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    October 6, 2008 CLMHA Address P. O. Box 142 Volume 1, Issue 2 19740 John Street

     Williamstown, Ontario

    K0C 2J0 Tel: 613-347-2411 Fax: 613-347-1065

    Hockey News

    President’s Message

    Welcome to your Hockey Season for

    2008 2009. This year we have 310

    registered players with House League

    Teams including an IP JR and an IP SR

    and Travel Teams comprising an Atom Travel, Peewee Travel, Bantam Travel,

    Minor Midget Travel and Major Midget

    Travel. The House League has been

    tiered as follows:

    IP Junior - 2

    IP Senior - 2

    Novice 2B & 2C Contents President’s Message 1 Atom 2B & 1C

    PeeWee 2B & 1C Dear Parents 1 Bantam 2B

    Midget 3B Promotion 2 Many teams have already played some Goalie Clinic 2 preseason and non-league games. A word of caution for this early period Referees 2 when your body and mind are beginning

    to get back in Game Condition, lots of Rebels Apparel 2 muscle pulls and other bothersome

    injuries occur early in the season so Sponsorship 3

    protect your body with some safe off ice The Lighter Side 3 fitness. Make sure you play smart

    hockeykeep your head on a swivel and Parent’s Code of Conduct 3 protect yourself at all times. Always know what is going on around you and Coaches’ Code of Conduct 4 watch the style of play that your Dear Parents Past Executive 4 teammates and opponents are playing. Hello Parents & Players You can also learn what the On Ice It’s hard to believe we are entering the Jerseys 4 Officials are calling by paying attention. 2008 2009 hockey season! I would like Don’t be surprised by early season calls to take this opportunity to offer a few Equipment 4 that you may not expect. Play the words regarding our dedicated coaches. Players Tip: Backhand Shot 7 Game clean and at your best. They truly are critical to the success of ―Children play the game of hockey for Char-Lan Minor Hockey and are a key Unofficial Parent Guide 7 their enjoyment and their enjoyment link in facilitating the development of will determine the success of our our children on the ice as well as hockey programs.‖ hopefully contributing to the enjoyment Upcoming Events of the ―coolest game on the planet‖ PLAY HARD AND HAVE FUN! while teaching the kids some of ―life’s October Tournaments lessons‖ along the way. Minor Midget TT The Board of Directors always welcomes Cancelled any constructive feedback you might Major Midget TT have on how we can improve our thOct. 12 organization. We strive to make John Vipond, President thPeewee TT Oct. 13improvements to processes and procedures each and every season. Bantam TT Oct. 18th With this is mind, we would remind you

    that our Website is now ―up and running‖. Take a minute to browse

    through our site whether you are


     Chrysler Canada and Chrysler Jeep Dodge retailers are proud to sponsor minor hockey

    teams across Canada through the Dodge Caravan Kids program. Dodge Caravan Kids is a joint effort between participating amateur hockey organizations across Canada and Chrysler Jeep Dodge retailers. Initially established in Ontario two years ago, Dodge Caravan Kids has grown from 50 teams in year one to more than 350 in year two.

    Chrysler will be funding Novice Teams contributing to the development of minor hockey players at the grass roots level. The program will provide funding to all applicable teams. This is a great opportunity for applicable teams. It will provide funds to help offset costs for ice time, tournament fees, jerseys, equipment etc. All

    participating teams will wear a Dodge Caravan Kids logo on their team sweaters. All Coaches of Novice Teams are asked to contact Rodney Craig to obtain the ―logo‖ for their Novice Team jerseys.


     Gold In The Net‖ from Brockville will be holding a mini clinic for goalies at the Turtle

    Dome in Akwesasne. They are looking for at least 4 students in each of Novice, Atom or thPeewee for each session. Cost is $50.00 a session. Clinics start Saturday October 25 ththfrom 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and, depending on interest, November 15, December 6, ththJanuary 10 and February 7. For information or to reserve a spot please call Rob

    Doherty at 613-931-9403 or email him at You must register first before attending the session.


    As minor hockey continues to grow so does our need for more officials. The CLMHA is focused and committed to 2. It provides extra skating outside of recruiting as many new officials as your regular playing times; possible, both male and female. It is our goal to increase the number of 3. It is a great way to earn some extra officials in our Association and to money while having fun; maintain the quality of service that we have provided to the CLMHA and to 4. It is a great way to meet new and provide all officials with greater interesting people; opportunites within the program. There are many reasons to get involved 5. It develops excellent communication in the officating program and here areand interpersonal skills; 6. You can apply for a bursary on just a few: graduation from High School. 1. It provides the opportunity to learn For more information contact Tracey more about hockey; Belanger


     On Saturdays for the Month of October, Please note that your child’s name, Char-Lan Rebel Apparel will be for sale number, position can be embroidered

    on a table top display in the arena on the apparel at additional cost. Any lobby from 8:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. requests of this nature should be

    Items for sale include T-Shirts, crew discussed at time of purchase as any

    necks, hoodies, tuques, ball caps, personalized items will have to be

    pucks, track suits and winter coats. specially ordered. For information on

    Any items not in stock can be ordered Rebel Apparel, please contact Rodney

    and delivered within an approximate 3 Craig. week period.

