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Every year our numbers fluctuate at the HS level.  This year we believe there could be enough skaters to support 3 teams and we have advertised the possibility of 2-3 HS teams.  Determining the number of teams and level of play will be based on how many players register and their playing ability.

These teams may play in the Cincinnati high school hockey league “CHSHL” and/or an independent schedule such as Little Caesars.  A couple of scenarios exist. We will form a Varsity team that plays both in CHSHL and independent schedule similar to last season. That team remains unchanged.  

We will then form a JV team that plays in the CHSHL and may form a separate U16 team that plays an independent schedule. This is dependent on the number of registered players and their skill level.

Another scenario might be a JV team that plays CHSHL and that same team plays an Independent schedule as well. This would be likely if we don't have the registrations needed for the U16 team.  If your skater only wants to play JV in the CHSHL, there is no requirement to also participate in the independent schedule if offered.    

We have put together a coaching group committed to these teams. They include Don Biggs, Dave Reno, and Scott Davis at the Varsity level and Greg Drach, Ryan Hurley, and Zac Sens at the JV and U16 level.  Determining where all our high school teams play for the 2019-20 season will be made by this coaching group with final approval by the Swords coaching committee. The decision will be based on overall skill level and what the best scenario is for the majority of players.

by Melanie Luft posted 03/25/2019




The Cincinnati Swords is pleased to kick off our 2019-20 hockey season with our team tryouts and formation of our 2019-20 teams.  

Coaches:  Our 2019-20 coaches will be announced the week of March 25.  We will announce under separate email and posted to the website.  Coaching prospectuses which detail the coach’s background and team plans will be posted online prior to the tryouts. 

Team Formation:  We anticipate having 3-4 U10 teams, 5-6 U12 teams, 3-4 U14 teams, 2-3 U16/JV and U18/Varsity teams.  The number of teams is dependent on the number of players that register, the number of available coaches and the skill set of the registrants.  The Swords organization remains in competition for limited available ice time and will work to give all our teams as much practice ice as possible.  In addition, teams will receive a set amount of game ice to use for home events.  We do not anticipate any shortages for weekend ice.  Our teams also participate in tournaments (league and non-league) and non-league scrimmages.

League Play:  Each year we strive to have our teams playing at the highest level possible.  Again, this year we anticipate teams playing in Little Caesars, Buckeye Travel Hockey League, Midwest Youth Hockey League, Cincinnati High School Club League and Independent.  League placement will be recommended by the head coach with approval from the coaching committee.

Tryout Schedule:  All tryout sessions are being held at Sports Plus, 10765 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH  45241.  There will be at least three evaluation sessions for each skater and goalie.  The first session will be a skills assessment by birth year for ALL skaters and goalies.  The second session will be a battle drills session again by birth year for ALL skaters and goalies.  The last session(s) will be our team scrimmages.  Team scrimmages are invite-only and skaters and goalies may be invited to multiple sessions.  The tryout schedule has been posted on the website at  As a reminder, the tryout schedule is subject to change based on registration numbers.  We will update the website as quickly as possible.

Goalie Schedule:  In addition to the three evaluation sessions with the skaters, there is an additional assessment for our goalies on Thursday, April 11 from 5:45pm-7:00pm on the USA rink at Sports Plus. 

RegistrationRegistration will open on Monday, April 1, 2019You must have a 2019-20 USA Hockey number to register on our website.   The registration fee will be $100 if paid by Wednesday, April 10.   After April 10, the registration fee increases to $150.  Once offered a spot on a team, all families must process an initial deposit of $500 by Monday, April 22 which will hold your player’s team spot.

Excused Absence:   It is expected that all players trying out for any team attend the tryouts.  However, if a player is injured or unable to attend a tryout, the player must contact the office at  .   The coaching committee and coaching staff will work to provide as fair an opportunity as possible.

Play Up:  If a player would like to be considered for a team one birth year older, they must (1) register and pay for the tryout in their current age bracket, (2) send an email to  letting us know the player’s name, date of birth and team they would like to be evaluated for and (3) if applicable obtain and complete a Player Movement Waiver from the Swords office.  The waiver must be completed before the player can take the ice with the older age group.  Please note, for a player to be offered a position on the older team, the independent evaluators in conjunction with the coaching committee must rate the player as a top-tier player on the older team.  The decision of the coaching committee is final.  All Mid-Am play up guidelines will be followed including the constraint that no roster can include more than 25% of players “playing up”.  NOTE:  Players may be considered to play up on a mixed birth year team only in rare and unique situations as those teams contain players from two different birth years.

