The Swords Board of Directors has been working diligently to address the ice shortage brought on by the impending closing of the Cincinnati Gardens. We met this past week with legal counsel and hockey advocate, Chad Willits to discuss the Swords current and future ice options. Chad was part of a larger group of ice users (hockey, figure skating, curling, etc.) which came together to meet with the Port Authority last week. Based on this meeting, it does not seem reasonable to anticipate that the Gardens will open for the 2016-17 season due in part to the failing infrastructure of the facility and the money it would take for it to remain open. With this information in hand, we are planning for limited ice and continuing to pursue other short and long term options.
Current Situation – we have arranged for all teams to have at least one sheet of practice ice. We have also set aside ice for clinics and/or shared practices on a rotating schedule. It is important to note that the “shortage of ice” is mainly at prime time. A list of available ice will be going out to coaches shortly. There is still ice available mornings/weekends at a reduced rate.
Short Term – we are working with Sports Plus to add another sheet of ice where the current in-line rink is located. Preliminary plans and analysis have been completed and this is a viable solution. We are currently trying to obtain immediate funding for this project.
Long Term – we are in the processing of working with other groups (figure skating, Ohio high schools, curling association, etc.) to develop an exploratory committee to look at the feasibility of additional sheets of ice in the greater Cincinnati area. Chad Willits will continue to work with this group.
We continue to look at all options for immediate and long-term possibilities. While rumors/gossip continue to circulate, we will only share information that is based on facts as they have been presented to us.
Many coaches are also working creatively to share some practice ice and have scheduled stick time ice and dry land training. Overall, we recognize that this situation is not ideal for any of our teams but working together will be the best possible solution for all Swords families.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.