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     The CLMHA is still looking for sponsors Tournaments with information on to help the association for the coming services such as accommodation, season. Travelling team sponsorships hockey equipment, skate sharpening,

    are available as well as general restaurants, etc. A receipt is provided association sponsorship. Sponsor logos for any donation. All advertising and and company names will be featured on home tournaments will include the an A-Frame in the lobby of the arena, company’s name as sponsor. If you are

    in our Newsletter and in our sponsor interested in becoming a sponsor or section of our website know of someone, please contact and could include a link to the Rodney Craig at 613-551-2737. sponsor’s website. The link to the

    sponsor’s website from our Association’s Home Page could provide visiting teams entering our Home

    THE LIGHTER SIDE At one point during a game, the Coach penalty is called, you should not called one of his Novice Hockey Players argue, curse, attack the referee or aside and asked ―Do you understand call him names. Do you understand what I mean when I say that we have to all that?‖ Again, the little boy cooperate?‖ The little boy nodded in nodded. The Coach continued, ―And the affirmative. ―Do you know what a when I call you off the ice so that team is?‖ Again the little boy nodded another player gets a chance to play, in the affirmative. ―Do you understand its not good sportsmanship to call that what matters is not whether we your Coach names, is it?‖ ―No win or lose but how we play together as Coach‖, replied the little boy. a team?‖ The little boy nodded yes. ―Good, said the Coach, now go over

    there and explain all that to your ―So I am sure you know that when a



    1. I WILL NOT force my child to 6. I WILL NEVER ridicule or yell participate in sports. at my child for making mistakes or losing a game. 2. I WILL remember that my child plays sports for his or her 7. I WILL remember that

    enjoyment, not for mine. children learn best by

    example. I WILL applaud 3. I WILL encourage my child to good plays and play by the rules and to resolve performances by both my conflicts without resorting to child’s team and their hostility or violence. opponents. 4. I WILL teach my child that 8. I WILL NEVER question the doing one’s best is as important official’s judgment or as winning so that my child will honesty in public. never feel defeated by the

    outcome of a game. 9. I WILL support all efforts to

    remove verbal and physical 5. I WILL make my child feel like a abuse from children’s sport. winner every time by offering

    praise for competing fairly and 10. I WILL respect and show

    trying hard. appreciation for the

    volunteer coaches who give their time to coach a sport

    for my child.

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     1. I WILL be reasonable when 5. I WILL make sure that

    scheduling games and practices equipment and facilities are remembering that players have other safe and match the players’

    interests and obligations. ages and abilities. 2. I WILL teach my players to play fairly 6. I WILL remember that

    and to respect the rules, officials participants need a coach they and opponents. can respect. I WILL be

     generous with praise and set a 3. I WILL ensure that all players get good example. equal instruction, support and

    playing time. 7. I WILL obtain proper training and continue to upgrade my

    4. I WILL not ridicule or yell at my coaching skills. players for making mistakes or for performing poorly. I WILL remember 8. I WILL work in cooperation with

    that players play to have fun and officials for the benefit of the PAST EXECUTIVE must be encouraged to have game.

    confidence in themselves.

    The Executive of CLMHA would like to take Past Secretary Sheila Cecereu this opportunity to thank the following outgoing Board Members for their countless Director of Statistics Diane Glaude hours of commitment and dedication in Director at Large Sheryl Roderiguez providing the game of hockey to our kids.

    Their tireless efforts were very much JERSEYS Webmaster Sylvie Charron appreciated.

     If you haven’t done so already, all Please complete the House League

    Coaches/Managers of all House League Jersey Inventory Sheet and return it to Teams and Travel Teams are reminded to Allison. contact Allison Emard to arrange for team Thank You. jerseys.


    Purchasing quality, proper fitting equipment lessens the risk of injury. If you are

    inexperienced in purchasing and/or fitting of hockey equipment, it is recommended you

    consult a professional sports equipment retailer who is knowledgeable and experienced in

    this field. The following "Equipment Tips" will help you fit your young player in properly

    fitted equipment for a safe, comfortable and enjoyable hockey season.

