The winter season and thus winter weather is upon us. Travel can become difficult at times and families should take that into consideration when making decisions. As a reminder Sports Plus will only close if Hamilton County declares a Level 3 snow emergency but attending practices/games during inclement weather is a family decision. If you are unable to attend, please be sure to let your coach know as soon as possible.
Spring training will soon be underway and registration for 2020 is now open! We will continue the program developed last year with its emphasis on tryout preparation including practice with the small area battle drill we’ve added to tryouts. The program will be split between individual skill development, small area battle drills and scrimmages. Each head coach will be given a curriculum which includes skating skills, puck fundamentals, introductory and enhanced checking (age appropriate) and team play. Activities will include stickhandling, passing, shooting and team concepts. Small area battle drills and scrimmages will be used to reinforce the learned skills in a game environment.
NOTE: We have added 2 sessions for a total of 12 instead of 10. When we looked at the spring break calendars, we realized that most participants may miss at least 1 if not 2 sessions so we added a couple so the kids would not miss out. We have NOT increased the fee to cover these additional sessions.
This year our tryouts will again include an additional on-ice session of small area battle drills for ALL skaters. Battle drills may include 1v1, 2v2, 1v2, 2v1, dump&chase and puck control w/pressure scenarios. These drills will be focused on during spring so our skaters are ready for the new session.
Our spring training will be held over six weeks. The first three weeks (March 28-April 16) will be just prior to our 2020-21 team tryouts. Coaches will be working with the skaters to get them ready for the week of tryouts that all players will attend. Tryout drills will be practiced during the spring training program. The last three weeks of spring training (April 25-May 16) will be geared to letting the kids showcase what they have learned with an emphasis on having fun. We have worked hard to select quality coaches and put together a curriculum where every child can become a better hockey player.
We are excited to offer a significant discount to those skaters that register early for our spring program. Please be sure to read all the details so you don't miss out.
Sessions will meet twice a week for 65 minutes on ice (one time during the week and one time on Saturday morning) beginning Saturday, March 28 and concluding Saturday, May 16. There will be a week off for our 2020-21 tryouts, April 17-23. Additional tryout details will be sent at a later date.
Checking Basics & Technique Clinic
Due to the number of 2007’s transitioning to Bantam, we will run 2 checking clinics for our new Bantam skaters as part of the spring program. There will be an on and off ice session and the BT sessions will have a strong checking component. The checking clinic will be offered to all age-appropriate spring participants and is mandatory for first time Bantam players (2007) and any player 2006 birth year or older who is a first-time hockey player. Goalie attendance is optional. The clinic provides an excellent environment for the players to transition into this important skill. You will be able to select either Sunday, April 5th or Monday, April 6th during the registration process. Sunday, April 5th will be held at Sports Plus (Video in Fitness Center 10:30am and Ice on CAN rink 11:30am-12:30pm) or Monday, April 6th will be held at Sports Plus (Video in Fitness Center 6:30-7:30pm and Ice on CAN rink 7:30-8:30pm).
Note: If you are not participating in Spring, but need to attend a checking clinic. You will be able to register for the checking clinic when we open the tryout registration on April 1st.
Goalie Price Reduction
Goalies have a separate registration as we reduce the price for goalies. We will accept goalies on a first-come basis. The fee for our goalies is $175 if registered by the early registration deadline and $225 thereafter.
U8/Mite Spring Program
The Swords has reviewed our ADM program and while we feel it is very important for kids at this age to participate in a variety of sports program, we also realize the value of having the players not lose their current skill level. We also appreciate the higher costs of participating in hockey. We have brainstormed and developed a new program for our U8 players. We will be adding a once-a-week ADM style program for U8 players (both current and new). The program will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 7:15pm at Sports Plus-USA for 8 weeks (4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20). The cost of this program is $150 with early registration (prior to Feb. 7).
USA Hockey age levels for 2020-21 will be used in the Spring Program.
U12/Pee Wee (08-09)
U18/High School (2002-05; 2006 Freshman). Note: if a 2006 player is a rising freshman for the 2020-21 school year, they can participate in the HS or the BT session.
Online registration is by session so please be sure you are registering for the correct session. To register please go to Swordshockey.com and click on register online on the left hand side.
