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Beat The Brutal Summer Heat With The Eels Summer Ice Hockey Camp 2017

FLORIDA EELS | News | by Frank Scarpaci

Join Us at the Fort Myers Skatium The Coolest Place in Town This Summer For the Most Affordable Ice Hockey Camp in Florida Location: 
Fort Myers Skatium
 2250 Broadway
Fort Myers Fl 33901

Dates: July 17th – 21st

July 31 thru August 4th Camp drop off is at 9:00 am


Ice times and Off – Ice: TBD

Mites – Bantams stay from 9:00 am – 4 :00 pm
 Pick Up time is at 4:00 pm sharp

Midgets and Juniors Done by noon
 Cost:
 225.00 for all players

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

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

Florida Eels Summer Camps

 

 10th Annual Florida Eels Summer Hockey Camps

 

 Frankie Scarpaci, Head Coach Florida Eels Premier Team, will be hosting his annual Summer Hockey Camp for players 7 years old and older. We welcome players from all skill levels: From House Rec to Travel players

 

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

 

Allow Your Son or Daughter the Opportunity To Be Trained By One Of the Best Professional Coaches In Florida, All While Having A Complete Blast. Remember Hockey Should Be Fun and Our Campers Have The Most Fun While Learning So Much.

 

Dates:                                                                                                          Week One 
June 12th - 16th
 week                                                            Week Two July 17th - 21st and 

Week Three July 31 thru August 4th                                                        

Camp drop off is at 9:00 am


 

Mites – Bantams stay from 9:00 am – 4 :00 pm
 Pick Up time is at 4:00 pm sharp

Midgets and Juniors Done by noon
   

Cost: 
 225.00 for all players                                                                     To enroll and register: 
 Complete Flyer at the rink or Contact: Frank Scarpaci Hockey Director 941-400-9023 flelitehockey@aol.com

 

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Parents’ guide to growth spurts and development

03/22/2017, 2:45pm MDT

By Michael Rand

We might like to think of progress in life as linear, but often it’s not. It comes in a series of bursts and slowdowns, gains and setbacks.

This is true at any age, but it’s particularly true for kids – especially those nearing their teen years. Physical growth, cognitive growth and social growth can be a difficult, even painful progression.

“There’s what parents think and what actually happens – a straight line vs. a squiggly line,” said Ken Martel, technical director for USA Hockey’s American Development Model. “Sometimes it’s forward, up, down, backwards. What we’re looking for is that, over time, there’s an upward trajectory. But if you look at things in any short run, you’re going to see wide disparities.”

That’s largely due to the fact that kids grow and mature at different rates. Growth spurts, early or late bloomers and a range of other factors can have a major impact on development, particularly between the ages of 12 to 16 in boys and 11 to 15 in girls.

What’s happening?

When a youth player goes through a growth spurt, the tendency might be to think they will suddenly become bigger, stronger and more forceful. That might be true, but their coordination often doesn’t keep pace in the short-term.

“Typically in our sport, when they hit that growth acceleration, the extremities grow first, then limbs and then torso,” Martel said. “In a sport like hockey, you’ll see kids that are pretty good skaters and then, seemingly overnight, their skating mechanics go haywire. They look clumsy and can’t quite get things right. Or they might keep their mechanics, but slow way down. They just haven’t caught up with their bodies yet.”

If that happens in between seasons, a player might show up at a tryout and wind up getting cut because he or she looks uncoordinated, when in reality, that’s just a short-term consequence of a growth spurt.

“We’ve had elite players cut from teams at these ages because they show up for tryouts and there is no institutional knowledge of how good they really are,” Martel said. “There are tons of examples of that happening out there. It’s really about having patience and understanding that sometimes adolescent players might go backward in the short-term.”

Along the same lines, kids who go through growth spurts and mature earlier “tend to get rewarded” because they are bigger and stronger than the kids who don’t, Martel said. But he cautions that coaches – and by extension the players themselves – need to understand it will even out in the long-term.

“In three or four years, they might just be an average-size kid and not have the size advantage,” Martel added. “And if they haven’t learned to solve problems with their head, they’ll be in trouble.”

How can parents monitor development?

In some ways, recognizing a growth spurt might be pretty obvious.

“Parents intuitively see it,” Martel said. “In a month, a kid has grown four inches and the grocery bill is through the roof.”

But there are also a few things to measure, particularly for parents of 12U players looking for signs of a growth spurt. Martel recommends checking height, of course, but also arm span and seated torso height.

“Take that every couple months so you can get a sense for when kids are growing,” Martel said. “If you have a club or local association that’s doing this for the kids, it’s pretty good feedback.”

That information can be beneficial for the player’s hockey development as well as their overall development. If they’re going through a growing period, they might need more work on skating technique and flexibility to help them adapt to their changing bodies.

“It’s really important to be cognizant of where your kids are at, to be mindful and take that into consideration,” Martel said. “The kid who is used to being a good skater but is now an ugly skater, you might have to go back and work on some flexibility to work through that. They’ll come out on the other side of the change a very good player.”

Patience is key

As is the case with so many facets of parenting, patience is key when dealing with growth-related changes. It happens to everyone, at different rates and different points. It’s usually earlier for girls; for boys, a growth spurt might not happen until they are in 14U or even 16U.

Regardless of when it happens, parents need to recognize that not only is it normal, it’s normal for an athlete to struggle through it.

“Too often, people in youth sports get wrapped up in the outcomes,” said Martel. “If a kid is more awkward, has difficult skating, and endures a performance drop-off, we just need a little more patience with kids at these ages. It’s OK. It’s part of the normal growth and development process for kids.”

And proving once again that kids can teach us about life, Martel adds: “Just when you think you have it figured out, they change again.”

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Florida Eels Junior Hockey Spring and Summer Training

Frankie Scarpaci, Head Coach Florida Eels Premier Team, will be hosting Spring and Summer Training commencing April 3rd 2017

 

I.  Eight Weeks Off Ice Conditioning and Training

April 3- May 19th will consist of 3 days per week of intensive Off-Ice Strength and Conditioning Training & Agility and Dry Land Skills

 

3 Days per week Time and Days TBD

 

Cost $300 for 8 weeks No proration of cost.

 

Reservation and Payment due by March 23rd Limited spots

 

Location varies from World Gym and the Fort Myers Skatium

 

II. Two Months Intense On Ice and Off Ice Conditioning Training For Elite and Premier Level Junior Players

Commencing the week of May 22nd 2 months of Ice and Off Ice Junior Hockey/College Skills Training

 

Monthly Intense On Ice and Off Ice Conditioning Training For Elite and Premier Level Junior Players destined to play Junior or college hockey in the Fall 2017.

 

On Ice 6:30 am – 7:30 am

Wednesdays Thursdays and Fridays

Specialized in individual skills

·      Including power skating, explosive speed, edge work

·      Creative stickhandling, puck control and puck protection

·      Shooting and scoring

Positional Coaching

Battle techniques

 

 

Off Ice  “Off-Ice Strength and Conditioning Training, Agility and Dry Land Skills

3-4 days per week

Two sessions of Dry Land will be available. Morning and Afternoon to accommodate work schedules for many junior players

Location varies from World Gym and the Fort Myers Skatium

 

Cost: $300.00 per month. No proration

 

There will be limited spots available. Players skill level must be approved by Head Coach Frankie Scarpaci.  Players must sign up by April 14th

 

Contact Clare Scarpaci to register

941-400-0712 flelitehockey@aol.com

 

Florida Eels Youth Hockey Summer Camp Dates

Summer Camp 2017 Info

Location: 
Fort Myers Skatium
 2250 Broadway
Fort Myers Fl 33901

 

Summer Camp 2017 Info

Location: 
Fort Myers Skatium
 2250 Broadway
Fort Myers Fl 33901

Dates:  week one 
June 12th - 16th
 week two July 17th - 21st   and  week 3  July 31 thru August 4th  

Camp drop off is at 9:00 am
 

Ice times and Off – Ice: TBD

Mites – Bantams stay from 9:00 am – 4 :00 pm
 Pick Up time is at 4:00 pm sharp

Midgets and Juniors Done by noon
  Cost:
  225.00 for all players

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

 

 

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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

 

Clayton Boyd Zac Boyle and Nolan Greene Off To Beantown Spring Classic

FLORIDA EELS | News | by Frank Scarpaci

Congratulations goes out to Florida Eels Elite players Clayton Boyd, Zac Boyle and Nolan Greene for being selected to participated in the most prestigious post season hockey showcase in North America: The Beantown Spring Classic. The Beantown Spring Classic is a three day event taking place this Wednesday, March 8th-Friday, March 10th with the intent of showcasing the best players from east coast in a small event setting for the purpose of giving the NHL scouts and College recruiters the best forum to evaluate the top talent from the past year in one setting. The tournament features three boys divisions: A NHL Draft Division, A College Division and A NHL Pre Draft Division.

Zac, Clayton and Nolan will all compete and be showcased in the College Division. In the College Division, Six teams will be selected and will play three games over three days. Each team will consist of 10 forwards, 6 defense and 2 goalies. Players such as Zac, Clayton and Nolan have been selected from the USPHL, EHL, Midget AAA and Prep/High school programs. Players’ selection for this division was made based on winter coach nominations and selections as well with the input of NHL scouting partners and college coaches. This division is made up of high end players who did not make Central scouting midterm report but were on it before and players who are close to getting a D-1 college deal done but have not done so yet. Age eligible players are born between 1996-1999. NHL scouts will coach all teams.

We wish Clayton, Zac and Nolan the best of luck. We trust they will compete extremely well as they have for the Eels throughout the past 3+ seasons and that they surely demonstrate to the college coaches and scouts that they are outstanding prospects and candidates for their program in the Fall 2017.