Checking Clinic:  All players birth year 2006 and older must have already attended a checking clinic OR attend the April 6, 2019 checking clinic.  Information about the clinic will be included in the online registrations for our Bantam and Midget/High School age registrations.  Only spring participants and those players registered for our 2019-20 teams will be allowed to participate in the checking clinic.

Jersey/Equipment Order:  Due to our time constraints with ordering and receiving custom jerseys, we ask all families to have their player(s) sized for jerseys, socks and team warm ups during tryouts.  Sizers are available at all tryout sessions.  You will not need to place an order until after you have been notified about your player’s team placement.  Team equipment requirements will be set by the coach and communicated to the parents immediately after we receive your initial deposit.  All purchases will be made through an online store on the website.  Our order deadline this year will be Monday, April 29.

Team Fees:  Fees vary based on both the number of team participants and the coaches’ program.  In addition, we are not able to determine ice allocation until after the conclusion of our tryouts.  Therefore, we will not have final team costs until early summer.  Team fees are set by coaches and generally range from $1,400 to $3,000.  Please review the coaching prospectuses for specific details and plans for individual teams.

Team Financial Information:  As stated above, we need all families to process an initial deposit of $500 by Monday, April 22 which will hold a player’s team spot.  With all teams being announced in the same timeframe, it is critical that players do not delay confirming their intentions so we can make any appropriate roster adjustments.  No refunds (or transfers) will be given for the initial team payment which signifies a player’s acceptance of a spot on the team.  Additionally, all Swords teams will have a monthly payment due on or before the first of each month (July through November).  The Refund Policy is included in your initial registration and also posted on the Swords website at for your review.

We are very excited about the upcoming 2019-20 season.  If you have any questions, please email us at and we will forward to the appropriate person.




by posted 03/25/2019



ADM Program History and Principles:

USA Hockey launched the American Development Model (ADM) in 2009 providing a detailed blueprint for optimal athlete development.  By giving your child the ADM experience, you’re positioning them for long-term success.  It’s proven programming, built on qualitative and quantitative research from leading hockey nations, sports scientists, coaches and educators.  As the basis for youth hockey in the US, the ADM provides:

  1. Age-specific, age-appropriate skill development.
  2. An opportunity to efficiently learn and refine essential skills without an over-emphasis on winning games at the younger age classifications.
  3. A sensible practice-to-game ratio.
  4. High-performance practice and game programming that emphasizes skill development, competition, engagement and FUN.
  5. Structured training programs for coaches and qualified adult leadership.
  6. A philosophy that reduces burnout and disenchantment.

USA Hockey also has an ADM specific webpage and it can be accessed at

2019-20 Cincinnati Swords ADM Program Specifics:

Ellen Metz will continue her role as ADM Commissioner and Learn to Play Hockey Program Director.  Ellen comes with a strong hockey background, is a Level 4 certified coach and is also a preschool teacher.  She has worked with youth on and off the ice at all age levels from mites through high school. 

For the 2019-20 season, the Cincinnati Swords will again be emphasizing the USA Hockey ADM principles.  There will be a focus on skater development and FUNdamentals.  This is the time when a foundation is laid for future success.  Fun competitions will also be introduced through a team environment.

Our ADM sessions will run from the beginning of September through late February/early March and include an on-ice session for players to work on their skating skills, stickhandling, puck control and positioning.    Additionally, there will be weekly “team” practices on shared ice with another team.  We anticipate these sessions being held on Mondays and Fridays but will not be able to finalize until after the older team tryouts. 

NOTE:  New this season, we will kick off the season with a mandatory parent meeting on the first meeting date.  The kids will take the ice with the coaching staff while the parents met with the ADM commissioner.  We will take the first 3 weeks of the season (both Mondays and Fridays) to work with the players and get to know them.  We will not form teams until after these three weeks.  There will be a three-week schedule where we rotate the players and after we set teams, there will be a set schedule based on team placement.

