This month’s newsletter is packed with lots of information. If you have any questions, please let us know.
LAHA Special Event: “How to Get the Best Hockey Experience for your Child”
Please join us Friday, October 4th as we welcome Bob Mancini to Eugene. Bob is one of USA Hockey's ADM Regional Managers (for Michigan and Missouri) and will be hosting a seminar for interested parents. This will be an informative and engaging discussion about what parents should expect from a hockey program, how parents can best contribute to make their programs better, and much more. Food and entertainment will be provided. There is no cost to attend. All parents are encouraged and welcome to attend. Please RSVP by Thurs, October 3rd so we can get a headcount for food: email@example.com
5:30pm - Food & Entertainment
6:30pm - How to get the Best Hockey Experience for your Child
The Rink Exchange, 796 W 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402
Volunteer and Coaching Information
LAHA is a 100% volunteer-run organization. As such, we need your help! Every team needs people who can help monitor locker rooms, keep score, run the clock, staff the penalty box, assist the coaches with equipment, etc. At the association level, we can always use more help with coaches, committee members, etc.
All coaches, team managers, and volunteers who will be regular, meaningful contact with kids (such as in locker rooms) are required to complete the following items:
CEP 1 and 2 on Saturday, Oct 5th
CEP 3 and Goalie Bronze on Sunday, Oct 6th
Bob Mancini will also be in attendance running a “coaches university” for LAHA coaches. This will also be the kick-off of our monthly coaches training opportunities.
Register for the CEP clinic here: https://www.usahockey.com/coachingclinics
NO PLAYER SHALL BE IN LOCKER ROOMS ALONE
When players arrive to the rink, they are to stage their gear in an appointed area until they can be accompanied to the locker rooms by their coaches or volunteer locker room monitors. There should be two locker room monitors, preferably not the coaching staff, who are background checked and SafeSport trained. In the past we only required at least one monitor to be SafeSport trained, however, now by law any and all locker room monitors must be SafeSport trained.
If a player arrives late for practice, there are two options for them to get dressed. 1.Their parent accompanies them to the locker room (as long as they are the only ones in the locker room) or 2. The player must dress in the lobby restroom.
Cell Phones & Recording Devices
Under no circumstance can cell phones or other video recording devices be used or present in the locker rooms. Locker room monitors will have locking bags that all recording devices will be put into, and the bag will go out to the bench with the coaches during practice. Players will receive their items back when exiting the locker room area. Parents, we ask for your support in enforcing this policy for the safety and privacy of all players.
Off Ice Practice Preparedness
Off ice practice is an important component to player development and helps them to perform better on ice. So we’re asking for your help to make sure your player arrives on time to practice ready to participate. Athletic type pants and/or shorts and supportive athletic shoes that tie (and that are tied) are ideal. Players may and are encouraged to bring a water bottle and a positive attitude.
12U Practice Schedule Change
In looking at registration numbers this season, the Board, with input from the coaches, has moved the Monday 12U practice to an earlier time slot. An email was sent to all 12U families but in case that was missed, please note that the Monday on ice portion for 12U will now be at 6:00pm with the 8U and 10U age divisions and off ice practice will be right after.
Team Communication App Change
This year LAHA moved to a new registration system to handle a lot of the communication functions for our association. While the main system is working out well from an administrative perspective, the companion mobile app is not. We decided it was better to not make everyone suffer. As a result, we will be reverting to Team Snap for all team communications. The current app, Team Connect, will be disabled soon so be on the lookout for an email inviting you to Team Snap. 18U and 14U teams should receive invites in the next couple of days. 8U-12U teams who are starting later will be setup once their seasons begin.
LAHA has scheduled team pictures for Monday, October 21st from 5:30-8:00pm. Like last year, the players will need to dress in their Navy uniforms (no helmet or skates). Individual pictures will be taken, starting with the youngest players first and rolling in older players as they arrive for their practices. To speed things along, we suggest having your player arrive mostly dressed for the pictures so as soon as they are done they can join their practice, ready to go. Lifetouch will be taking the pictures and pre-order information will be distributed to teams in the next couple of weeks.
