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.
Week 14 has been updated with the weekly winners. Congrats!
Week 1 - $25 winner - K. Pandilidis sponsoring the Gold family
Week 1 - $25 winner - J. Sun sponsoring Team Backen
Week 1 - $25 winner - R. Willging sponsoring the Ropp family
Week 1 - $25 winner - J. Kuckyr sponsoring the Ropp family
Week 1 - $50 winner - M. Beeler sponsoring the Schneider family
Week 1 - $100 winner - J. Piehowicz sponsoring St. X
Week 2 - $50 winner - K. Crowley sponsoring St. X
Week 2 - $100 winner - K. Mount sponsoring the Schneider family
Week 3 - $50 winner - H. Dixon sponsoring the Hare family
Week 3 - $25 winner - I. Gibbons sponsoring the Matthews family
Week 3 - $25 winner - M. Leever sponsoring the Leever family
Week 3 - $25 winner - T. Johnson sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 3 - $25 winner - D. Smith sponorsing the Lanier family
Week 4 - $25 winner - M. Murphy sponsoring the Fackey family
Week 5 - $100 winner - Tommy sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 5 - $50 winner - A. Tenley sponsoring Team Backen
Week 5 - $25 winner - T. Rollins sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 5 - $25 winner - S. Matthews sponsoring the Matthews family
Week 5 - $25 winner - E. Jackson sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 5 - $25 winner - T. Fletcher sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 6 - $25 winner - T. Fletcher sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 6 - $25 winner - K. Gibson sponsorhing the Lanier family
Week 7 - $400 winner - S. Minor sponsoring Team Backen
Week 7 - $25 winner - D. Shields sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 7 - $25 winner - C. Mains sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 7 - $25 winner - K. Higgins sponsoring the Ropp family
Week 7 - $25 winner - D. Forrester sponsoring the Becker family
Week 7 - $25 winner - C. Boutross-Wright sponsoring the Matthews family
Week 8 - $50 winner - T. Ward sponsoring the Ropp family
Week 8 - $25 winner - D. Hammons sponsoring St. X
Week 8 - $25 winner - R. Matthews sponsoring the Matthews family
Week 8 - $25 winner - J. Kuckyr sponsoring the Ropp family
Week 8 - $25 winner - G. Straub sponsorhing the Lanier family
Week 9 - $50 winner - A. Graham sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 9 - $25 winner - M. Coburn sponsoring Team Backen
Week 10 - $50 winner - B. Hedrick sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 10 - $25 winner - S. Stallworth sponsoring the Ropp family
Week 10 - $25 winner - J. Tyson sponsoring Team Backen
Week 11 - $100 winner - O. Behrens sponsoring Team Backen
Week 11 - $50 winner - J. Polkow sponsoring the Polkow family
Week 11 - $25 winner - B. Wyandt sponsoring the Schneider family
Week 11 - $25 winner - L. MaGuire sponsoring the Timman family
Week 11 - $25 winner - R. Riegler sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 11 - $25 winner - R. Alm sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 12 - $400 winner - J. Johnson sponsoring the Schneider family
Week 12 - $25 winner - J. Lynch sponsoring the Schneider family
Week 12 - $25 winner - J. Shawhan sponsoring the Schneider family
Week 13 - $50 winner - A. Inlay sponsoring the Schneider family
Week 13 - $25 winner - J. Morreale sponsoring the St. X
Week 14 - $400 winner - R. Murray sponsoring the Gold family
Week 14 - $50 winner - L. Stiles sponsoring Team Backen
Week 14 - $25 winner - M. Browning sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 14 - $25 winner - K. Pleiman sponsoring the Brennan family
Week 14 - $25 winner - M. Vargo sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 14 - $25 winner - D. Yates sponsoring the Lanier family
SPORT PLUS RINK MANAGEMENT – GAME CURFEW PROCEDURES
Sports Plus is a curfew rink. This means that teams are required to end all games at it's scheduled time. All Start and End times are emailed to coaches and managers on Monday with the ref requests. All games are 75 min in length from the start of the Zam cut to the end of the game. The only exceptions are teams Gick, Ganz, Schoonover, and Biggs whose games are 90 from the start of the Zam cut to the end of the game. The times on team game sheets as well as the Sports Plus website is the start of the Zam cut. If a team finds that their game is running late, the policy is to use the 5 minute match rule. Once the scheduled end time is 5 mins away, set the clock to 5 mins and do not stop it. Please discuss this with the visiting team before the game so that they are aware of the policy.There are lines on the score sheet to list the start and end times for the games, please make certain to fill these times in on the score sheet for your home games.
