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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATING SENIORS
03/22/2017
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SENIOR HOCKEY PLAYERS.   These...
UPDATE: 2017-18 SWORDS PROGRAMS
03/20/2017
Below are links to each of our 2017-18 programs.  Updated information...
2017-18 TRYOUT/EVALUATION SCHEDULE
03/20/2017
ALL CHANGES ARE BOLDED. 2017-18...
BOARD MEETING
03/19/2017
The Cincinnati Swords board of directors will meet on Wednesday,...
KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS UPDATE
03/18/2017
We have received the following information from Kroger.  Looks...
2017-18 SWORDS COACHES
03/06/2017
The Cincinnati Swords board of directors is pleased to announce the...
2017 SPRING TRAINING: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
02/17/2017
2017 SPRING TRAINING   Spring training will soon be underway...
2017-18 COACHES WANTED
01/30/2017
Planning for the 2017-18 season is now underway.  How can you...
CHO YOUTH HOCKEY EQUIPMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
09/28/2015
    ARE YOU A KID AGE 10 AND UNDER WHO PLAYS...
SWORDS KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM
04/07/2015
 The Kroger Co. has renewed their Community Rewards program...
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATING SENIORS

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SENIOR HOCKEY PLAYERS.  

These players were part of our hockey family during their time playing youth hockey.  We wish them the best of luck as they move on after graduation.  

Elder

Ron Larkin is planning to study business at the University of Cincinnati

Michael Wynn is planning to attend either West Virginia University, Saint Vincent College, Miami University, or Ole. Miss. 


Firebirds

Michael Groteke is planning to study Computer Science at either Wright State University or the University of Cincinnati  

 

LaSalle

Congrats to all Seniors on their future endeavors

 

Mason

John Clabbers is planning to study aerospace engineering at University of Cincinnati or Ohio State University

Tyler Clevenger is planning to study aerospace engineering at University of Cincinnati

Amy Huang is planning to study mechanical engineering and computer science

Duncan MacKenzie is planning to study biology or chemistry

Jack O’Loughlin

Josh Suguitan

Daniel Whipple is planning to study finance at Ohio State University

 

Moeller

Nick Goble is planning to study business at Loyola of Chicago

Josh Hardesty is planning to study engineering at the Citadel.  He is doing ROTC but does not know which military branch he will be in

Nick Oenbrink is starting at Cincinnati State in engineering technology and plans to finish his degree at the University of Cincinnati

Noah Savage is planning to study computer engineering at Ohio State University

Sam Steffen is planning to study pre-med at the University of Cincinnati

 

St. Xavier

Congrats to all Seniors on their future endeavors

 

Sycamore

Connor Ellingson

Richard Nardi

 

Thunderhawks

Cameron Hahn is planning to study business at either University of Dayton or Wright State

Ryan Lawson is planning to study mechanical engineering at Miami University

Erin Metz is planning to study education and French at Canisius College in Buffalo

Cameron Owen is planning to study business at Loyola University

Craig Thompson is planning to study electrical or mechanical engineering to hopefully enter the automotive industry


by posted 03/22/2017
UPDATE: 2017-18 SWORDS PROGRAMS

Below are links to each of our 2017-18 programs.  Updated information has been included for our High School, MYHL and Mite/ADM programs.

 

2017-18 INDEPENDENT/BTHL TRAVEL TEAM (SQ, PW & BT) PROGRAM - CLICK HERE   PDF VERSION

2017-18 MYHL PROGRAM (SQUIRT, PEEWEE AND BANTAM) - CLICK HERE   PDF VERSION

2017-18 MIDGET/HIGH SCHOOL - CLICK HERE    PDF VERSION 

2017-18 ADM/MITE PROGRAM - CLICK HERE  PDF VERSION


by posted 03/20/2017
2017-18 TRYOUT/EVALUATION SCHEDULE

ALL CHANGES ARE BOLDED.

2017-18 TRYOUT/EVALUATION SCHEDULE
             
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Goalie Evaluation-SQ&PW 5:00-6:00pm     USA Rink    
Goalie Evaluation-BT&MG/HS 6:00-7:00pm     USA Rink    
             
Sunday, April 23, 2017
  CAN Rink       USA Rink  
Ice Cut 7:30-7:45am     Ice Cut 7:15-7:30am  
2008's - All Call 7:45-9:15am All   2006's - All Call 7:30-8:30am A-L
Ice Cut 9:15-9:30am     2006's - All Call 8:30-9:30am M-Z
2007's - All Call 9:30-10:30am A-L   Ice Cut 9:30-9:45am  
2007's - All Call 10:30-11:30am M-Z   2005's - All Call 9:45-10:45am A-L
Ice Cut 11:30-11:45am     2005's - All Call 10:45-11:45am M-Z
2003 & 2004's - All Call 11:45-12:45pm A-D   Ice Cut 11:45am-12noon  
2003 & 2004's - All Call 12:45-1:45pm E-L   2002's - All Call 12:00-1:00pm All
Ice Cut 1:45-2:00pm     2001's - All Call 1:00-2:00pm All
2003 & 2004's - All Call 2:00-3:00pm M-R   Ice Cut 2:00-2:10pm  
2003 & 2004's - All Call 3:00-4:00pm S-Z   2000's & 1999's-All Call 2:10-3:15pm All
             
