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Hockey Policy Committee - Mite Program Overview 2015-6
07/27/2015
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2015-16 Travel Hockey Coaches: Registration Is Required!
07/26/2015
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Travel Hockey Registration: ***FINAL REMINDER***
07/22/2015
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Hockey Policy Committee - Mite Program Overview 2015-6

New Canaan Winter Club
Hockey Policy Committee

 

NCWC Mite Development Model Plan for 2015-16 Season

As many of you are aware, USA Hockey (“USAH”) and the CT Hockey Conference (“CHC”) have overhauled how we train and develop our Mite level hockey players over the past several years with a particular emphasis on skill development using small spaces, more puck touches and small area games.  This approach is not unique to hockey as other sports, soccer most notably, are also adopting different development techniques for younger players.  Hockey’s adoption of new teaching plans and techniques has been slow within youth organizations – a function of the difficulty / cost of ice time and the legacy of “how I was taught” among many of the experienced volunteer coaches.  For those of you with players who have played Mite level hockey during the past several years, you have experienced the increase in cross ice/half ice games and the significant reduction in full ice hockey.  In fact, CHC has been one of the few states to allow any full ice hockey for Mite hockey players the past few seasons.  Whether we like it or not, we expect 2015-6 will be the last season where Mites can play any full ice hockey during the official CHC regular season.

NCWC is in a unique position given the availability of both ice and coaching talent to re-design our Mite development model to incorporate more of the ideals that the USAH “American Development Model” (“ADM”) has proposed (http://www.admkids.com/about).  We have made modest changes to our development model during the past few seasons to our Mite program, most notably, increasing the number of teams and ice time for this age group.  By and large, we have a deeper group of skilled young hockey players than ever before at the NCWC but we think we can do an even better job of developing hockey skills for our Mite level players. 

Proposed Changes.  During 2014-2015 we provided four travel teams (A, A1, B, C) along with JHL I/II.  For our upcoming 2015-2016 season, we will be merging the C program (predominantly younger players) with the JHL I/II and expanding the level of coaching / ice for the new “Mite Development Program (MDP).”  We believe this change will better utilize our coaching talent, ice time and enhance the progression of our youngest players.

 

How will our revised Mite program differ from prior years?

  • Our Mite A, Mite A1 and Mite B teams will also include at least one ADM based practice weekly, and at B level likely to utilize ADM based practices for the full season.  As in past years, we expect two practices and two games per week, although we expect (based on our current view of ice availability) to offer an additional skill session for Mite level players during the season (i.e., MORE ICE TIME!!).  As in past years, team selection will be primarily skill/maturity, not age, based

  • JHL and the Mite C will be merged into the MDP

    • Increase practice / game ratio to 2.5:1 with focus on skills – note practices will include a significant amount of “game” experiences to provide for a fun and competitive environment.

    • Group players into small (8-9 max players) sub groups by age/grade to enable development at divergent levels of age, ability and maturity.

    • Begin “season” earlier –2008/2009/2010 MDP players will begin practice in September. 2011 birth year players will begin with NCWC opening.

    • Increase ice time with added weekday practice managed by our group of professional coaches under oversight of MDP administrators

    • Further opportunities throughout the season for select travel “jamborees” with groups of interested kids at other local programs for older players

We are lucky to have Mike Holland, last year’s JHL manager, return as head of the MDP. Along with Mike we will add significant additional support including many of our professional travel coaches (Mike Carlucci, Chris Myhro, and others). Coaches will be asked to monitor practice sub groups for development, adjust their specific segment plans to meet needs of each age cohort and be prepared to discuss skill progression mid season with our MDP coordinators.

What won’t change?  Importantly, we will continue to push our older and more experienced Mite players and provide an environment where our Mite A, Mite A1 and Mite B teams are expected to compete effectively within CHC, develop the key skills necessary to progress in the game and provide an experience where players ready to matriculate to Squirt level hockey the following season understand the basic structure of a full ice hockey game.  We expect you will “feel” fewer changes for our top teams than you will for our younger players, although we will be focusing more practice time to skill development and acquisition.  We also want to stress that our travel caliber players will receive MORE ice time than in past seasons as well with expanded focus on skating and skill development.  We know this is the correct thing to do for this age level and is a similar approach to those being used by other top programs in our area. 

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We believe that USA hockey has built a great base plan for developing players and keeping the focus on fun. We have a unique opportunity to build an ADM model program with the help of our talented group of coaches and parents. We invite parents to spend some time looking at the USA Hockey website which has a large amount of information regarding the methods and logic behind ADM (usahockey.com).

In terms of logistics, we will have specific details out in the next several weeks, but expect Mite tryouts (for A, A1 and B teams) to be after Labor Day.  Our MDP will begin following our Mite travel tryouts in September and registration for the MDP will occur in mid-August so keep an eye out for the Registration email.

