I promised I would post a end of season message to parents and of course my Timbits. I will but it will not be until tonight. I am a ilttle swamped with Barrhaven Children’s Softball sort outs. I didn’t want to have nothing here. As i said in the dressing rooms I man honoured to have the ability to work with your kids.To the parents who were kind enough to give a year end gift- thank you for your generosity and kind words. … the Canadiens parents were embarrassingly generous. The truth is that I would pay to have the opportunity to work with your kids!!! I love these guys as much as I love the game. Please take a second to read the blog tomorrow with your Timbit. Thanks again for a great experience. I am looking forward to next year! For any of you coaching Novice next year let me know if you want to borrow any of my resources or even better let me know if I can come out to help you at a practice.David
1. They smile even when working hard and get the idea of learning through play
2. They fall down and get back up
3. They never ask to stop so they can sit around
4. They understand that effort helps set the stage to have fun
5. They never ask for a better contract or they will refuse to play
I LOVE TIMBITS!
We tried shorter time full ice games and I think everyone seemed to love the full ice. Lots of smiles in the parents and wet hair in the players! I think it is clear that next year IP should perhaps have their last 5 or 6 games full ice but full time. This would really help our Timbits in their transition to Novice.
I think calling off sides helped teach the point but I am not convinced that it helped the game. I think next year IP should start teaching off sides a little sooner in the practice format.
The lessons we learned will be applied to the upcoming tournament SUNDAY APRIL 14. at Walter baker A from 8- 5
The coaches will be meeting at my house Saturday April 6 to offer their ideas for that day.
From what I saw… I would like to play slightly longer games – the result being that teams would only play 3 times or perhaps only 2 times. This will take away from the excitement of the tournament atmosphere but may making the actual games a little better and less rushed.
I will send out the decision ASAP following the coach meeting. Feel free to share your insights with the parent reps.
Focus: Games on skates FUN AND DONE! – NO PUCKS
Warm up Skate :Very short
ALL IN (10 + minutes)
- Fast as you can
- Hop every line
- 1 knee at every line
- 2 knees at every line
- stop at every line
- transition front to back at every line
- tornado skate both ways
- centre ice for short talk about the season and a goodbye
Leave sticks in centre circle
We will rotate through 8 games over 35 minutes so 4 minutes per game
Divide into four groups and repeat … so 5 – 8 per group?
|1||Hockey Basketball Ball||2 basketball nets 8 balls No competition|
|2||Bowling for Timbits||4 Pilates balls and high pylons|
|3||Big ball Net ball||2 Pilates balls 2 nets|
|4||Easter Egg Hunt||Tennis balls + 8 mushroom pylons|
|1||Fly ball||8 Balls|
|2||Big ball pylon push||High pylons and 4 Pilates balls|
|3||Blob Soccer||Tires + Soccer balls and two nets|
|4||Egg race||Plungers, porcupine balls and pylons|
GAME: Rabbit Freeze Tag with Safety Zones (3 minutes)
This day is a memorial FUN DAY tournament for David MacDonald and an excellent an opportunity to meet as a team to wrap up the season
I will pick up all the NMHA trophies and will bring them to the tournament.
The hope is that teams will find time during the day to arrange a team meal at somewhere like Broadways to share some food and give out their team’s trophies.
This sis a fun tournament where every team will play four 27 minute games over the course of the day.
EVERY player will get a medal and in addition each coach will be given a “most sportsmanlike” medal to award after each game.
The player chosen each game should be that player that shows the most team spirit and sense of fun during the game.. IT IS NOT the most valuable player award.
The first two game schedule is as follows:
Teams will continue to play the other teams in their group (2 more games) and the day will wrap up with a game between the top two teams in each group for the side A and side B championship.
I can not tell you when your games will be is until after that first sorting game.
I will try to never have back to back games. This will allow you to make it out to have a moment with your team. This may happen in the very last time slot before our “championship games”.
A few important points:
The score board will be on and in keeping with NMHA policy the scores will not be shown is the goal difference is over 5.
There will be winners in each game – losing a game is not anything to be upset about. Next yea,r in October almost all the Timbits will be in Novice with a similar recording of scores.
The emphasis on the day will be in participation and good sportsmanship… and making sure everyone gets a medal!
Please take a minute to read my final blog with your Timbit…. it is meant for both you as parents and them as players. I will post it after our last practice next Saturday.
Friday is our last game and we are going to try something different – a full ice half time game format.
The teams will play full ice with off sides called.
The games will be 27 minutes long including a 2-3 minute warm up
It is important that players get there on time since timing is critical.