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Relationships for Success By Keith Andresen
nother season is about to begin. No matter your age or skill level, every player wants to have fun and learn. From mites to the NHL an element of fun must be a part of every practice and game. A large part of the fun comes from the relationships that are formed with teammates, families and coaches. Some relationships last a season and others last a lifetime. The relationships that are forged will have a huge impact on your team. There has to be give and take from everyone but if the season is organized, well planned and there is a mutual respect for each other, your team will have a great season regardless of your won-loss record. The top coaches, no matter the sport, are the ones who set the standard early in the season. They do this by setting rules and goals for the team. Most importantly coaches impart fair and consistent discipline based on the rules they have set. The fastest way for a coach to lose control of a team is to let small issues slide. For instance, if a coach makes a rule about being on time and at the first practice a player or two get on the ice late the coach better follow through with some minor punishment to set the tone for the season. By not enforcing simple rules and making players and/or parents accountable, the coach opens the door for second-guessing all season long. I believe that many coaches can create a successful environment without having a vast knowledge of the game itself. Knowing how to treat players and parents and build team chemistry
is just as important, and in some cases, more important than strategy. There is a phrase that I truly believe should be the motto of every coach in every youth program: “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” While coaches have a large impact on your child’s development as a player, you, as a parent, have an equal impact by the way you react to the coaches and the decisions they make. Always remember that the coach is in charge. They have the responsibility for making sure every child has a great experience but they need your help. A supportive parent will go to games and practices with a positive attitude and make sure that the positive attitude is contagious. The coach has to make tough decisions regarding positioning, situational play and discipline. While you might think that your child is a center the coach may see him/her as a defenseman. Don’t waste time complaining that the coach “doesn’t know what he’s doing.” Instead take the opportunity to teach your child that he/she is part of a team and the coach is doing what he feels is best for the team. Of course there are times when a parent has a legitimate complaint. In those cases the complaint should be dealt with quietly and directly in a nonconfrontational manner. Always observe the 24-hour rule. Take time to reflect and organize your thoughts before approaching the coach. Separate the emotion from the issue and then contact
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the coach away from the rink and away from the team. If you don’t feel that your issue has been resolved, contact your association. All associations have a process for conflict resolution and before you move forward make sure you know the process. Most importantly stay positive when at the rink and around your child. If you truly want to influence the programs your child plays in become involved as a volunteer. Not every parent is qualified to coach but the youth hockey community needs volunteers. I remember back when I was a kid skating on the ponds of northern Illinois. There were a few indoor rinks in the Chicagoland area but most of the hockey was played outside. Our community did not have a hockey league but my dad organized a small group of dedicated parents into the first local hockey league in or town. The first season we had over 400 kids from Mite to Midget playing a 12 game schedule on an outdoor rink. It was one of the best seasons I have ever had and it was because a few dedicated parents made it happen. Most of these parents didn’t know much about hockey, my dad included. They just knew it would be a great opportunity for the kids. Everyone connected with a team is part of a family. Just like any family there will be good times and bad times but when there is mutual respect, a positive attitude and reasonable expectations your team will enjoy a fun and rewarding season.
