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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR ZONE BANTAM TRYOUTS

Posted by WMHA Admin. at Jun 20, 2017 1:47PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Please use the link below to register for Zone Bantam tryouts. The tryout schedule is attached.

https://bchockey.formstack.com/forms/20172018_omaha_south_zone_registration

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SUMMER OFFICE HOURS WEDNESDAYS FROM 1:00 -5:00

Posted by WMHA Admin. at Jun 2, 2017 10:57AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Please send any questions to winfieldmha@shaw.ca

REMINDER EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS JUNE 1, RATES WILL INCREASE BY $100.00 AFTER JUNE 1

You can register online by following the link under the “Registration” tab or print off forms and drop them off at the arena (there’s a mail slot in the outside door of the office) or scan and email them to winfieldmha@shaw.ca There are hard copies of the registration forms available on the bulletin board outside the minor hockey office in the hallway of the arena.

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Coaches needed for 2017-2018 Season

Posted by WMHA Admin. at Apr 4, 2017 3:57PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Winfield Minor Hockey is accepting coach applications for the upcoming 2017-2018 season.
We are currently recruiting for both rep league and recreation teams.
Coach application forms can be found under the “forms” tab on the website.
Please fill out and submit application to winfieldmha@shaw.ca prior to June 30.
All coaches must have their Respect In Sport, criminal record check and CATT (Concussion Awareness Training Tool, www.cattonline.com) training completed before season commences August 29th.
Remuneration will be considered for non-parent coaches at the rep level at the discretion of the executive.

BC Hockey is at the forefront of age appropriate programming for Initiation (5-6) and Novice (7-8) age levels hockey as Hockey Canada announces changes across the country for cross ice hockey to become mandatory at the Initiation level.

BC Hockey has had cross ice hockey in place for not only Initiation, but also Novice, since the start of the 2016-17 season. Cross ice hockey focuses on player development and more enjoyment for the children participating in those age groups.

“You would never put a five or six-year-old child on a full-size soccer pitch, or expect them to play on a baseball field without any adjustments made for their size. Hockey is no different,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of membership development for Hockey Canada. “The program was developed to allow kids to have fun, learn skills, and develop confidence,” said Carson. “Re-sizing the playing surface to cross-ice means more puck-touches, which result in more chances to practice puck-control and shooting, as well as overall more movement and motor skill-development – twisting, turning, balance, coordination, agility. Their field-of-play matches their size, and these players hone in on their skill-development in a way that larger ice surfaces just aren’t conducive to.”

The differences in skill-development opportunities with cross-ice hockey is significant: players receive five times more passes and take six times more shots. They’re called on to have to make more decisions more quickly, and are overall more engaged in the game.

Special boards and bumpers have been developed that allow for quick and easy division of a regular-sized rink into three cross-ice rinks, with options to create different small-area configurations. Not only does re-sizing the playing surface allow for players to develop their hockey skills more effectively, it also allows communities to maximize their ice time by safely putting more teams and games on the ice at one time.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CROSS ICE PROGRAMMING

“We have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from our associations that have committed to the program,” says BC Hockey coaching coordinator Aaron Hoffman. “We see the kids having more fun and getting better skill development with the higher amount of time they get to touch the puck. Cross ice hockey is only set up for games with practice plans specifically designed to skill development and player enjoyment.”

BC Hockey has also implemented a thorough, detailed Atom Transition Plan designated for coaches and players to prepare kids moving from Novice to Atom and transitioning from cross ice to full ice hockey.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ATOM TRANSITION PLAN

For more information about BC Hockey, please visit the BC Hockey website at
www.bchockey.net or email info@bchockey.net or follow along through social media at www.facebook.com/BCHockeySource, www.twitter.com/BCHockey_Source, www.youtube.com/BCHockeySource or www.instagram.com/BCHockeySource.

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For further information please contact:

Keegan Goodrich

Manager, Communications

BC Hockey

250.652.2978

kgoodrich@bchockey.net

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