Posted: December 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

Not sure how I did it but I had the wrong team numbers for tonight’s game at Nepean Sportsplex 2 (behind the Sportsplex).

5:30 game is team 9 v 14 and  10 v 15

6:30 game is team 11 v 16  and 12 v 17

Friday at Walter Baker B

5:30 is team 13 v 18 and 9 v 10

6:30 is team 11 v 14  and 12 vs 15

Sorry about the confusion!

The whole Timbit schedule is on the NMHA  website

  1. Eric says:

    Just wondering why we are playing with “Blue” pucks? Last year the majority of second year IP kids played with the standard “Black” puck. There is only a 2oz difference between the two and would it not make sense for 2nd year IP kids who are heading into Novice next year to get used to playing with a standard puck which they will be playing with for the rest of their lives?

    • dwvip says:

      Not sure where you get your information on IP2. No IP2 kids are supposed to use black pucks. The NMHA only uses blue pucks. This is mandated by Hockey Canada…it is not some optional idea associations decide on. Sadly some associations tend to violate parts of the Initiation program. Part of that is because some associations allow dads to come on ice and do what they saw done when they were players. That is part of the reason there is a mandated coach course for initiation separate from the coach stream courses offered. That is unfortunate that some groups do not follow the guidelines either because they think they know more than the advisors at Hockey Canada or they just don’t know the policy. The Hockey Canada program is based on a significant amount of field testing and review. Some parents just want to use pucks and pylons and run team based drills. The reality is that Initiation is supposed to be about learning individual skating and puck handling skills using the “learn through play model”. Initiation is a Hockey Canada program is based on over 25 years of commitment to long term player development and is put together by the most qualified coaches we have in Canada.Our IP2 program has been evaluated twice this year by a coach who worked with the Canadian Olympic team. He is very happy with what we do. I am not sure if you have ever used a blue puck on ice. That is probably something you should try. There are many many reasons to use them. The blue puck is easier for a player to raise so it activates much more of the net and is much easier for them to stick handle with. I have used blue pucks for over 10 years with bantam and midget teams to work on stick handling and puck control. There is absolutely zero problem as players move to Novice. In fact the majority of Novice coaches would support blue pucks there as well until players are strong enough on their sticks to handle black pucks like the pros use.In no way will one hour a week with a slightly heavier puck build up forearm and shoulder strength.The even heavier orange pucks don’t work very well at all. Strength development in young athletes is a sensitive topic. The literature on it seems to support a “let them develop at their own pace” philosophy – especially for 5 and 6 year olds. Hope this answers your question and explains why we will continue to use only blue pucks.

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