Archive for August, 2013

IP parent meeting date changed

Posted: August 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

All IP parents are invited to attend the information session TUESDAY SEPT 10 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in room 205 of the Walter baker Sportsplex (room to the right of the NMHA hockey office). The meeting will be an opportunity to not only hear an overview of the 2013-14  Initiation Program but also an opportunity to ask any questions. This is a parent meeting not a Timbit player  meeting. See you there.

Reminder that the schedule for sort outs On Sept 7 and 8 is posted on the NMHA website.



Posted: August 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

As head instructor I am responsible for planning and organizing all the activities you see on the ice. In addition I will serve as the trainer for not only equipment matters but also injuries and other safety related matters. I will deal with safety at our parent meeting and on the first day as well as in a subsequent blog.

The purpose of this blog is to allow everyone to see the instructions given to our instructors:

Welcome to Timbits IP2 – Instructor’s introductory memo

Instructors – for the last two years there has been an almost 100% approval rating from our parents and most importantly from our players. I want you to be part of the team that delivers the 2013-2014 program. The Initiation program is designed by Hockey Canada and is based on “learning through play”.

My expectation for you is that you will:

  1. Be on time and prepared to work (arrive at least 20 minutes before the scheduled event) with your track suit, helmet, gloves, stick and skates.
  2. Be part of a team that is delivering a program designed to take 5 and 6 year olds and have them prepared for Novice Hockey next year… and even more importantly to foster a lifelong love of hockey.
  3. Be prepared to run your activity – this means more than just being able to do it yourself. It also involves breaking a skill down into its component parts. Your planning will need to involve how you will teach a given skill in a program where “learn through play” is the philosophy. We do not run hockey drills – we run a series of “games” that achieve the same goal.  All our practices will be posted on the IP2 blog at http//
  4. Be positive and encouraging – ALL the Timbits need you not just our better players.
  5. Be engaging with the players at an individual player level. These Timbits all look to you as a role model – they deserve your best performance.  
  6. Be safe – This really breaks down to four areas:

a)     Puck safety – no slap shots ever … or passes that are too fast for a 5 or 6 year old to handle. I know you can shoot – an IP practice is not the place to do it EVER!

b)    Collision avoidance – no fast skating that could result in a collision. You will quickly find that IP skating is unpredictable

c)     Staying focussed – no rough housing with players – we are having fun but it is school

d)    Enforcement of our player behaviour policies and procedures. Put simply we will always be positive and upbeat but NO MEAN NO.



David Vesey   Head Instructor IP2

PARENTS: I will be available after every practice session to chat. We skip the flood between sessions 1 and 2 and between sessions 3 and 4. We split the extra 10 minutes we gain between the two sessions. Five minutes doesn’t seem like much BUT it adds up over the season to 2 extra hours on the ice to practice. IF ever you have a concern or a comment do not hesitate to contact me at the rink or on the blog. The parent rep will always be on the bench so they can relate your need to speak to me. PLEASE DO NOT SPEAK TO MY INSTRUCTORS about any concerns. They work for me and I am the person responsible.



I can hardly wait to meet all the new Timbits in IP2 . Sept 21 should be our first official practice. This information will be posted soon on the NMHA website.  I have 12 instructors (3 new ones)  who will bring excitement and energy to the program.

This blog will be posted every week to explain what we will be doing in our practice and to pass on important information to you. Feel free to make comments on the blog.  I will read them all BUT this blog will not be a forum for public comments. It is intended as a way for instructors to communicate with the Timbits and their parents.

NMHA Timbits Hockey follows the Initiation Program developed by Hockey Canada and is based on “learn through play”. I will be explaining that at our upcoming parent meeting. This has tentatively been scheduled for Tuesday Sept 17 at 7:00 pm on the second floor of the Walter Baker Sportsplex. The meeting will take one hour and is highly recommended for all parents of IP2 players.

Sort outs for new players will be at Merivale Sept 7 and 8 from 10 – 2.  Times are assigned by your last name. The schedule will be posted on the NMHA website very soon…so sharpen those skates and check that gear.

David Vesey Head Instructor NMHA Timbits  IP2