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Fall Tryouts Announced for the Florida Eels Youth Hockey

Florida Eels 2016 Fall Travel Tryouts

Florida Eels  Fall Tryout Dates

May 25th 6:00 pm Bantams

May 25th 7:00 pm High School/Midget Division

June 9th 6:00 pm Bantam 

June 9th 7:00 pm Midget/ High School Division

Players should attend both sessions.

Cost: $75.00 Flat fee both sessions

Location Fort Myers Skatium

If you have any questions please contact Frank Scarpaci Ice Hockey Director.

941-400-9023

 

The Right Team vs. Elite Team

The Right Team vs. Elite Team

05/03/2016, 9:45am MDT
By Michael Caples - Special to USAHockey.com
 

Keeping up with the Joneses may as well be an epidemic for the hockey community.

What is he or she doing this summer to get ahead? What team is she playing on next year? Who are they working out with now?

Finding a spot on an elite youth or high school team is one of the most worried-about aspects of a hockey player’s development and advancement.

It doesn’t need to be, however. Sure, playing on a top team in your age group or making a showcase squad for a major tournament may help in the quest for more exposure and better skills. But it’s not the most important thing for a hockey player’s growth overall.

The best hockey players will be found, no matter where they are playing. Opportunities will come to those who earn it.

Minutes and Responsibility

Mike Cavanaugh, head coach of the University of Connecticut hockey program, said that when it comes to being the best hockey player you could be, getting the opportunity to compete and lead your team is more important than what jersey you are wearing.

“I think the most important thing for a hockey player is being put over the boards every third shift and having a chance to play on the special teams,” Cavanaugh said. “Essentially, the most important thing is that you’re getting quality playing time, because if you want to play at a higher level, but you don’t see quality minutes, as far as special teams and a regular shift, you’re not going to develop.”

Blessings in Disguise

Cavanaugh, in his third season with the Huskies after spending 18 years with Jerry York at Boston College, said that not making the elite team may benefit the player in the long run.

“If you don’t make the team that you always dreamed of making, usually you’re going to be put down a level, and that may be a blessing in disguise,” Cavanaugh said. “You may get power-play time, penalty-kill time, play in all crucial situations – up a goal or down a goal – and it may end up developing you more as a player, as opposed to playing on that ‘A’ team where you’re not getting quality minutes.”

Players – and their parents – should be focusing on their own development, rather than what team they are on. Without the proper skills and confidence, a player won’t be able to succeed when the scouts do show up for a particular game or tournament. So don’t worry if you don’t make a particular AAA team; figure out what you need to do to become a better player, and take advantage of the opportunities you will have playing on a lower-level team for the upcoming season.

Effort Ignites Ability

According to Cavanaugh, one such example of a player seizing their opportunities would be Brian Dumoulin. The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman capitalized on his ice time with his local high school team and turned it into a professional hockey career.

“[Dumoulin] played at Biddeford High School in Maine through his junior year, then played one year of juniors for the New Hampshire Monarchs, and then he came to Boston College,” Cavanaugh said. “He was always playing quality minutes, and now he’s playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Pittsburgh Penguins.”

The key, of course, is that a hockey player has to work hard when nobody’s watching. Sure, it’s easy to get fired up when scouts and coaches are sitting in the stands – but what are you doing when you’re at the gym or at practice?

“There’s an old saying that effort ignites ability and turns it into accomplishment,” Cavanaugh said. “No matter what you do in life, if you’re not going to put effort and work into what you’re trying accomplish, it won’t happen. It’s always important, whether you’re going to be an accountant or a hockey player or a fireman, you have to work to perfect your trade.”

The NHL Florida Panthers Special Ticket Prices For the Florida Eels families and friends

Guys please go to our Team App Newsletter for full details and info. 
The Florida Panthers are providing great ticket deals to the Florida Eels players families and friends for game 7 vs the NY Islanders.

This is a very exciting time for Florida hockey as both the Lightning and the Panthers are in the playoffs. I went to game 5 Friday night. My god it went into double over time. So we encourage you to treat your sons and daughters and tell your friends.

Just go to the Newsletter section of the App and down load and contact Andrew the Panther representative. 
Hope you have fun.

Revised Times for Bantam and Midget Ice Training

Guys
Starting this week March 24th  we will have Bantam and Midget Training on Thursday at 6:00 pm.  Previous time of 7 pm has been changed to 6:00 pm

 These sessions are for Bantam and Midget Age players .
A number of Junior players will be partaking as well.

If you are a Midget player and plan to tryout for the Junior team next season is is mandatory that you attend these sessions. It is simply one hour of your time. The lead instructor will be Frankie Scarpaci Head of Players development for the Eels Junior teams.

If you are planning on attending and partaking in any of the USPHL Spring and Summer Showcases and or the Pro Am Chowder Cup Showcases it is also mandatory that you partake in this event. 

There will be a goalie instructor present at the sessions. 

Overwhelmingly the parents have asked that we provide skills sessions. The players want and will get the intense on ice training each week  Back to basics and prepare for the next level for the Fall.

 
 Cost $300.00 on March 24th  Must be paid in full on that date.
The sessions will run for 10 weeks.

Second Session of Midget Junior Elite Starts This Monday Feb 29th Training

SECOND SESSION OF MIDGET JUNIOR ELITE STARTS THIS MONDAY FEB 29TH TRAINING

by Frank Scarpaci 
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Second Session of Midget Junior Elite Starts This Monday Feb 29th Training 

The Florida Eels are setting up Elite training for our Midget age players looking to move to the Next Level. This program will include individual instruction at the Junior training facility World Gym. It will be three full hours. Two days 1 ½ hour each session. 

We will work on hockey specific strength conditioning and agility. Upper and Lower Body. There is no question our players need this training. There are many midget players considering making the leap to Juniors next year. This training is mandatory. 

There are many players who plan on joining us at the USPHL Spring Showcase, The Pro Am NHL Pre Draft in May, the Pro Am Junior and Sr. Chowder Cups and the USPHL Summer Showcases. It is an excellent way to get in high-level junior training at affordable prices. Only serious players wanted.

Cost is $50.00 per week. Minimum registration 3 weeks per player 
The session of the program starts this Monday February 29th 2016.

Training Days Mondays and Tuesdays Time: 6:00pm – 7:30 pm 

All individuals must pre register with Coach Frank. 941-400-9023. www.eelshockeycoach@aol.com 
Payment must be made in advance. Checks payable to Florida Eels

Instructor: Assistant Captain Florida Eels Junior team: Michael Kohler

Training will be at World Gym 
10970 S. Cleveland Ave Suite 501 
Fort Myers Fl. 33909

Invitation To the USA Hockey Level 5 Coaches Symposium

 

 


Dear Level 5 Coach,

USA Hockey is excited to announce the 2016 National Hockey Coaches Symposium to be held Aug. 11-14 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand.

USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program would like to cordially invite you to attend this prestigious event again. You are eligible to simply attend and do not have to submit another thesis project.

Past symposiums speakers have been coaches from the professional, international, collegiate, and junior levels.

Breakout sessions will be age-specific. Coaches will have the opportunity to explore innovative approaches to coaching through intensive sessions dedicated to the specific age level of their players. Coaches will leave with tools and resources that they can use every day. Coaches will register for the event based on the breakout session they want to attend. You must select a specific age-level.

To register, and for more information, click on the appropriate link below:

Links:
Level 5 Web Page & Symposium Brochure
Symposium Online Registration
Hotel Accommodations


For specific questions about the event, please contact Alison Raines at alisonr@usahockey.org. We look forward to seeing you at this celebration of USA Hockey coaches.

Sincerely,
Mark Tabrum
Director, USA Hockey Coaching Education Program

 

High Level Referre Camps

A New Officiating Summer Camp Experience

02/24/2016, 12:00pm MST
By Kelly Erickson

The motivation behind the changes is simple: to create a safer, higher-quality game. And it all starts with training a broader spectrum of officials.

This summer, USA Hockey’s Officiating Program camps will have a new structure and objective at the entry and intermediate levels. What were once known as the Regional and National Camps, are now the Futures and High-Performance Camps, respectively, and will aim to educate a larger group of referees.

“We have been constantly reviewing all of our programs to determine, first of all, if they’re the most effective way to use our resources, and, simultaneously, if they are serving our membership to their maximum benefit,” said Dave LaBuda, USA Hockey’s national referee-in-chief. “What we decided to do was restructure our entry-level camp as well as our intermediate camp to not only better serve our officiating membership, but also the general hockey community.”

The Futures Camp is an entry-level program aimed at educating attendees and bolstering their officiating foundation. The men’s program will expand from two camps to four — regionalized by east, north, west and central — while the women will still have one entry-level camp. Both are undergoing similar changes, and with 12 to 18 participants, LaBuda hopes they’ll be able to educate a stronger corps of grassroots officials.

Unlike the former entry-level camp, USA Hockey won’t be ranking officials at the start of camp, a procedure that shifted participants’ focus to finishing the program in the top five to 10 percent. Instead, they want to eliminate that competitive environment and introduce a session focused on bettering the game at the local level.

“We’re going to give them as much information and as many resources as we can to take back to their local area, to not only improve their individual skill levels, but hopefully pass that on to other officials in their area, too,” LaBuda said.

“With the Futures Camp, the objective and the importance to us is that we provide those participants with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals and basic philosophy of officiating. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the subject matter is going to be taught at a very basic or fundamental level. We’re going to do our best to evaluate those that attend to make sure they have a foundation in those officiating mechanics, the fundamentals and so on. Because without that, quite frankly, you have a very shaky foundation to build off.”

While LaBuda emphasized that the Futures Camp is open to any official regardless of experience, age or goals to advance within the game, they hope participants grow on that foundation in the High-Performance Camp — though it’s not a requirement.

The intermediate-level program will be more competitive and designed for officials who hold an interest in pursuing officiating on a more full-time basis or possibly as a career at a higher level.

“The Futures Camp lays the foundation for their future activities or goals in the game,” LaBuda said. “The High-Performance Camp starts to build that structure upon the foundation so they can then experience higher levels of hockey. They’ll be exposed to more of the mental and psychological side of the game.”

USA Hockey has already made an effort to provide consistent instruction for officials no matter where they work, with online video programs and in-classroom seminars at the start of every season. Changing up the camp structure is the next step in that process.

“We want to provide a better-educated, a better-trained official at our grassroots level, which will hopefully, as they work with other officials who have not attended a Futures Camp, teach them and apply it back to the grassroots level — in turn, making that game a better quality game not only from a fairness standpoint, but a safety standpoint,” LaBuda said. “Ultimately, what we’re always trying to do is to better recruit, better train and better evaluate our officials to make all of amateur hockey, from the grassroots level all the way up to juniors, a better game.

USA Hockey has started taking registrations for this year’s camps. Information about each program is available on USAHockey.com

 

Eels Elite Goalie Jared Levine Commits to Worcester State University for the Fall 2016-17.

It is official. The Eels mark their second NCAA Division 3 commitment and their first for the USPHL Elite team:  Goaltender Jared Levine. Jared has committed to Worcester State University for the Fall 2016-17.

 

 D/O/B: 01/06/1995.  HOMETOWN: BINGHAMTON, NY HEIGHT: 6’1”; WEIGHT: 189 LBS., GLOVE: LEFT.  2015-2016 TEAM: FLORIDA EELS ELITE TEAM. Prior to joining the Eels this season Jared Levine  played 2 seasons with the Syracuse Stars of the USPHL Empire Division.

 

SCOUTING REPORT: JARED IS A BIG ATHLETIC BUTTERFLY STYLE GOALTENDER WHO CCOVERS THE NET VERY WELL.  HE HAS QUICK REFLEXES AND QUICK MOVEMENT AND OUTSTANDING REBOUND CONTROL.   HE IS A QUICK GOALIE WHO IS SQUARE TO EVERY SHOT AND HAS GOOD ANGLES.    JARED POSSESSES GOOD HOCKEY IQ.  HE IS AT HIS BEST WHEN HE PLAYS RELAXED AND A CALMER STYLE OF GOALTENDING.  JARED ALWAYS STAYS COMPOSED WHILE UNDER PRESSURE AND DOESN’T LET ANYTHING GET INTO HIS HEAD.

Florida Eels Spring League Tryouts

Florida Eels Spring League Tryouts 

The Florida Eels will be hosting teams in the CFHL Spring League 
The Eels will be conducting tryouts on Thursday March 3rd for the following divisions: 
Bantam A 
Midget U16 A

The Bantams ages: 2001 -2002 DOB  
The Midgets will be players 1999 – 2000 DOB 

Cost for tryouts will be $40.00 per player. 
Cost for player to play $595.00 
$300.00 is due upon making team.  
The balance will be due at first practice March 10th as the entire league fees for our teams and referee fees are immediately due that Friday. 

Time: Bantams: 6:00 pm 
Midget U16 7:00 pm

Practices Thursday Evenings Bantams 6:00 pm and Midgets 7:00 pm 
Practices will start Thursday March 24th 

Coaches: 
Bantams: Rick Smith and Pat Cossentino 
Midgets: Frankie Scarpaci, Joe Giambalvo and Matt Plate

Games will begin the weekend of April 2nd and 3rd and conclude the weekend of June 4th and 5th. The CFHL board has decided to make the 5th and final week of play a playoff week. Based on how many teams are registered for that division the top teams will play for a championship and the lower teams will play consolation games. 
Central Florida 2016 Spring Game Dates

DAY DATE DIVISION

Saturday April 2nd Squirt 
Sunday April 3rd Bantam 
Saturday April 9th Pee Wee 
Sunday April 10th Midget 
Saturday April 16th Squirt 
Sunday April 17th Bantam 
Saturday April 23rd Peewee 
Sunday April 24th Midget 
Saturday April 30th Squirt 
Sunday May 1st Bantam 
Saturday May 7th Peewee 
Sunday May 8th Midget 
Saturday May 14th Squirt 
Sunday May 15th Bantam 
Saturday May 21st Peewee 
Sunday May 22nd Midget 
Saturday May 28th Off Memorial Day 
Sunday May 29th Off Memorial Day 
Saturday June 4th Squirt and Peewee 
Sunday June 5th Bantam and Midgets 

* In order to end the season earlier, all divisions will play the last weekend of the season.

For more info: Call Frank Scarpaci 941-400-9023 www.eelshockeycoach@aol.com

2016 Florida Eels Summer Hockey Camps 

Take Your Game to The Next Level
Sharpen Your Competitive Edge

  • Power Skating and Technique
  • Creative Stick Handling
  • Passing…Delivery One-Touch and Receipt
  • Shooting with Speed and Accuracy
  • Puck Control and the Art of Deception
  • Individual Skill and Team Concepts 
  • Goaltending Training Technique and Style

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Frank Scarpaci

EELS HOCKEY DIRECTOR

Phone: 941-400-9023

Summer Ice Hockey Camp

Summer Camp 2016 Info

Location: 
Fort Myers Skatium
 2250 Broadway
Fort Myers Fl 33901

Dates: 
June 13th - 17th
 July 11th - 15th 
July 25th – 29th

Camp drop off is at 8:30 am
 Ice times and Off – Ice: TBD

Mites – Bantams stay from 8:30 am – 4 :00 pm
 Midgets and Juniors Done by noon
 Pick Up time is at 4:00 pm sharp

Cost:
  250.00 for all players

To enroll and register:
Complete Flyer at the rink or Contact: Frank Scarpaci Hockey Director 941-400-9023

 

 

Midgets Advance To The Championship Round at The Golden Wolves MLK Tournament

Congrats to the midgets who advanced to the Championship round of the Pines MLK Tournament. The Eels will play the South Florida Golden Wolves at 1:30 pm.

Good luck guys

Midget Mlk Tournament Schedule and Hotel Info

Parents,
 A friendly reminder for those booked at the Courtyard Marriott, if you are going to make any changes to your hotel reservation for MLK they need to be in early this week.  The hotel is hosting two tournaments, hockey and soccer, so they are at capacity.  Please check to make sure you have double beds per your original reservation.  They are in short supply and it is probably best to check.  The hotel information is below:
Courtyard Marriot 14500 SW 29th Street . Miramar, Florida 33027 
1-954-450-1801
 
Don't forget we had a time change on game two on Saturday.  It is 11:40 am now.  All other games stayed the same.  Please see previous email for complete schedule if you need it.
Games 1 and 2 are at the Kendall Ice Arena @ 10355 Hammocks Blvd, Miami, FL 33196.
Games 3 and 4 are at the Pembroke Pines Ice Arena @ 12425 Taft St, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028.
Warm ups for dress code for all tournament games.
If you have any questions or need clarification, please email me or call 239-641-0305.
 
Kimberly

MLK Tournament

I have received the following update from the MLK Tournament.  I have highlighted our games in yellow.  Please make a note for your travel plans.  
 