This policy is not optional. We must end games on time in order to keep the entire day on schedule. If the zam does not finish the cut within the 10 minute allotted time, please take a picture of the time it ended and send it to me. If the zam causes you to start late then you will be permitted an equal amount of time after your scheduled end time. Please see the examples below.
Game time on sheet 9:30am for a 75 min game
Zam has from 9:30-9:40am to finish the cut.
Game is scheduled to end at 10:45am.
At 10:40am the game clock reads 7:13, the time keeper should set the clock for 5mins and run until the end of the game. The clock should not stop for any reason.
Game time on sheet 1:45pm for a 75 min game
Zam has from 1:45-1:55pm to finish the cut.
Zam finished at 2:01. You should send me a picture of the clock and you should start the game.
Your game was scheduled to end at 3:00pm, your new end time is now 3:06
Please share this info with your parents so they understand the policy
Safety is the top priority of USA Hockey each and every day. In 2006, USA Hockey took a significant step forward in enhancing safety by requiring coaches and volunteers to wear helmets when they are on the ice.
While most are in compliance with the rule, this past June, USA Hockey’s board of directors added a 30-day suspension from all activities involving registered programs for failure to comply with the rule.
The rule can be found on Page 144 Section A, of USA Hockey’s 2018-19 Annual Guide.
Here’s to a fun and safe hockey season. Thanks for all you do to make hockey the greatest game on earth.
Mid-Am Hockey in conjunction with USA Hockey requires any adult that interacts with players to be sure to have the following items completed:
1. Obtain a USA Hockey number. This membership is free for team managers/volunteers.
2. Complete Safe Sport training. Completion will automatically attached to a managers'/volunteer's USAH number.
3. Obtain a Mid-Am background screening.
Safe Sport – Did you know? On February 14, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017 (the “Act”). The Act includes amendments to the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 (“VCAA”) (34 U.S.C. §20341) and “Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act” (36 U.S.C. §220501 et. seq.). Amended 34 U.S.C. §20341(c)(9), under the VCAA, includes the phrase “covered individual” to mean “an adult who is authorized, by a national governing body, a member of a national governing body, or an amateur sports organization that participates in interstate or international amateur athletic competition, to interact with a minor or amateur athlete at an amateur sports organization facility or at any event sanctioned by a national governing body, a member of a national governing body, or such an amateur sports organization. Youth hockey coaches, managers and volunteers who interact with players fall within definition of “covered individual.Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. §20341(a)(2), “a covered individual who learns of facts that give reason to suspect that a child has suffered an incident of child abuse, including sexual abuse, shall” report the abuse within twenty-four (24) hours to law enforcement. Failure to report subjects a covered individual to a fine and imprisonment of up to one (1) year under 18 U.S.C. §2258. Also, under the Act, the U.S. Center for SafeSport has been tasked with formulating SafeSport policies.
Screening – Screening will continue to be required of any adult who has “access” to minor aged hockey players. Screening must be accomplished prior to access to children and must be renewed every two (2) years pursuant to requirements of Safe Sport. For current screening, to go: www.midamhockeyscreen.com and follow the prompts. See website for additional information.
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).
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:
If you have not participated in the past but would like to details on the program and how to enroll are listed below.
The Cincinnati Swords is 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 TT350) 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
. You must register with the NPO number TT350; 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 TT350 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.