Monday, April 24, 2017
  CAN Rink       USA Rink  
2006 Invite Only 5:30-7pm     2005 Invite Only 6:00-7:30pm  
2007 Invite Only 7-8:30pm     BT1 Invite Only 7:30-9:00pm  
             
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
          USA Rink  
        2008 Invite Only 5:45-7:15pm  
        U18 Invite Only 7:15-8:45pm  
             
Wednesday, April 26 - NO EVALUATIONS
             
Thursday, April 27, 2017
  CAN Rink          
BT2 Invite Only 6:00-7:15pm          
             
             
Friday, April 28, 2017
  CAN Rink       USA Rink  
2007/2008 Invite Only 5:45-7:15pm     2005/2006 Invite Only 6:00-7:00pm  
        HS Varsity/JV Evaluation 1 7:00-8:30pm  
             
Saturday, April 29 - NO EVALUATIONS
             
Sunday, April 30, 2017
  CAN Rink       USA Rink  
SQ MYHL Evaluation 11:00am-12:30pm     BT MYHL Evaluation 10:45am-12:15pm  
PW MYHL Evaluation 1:30pm-3:00pm     HS Varsity/JV Evaluation 2 1:15pm-2:45pm  

by posted 03/20/2017
BOARD MEETING

The Cincinnati Swords board of directors will meet on Wednesday, April 5 at 6:30pm in the board room upstairs at Sports Plus.  All are welcome to attend.


by posted 03/19/2017
KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS UPDATE

We have received the following information from Kroger.  Looks like you do not need to re-enroll to continue receiving Kroger rewards.  If you are new and considering signing up, please check the Swords website for details on how to sign up.

Thanks.

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Dear Community Rewards Organization:

Thank you for being a member of the Kroger Community Rewards program. We are committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Year after year, local schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations earn $4 million in Greater Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky through our Community Rewards program.

We’ve got great news to share with you! We’ve listened to your feedback and are making updates to our Community Rewards process and software. As of April 1, 2017, your supporters will no longer have to re-enroll their Kroger Plus Card to earn dollars for your organization. We believe this will make it easier for your organization and our customers to support you!

Please note: Due to this update, our Community Rewards administration staff will no longer be able to assist your supporters in looking up prior quarterly donation totals. As always, customers enrolled in the Community Rewards program can look up their most recent quarter donation earned online at www.kroger.com/communityrewards. Please communicate this message to your supporters.

 

Thank you,

The Kroger Community Rewards Staff


by posted 03/18/2017
2017-18 SWORDS COACHES

The Cincinnati Swords board of directors is pleased to announce the coaching staff for our 2017-18 teams. Our coaching committee with our commissioner and president reviewed all received applications and the end-of-the-season survey results.  After this review, prospective coaches were contacted to finalize roles and objectives.  Based on this feedback, 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. 

SPECIAL NOTE:

1.  Assistant coaches will be named after a determination is made on their skaters’ proper placement.

2.  We have a strong MYHL coaching pool.  However, we will not name coaches as some families would like their skaters evaluated for possible inclusion on an Independent/BTHL team.

3.  Coaching prospectuses will be updated and added within the next couple weeks.
 

Squirt Level (birth year 2007 and 2008)

2007       Andrew Backen
2008       AJ Crouch
Mixed      Kirk Andreae
MYHL      We anticipate 2 or 3 teams for the 2017-18 season.

Peewee Level (birth year 2005 and 2006)

2005       Rob Ganz
2006       Dan McDonald
Mixed      Scott Mercalde
MYHL      We anticipate 2 or 3 teams for the 2017-18 season.

Bantam Level (birth year 2003 and 2004)

BT1 Mixed     Rob Schoonover
BT2 Mixed     Todd Gick
MYHL            We anticipate 2 teams for the 2017-18 season.

Midget/High School (Varsity and JV)

We will not be announcing teams and coaches at the Midget/High School level until after the conclusion of the Buckeye Cup, March 10-12.  We have put together a high school committee to look at changing the programs for the 2017-18 season.  As part of this review, Swords representatives will be meeting with representatives from the Columbus and Cleveland High School Club associations this coming weekend.  The committee will then reconvene and finalize our teams and programs for the 2017-18 season.  We anticipate having four teams.

ADM/Mite Program

We will not announce the coaching staff for our 2017-18 ADM/Mite program until early summer.  Jeff Evans and Julie Doxsey will continue to lead this program.

 


by posted 03/06/2017
2017 SPRING TRAINING: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

2017 SPRING TRAINING
 

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.

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 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.

Mite Program

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.

Age Levels
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.

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

Sessions                                                           Coach Staff

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)

            
To see dates/times of sessions, CLICK HERE.

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


by posted 02/17/2017
2017-18 COACHES WANTED

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


by posted 01/30/2017
CHO YOUTH HOCKEY EQUIPMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 

 

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)

HELMET

SHOULDER & ELBOW PADS

GLOVES

PANTS        

KNEE & SHIN GUARDS

BAG

VISIT WWW.CINCINNATIHOCKEY.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS PROGRAM AND/OR SEE PROGRAM FLYER EMAILED TO ALL SWORDS FAMILIES.


by posted 09/28/2015
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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PLEASE NOTE GOALIE SHELLS ARE $10.00 MORE WHICH IS CALCULATED AT CHECKOUT.