MLK Tournament Updated Schedule
Thursday
 Mid A 8:30 PM Blue Golden Wolves MID A Golden Wolves Ban AA
Friday
 Mid A 8:40 PM Blue Golden Wolves MID A Miami Dade
Saturday
 Mid A 8:30 AM Kendall Florida Eels Miami Dade
 Mid A 11:40 AM Blue Florida Eels Golden Wolves Ban AA
 Mid A 4:00 PM Kendall Gulf Coast Flames Golden Wolves Ban AA
Sunday
 Mid A 7:50 AM Red Golden Wolves MID A Gulf Coast Flames
 Mid A 9:15 AM Red Miami Dade Golden Wolves Bantam AA
 MID A 10:40 AM Red Florida Eels Golden Wolves Mid A
 Mid A 9:25 PM Red Gulf Coast Flames Miami Dade
Monday
 MID A 7:50 AM Red Gulf Coast Flames Florida Eels
 Mid A 2:30 PM Blue FINAL
 
Kimberly

Bantam and Midget Elite Training

Bantam and Midget Elite Training

The Florida Eels are setting up Elite training for our Bantam and Midget age players looking to move to the Next Level. This program will include individual instruction at the Skatium Fitness Center. It will be three full hours. Two days 1 ½ hour each session. We will work on hockey specific strength conditioning and agility. Upper and Lower Body. There is no question our players need this training. There are many midget players considering making the leap to Juniors next year. This training is mandatory. There are many players who plan on joining us at the USPHL Spring Showcase, The Pro Am NHL Pre Draft in May, the Pro Am Junior and Sr. Chowder Cups and the USPHL Summer Showcases.

 

It is an excellent way to get in high-level junior training at affordable prices. Only serious players wanted.

 

Any registration fees required at the Skatium fitness center are extra.

 

Cost is $50.00 per week. Minimum registration 3 weeks per player

Five players max per session.

 

 

THE VALUE OF THE USPHL SHOWCASES

The Florida Eels join their fellow teams from the Midwest and Northeast this weekend for one of the biggest in season showcases of the year. Teams will win and their will be losses but the true winners will be each player and team that attended the event. 

Sure, there were a lot scouts in attendance. Why wouldn’t there be? The USPHL has seen over 350 of its players in the past two years find their way onto college rosters. 

Showcases are an excellent opportunity for scouts to see top talent from around the country in one location, on one weekend. It’s a great way for players to make an impression and be noticed. 

While for other players, it’s a great way to show scouts just how much they’ve improved since the last time they were seen. All and all, if you’re a prospective student-athlete, it’s tough to argue that showcases aren’t a beneficial way of finding yourself in the same building as the same schools you’re hoping to one day play for or against. 

But showcases have another major advantage.In general, most players are aware of the NCAA’s recruiting policies when it comes to what they can and can’t do. They’re aware of the consequence as well. However, most players are not so accustomed to the NCAA’s recruiting policies that placed on the schools and recruiters. 

Restrictions that are put in place to protect the prospective student-athlete, while insuring an equal playing field for recruiters. 

According to the NCAA: “In men’s ice hockey, each institution is limited to seven recruiting opportunities (contacts and evaluations combined) per prospective student-athlete per year” (Policy Cite 13.1.5.5). 

“Evaluations that occur during the academic year count against the permissible number of recruiting opportunities, except for evaluations that occur on the same day as a permissible contact. Outside of the academic year, evaluations do not count against the annual number of recruiting opportunities. Contacts that occur with a prospective student-athlete count against the permissible number of total recruiting opportunities regardless of the time period (e.g., academic year or outside the academic year). All contacts and evaluations are subject to recruiting calendar restrictions.” (Policy Cite 13.1.5.6). 

So what does that mean? Simple. It means that NCAA Division 1 colleges are limited to see a player only seven times during any given season. 

So, why does this matter when it comes to showcases? Well, showcases have an inherent advantage to Division 1 recruiters because of this NCAA policy. You see, for college recruiters, a showcase only counts as one viewing. That means that they can watch a player compete in multiple games and it only counts as one viewing. This is a benefit for scouts and a huge opportunity for players. 

The USPHL will hold a number of showcases over this season for its players. 

The United States Premier Hockey League has already established itself as being among the top leagues for player development in the country. The league now includes 110 teams representing 55 organizations and is the largest ice hockey league in the nation. What better way to display the talent of the league, than by getting all of the teams from one USPHL division together and often adding a number of other divisions under the same roof during the same weekend. 

It’s a gold mine for scouts. 

The USPHL Showcases 
All of the USPHL junior events are mandatory and there are no non-league games. The games in these divisions count towards the league standings. Three of the showcases listed are big midget events where outside teams do compete. There are a smattering of USPHL midget league games in these showcases. 

Labor Day Showcase 
Sept. 4-7. Various locations (Headquarters: Foxboro Sports Center, Foxboro, Mass.) 
USPHL Divisions: 18U, 16U 

Junior Bruins Shoot-Out 
Sept. 25-27. New England Sports Center, Marlborough, Mass. 
USPHL Divisions: Premier, 18U, 16U 

Hampton Roads Showcase 
Oct. 2-4. Chilled Ponds, Chesapeake, Va. 
USPHL Divisions: All Elite South and USP3 South teams, plus one each from Elite North and USP3 North 

Hitmen Showcase 
Oct. 9-12. Ice Vault, Wayne, N.J. 
USPHL Divisions: Premier, 18U, 16U 

Beantown Fall Classic 
Oct. 28-Nov. 1. Rinks at Exeter (N.H.) 
USPHL Divisions: Premier, 18U, 16U 

Islanders Showcase 
Nov. 13-15. Merrimack College, North Andover, Mass., and Skate 3, Tyngsboro, Mass. 
USPHL Divisions: Premier, Elite, USP3, Mid-West, 18U, 16U 

Mid-West Showcase 
Dec. 18-20. Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Leafs Ice Centre, Dundee, Ill. 
USPHL Divisions: Mid-West, plus one USP3 North team. 

Palm Beach Showcase 
Dec. 18-20. Palm Beach SkateZone, Lake Worth, Fla. 
USPHL Divisions: Elite South, USP3 South 

USPHL Winter Classic 
Jan. 8-10. New England Sports Center, Marlborough, Mass. 
USPHL Divisions: Premier, Elite, USP3, Mid-West, 18U, 16U 

Comcast Philadelphia Showcase 
Jan. 30-Feb. 1. Flyers Skate Zone (various locations) 
USPHL Divisions: 18U, 16U (playing league games) 

Kings Showcase 
Feb. 12-14. Foxboro Sports Center, Foxboro, Mass. 
USPHL Divisions: Premier, Elite North, USP3 North, 18U, 16U 

For our Eel parents, hope to see you there and enjoy some great memories and experience the recruiting opportunities. If you cannot make it please catch us on www.Fasthockey

Source for NCAA https://web1.ncaa.org/LSDBi/exec/bylawSearch?bylawSearchSubmit=Get%20Selected%20Items&multiple=17266&division=1&adopted=0

Midget MLK Tournament Schedule Posted

 
Saturday  1/16/16    Kendall Ice Arena   8:30 am  Eels vs. Miami Dade
Saturday 1/16/16  Kendall Ice Arena  2:30 pm Eels. vs. Golden Wolves Bantam AA
Sunday 1/17/16  Pembroke Pines Ice Arena 11:40 am  Eels vs. Golden Wolves Midget A
Monday 1/18/16 Pembroke Pines Ice Arena 7:50 am Gulf Coast Flames vs. Eels
The Midget A Finals will be held at 1:30 pm on 1/18/16
I wanted you to have it as soon as possible. 
Kimberly

Congrats goes out to Connor Santini and Robert Howard. Both Players are moving on to play Junior Hockey For the Daytona Racers for the remainder of the season.

Congratulation goes out to Connor Santini and Robert Howard. Both Connor and Robert are moving on to play Junior Hockey for the remainder of the season. The boys were picked up by the Daytona Racers of the USP3 league Florida Division of the Southern Conference. The Eels are very proud of these two young men, as they have taken the next step in improving their position for the future.

 

Robert Howard came to the Eels after trying out for several junior programs last spring and summer. He knew the Eels Junior team was full and set out to prepare himself to reach the next level nonetheless. He arrived in August and was part of the Midget U16 team. In addition to training with his team 2-3 days per week, he also trained each day with the Eels USP3 team under Frankie Scarpaci head coach of that team. He worked out each day at the World Gym fitness training facility. His goal and mission was to make a Tier III Junior team. The Daytona Racers came a calling. They had a few roster spots open up and asked permission to sign him to their team.

 

Connor following the same dream elected to play the remainder of the season with the Racers. Connor is hungry to get into a very competitive environment where he would be playing with and against some of the top players in Tier III Juniors. This is a big step for him but he has the commitment drive and determination to make it happen. This is not an easy move or decision for any player. A monumental step indeed.

 

This coming week both boys will be playing at the USPHL Main College Showcase in Marlboro Ma January 8-10th.

 

The Daytona Racers will be playing against some very strong teams. Here is their schedule:
 

U269

Fri Jan 8

-

@Junior Bruins

 

2:30 PM EST

-

U276

Fri Jan 8

-

@Forest Lake Lakers

  

7:00 PM EST

-

U281

Sat Jan 9

-

Jersey Hitmen

 

8:10 AM EST

-

U297

Sat Jan 9

-

@Traverse City Hounds

 

10:20 PM EST

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are 4 top teams in their divisions. The Jr. Bruins and the Jersey Hitmen in the Northern Conference are very strong and have very skilled & talented players and the Forrest Lakers and Traverse City are equally good in the Midwest Conference. The experience the boys will garner here is incredible. Baptism by fire to a certain degree but where else will you be able to harness in this experience and expose yourself to such great competition. No doubt the scouts will be there watching these games. This showcase garners 100+ College scouts and these teams are under their radar.

 

Upon returning home to Florida the Racers will have games in Florida against the Florida Eels, the Palm Beach Hawks, The Tampa Juniors, and the Jr Everblades. Not including playoffs Connor and Robert will have 13 regular season games with the junior team this season.

 

We wish them the best and it is great to see players taking the advantage and seizing the moment. It is by pushing yourself to the max is what realizes the greatest rewards. Connor and Robert have elected to take themselves out of their comfort zone. We are very proud of both of you.  Good luck.

A NEWSLETTER MESSAGE FROM PRO AMBITIONS THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SHARE FOR A NEW YEAR RESOLUTION

 

Pro Ambitions is one of the to Elite training programs in the USA. They are in fact the official trainers of several NHL teams and NCAA Division 1 and 3 College hockey programs.

Below is a excerpt from his recent Newsletter

Happy New Year to all of my campers, hoping if your parents get this email of hockey resolutions, they will forward it to you guys. 

1.Write down your hockey goals for the rest of the season, for the summer and for the start of next season up until the Christmas holiday. Be specific. Do this with your parents. You need to set goals in order to achieve them. Make your goals realistic but never set that bar too low. Set goals for number of points, shot blocks, assists, hits, conditioning, what team you wish to play on next year, power play, penalty kill, what line you want to play on. 
2.Commit to hydrating more. Set a goal of drinking three bottles of water per day. 
3.Set a bedtime and stick to it. 
4.Plan your week with your parents on Sundays. Forecast what tests and quizzes are on tap for the week. Figure out a study schedule that fits with your hockey schedule. Hockey is busy and you need to stay organized in order to succeed in both school and hockey. The more you plan the better you will feel. Plan your work and work your plan. Execute. 
5.Thank your parents for the financial and time commitment of hockey. Worth every penny and second but be grateful. 
6.Pack your bag the night before and put it in the car. Don’t make your mom or dad do this. Don’t be frazzled, rushing will affect your play on the ice. 
7.Improve your practice habits. Treat practice like a game or a try out. Make the most of every ice session. Go hard, at top speed on every drill. 
8.Use the Mr. Assist every day at home to work on your hands and your passing. This tool works. It bounces to give you every type of pass. Not perfect passes. Helps you become better at receiving imperfect passes which are the majority. 
9.Watch NHL and D1 college hockey games. Study your favorite player. Watch what he or she does. Video is an integral training tool in player development. Watch watch watch. 
10. In a game, don’t try to carry the puck too much. That is where you will get into trouble. Look for safe areas to place the puck (puck management) . Great passes in a game are small victories. Not just goals and assists. There are so many little things you can do in your game that help your team. 
11. Finish your checks. 
12. Work on your core. Do one hundred squats every day at home. You won’t believe how this will help your skating. 
13. Work on your wrist strength. Buy a gripper and leave it in the car. Make a habit of squeezing the gripper one hundred times per hand on every car ride. You will begin to notice a difference on the ice in no time. Improvements in your game will sneak up on you. Better and stronger hands. Every NHL player does this by the way. 
14. Forwards and Defensemen need to use the boards in making small safe passes. Practice this during practice…
15. Be aware of releasing your shot quicker. Take pride in that.  
16. Skate fast and hard all the time. In both practice and games. 
17. Communicate on the ice. Get open, let your teammates know you are there for them. So important. 
18. Gap control, take pride in closing the gap. Even if you don’t think you are making a play, you are in closing that gap. 
19. First shift of the game sets the tempo for your game as well as your team. Be ready, it starts in warm ups. 
20. Want the puck, demand the puck. Then get rid of it with a small safe pass. These little plays make up the big plays. 
21. Stop in front of the net for rebounds, shoot to score. Don’t just shoot. 
22. Be the player that will go to the net. It takes courage. That is the dirty area of the ice. I call it going North South. Drive the net. On a three on two for instance (three forwards coming down on two defensemen), you be the guy to drive the net. Go hard and wait for it to be passed to you. Learn how to drive the net courageously. It is easier to sit back… 
23. Defensemen take care of the house and play inside the dots. Change the angle when shooting the puck. Everyone is blocking shots nowadays. Defense has to move laterally, either to one side or the other to change the angle on the forward. Do not go for the straight up shot to get it out or passed to your D partner. That shot will be blocked and turned over the majority of the time. 
24. Never ever give up, especially in back checking. You may think you are getting no credit for this but THIS IS WHAT SEPARATES good forwards and great forwards. You need to skate like the wind to get back to help once the puck is turned over. Not everyone is gifted with great hands like Pat Kane…but there are ways to make yourself stand out on your team for the little things. There are a lot of “NON STARS” on a team that are difference makers. I wrote an article on this that I will resend this week, this is probably my most published article. There is actually a lot more I would like to say on this topic and will add a 2016 addendum to the article. 
25. Attitude. Next. Enjoy the journey. Try not to sweat the little stuff. It is a game of mistakes. Next! Move onto the next shift.  
Training advice for right now prior to the summer…A picture shows a thousand words. Video analysis is the most important developmental tool in sports. I encourage every player to take advantage of our Pro Vision Analysis platform on the website. We have the best skating technician in the country ready to evaluate your stride. We have revolutionized power and explosive skating with our Proformance Skating curriculum which a combination of power, speed, figure and hockey edge skating. Christian Grunnah is the perfect combination of all of these skating specialties. He is currently coaching the Oxford Blues in London and coaching at our European camps over the winter. He will analyze your tape via satellite from London. Game analysis is being handled by the top prep coach in the nation, Brian Day. He has a brilliant hockey mind, and is the best teaching tactician in my opinion. 

Check out our new curriculums…as I mentioned yesterday, the PROFORMANCE SKATING and EUROPEAN MICRO STICK SKILLS are selling out due to limited location offerings this summer. THE BATTLE CAMP is necessary for every player. Period. My DEFENSE tour is a game changer for defensemen. I have only hit the tip of the iceberg with the tips and teachings I mentioned above. Every Pro Ambitions curriculum is methodical and calculated. There are skills and strategies to be taught that will stay with your game for life. 


Happy New Year, look forward to seeing you this summer! Hope some of these tips help. I will continue to send articles, insights, and picture creatives that are designed to help. That is what we are here for. We are the experts and focus on training the youth of the nation. We are in the business of improving your hockey game. We work tirelessly to do that. We prepare all year for our summer camp curriculums. We know the importance of the summer hockey growth spurt. 

All the Best, 
Jeff

Midget Holiday Tournament Recap

Midgets Holiday Tournament Re-cap

 

The Eels' midget team went 3-1 in the tournament earning them a spot in the semi-finals where they would face a CFHL foe, the Tampa Bay Jr. Lightning. The Lightning played a strong game eliminating the Eels. The Midgets earned victories over the Jr. Panthers, the Atlanta Phoenix, and CFHL opponent the Gulf Coast Flames during the tournament.

 

Highlights include solid goaltending by Christian Tracy and Will Chaney, and a hat trick in game two for Jake Court against the Panthers.  In addition,  multiple players stepped up offensively to put the Eels on the board throughout the tourney with goals by Jake Hitt, who also had multiple assists through out the tournament, Ryan Lefort, Anthony Sozio, Daniel Merida, Caleb Stitt, Garrett Ewens, Peyton Niland and Lucyan Pawlowicz.   

 

Enjoy this New Years Weekend and we will see you at practice Wednesday night at 6:00 for off ice.
 

James Chaney

Bantam Holiday Tournament Ice Cap

Bantams went 1 - 3 at the Germain Holiday Tournament. The players really did well. The team really has made enormous strides over the last 6 weeks. Each game at the Tournament was very competitive and we put up solid fights in each contest.

 

In fact Coach Frank on hand for the loss  to the Jr Bulls said he thought it was one of the best Bantam games he seen all year. . The Jr Bulls are undefeated this season in regular season play. We were in this game and at times were clearly out played their CFHL rivals. In fact up to 1:46 of the third period remaining the score was 5-4 and the Eels were very close to making it going into OT.

