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2016-17 Tournament Schedule

Below is what we know about State Tournament Scheduling and preliminary Play-In Tournaments for squirts, peewees, and bantams. As additional information is provided to us by the State organization we will update this page.

 

Bantams (U-14)

State Tournament, March 10-12, host SAM (Augusta). The top four teams from the Southern and Northern DIvisions will be entered in the State Tournament.

So Division Play-In, Feb 24-26 OR March 3-5 (host TBD)

 

Peewee (U-12)

Tier 4

State Tournament, March 10-12, host Brewer. The top four teams from the Southern and Northern Divisions will be entered in the state tournament.

So Division Play-In, Feb 25-26 OR March 3-5 (host TBD)

Tier 3

State Tournament, Feb 24-26, host MCSA (Rockport)

 

Squirts (U-10)

Tier 4

State Tournament Feb 24-26, host Maranacook (Kents Hill). The top four teams from the Southern and Northern Divisions will be entered in the State Tournament.

So Division Play-In, Feb 17-19, host TBD

Tier 3

State Tournament, Feb 17-19, host Gladiators (Auburn)

Learn to Play Details, updated Nov 12th

Welcome to Learn to Play Hockey (LTPH)!

You should have already received this information by email---group emails are sent to email address you used to register your skater. If you haven't, you should check your spam folder and add Midcoast to your "approved" senders.

The Board of MCYH is very happy that you’ve decided to join us! It must be obvious that we love the game and the program. Even though many of our kids are well past LTP there is still something thrilling about seeing the kid’s first steps on the ice as “real hockey players.”

Below is some information to prepare you for the first day of hockey this weekend.

First things first. When to come?

Generally Sundays, but check the calendar every week as dates and times can change.

  1. If you are a new Learn to Play Player and your skater’s last name starts with the letter A thru L, please come for session 1 each week.
  2. If you are a new Learn to Play Player and your skater’s last name begins with letter M thru Z, please come for session 2 each week.
  3. If you are a returning Learn to Play Player please come for session 2 each week.

Sunday morning and before….

  • Please arrive at Watson Arena at least 30 minutes before ice time on the first day to check in, submit your “consent to treat” form and “code of conduct” form (if not submitted electronically), and receive your jersey and helmet name sticker.
  • Space in the locker rooms is very limited.  It is a good idea to fully dress your skater for hockey at home (except for skates, gloves and helmets), if possible.
  • Visit the potty before suiting up!  A bathroom break means a coach having to find you in the stands and is time consuming given all the equipment – please plan accordingly.
  • Please practice putting on ALL of the equipment at home before the first skate.  It is a good idea to have your child put on skates and walk around on the carpet to get a feel for them.  Skates should be tied tightly for good ankle support.  If you need help at the rink, coaches or seasoned parents will be there to help you with the equipment. 
  • Please label each piece of hockey gear with a name or initials.
  • To manage locker room congestion, please try to avoid bringing your entire family into the locker room.  Once your player is ready to skate, pack all of your extras into a bag so they won’t get lost and escort your player to the bench. Once your skater is safely situated on the bench please go to the stands to watch.

While your player is on the ice…

Parents MUST remain at the rink and should remain attentive to their child on the ice in the event that we need to track you down with a tired skater, bathroom break, etc.  USA Hockey does not permit parents to watch from the player’s bench.

Coaches will do their best to make timid skaters feel comfortable, but parents who wish to coach/assist will be permitted on the ice if they do the following:

  1. Register with USA Hockey.  ANY parent on the ice must register as a coach and pay the associated fee (http://usahockeyregistration.com/), although they are not required to attend training unless you plan to continue as a coach (which we welcome!). “Safesport” training will be required of all parent volunteers.
  2. Wear a helmet and hockey gloves.

Please email (kurt@pbmcoaching.com) ahead of time if you wish to assist on the ice.  If you plan to accompany your child on the ice, please be prepared to help other skaters as well.

Other Notes…

Remember to check the MCYH website calendar weekly for practice times and other updates.  Additional hockey information is included below as an FYI.  You can reach our director of developmental programs at kurt@pbmcoaching.com with any questions.

If you have yet to purchase your gear, please check our home page for local resources and deals!

Now, with business out of the way, let’s have some fun!

Sincerely, Benet Pols

Learn to Play Hockey (LTPH) Key Facts

Objective

The goal of “LTPH” is for the players to learn hockey in a fun and safe atmosphere.  The LTPH program is designed to help a youngster progress through four stages of skating proficiency in order to prepare them for Mite-level hockey and beyond.