In 2016, here is a partial college scouting list:

NCAA Division I
Yale
Brown
Holy Cross-
Bentley
Maine
U Mass Lowell
Quinnipiac 
U Conn
Providence College
Sacred Heart University
Union College
Boston University
Boston College
UNH
Army
Merrimack College
Minnesota
Michigan
Colgate

NCAA Division III
Stonehill College
Wesleyan
Tuffs
Curry College
Skidmore
Trinity College
SUNY Plattsburgh
Elmira
Utica
Morrisville
Nazareth
Hobart
Hamilton College
Wentworth 
Potsdam
Middlebury

NHL Presence
NHL Central Scouting
Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Black Hawks
Anaheim Ducks
Calgary Flames
Washington Capitals
Boston Bruins
LA Kings
Ottawa Senators
Florida Panthers
Colorado Avalanche 
Winnipeg Jets 
San Jose Sharks 
Edmonton Oilers
Pittsburgh Penguins 
Buffalo Sabers

Player safety and the culture of playing through pain

03/02/2017, 10:15am MST

By Blake Schuster

Players and fans love to tout it. The media is quick to promote it.

Man, hockey players sure are tough.

Staying in the game, playing through pain. It’s come to define a sport that’s as intense as it is exciting. And it’s a trait valued in the top leagues. But if we’re not careful, as parents and coaches, is it sending the wrong message to our younger players who are still learning the game?

Dr. Larry Lauer, former consultant for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program, has studied aggression and violence in hockey. He has worked with coaches, players and parents to make sure they understand the dangers of playing through injury.

 

Whenever someone brings up the toughness factor of NHLers, his rebuttal is swift and simple.

“Those guys get paid millions of dollars,” Lauer said. “It’s their livelihood. They’ve made choices along the way that has put them at a point where they’re taking responsibility and they have good insurance and are getting paid. The kids have to understand that for them, it’s a game. They’re not making any money off of it. It’s OK if they sit down.”

Lauer also tries to give clear advice on how to decide if a child needs to sit out of game. He recommends players ask themselves two questions before trying to go back into a game: If I go in, am I hurting myself more? And if I go in, am I making it worse for my team?

If the answer is ‘yes’ to either of those, it’s imperative to stay off the ice.

Speaking up

Telling someone you’re hurt is not always easy, especially in the middle of a game. Certainly not in a sport that, at the highest levels, glorifies playing through pain. That’s why Lauer recommends constant communication between players, parents, coaches and athletic trainers or doctors. There needs to be a consensus on returning to play from all of them.

“You want to have the parents support that you’re not being a hero when you go back in hurt,” said Lauer, who is now a mental skills specialist for the United States Tennis Association. “That just doesn’t happen that way in youth hockey and it’s not worth it. They have to understand that they have so many more years in the game if they can stay healthy.”

It’s important to recognize what type of pain you’re feeling on the bench as well. If it’s beyond shortness of breath and general soreness, ask for help from a coach. To prepare for these situations, Lauer recommends having conversations before games and practices to ensure they don’t get caught up in the moment, either.

“The coaches need to be cognizant of their first role: to keep the kids safe and do not turn this into ‘the only way you show toughness is to go back on the ice,’” Lauer said. “It’s not true.”

Stymying the stigma

The best way to show you’re strong is by speaking up when necessary. Whether as an injured player, a coach or a teammate. In order to protect yourself and your team from harm, there are certain culture changes that locker rooms need to exhibit.

It starts with older players setting the tone that joking or badmouthing an injured teammate or opponent won’t be tolerated. Teams need to also make sure that when a player is injured they are not forced to stay away. They should be welcomed and included at practices and games. Players should focus on supporting one another when dealing with injuries, not pretending they don’t exist.

Parents and coaches should make these points clear – and set a good example.

“What’s our purpose? It’s for the kids to have a great experience and keeping them safe,” said Lauer. “If we understand that comes first, we can eliminate some of the fears that kids have that are related to being injured.”

Encourage the healthy toughness that truly defines hockey – resiliency, relentlessness, tenaciousness, commitment. If we pressure kids to play through pain – and let’s remember, they are kids – we are putting them at risk for further injury and disappointment. And if the game is no longer enjoyable, we also risk losing them from the sport entirely.

Is your daughter interested in learning how to play hockey?

Register her today!

 
 

Register and attend all three street hockey clinics in order to be able to try ice hockey for free! We will supply all the gear, we just hope your daughter falls in love with the game! 

Sign up for all clinics now:

Street - Saturday, March 4th 12-1pm

Street - Saturday, March 11th 12-1pm 

Street - Saturday, March 18th 12-1pm 

Ice - Saturday, April 1st 10:15-11:15am 

Once your daughter attends her first street clinic, she will be given a stick and ball to take home for free! After the on ice clinic, you will receive a voucher for discounted learn to play/skate registration! 

All clinics will be held at Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex (5309 29th St E, Ellenton, FL 34222). 

Any questions or concerns do not hesitate to reach out to Kristen at kbowness@amaliearena.com

Thanks and hope to see you out there! 

Columbus Blue Jackets rookie Zach Werenski could become the Tom Brady of the NHL

Blue Jackets rookie Zach Werenski is still adjusting to the pace of the NHL but has already shown that he's not afraid to speak up for himself. James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 23, 2017

  • Craig CustanceESPN Senior Writer 

  •  The first 40 games as an NHL rookie are kind of a breeze. At least that's the way Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones describes it.

The thrill of fulfilling a lifelong dream gets you through the first portion of the schedule. You're just excited to be there. One night you're facing Sidney Crosbyon the opposing team. The next night it's Jaromir Jagr. It's hard not to get fired up for that.

"You're playing off adrenaline," Jones said.

Then, about halfway through the season, it gets harder. Hey, it's Crosby again. Uh oh. And how does this other team know all my tendencies already?

"Reality kind of kicks in," Jones said.

It certainly did for Jones' teammate and defensive partner, Zach Werenski.

As Werenski progressed through the U.S. development team program and the University of Michigan, his seasons would wind down after 30 or so games. Last season, playing for both Michigan and the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters during their playoff run, Werenski took part in a combined 60 games. It was a nice buildup for the next level.

But it was nothing like what he is experiencing now as a rookie.

Werenski will have played 60 games shortly after the Blue Jackets return from their bye week. Then there's the playoffs, a spot in which the Blue Jackets -- who have 79 points heading into their five-day break -- have all but secured.

Earlier this season, Werenski joked that he might have to pick up a hobby because of all the extra time off the ice that being a professional afforded him. He's living with teammate Josh Anderson this season and spent a lot of time hanging out at the mall or playing Xbox, about what you'd expect from a 19-year-old.

That's changing, though.

"Now it's to the point where [once] practice is over, you want to lay in bed," Werenski said. "It's such a long year. You want to get your rest and feel good for the next game. Now I have no problem doing nothing."

At times, especially earlier this month, it looked as though Werenski might be slowing down after a hot start to his NHL career. He was taken off Columbus' first power-play unit to help shift focus to his defense and his play without the puck. He went his longest stretch without registering a point -- six games -- to start February.

With a tough veteran such as John Tortorella as his first NHL coach, the teenage defenseman could have been forgiven if he were afraid to speak up and went into a bit of a shell. It has taken veterans more than a season to feel comfortable going to Tortorella with issues.

Facing Sidney Crosby and the Penguins for a second time wasn't quite as much of a thrill for Zach Werenski, who went pointless in their Feb. 17 showdown. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Not Werenski.

When the offense started to dry up, he approached Tortorella with a solution.

"He said, 'Sometimes I don't get enough touches and I'm not in the game,'" Tortorella said. "That's what's cool about him. That's what's really neat about him."

Former NHL winger Doug Brown coached Werenski for years in Michigan. Brown's youth hockey teams featured Werenski on defense, along with current Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin and Winnipeg Jets left winger Kyle Connor up front. The teams were, not surprisingly, pretty darn good.

When Werenski's comment to Tortorella about needing touches was relayed to Brown, he laughed.

"I love hearing that," Brown said. "What a great comment. It's not an arrogant comment, it's 'I want to do more.'"

To listen to Brown's philosophy on hockey is to understand how Werenski arrived in the NHL a very modern and mature defenseman.

Brown taught his players not to think in terms of positions like defensemen and forwards. He wanted all five skaters to try to use their brains to create advantages on the ice, to forge triangles around the other team.

 

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Brown's dad is a math teacher and a football coach, and Brown coached his youth hockey players with that gridiron mindset. The ice is like a football field, he believes, and each player is a quarterback trying to find the first open receiver as quickly as possible.

"I taught the players, 'You are a hockey player. It doesn't matter where you are lined up on the faceoff. Play the game. Use the goalie if you need to. Pass the puck and change positions. If you see an intelligent reason to head up ice, head up ice,'" Brown said. "I kept very few rules."

During his time in Detroit, Scotty Bowman was a very strong influence on Brown. There are also shades of the Red Wings' Russian Five in Brown's philosophy.

"[Thanks to] Scotty Bowman and the Russian Five, we got our PhD in understanding and creating more opportunities," Brown said. "Other sports -- like soccer, lacrosse and hockey -- teach you to create 2-on-1s. ... Go way back to the 1980 Olympic team; we saw how great the Russians were. That was the beginning."

Werenski was raised to think about the game. And he had the intellect to grasp it all at a young age.

"It's the brain, not the body," Brown said. "It's the brain creating time and space by moving to create 2-on-1s. He does the analytics. The brain is a muscle, and he pushes it hard to keep learning."

Teams have adjusted to Werenski -- "He's a marked man," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said -- but he is adjusting in return. He's confident enough to communicate with his coach about fine-tuning things even more.

After starting the month with that pointless streak, Werenski has had five points in his past last three games. He scored a goal and had two assists against the Nashville Predators on Sunday to give him nine goals and 36 points on the season.

The Florida PanthersAaron Ekblad was the last rookie defenseman to win the Calder Trophy. He had 12 goals to go with 39 points in 2014-15. Werenski is on track to blow past those numbers.

He just happens to be playing in a rookie class that also includes Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, making Werenski a Calder dark horse. He has entered the NHL a bit like Tom Brady did the NFL -- as an unheralded, overshadowed University of Michigan kid who is using his intellect to find open receivers time after time.