In case you missed it during your player registration, you can still sign your player up to participate in this season’s skills clinics. Clinics are intended for players 12U and up who are looking to either get an extra challenge in developing their skills or to help developing players who might be new to the sport to catch up with their peers. You can register for the whole series or pick and choose the individual sessions that are of interest. Preregistration is required.
Dates, topics, and registration for the skills clinics are available here: http://laha.bonzidev.com/home.php?layout=12679605
Jr. Generals Apparel
Now is a great time to order Jr. General apparel so you have it to wear during the season. Shop our online Squadlocker store for shirts, sweaters, jackets, hats, bags, blankets, and more! And as a bonus, 10% of all sales come back to support LAHA.
SAVE 15% through Sunday, September 22nd with code: HappyFall
FREE shipping on orders of $149+
Get your gear here: https://teamlocker.squadlocker.com/#/lockers/eugene-jr-generals
The game schedules are almost set. As soon as they are ready, schedules for teams will be sent out. Games will be starting mid-October for most teams.
Eugene Parade Participation
Last month we announced we had planned an entry in the Eugene Parade. Due to lack of response for volunteers to help, we determined there was not enough interest to participate.
The Board usually meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in the front meeting room at the rink. All members are welcome to attend. The next board meeting is: October 1, 2019
We are starting something new this season. At each Board meeting there will be an agenda item for a representative from each team to come and give a report of their team’s happenings. Representatives should be someone other than the coaches (they already do enough). Reports can include positive or negative feedback, any questions or concerns, team goals, game or tournament wins or losses, etc…
Communication with our membership is important to us and we look forward to seeing more parents at board meetings this season.
2019-2020 LAHA Board Members
President- Joy Pendowski
Vice President- Jenn Nyberg
Secretary- Joel Dunham
Treasurer- Dan Trent
Registrar- Sarah Chambers
Communications- Lanae Falls
Tournament- Mara McManus
Find us online:
Facebook: Eugene Jr Generals
Oregon State Development Camp Results
Congratulations to McKayla Reilly '04 and Ruby Pendowski '05 for being selected to advance to the next level of Player Development Camp! These two girls show determination and perseverance on and off the ice!! We are proud to have you represent our organization and may you fight hard and continue to advance!
A reminder from USA Hockey for Coaches and Volunteers:
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.
Congratulations to Eugene Jr. Generals who received a 3.5 or higher GPA this past 2017-2018 school year.
If your child has fallen in love with hockey and you're new to the sport (or at least new to youth hockey), keep reading. This post is just for you! This post is a quick primer of what to expect, a rundown of what's happening, and some pointers on frequently asked questions. This is not a rulebook, but rather a collection of some helpful tips from parents who've been doing this for a while. You're not alone and there are lots of folks around to help. Just ask! :)
Depending on your player's age group, you'll have practices 2-3 nights per week. The on-ice portion of practices run an hour in length but your coach may have kids arrive up to 45 mins before practice to allow for off-ice "dryland" exercises. The dryland portion of exercise is to help kids both warm up and develop skills to help them when they are on the ice. Players are to get dressed in the locker rooms — check the display at the front desk to see locker room assignments for your team.
Throughout the season, your player's team will have games against other Eugene Jr. General house teams and/or teams from other associations in Oregon. We typically play teams from Bend, Klamath Falls, Medford and Portland. While most of our games are played locally in Eugene, be prepared for the occasional overnight trip to one of these locations for a pair of games, a tournament, or a jamboree.
Games, for the most part, are played on Saturdays with some away games also played on Sundays.
Up through 14U, games consist of three running clock periods, typically 17 minutes in length. Sometimes, depending on the overall schedule, the third period might be shortened to 15 or 16 minutes but this is decided during game play by the refs. Because of the running clock, minor penalties are 3 minutes. 16/18U and older play three stop clock 17 minute periods. Minor penalties are 2 minutes.