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    Skates usually fit a size smaller than street shoes. Loosen the laces so the foot can easily slide to the front of the boot. With the toes pressed against the ends of the skate, you should be

    able to place one finger between the boot and the heel of the foot. Prior to lacing up the skates,

    kick the heel into the boot's heel by banging the skate against the floor. Lace the boot with the

    first 3 eyelets snug, the 3-4 eyelets loose to prevent constriction, the last 2~4 very snug to maximize energy transfer to the boot. Never wrap laces around the ankles as this can inhibit

    circulation and irritate the Achilles tendon. Never buy skates too big to "grow into" as this can

    seriously inhibit proper skating development. If you are on the ice more than three times per

    week, skates should be sharpened weekly.


    Ensure that the cap of the shin pad is centered on the kneecap. The protective padding above the plastic kneecap should overlap approximately 2 inches with the bottom of the hockey

    pants. It is recommended that the skate tongue be positioned behind the shin pad for added

    protection. Buying Velcro straps to fasten the shin pads to the legs is much quicker and less

    expensive in the long run than using tape. Cracked shin pads must be replaced immediately.


    Pants are generally sized by waist size. They should be fitted with shin pads to ensure the length of the pant leg reaches the top of the kneecap. For female players, fit the hips first then

    check the position of the leg and kidney pads to ensure they cover those areas adequately.

    The padding on the waist of the pants should cover the kidney area (half-way between the hip and underarms). Rear padding should completely cover the bottom end of the tailbone. Have

    the player fully squat with pants and shin pads on. If the player can comfortably do this without

    the padding moving out of position, then the pants fit properly. Proper drying is essential after

    every session on the ice. Pants should be hung in a well-ventilated area to air dry. Several times

    a season remove all padding and wash with a mild detergent and air dry.


    The jock strap (for males) and the jill strap (for females) and "boxers" are fitted according to the individual player's waist size. The strap should fit like a pair of briefs - not too loose so

    that protective cup moves around and not too tight to restrict movement or chafe.


    Always wear a single pair of socks in your skates. A material that offers comfort, warmth and moisture absorbing properties is recommended. A 50/50 cotton/polyester blend provides

    maximum ventilation and comfort. Avoid wrinkles in your socks when tightening your skates.


    Shoulder pads should cover the shoulders, upper back, chest and upper arms to just above the elbow area. It is recommended that the back of the shoulder pads overlap just slightly with

    the pants. A player should maintain good range of motion. To test, have the player lift arms

    slightly above shoulder height. In this position, ensure that the pads do not dig into the neck area.

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    Most elbow pads are made to fit either elbow; for those that are designed specifically for

    the left or right arm, ensure they are always on the proper arms. Place the donut inside the elbow pad on the point of the elbow. Snugly fasten all the straps so that it cannot slide. Frequently test the donut pad by pressing down on it with your fingers. If any cracks appear, or if the padding is hard, it should be replaced.


    Gloves should be lightweight and flexible. They should fit like loose winter gloves over the

    fingers. Gloves should be sized to fit the hand. The top of the glove should extend up the forearm to the bottom of the elbow pad to ensure full protection of the forearm area. When testing a new pair of gloves, practice stick handling. The gloves should offer freedom of movement in a variety of positions without chaffing or restricting movement.


    All helmets must be Canadian Standards Association (CSA) certified. Helmets that are CSA

    certified will have a GSA sticker displayed on it. This sticker must remain on the helmet and be visible during play. Choose a size that fits snugly on your head, yet allow room for adjustments. Use the adjusting mechanism to fit the helmet in a way that, when shaken from side to side or back and forth, does not move or cause discomfort. The front of the helmet should fall just above the eyebrows. The chinstrap should fit snug in order to provide proper protection. If the chinstrap is too loose it could cause the helmet to fall off on impact.


    Throat protectors should fit snug but not uncomfortably tight. Bib style

    protectors are worn beneath the shoulder pads and offer increased protection. Throat protectors are designed to protect against lacerations or cuts. They are NOT designed to protect against spinal injuries to the neck region.


    Wooden sticks are traditional, cost less and often give the player a better feel for

    the puck. To determine the proper length of a stick, the general rule to follow is, while in street shoes, the stick should reach the nose of the player with the toe of the stick on the ground. While wearing skates, the butt end of the stick should reach the chin or the mouth. (Shorter sticks, although often referred to as an easier option for puck handling are a considered a difficult size to learn with and is usually used when a personal preference can be determined by those more experienced players. Many players are now using one piece sticks or composite sticks. These sticks are used by many professional players and do have positive and negative attributes for the minor hockey player. Benefits include the obvious advantage of a lighter weight and greater flexibility. Not only are adults able to experience higher and more responsive flexibility when shooting, but youth can also benefit from this advantage. The one piece sticks are a new technology that seems to have lasting power. There are some negative components to using a one piece stick which includes cost and breakage. However, the benefits for using a one piece stick can be experienced with a one piece stick costing $49.99 just as much as the one costing $299.99 (at the minor hockey level). The curve of a stick is a matter of preference. The more curve you have, the less control, and most players find that a smaller curve results in less ability to raise the puck. If a curve is too big, the puck often goes high and misses the net. The butt end of all sticks must be covered with tape or a commercially made butt end. All aluminum sticks come with a wooden plug, which must be inserted into the top of the stick and then taped.