Quietly, the numbers are starting to add up.

 

Always be learning

02/28/2017, 3:45pm MST

By Matt Cunningham, Manager, USA Hockey Coaching Education Program

If you've seen or read "Glengarry Glen Ross," you know the classic line with which Alec Baldwin's character scolds his band of weary salesman.

"Always be closing."

In sports and youth development (and life in general), we can adapt this to "always be learning."

Living in Colorado Springs presents some unique opportunities for sharing ideas and best practices with other national governing bodies. During a recent three-day experience with USA Volleyball, I was fortunate to learn about our many similarities, some obvious differences, and also how some coaching best practices are universal. Here are my key takeaways for coaching development:

Find your ‘why’

A common theme during the three days was developing your philosophy and the importance of staying true to your values. Why are you coaching? Is it to win or to teach young people valuable sport and life skills that will benefit them in both the short- and long-term?

Along these lines, a common theme was planning in a variety of areas. For example, how do you define your goals as a coach and teacher of the game, especially as it relates to both your team as a whole and each individual, unique athlete? To take this to another level, how do these components fit into the overall development of your guiding principles, which include team rules, choosing captains, designing playing systems and overall skill development?

Different skills, common themes

One afternoon, a group of coaches were presented a challenge that measured much more than the ability to teach a specific volleyball skill. Coaches were divided into small groups with each group assigned a skill, such as serving, blocking or back-row defense.

With my limited knowledge of volleyball, I was nonetheless overwhelmed by the parallels to be found in coaching hockey. 

Blocked vs. Random

While each group was leading the class, two instructors led an ongoing dialogue that transitioned from individual skill development to team systems and communicating with your athletes.

One emerging theme was finding the balance between blocked and random practice. As a hockey coach, one of my initial thoughts was that volleyball players must spend significant time in blocked scenarios, considering the agility, coordination and strength required to perform a serve for example. One of the instructors made a valid point that, while players need plenty of time to develop fundamentals, they ultimately need to be placed in game-like scenarios to develop their game sense.

Furthermore, a coach presented a challenge to his peers; one that's valid for any coach in any sport. How can you add an additional component, skill element or progression to an individual exercise? 

Communication

We all have our favored words or terms for common parts of the game. The key is finding common language with your team or club. During my time with USA Volleyball, succinct is a word that came to my mind often. Coaches were encouraged to use direct words that convey the exact desired outcome. For example, instead of instructing “I'd like you to …” or “I want you to …” use simple language such as “Do this.” This should be followed by the "Why."

Consistent coaching cues – feet to the ball, jump, load, open, close – gave me a better understanding of skills and concepts in a fairly limited amount of time. Beyond coaching cues, the group discussed striking the delicate balance between providing valuable feedback and giving players the latitude to figure some things out on their own through trial and error.

If you can’t pass, why are you working on an offensive system?

Are we talking volleyball? Basketball? Hockey? All of the above and more?

Another consistent theme that resonated is the need to focus on individual skill development and the progression from blocked to random, and challenges with finding the balance. What you're coaching is chaos and young athletes who can think, anticipate and adapt will have better chances for success regardless of the sport. Discussions centered on age-appropriate equipment (the Volley Lite), separating starters and substitutes at too early of an age and the need for athletes to play all positions.

Perhaps my favorite takeaway comes from the life skills and intangibles that young people gain through youth sports. While they'll remember some wins and losses, the team-building and fun activities that we, as coaches, can design will stick with them for years to come. 

Top 10 features of the Mobile Coach App

 

Top 10 features of the Mobile Coach App

02/27/2017, 11:30am MST

By Mike Doyle

We are in the Information Age and USA Hockey has put a wealth of hockey knowledge into your pocket.

With the USA Hockey Mobile Coach App, coaches, parents and players have nearly 3,000 pieces of hockey content, including drills, coaching manuals, practice plans, video tutorials and more.

The app has been downloaded more than 130,000 times, with more than 15,000 coaches opening accounts with the service. Its popularity has spread beyond the U.S., with more than 11,000 sessions opened in Canada and nearly 5,000 in Morocco (yes, Morocco).

“This has the potential to be a global tool. The No. 4 city [for usage] is Casablanca,” said Mark Tabrum, director of the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program. “What we believe happened is that they hosted a tournament, and someone there must’ve had the app, told people about it and it just blew up.

“This is a product we made for USA Hockey members to help hockey in America. However, helping hockey internationally is a bonus and it’s fun to see coaches around the globe using USA Hockey tools to grow the game.”

Maybe the best feature: it’s free to anyone with a smartphone or tablet.

“Used at the highest level, it’s a free tool for hockey coaches that puts all of USA Hockey’s coaching resources into the palm of their hand,” said Tabrum.

Here are 10 great features of the app that will help you get more out of your hockey experience, whether you’re a coach, parent or player.

Age-specific practice plans

At the youth level, coaches are often volunteers or have primary jobs outside the hockey world. So, as much as they might like to be full-time coaches, they just don’t have the time to constantly plan practices.

The app has entire age-specific practice plans available for busy coaches.

“You get off work late, you get to the rink and think, ‘What am I going to do for practice?’” Tabrum said. “A coach can go to their age-specific plan, find about where they are in the season, and print that plan and run it for practice.”

Practice plan builder

Once you become comfortable with the app, you can dive into customizing your own practice plans. The first step for this function is to sign up for a free app account. Once you’re registered, you can use all the resources in the app to create custom practice plans.

Coaches can outline entire practices, and use the app to assign drills and stations to their coaching staff. This feature will log an entire season of practices and help coaches ensure that there is a proper balance of skills, drills and small-area games.

“Even with multiple teams on the ice, you have the ability to, in the app, break the entire ice up into sections and stations, and those into drills accordingly,” Tabrum said.

Activity tracker

Previously parents or coaches wanting to track an individual’s activity on the ice had to log what the player was doing – whether it was skating, puckhandling, shooting or passing – on a piece of paper. With Mobile Coach’s activity tracker, you can log a player’s entire season of activity and monitor the amount of reps their getting with each practice. 

“Now it’s all tracked with the touch of a button,” Tabrum said. “If a kid is skating, you hit the button and it tracks, timewise, his or her skating. So, you can actually see what the player is doing throughout the practice or game.”

The thought behind the tracker was to compare the old-style approach against an American Development Model, station-based practice. Comparatively speaking, players are much more active in the ADM, station-based practices. But now parents and coaches can see the proof with data.

“It gives player analytics,” Tabrum said. “If you track 25 practices, you’re able to see the growth over time. When you have and see the data points of a properly run ADM practice, as far as puck touches, passes and shots, the benefits are clear.”

Small-area games

“The small-area games book used to be a manual that was printed – it was a big document,” Tabrum said. “It used to be this big manual that you had bring to the rink and flag and highlight and make photocopies.

“Now it’s all in your hand.” 

Every small-area game from the entire manual is now in the Drills section. Even better, small-area games are categorized to be age-specific.

“The small-area games section is probably worth the download alone,” Tabrum said.

Goaltending content

Oftentimes at the youth level, coaches don’t know a lot about teaching goaltending specifics. Sometimes lining up pucks at the top of the circle and firing wristers is the only goaltender-specific drill a team will do in a day.

The fear of not knowing what to do for your netminder is no longer a hindrance with Mobile Coach. It has five sections of goalie-centric drills and a video section specifically teaching goaltending technique. For those coaches who might not know much about the position, the app can be like another assistant coach specifically for netminders.

Coaching news

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There’s always something to learn and USA Hockey is a great source for the latest developments in coaching. Mobile Coach aggregates all the latest news from USA Hockey like an RSS feed.

“This pulls the latest articles from USAHockey.com,” Tabrum said. “The second we publish an article and tag it for coaching, it goes to the app. You always have the latest coaching news from USA Hockey.”  

Just like when receiving a text message, the app sends out push notifications whenever there’s added content, so you never miss out on the latest news and developments.

Video content

Youngsters learn by watching and there is an ever-expanding library of nearly 300 free videos for anyone with the app.

“Years ago, we came out with our Skills and Drills DVDs, which was 400 on- and off-ice drills,” Tabrum said. “Those are all on the app.”

The collection of Skills and Drills DVDs cost $80. Now, you can get the entire collection of 800-plus videos with a one-time purchase of $8.99.

USA Hockey Rulebook

Found under the Manuals heading, the app includes the digital version of the entire USA Hockey Rulebook. The rulebook also has a search function with which users can find a vast library of resources, including rules, descriptions, videos or examples.

“It has everything you need to know the rules of the game,” Tabrum said.

Smart search

Sometimes you know what you want, but just don’t know where to go. Just like Googling has provided internet users with endless information, the smart search function makes it easy to find anything in the app.

“As you start typing, it pulls content for you,” Tabrum said. “If I pull up the search and start typing ‘checking,’ by the time I get to ‘C-H-E-C,’ I have three Skills and Drills, the Checking the Right Way manual and probably 100 videos.”

Off-ice training

Development isn’t limited to on-ice sessions. Mobile Coach also hosts off-ice training resources, including age-specific dryland and stickhandling drills kids can do in their basement or driveway.

Whether it’s dynamic warmups, agility training, stickhandling, etc., coaches can now quickly and easily dial up off-ice programs to help develop athleticism.

Continuous expansion and improvement 

USA Hockey is always looking to improve its tools and the Mobile Coach App is no different. One of the best things about the app might be its potential. Currently on Version 3.0, Tabrum expects the next update will bring even more innovation.

“We’re always trying to make it better,” said Tabrum. “If you look at where it was, we didn’t even know what we had when we started it. It was just a library. We’re constantly listening to our coaches and trying to deliver a better product.”

Tabrum said there will be significant upgrades in the next version, especially to the activity tracker, whiteboard, navigation and expanded app tutorials.

“Version 4 will be a product that every youth hockey coach is going to want to have,” Tabrum said.