Keith Andresen, Senior Director, Hockey Programs Dr. Pepper StarCenters Dallas Stars Hockey Club
Just a thought: Play hard from the opening face-off until the final horn. However once the game is over accept the outcome, win or lose. Show good sportsmanship when you lose and even more when you win. Respect your opponent and don’t use the post game handshake line or off-ice area to get in the last word or comment. Losing isn’t fun but its part of life so learn from the experience. A positive attitude and respect for the game will help get you through any defeat. ■
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Power Skating - The Hockey Application
From the Bottom Up By Craig Yeaton
o me it seems obvious that if you intend to play a sport that requires specialized footwear, it needs to fit and be adjusted properly. Unfortunately, there are too many people that think that hockey skates are “flip-flops”… One size fits all and slip on! I spend most of my “free time” watching hockey camps, clinics and practices. Most of the time there are at least half a dozen players with skates that are either not tied properly or are a size or more too big. Let’s start by addressing the “Urban Legends” of skate fitting: Your shoe size is not the same as your skate size. Make sure that you fit your skates based on the individual manufacturers sizing chart. Most skate shops have “Brannock devices” that are supplied by the manufacturer. If you are shopping on-line, most websites will have size conversion charts, but you should get your shoe size measured so that you have an accurate shoe size to convert from. (figure 1) Leaving lots of room for growth! Trying to figure out “room for growth” is always hard and skates are expensive. The problem is that oversized skates break down faster because your foot flops around in them. In addition an oversized skate is much harder to skate in and can lead to foot and
ankle problems. In really young skaters a skate that is too big can actually cause them to give up on skating because learning to skate is too hard. Skates are even more expensive sitting in the garage not being used! My skates are more comfortable loose. With today’s “Heat Fit” skates, break in time is greatly reduced. But, new skates are still stiff when you first hit the ice. They are supposed to be supportive and they break in to the individual user based on skating skill and strength. Not every skater flexes exactly the same and thus it takes several skating sessions to break a skate in. Man Up!, (politically incorrect I know) and take the time to finish the break in process. Just the same as the “oversized” skate, the loosely tied skate (figure 2) will break down sooner. Remember SKATES ARE EXPENSIVE! All of the main manufactures of skates have quality products, but not all skates are right for all skaters. For example, I personally have a problem with one of the most popular skates because of the shape of my foot. That doesn’t make it a “bad” skate it just makes it not the right one for me. When fitting your skate make sure that the arch of the foot is comfortable. Then look to make sure that the lace eyelets are at least parallel
Figure 1 – Notice how flat the laces are, which is a sure sign that they are at least too wide and in this case a full size too big.
or slightly V’d. If the eyelets are hourglass shaped the skate is at least too wide if not too big all together. There should also be an arching of the laces all the way to the toecap. This shows that the laces are actually touching the top of the foot and holding it into the skate (figure 3). I recently had a player try out for a team I was coaching. He had great hands, but was a little clumsy in the feet. After he got off the ice I took a look at his skates (figure 1) and it was obvious right away that his skates were too big. We went into the pro shop to measure his foot. Sure enough his skate was more than a size too big. He also has a very narrow foot, which made the fit even sloppier. What made this even more depressing was the fact that this young man had been in these skates for two seasons. Which meant that his skates were probably several sizes too big when he bought them. A month later he came to camp in new skates and his skating was tons better just by getting proper fitting skates. Taking advantage of summer sales he ended up fixing his skating for $155. I have other skaters that have greatly improved their skating simply by changing to waxed laces and tightening their skates properly. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best solutions.
Figure 2 – This pair is not tied properly causing the skater to be unstable, especially at slower speeds.
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Craig Yeaton has been a youth hockey coach and powerskating instructor for some 20 years. He served as a hockey trainer and stunt double in the second Mighty Ducks movie and was the hockey coordinator and instructor for Mystery Alaska. He now coaches for the Dallas Star Selects.
Last, but certainly not least, take care of your skates. Some of the things that can help make your skates last longer are: Soft Skate Guards – They protect the blade and help keep moisture away from the blade. Hard skate guards trap moisture and promote rust. Foot Beds – Take your foot beds out to help the drying process. Also, once a month wash them in warm soapy water and rinse. Drying Skates – Pulling your skates out of your bag will help them dry, making them last longer and smell less. These are just a few tips to help. Skate happy and smile, it’s just a game! Questions or comments please contact Coach Yeaton at email@example.com. ■
Figure 3 – A properly fit and tied pair of skates, will have parallel or slightly V’d eyelets and the laces will be arched, holding the foot firmly in the boot.