U8/Mite (2012-2014) Mike Falk & Staff
U10/Squirt (2010 and 2011) Kyle Robinson, Kevin Wolfe & Staff
U12/Peewee (2008 and 2009) Ron Sochocki & Staff
U14/Bantam (2006) Danny McDonald & Staff
U14/Bantam (2007) Andrew Backen & Staff
U18/High School Greg Drach & Staff
(2005-2002) and 2006 rising freshman
Important Dates February 7: End of early registration discount March 20: Registration cutoff March 28: Season begins April 5: Checking Clinic (insert video)
April 6: Checking Clinic (insert time)
Spring Fees Based on Full Registration AND Payment ON or BEFORE:
Early Registration by 2/7/19
U8/Mite $150 (REDUCED FROM $175)
U10/Squirt & U12/Pee Wee $225 (REDUCED FROM $275)
U14/Bantam $275 (REDUCED FROM $325)
U18/High School $300 (REDUCED FROM $375)
Goalies $175 (REDUCED FROM $225)
Congratulations to the following 2019-20 CharityMania FootballMania winners. Thank you so much for supporting the Swords!
Week 1 - $50 winner - M. Sansabrino supporting the Sochocki family
Week 1 - $25 winner - M. Thurman supporting Team Backen
Week 1 - $25 winner - K. Marlatt supporting the Atchison family
Week 2 - $400 winner - M. Miller supporting the Mulvaney family
Week 2 - $25 winner - K. Mount supporting the Schneider family
Week 2 - $25 winner - L. Cheng supporting the Farwell family
Week 2 - $25 winner - J. Black supporting the Mulvaney family
Week 2 - $25 winner - St. X Hockey
Week 3 - $25 winner - D. Hauschild supporting the Sochocki family
Week 3 - $25 winner - D. Goetz supporting the So family
Week 3 - $25 winner - S. Busch supporting the Gold family
Week 3 - $25 winner - V. Campos supporting Team Backen
Week 3 - $25 winner - D. Wickman supporting the Farwell family
Week 4 - $50 winner - Lifestyle Resumption sponsoring the Kocan family
Week 4 - $25 winner - B. So sponsoring the So family
Week 4 - $25 winner - S. Doss sponsoring the Kramer family
Week 4 - $25 winner - S. McCarthy sponsoring the So family
Week 4 - $25 winner - L. Mulvaney sponsoring the Mulvaney family
Week 4 - $25 winner - S. Schomaker sponsoring the Fackey family
Week 4 - $25 winner - C. Josselyn sponsoring the Schneider family
Week 5 - $25 winner - C. Brown sponsoring the Mulvaney family
Week 5 - $25 winner - D. Eagan sponsoring the Leever family
Week 5 - $25 winner - K. Hughes sponsoring Team Backen
Week 5 - $25 winner - K. Willis sponsoring the Sochocki family
Week 6 - $100 winner - W. Reidinges sponsoring the Mulvaney family
Week 7 - $400 winner - S. Dalrymple sponsoring the Park family
Week 7 - $100 winner - J. Foley sponsoring the Hare family
Week 7 - $25 winner - K. Irwin sponsoring the So family
Week 8 - $100 winner - M. Malone sponsoring the Atchison family
Week 8 - $25 winner - D. Hogan sponsoring the Hogan family
Week 8 - $25 winner - K. Busch sponsoring the Gold family
Week 8 - $25 winner - C. Heiny sponsoring the Ropp family
Week 8 - $25 winner - L. Volz sponsoring the Kramer family
Week 9 - $25 winner - R. Moore sponsoring the Mulvaney family
Week 9 - $25 winner - K. Park sponsoring the Park family
Week 9 - $25 winner - R. Spiller sponsoring the Schneider family
Week 9 - $25 winner - W. Hux sponsoring the Farwell family
Week 10 - $100 winner - H. Jones sponsoring Team Backen
Week 10 - $25 winner - T. Amend sponsoring the Gold family
Week 10 - $25 winner - M. Anglavar sponsoring St. X
Week 10 - $25 winner - Lifestyle Resumption sponsoring the Kocan family
Week 10 - $25 winner - T. Pisanelli sponsoring the So family
Week 10 - $25 winner - G. Kramer sponsoring the Kramer family
Week 10 - $25 winner - M. Jackson sponsoring the Polkow family
Week 11 - $50 winner - O.So sponsoring the So family
Week 11 - $25 winner - K. Garland sponsoring the Schneider family
Week 11 - $25 winner - D. Busch sponsoring the Gold family
Week 11 - $25 winner - K. Gold sponsoring the Gold family
Week 11 - $25 winner - K. Kramer Sr. sponsoring the Kramer family
Week 11 - $25 winner - B. So sponsoring the So family
Week 11 - $25 winner - R. Ball sponsoring the Polkow family
Week 12 - $400 winner - J. Buchanan sponsoring the Farwell family
Week 12 - $50 winner - R. Rivard sponsoring Team Backen
Week 12 - $25 winner - L. Brands sponsoring St. X family
Week 12 - $25 winner - D. Winterbottom sponsoring the Winterbottom family
Week 13 - $25 winner - M. Treadway sponsoring the Heuerman family
Week 13 - $25 winner - L. King sponsoring the Halderman family
Week 13 - $25 winner - A. Coburn sponsoring Team Backen
Week 13 - $25 winner - C. Gold sponsoring the Gold family
Week 13 - $25 winner - J. Gold sponsoring the Gold family