Kunin on the little things that pay big dividends

02/28/2017, 9:15am MST

By Evan Sporer - Special to USAHockey.com

Luke Kunin

Luke Kunin generates a lot of scoring chances, but it’s not always the flashy plays that put points on the board.

Growing up in St. Louis, he had plenty of people to emulate in the hockey world. He was surrounded by former NHL pros turned youth coaches such as Keith Tkachuk, Al MacInnis, Jeff Brown and Jamie Rivers, who combined to score more than 1,000 NHL goals.

Yet, when Kunin reflects on his development as a youth, it's not his coaches’ collective goal-scoring prowess that he credits.

"They were people who installed those good habits in me at a young age, and taught me how to play the game the right way," said Kunin, a standout for the Wisconsin Badgers who captained Team USA to a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. "You're not going to score and do things in the offensive zone if you're not taking away the puck in the defensive zone and shutting the other team down."

Kunin offered advice on how to play the right way, and in doing so, how to create more scoring chances.

The cool things

The allure of scoring can be all-consuming in youth hockey. But Kunin, who was selected with the 15th pick overall by the Minnesota Wild in the 2016 NHL Draft, has seen firsthand the benefits of perfecting all the areas that make goal-scoring possible.

"I was the same way," Kunin said. "You want to do the cool things you see the NHL guys do, and things like that, but developing those other skills and the little things like lifting the stick, stealing pucks, blocking shots, whether it's being good on the walls or making smart plays, just learning those other areas are going to help you score more goals.

"I know as a young, 12-year-old kid it's probably hard to agree with that or realize it, but as you get older … if you're doing the right things away from the puck, and the right things all around the rink, then you're going to get your scoring chances."

Well-roundedness wins

Learning all areas of the game and wanting to become a complete player is paramount.

“Obviously if you score, it's great, but as you get older, if you do some other things really well, then you know your coach will have that trust to put you out there, and be reliable in certain situations. Faceoffs are huge. If you're good on those, your coach is going to put you out at key times. You want to be a plus-player; you don't want to be out there for goals-against.”

It's something Kunin has been lauded for and a reputation he has created. He kills penalties, plays against the other teams’ top forwards, and can be called upon in any situation.

"Winning for me is the most important thing, and whether I score or not, it doesn't really matter to me," Kunin said. "I just want to win the game, and do what I can to help my team be successful."

Winning, he stressed, should not be all-or-nothing at the youth levels, and the focus should be on skill development, learning the game and most importantly, having fun.

Little battles, big impact

Kunin noted that a lot of so-called little things create big momentum for the team and get teammates fired up.

"You've got some guys who are maybe heavy forecheckers and get some momentum going for your team," Kunin said. "Maybe a huge penalty kill, blocking shots, a goalie making big saves. Just being there, being supportive on the bench, and always talking and supporting with positive things are what brings teams close together."

It’s hard work that pays off for Kunin, who also captained Team USA at the 2015 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship. That team featured players like Auston Matthews, Matthew Tkachuk and other rising stars.

They also won gold.

"I've been very fortunate and honored to be the captain of some great hockey teams," Kunin said. "It's been awesome. I take pride in my work ethic more than anything else. For the young kids, that's one place to start: Judge your game by how hard you work, and the things you can control. You can't always control whether you're going to score or get points, but you can always control how hard you're working, and how competitive you are.

"It's one thing that was definitely set in me at a young age, and that's why I've been in the positions I have been. That – working hard – and having fun are the most important things you have to remember. Especially as you move up levels and you want to make teams, you have to be able to do the little things that help you win games and help you be successful. The little details are what wins hockey games, and what wins championships. If kids learn that at a young age, it's going to help them in the long run.”

Leadership Roles

Like any young player, Louie Belpedio looked to the captains of the Miami University hockey team for guidance and leadership. He studied their tendencies and behaviors, and eventually began to develop a leadership style of his own.

Two years later, it’s his turn to wear the ‘C.’

A junior defenseman for the RedHawks, Belpedio understands what it takes to gain the respect of his teammates. He served as captain for Team USA at the 2014 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship, winning gold; and as an alternate captain for the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team, which captured bronze.

Now, with 14 freshmen on the Miami roster, Belpedio has his work cut out for him. With so many underclassmen, head coach Enrico Blasi enlists four rotating assistant captains – a move Belpedio approves of.

“It gives guys a boost of confidence,” said Belpedio, a third-round draft pick (80th overall) of the Minnesota Wild. “A letter on your shoulder makes you want to be the best you want to be. But just because I wear a letter doesn’t mean I have to be the go-to leadership guy.”

He’s right. Players don’t have to wear a letter to be leaders. Everyone can be a leader and Belpedio offered advice on how to develop leadership skills and put them into action.

Discover your style

There’s not a one-size-fits-all style of leadership.

“I don’t try to be someone I’m not,” Belpedio said. “I don’t try to go out of the way and be a big tough guy and be a vocal leader. I try to lead by example. At the same time, when things need to be said, I’m not afraid to speak up. The most important part for me is to be myself.”

Be a listener

Being a good leader means being a good listener. Leaders should keep their fingers on the pulse of the team. Any issues, insights or new ideas should be communicated to the coaching staff.

Is someone going through a rough patch, on or off the ice? Did a player have a bad game, period or shift? Does someone want to change a team’s warm-up routine or practice plan?

Leaders don’t just preach. They keep their eyes and ears open. This is a lesson and skill that will benefit kids on and off the ice as they mature and approach adulthood and ultimately the workforce.

Be an example

Finishing every drill hard in practice. Back-checking every time the opposing team rushes the puck. Showing up early. Taking every off-ice workout or dryland repetition seriously.

And doing all of these things when no one is watching.

Belpedio said these may seem like little things, but it’s the little things that make a big difference. And if leaders can get the entire team to buy in to doing the little things, they will be successful.

“I think it’s just important for me to be myself and show the guys what it takes,” Belpedio said. “For me, this will be my third year and I know what you have to give, and what you get in return. I’ve tried to model that with the guys that are coming back.”

Attitude is contagious

There are ups and downs throughout the season. There will be struggles not only in hockey, but in life. Maintaining a positive attitude makes all the difference in how challenges are overcome, both individually and as a team.

How does your child react after a bad game or a bad call on the ice? Does he or she slam their stick, pout or blame others? Or do they rally the troops to push forward and stay focused on the process? Do they bring people up or bring people down?

It’s critical for team leaders to help set the tone and create a positive atmosphere on and off the ice. Attitude is contagious – good or bad – and it’s not all verbal. It’s very evident in the way people carry themselves.

“Just don’t try to be something you’re not. Be yourself and people will love you for it,” Belpedio said. “Be the best you can be every single day.”

Tough and Clean: Finding the balance

01/30/2017, 11:15am MST

By Blake Schuster - Special to USA Hockey

As players advance to 14U/16U and beyond, the game intensifies. Athletes’ bodies are maturing, the pace picks up and the quality of play improves rapidly. For boys, body-checking is now permitted. And for girls, body contact and physical play also ramps up.

To be elite, there’s an element of toughness that becomes necessary.

What exactly is toughness, and how can we as parents ensure our kids play tough, clean hockey?

Line in the sand

Dr. Larry Lauer served as a consultant for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program. He is the former director of coaching education and development at Michigan State University’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports and has studied aggression and violence in hockey.

Lauer has worked with kids to show them just where the line is between playing tough and playing dangerously.

“If you are unduly creating harm for someone else physically or psychologically, then that’s over the line,” said Lauer, now a mental skills specialist for the United States Tennis Association. “Now, within the norms of hockey, throwing a hit, body-checking, that’s all legit. I love that part of the game. But with players, we have to define what is over that line. When you’re throwing an elbow, your intention is to put someone in harm’s way. Same with leaving your feet to initiate a hit. There’s a reason why those things are not legal.”

Lauer recommends talking to kids about the specific behaviors that can separate a clean play from a dirty one. The more detailed, the better. If you’re watching hockey with your child – on TV or in person – and you see a dirty play, explain why it’s illegal. And vice versa, if you see a clean battle or body-check, point those out as well.

Think about your reactions to dangerous plays on TV. If these are celebrated, your kid might take that as a sign to replicate that behavior in his/her own game.

Showing videos of both incidents and the avoidance of them will enhance these conversations. One player Lauer cites as playing the correct way is former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.

“He never wrecked anybody,” Lauer said. “But he was always able to get possession of the puck, protect the puck and make the next pass. You let video do the talking a lot of times. You show players on video what it is that you mean and they can get a visual of what’s inside the lines and what’s outside.”

Remind your kids why body-checking and body contact is allowed in hockey: to separate the player from the puck.

Word to the wise

Sometimes it’s the language parents, coaches and kids use when talking about hitting that is just as important as the aggression seen on the ice.

Have you encouraged your kid to play more physical, play with an attitude or “hit somebody”? Your intentions may be clean, but a player could interpret this as “go injure that guy.”

These are some of the moments that worry Lauer. And the ones he finds most correctable.

“Help the kids understand that they have control over most of these behaviors by doing certain things,” Lauer said.

Lauer advises players to create a routine for when they get angry or aggressive: turn away from your opponent, keep your stick on the ice and use the adrenaline in a positive way.

Parents and coaches should be careful of punishing players for stepping over the line if these routines fail.

“If the language becomes ‘do this and you’re sitting,’ well that’s great, but we know that 14- and 15-year-old kids aren’t great at managing their emotions,” Lauer said. “You need to give them skills, to work with them and be patient. Punishment is not the only tool. It should be the last tool we use to try and get our message across.”

Big hits have big consequences

Punishments for undisciplined play manifest in other ways during a game. When a player lines up for a big hit, aside from the risk of injury, he or she can end up out of the play and help create a scoring chance for their opponents.

Or they’ll be penalized.

The way hockey at the highest levels is moving toward a more open, faster style of play, special teams are so important. The cost of going after another player on the ice isn’t worth the outcome for either party.