Finally, we will have weekend sessions that will be a combination of practices and games.  All game sessions will be cross-ice pursuant to USA Hockey and MID-AM policies.  For these games, teams will have cross ice scrimmages with other local associations.  The season will cap off with an end of season tournament.  Teams will also receive an additional tournament event as part of their fees.

Financial Information

A final cost will not be available until after the evaluations but we anticipate it will be in line with last year’s fee of $995 if registered w/deposit by May 15, 2019.  Please be sure to review the refund policy which is posted on the website and also included in your registration.  Your fee includes:

14-16   60-minute half ice team sessions
14-16   90-minute full ice ADM sessions
8-10     weekend game/practice sessions
League Fee/League Tournament
Additional Tournament
Jersey w/Name & Number & Sock
End of Season Award
Administrative/Membership Fee

Registration for our Fall/Winter Programs will open on April 1 when USA Hockey makes the 2019-20 membership available.  To register, please go to and click on Register Online on the left-hand side. 

We are very excited about the upcoming 2019-20 season.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Ellen Metz at or Jennie Tiemeyer at .



by posted 03/25/2019

Team Accomplishments


Team Andreae

10U BTHL AA End of Season Tournament Champions


Team Johnson

10U Rock ‘N Roll Cup Tournament Silver Lower Runner-up

10U Country Western Showdown Select Tournament Runner-up


Team McDonald

12U BTHL AA Regular Season Champions

12U BTHL AA End of Season Tournament Champions

12U Nations Cup Champions

12U Big Bear Gasoline Alley Tournament AA Champions


Team Clark

12U Three Rivers Cup Champions


Team Backen

12U Kitchener Early Bird Tournament Champions

12U Ft Wayne, IN Regional Silver Stick Finalists

12U Forest, ON, Can Silver Stick Finals qualifiers

12U Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League Yzerman regular season champions

12ULittle Caesars Amateur Hockey League Yzerman Post season tournament Finalists

Ranked #7 nationally in 07 Tier 2 to 


Team Luzi/Shiverdecker

12U Rock ‘N Cup Tournament Champions

12U South Bend Cup Tournament Runner up

12U Country Western Showdown Olympics Bronze Medal


Team Lindeman

12U MYHL End of Season Tournament Champions


Team McQuade

12U MYHL Regular Season Champions

12U MYHL End of Season Tournament Runner Up

12U 06-07 Motown Cup Detroit Tournament Champion


Team Schoonover

14U Rock ‘N Roll Cup Tournament Champions

14U Irish South Bend Cup Tournament Runner-up

14U Nation’s Cup Gold Series Champions

14U International Silver Stick Fort Wayne Regional Runner up


Team Ganz

13U LCAHL Regular Season Champions Howe 1 division

13U LCAHL Playoff Runner-up (7-1 in playoffs)

14U Chicago Tournament Runner Up


Team Gick

14U Rock and Roll Cup Tournament Bronze Lower Champion

14U Motown Cup Bronze Lower Tournament Champion

14U Irish Cup Bronze Tournament Runner Up


Team Biggs

CHSHL Varsity Regular Season Champions

CHSHL Varsity End of Season Tournament Champions

Buckeye Cup Final 4

by posted 03/18/2019


by posted 03/18/2019

PDF FILE - CLICK HERE (color coded scheduled)

