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Behind The Bench

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Mid-Summer Meltdown pg. 16

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Farmers Branch Senators Gold Mite Team. Undefeated season!! 2012 Annual Meeting The Annual Meeting of the Texas Amateur Hockey Association (TAHA) will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 12:00 pm at the DPSC Farmers Branch in Dallas. The election of five members to the Board of Directors will take place at this meeting. The information below sets forth the schedule for and the procedures governing the election. In addition, the TAHA Board proposes amendments to the TAHA Bylaws (see attachments). The following meetings are planned for the same day and venue: • 9:00 am Registrar’s Workshop (Bettepat Graves, Darla Thompson) • 12:00 pm TAHA Annual Meeting (Ted Skinner) Composition of the Board - TAHA’s Board of Directors consists of twelve members, ten of whom are elected to alternating two-year terms, with five positions elected each year. Board member nominees must be current or former Associate Members of TAHA, which means that they must be or have been a member of a TAHA member association. Positions Up for Election - In 2012, the Board positions up for election are: Vice President, Secretary, Disabled Hockey Section President, Travel Section President, and Women’s Section President. Nominations - Nominations of persons to run for election to the Board of Directors should be submitted by email to Ted Skinner ( before 12:00 noon on June 1, 2012. You may nominate yourself or another person. If you nominate someone else, please check with that person to confirm that he or she is willing to serve if elected. Nominations from the floor at the meeting are not permitted. The Board of Directors will rule prior to the meeting on any issues as to whether a nominated person is eligible to be nominated. If no nominations for a position are received, the Board of Directors is authorized to nominate candidates for such position. Voting Procedures - At the meeting, all eligible persons who have been nominated will be given an opportunity to briefly address the membership. Voting will take place by secret ballot. The TAHA Representative of each member association is entitled to one vote for each current USA Hockey registered player in that association (for the 2011-12 season), subject to certain limitations that are not likely to be invoked.


James Masengill (DSYHL Mite Farmers Branch Sharks). The person with the highest number of votes for each position will be elected. In the event of a tie vote between candidates for any position up for election, a runoff election will be held immediately. Questions - Any questions concerning the election procedures should be directed to Charlie Appler by email to Proposed 2012 Bylaw Amendments The TAHA Board of Directors is proposing amendments to the TAHA Bylaws for approval by the members of TAHA. A comparison of the current and proposed provisions can be found on the TAHA website at The amendments to section 4 of Article 14 make two changes: they (a) change the maximum period of time that the Board has to schedule a hearing on a dispute from two weeks to thirty days, and (b) add a provision giving the parties involved in a dispute a minimum of seven (7) days’ notice of the hearing. The TAHA Board is geographically dispersed and comprised of volunteers. Parties bringing a dispute also need time to prepare and make sure the persons they want to present their issues are available at the scheduled time. The current provision, which gives the Board only two weeks to schedule a hearing and has no minimum notice time to the party bringing the dispute, has proved difficult to implement. The amendment to section 7 of Article 14 removes the requirement that the Board make a decision on a dispute immediately after the hearing. There is no change to the two weeks given to the Board to prepare its written statement of decision. Again, experience has shown that the process of preparing the written statement can assist the members of the Board in reaching the best decision, and the amendment would have no effect on when the decision is actually announced. The amendment to section 8 of Article 14 corrects a typographical error so that it is clear that, depending on the nature of the dispute and the USA Hockey rules that are applicable, a party may bring an appeal to USA Hockey or commence arbitration under USA Hockey procedures. The Board recommends a vote in favor of these amendments. Please read the attachment carefully. The Board recommends that your association vote in favor of these amendments. The voting will take place at the TAHA Annual Meeting on June 16, 2012. If you have any questions, feel free to email Ted Skinner at

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Keep kids injury free

while playing their favorite sports this summer (ARA) - Summer vacation gives children a break from schoolwork, but for many, their participation in sports will continue in warm weather months. Parents, coaches and players need to keep injury prevention in mind to ensure sports stay safe and fun throughout the summer. In a new survey commissioned by Safe Kids Worldwide and Johnson & Johnson, “Coaching Our Kids to Fewer Injuries: A Report on Youth Sports Safety,” parents report one in three kids who play team sports sustain injuries severe enough to require medical attention. “The report’s findings are particularly alarming because experts tell us more than half of these injuries are preventable,” says Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “There is a gap between what we as coaches and parents can do to keep our kids safe and what we’re actually doing. With some simple precautions, we can change these troubling statistics and keep our kids healthy and enjoying the benefits of sports.” Safe Kids shares some advice for parents and coaches to help kids avoid injury while playing sports this summer: Before the game begins: • Give kids a break. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) say children should take a two- to three-month break from a specific sport each year to prevent overuse, overtraining and burnout. Yet, the Safe Kids survey found that nine out of 10 parents underestimate the length of time kids should take off from a particular sport. If your child plays soccer from August through May, for instance, switch to a different sport over the summer. Not