David Anderson (DSYHL Frisco Mite Flyers)
Beat the Heat Tournament [PeeWee] - Jacob Yaseen (McKinney Lightning - Sutherland)
Beat the Heat Tournament [Squirt] - Max Gottwald (Wolves - Victorson)
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From the Editor by Scott Tinkham
Greetings frozen ones, There has been some changes while we were away sitting on the beach so just in case you haven’t had a chance to print them off of the TAHA website I have reprinted them here and put them in this handy little magazine carrying case that you can roll up and stick in your back pocket. As far as my little ‘ole opinion….. I love the tag up off sides for Bantam and Midget but in the section under roughing is says “Delivering an avoidable check to a player who has already relinquished control of the puck by a pass or shot. This is oftentimes referred to as “finishing” the check”. This one scares me, what I hope for is that a whole lot of players don’t get ticketed for going 61mph in a 60mph speed limit, what would Interstate 635 look like if everyone got pulled over for going one mile an hour over the speed limit. I will leave you with that visual and hope for the best. USA HOCKEY OFFICIAL PLAYING RULES Standard of Play and Rules Emphasis 2011-12 and 2012-13 Playing Seasons Standard of Play and Rules Emphasis – Body Checking Through the standard of rules enforcement, our game will continue to allow the opportunity for improved skill development and a more positive hockey environment for all participants. The mission of USA Hockey is clear; through this new initiative a greater emphasis will be placed on skating, puck possession and the proper use of the body to establish position and legally gain a competitive advantage. The goal of this enforcement standard is to create an environment that enhances player skill development by reducing intimidating infractions designed to punish the opponent. This standard is designed to improve the proper skill of legal body checking or contact at all levels of play while not removing the physical component from the game. A hard body check or using body contact/ position (non-checking classifications) to gain a competitive advantage over the opponent should not be penalized as long as it is performed within the rules. The focus of the body check shall be to separate the opponent from the puck. The principles of this body checking enforcement standard include the following: • The purpose of a body check is to separate the opponent from the puck. • Only the trunk (hips to shoulders) of the body shall be used to deliver a body check. • The check must be delivered to the trunk (hips to shoulders) and directly from in front or the side of the opponent. • Players who use their physical skills and/or anticipation and have a positional advantage shall not lose that advantage provided they use their body to check the opponent within the rules. • Players will be held accountable for acts of an intimidating or dangerous nature. Enforcement Standard – The following penalties are to be called with very strict
enforcement. BODY CHECKING (Non-Checking Classifications) A player cannot deliver a body check to any player while participating in a non-checking classification. Examples include: • makes deliberate physical contact with an opponent with no effort to legally play the puck • uses overt hip, shoulder or arm contact with the opponent to physically force them off the puck • physically impedes the progress of the opponent with hips, shoulders or torso without establishing legal body contact and having no intent of playing the puck BOARDING A player cannot commit any infraction, including body checking, for the purpose of intimidation or punishment that causes their opponent to go violently or excessively into the boards. Examples include: • accelerating through the check to a player who is in a vulnerable position off of the boards that causes them to be thrown violently into the boards • driving an opponent excessively into the boards with no focus on or intent to play the puck • any other infraction (tripping, cross-checking, charging etc.) that causes the opponent to be thrown violently and excessively into the boards CHARGING A player cannot take more than two fast strides or travel an excessive distance to accelerate through a body check for the purpose of punishing the opponent. Examples include: • running or jumping into the opponent to deliver a check • accelerating through a check for the purpose of punishing the opponent • skating a great distance for the purpose of delivering a check with excessive force CHECKING FROM BEHIND A player cannot deliver a body check to an opponent directly from behind, or diagonally from behind. The onus is on the player delivering the check to not hit from behind. Examples include: • body checking or pushing an opponent from behind directly into the boards or goal frame or in open ice HEAD CONTACT A player cannot contact an opponent in the head, face or neck, including with the stick or any part of the player’s body or equipment. The onus is on the player delivering the check, regardless of size differential, to not make contact in the head/neck area of the opponent. Examples include: • a body check delivered with any part of the body that makes contact with the head or neck area • the use of the forearm or hands to deliver a check to the head or neck area of the opponent ROUGHING A player cannot use the hands, stick or extension of the arms to body check an opponent or deliver an avoidable body check to a player who is not in possession and control of the puck. Examples include: • intentionally playing the body of an opponent who does not have possession and control of the puck • delivering an avoidable check to a player who has already relinquished control of the puck by a pass or shot. This is oftentimes referred to as “finishing” the check • any avoidable contact after the whistle shall be penalized strictly, including scrum situations around the goal or along the boards. Officials are instructed to assess an additional penalty to those players acting as the aggressor or who instigate any avoidable contact after the whistle SUMMARY
