The start of September means that hockey season is just around the corner! Coaches will be given their rosters in the coming days, and families should expect to be contacted by their daughter’s coach by Sunday 13 September.
The 2015–16 season gets underway on Wednesday 16 September, with our first FUNDAMENTALS sessions. Players in LEARN-TO-PLAY, TYKE, NOVICE, ATOM, PEEWEE, BANTAM, and MIDGET will all take to the ice for practices and/or games the weekend of 19–20 September.
If you’ve signed up for biweekly Power Skating and Skills sessions, these begin on Wednesday 23 September for players in NOVICE and PEEWEE, and on Wednesday 30 September for players in ATOM and BANTAM.
Weekly Boot Camp sessions begin on Sunday 27 September for players in NOVICE, PEEWEE, and BANTAM, and on Wednesday 30 September for players in ATOM.
Volunteers should take note of the following key dates. There will be a mandatory pre-season meeting for all volunteers on Tuesday 15 September, 6:30–8:00pm, at Northern District Library. New this year, there will be two on-ice coaching clinics, led by Greer Harris, with tips for running your first practices: Sunday 13 September, 12:30–1:30pm; and Sunday 20 September, 6:30–7:30pm. Both sessions are at Leaside and are open to all on-ice volunteers. On Saturday 24 October, Leaside will be hosting WE ARE COACHES TOO, a day-long OWHA coaching certification clinic for women volunteers who’d like to be certified to coach—your division convenor will be sending out more information on this fantastic opportunity.
There are unfilled volunteer positions on some teams in some divisions. Parents interested in serving as coach, assistant, trainer, or manager on their daughter’s team should contact their division convenor.
SUMMARY OF KEY DATES
13 September (Sunday): Coaches contact families of players on their teams.
13 September (Sunday), 12:30–1:30pm, Leaside A: 1st on-ice coaching clinic for volunteers
15 September (Tuesday), 6:30–8:00pm, Northern District Library: Mandatory volunteers’ meeting
16–17 September (Wed–Thurs): FUNDAMENTALS begins
19–20 September: First weekend of the 2015–16 schedule
20 September (Sunday), 5:30–6:30pm, Leaside A: 2nd on-ice coaching clinic for volunteers
23 September (Wednesday), 5:30–6:30pm, Leaside A: 1st NOVICE Power Skating and Skills session
23 September (Wednesday), 8:10–9:10pm, Forest Hill: 1st PEEWEE Power Skating and Skills session
26 September (Saturday), 1:00-2:00/2:00-3:00, Forest Hill: first goalie clinic
27 September (Sunday), 1:00–2:00pm, Leaside B: 1st NOVICE Boot Camp session
27 September (Sunday), 2:00–3:00pm, Leaside B: 1st PEEWEE Boot Camp session
27 September (Sunday), 2:30–3:30pm, Leaside B: 1st BANTAM Boot Camp session
30 September (Wednesday), 5:30–6:30pm, Leaside A: 1st ATOM Power Skating and Skills session
30 September (Wednesday), 6:30–7:30, Leaside A: 1st ATOM Boot Camp session
30 September (Wednesday), 8:10–9:10pm, Forest Hill: 1st BANTAM Power Skating and Skills session
24 October (Saturday), 9:30–4:30, Leaside: WE ARE COACHES TOO certification clinic for uncertified women volunteers (4 hrs classroom; 2 hrs on-ice)
22 November (Sunday), all rinks: Picture Day!