THURSDAY - April 11, 2019
          USA Rink Last Name
        Ice Cut 5:30pm-5:45pm  
        SWORDS Goalie Evaluation 5:45pm-7:00pm All
        Ice Cut 7:00pm-7:15pm  
        SWORDS 2003's&2004's SKILLS & DRILLS 7:15pm-8:30pm All
        Ice Cut 8:30pm-8:45pm  
        SWORDS 2001's&2002's-SKILLS & DRILLS 8:45pm-9:45pm All
FRIDAY - April 12, 2019
  CAN Rink Last Name     USA Rink Last Name
Ice Cut 5:35pm-5:45pm     Ice Cut 6:15pm-6:30pm  
SWORDS 2009's - SKILLS & DRILLS 5:45pm-6:30pm A-L   SWORDS 2010's - SKILLS & DRILLS 6:30pm-7:30pm All
SWORDS 2009's - SKILLS & DRILLS 6:30pm-7:15pm M-Z   Ice Cut 7:30pm-7:40pm  
Ice Cut 7:15pm-7:25pm     SPARTANS U15/U16 FIRST SESSION 7:40pm-8:30pm  
SPARTANS 2006 FIRST SESSION 7:25pm-8:15pm     Ice Cut 8:30pm-8:40pm  
Ice Cut 8:15pm-8:25pm     SPARTANS U15/U16 FIRST SESSION 8:40pm-9:30pm  
SPARTANS 2005 FIRST SESSION 8:25pm-9:15pm          
SATURDAY - April 13, 2019
  CAN Rink Last Name     USA Rink Last Name
Ice Cut 7:45am-8:00am     Ice Cut 7:30am-7:45am  
SWORDS 2006 SKILLS & DRILLS 8:00am-9:00am A-L   SWORDS 2008's - SKILLS & DRILLS 7:45am-8:45am A-L
SWORDS 2006 SKILLS & DRILLS 9:00am-10:00am M-Z   SWORDS 2008's - SKILLS & DRILLS 8:45am-9:45am M-Z
Ice Cut 10:00am-10:15am     Ice Cut 9:45am-10:00am  
SWORDS 2005 SKILLS & DRILLS 10:15am-11:15am All   SWORDS 2007's - SKILLS & DRILLS 10:00am-11:15am A-L
Ice Cut 11:15am-11:30am     SWORDS 2007's - SKILLS & DRILLS 11:15am-12:30pm M-Z
SPARTANS 2006 SECOND SESSION 11:30am-12:20pm     Ice Cut 12:30pm-12:40pm  
Ice Cut 12:20pm-12:30pm     SPARTANS U15/U16 SECOND SESSION 12:40pm-1:30pm  
SPARTANS 2005 SECOND SESSION 12:30pm-1:20pm     Ice Cut 1:30pm-1:40pm  
Ice Cut 1:20pm-1:30pm     SPARTANS U15/U16 SECOND SESSION 1:40pm-2:30pm  
SPARTANS 2009 FIRST SESSION  1:30pm-2:20pm     Ice Cut 2:30pm-2:40pm  
Ice Cut 2:20pm-2:30pm     SPARTANS 2008 FIRST SESSION 2:40pm-3:30pm  
SPARTANS 2007 FIRST SESSION 2:30pm-3:20pm     Ice Cut 3:30pm-3:40pm  
Ice Cut 3:20pm-3:30pm     SWORDS 2003's&2004's BATTLE DRILLS 3:40pm-4:45pm  
SPARTANS GOALIE SESSION 3:30pm-4:20pm     Ice Cut 4:45pm-5:00pm  
Ice Cut 4:20pm-4:30pm     SWORDS 2001's&2002's-BATTLE DRILLS 5:00pm-6:00pm  
SPARTANS 2005 THIRD SESSION 4:30pm-5:20pm     Ice Cut 6:00pm-6:10pm  
Ice Cut 5:20pm-5:30pm     SPARTANS 2006 THIRD SESSION 6:10pm-7:00pm  
SPARTANS U15 THIRD SESSION 5:30pm-6:20pm     Ice Cut 7:00pm-7:10pm  
Ice Cut 6:20pm-6:30pm     SPARTANS 2009 SECOND SESSION 7:10pm-8:00pm  
SPARTANS U16 THIRD SESSION 6:30-7:20pm     Ice Cut 8:00pm-8:10pm  
Ice Cut 7:20pm-7:30pm     SPARTANS 2007 SECOND SESSION 8:10pm-9:00pm  
SPARTANS 2008 SECOND SESSION 7:30pm-8:20pm          
SUNDAY - April 14, 2019
  CAN Rink       USA Rink  
Ice Cut 7:30am-7:45am     Ice Cut 7:15am-7:30m  
SWORDS 2010 BATTLE DRILLS 7:45am-8:45am All   SWORDS 2008 BATTLE DRILLS 7:30am-8:30am Group 1
Ice Cut 8:45am-9:00am     SWORDS 2008 BATTLE DRILLS 8:30am-9:30am Group 2
SWORDS 2009 BATTLE DRILLS 9:00am-10:00am Group 1   Ice Cut 9:30am-9:45am  
SWORDS 2009 BATTLE DRILLS 10:00am-11:00am Group 2   SWORDS 2007 BATTLE DRILLS 9:45am-10:45am Group 1
Ice Cut 11:00am-11:15am     SWORDS 2007 BATTLE DRILLS 10:45am-11:45am Group 2
SWORDS 2006 BATTLE DRILLS 11:15am-12:15pm Group 1   Ice Cut 11:45am-11:55am  
SWORDS 2006 BATTLE DRILLS 12:15pm-1:15pm Group 2   SPARTANS 2009 THIRD SESSION 11:55am-12:45pm  
Ice Cut 1:15pm-1:30pm     Ice Cut 12:45pm-12:55pm  
SWORDS 2005 BATTLE DRILLS 1:30pm-2:30pm All   SPARTANS 2008 THIRD SESSION 12:55pm-1:45pm  
        Ice Cut 1:45pm-1:55pm  
        SPARTANS 2007 THIRD SESSION 1:55pm-2:45pm  
SCRIMMAGE MONDAY - April 15, 2019
  CAN Rink       USA Rink  
Ice Cut 5:30pm-5:45pm     Ice Cut 5:45pm-6:00pm  
2010 U10 Minor - Invite Only 5:45pm-6:45pm     2009 U10 Major - Invite Only 6:00pm-7:00pm  
Ice Cut 6:45pm-7:00pm     Ice Cut 7:00pm-7:15pm  
Team 1 2008 U12 Minor - Invite Only 7:00pm-8:00pm     Team 1 2007 U12 Major - Invite Only 7:15pm-8:15pm  
Ice Cut 8:00pm-8:15pm     Ice Cut 8:15-8:30pm  
Team 1 2006 U14 Minor - Invite Only 8:15pm-9:15pm     U18/Varsity - Invite Only 8:30pm-9:45pm  
SCRIMMAGE TUESDAY - April 16, 2019
  CAN Rink       USA Rink  
Ice Cut 5:30pm-5:45pm     Ice Cut 5:45pm-6:00pm  
Team 2 2008 U12 Minor - Invite Only 5:45pm-6:45pm     Team 2 2007 U12 Major - Invite Only 6:00pm-7:00pm  
Ice Cut 6:45pm-7:00pm     Ice Cut 7:00pm-7:15pm  
Team 2 2006 U14 Minor - Invite Only 7:00pm-8:00pm     2005 U14 Major - Invite Only 7:15pm-8:15pm  
  CAN Rink       USA Rink  
Ice Cut 5:30pm-5:45pm     Ice Cut 5:45pm-6:00pm  
2009 & 10 U10 Mixed Birth Year Team(s) - Invite Only 5:45pm-7:15pm     2007 & 08 U12 Mixed Birth Year Team(s) - Invite Only 6:00pm-7:30pm  
Ice Cut 7:15pm-7:30pm     Ice Cut 7:30pm-7:45pm  
2005 & 06 U14 Mixed Birth Year Team - Invite Only 7:30pm-8:45pm     U16/JV Team(s) - Invite Only 7:45pm-8:45pm  