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All USA Hockey members must demonstrate awareness and support for the application, spirit and the respect of the rules in order for continued improvement of the game of hockey. At the same time, it is important to remember that: • a player is entitled to use proper body position and body contact in all age classifications in order to gain a competitive advantage • players are allowed to compete for body position using their strength and balance in front of the goal or along the boards • in classifications where body checking is allowed, the focus of the body check must be to separate the opponent from the puck . Rule Change Commentary by: Reprinted from TAHA website Ken Reinhard State Supervisor of Officials, Texas USA Hockey TAHA Referee in Chief As you read through the adopted 2011-13 Points of Emphasis and Rule Changes, you will undoubtedly develop some questions. Space on this page prevents me from answering all questions or providing detailed definition of each of the changes. Some changes will be welcomed (tag up off sides at the 14U levels and above) and others will challenge all of us. I do appreciate the opportunity to address beyond the document, some of the more discussed changes. I do suggest you read through the Points of Emphasis and Rule Change Summary and contact me if you have specific questions. Officials, along with coaches, administrators and organizational personnel will continue their focus on fair play and respect; respect for yourself, your teammates, opponents, officials and spectators. Taunting and unsportsmanlike conduct directed towards anyone will continue on the path of ZERO tolerance. Body Checking vs. Non Body Checking: Our game is a game of physical contact at all levels. While body checking has been eliminated at the U12 level and below, body contact is still allowed at these levels and a greater emphasis will be placed on understanding proper body contact at all levels. That means, at the U12 level and below (including all girls/women’s levels), using your body to gain position through strength, speed and skill to make legal plays for the puck and win puck battles. At the 14U level and above, that means legal body checks; body checks with the purpose to separate a player from the puck, not his head. Punishing checks or checks with the sole purpose to intimidate are not acceptable and will be penalized. Boarding: Very simply, the boards define the boundaries of the rink. They are not a tool of punishment. Therefore officials will be directed to call boarding penalties on checks that cause a player to be violently thrown into the boards when they are in a vulnerable position or where there is no intent on making a play for the puck. Speed, distance traveled and degree of violence are what the officials will focus on. Major & Match Penalties: The rule change enacted two years ago not requiring a player to be immediately placed on the penalty when a non ‐coincidental major plus misconduct/game misconduct or match penalty has been assessed has been reversed. You must again immediately place a player on the penalty bench to serve the major or match penalty. However, adults, both male and female, will continue to use the “delayed substitute” rule. Fighting: Progressive suspensions have been added to the rule book for fighting. Players who are assessed multiple fighting penalties in the course of the season will find themselves doing
something other than playing hockey. Please note, that this will be monitored by TAHA and the leagues and does not concern the on ice game officials. Should a coach suspect that a suspended player is participating in the game, he/she is to advise TAHA and the league. ALL major and game misconducts for fighting will be reported via a written incident report to TAHA and the league by the on ice officials. Also the penalty for removing your helmet or attempting to remove your opponents’ helmet during a fight has strengthened to a game misconduct and match penalty respectively. Head Contact: Contact by a player to an opponent’s neck, face or head is unacceptable at all times. This includes players of different heights. It is incumbent on the player initiating the contact to avoid at all costs, contact to the neck, face or head of his/ her opponent. The rule has been strengthened to include a major plus game misconduct or a match penalty for intentional or reckless contact to the neck, face or head. That means while the minor or major penalty still exists for head contact, you no longer have the requirement of an injury to assess a game misconduct along with the major penalty. A player struck may not be injured, but the referee in his/her judgment can determine that the degree of violence or reckless/intentional contact to this area is worthy of the additional game misconduct. Hint, don’t make us guess. Head contact should be avoided at all costs. Concussions are a debilitating injury with long term effects. Officials will be directed to a standard of zero tolerance on contact to the neck, face and head area. Any contact in this area will result, at the minimum, in a minor penalty being assessed. Tripping: This rule has been clarified. If you saw any part of the recent Stanley Cup final, you saw this play at the NHL level and the game announcers sharply criticized it. A player who is in possession of the puck and ducks under a check, contacting that opponent at or below the knees causing his opponent to lose skate contact with the ice or balance and flip head/face first into the boards, is subject to a penalty for tripping/clipping or leg checking. Avoidance of a check is still an acceptable skill. An action that endangers another player is not. Officials will begin the registration and seminar “season” in mid-August. We will spend considerable amount of time on these Points of Emphasis, rule changes and other subjects. We will also be supervising and monitoring the on ice performance of officials to help further develop and educate them to solidify their knowledge and understanding of these changes and the appropriate application of the rule book. I expect each official to call the game fairly, with the safety of the players and the best interests of our game in mind, to the best of their ability each and every time on the ice. Let me also say that officials cannot do anything to prevent a player from doing something. We cannot and do not control them; they must control themselves. Officials assess penalties and it is hoped through the assessment on these penalties, that players modify their behavior. Coaches are responsible for instructing their players to play our game in a safe manner and are expected to hold their players accountable for illegal and dangerous actions regardless of whether they are penalized or not. Coaches control players by denying and granting ice time. Lastly, but not any less important, parents approval of safe and respectful play or disapproval of inappropriate behavior is significantly important. Good Luck to all. See you on the ice.
