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2018 CHARITY MANIA FUNDRAISER
05/17/2018
Want to play hockey for free?  Just looking to reduce your fees? ...
OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO THE DePASQUALE FAMILY
05/16/2018
The Cincinnati Swords are deeply saddened to share the news of the...
EXTRA BAUER BLACK & WHITE JERSEYS FOR SALE
05/10/2018
We have several black jerseys (made by Bauer) that match our current...
U8(Mite)/ADM PROGRAM UPDATE
04/19/2018
At last night’s board meeting, the ADM Commissioner, Ellen...
INTRODUCING FREE MONDAY CLINICS
04/15/2018
INTRODUCING FREE CLINIC MONDAYS
END OF SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
03/27/2018
Team Gick – Bantam BTHL Team Gick ended their season on...
SUMMER CAMPS
03/26/2018
SUMMER CAMP INFORMATION IS NOW BEING ADDED TO OUR LESSONS, CAMPS...
2018-19 SWORDS PROGRAM INFORMATION
03/17/2018
The Cincinnati Swords are very excited to announce our new and newly...
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...
 
2018 CHARITY MANIA FUNDRAISER

Want to play hockey for free?  Just looking to reduce your fees?  You should consider CharityMania’s Football Mania Sweepstakes.  Last year, Swords families reduced their fees by over $10,000 participating in this program and we were able to award almost $4,000 in winnings to our supporting families.  So how does it work? 

CharityMania/FootballMania Sweepstakes – You sell Football Mania tickets for $20 and keep $14 of this fee or 70%.  This is not illegal gambling.  What are you selling?  You’re selling an access code to digital music and giving away a football sweepstake.  What are you giving away?  You are giving away a Football Sweepstakes which gives the owner of the ticket the opportunity to win weekly prizes based on the NFL game results.  Ticket owners can win weekly $400, $200, $100, $50 or $25.  Also there is a grand prize of $1,000 and $275 at the end of the season. 

How does the ticket work?  The ticket has all 17 weeks of the NFL season on it and each week the ticket holder gets three randomly generated NFL teams.  Basically for your three teams you add up the total points the teams score for the week.  If it’s the highest combine score for the week, the ticket holder wins $400; second highest $200, third highest $100; next 5 highest score $25.  If the ticket holder scores the lowest combine total you win $50; next 2 lowest scores $25.  So each week 11 prize winners are selected.  There is also an end-of-season grand prize of $1,000 for the highest valued card of the season and $275 prize for the lowest valued card of the season.  There is also a way for your team to still count even if it’s their bye week and there are tie-break rules in place as well.

What are my costs?  THERE ARE NO UPFRONT COSTS TO YOU!  CharityMania keeps $6 per ticket registered but you do not pay that amount until you SELL the ticket and it’s registered on their website.   We will get sponsors to purchase tickets to cover the printing and shipping/handling charges.  We would like all families to sell 90% of their order as unsold tickets result in reduced winnings.

How do I participate?  Email Melanie Luft at by Thursday, May 31 with the number of tickets you would like to order.  We will place one order for all our tickets to reduce the shipping/handling portion.  We should have the tickets in hand and ready for pick up at Sports Plus one week later.  You then sell the tickets and collect $20 per ticket (cash or checks payable to Cincinnati Swords) and the completed ticket stub which includes the purchasers name, address, phone and email.  You can sell tickets until Friday, August 31.  At that time, you will need to turn in your monies and ticket stubs.  We will register all the sold ticket stubs with CharityMania, pay CharityMania their $6 per ticket and credit your account for $14 per ticket.

Okay I ordered by tickets, I’ve sold my tickets and you’ve registered them.  What happens after that?  CharityMania handles it from that point on.  They calculate the winners and will notify us of any winners in our group.  They transfer the winnings to us so we can pay our winners and send thank you notes.  We will then pay the winners directly and announce them on our website. 

