Hello LAHA Friends and Families,
Welcome back, we hope you had a nice winter break. We are back at it, full speed ahead. There are a lot of things happening in the near future, so grab your calendars and jot down some notes! Have a great second half of the season.
As always if you have any questions, comments or ideas on what you would like to see in a future newsletter, please let me know!
Joe Bonnett Visits
On January 6-7th, we had USA Hockey Pacific District ADM Regional Manager, Joe Bonnett on location. On Monday, Joe attended and observed all on and off ice practices. LAHA invited Joe to come in and give any feedback he thought necessary to improve our program and to possibly advise, what to do next. Tuesday, he attended our monthly board meeting to report his findings. We’re proud to announce that he was overall impressed with our program. Joe gave great praise to our organization and coaches. He gave reassurance that we are definitely on the right track and we are utilizing the ADM correctly.
Secondly, he taught at our monthly coaches university. The focus was on how to coach a skill from a basic concept and progress it to be able to be used in small area games and then into real game scenarios. We enjoyed having him with us. And while two evenings seemed like not enough, Joe’s knowledge will stay with us for a long time to come.
What is this ADM that you keep hearing about?
ADM stands for American Development Model. In short, it is a model that promotes age-appropriate skills that give every player a chance to succeed. ADM is very player-centered and geared towards making your hockey player’s experience a positive one. Here is a short video that introduces the ADM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyDXQ70ytoQ&list=PLFA6D04F5F6305B9A&index=5
You can learn more about USA Hockey’s ADM by visiting the ADM Kids website: https://www.admkids.com/page/show/910488-what-is-the-american-development-model-
You should have received an email last week regarding this year’s elections. In case you missed it, here is that information once more -- please note that some information is date specific.
Every year at this time the LAHA Board puts out a call for Board nominations to fill upcoming vacancies. This year, we have three board openings to fill. The three board members up for re-election, should they choose to run, are Joy Pendowski, Jenn Nyberg, and Sarah Chambers.
Who can be nominated?
1) You can nominate yourself, or
2) You can nominate someone else. Our bylaws do not stipulate who can or cannot be nominated.
Nominations are to be submitted in writing to our elections coordinator: Kara Minchin firstname.lastname@example.org before or on January 18th.
The election process has several key dates. Please take note of them so you don't accidentally miss a deadline.
January 18 -- Nominations Due (send to Kara Minchin at email@example.com)
January 24 -- Candidate Bios Due
February 2 -- Bios/Ballots Sent to LAHA Membership
February 22 -- Votes Due (send to Kara Minchin at firstname.lastname@example.org)
March 3 -- Annual Meeting, Elections Decided
April 7 -- New Board Members Seated
How will voting work?
Voting in LAHA elections is open to all USA Hockey Registrants who are claimed by LAHA with USA Hockey. So, what does that mean? Here are some examples…
All votes are to be collected by team managers and submitted to Kara Minchin at email@example.com.
Mid-Season Survey Results
Based on feedback from team representatives, we sent out a mid-season survey to do a temperature check on how things are going. Our goal in doing so was to hopefully address any issues before it’s too late.
Out of 115 players, we had 21 responses (18% response rate) which is very low and creates difficulty in assessing if items of concern raised are isolated experiences/thoughts or if they are a part of a bigger trend.
To gather more information and to answer questions raised in the responses, we will hold age division meetings at the end of this month. Be on the lookout for a meeting notice for your age group.
Survey highlights and key takeaways:
From the numbers, LAHA, on the whole, is scoring above average in all measured categories. Coaches, on the whole, are deemed to be doing a good job and kids are enjoying the season. Dryland scores, while still above average, are a little lower than other marks, but comments mostly attributed this to the uncertainty of the translation of off-ice activities to on-ice, as well as a perceived lack of accountability for players who either don’t participate with their teams or who appear to goof off without consequence. Skills clinics were rated highly with people interested in participating again next season if they are offered.
With communications, there was an acknowledgment of an increase in communication this season but there were comments asking for more lead time on requests and meetings and more transparency on the how and why we do the things we do. Nearly all of the respondents agreed that LAHA provides a quality program.
General feedback comments touched on a variety of topics and ideas, but common items revolved around costs (some saying we’re too expensive while others asked why don’t we pay coaches), around our implementation of ADM and wanting better understanding there with regard to practices, number of games, etc., and how we can better educate parents new to hockey about what to expect and how to understand what they’re seeing with development. Other items of concern were related to how we as an association can provide appropriate challenges and opportunities for players who are at the high and low ends of the ability spectrum.
While overall the marks for LAHA are all above average, which is great, we didn’t receive all 4’s and 5’s so we still have work to do. Thank you to everyone who submitted a survey. This will help us as we move forward.
January Skills Clinic
The January Skills Clinic will be held Friday, January 24th from 5:45p-7:15p. The focus for this clinic will be Body Contact and Angling. Players age 10U and up can register here: http://laha.bonzidev.com/home.php?layout=12679605
Oregon State Player Development Camp
If you have a player born in the birth years noted below, they are invited to participate in the Oregon State Player Development Camp January 31st- February 2nd.
*2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
The statewide camp, which is organized and run by our state affiliate (OSHA), will be held here in Eugene and it is a great opportunity for players to get exposure to the process for district and/or national select camps. Last year, we had two players selected to advance to the Girls Western Regional High Performance Camp in Colorado.
Even if you don’t think your player would advance, the camp is a great learning opportunity and filled with multiple ice sessions, off ice activities, seminars and more.
See details and register your player here: https://www.oregonstatehockey.com/development-camps.html
The Annual Ice Cup tournament is just around the corner and we need your help! Feb 14-17th we will be hosting 24 teams from Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and British Columbia across the 10U, 12U and 14U age divisions. Here are a few areas where your help is most needed:
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