Week 14 - $50 winner - M. Miller sponsoring the Sochocki family
Week 14 - $25 winner - G. Kramer sponsoring the Kramer family
Week 14 - $25 winner - C. Podbielski sponsoring the So family
Week 15 - $400 winner - J. Rytel sponsoring Team Backen
Week 15 - $50 winner - G. Ventre sponsoring the Bender family
Week 15 - $25 winner - S. Stewart sponsoring the Sochocki family
Week 15 - $25 winner - Mr. & Mrs. Thomas sponsoring the Polkow family
Week 16 - $400 winner - M. Mills sponsoring the Sochocki family
Week 16 - $50 winner - G. Rodriguez sponsoring the Johnson family
Week 16 - $25 winner - S. Burton sponsoring the So family
Week 16 - $25 winner - S. DeVoe sponsoring St. X
Week 16 - $25 winner - J. Kuckyr sponsoring the Ropp family
Week 16 - $25 winner - S. Chadwell sponsoring Team Backen
Week 17 - $400 winner - L. Young sponsoring Team Backen
Week 17 - $25 winner - C. Thompson sponsoring the Gold family
Week 17 - $25 winner - L. Hotehkiss sponsoring St. X
Week 17 - $25 winner - C. Robbins sponsoring the Sochocki family
Week 17 - $25 winner - L. Blome sponsoring St. X
Week 17 - $25 winner - C. Tschirhart sponsoring St. X
Week 17 - $25 winner - A. Timman sponsoring the Timman family
Week 17 - $25 winner - D. Howson sponsoring the Kramer family
Week 17 - $25 winner - C. So sponsoring the So family
Week 17 - $25 winner - L. Spears sponsoring the Schneider family
End of Season - $250 winner - J. Huff sponsoring the Bender family
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USA Hockey Declaration of Safety, Fair Play & Respect
USA Hockey is committed to creating a safe and fair environment for all participants. Respect for the game, opponents, coaches, and officials is a critical part of that environment and it covers several different aspects of sportsmanship and fair play. This Declaration of Safety, Fair Play and Respect will guide a change in culture as to what is considered to be acceptable/unacceptable body checking and competitive contact at all levels of play.
We are pleased to announce that the Cincinnati Cyclones will continue the 50/50 Raffle for the 2019-2020 season. The 2018-2019 season was only about 1/2 a season and our families raised approximately $6,000 to help offset their fees. This is a great way to help with your fees so Don't Miss Out! Sign up is available now through the link below. If you cannot read on your device, the information is also posted on our website.
New 2019 Concussion Management Program and Return to Play Forms
By USA Hockey, 03/15/19, 10:10AM MDT
Player safety is the top priority of USA Hockey. That’s why updates are being made to the Concussion Management Program and Return to Play forms for the 2019-20 season.
Kevin Margarucci, USA Hockey’s manager of player safety, answered questions about the changes, how they’ll be implemented, and how they’ll enhance the youth hockey experience.
Q: What's new with the Concussion Management Program?
A: Beginning with the 2019-20 season, any athlete held out for concussion evaluation or who has been diagnosed with a concussion must provide a written Return to Play form from a qualified medical provider allowing them to return to any training, practice or game activity with no restrictions. The parent must sign the form and the coach must also sign the form acknowledging that they received it.
Q: What do parents, coaches, managers and volunteers need to know about the Return to Play form?
A: The form will be available online in April for the new registration season, and it will be required starting with the 2019-20 playing season. The form can be printed and filled out, and then must be signed by a qualified medical provider. The parent and coach must then sign the form. It should be kept with the team coach or manager. We are working on a system where the forms can be filed with the district player safety coordinator and we can begin an injury database for concussion incidents. The data will be de-identified for privacy and HIPPA compliance. I should note that beginning with the 2019-20 season, a new volunteer position called Player Safety Coordinator will be implemented in each district (see more information here).
Q: Who counts as a qualified medical provider that can sign off on Return to Play?
A: That is defined differently in each state statute as it pertains to concussions. This is an area where the district player safety coordinators will work to clearly identify those health care professionals in each state who can legally clear a player to return after a concussion.