only will it give your young athlete’s body a break, your child may enjoy discovering a new activity. • If your child missed her pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE) at the beginning of the school year, take this opportunity to have her checked out. A PPE can uncover underlying conditions and prevent potential medical emergencies. Not sure what the exam should entail? Go to www. for a printable copy of the form. • You probably know it’s important to

stretch before physical activity, but did you know you should begin with a 10 minute cardio warm up? A light run, jogging in place and some jumping jacks can help raise the heart rate gradually. Follow up with stretches that work all the major muscle groups, holding each stretch for 20 to 30 seconds. • Make sure your child wears the appropriate safety and sports gear. All gear should fit properly and be in good condition to help avoid minor and serious injuries. While in the field or on the court: • The health impact of concussions on children is drawing attention across the country. The Safe Kids survey found that more than 50 percent of coaches believe there is an acceptable amount of head

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contact that’s OK during play. The truth is, bumps, blows and hits to the head need to be taken seriously, and parents, coaches and players all need to take preventative steps, including learning about concussions and the policies for their state and/or sports league. Learn the signs and symptoms of concussions at • Four out of 10 parents underestimate the amount of water a typical child athlete needs per hour of play, according to the Safe Kids survey. Kids should drink 30 minutes before they start to play, and every 15 to 20 minutes during physical activity to avoid dehydration. • Rest is essential. In addition to taking one season away from any given sport every year, kids should get rest breaks during practices and games and take off at least one day from sports activities every week. • Consider attending a sports safety clinic. Safe Kids offers free Youth Sports Safety Clinics for parents and coaches that teach ways to keep young athletes healthy and injury free. Go to to find a clinic. “Culturally, there’s an attitude that injuries are a natural consequence of sports and that good athletes tough it out when they suffer an injury,” says Carr. “But that attitude is hurting our kids. By adopting some basic, proven practices, we can protect our kids and help them stay healthy and active in sports throughout their lives.” ■


Alliance Bantam AA ‘97 Celebration after a come behind victory.


Preston Lamm #25 - DJHA PWAA

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Kim Tinkham (1957 - 2010) Ice Times Magazine is dedicated to the memory of Kim Tinkham. Kim lost her brave battle with breast cancer Tuesday, December 7, 2010. Kim was a hockey mom, wife, youth hockey enthusiast, and editor and publisher of Ice Times. She will be greatly missed.

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Jacob Knowles #0 (Jr Brahmas – Alexander Bantam) save against Odessa Jr Jackalopes

Dustin Parman & Andrew Maher, both Seniors, play their last game in the Klein Ice Hockey jersey

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Kendall Kichty (Team Houston PW A).

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Preston Lamm # 25 - DJHA PWAA scores against Ice Jets and is congratulated by team mates.


Eric Huss DSEHC 99

DJHA Bantam 97AA celebrates their tournament win over the Arizona Runners at the Rocky Mountain Shootout in Denver, Colorado.

Caleb Boyd (NTXHL PW A Finalist - San Antonio Jr Rampage).


Ben Bledsoe, kicking up lotsa ice! - Alliance ‘97 AA Bantam

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Tornado Season Tickets on Sale Now By Corey Hersch


he Texas Tornado are coming off of its fifth Robertson Cup Championship in the franchise’s 12-year history. Hockey won’t start again until September, but the team has announced its season ticket plans for the upcoming 2012-2013 season. For as low as less than 8 dollars a game, fans can purchase a season ticket package that gets them into all 28 regular-season home games, in addition to two other games to be announced at a later date. This is one of the best deals in all of North Texas, so you won’t want to miss out on it. Fans who are unable to commit to a full season package can purchase plans for 10 and 20 games, as well. Regardless of which package you choose to purchase, you’ll still be entitled to the many benefits that come with being a Tornado season ticket holder. A 10-game Fan Zone package is just $80, but

that purchase will buy you to a whole lot more than just those tickets. Did you purchase a partial season ticket plan and weren’t able to make it to one of your games? As a season ticket holder, you will be guaranteed the right to trade in any unused tickets to a game of your choice Are you interested in bringing friends and family to a Tornado game? All season ticket holders are entitled to two “buddy passes” for each season ticket plan they buy, in addition to two vouchers for a buy-one-get-one-free ticket offer. How about planning a company outing with the Tornado? Your season ticket package is good for a 25% discount on a luxury suite to one 2012-2013 home game (based on availability). For more information or to purchase your season ticket plan today, call the Tornado office at 972-335-9800. ■

Tornado Robertson Cup Championship celebration.