by posted 03/16/2019


The Cincinnati Swords are pleased to announce a newly-developed spring hockey program for our high school/midget aged skaters for the 2019 season.  Coach Drach will again be running our program and has expanded it to two sessions.  He and his coach staff plan to offer a weekday skills session that will focus on individual skill development and a weekend session broken up into 3v3 scrimmages.  Skaters will be divided into 6-8 squads of 7-8 players for scrimmages and each squad will have a jersey provided.  All sessions will be fast-paced and focus will be on making all players the best possible.


  1. Rising Freshman are allowed to register for the high school program even if their birth year is 2005. 
  2. Players will register for either the early or late weekday session and this will be done on a first-come basis.  Coaches do reserve the right to make adjustments based on skill level.
  3. Players will receive a Sunday schedule after we close registration so all squads will be scrimmaging each other and will rotate between the two sessions.
  4. We have added 2 sessions for a total of 12 instead of 10.  When we looked at the spring break calendars, we realized that most participants may miss at least 1 if not 2 sessions so we added a couple so the kids would not miss out.  We have NOT increased the fee to cover these additional sessions.
  5. Goalies have a separate registration as we reduce the price for goalies.  We will accept goalies on a first-come basis.  The fee for our goalies is $175 if registered by the early registration deadline and $225 thereafter.