It also shows poor character. And if your kid is hoping this type of behavior will help them get noticed in a good way, think again.

“That kind of behavior, where a player is taking the game in their own hands and trying to take somebody out, they’re going to eliminate themselves from the game,” Lauer said. “Coaches won’t rely on them in the pressure moments. They can’t trust them to not take a penalty.”

Are coaches looking for tough players? Absolutely. But it’s the mental toughness on and off the ice that creates successful athletes and people. Overcoming adversity, making a commitment to training and nutrition, maintaining discipline, having a Zach Parise-like work ethic and battle level every game – that’s what coaches are looking for. That’s the kind of toughness players need to excel.

Building character, commitment and camaraderie

11/17/2016, 3:00pm MST

By Blake Schuster - Special to USA Hockey

At 14U/16U and beyond, players must decide how committed they want to be to hockey. And while it adds a new air of excitement to the sport, it also carries challenges both inside and outside of the rink, which require more introspection than most players have yet to experience.

Specifically, it comes down to making smart choices about the people you surround yourself with, the stuff you put into your body and your focus on excelling as an athlete. As benign a task as it may seem, these matters become increasingly complicated as players get older.

John LaFontaine has coached at Minnesota prep school powerhouse Shattuck-St. Mary’s and now leads the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the United States Hockey League. On the topic of teaching players how to make positive decisions, for the most part, there are no cookie-cutter answers. Every player is different. So what he advises instead is for the players to truthfully reflect on themselves.

Asking yourself the right questions

“With the world we live in, there’s a lot of distractions, that’s for sure,” LaFontaine said. “There’s a lot of things that can steer people in the wrong direction.”

The first step to staying on a healthy path, and keeping the right people in your life, comes from three questions LaFontaine asks his players to deeply consider:

  • What is your passion?
  • What are your your goals?
  • How do you stay focused on working towards those goals?

Answering these questions is vital to moving one’s career forward in a positive way, and eases the temptation of a variety of vices or distractions outside the rink.

“We put so much stress and focus on kids that it becomes, ‘You’ve got to present yourself in a way to get attention,’” LaFontaine said. “‘Twitter this and Facebook that.’ You get disappointed with that focus because that’s not what life is about.”

Being a better teammate

To illustrate the importance of what life and hockey is about, LaFontaine tends to focus on the culture inside his locker room – making sure he knows his players personally, and that his players know each other the same way.

“We want you to understand what it means to be a teammate and understand what it means to care about others instead of only yourself,” LaFontaine said. “That means being in the right place and doing the right things.”

LaFontaine quickly learns which players will look him in the eye when speaking to them, which ones carry themselves with confidence and which ones are struggling to get out of their comfort zones. That’s why he advocates teaching players how to learn about each other, imparting the same values they should look for in friends in and outside of hockey.

“There are some players that have so much confidence it’s scary,” LaFontaine said. “They learn to just take care of number one, so their focus is a bit different. You need to learn humility and sacrifice.”

He says the key is to make sure players have an agenda to get to know each other, especially as some 16-year-olds begin to flourish on the ice and can end up on teams with players two-to-four years older than them.

Build healthy habits

The final issue LaFontaine covers with his players is how to create a beneficial schedule when they are given increased freedom.

“There has to be structure,” LaFontaine said. “If you play for this team, what are the expectations of you to stay on the right track? Eating right, getting your right amount of sleep, preparing the right way, coming to practice focused so that you can get better at practice.”

A lot of it comes down to trust. If players are setting good goals, acting as good teammates and keeping a tight circle of friends, there is less cause for worry.

For LaFontaine, that’s the end goal.

“As they get older, you’re going to let them see if they can handle responsibility,” LaFontaine said. “You want them to be able to handle responsibility.”

 

 

 

Small games, big gains at 10U

11/17/2016, 3:15pm MST

By Dave Pond - Special to USAHockey.com

Go small or go home.

When it comes to making young players better, small-area games are the best way to deliver more engagement, more puck touches and more opportunities to sharpen all of their hockey skills.

“Every kid develops in different ways, so you have to be cognizant of skill development,” said Derek Schooley, who coaches three youth teams while serving as head coach for the NCAA Division I men’s team at Robert Morris University. “Small-area games give players the chance to try out what their coaches are teaching them, in tightly focused game situations.”

Skill development for all ages

Small-area games work so well that Schooley incorporates them into his youth practices and those he leads at Robert Morris, too. 

“Small-area games give me an opportunity, as a coach, to simulate any number of situations in small areas, instead of using the full ice,” Schooley said. “And, it’s not just us – it goes all the way up to the NHL.”

More involvement and engagement

By incorporating small-area games into practices, you’ll be able to get more players involved at the same time, too.

“Its not just five skating, while everyone else is watching,” he said. “There’s a little more pressure, and a little more competition and, from that, players develop so much more quickly.

“When you’re doing small-area games or station-based work, you’re really doing things,” Schooley contined. “Our players are on the ice a lot more than they would be if we spent all our times playing games and scrimmages.”

Practice-to-game ratio

Studies have shown that one properly run practice provides the equivalent of 11 games worth of skill repetitions for players. That’s part of the reason why one of Schooley’s biggest pet peeves is seeing youth teams with 50- to 60-game schedules.

“They should be cutting that down tremendously,” he said. “If gameplay becomes your primary focus, your kids won’t get to do as much as they need to improve the wide array of skills they need to succeed in hockey.

“It’s essential that they touch the puck, handle the puck, and shoot the puck, so that they’ll be able to compete and play well in games,” Schooley said. “Those are the things that teach you to be ready.”

Building the foundation

Finally, for parents and coaches of 8U, 10U, and 12U players, now’s the time to build that foundation.

“Your kids are still developing and fine-tuning their motor skills, their skating stride and their shots,” Schooley said. “So, the more that you can work on skill development now, the better they’ll be as they get older.

“My hope is that coaches work so much on skill development when players are young, so when those players get to the junior, college or pro level, they’re just refining those skills.”

Here are three small-area drills that will help your players benefit from big jumps in skill development:

Corner Battle

This small-area game simulates tight battles in the corners.

  1. Turn the net at the dot, so it’s facing the corner of the ice.
  2. Divide players into two groups (Xs and Os), and have them line up to create barriers on each side of the net.
  3. Use one player from each side to create a one-on-one scenario, start a 30-second timer, and dump the puck into the corner.
  4. Play until someone scores, and repeat until all players have had a chance to play. Should the puck go past lined-up players, drop a new puck.

Note: this drill can also be played two-on-two or three-on-three.

Net Front Battle

This small-area game simulates tight battles in front of the net.

  1. Keep the net in its normal position on the ice.
  2. Divide players into two groups (Xs and Os), and have them line up to create barriers from each post back toward center ice.
  3. The two players at the top of the line step into a one-on-one scenario
  4. Dump the puck, and play within 20-30 second shifts until someone scores. Should the puck go past lined players, dump a new puck and repeat.

Two-on-Two Net Middle Battle

This small-area game decreases the size of the playing surface to concentrate gameplay

  1. Bring nets forward to each blue line.
  2. Divide players into two groups (Xs and Os), and have them line up to create barriers from each post back toward center ice.
  3. Take two players from each side to create the initial two-on-two scenario, and dump the puck from the opposite end of the ice.
  4. Skaters should use players in line for support/passing (creating give-and-go situations)
  5. Play within 20-30 second shifts until someone scores. Should the puck go past either the lined players or the blue line, dump a new puck and repeat.

Exercising the mental muscle with Bob Motzko

12/27/2016, 3:30pm MST

By Jessi Pierce - Special to USAHockey.com

Players can spend hours on the ice working on skating, stickhandling in the garage and strength training in the weight room.

But what about the mental side of the game?

How should players at 14U/16U be exercising that aspect of development? And how important is mental strength and preparation?

“Mental strength is a huge part of sports,” said Bob Motzko, head coach of the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team and longtime bench boss at St. Cloud State University. “It’s something you need to develop and something you need to have as a part of your training.

“If you don’t have a (strong) mental game, you’re missing a big part of your game as a whole. Period.”

Positive attitude, positive players

There’s no question it’s difficult to be positive in every on- and off-ice situation. Things happen in hockey and in life, but maintaining a positive attitude in the face of adversity stands out to coaches at every level.

“One night, if your team lines up against a team that’s bigger and stronger and you get walloped 8-0, it’s easy to think that the world is falling,” Motzko said. “But then the next game, with a positive attitude, you go out and have a huge 5-4 win. It shows what a positive attitude can do for you and your team.

“The world is never falling, even in the biggest of failures. You just have to find the positive.”

One way to do that is by finding the positive in one good shift or one good play. Mentally focus on those aspects of the game rather than the final score or the negative plays. Parents and coaches should help remind players of things they did right versus things that went wrong to help reinforce that, too.

Take responsibility for yourself

Motzko said it simply: “When you do the right things, you feel good about yourself. When you cheat, there’s one person who always knows when you’re cheating and that’s yourself.”

A large part of mental preparation and focus is on work ethic and discipline in all areas, including practice, games, school, diet, sleep, etc.

Successful players are mentally focused and intrinsically motivated. Others take a very different approach, one that likely involves cutting corners. It’s another reason mental strength is so important: it helps players reach their goals, fight through adversity, learn from mistakes and grow as players and people.

Keeping focus where it needs to be

At 14U/16U, players are facing many changes with growing bodies, school, friends and plenty of outside pressures. Motzko said it’s important to remember where to focus at the right time.

“When you’re at hockey, your mind should be at hockey,” said Motzko, a father of 13- and 15-year-old hockey-playing boys. “You have to learn how to handle distractions. I see this going through the process with my 15-year-old. You see all the things that come through their world and see how they get distracted. But you have to remind them to focus on what’s in front of them.”

Staying grounded

Mental strength has a lot to do with confidence, and it’s a great way to build confidence, too. But beware of how far you let that go, especially when it comes to stats and rankings.