Q: Has USA Hockey been trending in the right direction with its emphasis on concussion prevention, management and return-to-play protocol? How will this be another step forward?
A: Our concussion management program has always been updated based on the latest research and recommendations. It also aligns with the 2017 Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport from the 5th International Conference on Concussion in Sport in Berlin. Many state statutes pertaining to concussions require written return to play. Some of our districts and affiliates already require written clearance for return to play. This latest update aligns all of USA Hockey with this written return to play requirement and provides a standard form for use by all.
Q: Is the culture surrounding concussions making progress in youth hockey?
A: I believe so. The awareness and recognition of concussions has grown by parents, coaches and players. The mantra, ‘When in doubt, sit them out’ is a guiding principle that has taken hold in our sport and something we will continue to reinforce. And a relatively new initiative through the Concussion Legacy Foundation that we’ve supported is called Team Up, Speak Up. It’s focus is to let players know it is OK to, and that they should, speak up for a teammate who may have a concussion and report to a coach, parent, doctor or athletic trainer. It’s great to see the progress we’ve made, and together we will continue to affect positive change related to the overall safety of our game.
Beginning this year for the 2017-18 season, all skaters, at least one parent and all coaches (head, assistant, on-ice helpers) must comply with OH Senate Bill 252 (Lindsay’s Law). Below is general information about the bill and the requirements. Even if you do not live in Ohio, if you are participating on a Swords team, you must complete the requirements.
Lindsay’s Law: Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Youth Athletes
What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
A Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, cutting off blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. Sudden cardiac arrest is fatal if not treated immediately, most often by a defibrillator.
Who is Lindsay?
Senate Bill 252 is named for national heart health advocate and former Miss Ohio Lindsay Davis who suffers from a heart condition and has since dedicated her career to raising awareness of this potentially fatal condition.
"Sudden cardiac arrest is the number one killer of student athletes," said Davis. "At any moment I could have died because coaches and teachers had no idea this was even a possibility for someone who looked as healthy as I did at that age."
In accordance with this law, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and other stakeholders jointly developed guidelines and other relevant materials to inform and educate students and youth athletes participating in or desiring to participate in an athletic activity, their parents, and their coaches about the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest.
The following resources were developed to implement Lindsay’s Law:
If you have not participated in the past but would like to details on the program and how to enroll are listed below.
The Cincinnati Swords is enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards program for the upcoming year and are pleased to offer ALL members the opportunity to participate. You must register your Kroger Plus Card Number online and select Queen City Hockey Association (NPO Number TT350) as your participating organization (see detailed instructions below). Once you are registered, you only need to use your Kroger Plus card and you will accumulate rewards. Quarterly, Kroger will distribute $1,000,000 to all participating organizations based on their percentage of spending. Our allocation of the Kroger funds is outlined below.
We hope that all Swords families will participate to help offset their hockey costs. If you have any questions, please email Melanie Luft at
. You must register with the NPO number TT350; old CAHA or Queen City team participation numbers are void.
DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS:
The Kroger Co. will distribute funds on a quarterly basis with statements and donations being sent on or before September 15, December 15, March 15 and June 15.
Families will need to provide an email copy of Kroger funds earned each quarter and funds will be applied directly to a skater's program. Funds can be used for any Swords or Sabres online registration. Your friends and family may also sign up on your behalf but will need to provide the necessary information to us each quarter for you to receive credit.
If a skater’s family decides to no longer participate with Queen City Hockey Association and has outstanding funds, all funds will be allocated to the general fund as we are not allowed to distribution funds to individuals and all funds must be used for our organization’s purpose which is youth hockey. Funds can be held for up to four cycles. After that, any unused funds will be transferred to the general fund.
Already a Kroger Community Rewards Participant?
Go to krogercommunityrewards.com
Click on “Sign In” and log into your account
Under Community Rewards click Re-enroll and enter Queen City Hockey Association in the Search bar
Be sure to select Queen City Hockey Association TT350 and click Enroll at the bottom
New to the Kroger Community Rewards Program and have a Kroger Plus Card?
Go to krogercommunityrewards.com
Click “Create An Account”
Enter your email address and create a password
Enter your Store Preference (be sure to do this)
Enter your Kroger Plus Number or Alternate ID
Click Enter – this creates a general account and then you need to sign up for the Kroger Community Rewards outlined above.
New to the Kroger Community Rewards Program and do NOT have a Kroger Plus Card?
You must obtain a Kroger Plus Card at your local Kroger Store and then complete the steps above.