Linked here are the CharityMania fact sheet and a copy of a sample card.  Please let me know if you have any questions or need any additional information.  I can be reached at .  We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to help with your hockey costs.  The more tickets we sell the more opportunities we will have for winners.  This past year we had $25, $50, $100, $200, $400 winners!

Important Dates To Remember:

Thursday, May 31 – place ticket order via email ( )

TBD - pick up tickets from office at Sports Plus (anticipated date between June 7-14)

Friday, August 31 - return tickets and money to office for registration with CharityMania


by posted 05/17/2018
OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO THE DePASQUALE FAMILY

The Cincinnati Swords are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Ian DePasquale.  Ian was a player with the Cincinnati Jr. Cyclones and the Jr. Steam.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.  We ask that you keep the DePasquale family in your thoughts and prayers.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made on our website.  There is a special link on the left-hand side or you can click HERE.  All donations will be used to support our hockey families by subsidizing the Monday Night DePasquale Clinics. 

 

       

               


by posted 05/16/2018
EXTRA BAUER BLACK & WHITE JERSEYS FOR SALE

We have several black jerseys (made by Bauer) that match our current jersey style for sale.  If you would like to purchase one of these jerseys, please email Melanie at swordstreasurer@gmail.com.  If they already have a number and you would like, please confirm with your coach that the number is available.  Tommy will add any names/numbers as needed.  Below is the inventory:

 

Item # on Back Price  
Black Adult Sock  XX-Large   $20  
Youth Large   $55 Includes Name & Number T SOLD
Youth Large $55 Includes  Name & Number T SOLD
Youth X-Large   $55 Includes Name & Number SOLD
Youth X-Large   $55 Includes Name & Number SOLD
       
Adult Medium #13 $30 Includes Nameplate
       
Adult X-Large   $55 Includes Name & Number
Adult X-Large   $55 Includes Name & Number
       
Adult X-Large #11 $30 Includes Nameplate
Adult X-Large #4 $30 Includes Nameplate
Adult X-Large #21 $30 Includes Nameplate SOLD
Adult X-Large #40 $30 Includes Nameplate
       
Adult XX-Large   $55 Includes Name & Number
       
Goalie Cut Youth Large  #44 $30 Includes Nameplate
Goalie Cut Youth Large   $55 Includes Name & Number SOLD
Goalie Cut Youth X-Large   $55 Includes Name & Number
Goalie Cut Adult Small   $15 SOLD
Goalie Cut Adult Large #8 $30 T Includes Nameplate SOLD
       
BAUER WHITE JERSEYS - note we do not use this jersey for any team
Great for parents/siblings to wear to games!  
       
Goalie Cut Youth Large   $15  

 


by posted 05/10/2018
U8(Mite)/ADM PROGRAM UPDATE

At last night’s board meeting, the ADM Commissioner, Ellen Metz, presented a revised U8/ADM program for the 2018-19 season.  Ellen met with several ADM coaches to review the past program and incorporate several new items.  The board approved the program.  Changes/additions to the program include:

  1. Teams:  Planning for 4 teams
  2. Monday nights:  On-ice ADM sessions (2 teams per 60-minute session)*
  3. Friday nights:  On-ice team sessions (2 teams per 60-minute session)*
  4. Saturdays:  16 weekends of 2 hours (each team will receive 8 60-minute sessions)
  5. League Play:  Teams will participate in MYHL with home and away games
  6. League Tournament:  Teams will participation in the EOS MYHL tournament
  7. Post Season Tournament:  Each team will participate in a tournament after the MYHL season
  8. Season Length:  Extend season 8 weeks by kicking off on Friday, Sept. 7 vs Oct. 30 last year
  9. Fee:  Anticipated fee is $995 (will be adjusted based on registration between $950 and $1,050)
  10. Weekly Cost:  Last Year - $53; This Year - $44
  11. Early Registration Deadline:  Moved to May 15 for planning purposes

Registrations for the U8 Summer FUNdamentals Program and the U8 Fall/Winter Program are now open at www.swordshockey.com click on “Register Online” on the left-hand side.  First 10 players that register will receive a small Swords token at the August evaluations.