 

Coach Rick trying to pull off a win had to pull the goalie. Unfortunately the Jr. Bulls capitalized on our empty net making it 6-4 and sealing their win.

Great weekend Bantams you made us all proud in your efforts over the weekend.

 

Good job players and coaches

 

 See you all next week practice Wed. 7:00 pm and Thursday 6:00pm 

Bantams Driving To the Net

These guys were hungry this weekend. 

MIDGETS HEADING TO SEMI FINALS TOMORROW VS. TAMPA BAY JR. LIGHTNING

 

by Kim stitt 
 

The Midgets defeated the Gulf Coast Flames in a quarter final match up 2-1 tonight to secure a spot in the semi-finals vs. the Tampa Bay Jr. Lightning. These CFHL rivals will play at 9:30 am at Germain Arena's Green Rink for a chance to head into the finals tomorrow afternoon vs. the Scorpion Midgets or Scorpion Bantam AA's.

Tonight's game was tightly controlled by the referees, but the Eels were able to hold on to their lead .  
Goal 1 was scored by Garrett Ewens with an assist from Anthony Sozio in the first period. The game winning goal was scored by Jake Court with assists from Hitt and Lefort. 
*All scores are written based on the score sheets turned in after the game. If there is a mistake, please note these recaps are just based on what we were given and referees can make mistakes inadvertently.

Best of luck to all the Midgets tomorrow as they take on the Tampa Bay Jr. Lightning.

Bantams Win Big In Game One of the Germain Holiday Tournament

The Bantams had to arrive as early as 5:00 am at the Fort Myers Skatium for their first game of the Germain Holiday Tournament. WOW. That is early. Too early. The drop of the puck was 6:00 am and their opponents were the Sharpshooters. We haven't played them this season yet as they are in the FAHL (Southern League) The Eels are in the CFHL. The two teams have had a very competitive rivalry over the years and had quite a few very spirited matches.

 

Moreover, Coach Rick Smith was the hockey director at the Sharpshooters facility for 10+ years and coached hundreds of players in that program. He coached at every level for the Sharpshooters as he did for so many of the teams in the south Florida area. You know for sure Coach Rick wanted this game very badly himself.

 

The Eels were anxious to play teams outside of our league so this was a very anticipated match up

 

The Eels came up huge in the win column. This was a very physical game as the Sharp Shooters had 2 players ejected. The Eels came up victorious with a solid 8-4 win.

 

Great job guys. Very proud of you.

Coach Frank

Bantams Pre Tournament High Lights

The Bantams will have a tough schedule ahead of them. They face a first place team from the CFHL the Jr. Blues with 11 wins and the FAHL first place team the Jr. Panthers Blue with 7 wins. They play the Sharp Shooters form the CFHL although in last place but the Sharp Shooters can never be taken for granted. They also face the Jr. Knights who are a 500 club in the FAHL. 

 

One thing for sure coach Rick will have his players ready. They have been playing at a new high and this was evident at the Thanksgiving Tournament. The kids have an extra step in their game and are very focused. There is a hunger in their game and we expect them to come out with a determined win.

 

Please come out and support our young guns.

 

Bantam Christmas Holiday Schedule:

12/29/15

Skatium - 6:00 am vs. Sharpshooters

Germain - 12:15 pm vs. Jr. Panthers Blue

12/30/15

Skatium - 7:00 am vs. Jr. Knights

Skatium - 3:00 pm vs. Jr. Bulls Blue

12/31/15

* Semi Finals start @ 6:45 am @ Germain Arena

* Top 8 teams advance for Bantam A

 

Coach Frank

Info on the Spring and Summer Showcases and Chowder Cups

The Florida Eels Is Pleased To Announce It Will Be Fielding All Star Teams This Spring and Summer at the Following Junior and College Showcases:

USPHL Spring Showcase 1995- 2000 May 6th, 7th, 8th, 2016 Marlboro MA

Pro AM International NHL Pre Draft 1996-1999 May 13th, 14th, 15th, 2016 Walpole & Foxboro MA

Pro Am Sr. Chowder Cup 1997-1999 July 14th, 15th, 16th, & 17th, 2016 Walpole & Foxboro MA

Pro Am Junior Chowder Cup 2000 & 2001 21st, 22th, 23rd, & 24th, 2016, Walpole & Foxboro MA

Pro Am Mini Chowder Cup 2002 & 2003 July 29th, July 30th, & July 31st, 2016. Walpole & Foxboro MA

USPHL Summer Showcase 1996-2000 July 14th, 15th, 16th, & 17th, 2016 Marlboro MA

These showcases are highly scouted by the NCAA College coaches and recruiters, USA Hockey NTPD coaches, NHL General Managers, coaches and scouts, New England Prep Schools coaches, Scouts from the OHL QMJHL WHL and BCHLL and American and European Minor Pro Teams..

I f you are interested in partaking in one or more of these showcases please give me a call to register. These showcases are excellent forums to gain maximum exposure and visibility in front of Next Level Scouts and Recruiters. 

Thanks 
Frank Scarpaci 
Florida Eels 
General Manager 
941-400-9023 
eelshockeycoach@aol.com

Adjusting to a New Playing Level


How committed Are You To Get To The Next Level?

 

Adjusting to a New Playing Level

11/19/2015, 1:45pm MST
By Todd Smith
 

Moving up a level in hockey can be exciting and rewarding. But it can also can bring adversity. As a young player joins a new team at a new level, they often face more physically developed and experienced players, and therefore, must learn to be resilient.

Cary Eades, head coach of the United States Hockey League’s Fargo Force, has a unique perspective on players moving up levels in the hockey world. Along with his work in the USHL, Eades has also served as the high school hockey head coach at Warroad (Minn.) High School, and as an assistant coach at collegiate powerhouse North Dakota. During his time, Eades has seen hundreds of players make the transition from high school to the USHL and then onto college hockey and beyond. He has learned that all players, regardless of their size, talent level and pedigree will face adversity at some point as they adjust to a new playing level.

“Every step of the way is a learning process,” admits Eades.

He offers the following advice on adjusting to a new playing level.

Reality Check

The number of quality hockey players in the United States has never been greater – and it’s only growing. Eades has seen the exceptional growth of American hockey firsthand in the USHL as his Fargo Force rosters players from Florida and Colorado alongside the traditional hotbeds like Minnesota and New England. It’s an indication of the groundswell of talent from every corner of the country. This can catch players and their parents off guard because, after all, they are most often accustomed to being the big fish from their little pond.

“I think every step up the ladder, players are often surprised at just how many good players there are out there. All of these players are now battling for ice time,” said Eades. “That’s an eye-opener for parents, too: how many great kids are competing for the spots and how hard it is to win a spot in a higher level like the USHL.”

Less Shine, More Salt

Let’s face it: A player moves up a level because they have talent. As star players, they’re used to getting a lot of ice time and opportunities because they’re typically gifted scorers or skaters. But to be successful as they move up to another level, players need to adapt and learn to play in all situations.

“They have to learn to do all the little things it takes to be a consistent player,” said Eades. “Most of them can contribute offensively, but they have to learn the defensive side of the game. They have to learn positional play so they can play in all circumstances. They have to become reliable and dependable.”

Handling Adversity

Some players will have success early and then hit a wall later. Others might face adversity immediately as they adjust to the size and speed of the new level. Some will have to battle confidence issues. This is often because they are used to being the star. As they move up, their ice time and opportunity might diminish, and that can quickly crush an ego. But instead of griping about lack of playing time, Eades encourages players to flip the scenario.

“Players always say that they’ll play better if they play more,” said Eades. “I tell them that if they play better in the time they are given, then they’ll play more.”

And sometimes, even “playing better” isn’t an automatic solution to this kind of adversity. At advanced levels like the NCAA, players may simply need to be patient, regardless of their performance or ability level. Some teams boast exceptional depth, or a roster full of more experienced players, and younger players might have to accept that gratification won’t be instant. Those who can persevere through this kind of adversity, without losing their cool or their confidence, will grow from the experience.

Make the Most of your Opportunities

One of the greatest examples Eades has of a player making the most of their opportunity and limited playing time is when he coached a young T.J. Oshie, now a forward for the Washington Capitals. Eades was coaching at Warroad High School when Oshie moved there from the Pacific Northwest. Initially, Oshie didn’t get a whole lot of ice time and struggled with the intensity and level of competition in the northern Minnesota hockey hotbed. He was a small kid, too, and had moved away from home and was now literally the new kid on the block. The Warroad coaching staff worked with Oshie during and after practice to improve his game. Oshie became a relentless rink rat and practiced on his own or in pickup games for hours at a time. An injury to a top Warroad player opened a spot on the top line and Oshie filled it and his game took off.

“The whole time, he continued to work hard,” said Eades. “Sometimes it’s a break and being ready for the opportunity.”

Off-Ice Adjustment

Not all lessons are learned on the ice when a player moves up to the next level. Eades believes that the lessons a new player learns off the ice are just as valuable.

“A new player can make great strides with off-ice strength and conditioning sessions. Film study, too,” said Eades. “When they take that teaching and apply it back to the ice, that’s where they can show improvement. They don’t need to be perfect, but they can strive for a higher consistency and intensity and performance level.”

From Being Too Small to Three Stanley Cups

When Eades was coaching at North Dakota, a skinny under-aged freshman named Jonathan Toews arrived on campus. Initially, Toews was too small and slight to play center because he couldn’t handle the center's physical responsibilities down low. So the coaches had to protect him and play him on the wing.

“Once Toews adjusted to the strength and the speed he took off,” said Eades. “But it was a mental adjustment for him, too. Toews was very hard on himself. As a coaching staff, we had to help him be less critical and to enjoy the game a bit more. He took our words to heart and he really fought through some tough times. But he learned not to dwell on things and move through them quicker.”

Parental Adjustment

The players aren’t the only ones that have to adjust to moving up to a new level. Often, the transition is equally challenging for the parents. After all, they are the ones who have been watching their kids' practices and games since the beginning.

“Parents should be patient,” said Eades. “They should understand that development is a process. Sometimes success is not instantaneous and it takes a lot of hard work.”

Eades believes that junior hockey and NCAA parents need to accept their player being on the fourth line or being scratched or sometimes having limited playing time. To work up the ladder, a player has to work extremely hard and improve their game in all areas, not just the flashy numbers on the scoresheet.

“But saying those words isn’t enough,” said Eades. “You have to live through them. At first, it’s a challenge. But patience and belief in your young player and supporting him/her and the coaches is huge. If you start making excuses for your player, that usually ends in a train wreck.”

Sleep Performance Part 1 and 2

Sleep and Sports Performance: Part 1

 

 

Sleep and Sports Performance: Part 1

  • Postedby Kevin Neeld Oct 11, 2015
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This is the 1st in a 2-part series on sleep and how it impacts performance.  References for both portions will be included at the bottom of both posts.

Sleep Dictates Physical and Mental Performance

Sleep could very well be the most powerful recovery tool available to athletes. As powerful of a “performance enhancer” as sleep can be, poor sleep can have equally profound negative consequences. In a review on recovery strategies centered around the central nervous system (e.g. your brain), Rattray, Argus, Martin, Northey, and Driller (2015) point out that sub-optimal sleep is associated with compromised motivation and immune function, symptoms of over-reaching (i.e. the precursor to over training), and reductions in brain glycogen (i.e. fuel for brain activity). Sleep deprivation is also associated with increased levels of the catabolic hormone cortisol, along with markers of systemic inflammation (Wright et al, 2015). Halson (2014) adds that reducing sleep to <6 hours per night for 4 nights leads to the aforementioned changes, but also changes in blood sugar regulation and appetite, and that a night of sleep deprivation can lead to decreases in power, strength, repeat sprint ability, endurance and perceived effort.

In fact, according to Czeisler (2011), sleep deprivation leads to performance decrements comparable to having a blood alcohol level of 0.10%.

Simply, with sub-optimal sleep all aspects of performance relevant to team sport athletes are compromised. As a consequence, there’s a constant internal battle between tapping into mental reserves to maintain a high level of performance and a progressively decreased motivation to do so.

Much of this research focuses on sleep deprivation (e.g. not sleeping at all for 24-48 hours), which may have some application to college athletes pulling all-nighters to prepare for exams. Given how rare these circumstances are, though, it’s important to note that consistent mild sleep deprivation (e.g. less than 6 hours/night for several nights per week) can have similar influences as total sleep deprivation. These physical and mental performance decrements can appear after only two nights of partial sleep deprivation (Halson, 2014).

Furthermore, going to bed 2-2.5 hours later than normal can negatively affect sport-specific skills, such as serving accuracy in tennis (Reyner & Horne, 2013), and presumably shooting accuracy in sports like soccer, hockey, and basketball. Importantly, partial sleep deprivation leads to more pronounced performance impairments in the evening of the following day, which is when most competitions are scheduled (Thun, Bjorvatn, Flo, Harris, & Pallesen, 2015).

Dissecting Sleep Patterns

Sleep is divided into two major categories: Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and Non-Rapid Eye Movement sleep, the latter of which is subdivided further into stages associated with increasing “depths” of sleep. REM and Deep Sleep have specific physiological advantages that warrant noting:

  • REM Sleep: Significant brain activity and dreaming, generally thought to improve memory and learning, including skill development
  • Deep Sleep (Slow Wave Sleep): Huge spike in growth hormone release and inhibitory effect on cortisol release that helps facilitate repair/growth of soft-tissue (e.g. muscle) and related to next-day wakefulness

While this is an oversimplification, you can think of REM sleep as mental recovery and deep sleep as physical recovery.

Sleep Monitoring

As is the approach I take with designing training programs, any specific sleep recommendations should be made with some sort of assessment/tracking information. There are dozens of options, but the overwhelming majority are all finding different ways to assess “actigraphy,” which uses body movement to make inferences about whether you’re awake or sleeping, and if sleeping, what stage of sleep you’re in.

While it’s not cheap, the device I like the best for this purpose is the Res Med S+. Not only does it provide a daily “Sleep Score” based on your total sleep, wake, REM, Light, and Deep sleep times, but it also ties in quick tips/education based on your specific scores to help you better address your limitation.

It also has a few basic questions about caffeine and alcohol consumption, and perceived stress levels throughout the day so you can start to understand the relationships that these things have with your personal sleep patterns. The education piece is better than anything else I’ve come across and will help keep you engaged on improving your sleep duration/quality, which is essential to long-term success.

Res Med S+ Feedback

My only qualm with actigraphy measures is they’re easily influenced by other people/animals in the bed. If you have a significant other or overly human-like pet (see below) sleeping with you, they’ll likely influence your scores to a varying degree depending on their movement.

Sleeping with Pets

My sleep quality is directly linked to whether Ruxin sleeps upside on my head, or on Emily’s.

As an alternative to actigraphy-based measures, there’s an app called “Sleep Rate” that ties in with Bluetooth HR monitors like the Polar H7 and provides very similar information to the S+. This is what I use when I travel. The heart rate strap is a little invasive, but I like this data because it’s a direct reflection of my physiology, not an inference from the cumulative movement patterns of the bed. The app itself is free, and with a ~$50 cost for the Polar H7 that can be used with other free apps on your phone for training purposes, it’s a worthwhile investment.

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Sleep and Sports Performance: Part 2

 

Sleep and Sports Performance: Part 2

Part 2 of the Sleep and Sports Performance series will dive into specific recommendations to improve your sleep quality, including a cool trick to make your brain think you’re tired, and a few effective supplements you’ve never heard of. If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here: Sleep and Sports Performance: Part 1

The Foundation of Quality Sleep

Improving your sleep quality is a lot like improving your diet. The best strategy is master the basics, and then use more advanced strategies to troubleshoot individual deficiencies. With this in mind, these are the biggest “bang for your buck” strategies to immediately improve your sleep:

  • Make sure your room is completely black (e.g. no internal or external light at all) and cool
  • Stop using electronics, including TVs, computers, and cell phones ~30-60 minutes before bedtime
  • Put your phone on silent and turn it face down on your nightstand so it doesn’t make sound, vibrate or light up while you’re sleeping. “Do Not Disturb” mode will keep the phone quiet, but will still allow your alarm to go off.
  • Attempt to go to sleep and wake up within an hour of the same time each night.

Of these, the minimal electronic use is likely the recommendation that will be met with the most resistance. Your body naturally produces melatonin, a hormone that most people are familiar with as a sleep supplement, in anticipation of darkness. When you expose your eyes to light, particularly blue light from electronics, it inhibits melatonin release and essentially signals to your body that you need to stay awake.

            “I SnapChat because I can’t sleep. And I can’t sleep because I SnapChat.”

Further, electronics that require interaction (e.g. everything except TV) lead to difficulties falling asleep and less refreshing sleep (Gradisar, Wolfson, Harvey, Hale, Rosenberg, & Czeisller, 2013).

Just as you can tell whether the lights in a room are on or off even with your eyes closed, your eyes perceive light even while you sleep. Even if your phone is on silent, if it lights up on your bedstand, it will still have a stimulatory effect and pull you out of deeper levels of sleep. Naturally, the same is true of lights coming through the window or from alarm clocks. Complete darkness is essential for optimal sleep.