Thursdays – USA Rink                                         Sundays – CAN Rink
7:00pm-8:15pm                                                  1:45pm-3pm
March 28, April 4 & 25, May 2 & 9                      March 24&31, April 7&28, May 5, 12&19


Cost for participation is $300 if paid in full by 2/1/19.  After 2/1, the price is $375.  All players must have a current USA Hockey number.  To register, please go to and click on “Register Online” on the left-hand side.  Placement priority will be based on order of registration.  You will be able to select either the 7pm or 8:15pm time slot.  All efforts will be made to honor player request but coaching staff may make adjustments based on skill levels.




by posted 03/13/2019


PDF Format - Click HERE.

PDF Schedule - Click HERE


Spring training will soon be underway and registration for 2019 is now open!  We will continue the program developed last year with its emphasis on tryout preparation including practice with the small area battle drill we added to last year’s tryouts.  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.

NOTE:  We have added 2 sessions for a total of 12 instead of 10.  When we looked at the spring break calendars, we realized that most participants may miss at least 1 if not 2 sessions so we added a couple so the kids would not miss out.  We have NOT increased the fee to cover these additional sessions.

This year our tryouts will again 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 six weeks.  The first three weeks (March 23-April 11) will be just prior to our 2019-20 team tryouts.  Coaches will be working with the skaters to get them ready for the week of tryouts that all players will attend.  Tryout drills will be practiced during the spring training program.  The last three weeks of spring training (April 23-May 11) 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 Saturday, March 23 and concluding Saturday, May 11.  There will be a week off for our 2019-20 tryouts.

Mite Eligibility

If your mite is a birth year 2010, they can register in our SQ session.  If your mite is a 2011 and you would like them to participate in the SQ program, please email Jennie Tiemeyer at .  She will reach out to your skater’s current coach and the spring coaching team.  If agreed to, Jennie will send you a link to register your skater.

High School/Midget
Please see separate announcement regarding our 2019 Spring High School program as our High School coaching staff has developed a new program.  Click HERE for details.

Checking Basics & Technique Clinic
We will run a checking clinic for our new BT skaters as part of the spring program.  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 (2006) and any player 2005 birth year or older 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 Saturday, April 6 at Sports Plus (8am-9am Video in Fitness Center; 9:15am-10:45am on ice).

Goalie Price Reduction
Goalies have a separate registration as we reduce the price for goalies.  We will accept goalies on a first-come basis.  The fee for our goalies is $175 if registered by the early registration deadline and $225 thereafter.

Age Levels
USA Hockey age levels for 2019-20 will be used in the Spring Program.  They are: Squirt (09-10), Pee Wee (07-08), Bantam (05-06), High School/Midget (2001-04; 2005 Freshman).  Note:  if a 2005 player is a rising freshman for the 2019-20 school year, they can participate in the HS/MG or the BT session. 

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

Sessions                                                                                      Coach Staff

Squirt (2009 and 2010; 2011’S with approval)                      Kyle Robinson & Staff
Wed Peewee (2007 and 2008)                                             Andrew Backen & Staff
Tues Peewee (2007 and 2008)                                             Ryan Hurley & Drew Kariofiles
Bantam (2005 and 2006)                                                     Danny McDonald $ Staff
High School/MG (2004-2001; 2005 rising freshman)               Greg Drach & Staff

Important Dates
February 1:                  End of early registration discount
March 18:                     Registration cutoff

March 23:                     Season begins
April 6:                         Checking Clinic (8-9am video; 9:15-10:4am on-ice)

Spring Fees Based on Full Registration AND Payment ON or BEFORE:   

Early Registration by 2/1/19

Squirt/Pee Wee                $225 (REDUCED FROM $275)
Bantam                            $275 (REDUCED FROM $325)
High School/MG               $300 (REDUCED FROM $375)
Goalies                             $175 (REDUCED FROM $225)


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

by posted 03/12/2019

by posted 03/12/2019
As youth hockey seasons around the State of Hockey draw to a conclusion, many parents will begin to look back and try to assess their child’s year. Navigating an end-of-season evaluation is tricky business from the parent’s perspective.  