We are very excited about the updated program and hope you are as well.  Questions?  Please feel free to reach out to Ellen Metz, at or the Swords office at .

 

*If numbers dictate an odd number of teams, Mon/Fri sessions may include 3 teams but allotted time will be increased to 90 minutes.


by posted 04/19/2018
INTRODUCING FREE MONDAY CLINICS

INTRODUCING FREE CLINIC MONDAYS


by posted 04/15/2018
END OF SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Team Gick – Bantam BTHL

Team Gick ended their season on a high note placing 1st in the BYHL Bantam A Silver Lower Championship on February 24th!  They earned Bronze in the Olympic Showdown skills competition at the Nashville Showdown tournament on March 2nd. (Picture with hats).  They also placed 1st place in the Nashville Country & Western Showdown Tournament in Nashville on March 3rd. They went 4-0 against teams from Atlanta, Huntsville, Nashville, and Indianapolis in the Bantam B Division. 

 

Team Clark – Peewee MYHL

Team Clark ended the regular season as the #1 seed in their division, with a 15-1 record.  They reached the end of season tournament finals, but lost to West Virginia.  As a team they played in 5 total tournaments (including the EOS Goggin) during the season. Making it to the finals in 4 of the 5 tournaments with a win in the Cleveland tourney finals.  The team also had the opportunity to skate at US Bank Arena with the Cyclones, practice and scrimmage.

 

Team Erdmann – Peewee BTHL

The Cincinnati Swords PW3 team led by coaches Evan Erdmann and Brandon Fackey ended their season as BTHL Silver division champions with a record of 19W, 3L and 2 ties. They also took the Silver medal in the end of season BTHL division champions, losing a hard fought game against the Indy Racers. On a whole the team played 65 games this year and ended up with a 37W, 27L, 4T record, winning a tournament in Detroit and having 2 second place medals in tournaments in South Bend and Pittsburgh. The team had a great year of growth as hockey players and as friends.  At the end of season party the team got together and presented their teammate Mitchell Reh a shadow box frame housing a team picture and medals from all 3 of our tournaments this year to replace the medals lost in their home fire. 

 

Team McDonald – Peewee BTHL

It was a hard fought season for Coach McDonald's team, playing BTHL U12 A Gold division in their first year as Peewees. In league they contended for the league championship down to the last weekend.  Out of league they consistently played tough against AA and AAA teams. The boys grew a lot over the entire season ending in our end of season championship where they beat the Dayton Stealth 4-0 (they were 0-7-1 against them during the season).

 

Tournament Highlights:

  • Team Nations Cup Champions 2017 - having 2 points in the seeding round was instrumental in USA beating Canada
  • Oxford Tournament Runner-ups
  • BTHL EOS Tournament - Gold Lower Tournament Champions


by posted 03/27/2018
SUMMER CAMPS

SUMMER CAMP INFORMATION IS NOW BEING ADDED TO OUR

LESSONS, CAMPS & CLINICS PAGE, SO BE SURE TO CHECK IT OUT.

The Lessons, Camps & Clinics Page can be found in the left navigation panel on the Home page. 


by posted 03/26/2018
2018-19 SWORDS PROGRAM 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).  

 

2018-19 TRYOUT INSTRUCTIONS - CLICK HERE     PDF VERSION

2018-19 U8/ADM FALL/WINTER AND SUMMER FUNDAMENTALS PROGRAM - CLICK HERE   PDF VERSION

2018-19 MYHL/HYBRID PROGRAM (U10, U12 & U14) - CLICK HERE   PDF VERSION

2018-19 BTHL PROGRAM (U10, U12 & U14) - CLICK HERE   PDF VERSION

2018-19 LITTLE CAESARS PROGRAM (U10, U12 & U14) - CLICK HERE   PDF VERSION

2018-19 U18/VARSITY & U16/JV PROGRAM - CLICK HERE   PDF VERSION

 


by posted 03/17/2018
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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