Scots Midget Minor A team celebrating.
Zach Schneider (Grapevine Jr Wolves Mite Black)
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Tornado Roster Sports Local Flavor A
s the roster for the NAHL’s Texas Tornado begins to take shape in training camp, players from all over the country—and even further—have made their way to Dr Pepper Arena. But for five players in camp, they barely had to leave their front yard. Jordan and Justin Greenberg, Jake Stafford, Skyler Spiller, and Marc Biggs are all from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Biggs and the Greenberg brothers are from Plano, while Spiller lives in nearby Southlake. Stafford was born in Keller, but now resides in Frisco. All five players have played hockey in the Metroplex for as long as they can remember. “[Playing hockey here] has really prepared me for now,” Jordan Greenberg said. “But now I’ve got to learn new things to prepare for this season.” Spiller not only played his youth hockey in the area, but also played last season as a member of the U18 Tornado. “It was probably the most fun year of hockey I’ve had and I developed a good amount,” he said. “I think me playing on that team last year helped with making the team this year.” The Tornado reeled off three straight NAHL championships from 2004-2006, during the players’ adolescent years, the perfect time to make a lasting impression. “When they were on their championship streak, I would come to a lot of the games,” Biggs said. “It was a lot of fun. It was back before they renovated the rink and there were a lot less seats, but they really packed it. I’d go to school and people would talk about the Tornado game. It was the place to be.” “These guys were my idols growing up,” Stafford added. When players reach junior hockey age, they are often faced with a tough decision to leave home and live with a billet family in order to advance their careers. “I know a lot of people on the team have moved away and are living with billet families,” Spiller said. “It means a lot to me to live at home because I still have friends and family close-by. It’s awesome to be part of something great like this and still be close to family.” For the Greenberg brothers, being close to family means getting the opportunity to play on the same team for the first time.
“We’ve never played together,” Justin said. “So I’m excited for that chance. Not many kids get the chance to play close to home; it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.” After four games at the Combat Hockey/NAHL Showcase Tournament in Blaine, Minn., the Tornado open the home portion of the schedule on September 30th at 7:30 p.m. against the defending National Champion Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Tickets are available by calling 972-335-9800 or visiting www.tornadohockey.com. ■
Jordan and Justin Greenberg, Jake Stafford, Skyler Spiller, and Marc Biggs.
Hunter Donaldson #19 from the Nytex Fire.
Elias Ayon, playing spring hockey last year.