“Everything’s ranked,” said Motzko. “You go on a website and everyone sees that, as a player, you’re ranked in a certain spot; it’s amazing that, three or four years later, those rankings are often completely different.

“With the right mental preparation, you stay on solid ground. You don’t get too down when things aren’t going well and don’t get too high when things are going great.”

Mind over matter

Missed passes, turnovers, allowing a breakaway goal – these things are bound to happen in a hockey career. How players respond to them defines them.

“You need a player that doesn’t focus too harshly on one bad play or one bad shift,” he said. “You need to train your brain to be positive. You need to train it to think ahead and not behind.

“It’s mind over matter.”

As with keeping a positive attitude, players need to learn to not dwell on certain situations and plays of the past. What’s done is done and the outcome cannot be changed. Learn from it, but don’t dwell on it.

Enjoying the game and its surroundings

Motzko admits it’s hard to be drawn to a player at any age who doesn’t look like he or she is having fun on the ice. At every age, fun should remain a top priority.

“Have a little fun,” said Motzko. “It’s why you picked up a stick in the first place. Remind yourself of that. Sometimes players and parents take it far too seriously. Throw a little fun in there and it goes a long way.”

If they’re not failing, they’re not improving

01/17/2017, 2:30pm MST

By Michael Rand - Special to USA Hockey

In the film “Apollo 13,” actor Ed Harris famously utters the line, “Failure is not an option” in regard to the American mission to land on the moon for a third time.

The line reflects the life-or-death nature of decisions made in space, but one also needs to consider this: in order to conquer space travel in the first place, rocket scientists had to fail countless times.

Youth hockey is not rocket science, but we can still learn a valuable lesson by comparison. Failure in hockey most certainly is an option. It’s really the only option when it comes to making kids better.

Rich Hansen, USA Hockey American Development Model regional manager of the Atlantic and New York districts, is constantly emphasizing that point.

“Let them fail,” he said. “Let them fail in the drill until they get it right, then add another component.

“As a parent, you see a kid failing and you think a coach is doing something wrong. But it’s all a work in progress. If it’s too easy, it’s not worth doing.”

Can be a tough sell

As Hansen notes, though, it’s hard to watch kids struggle – particularly for parents who either want immediate payoffs for their investment of time and money or equate short-term failure with long-term inadequacy.

“It’s all about understanding for parents,” Hansen said. “They understand the theory behind ‘let them fail,’ but it’s tough when they actually see it with their own kids. They have big-time jobs and understand failure in the real world, but when you apply it to hockey, it’s harder for them to understand.”

This is where good coaches step in with crucial explanations of the method. Without that, repeated struggles can just look like madness.

“You want to keep parents in the loop as a coach and explain things to them,” Hansen said. “Maintain good communication, and you will find they grasp and understand what you’re doing as a coach much better.”

Message delivery with kids is important

Similarly, it’s no fun for a 10-year-old to feel like they’re failing repeatedly. Kids have insecurities, and it can be difficult to explain to them that what they’re doing isn’t correct. But that’s what needs to happen for them to improve – as long as each situation is treated with the proper perspective.

“With kids, as a coach, I think the first thing you have to recognize is the age of the kid and how to relate. You’re not going to talk to a 10-year-old the same way you talk to a junior player,” Hansen said.

And when delivering a message that a player isn’t doing something right, an old-fashioned compliment sandwich can be far more effective than a string of negativity.

“The most successful coaches are the ones who are the most positive. It’s important to use constructive criticism without bashing them,” Hansen said. “It’s easier to handle failure if there’s a positive influence.”

First and foremost, though, kids need to know that it’s OK to fail.

“You hear all the talk of millennials not being used to failure,” Hansen said. “It’s really important to give the message that it’s natural; it’s a necessary part of fully developing your skills and capabilities.”

Long-term benefits

The notion of letting kids fail is a point of emphasis with the ADM.

Hansen is a USA Hockey veteran, having served both in the adult hockey department and now on the ADM staff, along with multiple seasons of coaching at the high school level. That background gives him a unique perspective – both in appreciating the work on the ADM done by those who have been around it longer and in comparing the needs of youth players to those of adult players.

“For adults to improve on the ice, the learning curve is different,” Hansen said. “The kids will pick up things a lot quicker than 40-year-old adults.”

That notion helps Hansen take the long view of failure when it comes to youth players. Smoothing out their mistakes now is much easier than it will be down the road, and the payoff for correcting them now is massive.

Hansen brings that message to the youth teams he visits now, explaining how the ADM and those who helped shape it have “changed the landscape of hockey,” in his words. Some of those teams are steeped in tradition and don’t want to change.

“It doesn’t make them bad people. It’s hard to change,” Hansen said. “But it’s also rewarding.”

Learning from failure is harder than reveling in success, but the two often go hand in hand.

“There are tons of kids in the NHL now who played Tier II or didn’t make certain teams,” Hansen added. “They had good mentors who told them to keep going, keep learning and keep persevering.”

Bellamy: Body-contact skill development 'crucial' for girls

02/09/2017, 10:00am MST

By Michael Rand - Special to USA Hockey

Body-checking is illegal in girls and women’s hockey, which means there is no contact in any of their games, right?

Well, to be perfectly blunt: Wrong.

More nuanced: While body-checking is indeed illegal, body contact is not only legal but also inevitable in girls and women’s hockey. In fact, it’s an integral part of the game.

Because of that, USA Hockey’s American Development Model is changing the way body contact in girls hockey is not only perceived but taught at even the youngest levels, starting at 8U then continuing through 10U, 12U and beyond.

“We really need to be aware of body contact,” said Guy “Goose” Gosselin, USA Hockey ADM regional manager. “It’s my opinion that we don’t teach nearly enough of it as coaches. The teaching of it will evolve as we go, and it’s definitely an important aspect of the game.”

Learning the value

The mission in teaching girls how to properly and effectively use (and absorb) body contact is two-fold: creating players who not only improve their skills, but also are safer on the ice. That said, the safety piece tends to be a natural by-product of the improvement.

“We’re trying to promote this at the younger levels – stick on stick, hands on hands, hips through hands, angling out to come away with the puck,” Gosselin said. “You have to know what to expect when you’re in a game situation and coaches are telling you to give 100 percent. Things happen and you have to be aware of what’s going on around you.”

That starts in practice.

“Unless we do repetition in practice and teach the right way, players are not going to be effective in that situation,” Gosselin said.

When that teaching begins, it’s a good idea for coaches to educate parents on the benefits of their daughters learning body contact, said Kristen Wright, USA Hockey’s manager of girls player development. That way, there are no surprises, particularly since some parents might think of the girls game as a contact-free sport.

“We have body-contact clinics, and one reason we’re incorporating them is for parent communication,” Wright said. “It’s been surprisingly well-received. It’s one of the skills that has been least taught, and we have parents who want more on this topic. There are preconceived notions, but once they see that we’re teaching it, they receive it much better. And they see how much fun the kids have doing it.”

Possession and space

Among the many benefits of starting body-contact training at the early levels of girls hockey, two stand out.

First, with the ADM’s emphasis on cross-ice hockey as the best skill-development tool for younger players, 8U and 10U girls often find themselves in tight spaces. Cross-ice hockey creates twice as many puck battles on average compared to full-ice hockey at that age.

“The smaller spaces at 8U and 10U both during games and practices are going to increase body contact and the confidence during a game setting,” Wright said. “When teaching body contact, we want coaches to create small-area games with more board battles.”

Second, developing good body-contact skills in the formational years will make those habits seem like second-nature, whereas an older player suddenly having to adjust their game might struggle.

“You’re going to develop smarter, more confident hockey players when you work on this during the prime skill-development windows at 10U and 12U,” Wright added. “It’s more difficult to teach these fundamental skills after girls have hit their growth spurt and after the prime skill acquisition window. Ten- or 12-year-olds won’t even be thinking about it as a skill, but instead will be having fun with the drills and games.”

Added Gosselin: “As coaches, we could do ourselves a favor by going the extra mile for our players to implement age-appropriate body-contact training from the get-go, at the youngest ages. The game today is played in small spaces, at all levels.”

Teaching on- and off-ice

So what does teaching body contact at those levels look like, exactly?

For players, the first piece of education should begin with off-ice drills. The reasoning is, at that age, there can be pretty big gaps in skating ability between players. Taking drills off the ice removes those disparities from the equation.

“We’ll pair up players of like size and strength and teach players contact-ready positioning and do side shoulder bumps,” Wright said of off-ice drills. “We will add push and pull drills and progressions that involve reading and reacting to see how that feels on a level playing field.”

For 10U and 12U, though, the recommendation is that players also work on body-contact drills on-ice during practices. During those practices, coaches should teach how to take away time and space, proper stick positioning and how to angle a player toward spaces you want them to occupy, creating what Wright calls “contact confidence” in young players.

U.S. Olympian Kacey Bellamy

Advice from an Olympian

Wright and Gosselin are both adamant that body contact needs to be taught more regularly and at earlier ages in the girls game. If you need any more convincing, let’s hear from two-time Olympian Kacey Bellamy, who plays defense for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

“I think it is crucial for girls, and especially those who are hoping to play at the highest level, to be introduced to body contact and taught the skills of body contact at the younger ages so they can build strength overall, mentally and physically, and develop their awareness,” Bellamy said. “Body positioning, angling and timing are all key components to body checking, and if you can build those instincts at a young age, it will help develop their hockey sense. It is also important that female athletes work on their off-ice conditioning and strength training to become stronger and faster so that they can use their speed and physicality together on the ice.”

It creates players who are better, safer and more well-rounded.

“It’s important to teach players to be aware of their surroundings; I knew where the boards were, where the opponent was, and I learned to keep my head up when I had the puck,” Bellamy added. “For females at a young age, it is crucial to learn the basics in body contact to keep yourself safe and also improve your game as a whole.”