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    If anyone has any equipment that their child has outgrown or that their child is in need of, let us know

    and we will include it in our next issue of our Newsletter.


    The backhand shot is the most difficult shot to learn. Most goalies fear the backhand shot

    because its trajectory is so difficult to read. This shot is very effective when cutting in

    front of the goal or when the pass is made on your backhand side at close range to the net.

    A player should practice the backhand shot as much if not more than any of the forward


    Technique Use the proper stick grip and take on the proper hockey stance. Move your

    hand down one-third the length of the shaft. Bring the puck just behind or even with your

    back leg. Position the puck on the back third of the blade (in the middle of the straight

    section close to the shaft). Roll your wrists to tilt the blade over the puck. Keep the line

    of shooting close enough to your body so that you stay balanced but far enough to provide

    good arm movement.

    In the wind-up position, your body weight should be on the leg closet to the puck. With

    your head up looking at your target, move your arms across your body shifting your weight

    to your front leg (dip your front shoulder down and lean on the stick). You really have to

    roll your wrists as the shot is released and point the toe of the stick to the target. Follow

    through until your palm is pointing up. The higher the follow through, the higher the puck

    will rise.



On opening day of the baseballs season, somebody famous usually throws out the ceremonial first pitch.

    You know it’s opening day of the minor hockey season (as the old joke goes) when the first parent is

    thrown out.

It’s minor hockey time again. The best and worst time of the year all wrapped up in one.

So, at absolutely no cost, we are providing the Unofficial Guide To Being A Better Hockey Parent. Here are

    some guidelines:

    1. Support Your Child: And we’re not talking economics here. Research has shown the majority

    of kids participate in minor sports first and foremost to have fun. Kids aren’t thinking NHL at

    age 11, even if some parents are. Let them have fun, their fun. You can enjoy it, just don’t

    live it for them.

    2. The Car Ride Home: This can be a point of major friction between players and parents. Don’t

    get in the car after games and ask a million questions. Don’t criticize their play or pick apart

    their teammates. Let them talk. Let them say what’s on their mind. Respond with a lot of uh-

    huhs, and ―I sees.‖ If you want to ask questions, ask if they had fun?‖ This can be an emotion

    ride after an emotional game. Make it better. Don’t make it worse.

    3. Support Your Coach: The majority of minor hockey coaches are volunteers giving of their time.

    Some are more qualified than others. Some are better communicators than others. But almost

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    all of them, to start with, deserve the benefit of the doubt. If you second guess the coach in

    front of your child, all you are doing is undermining your own child’s experience. There is an

    old T-Shirt that ironically describes the relationship between coach and hockey parent: ―Of

    course I know more than the coach‖ and on the back it says ―I’m a hockey parent.‖

4. Don’t be a Stop Watch Parent: Stop watch parents watch only their children but never the

    game. They know how much ice their kid gets but not how much anyone else gets. They get

    excited when their child scores, but couldn’t care less when another one does. One of the

    great lessons of sport is how teamwork can make a difference. Teamwork among the parents is

    often as important as the teamwork amongst kids. One stop watch parent or similar squawkers

    can alter the chemistry of a minor hockey season.

    5. Give The Referees a Break: If refereeing was that easy, anyone could do it. And most can’t.

    The more you carp, the more you yell, the less calls you get. Referees can hear you. They are,

    for the most part, trying their best. They make mistakes, just like coaches make mistakes, just

    like players make mistakes. Only we don’t let them get away with any. Try and behave.

    Losing it in a rink can be embarrassing for your child, not to mention yourself.

    6. Use The 24-Hour Rule: Even if your team doesn’t have it, it should. The 24-hour rule works

    this way. If you have something to say to the coach or they have something to say to you (that

    could be contentious) wait 24 hours after the event or the game before discussing it. By this

    time, you have better perspective, they have better perspective and a lot of arguments

    naturally are eliminated in the process. Hockey is an emotional game. It’s best to let the

    emotions simmer before talking to the coach, adult to adult, preferably away from the rink.

    We sincerely wish you all the best of luck on your Hockey season!!!

    Char-Lan Minor Hockey Association

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