The Cincinnati Swords is pleased to announce the coaching staff for our 2018-19 teams. After reviewing all received applications and the end-of-the-season survey results, prospective coaches were contacted for interviews and to finalize roles and objectives. The commissioner then presented recommendations to the full board of directors for review and approval. These coaches bring the desire and expertise to help our hockey players continue their hockey development.
New this year, in some cases we have announced coaching teams. The decision to announce multiple coaches for a team is based on our discussions with the individuals and their commitment to working together to lead the team.
Final team numbers and league placement will be determined based on registration numbers and evaluations.
Coaching prospectuses will be updated and added to the website before we open registration.
Our tryout schedule, tryout instructions and program details are now posted on the website at www.swordshockey.com. We plan to open registration on April 2, 2018.
U10 Level (birth year 2008 and 2009)
2008 Kirk Andreae (plans to play in Little Caesars League)
2009 Jeff Evans (plans to play in Little Caesars League)
Mixed Jeff Johnson and Rich Luongo (team(s) placement in MYHL/Hybrid program)
U12 Level (birth year 2006 and 2007)
2006 Dan McDonald (plans to play in Little Caesars League)
2006 Rob Clark (plans to play in BTHL)
2007 Andrew Backen (plans to play in Little Caesars League)
2007 Coaching Team of Armand Luzi/Brian Shiverdecker (plans to play in BTHL)
Mixed Kurtis Lindemann (plans to play in MYHL/Hybrid program)
U14 Level (birth year 2004 and 2005)
2004 Rob Schoonover (plans to play in BTHL)
2005 Rob Ganz (plans to play in Little Caesars League)
Mixed Todd Gick (plans to play in the BTHL)
Mixed TBD (plans to play in MYHL/Hybrid program; coaching announcement at a later date)
U16/JV Level (birth years 2002 and 2003)
Mixed Greg Drach
U18/Varsity Level (birth years 2000, 2001, 2002 & 2003)
Mixed Coaching Team of Don Biggs, Dave Reno and Scott Davis
U8/ADM Program - We will not announce the coaching staff for our 2018-19 U8/ADM program until early summer. However details about the summer and the fall/winter programs can be found on the website.
The Cincinnati Swords are very excited to announce our new and newly revised 2018-19 programs. Here are Word and PDF links to all the programs. Please be sure to read the overall tryout instructions as well as any programs applicable to your player(s).
SEVERAL GOALIE SPOTS REMAIN OPEN (SQ & PW); TO REGISTER GO TO REGISTER ONLINE ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Online registration is by session so please be sure you are registering for the correct session.
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)
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.
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."
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:
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.