October 2019 LAHA Newsletter
Welcome back, all age levels 8U - 18U are now back on the ice! Special hockey and Goalie practice has started as well.
We had a great time at our Bob Mancini event. There was bingo and Qdoba and prizes and fun, then an engaging lesson on player development and how to make a great hockey experience for your kids from Bob. The following evening, some of our coaches had a training opportunity with Bob as well, learning more about checking, body contact, and player safety. We learned some new off and on ice skills and drills. We loved having Bob visit our home rink and consider ourselves lucky to have had him as a guest.
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LAHA Picture Day is this coming Monday, October 21st from 5:00-8:00pm. Lifetouch will be set up in the front meeting room at the rink. Players should plan to arrive earlier than normal so they have time to get their picture taken before practice.
For pictures, please have your player in full gear (except helmet and skates), with their stick, and they need to wear their navy blue jersey. (Yes, jerseys will be ready if you have not received yours)
Bring your completed order form on picture day or you can order online.
Our first skills clinic will be this coming Friday, October 25th at 5:45pm. This clinic will focus on skating fundamentals for new and experienced skaters 10U and older. We have several players signed up already but there is room for more. Pre-registration is required. To learn more or sign up follow this link: http://laha.bonzidev.com/home.php?layout=12679605
A note about skills clinic registration: In the checkout process the system will ask you to upload a photo and a form of identification for your player. You DO NOT need these to register. Simply click on the blue “Continue to Register Players” button at the bottom of the screen to proceed with the registration process.
The next skills clinic will be on November 15th with a focus on puck control and passing.
No Practice on Halloween
On Thursday, October 31st, there will be no LAHA practices. Happy Halloween and have a safe night.
For the most part, off-ice practices have been going pretty well. Many of the players show up on time and ready to participate and coaches are starting to see improvements with their players on the ice. However, we are still experiencing some players who are either showing up to the rink but are choosing not to participate or they come to the off-ice area and then decide to goof off, disengage, etc.
To help keep all of the kids moving and getting the benefits of off-ice practice, Lanae could use a few more helpers in the 14U/18U off-ice time slot on Monday nights from 6:30-7:00pm. This is the night where she runs stations with a very large group and it would be ideal for her to have one volunteer for every couple of stations. Volunteers would explain the drill(s) and help keep the players on task. If you are available to help, please be at the rink Monday nights at 6:15pm so you can connect with Lanae and she can explain/assign stations so the workout starts promptly at 6:30pm.
Please remember, off-ice training is an integral component to our hockey program and it is a part of your player’s practice, designed to help them be better athletes on the ice. Attendance is mandatory for all players unless you have specifically communicated with your coach for why your player cannot participate.
Also, please remember, players should be in appropriate workout attire and shoes. This is important for safety and being able to do the workouts correctly.
If you have questions or concerns about this policy, please contact the Board President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next LAHA Board meeting is Tuesday, November 5th at 6:30pm in the front meeting room of the rink. All members are welcome to attend.
Reminder: Each team is on the agenda and needs to have a representative attend to report back to the board on how your team is doing. The reporting member isn’t meant to be a coach and the report can include game outcomes, concerns, questions, etc…
Try Hockey For Free
Our Fall Try Hockey For Free is Saturday, November 9th from 2:00- 3:00pm. If you know any kids ages 4-9 who might like to come try the sport we love, please tell them about this fun, free event. Sign up here: https://www.tryhockeyforfree.com
In addition, we will need volunteers to help participants fit gear and get ready for ice, as well as volunteers to be on the ice. This is an opportunity to engage and encourage new participants and their parents to be a part of the world of hockey and grow our game! With enough help, this crazy day will run super smooth.
*If your high school student still needs community service hours, this is a great way for them to earn it.* All volunteers please contact Lanae Falls email@example.com or Joy Pendowski firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm you will be there.
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