Hacking Your Sleep

If you follow the above recommendations and are still struggling to get restful sleep, these are effective strategies worth the time and financial investment to try.

1) Take a nap

A complete sleep cycle lasts ~90 minutes. However, Thun et al. (2015) point out that 30-minute naps are effective at restoring performance to a higher level compared to a no-nap condition. From a practical standpoint, this means that naps should be ~20-30 minutes or ~90 minutes. Waking up in the middle of a sleep cycle is why many people feel groggy when they wake up; avoid the 45-75 minutes time zones.

2) Take a quick warm shower before bed

It is easier to fall asleep when your core temperature is low (Waterhouse, Fukuda, & Morita, 2012). Intuitively, you might think jumping in a cold tub would help facilitate this process. However, Rattray et al. (2015) commented that cold-water immersion had no effect on sleep measures, but increasing skin temperature did. This may be a combination of heat having a soothing/calming effect on the body and the fact that after heat, the body’s temperature needs to drop to restore homeostasis. This falls into the “try both and see what you like better” category.

3) Change your diet

According to Halson (2014), eating a meal with carbohydrates ~1-4 hours before bedtime can decrease the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, increase REM sleep, and decrease light sleep, and low protein diets impair Deep Sleep. There are a lot of considerations in optimizing your diet, but for sleep purposes it appears that making sure you get sufficient quality food throughout the day and eating a small carbohydrate-based meal for dinner (or post-game) will help optimize your sleep quality. This isn’t a free pass to punish a box of cereal right before you brush your teeth; food quality still matters. A “carbohydrate-based meal” may just mean a small chicken breast along with a sweet potato, and large serving of vegetables.

4) Fall asleep faster with brain “entrainment”

Sleep zones, and all states of being, are associated with different frequencies of brain wave activity. For example, Deep Sleep is characterized by “delta frequencies” at 0.5-2.0 Hz. Brain activity within certain bands can be stimulated through auditory stimulation. This simply involves playing two sounds at different frequencies in each headphone, such that the difference in their frequencies falls within the range of the target brain activity. In other words, if we wanted to stimulate 2.0 Hz activity, we could put a 6.0 Hz tune in one ear, and a 4.0 Hz tune in the other. 6.0-4.0= 2.0.

NeuroAthlete

Assuming you, like me, have no idea how to do this on your own, you can download an app called “Neuroathlete”, which allows you to select the desired outcome (in this case “Rest and Recover” and it will play the appropriate tunes for you. It also lets you superimpose “sounds of nature” tunes on top of the humming of the different frequencies. Abeln, Kleinert, STruder, & Schneider showed that this technology had a positive impact on the sleep patterns of youth soccer players (2014), and given the cost, it’s definitely worth trying. I’ve used this personally and had several athletes use it as well.

5) Supplement

Most sleep-related supplements receive mixed reviews. Tryptophan in doses as low as 1g has been shown to improve sleep quality (Halson, 2014). Magnesium supplementation, which has a relaxing effect on the nervous system, improves sleep time and sleep efficiency (the amount of time spent asleep while in bed; Abbasi et al., 2012). Valerian is an herb that has a similar calming effect on the nervous system, and results in improved self-reported sleep quality (Halson, 2014). Lastly, L-theanine is an amino acid that may help promote relaxation.

Some of these ingredients can be found combined together. For example, I really liked Poliquin’s UberMag Plus Px, which has magnesium and tryptophan.

UberMag Plus Px

The end of sleep trouble

6) Sleep More

Lastly, you may just need to sleep more. Two studies have shown that lengthening sleep duration have had significantly positive outcomes on speed and skill-related performances in basketball players (Mah, Mah, Kezirian, & Dement, 2012) and swimmers (Mah, 2008).

Wrap Up

Sleep can have a profound impact on your physical and mental performance. Use the sleep “hacks” in this article to help optimize your sleep, and troubleshoot issues as they arise.

To your success,

Kevin Neeld
HockeyTransformation.com
OptimizingMovement.com
UltimateHockeyTraining.com

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Our Prayers Go Out To The Colatarci Family

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Joey Colatarci and his brother Nick who lost both his grandmother Marsha K Colatarci on September 10th 2015 and this week November 9th 2015 his grandfather Joseph Colatarci passed away. The Colatarci family have been a staple to the Fort Myers Hockey community for 14+ years. Mr. and Mrs. Colatarci were fixtures here at the Fort Myers Skatium as they watched both Joey and Nick play for the Florida Eels and its predecessor the Ft Myers Phantoms. They were amongst the most loving and supportive grandparents two young boys could ever have. They always stood so proud to watch young Joey and Nick play and enjoy the game. These boys were their life. They were at every game be it in Florida, Tournaments in the Northeast or Showcases out West or Canada.

 

These grandparents were so loving and caring to all of the players Joey and Nick played with. They were there always to lend a helping hand and made countless charitable donations to help their grandchildren’s fellow teammates who were not always so fortunate. They never had a harsh word for any one. They just loved everything and everyone in the Eels.

 

Marsha and Joseph Colatarci leave their loving son “Big Joe” as I would call him. Joey and Nick’s dad. Talk about a hockey dad. 100% supportive of his kids. His life is Joey and Nick. When Joey left the Eels to pursue Major Juniors and Canadian Juniors Joey’s dad and grandparents continued to be one of the Eels biggest sponsors. They generously and unselfishly billeted Alex Sanchez, published our program books, printed countless raffle tickets and donated much more to help the Florida Eels.

 

To the Colatarci Family we deeply regret your loss. Big Joe, it was an honor to have known your Mom and Dad.  You have always been a loyal and good friend to me, my family and the Eels. Joey and Nick, my prayers are with you and your dad. I know how much your grandparents meant to you and how much you meant to them.  I can tell you their memory and love will never fade or drift. Keep the lessons you learned from them near and dear to your hearts. You are great kids and as they look over you from heaven you will continue to make them proud.

 

Coach Frank, The Scarpaci Family and the Entire Florida Eels Family Past and Present. 

Eels Fight Against Hunger

In our effort to take on the Challenge in the Fight Against Hunger we have set forth the following game plan:

Elite team: Each player is to obtain donations or contribute 24 cans of vegetables,. For example String Beans, Peas, Corn 

USP3 team: Each player is to obtain donations or contribute 24 cans of can soups

Midget team: Each player is to obtain donations or contribute 24 boxes of pasta

Bantams: Each player is to obtain donations or contribute 24 boxes of 
rice, mac & cheese etc

Coaches: Issue a challenge: Cake mixes, drinks or anything you can

These are not limits just suggestions so we don't have all of the same. Your efforts will have a direct impact in our community.

We need all items to be delivered to the Fort Myers Skatium. We have to deliver the items Oct 31 so we ask everyone to bring these items to practice next week but no later than Oct 30th 
Thank you 
Coach Frank

Hockey fighting for the Hungry"

Hockey fighting for the Hungry"

By: Frank Scarpaci 
Sent to: all access groups (excl. public).

The Eels association will take on this Fight In Our Community

Please join us for this cause 
All Managers and Coaches please spread the word 
We need the donations brought to the rink 
Help us take the lead 
Thanks 
Coach Frank 

Hockey fighting for the Hungry! 
The Florida Junior Blades v. Florida Eels October 31 (3pm) & November 1 (noon) 
Germain Arena, Estero, FL. 
A donation to the food drive, which benefits the Harry Chapin Food Bank, gets you in to see the two teams join forces to help fight hunger in our community. Financial donations will also be accepted, as every $1 donated, helps the food bank to provide it’s partner agencies $6 worth of food. 
Come out and support your favorite team in the cross-town competition, or just to support the community!

 

ONeHockey Just 4 Days Away

Guys The OneHockey Tournament is Just 4 days Away

This week is your week for final prep. Be sure you have all your equipment checked. Jersey washed and you get plenty of sleep this week.

Best of luck

Coach Frank

Update On U16 MLK Showcase

 Good News

The USPHL MLK Conn. Jr. Rangers Showcase Director and I spoke today. He advised that they are looking at a Sat/Sun/Monday Showcase. That is Jan 16th 17th and 18th 2016. Games will begin Saturday Jan 16th (evening) 

He advised that you could fly in Friday night/Sat am and plan on Flying out Monday night/Tues morning.

I asked Kimberly Stitt to set up a parents meeting this Sunday during practice. So we can go over this showcase. Please try to be there. A decision will be made Sunday

Thanks 
Frank Scarpaci

Midget Games This Weekend At TBSA

 

Scorpions-MD

Eels-MD Sun, Sep 27 10:00 am TBSA 
TBJL-MD Eels-MD Sun, Sep 27 1:00 pm TBSA 
 

FLORIDA EELS ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUCE THAT RICK SMITH WILL BE JOINING COACH MATT PLATE ON THE EELS BANTAM TEAM

The Eels are proud to announce the addition of Rick Smith to our Bantam Team. Rick will be joining Coach Matt Plate. Rick comes with 3 decades of experience in coaching. He was the ice hockey director for the Florida Sharp Shooters for over 10 years. He coaches some of the top midget, bantam and peewee teams in the state of Florida. 
His experience and knowledge of the game speak volumes. Matt and Rick will make a great team in coaching. 
Welcome Rick

FLORIDA EELS IS THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THAT 6 TIME NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP COACH RICHIE SALSMAN HAS JOINED THE MIDGET TEAM WITH COACH JOEY GIAMBOLVO

  

The Florida Eels are very proud to announce that Nationally renowned coach Richie Salsman Will Be Joining Coach Joey Giambalvo and his midget U16 team. Richie Salsman has won 6 National Championships, including the Texas Tornadoes and The Boston junior Black Hawks 
His experience and knowledge of the game speaks volumes Joey and Richie will make for a dynamic duo

THIRD ICE PRACTICES BEING OFFERED TO BANTAMS AND MIDGETS

OK guys great news You asked for it and you got it!

The Eels will now be offering a third ice session on Sundays 7:00 am. That means that Bantams and midgets will alternate each week on this. Both Bantams and midgets play their games on alternating Sundays so each team will have an extra ice session on the weeks that they don't have games.

We are excited and proud to be able to offer this to our players.

I submit that I do not know of any program in the state of Florida that is providing up to three practices per week for their players. This is a huge step in fostering player development for our players.

 

This is what it is all about. Not wins and losses. Sure we want to win but it is far more important to garner the extra ice for the players to foster player development

Now with the addition of Rick Smith and Richie Salsman joining Coach Matt and Joey, we have taken quantum leaps in advancing our players abilities and opportunities.

Go Eels................

Game Time Change For NHL Rookies Game

GAME TIME CHANGED FOR ROOKIE GAMES GAME NOW IS AT 2:00 PM

by Frank Scarpaci 
Posted: 27 minutes ago 
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Guys we just received notice that the game time for the Tampa Bay Lightning Rookies vs the Florida Panthers Rookies has been changed. The new time is 2:00 pm 
Earlier today the web site said 3:00 pm but Cam Darcy just informed us that the correct game time is 2:00 pm

Please plan accordingly 
Hope to see you all there at 2:00 pm 
Germain Arena

Coach Frank

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A Call For Action To Our Midget U16 In League Opener Sunday Sept 13th in Ellenton Fl

 Big Weekend For the Eels Midget U16 Team

 

The Midgets have their regular season opener in Ellenton Sunday September 13th 2015. They just came off a pre season Tournament Labor Day weekend and it gave the coaches and players a chance to see what we might have, establish and readjust lines and defense pairings.

 

 This weekend we play in league games and the results are truly consequential. The coaches and players know these games count and the league is stacked with good teams. We need to be more disciplined and that will result in less penalties and that means less PKs. Remember that ““There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” –Derek Jeter. We cannot take any team or game for granted. We need to go all out every shift and every period. It is expected in the U16 division the playoff invites will come down to 1 or 2 points spread. Now we cannot look back in February and say what if and if we only did this.

 

At the Midget U16 level every player is accountable. The game is much faster and the shots are much harder and more accurate. The hitting is more intense and every mistake will be capitalized. Guys you need to step up now and give it everything you can. It is a team effort. Leave everything on the ice. You never should be complacent or satisfied. Whether you get 3 shifts or 30 shifts make every one count and do it at 100% effort.

 

The Vipers need to be exterminated and the Flames need to be reduced to a flicker!!!!!!!

Update On Bantams at the Labor Day Tournament

Day 2 of the Labor Day tournament was a day filled with emotions from both ends of the spectrum for our Eels Bantam team.  The day began early in Clearwater with a game versus the Bulls.  The size difference between the teams was immediately apparent with the Bulls team looking much larger and much more experienced against our young Bantams.  Our Eels gave the Bulls a tough fight but their size and experience won out in the end.  The Bulls took the win with a score of 10-0.

The second game of the day was versus the Atlanta Knights.  This team was an unknown entitity to us since they were from out of state.  The game was exciting with our Eels going 1-0 quickly in the first period.  The Knights fought back but were unable to score.  Both goalies were integral in keeping the game a close match.  Finally, in the third period the knights were able to slip the puck into the net to bring the game to 1-1.  Our Eels did not let up and continued to fight hard against the Knights and late in the third scored bringing the score to 2-1 for the Eels.  The game concluded with a 2-1 win for the Eels.  We are proud of the grit and spirit of this young team.

The 2 win, 2 loss record was not enough to get our team into the playoffs of the Labor Day tournament but our young Bantam team has a lot to be proud of in their first games together in the 2015 season.  Thanks to Coach Plate and the assistant coaches for their hard work this holiday weekend.  We also thank our team manager and parents for their support.  We believe we have a promising season ahead of us.

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SAT and ACT Test Prep Books and Online Programs

SAT and ACT Test Prep Books and Online Programs

All Junior Players planning to take or retake the SAT and or the ACT test should purchase one or both of a test Prep workbook.

 You should NOT try to do it on your own. There are very good programs out there offering live and online test prep classes.

 

At the minimum, I suggest you should purchase either Barron’s, Kaplan, Princeton test prep books. These are available at any major bookstore. They all have DVD/CD and online services.

 

I strongly urge you all to spend 1 1/2 hours a day

Studying for these tests. You can set aside every day the time. For example, 7:00 am -9:30 am, Maybe 3:00 -4:30 pm

 

I do not recommend you set a time later in the evening. Generally you are tired after a full day of workouts, on ice practice and part time jobs. Please it is essential to prepare for these tests with the same determination and diligence as you prepare for your ice hockey. Strong scores will help enormously in gaining entrance into very good colleges and speaks volumes in garnering scholarship money.

 

Coach Frank

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The results? You’ll not only see impressive SAT test scores, but you’ll also see your son or daughter grow with confidence. Many of students at our center in Fort Myers & Cape Coral master the skills needed to raise test scores in as little as five to eight weeks!

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Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

08/26/2015, 6:15am EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

We are seeing Desire Heart Determination Like Never Before

 

Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

 

This week the Bantams and Midget players are training very hard to prepare for the upcoming season and particularly the Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. The players arrived Monday and Tuesday at 6:00 pm and some 1 or two hours early to get additional workouts. The key here is there has been 99% turnout on these days and guess what? These have been purely and strictly off ice sessions. Yes indeed. All Dry Land strength and conditioning. Now that is impressive. On Monday, the workouts have been teamed by Coach Frank and 7 of his junior players. A good 1 ¼ of an hour minimum. On Tuesday Coach Matt and Ms. Miranda took over the Bantam squad.

 

The Dry Land Training and conditioning will continue Wed and Thursday of this week. The key here is to utilize every opportunity to get the players in condition for the season. In fact the off ice drills and conditioning is as important as ice drills. I must say it is so gratifying to see all of our players dialed in. I mean committed. It shows us the level of determination these players have this season. We knew when we took so may of our players to Boston for the Sr. Junior and Mini Chowder Cups that the level of intensity and commitment would transcend back to Florida. So many of our players got a first hand look and experienced what the “Next Level” of hockey is all about. These guys are delivering that experience to their teammates. But even the players who were not able to join us in Boston have come this year with an invigorated spirit. A burning desire to be the best.

 

On Wed and Thursday the players will also get to tough the ice for the first time. Coach Frank bought extra ice this week to give our players a better edge for the up coming Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. This way the players will have 4 opportunities to gel on the ice and get acquainted. 

 

The regular season starts Sept. 20th for the Bantams. Thus the Bantams will have undergone 8 practices before the regular season games and 3-4 games at the Labor Day Tournament. Clearly that ought to put them in good stead. We will have as many off ice sessions as well.

 

The midgets with games on the 13th of Sept will have 6 practices plus the Labor Day games. Like the Bantams they too will get the Dry Land conditioning.

 

We are very excited about both teams this season. Truly we believe we have the right coaches in place and with the assistance of our junior players to augment such training we will some keen development of our players this season.

Banatam and Midget Pre Season Training

08/23/2015, 3:15pm EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

Revised Schedule

 Attention:

All Florida Eels Midgets and Bantams

 

Special Training Week of August 24th – 28th

 

I have moved up ice practices for one week

We will have ice next week. Since we are playing in the Ellenton Ice Center Labor Day Tournament I decided it would be beneficial to get our players on the ice one week early.

