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DON'T FORGET TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE MARCH 3, 2018
02/19/2018
OUR TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE EVENT IS JUST TWO WEEKS AWAY AND WE NEED...
HELP THE REH FAMILY REBUILD
02/16/2018
Help the Reh Family Rebuild! Dear Swords Families, Mitchell...
2018 SPRING TRAINING
02/14/2018
Spring training will soon be underway and registration for 2018 is...
REF SCHEDULE 2/15 THRU 2/21
02/14/2018
Date & Time     Site Home Away 2/17/2018   9:00...
MYHL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULES
02/14/2018
CLICK HERE to link to the MYHL End of Season Tournament Schedule. ...
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - BLIND HOCKEY CLINIC MARCH 10TH
02/06/2018
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED MIDAM DISTRICT OF USA HOCKEY IS SPONSORING...
TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE MARCH 3, 2018
02/06/2018
Know someone interested in trying hockey?  Then we have...
CONGRATS TO DON BIGGS ON HIS INDUCTION INTO THE AHL HALL OF FAME
01/30/2018
  AHL HALL OF FAME WELCOMES CLASS OF 2018 JANUARY...
TENTATIVE HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY & JV TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
01/25/2018
Varsity Pool Play        ...
2018-19 COACHES WANTED
01/16/2018
Interested in shaping our young hockey players?  Willing to...
CHARITYMANIA FOOTBALL MANIA WRAP UP
01/05/2018
We have finalized CharityMania football mania for the year. ...
WEATHER RELATED RINK CLOSING
12/09/2017
The winter season and thus winter weather is upon us.  Travel...
LINDSAY'S LAW - OHIO REQUIREMENT
09/21/2017
Beginning this year for the 2017-18 season, all skaters, at least...
SWORDS KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM
04/07/2015
 The Kroger Co. has renewed their Community Rewards program...
 
DON'T FORGET TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE MARCH 3, 2018

OUR TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE EVENT IS JUST TWO WEEKS AWAY AND WE NEED YOU!!

 

 

HELP GET THE WORD OUT

Let your friends or family interested in trying hockey know about the event.

When: Saturday March 3 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM

Where: Sports Plus

Register at:  tryhockeyforfree.com/8331

 

VOLUNTEER AT THE EVENT

We are in need of volunteers to help make the Try Hockey for Free event a success.  We need volunteers to be on ice helpers, equipment helpers, greeter/check-in and Learn to Play program table workers.  If you are interested in helping with this event email to with your name, email and cell number and what area you can help with no later than Sunday February 25th. 

 

This would be a great opportunity for our older skaters to share their love of hockey with the next generation of hockey players, so please consider volunteering. 

 


by posted 02/19/2018
HELP THE REH FAMILY REBUILD

Help the Reh Family Rebuild!



Dear Swords Families,

Mitchell Reh is a Cincinnati Swords hockey player on the 05/06 Peewee Travel team and it is with a heavy heart that we write to tell you that Mitchell and his family lost their family home, all their personal belongings and their beloved family dog Toby in a devastating fire on Thursday February 15th.  The Reh family are safe and staying with family as they start the rebuilding process.  

The Swords in conjunction with Crouchy Alpha Hockey have started a Go Fund Me page to help raise funds for the Reh family to help support the Reh’s as they rebuild their life and their home.

HOCKEY IS FAMILY, so we hope that you will consider helping one of our own in their time of need.  The link for the Go Fund Me page can be found below.

 

Please note: All of Mitch’s hockey equipment was at the rink so we are looking for donations to help provide them a rebuild fund and for immediate personal needs.  They do have insurance, but this will be a lengthy process for the family so any donation you can give is greatly appreciated.  

 

Thank you for your support!

Cincinnati Swords Board of Directors

Go Fund Me Link: https://www.gofundme.com/helprehfamilyrebuild


by posted 02/16/2018
2018 SPRING TRAINING

Spring training will soon be underway and registration for 2018 is now open!  We will continue the program developed last year with its emphasis on tryout/evaluation preparation plus we have added a small area battle drill section which will now be part of our upgraded tryout/evaluation schedule.  The program will be split between individual skill development, small area battle drills and 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 area battle drills and scrimmages will be used to reinforce the learned skills in a game environment.

NEW:  This year our tryouts/evaluations will include an additional on-ice session of small area battle drills for ALL skaters.  Battle drills may include 1v1, 2v2, 1v2, 2v1, dump&chase and puck control w/pressure scenarios.  These drills will be focused on during spring so our skaters are ready for the new session.