When the team goes out of town for a quick set of games or a tournament, generally the team manager will reserve a block of rooms at a nearby hotel. Unless specified in tournament rules, the team is free to stay wherever they'd like. The really fun part of away trips is the bonding that takes place between teammates and parents alike. There's nothing like watching the kids play games in the lobby, play Marco Polo in the pool, and parents get some time to hang out. Sometimes the teams have "team dinners" which are fun, too.
During the season, most teams will travel to attend up to two away tournaments and 10U and 12U teams will participate in our home "Ice Cup" tournament. Typically tournaments take place over 3-day weekends like Thanksgiving, Christmas break, Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday, President's Day and spring break. A few tournaments occur on other weekends, but be prepared your team will likely be playing over these weekends. Teams have been creative with holiday meals and sometimes these weekends become new family traditions — "hockey weekends".
As mentioned, most tournaments have host hotels that teams are required to stay at. Generally speaking, associations choose hotels at various price points, most offering breakfast and are relatively close to the rink(s). These hotels fill up quickly so you want to be on the lookout for booking information from your team manager.
Most tournaments consist of 4 games. Sometimes it's 3 round robin games plus a consolation/championship game. Sometimes it's 4 round robin games plus a consolation/championship game. Be prepared to play multiple games per day, sometimes very early or very late at night, depending on the number of teams competing and ice schedule.
As your child is first starting out in hockey, don't go all out with the most expensive gear. It's overkill and they won't get the benefits of what more expensive gear can offer performance athletes. At younger ages, they're not putting a lot of 'wear and tear' on the gear and they're most likely going to grow out of it well before it would truly need to be replaced. For new players, shop online for starter gear kits. This way you're able to get your child what they need for only a few hundred dollars (or less). In addition, there are options to buy used or inherit 'hand me down' gear from other players who have moved up in age levels.
The basics for what your player needs is outlined on our Uniforms page.
After your player has a season or two under his or her belt, you'll start to hear and see preferences about equipment. That's the point where you can start to shop items and start to build a more custom set of equipment. Every player is different so there's not a right or wrong answer. Let him/her tell you what they need, then ask the pros at the skate shops to help get your player properly fitted.
Right now, Eugene Jr. Generals' teams are coed. At all age levels, boys and girls play together. Those with daughters might have concern about whether the boys will be tough on the girls. You might be surprised to learn that often the girls really enjoy playing with the boys and its good for the boys to play with the girls. Both learn valuable lessons by playing together. As girls age, however, there is some value in giving them opportunities to play in all-female games as some of the dynamics change. Oregon is developing/growing a female program so if you have a female player, be on the lookout for periodic announcements on opportunities for her to get this experience.
ASKING FOR HELP
As a new parent in the program, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed or lost by all the hustle and bustle. Please know that you're not alone and anyone who has a kid playing in older age levels was once where you are now. If you have a question, just ask. You'll find the majority of folks at the rink are pretty friendly and more than willing to help. If you aren't able to find the information you need, please contact the LAHA Board and one of the officers can help. You can also ask your coach or team manager. He or she is also happy to help. We want you to feel welcome and supported so please don't be shy.
So, welcome to the sport of hockey, welcome to LAHA, and we'll see you at the rink!
~ Joy Pendowski, LAHA Registrar
Congratulations to the Eugene Jr. Generals 14U team in taking second place at the Tri Cities Desert Classic tournament, January 2018. Way to go!
Congratulations to Griffin Minchin for being selected to represent Oregon at the 2018 USA Hockey Pacific District Youth Player Development Camp this coming May in San Jose, CA. We're proud of you!
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If you're new to LAHA, or if you've been around for a number of years, chances are you will hear coaches, other parents, and board members refer to the term "ADM." We talk about it in reference to why we make certain decisions about how practices are run, where kids play games, etc. But just what is ADM all about? You can learn more from USA Hockey here: www.ADMkids.com. You can also see what your players will be working on at each level with this helpful chart.