 

The coaches and I also strongly believe we should start special off ice conditioning next week as well. The Labor Day Tournament is a big one and it will help us enormously to get things going

 

According, next Monday and Tuesday we are asking all Bantam and Midget players to be at the Fort Myers Skatium at 6:00 pm sharp. They will not be going on the ice.  The players will be doing off ice conditioning. We will be working out side. So you must bring running shorts and a T Shirt. It will go for one hour

 

At 7:00 pm there will be a meeting for both teams regarding sticks. If you want to be part of a major bulk stick order you must be present.

 

On Wednesday off ice is at 6:00 pm as well. 35 minutes

On ice (Shared) 7:00 pm Bantams and midgets

 

On Thursday Bantams will have ice at 6:00 pm Therefore Bantams must be here at 5:00 pm for off ice conditioning 35 minutes

 

Meeting at 7:15 for team and parents

 

On Thursday Midgets have ice at 7:00 pm. Therefore off ice is at 6:00 pm 35 minutes.

 

Meeting is at 8:15 pm

 

Bantam Team Manager Miranda Plate

Midget Team Manager Kim Stitt

 

We realize that next week is the first week back at school. But we are trying to do all of the things to make this season a special one and conditioning is fundamental. So we are asking every player and parent to do more than their best to make all of the off ice conditioning times. I am bringing some of my top junior players to help mentor Monday and Tuesday. They are volunteering their time and energies after working 40 hours so we ask the same commitment.

 

During the playing season the coaches will set out a 2-day off ice training program for bantams and 3 days for midgets.

 

 

Eels Summer Camp A Complete Success

07/07/2015, 7:30pm EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

 Sixty Plus Players Join Eels Summer Camp

The Eels kicked off one of its most productive summer hockey camps with 20+ Mites and Squirts

Another 20 as Peewee and Bantam and another 20+ at the Midget and Junior level

We have three players from Switzerland, 2 from, players from Colorado 3 from Massachusetts one from New Jersey one Germany 2 from Russian and one Latvia

 

The Eels Camp is extremely popular as it combines individual skill team concepts and cross-athletic training in soccer volleyball running aerobics and other hockey specific skills.

 

The players also enjoy open skate where they get to skate an additional 3 hours a day improving their ice-skating.

 

Again for anyone interested in joining us for the last 3 days we will gladly pro rate your fees.

 

The Camp is for all players and levels. House rec, travel    

All are welcome. 

 

 

Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

07/03/2015, 11:30am EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

 

 Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

 

In two weeks the Eels coaches and GM travel to Massachusetts with 2 teams at the USPHL Showcase in Marlboro Mass and one team at the Sr. Chowder Cup in Walpole Mass. Both showcases will be held July 16-19th 2015. We have a total of 60 players at these two events. There will be 10 veteran players coupled with 50 Eels Junior prospects. These showcases are the Elite in North America. They provide maximum exposure and visibility to players in terms of Pro and NCAA Scouts.

 

The players will see in attendance scouts from the NHL AHL ECHL NCAA Div. 1 and 3 colleges and universities, USHL QMJHL OHL WHL and a myriad of Jr A teams. We have experienced a number of recruiters from the NTPD who have selected players right out of these venues.

 

The Eels this Spring brought 4 teams to the Pro Am NHL Pre Draft and the USPHL Spring Showcase. There we had 80 players. July 23-26th the Eels will be hosting another two teams at the Jr. Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. These two teams will be futures for the Eels junior teams. The 2000 team is made up of almost all players from Mass and NJ and 2 boys form the Florida Eels Midget program. The 1999 team is made up of players from across the USA and Canada. July 31-Aug 2 the Eels will be hosting a 2002 and a 2001 team. These teams will also be nationally recruited players. These later two teams will also be futures to the Eels Midget Junior development teams.

 

In grand total the Eels will be hosting 11 Spring and Summer Showcase teams. That has to be a USA leader in these special events. 

EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

06/07/2015, 8:45pm EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

Frank Scarpaci 
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This year the Eels will host two teams at the Junior Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. The 1999 team roster was completed today. Meanwhile the 2000 Eels team was completed 3 weeks ago. That is completely an amazing accomplishment. Moreover, the 2000 team is made up of players from Massachusetts Maine New Hampshire Rhode Island and one from New Jersey.

This should be a very good team. They are all very talented with a strong skill set. Coach Scarpaci is joined by Eels alumni Michael Busconi ( coaching this squad. No doubt some very serious seeds are being planted with this age group. 2000's are not eligible to play juniors this year but the boys will get a phenomenal take of highly competitive games while being scouted by the NTPD, NHL, College , Junior and Prep School Programs.

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Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

08/26/2015, 6:15am EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

We are seeing Desire Heart Determination Like Never Before

 

Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

 

This week the Bantams and Midget players are training very hard to prepare for the upcoming season and particularly the Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. The players arrived Monday and Tuesday at 6:00 pm and some 1 or two hours early to get additional workouts. The key here is there has been 99% turnout on these days and guess what? These have been purely and strictly off ice sessions. Yes indeed. All Dry Land strength and conditioning. Now that is impressive. On Monday, the workouts have been teamed by Coach Frank and 7 of his junior players. A good 1 ¼ of an hour minimum. On Tuesday Coach Matt and Ms. Miranda took over the Bantam squad.

 

The Dry Land Training and conditioning will continue Wed and Thursday of this week. The key here is to utilize every opportunity to get the players in condition for the season. In fact the off ice drills and conditioning is as important as ice drills. I must say it is so gratifying to see all of our players dialed in. I mean committed. It shows us the level of determination these players have this season. We knew when we took so may of our players to Boston for the Sr. Junior and Mini Chowder Cups that the level of intensity and commitment would transcend back to Florida. So many of our players got a first hand look and experienced what the “Next Level” of hockey is all about. These guys are delivering that experience to their teammates. But even the players who were not able to join us in Boston have come this year with an invigorated spirit. A burning desire to be the best.

 

On Wed and Thursday the players will also get to tough the ice for the first time. Coach Frank bought extra ice this week to give our players a better edge for the up coming Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. This way the players will have 4 opportunities to gel on the ice and get acquainted. 

 

The regular season starts Sept. 20th for the Bantams. Thus the Bantams will have undergone 8 practices before the regular season games and 3-4 games at the Labor Day Tournament. Clearly that ought to put them in good stead. We will have as many off ice sessions as well.

 

The midgets with games on the 13th of Sept will have 6 practices plus the Labor Day games. Like the Bantams they too will get the Dry Land conditioning.

 

We are very excited about both teams this season. Truly we believe we have the right coaches in place and with the assistance of our junior players to augment such training we will some keen development of our players this season.

Banatam and Midget Pre Season Training

08/23/2015, 3:15pm EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

Revised Schedule

 Attention:

All Florida Eels Midgets and Bantams

 

Special Training Week of August 24th – 28th

 

I have moved up ice practices for one week

We will have ice next week. Since we are playing in the Ellenton Ice Center Labor Day Tournament I decided it would be beneficial to get our players on the ice one week early.

 

The coaches and I also strongly believe we should start special off ice conditioning next week as well. The Labor Day Tournament is a big one and it will help us enormously to get things going

 

According, next Monday and Tuesday we are asking all Bantam and Midget players to be at the Fort Myers Skatium at 6:00 pm sharp. They will not be going on the ice.  The players will be doing off ice conditioning. We will be working out side. So you must bring running shorts and a T Shirt. It will go for one hour

 

At 7:00 pm there will be a meeting for both teams regarding sticks. If you want to be part of a major bulk stick order you must be present.

 

On Wednesday off ice is at 6:00 pm as well. 35 minutes

On ice (Shared) 7:00 pm Bantams and midgets

 

On Thursday Bantams will have ice at 6:00 pm Therefore Bantams must be here at 5:00 pm for off ice conditioning 35 minutes

 

Meeting at 7:15 for team and parents

 

On Thursday Midgets have ice at 7:00 pm. Therefore off ice is at 6:00 pm 35 minutes.

 

Meeting is at 8:15 pm

 

Bantam Team Manager Miranda Plate

Midget Team Manager Kim Stitt

 

We realize that next week is the first week back at school. But we are trying to do all of the things to make this season a special one and conditioning is fundamental. So we are asking every player and parent to do more than their best to make all of the off ice conditioning times. I am bringing some of my top junior players to help mentor Monday and Tuesday. They are volunteering their time and energies after working 40 hours so we ask the same commitment.

 

During the playing season the coaches will set out a 2-day off ice training program for bantams and 3 days for midgets.

 

 

Eels Summer Camp A Complete Success

07/07/2015, 7:30pm EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

 Sixty Plus Players Join Eels Summer Camp

The Eels kicked off one of its most productive summer hockey camps with 20+ Mites and Squirts

Another 20 as Peewee and Bantam and another 20+ at the Midget and Junior level

We have three players from Switzerland, 2 from, players from Colorado 3 from Massachusetts one from New Jersey one Germany 2 from Russian and one Latvia

 

The Eels Camp is extremely popular as it combines individual skill team concepts and cross-athletic training in soccer volleyball running aerobics and other hockey specific skills.

 

The players also enjoy open skate where they get to skate an additional 3 hours a day improving their ice-skating.

 

Again for anyone interested in joining us for the last 3 days we will gladly pro rate your fees.

 

The Camp is for all players and levels. House rec, travel    

All are welcome. 

 

 

Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

07/03/2015, 11:30am EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

 

 Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

 

In two weeks the Eels coaches and GM travel to Massachusetts with 2 teams at the USPHL Showcase in Marlboro Mass and one team at the Sr. Chowder Cup in Walpole Mass. Both showcases will be held July 16-19th 2015. We have a total of 60 players at these two events. There will be 10 veteran players coupled with 50 Eels Junior prospects. These showcases are the Elite in North America. They provide maximum exposure and visibility to players in terms of Pro and NCAA Scouts.

 

The players will see in attendance scouts from the NHL AHL ECHL NCAA Div. 1 and 3 colleges and universities, USHL QMJHL OHL WHL and a myriad of Jr A teams. We have experienced a number of recruiters from the NTPD who have selected players right out of these venues.

 

The Eels this Spring brought 4 teams to the Pro Am NHL Pre Draft and the USPHL Spring Showcase. There we had 80 players. July 23-26th the Eels will be hosting another two teams at the Jr. Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. These two teams will be futures for the Eels junior teams. The 2000 team is made up of almost all players from Mass and NJ and 2 boys form the Florida Eels Midget program. The 1999 team is made up of players from across the USA and Canada. July 31-Aug 2 the Eels will be hosting a 2002 and a 2001 team. These teams will also be nationally recruited players. These later two teams will also be futures to the Eels Midget Junior development teams.

 

In grand total the Eels will be hosting 11 Spring and Summer Showcase teams. That has to be a USA leader in these special events. 

EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

06/07/2015, 8:45pm EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

Frank Scarpaci 
Posted less than a minute ago 
Groups: 8 groups

This year the Eels will host two teams at the Junior Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. The 1999 team roster was completed today. Meanwhile the 2000 Eels team was completed 3 weeks ago. That is completely an amazing accomplishment. Moreover, the 2000 team is made up of players from Massachusetts Maine New Hampshire Rhode Island and one from New Jersey.

This should be a very good team. They are all very talented with a strong skill set. Coach Scarpaci is joined by Eels alumni Michael Busconi ( coaching this squad. No doubt some very serious seeds are being planted with this age group. 2000's are not eligible to play juniors this year but the boys will get a phenomenal take of highly competitive games while being scouted by the NTPD, NHL, College , Junior and Prep School Programs.

More News

Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

08/26/2015, 6:15am EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

We are seeing Desire Heart Determination Like Never Before

 

Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

 

This week the Bantams and Midget players are training very hard to prepare for the upcoming season and particularly the Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. The players arrived Monday and Tuesday at 6:00 pm and some 1 or two hours early to get additional workouts. The key here is there has been 99% turnout on these days and guess what? These have been purely and strictly off ice sessions. Yes indeed. All Dry Land strength and conditioning. Now that is impressive. On Monday, the workouts have been teamed by Coach Frank and 7 of his junior players. A good 1 ¼ of an hour minimum. On Tuesday Coach Matt and Ms. Miranda took over the Bantam squad.

 

The Dry Land Training and conditioning will continue Wed and Thursday of this week. The key here is to utilize every opportunity to get the players in condition for the season. In fact the off ice drills and conditioning is as important as ice drills. I must say it is so gratifying to see all of our players dialed in. I mean committed. It shows us the level of determination these players have this season. We knew when we took so may of our players to Boston for the Sr. Junior and Mini Chowder Cups that the level of intensity and commitment would transcend back to Florida. So many of our players got a first hand look and experienced what the “Next Level” of hockey is all about. These guys are delivering that experience to their teammates. But even the players who were not able to join us in Boston have come this year with an invigorated spirit. A burning desire to be the best.

 

On Wed and Thursday the players will also get to tough the ice for the first time. Coach Frank bought extra ice this week to give our players a better edge for the up coming Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. This way the players will have 4 opportunities to gel on the ice and get acquainted. 

 

The regular season starts Sept. 20th for the Bantams. Thus the Bantams will have undergone 8 practices before the regular season games and 3-4 games at the Labor Day Tournament. Clearly that ought to put them in good stead. We will have as many off ice sessions as well.

 

The midgets with games on the 13th of Sept will have 6 practices plus the Labor Day games. Like the Bantams they too will get the Dry Land conditioning.

 

We are very excited about both teams this season. Truly we believe we have the right coaches in place and with the assistance of our junior players to augment such training we will some keen development of our players this season.

Banatam and Midget Pre Season Training

08/23/2015, 3:15pm EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

Revised Schedule

 Attention:

All Florida Eels Midgets and Bantams

 

Special Training Week of August 24th – 28th

 

I have moved up ice practices for one week

We will have ice next week. Since we are playing in the Ellenton Ice Center Labor Day Tournament I decided it would be beneficial to get our players on the ice one week early.

 

The coaches and I also strongly believe we should start special off ice conditioning next week as well. The Labor Day Tournament is a big one and it will help us enormously to get things going

 

According, next Monday and Tuesday we are asking all Bantam and Midget players to be at the Fort Myers Skatium at 6:00 pm sharp. They will not be going on the ice.  The players will be doing off ice conditioning. We will be working out side. So you must bring running shorts and a T Shirt. It will go for one hour

 

At 7:00 pm there will be a meeting for both teams regarding sticks. If you want to be part of a major bulk stick order you must be present.

 

On Wednesday off ice is at 6:00 pm as well. 35 minutes

On ice (Shared) 7:00 pm Bantams and midgets

 

On Thursday Bantams will have ice at 6:00 pm Therefore Bantams must be here at 5:00 pm for off ice conditioning 35 minutes

 

Meeting at 7:15 for team and parents

 

On Thursday Midgets have ice at 7:00 pm. Therefore off ice is at 6:00 pm 35 minutes.

 

Meeting is at 8:15 pm

 

Bantam Team Manager Miranda Plate

Midget Team Manager Kim Stitt

 

We realize that next week is the first week back at school. But we are trying to do all of the things to make this season a special one and conditioning is fundamental. So we are asking every player and parent to do more than their best to make all of the off ice conditioning times. I am bringing some of my top junior players to help mentor Monday and Tuesday. They are volunteering their time and energies after working 40 hours so we ask the same commitment.

 

During the playing season the coaches will set out a 2-day off ice training program for bantams and 3 days for midgets.

 

 

Eels Summer Camp A Complete Success

07/07/2015, 7:30pm EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

 Sixty Plus Players Join Eels Summer Camp

The Eels kicked off one of its most productive summer hockey camps with 20+ Mites and Squirts

Another 20 as Peewee and Bantam and another 20+ at the Midget and Junior level

We have three players from Switzerland, 2 from, players from Colorado 3 from Massachusetts one from New Jersey one Germany 2 from Russian and one Latvia

 

The Eels Camp is extremely popular as it combines individual skill team concepts and cross-athletic training in soccer volleyball running aerobics and other hockey specific skills.

 

The players also enjoy open skate where they get to skate an additional 3 hours a day improving their ice-skating.

 

Again for anyone interested in joining us for the last 3 days we will gladly pro rate your fees.

 

The Camp is for all players and levels. House rec, travel    

All are welcome. 

 

 

Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

07/03/2015, 11:30am EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

 

 Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

 

In two weeks the Eels coaches and GM travel to Massachusetts with 2 teams at the USPHL Showcase in Marlboro Mass and one team at the Sr. Chowder Cup in Walpole Mass. Both showcases will be held July 16-19th 2015. We have a total of 60 players at these two events. There will be 10 veteran players coupled with 50 Eels Junior prospects. These showcases are the Elite in North America. They provide maximum exposure and visibility to players in terms of Pro and NCAA Scouts.

 

The players will see in attendance scouts from the NHL AHL ECHL NCAA Div. 1 and 3 colleges and universities, USHL QMJHL OHL WHL and a myriad of Jr A teams. We have experienced a number of recruiters from the NTPD who have selected players right out of these venues.

 

The Eels this Spring brought 4 teams to the Pro Am NHL Pre Draft and the USPHL Spring Showcase. There we had 80 players. July 23-26th the Eels will be hosting another two teams at the Jr. Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. These two teams will be futures for the Eels junior teams. The 2000 team is made up of almost all players from Mass and NJ and 2 boys form the Florida Eels Midget program. The 1999 team is made up of players from across the USA and Canada. July 31-Aug 2 the Eels will be hosting a 2002 and a 2001 team. These teams will also be nationally recruited players. These later two teams will also be futures to the Eels Midget Junior development teams.