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Kendall Parker (Grapevine Wolves Girls 12U)
As the 2011-12 season kicks off with Labor Day tournaments around the USA, all players, coaches, officials, parents, and spectators should be reminded about USA Hockey’s Zero Tolerance Policy found on pgs 33-34 of the 2011-12 Annual Guide. This policy was instituted in 1992 with the purpose of making hockey a more desirable and rewarding experience for all participants. The policy requires all players, coaches, officials, team officials, administrators, and parents/spectators maintain a sportsmanlike and educational atmosphere before, during, and after all USA Hockey-sanctioned games. Go to www.usahockey.com under the top tab “About USAH” and download your own Annual Guide. TAHA received its order of 200 OneGoal sets and 400 sticks to be used by ADMbased rink programs. The “one goal” of this effort is to build greater awareness and understanding of hockey so parents can make informed decisions. For many of us who didn’t grow up with the game, OneGoal makes it easier and less intimidating to join in on all that hockey has to offer. OneGoal equipment is recycled from player to player to extend its use and get more young players excited about playing our great game. Programs can make requests by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Anderson (Dallas Stars Selects - McManaman)
2011/2012 Planned Events Sept 9-11 ... Level 4 Coaching cert clinic (Col Spgs) Nov 5 ..............................Try Hockey-for-Free Day Jan 28 .......................TAHA Winter Meeting (Dallas) Feb 10-12 ................................States Tier I & Tier II (TAHA Host in Dallas) Feb 17-19 .. USA Hockey Weekend Across America Mar 1-4 .....................................Districts Tier I (CO) Mar 2-4 ........................Districts Girls/Women (AZ?) Mar 5-7? .......Texas Cup Gold HS Champs (Dallas) Mar 16-18 ............................. TAC Boys/Girls (TBD) Mar 21-25 .................. Nationals High School (SLC) Mar 23-25 ...... Texas Cup Silver HS Champs (TBD) Mar 28-Apr 1............. Nationals Tier II Girls (Dallas) Mar 28-Apr 1...................Nationals Tier 1 & II Youth (sites vary) Mar 30-Apr 1.....Nationals Women A/B/C (site TBD) Apr 6-10 ..................Nationals Tier I Girls (site TBD) Apr 13-15 ...........National Disabled Hockey Festival (Dallas) Apr 13-17 ....... Americas HS Showcase (Pittsburgh) Apr 27-29 ...........State Adult Tournament (site TBD) May 2-6......................................... RMD PDC (SLC)
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The Bauer Russia Tretyak Invite (Bauer International Invite)
Dallas has three players selected to play
en Fugger (99 Bauer Selects), Ryan O’Reilly (00 Bauer Selects) and Ryan Drkulec (00 West Bauer Selects) who play for the Dallas Stars Elite Hockey Club were selected by Bauer Selects to play in The Bauer Russia Tretyak Invite August 12-14, 2011. Many of the top AAA North American players in the 98, 99, 00 birth years were selected to play on the Bauer Selects teams that competed in St. Petersburg Russia in the Bauer Russia Tretyak Invite/Bauer International Invite against other top AAA players and teams from Russia, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, and Latvia. The 00 Bauer Selects defeated Moscow Russia Bellye Medvedy in the finals. At the 99 age group, the Finland Selects defeated the Sweden/Reebok Selects in the finals. The 98 Bauer Selects defeated Russia HC Traktor in the finals. At the tournament, Vladislav Tretyak visited with each team and players in their locker room. Tretyak is considered to be one of the greatest goaltenders in the history of the sport. Tretyak was a three time Olympic Champion, won a record 13 Soviet titles between 1970 and 1984, won a record 14 European Champions Cup Titles, won ten World Championship Titles, named best goaltender at four World Championships, and was selected as the MVP of the Soviet Championships five times. In 1983 Tretyak was drafted by the Montreal Canadians but he was never allowed to play, as the Soviet authorities blocked the move and thus he retired in 1984 at the age of 32. Tretyak was inducted to the Hockey Hall Of Fame in 1989 which was the first time that a Soviet player was to be so honored and the first to be inducted without having played a game in the NHL. In 1997 he was also inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Hall Of Fame. Since retiring, Tretyak has been the coach of the Russian National Team between 1998 and 2002, was a goalie coach for the Chicago Blackhawks coaching Ed Belfour, Dominik Hasek, Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Brodeur, and is currently the President of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia.
Over the past two years, the Bauer Selects have helped place 19 players on hockey scholarships, another 9 players with the United States National Development Program (USNDP), and recently had 9 players selected in this year’s NHL Entry Draft. ■
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Ryan O’Reilly meets Vladislav Tretyak.
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Kendall Parker (Wolves - Victorson)
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BEHIND THE BENCH By Mark Dyslin
Simple = Good
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” says Leonardo da Vinci. What a gloriously simple statement about simplicity! In other words, simple is gooder! Yet when it comes to designing practices, do we prize sophistication (cuz it looks cool?) over simplicity? Like trying to mimic drills we saw the pro’s practice, but getting frustrated when our crew of 8 and 9 year-olds don’t get it. Yeah, age will dictate instructional complexity. But I would argue even older kids need concepts presented in readily understood English (or whatever the mother tongue). So this month’s column is, perhaps, aimed at those who work with the wittle ones: pee-wee and younger. When one only has an hour or so to impart volumes of hockey knowledge, one must keep it simple. So borrowing a page from those cheesy mother’s day cards we thought were so cool in the 70’s, I am presenting the “K-I-D-S” practice method. “KIDS” is an inordinately fromagey acronym to help reinforce the idea of keeping things simple. Here we go:
is for Kinder einfach, which translates from German (in my world) to remember your audience and keep instructions easy to understand. When explaining what you want the kids to do, break it down into bite size chunks, each building on the previous. Instructions should be kept to one or two short sentences. Visual cues, such as drawing on a board (or the ice, which little kids love) and demonstrating your instructions are requisite.