Our spring training will be held over five weeks.  The first three weeks (April 10 –April 28) will be just prior to our 2018-19 team tryouts/evaluations.  Coaches will be working with the skaters to get them ready for the week of tryouts/evaluations that all 2018-19 players will attend.  Tryout/evaluation drills will be practiced during the spring training program.  The last two weeks of spring training (May 5-May 17) 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.

Program Format

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 10 and concluding the week of May 15.  There will be a week off for our 2018-19 tryouts/evaluations.  Sessions will be limited to 30 skaters and 4 goalies. NOTE:  On Saturday, April 21 we will run an adjusted schedule due to the Rising Stars tournament.  We may 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.

Mite Program

If your mite is a birth year 2009, they can register in our SQ pod.  We will have a unique summer program for all mites in August just prior to the ADM/Mite Evaluations as well.

Checking Basics & Technique Clinic

We will run a checking clinic prior to the start of the spring sessions.  There will be an on and off ice session 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 (2005) and any player older than the 2004 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 Monday, April 9 at Sports Plus.

Goalie Price Reduction

Goalies have a separate registration as we reduce the price for goalies.  We will accept 4 goalies per session on a first-come basis.

Age Levels
USA Hockey age levels for 2018/19 will be used in the Spring Program.  They are: Squirt (08-09), Pee Wee (06-07), Bantam (04-05), Midget (2000-03). 

Registration
Online registration is by session so please be sure you are registering for the correct session.  

Sessions                                                                                               Coach Staff

Squirt (2009 and 2008)                                                                   AJ Crouch/Kirk Andreae/Jeff Johnson

Wed Peewee (2007 preference and 2006)                             Andrew Backen/Paul Hayes

Tues Peewee (2006 preference and 2007)                             Danny McDonald/AJ Crouch

Bantam (2005 and 2004)                                                               Rob Schoonover/Rob Ganz/Armand Luzi

Midget/High School (2003-2000)                                                Greg Drach/Rich Luongo

Important Dates
March 2:                       End of early registration discount

March 26:                     Registration cutoff
April 10-12:                  Season begins

April 9:                         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 3/2/18
                       
Squirt/Pee Wee                $220 (REDUCED FROM $275)
Bantam & Midget            $270 (REDUCED FROM $325)

            
CLICK HERE to see dates/times of sessions; PDF File

ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY AVAILABLE AT:
www.swordshockey.com click on “Register Online” on the left-hand side of the home page.  


by Melanie Luft posted 02/14/2018
REF SCHEDULE 2/15 THRU 2/21
Date & Time     Site Home Away
2/17/2018   9:00 AM Sports Plus USA SW MY U12 Wright TBA
2/17/2018   10:15 AM Sports Plus USA SW MY U12 Price NK MY U12 VanHook
           
2/18/2018   10:45 AM Sports Plus CAN SW MY U12 Wright TBA
           
2/21/2018   9:00 PM Sports Plus USA SW U18 Reno/Biggs IH U18 Michaelson

by posted 02/14/2018
MYHL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULES

CLICK HERE to link to the MYHL End of Season Tournament Schedule.  This schedule is subject to change.


by posted 02/14/2018
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - BLIND HOCKEY CLINIC MARCH 10TH

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

MIDAM DISTRICT OF USA HOCKEY

IS SPONSORING A

BLIND HOCKEY CLINIC

MARCH 10, 2018

9:30am – 12:30pm

SPORTS PLUS

 

REQUIREMENTS TO VOLUNTEER:

  • You play hockey with the Swords (travel or recreational)
  • You love hockey enough to help someone else learn how to play
  • You are willing to work one-on-one or with another volunteer to help a visually impaired youth or adult
    • learn the basics of hockey including how to put on the protective gear and skates,
    • hold and use a hockey stick
    • and explain the simple basics of hockey to give each participant a chance to understand the game
  • You are willing to help the participant have a great time, feel comfortable and hopefully want to come back and give it another try

 

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Gym shoes and hockey skates
  • 2 hockey sticks – one for the person you will be helping (put your name on both sticks)
  • Your helmet and gloves
  • 2 unopened bottles of water – one for you and one for the person you will be helping (a nice gesture to help make the new skater comfortable)

 

AGENDA (tentative)

SIGN-IN                            8:30am  - room next to concession stand

ORIENTATION                8:45am  - and participant assignment

CLINIC STARTS              9:30am - inline rink   [gym shoes, hockey sticks, gloves]

BREAK (snack/drink)       10:30am (tentative) - give water/snack to your participant

ON-ICE TRIAL                 11:00 – 12:00 (tentative) - help participant choose/put on skates

 

At the end of the event, (1) help the participant take off all their gear, (2) take your stick back; (3) shake hands or give a hug; and (4) ask the participant if they would come back to learn how to play hockey.