 

In grand total the Eels will be hosting 11 Spring and Summer Showcase teams. That has to be a USA leader in these special events. 

EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

06/07/2015, 8:45pm EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

Frank Scarpaci 
Posted less than a minute ago 
Groups: 8 groups

This year the Eels will host two teams at the Junior Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. The 1999 team roster was completed today. Meanwhile the 2000 Eels team was completed 3 weeks ago. That is completely an amazing accomplishment. Moreover, the 2000 team is made up of players from Massachusetts Maine New Hampshire Rhode Island and one from New Jersey.

This should be a very good team. They are all very talented with a strong skill set. Coach Scarpaci is joined by Eels alumni Michael Busconi ( coaching this squad. No doubt some very serious seeds are being planted with this age group. 2000's are not eligible to play juniors this year but the boys will get a phenomenal take of highly competitive games while being scouted by the NTPD, NHL, College , Junior and Prep School Programs.

More News

Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

08/26/2015, 6:15am EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

We are seeing Desire Heart Determination Like Never Before

 

Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

 

This week the Bantams and Midget players are training very hard to prepare for the upcoming season and particularly the Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. The players arrived Monday and Tuesday at 6:00 pm and some 1 or two hours early to get additional workouts. The key here is there has been 99% turnout on these days and guess what? These have been purely and strictly off ice sessions. Yes indeed. All Dry Land strength and conditioning. Now that is impressive. On Monday, the workouts have been teamed by Coach Frank and 7 of his junior players. A good 1 ¼ of an hour minimum. On Tuesday Coach Matt and Ms. Miranda took over the Bantam squad.

 

The Dry Land Training and conditioning will continue Wed and Thursday of this week. The key here is to utilize every opportunity to get the players in condition for the season. In fact the off ice drills and conditioning is as important as ice drills. I must say it is so gratifying to see all of our players dialed in. I mean committed. It shows us the level of determination these players have this season. We knew when we took so may of our players to Boston for the Sr. Junior and Mini Chowder Cups that the level of intensity and commitment would transcend back to Florida. So many of our players got a first hand look and experienced what the “Next Level” of hockey is all about. These guys are delivering that experience to their teammates. But even the players who were not able to join us in Boston have come this year with an invigorated spirit. A burning desire to be the best.

 

On Wed and Thursday the players will also get to tough the ice for the first time. Coach Frank bought extra ice this week to give our players a better edge for the up coming Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. This way the players will have 4 opportunities to gel on the ice and get acquainted. 

 

The regular season starts Sept. 20th for the Bantams. Thus the Bantams will have undergone 8 practices before the regular season games and 3-4 games at the Labor Day Tournament. Clearly that ought to put them in good stead. We will have as many off ice sessions as well.

 

The midgets with games on the 13th of Sept will have 6 practices plus the Labor Day games. Like the Bantams they too will get the Dry Land conditioning.

 

We are very excited about both teams this season. Truly we believe we have the right coaches in place and with the assistance of our junior players to augment such training we will some keen development of our players this season.

Banatam and Midget Pre Season Training

08/23/2015, 3:15pm EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

Revised Schedule

 Attention:

All Florida Eels Midgets and Bantams

 

Special Training Week of August 24th – 28th

 

I have moved up ice practices for one week

We will have ice next week. Since we are playing in the Ellenton Ice Center Labor Day Tournament I decided it would be beneficial to get our players on the ice one week early.

 

The coaches and I also strongly believe we should start special off ice conditioning next week as well. The Labor Day Tournament is a big one and it will help us enormously to get things going

 

According, next Monday and Tuesday we are asking all Bantam and Midget players to be at the Fort Myers Skatium at 6:00 pm sharp. They will not be going on the ice.  The players will be doing off ice conditioning. We will be working out side. So you must bring running shorts and a T Shirt. It will go for one hour

 

At 7:00 pm there will be a meeting for both teams regarding sticks. If you want to be part of a major bulk stick order you must be present.

 

On Wednesday off ice is at 6:00 pm as well. 35 minutes

On ice (Shared) 7:00 pm Bantams and midgets

 

On Thursday Bantams will have ice at 6:00 pm Therefore Bantams must be here at 5:00 pm for off ice conditioning 35 minutes

 

Meeting at 7:15 for team and parents

 

On Thursday Midgets have ice at 7:00 pm. Therefore off ice is at 6:00 pm 35 minutes.

 

Meeting is at 8:15 pm

 

Bantam Team Manager Miranda Plate

Midget Team Manager Kim Stitt

 

We realize that next week is the first week back at school. But we are trying to do all of the things to make this season a special one and conditioning is fundamental. So we are asking every player and parent to do more than their best to make all of the off ice conditioning times. I am bringing some of my top junior players to help mentor Monday and Tuesday. They are volunteering their time and energies after working 40 hours so we ask the same commitment.

 

During the playing season the coaches will set out a 2-day off ice training program for bantams and 3 days for midgets.

 

 

Eels Summer Camp A Complete Success

07/07/2015, 7:30pm EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

 Sixty Plus Players Join Eels Summer Camp

The Eels kicked off one of its most productive summer hockey camps with 20+ Mites and Squirts

Another 20 as Peewee and Bantam and another 20+ at the Midget and Junior level

We have three players from Switzerland, 2 from, players from Colorado 3 from Massachusetts one from New Jersey one Germany 2 from Russian and one Latvia

 

The Eels Camp is extremely popular as it combines individual skill team concepts and cross-athletic training in soccer volleyball running aerobics and other hockey specific skills.

 

The players also enjoy open skate where they get to skate an additional 3 hours a day improving their ice-skating.

 

Again for anyone interested in joining us for the last 3 days we will gladly pro rate your fees.

 

The Camp is for all players and levels. House rec, travel    

All are welcome. 

 

 

Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

07/03/2015, 11:30am EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

 

 Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

 

In two weeks the Eels coaches and GM travel to Massachusetts with 2 teams at the USPHL Showcase in Marlboro Mass and one team at the Sr. Chowder Cup in Walpole Mass. Both showcases will be held July 16-19th 2015. We have a total of 60 players at these two events. There will be 10 veteran players coupled with 50 Eels Junior prospects. These showcases are the Elite in North America. They provide maximum exposure and visibility to players in terms of Pro and NCAA Scouts.

 

The players will see in attendance scouts from the NHL AHL ECHL NCAA Div. 1 and 3 colleges and universities, USHL QMJHL OHL WHL and a myriad of Jr A teams. We have experienced a number of recruiters from the NTPD who have selected players right out of these venues.

 

The Eels this Spring brought 4 teams to the Pro Am NHL Pre Draft and the USPHL Spring Showcase. There we had 80 players. July 23-26th the Eels will be hosting another two teams at the Jr. Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. These two teams will be futures for the Eels junior teams. The 2000 team is made up of almost all players from Mass and NJ and 2 boys form the Florida Eels Midget program. The 1999 team is made up of players from across the USA and Canada. July 31-Aug 2 the Eels will be hosting a 2002 and a 2001 team. These teams will also be nationally recruited players. These later two teams will also be futures to the Eels Midget Junior development teams.

 

In grand total the Eels will be hosting 11 Spring and Summer Showcase teams. That has to be a USA leader in these special events. 

EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

06/07/2015, 8:45pm EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

Frank Scarpaci 
Posted less than a minute ago 
Groups: 8 groups

This year the Eels will host two teams at the Junior Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. The 1999 team roster was completed today. Meanwhile the 2000 Eels team was completed 3 weeks ago. That is completely an amazing accomplishment. Moreover, the 2000 team is made up of players from Massachusetts Maine New Hampshire Rhode Island and one from New Jersey.

This should be a very good team. They are all very talented with a strong skill set. Coach Scarpaci is joined by Eels alumni Michael Busconi ( coaching this squad. No doubt some very serious seeds are being planted with this age group. 2000's are not eligible to play juniors this year but the boys will get a phenomenal take of highly competitive games while being scouted by the NTPD, NHL, College , Junior and Prep School Programs.

More News

Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

08/26/2015, 6:15am EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

We are seeing Desire Heart Determination Like Never Before

 

Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

 

This week the Bantams and Midget players are training very hard to prepare for the upcoming season and particularly the Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. The players arrived Monday and Tuesday at 6:00 pm and some 1 or two hours early to get additional workouts. The key here is there has been 99% turnout on these days and guess what? These have been purely and strictly off ice sessions. Yes indeed. All Dry Land strength and conditioning. Now that is impressive. On Monday, the workouts have been teamed by Coach Frank and 7 of his junior players. A good 1 ¼ of an hour minimum. On Tuesday Coach Matt and Ms. Miranda took over the Bantam squad.

 

The Dry Land Training and conditioning will continue Wed and Thursday of this week. The key here is to utilize every opportunity to get the players in condition for the season. In fact the off ice drills and conditioning is as important as ice drills. I must say it is so gratifying to see all of our players dialed in. I mean committed. It shows us the level of determination these players have this season. We knew when we took so may of our players to Boston for the Sr. Junior and Mini Chowder Cups that the level of intensity and commitment would transcend back to Florida. So many of our players got a first hand look and experienced what the “Next Level” of hockey is all about. These guys are delivering that experience to their teammates. But even the players who were not able to join us in Boston have come this year with an invigorated spirit. A burning desire to be the best.

 

On Wed and Thursday the players will also get to tough the ice for the first time. Coach Frank bought extra ice this week to give our players a better edge for the up coming Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. This way the players will have 4 opportunities to gel on the ice and get acquainted. 

 

The regular season starts Sept. 20th for the Bantams. Thus the Bantams will have undergone 8 practices before the regular season games and 3-4 games at the Labor Day Tournament. Clearly that ought to put them in good stead. We will have as many off ice sessions as well.

 

The midgets with games on the 13th of Sept will have 6 practices plus the Labor Day games. Like the Bantams they too will get the Dry Land conditioning.

 

We are very excited about both teams this season. Truly we believe we have the right coaches in place and with the assistance of our junior players to augment such training we will some keen development of our players this season.

Banatam and Midget Pre Season Training

08/23/2015, 3:15pm EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

Revised Schedule

 Attention:

All Florida Eels Midgets and Bantams

 

Special Training Week of August 24th – 28th

 

I have moved up ice practices for one week

We will have ice next week. Since we are playing in the Ellenton Ice Center Labor Day Tournament I decided it would be beneficial to get our players on the ice one week early.

 

The coaches and I also strongly believe we should start special off ice conditioning next week as well. The Labor Day Tournament is a big one and it will help us enormously to get things going

 

According, next Monday and Tuesday we are asking all Bantam and Midget players to be at the Fort Myers Skatium at 6:00 pm sharp. They will not be going on the ice.  The players will be doing off ice conditioning. We will be working out side. So you must bring running shorts and a T Shirt. It will go for one hour

 

At 7:00 pm there will be a meeting for both teams regarding sticks. If you want to be part of a major bulk stick order you must be present.

 

On Wednesday off ice is at 6:00 pm as well. 35 minutes

On ice (Shared) 7:00 pm Bantams and midgets

 

On Thursday Bantams will have ice at 6:00 pm Therefore Bantams must be here at 5:00 pm for off ice conditioning 35 minutes

 

Meeting at 7:15 for team and parents

 

On Thursday Midgets have ice at 7:00 pm. Therefore off ice is at 6:00 pm 35 minutes.

 

Meeting is at 8:15 pm

 

Bantam Team Manager Miranda Plate

Midget Team Manager Kim Stitt

 

We realize that next week is the first week back at school. But we are trying to do all of the things to make this season a special one and conditioning is fundamental. So we are asking every player and parent to do more than their best to make all of the off ice conditioning times. I am bringing some of my top junior players to help mentor Monday and Tuesday. They are volunteering their time and energies after working 40 hours so we ask the same commitment.

 

During the playing season the coaches will set out a 2-day off ice training program for bantams and 3 days for midgets.

 

 

Eels Summer Camp A Complete Success

07/07/2015, 7:30pm EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

 Sixty Plus Players Join Eels Summer Camp

The Eels kicked off one of its most productive summer hockey camps with 20+ Mites and Squirts

Another 20 as Peewee and Bantam and another 20+ at the Midget and Junior level

We have three players from Switzerland, 2 from, players from Colorado 3 from Massachusetts one from New Jersey one Germany 2 from Russian and one Latvia

 

The Eels Camp is extremely popular as it combines individual skill team concepts and cross-athletic training in soccer volleyball running aerobics and other hockey specific skills.

 

The players also enjoy open skate where they get to skate an additional 3 hours a day improving their ice-skating.

 

Again for anyone interested in joining us for the last 3 days we will gladly pro rate your fees.

 

The Camp is for all players and levels. House rec, travel    

All are welcome. 

 

 

Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

07/03/2015, 11:30am EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

 

 Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

 

In two weeks the Eels coaches and GM travel to Massachusetts with 2 teams at the USPHL Showcase in Marlboro Mass and one team at the Sr. Chowder Cup in Walpole Mass. Both showcases will be held July 16-19th 2015. We have a total of 60 players at these two events. There will be 10 veteran players coupled with 50 Eels Junior prospects. These showcases are the Elite in North America. They provide maximum exposure and visibility to players in terms of Pro and NCAA Scouts.

 

The players will see in attendance scouts from the NHL AHL ECHL NCAA Div. 1 and 3 colleges and universities, USHL QMJHL OHL WHL and a myriad of Jr A teams. We have experienced a number of recruiters from the NTPD who have selected players right out of these venues.

 

The Eels this Spring brought 4 teams to the Pro Am NHL Pre Draft and the USPHL Spring Showcase. There we had 80 players. July 23-26th the Eels will be hosting another two teams at the Jr. Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. These two teams will be futures for the Eels junior teams. The 2000 team is made up of almost all players from Mass and NJ and 2 boys form the Florida Eels Midget program. The 1999 team is made up of players from across the USA and Canada. July 31-Aug 2 the Eels will be hosting a 2002 and a 2001 team. These teams will also be nationally recruited players. These later two teams will also be futures to the Eels Midget Junior development teams.

 

In grand total the Eels will be hosting 11 Spring and Summer Showcase teams. That has to be a USA leader in these special events. 

EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

06/07/2015, 8:45pm EDT
By Frank Scarpaci

EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

Frank Scarpaci 
Posted less than a minute ago 
Groups: 8 groups

This year the Eels will host two teams at the Junior Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. The 1999 team roster was completed today. Meanwhile the 2000 Eels team was completed 3 weeks ago. That is completely an amazing accomplishment. Moreover, the 2000 team is made up of players from Massachusetts Maine New Hampshire Rhode Island and one from New Jersey.

This should be a very good team. They are all very talented with a strong skill set. Coach Scarpaci is joined by Eels alumni Michael Busconi ( coaching this squad. No doubt some very serious seeds are being planted with this age group. 2000's are not eligible to play juniors this year but the boys will get a phenomenal take of highly competitive games while being scouted by the NTPD, NHL, College , Junior and Prep School Programs.

Pointstreak Bantam FAHL Standings

CFHL Bantam Standings

CFHL Midget Standings

CFHL U 16 Midget Standings

Fort Meyers Skatium

Fort Meyers Skatium (click here for details)

3 WAYS TO FILL OUT THE FAFSA STRESS-FREE AND MAYBE EVEN FUN

3 WAYS TO FILL OUT THE FAFSA STRESS-FREE AND MAYBE EVEN FUN

  

family works to fill out the fafsa together(Flickr – Simon Blackley)

Think about how stressful it can be to learn about the recruiting process overall, and about the college admissions process as you get closer to your senior year. Put that same learning curve, the same nerve to figure out a complex project with a definite due date, into a much smaller window — and you get the FAFSA.

The window to complete the Federal Application for Student Aid opens on January 1. You can really submit your FAFSA at any time, but some families feel time crunch because depending on your school, state, and the type of aid, awards go out first come, first served. 

Don’t stress. Seriously. This paperwork isn’t going to hurt you. Here are the top ways to fill out the FAFSA without stressing out about it.

Don’t make mistakes filling out your FAFSA. Check out this post to avoid the most common mistakes.

Know what you’re going to provide the FAFSA

The FAFSA will ask your family to provide information in five categories:

  • about the student-athlete
  • about the student-athlete’s dependency on their parents (this is a legal question – does a parent or guardian list the student-athlete as a dependent on their tax returns?)
  • about the student-athlete’s parents or guardians
  • about the student-athlete’s financial background
  • about the schools that you want the FAFSA to send its findings directly to

There are a bunch of advanced tips about the FAFSA from Chegg that can help you understand some of the more complicated arrangements some families might pursue to maximize their student aid.

Did you know? For students who attend school for 4 years, the average incurred cost of loans is approximately $147,000.

Know what you’ll need to have at hand to fill out the FAFSA

In addition to the general bucket categories we listed above, you’re going to need to have a couple of things on hand that you probably don’t have memorized. Take some time to gather them together so you don’t feel like you’re searching through your lockbox and paperwork and losing your place in the FAFSA.