Please reach out to me directly if you have any questions / concerns.

 

Sincerely,

Mark Sproule, on behalf of the Hockey Policy Committee


by posted 07/27/2015
2015-16 Travel Hockey Coaches: Registration Is Required!

Travel Hockey Coaches,

Please complete these registration steps if you ANTICIPATE that you will be assigned to coach one of the travel hockey teams at Winter Club for the 2015-16 season.  For the purpose of this registration, it does not matter which specific team that you will coach.  Registration ENDS on August 7.   


$250 LATE FEE will be debited to EACH COACH's Winter Club account that registers after this date.

Please follow the following four (4) steps to register for General Registration and as a Travel Hockey COACH at the New Canaan Winter Club.  Please follow these steps precisely as they will save all of us a lot of time.    

1.  Go to 
www.usahockeyregistration.com and register yourself with USA Hockey by clicking on "Ice Players and Coaches.”  Each coach will receive a code that has nine (9) numbers and the first five (5) letters of their last name in it.  It is suggested that you print out the USA Hockey registration confirmation (complete with number and barcode) for your records.  At a minimum, pleasewrite down your USA Hockey confirmation number and keep this information available for completing Step 4 in the Winter Club’s registration process.  You will need to pay the $40.00/player USA Hockey registration fee via credit card. 


***The fourth digit in your USA Hockey number must be a 6.  This indicates you are submitting a current registration for the 2015-16 season.

2.  Please print out and complete the NCWC Consent to Treat and Waiver of Liability form (only one per family), which is found on the Documents tab on the home page of the NCWC website (www.ncwinterclub.com).  Click on 2015-16 Travel Hockey to find this actual document.  Mail this signed form to:
 

NCWC – Head of House Committee
% Annie Watson
905 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT 06840

 
***You do not need to complete this step if you or your wife have already submitted this form on behalf of your family during the registration for any of your children for the upcoming travel hockey season. ***   

3.  Register yourself and all family members for General Registration 2015-2016, who intend to skate at the Winter Club at any time during the season, including general skating.
 

***If you have already completed this step during the registration period for your children to participate in the upcomiing travel hockey season, you do not need to complete this step again.  Please go to Step 4.***  

 
Please follow these following steps:

  • Go to www.ncwinterclub.com
  • Click on Register Online on the left column
  • Click the 2015-2016 General Registration button
  • Log in by entering email address and your password; if you do not remember your   password, then just type in your email address and hit submit.  Your password will be automatically sent to your email address.  PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE REGISTERING BY USING THE EMAIL ADDRESS THAT YOU SENT TO THE WINTER CLUB’S REGISTRAR WHEN YOU FIRST JOINED THE CLUB.  DO NOT REGISTER USING A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS UNLESS THE WINTER CLUB HAS BEEN NOTIFIED ABOUT YOUR NEW ADDRESS AND HAS IT ON FILE AS YOUR PRIMARY EMAIL ACCOUNT. 
  • Register yourself first as your information will automatically transfer to your children’s account information.  Click on each family member's name, who will skate at anytime at the Winter Club, that you need to register and follow instructions for completing the Emergency Contact information, Code of Conduct, and Consent to Treat and Waiver of Liability form.  When you are completing the medical information for each child, please type the word NONE in the appropriate boxes if the particular medical issue does not apply to him or her.  If you do not do this, then the system will not register your child.  Please repeat this step again for each family member if you have not done so already.  Please verify that each family member has been successfully registered by seeing that 2015-2016 General Registration is listed next to or underneath each child’s name. 

***It is not necessary to print out Consent to Treat and Waiver of Liability form again as you have already completed this requirement in Step 2*** 

4.  Finally, you need to register yourself as a Travel Hockey Coach.  
 
***Please note that the system is set up so that you must successfully register for General Registration before you can complete this step***   
 
Please follow these following steps:

  • Click on Register Online on the left column.
  • Click on Travel Hockey Coaches
  • Enter your USA Hockey registration number.  Please ensure that you correctly enter this number as the system will immediately reject it if you do not.  
  • Double check the information and click submit.  Once you click submit and USA Hockey instantaneously verifies that you correctly entered a valid number, you will be registered as a Travel Hockey Coach.  

Congratulations, you are finished with the entire registration process and confirmation emails will be sent to you!!! 

If you have any questions, please email the Winter Club’s Registrar at:

 

 

by posted 07/26/2015
Travel Hockey Registration: ***FINAL REMINDER***

This year’s deadline for registration for all Travel Hockey players is Friday, JULY 17, 2015.  A $250 late fee will be charged for each registration that occurs after this date but before AUGUST 28.

*** Please note that all 
past due accounts must be paid immediately! ***

Tryouts will be held on September 11, 12, and 13.