How many goals, assists and points did my kid score?

Did my kid get as much ice as the other kids on the team?

How much better did my kid get?

What does he need to work on in the summer to make the team next year?

These are all queries that might come to mind. However, parents should be focusing on two questions.

“It’s not their win-loss record, it’s not going to be the scoreboard that determines whether or not the season truly was a success,” said Katie Hanneman, a trainer with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). “It’s going to be: Are these kids having fun and are they going to play again next year? Those questions have to be answered by the parent first.”

Hanneman knows this is easier said than done. She leads PCA workshops in Minnesota and has two children, 7 and 9, in competitive sports.

“It’s difficult,” Hanneman said. “Keeping perspective and taking it down a notch even as you go through all this training. I tell parents all the time, you have to check yourself daily walking into that arena.”

Measuring Growth

One of the hardest things for a parent to ignore is their child’s teammates and friends. Every kid matures mentally, physically and emotionally at different rates so it’s unfair to compare kids to one another when evaluating a season. What’s more important is how much each individual improved, on and off the ice, compared to themselves.

“We start this competitive race the minute that they’re born. How early does your kid walk? How early does your kid talk?” Hanneman said. “Really it has to be about that individual kid and staying true to yourself [as a parent].”

She suggests keeping in mind the family values away from the rink and applying those values to your child’s year-end evaluation. Did he or she make friends? Did they learn sportsmanship? Did they learn how to be a good teammate?
Test Kitchen for Life

“Keep the big picture in mind.” Hanneman said. “If you look at the percentages of kids that actually do go on, even to play at the high school level, let alone play at the collegiate or professional level, the numbers are not going to support going beyond today and tomorrow.”

PCA calls sports the test kitchen for life because they bring a mixed bag of experiences young athletes will encounter, outside of the playing field, as they grow older. Parents can look at how their child dealt with the different experiences the season offered.

“Giving them opportunities to focus on bouncing back from mistakes and learning how to take coaching from multiple people or dealing with teammates,” Hanneman said. “Focus on the real-life aspects that kids are going to get from sports.”

When Does It Turn into More Than Just Fun?

“I think it depends on the kid,” Hanneman said. “Every kid is going to be so different in how they transition through the stages of development. Some kids are going to be ready at the 8 to 10-year-old range. Some kids are never going to leave, what we call, the Romantic Stage, of why they're playing sports for the sheer fun of it.”

PCA calls the second phase the Technical Stage, where kids start to crave the interworking of the sport. Some kids never hit that point and it’s OK.

“It really is about knowing their own child and making that assessment based upon the individual,” Hanneman said.  

Passion and Ignition

Parents can also evaluate themselves and how they handled the season. Did they help ignite a passion for the game?

“Maybe this year’s win-loss record wasn’t fantastic,” Hanneman said. “But a year from now, if these kids love the game, they’re going to continue to want to work hard, they’re going to have that passion, the ignition and the drive to want to work harder and to be better.” 

The key for any parent is finding a balance for their child. Burnout is a real thing and oversaturation of hockey for a child who doesn’t want it can have a negative impact on their experience. If a child is not having fun, the likelihood that they’ll want to work on improving decreases.

“The number one thing I think that parents need to do a better job of is taking the time frame down,” Hanneman said. “Have them leave before they’re ready to go, so they’re dying to come back the next day.”

And remember, when evaluating the season, it’s your kid underneath all that hockey gear.
“Sometimes it’s hard not to get caught up in, ‘This is my child versus this is my child the athlete,’” Hanneman said. “All the kid wants from the parent is that support and love and to differentiate between, ‘This is what I am versus this is what I do.’” 

by posted 02/25/2019

For Immediate Release:

The Queen City Hockey Association (QCHA) is proud to announce the return of the Tri-State Spartans hockey program for the 2019-2020 season.  Last week, QCHA applied for the reinstatement of the Tier I Tri-State Spartans multi-city model program.  Furthermore, QCHA will contract with Total Package Hockey (TPH) to run the day to day operations as they previously did for four seasons starting in 2014-2015 when the program first started. 