is for interesting. I harp on this all the time, but it is a pretty simple concept. Try to avoid putting the whole team into
a single line for every activity. This leads to boredom, which leads to “line mischief”, which leads to you screaming at the kids. Use your assistants and divide the ice into sections. Keep ‘em moving as much as you can. Use small area games to reinforce skills or concepts. I suggest your practice be constructed so that 70% of the time is spent in small area games, 27% in drills, and 3% in water breaks.
is for dedicated. Plan not only your next practice (tactical), but draft a “syllabus” for the whole year (strategic), and create practice plans accordingly. Kids have this alien-like ability to tell when a coach is just going through the motions. You need cohesion in your practice plans. You can’t wing-it every practice; relying on whatever drills you can think of while you lace your skates. Lack of “D” will erode “I”.
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.
is for silly. Give some of your activities (aka “drills”) goofy names. Embrace “non-traditional” methods to reinforce skills development. For example, I once saw a game of “Duck-Duck-Goose” being played and marveled at the bag of skills being cultivated. From jumping up off the ice, to rapid acceleration, to cross-over turns - it was genius! But to the kids, they were simply playing a game of tag. One last word(s) about small area games: use them! Small area games reinforce skills/concepts, but really teach kids how to deal with “high traffic” situations. Think about it, over 80% of the game is played when there are two or more gathered ‘round the puck. Playing games aimed at helping kids figure out how to deal with mobs is simply the right thing to do. Really. ■
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ADULT HOCKEY By Brad Aho
dult leagues are an excellent way to keep those passionate a place to continue to play competitive hockey. Adult leagues offer the opportunity to play a game we all love, hang out with “the guys” and get some exercise. Metroplex Christian Hockey Association (MCHA) has brought something into the game that has a more eternal focus; “Christian fellowship through hockey”. According to their MCHA website: “The MCHA, a non-profit organization, is a Christian-run outreach ministry dedicated to spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ through recreational ice hockey in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. With programs ranging from competitive adult leagues to entry-level instructional programs, the MCHA strives to provide a safe and fun environment for the ice hockey participant and their family and friends.” MCHA is currently has teams playing out of 6 dif-
ferent rinks in the area: Grapevine Mills, Stonebriar Mall, ITC Richardson, Allen Events Center and Dr Pepper Star Center at Valley Ranch and Dr Pepper Star Center in McKinney. They offer 5 different levels of play; B, C1, C2, D, E (Entry Level). In addition, they offer a weekly skills camp for adults to continue to grow and develop that takes place every Wednesday. There are 2 things that really set MCHA apart from other leagues, their ministry through hockey and the balance of talent within the leagues. Regarding the balance of talent, players are evaluated on a constant basis to ensure they are playing at the level they belong. Proactive measures are taken to align players in the correct leagues. Which means, on any given night either team can win or loss. The second aspect that sets MCHA apart is the focus on ministry. Each week is met with a bible study, either pre- or post-game, depending on the
team, as well as prayer and support for teammates and others in the league. At the end of each game, players from both teams gather around the center ice circle and bow their heads in prayer. Helping us all keep perspective on what is truly important. Prior to taking the ice, most teams have a pre-game prayer. In an effort to gain perspective, the Stars C team used to always ask for prayer, for guidance and calmness in heated situation, finishing with their prayers with a simple request; “help us all remember that we play hockey in a mall.” If you are looking for a great ministry, with balanced teams and parity in the league MCHA has it. With both summer and fall seasons and rinks all over the metroplex, there is a place for everyone. To learn more about MCHA, visit their website at www.MCHAonline.com. ■
Avawings Redwings Pray.
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