 

You are also welcome to come back and work with this person or someone else on the ice – under the supervision of the Learn to Play BLIND HOCKEY Program (to be announced!) 

 

FIRM COMMITMENTS NEEDED BY FEB. 28, 2018

Provide: Name, Age, Years playing ice hockey, parent phone/email contacts 

 

 

REGISTRATION & QUESTIONS:

Renee Loftspring, PT, EdD

Email:    

 


by posted 02/06/2018
TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE MARCH 3, 2018

Know someone interested in trying hockey? 

Then we have the perfect event for them!

 


by posted 02/06/2018
CONGRATS TO DON BIGGS ON HIS INDUCTION INTO THE AHL HALL OF FAME

 

AHL HALL OF FAME WELCOMES CLASS OF 2018

 

VERONA, N.Y. … The American Hockey League today formally inducted four new members into its American Hockey League Hall of Fame.

The AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony took place at The Showroom at Turning Stone Resort Casino as part of the festivities that are making up the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino.

Honored for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the American Hockey League were Jim Bartlett, a veteran of 955 AHL games who ranks ninth in league history with 360 career goals; Don Biggs, a Calder Cup champion and AHL MVP who owns the league’s single-season scoring record; Brian Kilrea, one of the most prolific scorers in the city of Springfield before embarking on an iconic coaching career; and Glenn Merkosky, whose 10-year playing career in the AHL included five 30-goal seasons and three championships.

Brendan Burke, the television voice of the New York Islanders on MSG Networks, served as the master of ceremonies for the event. Burke will join Alan May and Dan Weiss on the call of tonight’s AHL All-Star Challenge, airing live on NHL Network in the United States and Sportsnet across Canada.

In an effort to make the rich tradition of the American Hockey League available to the widest possible audience, the AHL Hall of Fame is housed on-line at www.ahlhalloffame.com and is accessible to fans worldwide with the click of a mouse as a member of the AHL Internet Network.

Formed in 1936 and now in its 82nd season of operation, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 31 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates.


by posted 01/30/2018
TENTATIVE HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY & JV TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Varsity Pool Play      
    Pool 1:  Seeds 1, 4 & 6      
    Pool 2: Seeds 2, 3 & 5      
       
Friday, February 23      
JV Game 1 8:00pm-9:30pm CAN Seed 4 vs Seed 5
       
Varsity Game 1 7:30pm-9:00pm USA Pool 1:  Seed 1 vs Seed 6
Varsity Game 2 9:00pm-10:30pm USA Pool 2: Seed 2 vs Seed 5
       
Saturday, February 24      
JV Game 2 7:15pm-8:45pm CAN Seed 2 vs Seed 3
JV Game 3 7:30pm-9:00pm USA Seed 1 vs Winner Game JV1
       
Varsity Game 3 12:00pm-1:30pm USA Pool 1:  Seed 1 vs Seed 4
Varsity Game 4 1:30pm-3:00pm USA Pool 2: Seed 2 vs Seed 3
Varsity Game 5 8:45pm-10:15pm CAN Pool 1: Seed 4 vs Seed 6
Varsity Game 6 9:00pm-10:30pm USA Pool 2: Seed 3 vs Seed 5
       
Sunday, February 25      
JV Game 4 Championship Game 3:00pm-5:00pm USA Winner JV Game 3 vs Winner JV Game 2
JV Game 5 Conselation Game 3:30pm-5:00pm CAN Loser JV Game 1 vs Loser JV Game 2
       
Varsity Game 7 Championship Game 5:00pm-7:00pm USA Winner Pool 1 vs Winner Pool 2

by posted 01/25/2018
2018-19 COACHES WANTED

Interested in shaping our young hockey players?  Willing to work with children so they become not only better hockey players but better young people?  Consider stepping up to coach with the Swords for 2018-19 season.  We know that 2017-18 season is still ongoing but we are already in the process of developing our 2018-19 program. 

