: End of early registration discount
April 2: Registration cutoff April 3-6: Season begins
April 6: Checking Clinic (6:30-7:30pm video; 7:30-9pm on-ice)
Spring Fees Based on Full Registration AND Payment ON or BEFORE:
Early Registration by 3/3/17
Squirt/Pee Wee $200 (REDUCED FROM $250)
Bantam & Midget $250 (REDUCED FROM $300)
Planning for the 2017-18 season is now underway. How can you help? We are looking for qualified individuals at all coaching levels. We need head coaches, assistant coaches and on-ice helpers. Please consider stepping up. Our coaching application is online at www.swordshockey.com and click on “2017-18 Coaching Application” on the left-hand side.
Thanks for help,
Cincinnati Swords Board of Directors
As a reminder, Sports Plus will remain open unless the City of Cincinnati declares a Level 3 snow emergency. If a Level 3 snow emergency is declared in the City of Cincinnati, Sports Plus will close and any events will be rescheduled for a later date. If there is not a Level 3 snow emergency, cancelation of an individual practice is at the discretion of the head coach. Any practices canceled by a head coach will not be rescheduled.
However, conditions vary by location so we urge families to make the best possible decision for your family. Missing a practice and/or a game is not as important as your safety. Please use caution when making your decision. Also, please let you coach/team manager know as well.
Our CharityMania football mania fundraiser is off and running. We set a record this year with our families raising almost $13,000 to help with their hockey expenses. Record sales has shown immediate results with a record breaking first week of winners.
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 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.