  • Stage 1:  Skating while pushing a chair, getting back to one's feet from the ice.
  • Stage 2:  Independent skating in a forward direction, initial refinement of skating stride.
  • Stage 3:  Basic hockey-oriented skating – intro to backward skating, turning, and hockey stop; continued refinement of forward skating stride.
  • Stage 4:  Basic stick-and-puck skills (i.e. puck handling, sweep passes).

Skaters may begin LTPH at any of the four stages and proceed at their own pace.  Coaches will monitor older kids with skating experience but trying hockey for the first time, and may recommend that they move up to Mini Mites/Mites at some point during the season (paying a pro-rated program fee).  Younger skaters may take several seasons to progress through the four stages.

Scheduling

LTPH usually is scheduled for Sunday mornings at Watson Arena.  However, due to fluctuating college team schedules and special events, practice times may vary throughout the season.  LTPH practice times are listed on the CALENDAR tab of our website (http://www.midcoasthockey.org/page/show/453532-calendar).  Sometimes changes occur on short notice – so please double check the schedule on Saturday afternoon/evening.

Hockey Equipment

Because some kids will be using sticks and pucks - and because ice is hard! - we require all players to wear full hockey protective gear.  When purchasing and fitting hockey equipment, remember two important factors: 1) make certain the player is adequately protected and 2) be sure the fitting allows freedom of movement so the player can properly perform the necessary skills. By carefully considering these two factors, your child will be more comfortable and will better enjoy their participation.

Required Equipment (see also the “Player Equipment Requirements” tab of our web site):

  1. Helmet with face mask and straps. When buying used, check the "expiration date" sticker on the back of the helmet and ensure it is still valid.
  2. Neck guard
  3. Mouth guard
  4. Shoulder pads
  5. Elbow pads
  6. Gloves
  7. Protective pants
  8. Groin protection (boys and girls)
  9. Hockey-specific shin pads with integrated knee pads (socks to cover highly recommended)
  10. Skates
  11. Hockey sticks are optional for LTPH – introduce when the player is ready for it

Gear Recommendations:

  • Skates must fit very snugly in order to provide support. Foot socks should not be a thick, heavy material, as such would inhibit the foot’s ability to directly control the skate.
  • Skate blades must be kept sharp - even for beginning skaters. A professional sharpening typically is required after 5-10 hours of rink skating, more frequently if skating outside.
  • Hockey socks should be held up by hockey undershorts with velcro or a garter belt and/or be secured with a strip of tape or two around each shin pad to keep the shin pads from moving all around. Don’t turn your skater loose without hockey socks over their pads as the plastic shin guards are very slippery and will be a distinct disadvantage to a new skater!
  • Hockey pants should be tightly secured around the waste with a belt (and old skate lace will do) or a pair of hockey suspenders.
  • Proper hockey stick length is determined by holding a stick straight up and down in front of the player. The rule of thumb is that the stick should come up to the player's chin (while wearing skates), or to the player's nose (when wearing shoes).  Until a young player establishes a dominant hand, a flat blade is best. Once they find the side that feels natural, a minimally curved blade should be introduced.

Volunteer Coaches Wanted

Our program would not be possible without our volunteer coaches!  Parents with hockey backgrounds are encouraged to help out on the ice. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering your time and skill on the ice.  Please make sure to contact us before paying the registration fee. Then, the only things you'll need are the ability to skate and a good attitude (plus skates, a helmet, and gloves).

 

 

2016-17 Registration is open!

Welcome back to Midcoast Hockey!

Please follow the link below to complete the registration process. Before we hit the ice in October we will collecting medical releases and "code of conduct" forms. Please note that you will only see options that are open to your skater based on his or her USAH age registration. If you are registering more than one skater, the options available for the second skater will not appear until you have entered the second child's data.

We will be entering squirt and peewee teams in two competitive leagues: tier 4 and tier 3. Teams on both these leagues will all complete a full schedule of games against regional associations as well as compete in tournaments. As you register please recall that our "Tier 3" team for squirts and peewees, and our bantam team were selected last March. Those players have already paid a deposit and the Tier 3 and bantam rosters are set.

In addition we are offering a developmental program for new or inexperienced players at the squirt and peewee level. This replaces the "Tier 5" program we ran last season. It will focus on fundamentals---a more thorough description can be found here, but it will closely mimic our mite program. Its cost matches our mite program as well.

As in the past the "two-pay" option is available. In addition, applications for financial aid will be considered in early October.

Thank you,

MCYH Board

 

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