NOTE: Please refer to ADMKids.com for body-contact and body-checking resources, including USA Hockey's body-checking teaching manual.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 17, 2017
 
Hockey Week Across America Begins Sunday
Week-Long Celebration Commemorates 10th Anniversary
Of Hockey Weekend Across America
 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Hockey Week Across America begins Sunday (Feb. 19) and runs through Feb. 26. Typically a weekend celebration, USA Hockey expanded the initiative to a week this year in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Hockey Weekend Across America.

Started in 2008 by USA Hockey, HWAA is an effort to celebrate the game of hockey and those involved at all levels and also expose the game to new audiences.

This year's week-long celebration includes a special theme for each day, including the traditional themes of Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day (Friday), Try Hockey Day (Saturday) and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes (Sunday), but this year also includes individual days to salute players (Monday), coaches (Tuesday), officials (Wednesday) and local rinks (Thursday).

2017 Hockey Week Across America
Daily Themes

Date

Theme

Sun., Feb. 19

NBC Sports' Hockey Day in America

Mon., Feb. 20

Salute to Players

Tues., Feb. 21

Salute to Coaches

Wed., Feb. 22

Salute to Officials

Thurs., Feb. 23

Salute to Local Rinks

Fri., Feb. 24

Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day

Sat., Feb. 25

Try Hockey Day

Sun., Feb. 26

Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes

NBC SPORTS' HOCKEY DAY 
IN AMERICA

NBC Sports' Hockey Day in America kicks off the festivities Sunday (Feb. 19), with live coverage of four NHL games and content showcasing hockey at all levels weaved in througout the day and night. Coverage begins at 12 noon ET with a half-hour pre-game show on NBC in advance of two games on the network -- Washington at New York Rangers followed by Detroit at Pittsburgh. NBCSN takes over duties for two evening games on Sunday, with the Boston at San Jose contest following Chicago at Buffalo. 

GLOBAL GIRLS GAME 
On Sunday (Feb. 19), USA Hockey will take part in the International Ice Hockey Federation Global Girls Game, which is a worldwide initiative where 44 federations will host one-hour games in succession across the world. The "game" begins Feb. 17. The U.S. contest is set for 4 p.m. ET on Sunday in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, at Baierl Ice Complex and will feature the 16U girls semifinal game of the Steel City Girls Invitational. USA Hockey is simultaneously highlighting girls games at varying age levels across the country during this same time period. A complete list can be found here.

TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE
On Saturday (Feb. 25), national Try Hockey for Free Day will provide children ages 4 to 9 that have never had the chance to try the sport to do just that at no cost. Over 350 rinks nationwide will be hosting a Try Hockey for Free event and those interested can find the location nearest them by visiting TryHockeyForFree.com. Liberty Mutual Insurance and Total Hockey are official sponsors of USA Hockey's Try Hockey for Free days. 

OFFICIALS IN ACTION
At 13 NHL games in American cities as part of Hockey Week Across America, two young officials will have the chance to meet with NHL officials working the particular contest prior to the game and then stay to watch those NHL officials in action.

U.S. SLED HOCKEY TEAMS TRAINING IN NORTH CAROLINA
Both the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and U.S. Development Sled Hockey Team will conduct training camps Thursday-Saturday (Feb. 23-25) at Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. The camp is part of preparations for the 2017 International Paralympic Committee Sled Hockey World Championship that will take place April 11-20 in Gangneung, South Korea. Team USA, the defending gold medalist in the event and winner of six straight major international tournaments, will be among seven federations competing for gold in what will be doubled as a test event for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

SIRIUS/XM NHL NETWORK RADIO
As part of the Hockey Week Across America celebration, Sirius/XM will feature interviews with prominent figures in American Hockey all week long. A full list of guests appears below (all guests subject to change). 

Date Stellick and Simmer
9:30 a.m. ET
NHL Game Day
1:30 p.m. ET
The Power Play
5:17 p.m. ET
Mon., Feb. 20 Dave Ogrean
executive director, 
USA Hockey
Jim Smith
president, USA Hockey

Steve Cash,
three-time U.S.
Paralympian

Tues., Feb. 21 Hilary Knight, two-time U.S. Olympian Kevin Allen
USA Today
Pat Kelleher,
assistant executive
director of
development,
USA Hockey
Wed., Feb. 22 Jim Johannson, assistant executive
director of hockey
operations, USA Hockey
Don Granato,
assistant men's ice
hockey coach,
University of Wisconsin 

Angela Ruggiero,
four-time U.S. 
Olympian

Thurs., Feb. 23 Jeff Jackson, head men's ice hockey coach, University of
Notre Dame
Joe Bertagna,
commissioner, 
Hockey East
Ben Smith,
three-time U.S. 
Olympic coach
Fri., Feb. 24 Lou Vairo, 2014 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
inductee
Jack McCartan,
Olympic gold medalist
1960 Olympic Team
Lefty Curran,
1972 U.S. Olympic 
men's ice hockey goalie 

Associations, teams and communities seeking promotional materials, including posters and logos, are also available for download at this site. Use the hashtag #HWAA on Twitter in association with the event. For full information surrounding the weekend, visit HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com.

NOTES: Hockey Weekend Across America was created by USA Hockey in 2008 to engage the hockey community in celebrating the sport of hockey at all levels and exposing the sport to new audiences ... An NHL Stadium Series game will take place during Hockey Week Across America on Saturday, Feb. 25, when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Philadelphia Flyers at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. Opening faceoff is set for 8 p.m. ET and the game will be carried live on NBC ... For full information surrounding the week, click here ... Use the hashtag #HWAA on social media in association with the event.

 

Congrats Goes out to Florida Eels Alumni Mario Puskarich becomes the first player since J.C. Ruid more than 20 years ago to score 50 goals for the #VCats

Mario played for the Eels Bantam Midget and Junior teams. His parents and sister were huge supporters of the Eels program. His dad was a staple referee and a coach for several of the Eels teams and its predecessor  the Ft Myers Phantoms

We wish them all the best.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 17, 2017
 
Hockey Week Across America Begins Sunday
Week-Long Celebration Commemorates 10th Anniversary
Of Hockey Weekend Across America 
 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Hockey Week Across America begins Sunday (Feb. 19) and runs through Feb. 26. Typically a weekend celebration, USA Hockey expanded the initiative to a week this year in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Hockey Weekend Across America.

Started in 2008 by USA Hockey, HWAA is an effort to celebrate the game of hockey and those involved at all levels and also expose the game to new audiences.

This year's week-long celebration includes a special theme for each day, including the traditional themes of Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day (Friday), Try Hockey Day (Saturday) and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes (Sunday), but this year also includes individual days to salute players (Monday), coaches (Tuesday), officials (Wednesday) and local rinks (Thursday).

2017 Hockey Week Across America
Daily Themes 

Date

Theme

Sun., Feb. 19

NBC Sports' Hockey Day in America

Mon., Feb. 20

Salute to Players

Tues., Feb. 21

Salute to Coaches

Wed., Feb. 22

Salute to Officials

Thurs., Feb. 23

Salute to Local Rinks

Fri., Feb. 24

Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day

Sat., Feb. 25

Try Hockey Day

Sun., Feb. 26

Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes

NBC SPORTS' HOCKEY DAY
IN AMERICA

NBC Sports' Hockey Day in America kicks off the festivities Sunday (Feb. 19), with live coverage of four NHL games and content showcasing hockey at all levels weaved in througout the day and night. Coverage begins at 12 noon ET with a half-hour pre-game show on NBC in advance of two games on the network -- Washington at New York Rangers followed by Detroit at Pittsburgh. NBCSN takes over duties for two evening games on Sunday, with the Boston at San Jose contest following Chicago at Buffalo.

GLOBAL GIRLS GAME 
On Sunday (Feb. 19), USA Hockey will take part in the International Ice Hockey Federation Global Girls Game, which is a worldwide initiative where 44 federations will host one-hour games in succession across the world. The "game" begins Feb. 17. The U.S. contest is set for 4 p.m. ET on Sunday in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, at Baierl Ice Complex and will feature the 16U girls semifinal game of the Steel City Girls Invitational. USA Hockey is simultaneously highlighting girls games at varying age levels across the country during this same time period. A complete list can be found here.

TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE
On Saturday (Feb. 25), national Try Hockey for Free Day will provide children ages 4 to 9 that have never had the chance to try the sport to do just that at no cost. Over 350 rinks nationwide will be hosting a Try Hockey for Free event and those interested can find the location nearest them by visiting TryHockeyForFree.com. Liberty Mutual Insurance and Total Hockey are official sponsors of USA Hockey's Try Hockey for Free days.

OFFICIALS IN ACTION
At 13 NHL games in American cities as part of Hockey Week Across America, two young officials will have the chance to meet with NHL officials working the particular contest prior to the game and then stay to watch those NHL officials in action.

U.S. SLED HOCKEY TEAMS TRAINING IN NORTH CAROLINA
Both the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and U.S. Development Sled Hockey Team will conduct training camps Thursday-Saturday (Feb. 23-25) at Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. The camp is part of preparations for the 2017 International Paralympic Committee Sled Hockey World Championship that will take place April 11-20 in Gangneung, South Korea. Team USA, the defending gold medalist in the event and winner of six straight major international tournaments, will be among seven federations competing for gold in what will be doubled as a test event for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

SIRIUS/XM NHL NETWORK RADIO
As part of the Hockey Week Across America celebration, Sirius/XM will feature interviews with prominent figures in American Hockey all week long. A full list of guests appears below (all guests subject to change).