Please follow the following four (4) steps to register your Travel Hockey Players for both General Registration and their respective Travel Hockey programs at the New Canaan Winter Club.  This process looks more intimidating than it really is and the following steps have been provided to make the process an easier one for you.  Please follow these steps precisely as they will save all of us a lot of time.    

  1. Go to www.usahockeyregistration.com and register each hockey player/coach in your family with USA Hockey that will be playing Travel Hockey.  Please make sure you register your player(s) by clicking "Ice Players and Coaches.”  Each player will receive a code that has nine (9) numbers and the first five (5) letters of their last name in it.  It is suggested that you print out the USA Hockey registration confirmation (complete with number and barcode) for your records.  At a minimum, please write down your USA Hockey confirmation number for each child and keep this information available for completing Step 4 in the Winter Club’s registration process.  You will need to pay the $47.50/player USA Hockey registration fee (Including $7.50 for the CHC) via credit card.  Children under the age of 6 are free but they must still be registered.

 The fourth digit in your USA Hockey number must be a 6.  This indicates you are submitting a current registration for the 2015-16 season.

  1. Please print out and complete the NCWC Consent to Treat and Waiver of Liability form (one per family), which is found on the Documents tab on the home page of the NCWC website.  Mail this signed form to:

% Annie Watson

905 Silvermine Road

New Canaan, CT 06840

***Please note that we WILL NOT require a USA Hockey Consent To Treat/Medical History Form (one per player) to be completed until after final team rosters are announced.  Team Managers will collect these forms from each of their players as soon as the new season has begun.*** 

  1. Register all family members for General Registration 2015-2016, who intend to skate at the Winter Club at anytime during the season, including general skating. 

 Please follow these following steps:

  • Go to www.ncwinterclub.com
  • Click on Register Online on the left column
  • Click the 2015-2016 General Registration button
  • Log in by entering email address and your password; if you do not remember your password, then just type in your email address and hit submit.  Your password will be automatically sent to your email address.  PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE REGISTERING BY USING THE EMAIL ADDRESS THAT YOU SENT TO THE WINTER CLUB WHEN YOU FIRST JOINED THE CLUB.  DO NOT REGISTER USING A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS UNLESS THE WINTER CLUB HAS BEEN NOTIFIED ABOUT YOUR NEW ADDRESS AND HAS IT ON FILE AS YOUR PRIMARY EMAIL ACCOUNT. 
  • Register Parents first as your information will automatically transfer to your children’s account information.  Click on each family member's name that you need to register and follow instructions for completing the Emergency Contact information, Code of Conduct, and Consent to Treat and Waiver of Liability form.  When you are completing the medical information for each child, please type the word NONE in the appropriate boxes if the particular medical issue does not apply to him or her.  If you do not do this, then the system will not register your child.  Please repeat this step again for each family member if you have not done so already.  Please verify that each family member has been successfully registered by seeing that 2015-2016 General Registration is listed next to or underneath each child’s name. 

***It is not necessary to print out Consent to Treat and Waiver of Liability form again as you have already completed this requirement in Step 2.***  

  1. Finally, you need to register all skaters for their respective Travel Hockey program (Travel Hockey Mites, Travel Hockey Squirts, Travel Hockey PeeWees, or Travel Hockey Bantams), who intend to skate in this program at the Winter Club.  

 ***Please note that the system is set up so that you must successfully register for General Registration before you can complete this step***   

 Please follow these steps:

  • Click on Register Online on the left column.
  • Click on your child’s respective link: Travel Hockey MitesTravel Hockey SquirtsTravel Hockey PeeWees, Travel Hockey Bantams, or Travel Hockey Midgets.
  • Click on your child's name that you need to register for each respective Travel Hockey program. 
  • Enter your child’s USA Hockey registration number at the bottom of the Participant Information page after you have verified that the information is accurate.  The system will not allow you to finalize your registration unless you provide this information.   
  • Double check the information and click submit.  USA Hockey instantaneously verifies that you correctly entered a valid USA Hockey number 
  • Once you click submit, you will then see a page that asks you to submit any Supplemental Information.  Please leave this section Blank unless you have pertinent information to add or your child is either a goalie or interested in playing goalie as a travel player.  Hit Submit at the bottom of this page and your child will be registered for Travel Hockey.  You will get an email confirmation that states that your registration is complete.     

Congratulations, you are finished with the entire registration process and confirmation emails will be sent to you!!! 

Registration for all other Winter Clubs programs (Junior House League, Senior House League, Figure Skating, Men’s Hockey, etc…) will be announced at later dates in October and November.  Additionally, more information about tryouts for Travel Hockey will be released later this Summer. 

If you have any questions about the registration process, please email the Winter Club’s Registrar at   


by posted 07/22/2015