  • Social security numbers for the student-athlete and parents (if the student-athlete is filing as a dependent)
  • Driver’s license numbers
  • W2′s from the current and previous year
  • Tax returns from the previous year (since you probably haven’t done your 2015 taxes yet, the FAFSA lets you use the most recent one you have)
  • any additional benefits you might have: welfare, veteran’s, social security, investments, etc.
  • any additional financial figures that you might need to report: businesses, mortgages, etc.

This will all help the FAFSA compute your Expected Family Contribution. Please remember that no matter your family’s income, it behooves you to complete a FAFSA.

Did you know? Missing out on important financial aid information can mean paying as much as $90,000 extra.

Know that this is an unavoidable step in the recruiting process – and make it fun.

This might come from years trumpeting that my sport was other sports’ punishment, but I am a firm believer that there’s a silver lining in everything. Hill repeats? There’s going to be a downhill soon enough. Circuit workout? Get an awesome song playing and it’ll make the time fly by.

Do the same when you fill out the FAFSA. Put on some music that everyone enjoys. (I know, I have a dad, too — that might be easier said than done.) Give yourself a reward when you’ve finished it – maybe the family can go out for pizza or an ice cream. 

The FAFSA may seem like a chore, but it doesn’t have to be; after all, it’s time your family gets to spend, together.

 

Guys it is up to you to do the job. Don't wait for the other guy to do it.

Paul Coffey one of the greatest defenseman who ever played in the NHL and winner of the Norris Trophy and multiple Stanley Cups, eloquently said,

 

"Hockey's a funny game. You have to prove yourself every shift, every game. It's not up to anybody else. You have to take pride in yourself."

 

As owner and GM of our Eels I say these words are dead on. Lets do it. Starting with this weekend and then at the Palm Beach Showcase and shortly thereafter at the main USPHL Showcase in Boston in January

Overspeed

 Legendary Russian coach Anatoli Tarasov said hockey requires "speed of hand, speed of foot and speed of mind." So how do we become faster?

 
 

Hockey is a sprint sport. Players who can play the game at a very rapid pace are the most successful. Legendary Russian coach Anatoli Tarasov said hockey requires “speed of hand, speed of foot and speed of mind.” So how do we become faster?

Once players have developed technical proficiency, it then becomes important to add overspeed training. This is simply pushing players to a speed at which they are uncomfortable. It can be with their stick skills, skating skills or even competitive play.

When using overspeed training techniques, it's vital to monitor fatigue levels, because once a player starts to fatigue, they are no longer working toward the development of skill and speed.

“What do I need to do to play more on this team?”

“What do I need to do to play more on this team?” Youth sports coaches often field a question of this sort from their players. In fact, many organizations advocating for youth sports encourage athletes to instigate just this type of conversation. It’s well-meaning and, it seems, a valuable part of the learning experience for children. But the question often renders itself nearly impossible to answer. As is often the case, it just may be the wrong question to start with.

 

Imagine a goalie asking this of his coach, eliciting the obvious answer, “Allow fewer goals than you currently do,” or, if competing for playing time, “Allow fewer than our other goalie.” But, clearly, the question is deeper than that: “How do I allow fewer goals?” In a sense, “How do I be a better goalie than him?” Putting the question this way helps highlight the issue with the question itself.

It’s actually an easier question to answer with goalies because their job is relatively cut and dried: keep the ball out of the goal. And yet, the position is amazingly nuanced. Goalies prevent goals in myriad ways: by arranging their defense strategically, through positioning which forces shooters to miss the goal or forgo shots all together, by disguising their body position to fool ensuing shooters, how they distribute the ball, and many more, not to mention the obvious: read the shooter and react to the shot by getting to it before it reaches the goal.

There has been fascinating research tracking eye movements of athletes reacting to high-speed objects such as ice hockey goalies and tennis players. The top athletes, it turns out, focus less on the ball or puck. Instead, their eyes pick up cues from their opponent: in the case of the goalie, cues such as the angle of the stick blade, the shooter’s shoulder and hip position, and various others which allow the goalie to more successfully predict where the shot will go.

This can be taught, to some degree. But, in large part, this is only something an athlete develops over time, and is a skill some humans just do better than others.

The question becomes even trickier with non-goalies as these positions involve greater subtlety. Imagine answering the soccer player’s question with, “You need to ‘create space’ better.” Creating space is a key element of good soccer but, at some point, it becomes a bit of an issue in which you either have it or you don’t. To some extent it’s instinctual. It’s similar to telling a basketball point guard to have “better vision” of the court—having better vision and creating better space just makes one player better than another, not to mention the more obvious innate physical and athletic differences.

To extricate momentarily from the sporting mindset, I often imagine myself as the parent of a child pursuing ballet, something I know very little about. I can envision her wanting to make the “Starting Team” of her ballet school but always falling short. I would watch her along with the Starting Team and think, “But they all stand on point for three seconds at a time. They all twirl around and land seamlessly in third position and have similar vertical leaps.”

Clearly, though, I’d be missing something. In a sense, I’d be missing everything. Were my child to ask her teacher what she needed to do to advance ahead of her peers to the Starting Team, it’s hard to envision a helpful answer. “Be a better ballerina,” would be the real answer. The nuanced and more correct answer would involve countless subtleties: the bend of the elbow, degree of hip flex, tension in the torso, flutter of the fingers, etc. And, yet, this is exactly where ballerinas differentiate themselves. As all of them approach the purported 10,000 hours of focusedtraining needed to acquire expertise, some just do these things better than others. If they didn’t then they’d all be the same: all on the Starting Team.

Those who become experts, such as coaches, recognize things others don’t. Malcolm Gladwell explores this in his bestselling book, “Blink.” In it, he explains how we all utilize “thin slicing” in which we gather mounds of information in the blink of an eye and use that to formulate conclusions about our world. All done unconsciously.

He writes of tennis coaching legend, Vic Braden, who could predict with near-perfect accuracy whether a tennis serve would land fairly before the player struck the ball. Yet, despite this high level of expertise, Braden couldn’t explain what, exactly, he was looking at. Serving a tennis ball accurately and powerfully involves implementing a certain set of base fundamentals, just as the goalie and ballerina noted above. All of the top players do this, but the better players have a certain something—Braden doesn’t know what—which makes them better than others.

1988 Olympic gold medal figure skater, Brian Boitano, said something similar in conversation about this topic. Boitano noted that he and other experts in his cohort can tell nearly everything about the skill level of a skater after watching them for three to five seconds. He can accurately predict the age the skater started, his level of proficiency, and even whether he will “stick” an upcoming jump 10 seconds prior to it. Experts just see things that we—athletes, parents, fans—don’t. That’s part of what makes them experts.

Certainly, through proper training and a growth mindset—that we view people as not firmly locked in to a specific, fixed situation—athletes can make improvements. Educators are starting to recognize this difference in mindset now more than ever. It should be no surprise to hear that studies demonstrate how important a growth mindset is for teachers to maintain. If your teacher believes the student is fixed—that he just can’t do algebra—then it’s likely the struggling student won’t succeed in algebra class. Likewise with the athlete.

This goes back to the 1970’s experiment in which an elementary teacher announced to her class that blue-eyed students were smarter. Math and spelling exams then demonstrated marked improvement by blue-eyed children and diminished performance by children with brown eyes. The following day, she announced she had erred: brown-eyed children were smarter. Exams then showed improvement by children with brown eyes and diminished performance by blue-eyed children. Just their teacher’s exhibiting a fixed mindset resulted in drastic effects on students and their ability to learn.

A close friend and expert educator explains it like this: We all realize some aspect of nature determines one’s ability to perform, but we also know some aspect of nurture does as well. It’s not important to pin down the exact role each plays. Once we recognize the influence of nurture, this allows a growth mindset to play a genuine role in an educator’s approach to teaching. And even if you think a child may not be able to accomplish a given task, the teacher needs to behave as though she does to even give the student a chance.

And so, for example, every algebra student should be treated as though they can master algebra. If they fail, it’s the job of the educator to determine what went wrong and help them. The idea being: every student can master algebra.

But the analogy of algebra student to athlete doesn’t quite work. All students can master algebra and, consequently, earn A’s in Algebra class. And while all athletes can master a sport, not all athletes can earn the position of starter on a basketball team. Not all can be MVP of the league. Not all can go on to play in college. To make the analogy apt, not every student in the Algebra class can earn “Top Algebra Student.”

If an athlete’s goal is to be better than some other athlete and that other athlete has the same goal, then one of them will fail. But if the goal is to master the sport and to be the very best you can be, then they can both succeed, and likely will succeed with proper motivation, a growth-mindset oriented coach, and the determination to do so. More importantly, this later form of focus allows one to control the things they can control—i.e. themselves—and not focus on things out of their control—i.e. other players.

A second disanalogy between classroom and sports field is best explained by Scientific American columnist Michael Shermer in his book “The Borderlands of Science.” In a chapter entitled, “Blood or Sweat?: The Nature-Nurture Debate in Sports,” he recalls being interviewed by an ABC reporter who asked him to reflect on the dismay of finishing third in a transcontinental bicycle race. He responded, “I should have picked better parents.” He referenced his reaching the “upper ceiling of my physical nature” and, because of this, there just being nothing more he could have done in order to outperform the two other cyclists. In doing so, he cited various studies which demonstrate the major role genetic pre-disposition plays in the variance of athletes.

Recognition of the I-know-not-what approach along with the focus on being your best in the face of genetic determination can actually take the pressure off of us just a bit. Instead, we can, and should, focus more on process then on external issues such as being better than another player. I can never be a better basketball player than Steph Curry, but I can be the best basketball player I can be, if I make the commitment and decision to do so.

And so players can worry less and, instead, put all of their energies into arriving at training focused and truly prepared—mentally and physically—to improve both their fundamentals and their game-situation play. This sort of focus, it often seems, is the difference between two athletes of similar natural athletic ability: the one athlete can apply himself more intently on fundamentals and is more willing to work through the pain and discomfort of conditioning.

Parents can worry less—less about their child’s coach and less about their child’s play—and enjoy the process and growth of their own child’s personal trajectory. It’s important to remember not only that coaches are, ideally, experts in the respective sport but, more importantly, these coaches see the athletes play ninety percent more of their sport than the parents: in training and practice.

Coaches, maybe most importantly, can recognize the direct roll they play in determining whether their athletes achieve this ultimate goal of being their best. They can realize that, amidst the massive genetic variance, there is a real need for good educating, for motivating, and for maintaining a growth mindset. A player of mine who graduated last year, Erik, said to me in response to a conversation about this article, “I am so grateful for learning from you how much harder I could really push myself in all areas of life.” Erik was not a starter on our team but achieved the goal of being his best and, clearly, much more. This, in and of itself, should be motivation enough for a youth coach regardless of results in the win/loss column.

And all of us can recognize there’s a little bit of magic going on every time we watch a sporting contest. That, despite our own expertise in any given sport—or, maybe because of it—we are seeing things that we’re not actually seeing. We’re celebrating acts and stretches of the human condition that we not only know not what but, likely, cannot know. And this is okay. It’s good, even. It’s another part of the beauty of the sporting experience.

Author Bio

Jack Bowen graduated from Stanford with Honors in Human Biology and went on to earn a masters in philosophy with an emphasis in Sport Ethics graduating summa cum laude from California State University, Long Beach. He has published three books, his most recent being “If You Can Read This: The Philosophy of Bumper Stickers” (Random House, 2010) as well as a philosophical novel, “The Dream Weaver” (Penguin, 2008) and a college-level philosophy textbook. While at Stanford Jack was a 2-time All-American and NCAA MVP water polo player and was the alternate goalie on the 2006 Olympic Team. He has coached water polo at Menlo School for the past 13 years, winning the league championship 12 years and the section championship 5 times. In 2011 he was named by the Positive Coaching Alliance as a National Award Winner and now serves as the chair of the National Coaches Council for PCA. He teaches philosophy at Menlo School.

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Five things not to do on social media

1. Do not post inappropriate pictures or use inappropriate language in tweets or posts — including retweets.

This goes right along with the content Van Malone flagged from one of his prospects. As much of a no-brainer as it seems, inappropriate pictures and language are posted regularly by hopeful collegiate athletes.

Guess what? They’re passed up for the roster spot.

There is no reason – at all – to be posting even possibly questionable content. From pictures of you and your friends – or a singer or actor you may like – to YouTube links to songs with explicit language: even if you think it’s “not that bad,” or “your friend posted it, you were just re-tweeting it,” anything remotely off-color is absolutely not worth it.

2. Do not speak poorly about your teammates, other schools, or the students at either.

This can illicit many levels of damage. From the problems it will bring to your team culture and chemistry, to the questions it will raise about your character, there is no upside to writing mean things about others on the internet.

There’s also something very real called cyberbullying.

Just because you’re sitting behind a computer screen and not saying it to someone’s face doesn’t make it any less hurtful or damaging. And it can get you immediately overlooked by a college coach.

3. Do not trash a teacher or coach.

First of all, this can absolutely only hurt you for two very serious reasons – it could get you kicked off your team, and/or kicked out of school.

More importantly, though, it’s completely classless. Why in the world would a college coach offer a student-athlete who openly bashes their current coach? It doesn’t make much sense. And it won’t happen.

4. Do not insert yourself in controversial conversations or engage in arguments.

This can be tough. Especially if you’re passionate about your beliefs and strong in your convictions, which is an extraordinary way to be.

The thing is, social media isn’t the place to debate, argue, or create controversy on important topics, especially as a student-athlete trying to make the absolute best impression possible on a college coach or school. Save your comments, criticisms, or feelings for the right place, and don’t engage in negative back-and-forth on the internet.

5. Do not post while emotions are running high.

Whether it’s after a huge win, a tough loss, a bad break-up, not getting the grade you hoped, or the curfew you were counting on – posting while emotions are running high is never, ever a good idea.

We may be really happy, or terribly disappointed. Either way, our minds aren’t on the straightest course, which often leads to words we’ll later regret. Wait until you’re level-headed, and have time to really think about whether or not a post is a good idea, before hitting the button.

 

Reprinted in part from http://www.ncsasports.org/blog/

Mental Toughness

Being an Eel is pushing forward at full throttle despite having no or little fuel in the tank....Quitting is never an option

The Florida Eels The Premier College Placement Program in Junior Hockey

The Florida Eels Expected to Place An Unprecedented 23 Players Into College for 2015-16

 

Junior Chowder Cup Offers Enormous Experience To 1999 and 2000 Hockey Players

Junior Chowder Cup Offers Enormous Experience To 1999 and 2000 Hockey Players

 

Nowhere in the USA does a 1999 and 2000 player gain such rich experience in developing his skill set.  The players play with and against some of the best players in North America and Europe. It is perhaps the one time in ice hockey that truly the individual and player take precedent over the team. In this event like all other hockey games, tournaments and showcases there is a winner in the end. Indeed just like the Stanley Cup one team comes out on top as the winner. But the Jr Chowder Cup is so different than all of other events. Because this event has over a 1,000 winners. It is the individual players who compete and work incredibly hard each shift and each game that reap the rewards. The key here is the experience one garners from these games.

 

When one looks back two years from now and sees how many of these players get drafted into the NHL, play NCAA Div. 1 and 3 hockey or move on to top programs in Canada and Europe, you will numb. The boys who play in this event should not and will not be the same players as when they arrived. For many parents it may seem or appear to be just another tournament. Oh no. I have been coaching in this event for 3 decades and it is far more than that.

 

I can only say to pat your son on the back for having the guts and fortitude to compete here. To have the will and desire to lay it all on the line. It truly is a badge along the way in his over all player development. He will have met a number of new players on his team and hopefully will remain in contact long after the event passes. My son had met and is now life long friends with so many of the players he played with and against at these venues.

We as Eels are very proud of all of our players who have moved to the Next Level: College. They came here for a reason.

 This week we were excited to report howFLORIDA EELS ALUMNI WINS ANOTHER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - ALEX PEPPER GOALIE NYU WINS ACHA DIV 2 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP”

Alex Pepper is in fact the 3rd player form the Florida Eels who has gone on to attend and play for the prestigious NYU. The other two ironically also were goalies: Jake Widmire and Brian Taptick. No doubt all three boys are outstanding students as academics is a priority in the admissions consideration at NYU.

NYU is amongst the top academic universities in the Nation. It stands up there with Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Cornell. Academics were the primary factor in the 3 Eel players in deciding where they ultimately would attend college. As often echoed by Coach Frank, the operative word in college hockey is “College”.

When you graduate from NYU you are amongst the leaders and Elite individuals in society. Our government Leaders, Doctors, Engineers, Chemist, Lawyers’ Bankers and alike come from these colleges.  That is what we all strive for in our children. Of course the boys always aspire to move on and play for the NHL. But that is not the Eels focus. It is to get your child into the best college possible and play hockey while they are there. If an NCAA college is that selection great. But in many instances an ACHA Div. 1 program and sometimes such as NYU a Div. 2 program will trump that decision. Guys’ getting our children to college is truly our goal. That is the true reason why they are here. Please far too many get lost in the alphabet soup. Lets be proud of them. I am. We should encourage and applaud those accomplishments!!!

 We as Eels are very proud of all of our players who have moved to the Next Level: College. They came here for a reason. To fulfill their dreams and I know as GM of this program I am especially proud to have had an impact in moving them on to college.  To see them mature and   become another rich legacy in the Eels success stories..