If you are interested in being a head coach, assistant coach, or even an on-ice helper, please complete the 2018-19 Coaching Application.  The application can be found on our website at www.swordshockey.com (lower left-hand side).  By completing this application our coaching committee will have all the data together and be able to review and select the best possible candidates.  Head Coach interviews will take place in February so please do not delay and complete your application as soon as possible.

Thanks for considering,
The Cincinnati Swords


by posted 01/16/2018
CHARITYMANIA FOOTBALL MANIA WRAP UP

We have finalized CharityMania football mania for the year.  We gave away approximately $4,000 and raised over $11,000 for our skaters.    

Week 1 - $25 winner - R. Chambers sponsoring the Christini family

Week 2 - $25 winner - T. Hugenberg sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 2 - $50 winner - K. Moreno sponsoring the Moreno family

Week 3 - $400 winner - J. Grady sponsoring Team Backen

Week 4 - $25 winner - L. Groh sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 4 - $25 winner - T. Baioni sponsoring Team Backen
Week 4 - $25 winner - N. Richmond sponsoring the Das family

Week 5 - $400 winner - W. Gearing sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 5 - $200 winner - T. Murray sponsoring the Merk family
Week 5 - $100 winner - T. Scheben sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 5 - $25 winner - L. Robinson sponsoring the Lanier family

Week 6 - $25 winner - R. Dorn sponsoring the Robinson family
Week 6 - $25 winner - G. Baker sponsoring the Lanier family

Week 7 - $25 winner - G. Baker sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 7 - $25 winner - E. Polkow sponsoring the Polkow family
Week 7 - $200 winner - N. Fry sponsoring Team Backen
Week 7 - $400 winner - P. MacRae sponsoring Team Backen

Week 8 - $50 winner - G. Haywood sponsoring the Lanier family

Week 9 - $200 winner - T. Merk sponsoring the Merk family

Week 10 - $25 winner - K. Brennan sponsoring Team Backen

Week 11 - $50 winner - T. Johnson sponsoring the Johnson family
Week 11 - $400 winner - T. Johnson sponsoring the Johnson family
Week 11 - $200 winner - K. Norus sponsoring the Norus family

Week 12 - $25 winner - C. Schneider sponsoring the Merk family

Week 13 - $25 winner - J. Arnold sponsoring the Ropp family

Week 14 - $25 winner - J. Fausto sponsoring Team Backen
Week 14 - $25 winner - A. Talbott sponsoring the Robinson family
Week 14 - $50 winner - L. Cinderella sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 14 - $100 winner - D. Newlin sponsoring Team Backen

Week 15 - $25 winner - B. Ford sponsoring the Ford family
Week 15 - $25 winner - S. Matthews sponsoring the Matthews family
Week 15 - $100 winner - L. Maguire sponsoring the Timman family

Week 16 - $25 winner - J. Chanbers sponsoring the Christini family
Week 16 - $25 winner - R. Winkler sponsoring the Reuss family
Week 16 - $400 winner - J. Finnegan sponosring the Christini family
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


by posted 01/05/2018
WEATHER RELATED RINK CLOSING

The winter season and thus winter weather is upon us.  Travel can become difficult at times and families should take that into consideration when making decisions.  As a reminder Sports Plus will only close if Hamilton County declares a Level 3 snow emergency but attending practices/games during inclement weather is a family decision.  If you are unable to attend, please be sure to let your coach know as soon as possible.


by posted 12/09/2017
LINDSAY'S LAW - OHIO REQUIREMENT

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. 

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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."

 

Lindsay’s Law

Lindsay’s Law, Ohio Revised Code 3313.53103707.58 and 3707.59 went into effect in 2017.

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:

For parents/guardians and youth athletes:

For coaches:

  • If you are a coach for an interscholastic sport and are licensed by the Ohio Department of Education, please visit their website for information about their training requirements around Lindsay’s Law.
  • If you are a coach in a community program, please use the following resources:

 

ODH Contact Information

Ohio Department of Health
School Nursing Program
246 North High Street, 7th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: 614-466-1930

Email:     


Page Updated: 7/10/2017

 


by Melanie Luft posted 09/21/2017
SWORDS KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM

 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.

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
 
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.
 
REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS:
 
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.
 

 


by posted 04/07/2015
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In the Swords Indep/BTHL Travel Team Jerseys/Socks and Equipment
TEAM SHELL WITH LOGO

PLEASE NOTE GOALIE SHELLS ARE $10.00 MORE WHICH IS CALCULATED AT CHECKOUT. Team McDonald - Required Team Schoonover - Required U18-Team Reno - Required