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#6 Jacob Wooters (Ice Jets PW A) and #8 Brock Bartlett (Wolves PW A) battle for the puck.

Joseph Wilt - Impact Hockey Camp (Bantam).

Texas Aces #35 Trey Peterson making a stop.

Dave Markovich (DSYHL Mite Gold Championship Game - Euless Calgary).

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Remington Schugart sends one to the net Dallas Stars Selects U16AA Aucoin.


Connor Clay -Alliance ‘97 AA Bantam

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Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the syptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions: 1. S* Ask the individual to SMILE 2. T* Ask the person to TALK, SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (coherently) (i.e. … It is sunny out today) 3. R* Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS. Note: Another sign of a stroke is this: Ask the person to “stick” out their tongue. If the tongue is “crooked,” if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke. If he or she has trouble with any one of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

Ryan Anderson, Grayson Frable, and Reed Schnitger (Team Houston PW A)

Texas Aces #19 Bronson Adams with a shot on goal.


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Jr. Brahmas Squirt AA Team Ian Corwin #9, Chris Yonce #1, Zach Jones #88, and Will Blumberg #39 arriving in Ottawa, Canada.

Peri Donaldson of the Alliance Bulldogs 12U Girls tracks a puck to make a save.

Christopher Weatherly - Impact Hockey Camp (Bantam). Julien Simard (DSYHL Mite Gold Champion - Farmers Branch Senators)

Wolves SQ B team capture place at the Chicago Midwinter Classic.


Dixon Whitehead sacrifices the body - Dallas Stars Selects U16AA - Aucoin.

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n this, the third and final installment on motivating student athletes, we are going to explore the concept of support. And I tell ya, this is Pulitzer gold baby!  GOLD!  Listen, if you can dream about coaching in the NHL (yes you do), I can dream about getting paid for writing (I let go of the NHL thing years ago). Being supportive is one of the most amazing things you can do as a human.  Think about it.  Where would Dorothy be without Scarecrow?  Up to her ears in those creepy flying monkey...things, that’s where.   Without Igor, Dr. Frankenstein would be just another wacko skulking around graveyards, second guessing his career choice as he wipes mud from his snappy hunting jacket.   Supporting your kids is, quite frankly, everything.  Support can come in many forms and can have a definite impact not only on how children play, but their overall enthusiasm for the game. You can be supportive simply by encouraging and rewarding kids for desired behavior.  And the rewards are wallet friendly: pats on the back, a smile, or verbally recognizing the player on a job well done.   But you have to make sure you are sincere.   You can’t throw out a flat, “hey, you done good, ummm…what’s yer name?”  Put enthusiasm behind your comments.  Be specific.  If needed, follow that

up with any corrective comments. You also need to listen to what the childrens are saying.  Really listen – between the words.   Kids don’t always verbulate their messages directly.   While the words coming out of their mouths may have something to do with too much homework, what they really want to convey is they are struggling with their science class.  Should you offer to start tutoring sessions?   Oh h-e-double hockey sticks no!  (I know, give me a break…I can’t blow through the “G” rating barrier here.)   Instead, give them general guidance like, “have you talked to your folks about this?”   Or, “you know, while Planck insisted that the processes of absorption and emission of radiation had nothing to do with the physical reality, Einstein rightly interpreted Planck’s quantum hypothesis to explain the photoelectric effect on ejecting electrons from certain material.”   What this all boils down to is you are seen as the neutral third party.  Someone who won’t ground them, who won’t wag a nagging finger in their face chanting, “I told you so.” On the contrary, you are the Switzerland of adults.  The one they can unload on without parental repercussions.  Take it seriously.  You are here to be another cog in their developmental machinery.   After all, kids just want to feel that the people around them care.  Is that so wrong? ■

Hannah Ogle (Alliance 14U Girls PW A).

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Mark Dyslin has been coaching youth sports for over 15 years and coaching youth hockey since 1999. He is currently one of the coaches for St. Mark’s Junior Varsity Hockey Team.

Nick Bebko #87 Squirt B Jr Brahmas.


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Ice Times Magazine June 2012  

The only amateur hockey magazine that supports the growth and success of amateur hockey in Texas and Oklahoma.