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Mid Day Bantam and Midget Training

03/02/2015, 8:30pm EST
 
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The Florida Eels Return its Roots In Offering High Level Week Day Training For Bantam and Midget Players. We would love to see your child join the ranks of these success stories.

 

Here is a partial list of players who trained like this

 

In the past the Eels offered mid day training to its bantam and midget players. Sure it is not for all but for those that found a way to make it happen it had significant impact on their hockey careers

 

 Mario Puskarich played Bantams for the Florida Eels, U16 Tier I for the Eels, Captain of the Florida Eels Junior team, NAHL, USHL Tier I USA Leading scorer BCHL Tier II Canada and college player of the year for NCAA University of Vermont.

 

Cam Darcy played Bantam and midget for the Florida Eels. Played juniors for Florida Eels. NCAA Div. 1 Northeastern Univ. and Canadian Major Junior QMJHL Drafted by the NHL Tampa Bay Lighting

 

RJ Boyd played Peewee Bantam Midget and Juniors Florida Eels Played Cushing Academy Prep USHL and drafted NHL Florida Panthers and currently plays for NCAA Men’s Michigan State Univ.

 

Sammy Boyd Played Florida Eels Squirt Peewee Bantam Midget and Juniors Currently Plays NCAA Div. 3 U Mass Boston

 

Richey Boyd Played Mite squirt peewee bantam midget and Juniors Florida Eels Cushing Academy drafted USHL Omaha Lancers Currently plays NCAA Div. 1 UNH.

 

Chris Weiland Played Midget Florida Eels and then Castleton NCAA Div. 3 and SUNY Plattsburgh Div. 3

 

Mike Cifelli Played Midget U16 Eels Texas Tornadoes NAHL and then NCAA Div. 3. Castleton State

 

Teddy Ruth Played Bantam and Midget Florida Eels drafted NHL Washington Capitals and played NCAA Notre Dame.

 

Clay Witt Played Bantam Florida Eels NCAA Then USHL and now starting goalie NCAA Div. 1 Northeastern Univ.

 

David Limoges Bantam, Midget and Juniors Florida Eels Now NCAA Div. 3 Skidmore College.

 

Kevin Murdock Played Peewee Bantam and Midget Florida Eels NCAA men’s Lake Superior

 

Michia Williams Played Bantams Midget Florida Eels NCAA Div. 1 men’s college hockey Bentley College

 

December 5th at noontime and December 7th at 8:00 am Rochester Junior Americans Face Off Against the Eels Empire Team at the Fort Myers Skatium


Unity Will Prevail

In a little over a week the Florida Eels Empire team will play host to the Rochester Junior Americans at the Fort Myers Skatium. This is an unprecedented event as Rochester being one of the top programs in the USPHL will be traveling to Southwest Florida to play the Florida Eels at home for two games vs. the Eels Empire team and two games vs. the Florida Jr. Blades.

 

This is pretty special for the Eels as they and the Blades are the only two teams Rochester will be playing during their Florida debut. The Junior Americans are a very solid organization.  Last season, Rochester’s Elite team performed so exceptionally well they were elevated to a Premier team. This season, Rochester does not have an Elite team so their Empire team is their second level. These are high-end players who are pushing the envelope to play on their Premier team.

 

 The Junior Americans Empire team has some very talented players. For example, #28 Brenda McFall is their leading scorer. In 17 games he has 20 goals and 24 assist for 44 points. McFall is 4th in the entire Empire league in scoring. With him is # 93 William Shaffer is another sniper. In only 15 games he has 17 goals and 25 assist for 42 points. Shaffer is 6th overall in the Empire league in scoring. Then there is #71 Said Khamidov who in 18 games enjoys 17 goals 21 assist for 38 points.   Connor Rotenberg is an ever-present threat where he has in 17 games 7 goals and 10 assist for 17 points.

On the Blueline they have one of the league’s top defenseman # 11 who is a playmaker where he boast 5 goals with 17 assist.

These two matches are not exhibition or scrimmage games. They are regularly scheduled league games. Coach Frankie and his squad are not taking these two games lightly. They have a game plan and intend very much to execute on it. The Eels Empire team did quite well against the Northern teams at the IHC November Showcase. They went 2-1 in their contest and felt very comfortable. Even in their only loss it was against the New York Aviators who are the number one ranked Northern Empire team. In that match we only lost by 2-0 score. That team has defeated most opponents by double digits.

Moreover, the Empire team has made a few changes in the past few weeks and they are really staring to come together. All of our guys are dialed in. Defense wins games and we need secondary scoring from the 3rd and 4th lines. Goaltending has been solid so the Eels are intending to win these two key games.

In January another top Northern Team is making its way to Florida to play the Eels Empire team. The Syracuse Stars. Again these are great games for our boys who do not have to travel to the north to engage in these high level games.

 

 

 

 

Being A Positive Sports Parent

It is important to be supportive and respectful, not only of your child, but also of the others on the team and of the coaches. As a parent, you have the power to help shape your youth athlete’s attitude about sports.

It’s natural to get excited when watching your child play but it is important to keep your emotions in check on game day. Here are some tips to help you:

  1. Be supportive before the competition even starts. Tell your youth athlete you are proud, regardless of how well he/she plays.
  2. Remind them that it’s normal to be nervous and to have fun even when playing hard.
  3. Let the coaches coach; avoid instructing your child or other players from the sidelines.
  4. Cheer for good plays and great efforts by both teams.
  5. When the game ends, set a good example for your child by thanking the officials, coaches, teammates and opposing teams for their efforts.

After following these guidelines, go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back! And know that your support role doesn't end there.

Consider these three tips when talking with your children after they compete:

  • Talk only when your child is ready. If your youth athlete wants to talk about the game, he/she will bring it up, maybe even on the ride home. If it seems like he/she doesn't feel like talking, respect that. Pushing your child to discuss a game, play-by-play, especially if he/she did not perform well, may turn them off sports and decrease his/her desire to share his/her thoughts with you or ask your opinion.
  • Ask open-ended questions. Once the conversation begins, keep it going by asking questions your child can't answer with a simple "yes" or "no." For example, ask, “What did you think was your team’s best play of the game?” and "How did you feel about the close call at first base?"
  • Listen carefully. If you're experienced in the sport your child plays, it might be tempting to jump in and share your own stories as they are telling theirs. Be patient; make a conscious effort to listen to what they have to say about their experience. Let your youth athlete take control of the conversation, help them process their thoughts and emotions, and then determine whether or not there's a life lesson you can impart.

Be positive. Remind your child that you are proud of them, especially when the outcome doesn't go their way.

When you support your child before and during a game, and communicate with them effectively after the game, they will not only have a strong mental attitude, but they will also be more coachable, optimistic, and better able to handle the inevitable losses that are part of the youth sports experience.


 

College Tour


Off to College

This week we announced the plans for our College Tour while in Boston

We will leave Ft Myers Florida by bus Wed Jan 7th & arrive Thursday in Marlboro Ma Jan 8th 2015
That evening we will all get a quick dinner and off to watch a NCAA College hockey game. Game TBA.

Jan 9th Friday morning quite early approx. 7 am we will depart by bus as a program and visit 2-3 colleges. Schools TBA

Friday evening we will go and attend a NCAA College game.

This will give each player a chance to visit 2-3 schools and watch 2 games = 4 teams.

Jan 10th Saturday morning the Empire team (Optional for Elite players as the have an evening game) another visit to another college. 

Jan 11 Sunday no college visits Elite and Empire teams both have 2 games each.

Jan 12th Monday no college visits each team has 1 game 

Jan 12th The Eels will leave to return to Florida after games.

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Note 1994 Eels Elite and Empire players along with a select number of 1995 players are being offered the chance to remain with coach Frank and Bloomingburg to attend schools Tuesday Wed and Thursday. We will target approx. 6 colleges for tour.

This second phase is not part of the regular Eels program. The players will need to make plane reservations back home late on Thursday Jan 15th.
We will suggest the flight to take. 
Players will have to pay for own hotel rooms 4 per room approx. $50 per night
Players need to share cost of vans and gas $150 for the period.
Pay for their own food Hopefully hotels will have breakfast
Pro-rata share of Coach Bloomingburg’s plane ticket $25.

Please note that this trip is extremely popular and very worthwhile for the players who are planning on attending college in the fall of 2015. Players get to kick the tires if you will.  They get to see the schools, dorms etc. However, it makes s no sense for players to go who are not destined and targeted to attend college next fall. You have time and it would not be a wise allocation of funds. This is not a field trip. You will be also missing valuable practice time back in Florida.

Also, we fully understand and appreciate that funds are limited with all players and families. If you cannot afford to do this additional college tour do not panic. We can do the virtual tours on the web of collegs that many of the college web sites have. But there is no doubt this has enormous upside.

Players need to get their college letters in as I instructed. They need to have written to admissions offices. Letters t o coaches and gone to the college web sites and filled out recruiting profiles. They should have their high school transcripts sent to the colleges even if it is unofficial. They should have obtained 3 letters of recommendation. They help enormously. For schools they have a definite desire to attend they need and should fill out their college applications. Also by now you all should have compiled a DVD of 12 + clips 15 seconds each segment. This should be of goals or assist for forwards and defenseman. You should also show good plays back check fore-check, solid hits. For goalies save saves etc.


If parents and players have any questions please fell free to call me. I am available Friday Dec 5th 5 pm - - 9 pm
Saturday Dec 6th 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Sunday Dec 7th noon -7pm

I need a definite answer no later than Sunday evening 9:00 pm
Look forward to hearing from you

Thanks 
Frank Scarpaci
Florida Eels GM 
941-400-9023

Florida Eels Junior Website

For a more info on the Florida Eels USPHL Elite and Empire teams go to the above web site

Peewees Bantams and U16 Midgets Gear Up For Christmas Tournament

The kids are so excited about the up coming games..........

Florida Eels Juniors Had 6 Teams & 120 Players Showcased at These Venues


No Doubt Eels Players Get Recruited

 

 

Chowder Cup Scouts  
Marty Abrams Wellington Dukes (OJHL)
Mike Addessa Calgary Flames (NHL)
Peter Alden CT. Wolf Pack (EHL)
Tony Amonte Thayer (Prep)
Dan Armstrong Brockville Braves (CCHA)
Craig Badger The Gunnery (Prep)
Ryan Bailey Canterbury (Prep)
Robbie Barker Lawrence Academy (Prep)
Ben Barr Western Michigan (NCAA D1)
Joe Beal Sacred Heart (NCAA D1)
David Berard Holy Cross (NCAA D1)
Rick Bennett Union (NCAA D1)
Paul Billing Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Todd Bracket Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Vinny Bohr Topeka Capitals (NAHL)
David Borgess Stonehill College (NCAA D3)
Dean Boylan Phillips Andover Academy (Prep)
John Burgess Suffolk University (NCAA D3)
Mathieu Castonguay Northwood School
Jason Cerenzia St. Georges (Prep)
TJ Clarke Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL)
Larry Cockrell Governor's Academy (Prep)
Carl Corrazzini St. Marks (Prep)
Cliff Cook NY Aviators (USPHL)
Brendan Collins USHR
Matt Curley Bentley (NCAA D1)
Bob Crocker Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
Mike Cusack Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
Derek Cunha Williston Northhampton School (Prep)
David Cunniff Worchester Shark (AHL)
Kevin Cunningham Connecticut College (NCAA D3)
Al Cusson Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)
Tony Dalessio NH Jr. Monarchs (EHL)
John Dean North York Rangers (OJHL)
Rich Decaprio Bosotn Jr. Rangers (EHL)
Pat Desir Moses Brown
Scott Drevitch Boston Bandits (EHL)
Dan Driscoll Berkshire School (Prep)
Tad Doherty Becker College (NCAA D3)
Jerry Domish Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (EHL)
Craig Doremus New York Bobcats (EHL)
Rick Dorual Hawsbury Hawks (CCHA)
Ted Donato Harvard (NCAA D1)
Nate Dudley Babson (NCAA D3)
Keith Dupee Lawrenceville (Prep)
Jerome Dupont Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)
Cam Ellsworth Umass Lowell (NCAA D1)
Scott Frank Cape Cod Islanders
Doug Friedman Kents Hill School (Prep)
Jason Fortier Toronto Lakeshore Patriots (OJHL)
Brain Gallagher Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (EHL)
John Gardner Avon Od Farms (Prep)
Mathew Greason  Trinity College (NCAA D3)
Matt Goethels Pomfret (Prep)
Peter Goulet Napean Raiders (CCHA)
Guu Girourd  CIH Academy
Steve Greely Boston University (NCAA D1)
Rich Guberti Fordham University
Jason Guerriero Yale (NCAA D1)
Ben Guite Maine (NCAA D1)
Rob Haberbusch Hamilton College (NCAA D3)
Chris Hall Colby College (NCAA D3)
Ryan Hardy USNTDP
Josh Hand Manhattanville College (NCAA D3)
Michael Haviland Colorado College (NCAA D1)
Andy Heinze Valley Jr. Warriors (EHL)
Ian Henderson  Hawksbury Hawks (CCHL)
Steve Hoar Becker College (NCAA D3)
Rob Hutchinson Trinity-Pawling School (Prep)
Steve Jacobs NE Wolves (EHL)
Paul Jennings Gloucester Rangers (CCHL)
Dan Jewell Hamilton College (NCAA D3)
Matt Johnson Tri City Storm (USHL)
Kiernan Joyce Sherbrook Phoenix (QMJHL)
Matt Keating Tufts (NCAA D3)
Jerry Keefe Northeastern University (NCAA D1)
Casey Keselring New Hampton School (Prep)
Paul Kirtland  Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL)
Tom Kowal WBS Knights (EHL)
Eric Lang Army (NCAA D1)
Trevor Large Canisius College (NCAA D1)
Jay Leach Maine (NCAA D1)
Nate Leaman Providence College (NCAA D1)
Chris Line Vermont Lumberjacks (EHL)
Mark Lotito NJ Avalanche
Bob Luccini Carolina Panthers (NHL)
Chris Locker Shattucks St. Mary's
Jon Lounsbury  Walpole Express (EHL)
RC Lyke Richmond Generals (USPHL)
Jon Kirk National Sports Academy
David MacDonald Advisor
Ian Macinnis Cornwall Colts (CCHL)
Jim Madigan Northeastern University (NCAA D1)
Bill Maniscalco Avon Old Farms (Prep)
CJ Marottolo Sacred Heart (NCAA D1)
Geoff Marottolo Advisor
Kris Mayotte Providence College (NCAA D1)
Eric McCambly Daniel Webster College
Dave McCauley Bay State Breakers (USPHL)
Jon McCourt Endicott College (NCAA D3)
Scott McDougal Sacred Heart (NCAA D1)
Ed McGolgan Washington Capitals (NHL)
Will McNally Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
Bob Miele Westfield State (NCAA D3)
Steve Miller Providence College (NCAA D1)
Paul Merritt Buffalo Sabers (NHL)
Jon Morin Phillips Andover Academy (Prep)
Vincent Montalbano St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Fred Myers  East Coast Wizards (EHL)
Steve Needham Wesleyan University (NCAA D3)
Frank O'Connor Northern Cyclones (EHL)
Chris O'Donnell Salmon Arm (BCHL)
Dave O'Donnel South Shore Kings (USPHL)
Bill O'Neill Salem State College (NCAA D3)
Greg Osborne  Pomfret (Prep)
Devin Payne Brockville Braves (CCHA)
Juliano Pagliero Holy Cross (NCAA D1)
Jon Park  WBS Knights (EHL)
Brian Parriso Casper Coyotes (WSHL)
Dave Peers  Jr. Wolfpack (EHL)
Brett Provost South Kent  (Prep)
Derek Richards Olympia Sports Management
David Quinn Boston University (NCAA D1)
Brett Riley Charlottetown Islanders
Rob Riley Columbue Blue Jackets (NHL)
Cam Robichaud NH Jr. Monarch (EHL)
Frank Robinson Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Rocky Romanella University of Delaware
Larry Rocha St. Anselm (NCAA D3)
Peter Roundy Trinity College (NCAA D3)
Lou Santini NY Applecore (EHL)
Patrick Schafer Providence Capitals (USPHL)
Gary Shuchuk University Of Wisconsin (NCAA D1)
Rod Simmons NH Fighting Spirit
Dave Spinale Xavarian (Catholic)
Todd Sterling Boston Bandits (EHL)
Jean St. Pierre McGill University
Jon Sokolski Millbrook School (Prep)
Vincent Soriento Millbrook School (Prep)
Mike Souza Uconn (NCAA D1)
Bob Thorton New Jersey Rockets (EHL)
Brain Troy Winchendon School
Jim Troy MSS Sports
Ron Tugnutt Kemptville 73's (CCHL)
Brain Umansky Islanders HC (USPHL)
Nick Unger National Sports Academy
Mike Warde Bridgton Academy
William Weiand Northern Cyclones (EHL)
Steve Wiedler Curry College (NCAA D3)
Brendan Whittet Brown University (NCAA D1)
Mark Yates Central Scouting (NHL)/ Halifax (QMJHL)
Brain Young  Oswego State (NCAA D3)