“We are thrilled to once again work side-by-side with Total Package Hockey in bringing back the Spartans program,” Todd Adrien, President of QCHA said.  “In working alongside TPH, we have a hockey-operations partner committed to the process of developing players and advancing them to the next level.  We look forward to working together to grow the brands of QCHA and the Spartans program.”   

In announcing the return of the Spartans, QCHA is proud to continue its “Multi-City” approach to building competitive ‘AAA’ hockey teams, supporting players and their families from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Dayton, Evansville, Lexington, Louisville and Butler County.  This approach will ensure playing opportunities at the Tier I level for individual families in the area, while assembling teams that can compete at the Tier I level. 

“This model is about creating high level playing opportunities for dedicated, driven, goal-oriented student-athletes who possess the character, work ethic and skill set to play at the ‘AAA’ level,” stated Chris Lipsett, who occupies many leadership positions for TPH, and will be the Director of Hockey Operations for the Tri-State Spartans.  “Our goal is to build a competitive program that readies our players for success at the next level.  Our belief is that if we focus on the individual and team development process, results, including player advancement will take care of itself.”

Advancement is something Total Package Hockey takes great pride in.  Though just 17 years old, 45 #TPHTrained student-athletes have been selected in the NHL draft.  280 have committed to the NCAA level, 189 of which are Division I.  In addition, 99 players have been selected in the OHL draft and 353 have signed tenders or been drafted in the USHL and NAHL.

Spartans Assistant Director of Hockey Operations Iain Fraser says the Spartans program will pick up where they left off by offering an elite schedule of Tier I Elite League events, along with scheduling relationships with top teams in the country.  All of this in an effort to allow players to live at or close to home and still have consistent access to top competition.

“While nothing trumps culture, coaching and the environment we foster with our Spartans teams, the competition we go up against can play an important role in the rate at which development occurs,” Fraser said.  “We will continue to build highly competitive schedules, utilizing our relationship with the Tier I Elite League, for our Spartans teams to take advantage of and develop.  Competition fuels development.”

The Spartans will be releasing more information about the return of the program over the next several weeks, including team and tryout announcements, coaching assignments and exciting program offerings.

by posted 02/12/2019

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 2019-20 season.  We know that 2018-19 season is still ongoing but we are already in the process of developing our 2019-20 program. 

If you are interested in being a head coach, assistant coach, or even an on-ice helper, please complete the Coaching Application.  The application can be found on our website at (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 late February/early March so please do not delay and complete your application as soon as possible.

Thank you for considering,
The Cincinnati Swords

by posted 01/28/2019



by posted 01/11/2019


If you are looking for a way to offset some or all of your fees, please consider Mad Max BINGO.  You can start raising funds now for 2019.  Funds can be used for spring hockey, tryout registration or 2019-20 team fees.  Monies raised go directly to your player’s account.  We have had families working Bingo for some time and that can be you too!

Here's the general information.

 If you have specific questions, please reach out to Betsey Seibel at .


Mad Max Bingo is seeking volunteers that are flexible and dependable for a fundraising opportunity.  Volunteers will sell instant tickets or call back BINGO's at Mad Max BINGO hall located on Harrison Road.  This opportunity is available year-round so funds can be accumulated through the off-season, as well as during the hockey season.


Specifics:  Fridays (6-10pm) & Sundays (5:30-9:30pm)
Pay:        $50

BINGO Details:

o    BINGO is pre-scheduled in 1 month increments so you are able to provide availability to work.
o    BINGO Hall is on Harrison Avenue.

Funding Details:

o    Pay occurs every 2 months and will be posted to a Cincinnati Swords account which can be used for any hockey related expenses including spring hockey, tryout registration or team fees.  Anything paid to the Cincinnati Swords. 

o    Funds are set aside for your family and not a general account.  Funds are paid at 100% and are considered tax exempt under 503(c)(3) agreement.

o    Funds cannot be transferred to you as cash\check.

If you have any questions or are interested in this opportunity, please contact Betsey Seibel at



by posted 01/08/2019

USA Hockey Message to all Registered Coaches:

              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.

by posted 10/08/2018

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: and follow the prompts.  See website for additional information.

by posted 09/11/2018

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.
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

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
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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