Date Stellick and Simmer
9:30 a.m. ET 
NHL Game Day
1:30 p.m. ET 
The Power Play
5:17 p.m. ET 
Mon., Feb. 20 Dave Ogrean,
executive director,
USA Hockey
Jim Smith,
president, USA Hockey

Steve Cash,
three-time U.S.
Paralympian

Tues., Feb. 21 Hilary Knight, two-time U.S. Olympian Kevin Allen,
USA Today
Pat Kelleher,
assistant executive
director of
development,
USA Hockey
Wed., Feb. 22 Jim Johannson, assistant executive
director of hockey
operations, USA Hockey
Don Granato,
assistant men's ice
hockey coach,
University of Wisconsin 

Angela Ruggiero,
four-time U.S.
Olympian

Thurs., Feb. 23 Jeff Jackson, head men's ice hockey coach, University of
Notre Dame
Joe Bertagna,
commissioner,
Hockey East 
Ben Smith,
three-time U.S.
Olympic coach
Fri., Feb. 24 Lou Vairo, 2014 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
inductee
Jack McCartan,
Olympic gold medalist
1960 Olympic Team
Lefty Curran,
1972 U.S. Olympic
men's ice hockey goalie 

Associations, teams and communities seeking promotional materials, including posters and logos, are also available for download at this site. Use the hashtag #HWAA on Twitter in association with the event. For full information surrounding the weekend, visit HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com.

NOTES: Hockey Weekend Across America was created by USA Hockey in 2008 to engage the hockey community in celebrating the sport of hockey at all levels and exposing the sport to new audiences ... An NHL Stadium Series game will take place during Hockey Week Across America on Saturday, Feb. 25, when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Philadelphia Flyers at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. Opening faceoff is set for 8 p.m. ET and the game will be carried live on NBC ... For full information surrounding the week, click here ... Use the hashtag #HWAA on social media in association with the event.

 

DAILY DISH: Collegiate Dreamers - Junior Hockey News

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Published: Friday, 17 Feb 2017

By: Stephen Heisler  |  Web site: JuniorHockey.com

 

"My son has played his backside off for you in each of the last three seasons," the angry hockey mom told the junior hockey head coach. "I can't understand why other players are getting to school why he has not had a nibble? What did he do to you?"

The coach has been through this conversation before and he told the player last spring and the spring before that; if he wanted to go to college, he needed to begin the process to obtain an NCAA Eligibility Center ID number.

"Mrs. B., I've been on his case for two years about beginning the process," the coach told the mother. "And to tell you the truth, I'm not convinced that he is even close to being the kind of player that NCAA Division I or II teams are looking for. Have you considered lowering your expectations?"

"Lowering my expectations?" The mother quickly exploded. "It's YOUR job to make sure that my son is exactly the kind of player college teams are looking for."

"He is a twenty year-old skating on our third line," the coach tried to stifle his amusement. "He is a hard-worker and plays well enough with what he brings to the ice, but that does not mean he's getting a free ride to college."

Reality can be a tough pill to swallow. Players have to be proactive in the process. Parents have to make sure that their sons are doing everything required along the way. It's not the junior coach's job to hold each player's hand through that process.

But that's just my opinion.

I've been talking to college coaches continuously since August in regards to Heisler Hockey Group prospects and also have had to face the reality of the situation. These schools have a tremendous pool of talent to choose from. From the United States Hockey League to Canada to the North American Hockey League, college coaches get the opportunity to identify and select exactly what they are looking for.

It takes more than money and desire to win a collegiate opportunity. Something else that everyone needs to think about, just being good is not good enough. There is a really good reason why there are so many Canadian Junior Hockey League and NAHL players on ACHA and NCAA Div. III rosters...because they were not good enough for Division I.

But here is something else people need to consider. There is nothing more that coaches and advisors can do for players than open the doors for opportunity. The players have to step through and make the most of every camp, practice, game, and chance to prove their worthiness to move on to the next level. 

 

Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with the Heisler Hockey Group. Stephen and his family spend most of their time in Florida.

 

Hockey Made Easy – Playoff Tips and Strategies for Coaches, Players & Parents

 

This e-mail is somewhat long but very important for your playoff run. 

I encourage you read it as it might help take you to the next round.

 

The regular Youth Hockey season is winding down and the playoffs are scheduled to start 

shortly for many teams.

 

Whether you finished 1st or 8th during the regular season, the playoffs are a whole new ballgame.

There will be some major upsets and a number of higher seeded teams will be eliminated if they

are not physically and mentally prepared for the increased speed and intensity of the playoffs.

 

The good news is, Coaches still have time to fine-tune their forechecking and backchecking systems 

and mentally prepare their players for these very emotional and stressful playoff games ahead. 

 

You must convince your players that everyone is important and they have a specific job to do. 

Some are scorers, others playmakers, and some are forecheckers and corner men who can dig 

the puck out along the boards and feed your goal scorers. “Just do your job.”

 

Some are offensive defencemen with goal scoring ability and others defensive defencemen who can 

break up the rush and prevent goals. Again, “Just do your job.”

 

But the most important player of all is the goaltender. The team will only go as far as your young 

goalie can take you. You must build your goalie’s confidence and help him out at all times.

 

Coaches must also make your players aware of the possibility of losing a series if there’s not

a full 100% disciplined team effort from every player, on every shift, for the entire game.

Winning your first playoff game is very important. Try not to fall behind in any playoff series. 

Be confident, but not over confident, or you could end up losing the series.

 

Coaches must also prepare a sound game plan and remind your players who the top players are

on the opposing team. At the very least, know their sweater number because if you let them 

skate freely and don’t cover or check them closely, they will fill your net with pucks like 

Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby and you’ll be eliminated from the playoffs in the very first round.

 

Coaches - during the playoffs it is much easier to prevent goals than it is to score them.

The proven theory is defensive hockey wins important games and playoff championships.

 

If you’re coaching a lower-seeded team, or one that has difficulty scoring goals, try to 

convince your players to buy into this defensive strategy of preventing goals first, then

capitalizing on your opponent’s errors/turnovers and you will dramatically cut down your 

goals against and still score enough goals to compete against the top seeded teams.

 

One way of doing this is to play a sound defensive team game in all three zones of the rink. 

If over the Red Line, get the puck in deep if there is no one open to pass to and begin 

aggressive forechecking in the offensive zone to create a turnover and recover the loose puck.

 

Start backchecking by covering the wings in the neutral zone when the opposition control the puck. 

In your defensive zone, play a combination of man-to-man on the puck carrier and a flexible zone 

defence on the other open players. 

Be ready to quickly change to man-to-man when the puck is passed to the player you are covering. 

 

Do not allow any odd-man rushes by covering the wide winger, this allows your defence to 

meet the rush outside your Blue Line and will create numerous off sides or loose pucks.

 

The next thing you must do is to limit the opposition’s quality shots on goal by keeping the 

puckcarrier to the outside along the boards or at least outside the faceoff circle and at a 

bad shooting angle. 

 

Set a goal of cutting their shots on goal from 20 to 15, or by at least a 25% reduction a game. 

The fewer shots on goal often result in fewer goals scored against your Team. 

 

This should help your goaltender make the initial save. Block as many shots from the slot 

and points as possible and clear any rebounds out of your zone or into the corner.

 

Backcheckers must skate back deep into your defensive zone and be ready to pick up any

loose pucks or rebounds and start an offensive rush up the ice and out of your end zone quickly. 

 

For a lower-seeded team playing a top scoring team, you can use a 1-man forechecking system,

but some coaches may want to send 2 or even 3 men in deep to forecheck the opposition’s puck 

carrier. By doing this, it reduces the puck carrier’s time to pass the puck and their space to carry

it out of the zone and it will upset their planned clearing/breakout play causing many turnovers. 

 

The choice is yours and it’s usually based on the size of the ice surface you are playing on. 

On narrow ice surfaces, 2-3 men in deep, on wider ice surfaces,1 man in deep often works best.

Also the skating and checking ability of your forecheckers will also have a bearing on which 

strategy you use.  

 

Trial and error in the latter part of the season is one way to find out if a higher-seeded team 

can be thrown off their game by aggressive in your face forechecking, or if a more passive 

defensive tactic of covering their two wingers is best used against a top team.

 

In the 1-2-2 neutral zone trap forechecking system, your closest forward to their puck carrier 

must aggressively attack/check him trying to separate him from the puck, creating a loose puck.

The 2 other forwards peel off initially to cover both wingers to prevent them from receiving a pass.

Your 2 defencemen play their puck carrier. 

 

The wingers must be covered all the way back to your goal line. If the winger does receive a pass, 

try to angle them towards the boards and a bad-shooting angle. If you can, try to get your stick

on the puck and deflect any pass into the seats or netting, but prevent them from shooting on goal. 

 

If the closest forechecker was successful in taking the puck carrier off the puck, the 2nd closest 

forechecker must be quick off the mark to retrieve the loose puck in the offensive zone, then try 

to create a 2 on 1 situation for a quality scoring opportunity, or take a shot on goal yourself. 

 

Good backcheckers must cover their wings, but also watch the success or failure of their deepest 

forechecker while at the same time getting ready to go after any turnover or loose puck.

 

By playing this 1-2-2 system, it allows your 2 defencemen, to play their puck carrier outside 

your blue line and force the shooter to dump the puck into your defensive zone where it 

can be retrieved by your backchecking wingers. It’s not pretty, but it can be very effective.

 

By playing a disciplined defensive system, playing your position, and by not running all over 

the ice trying to catch their puck carrier, you will keep the games close by eliminating 

dangerous odd man rushes, reduce scoring chances and prevent quality shots on goal. 

 

Forechecking, backchecking, positional play, short shifts, capitalizing on opponents errors 

like giveaways and controlling big rebounds can turn the game in your favor.

And positive comments and a pat on the back from the coaching staff for all good offensive 

and defensive plays are the keys to building player confidence, team spirit and playoff 

competitiveness even against the 1st place team.

 

On the other hand, if you are a top team with lots of fast skaters, good checkers and 

scoring power, a 2 man forechecking system, or the 2-1-2 method, will generate many

turnovers in the oppositions end creating many quality scoring opportunities.

 

Coaches must know their own team’s abilities and the opposition’s strengths and weaknesses. 

Then they must devise a sound game plan based on this information to help their team 

be competitive and get them to the next round of playoffs. 

 

Remain flexible, and if one system/strategy is not working go to Plan “B”. 

Ensure your best pair of defencemen are out against the opposition’s top scoring line.

 

The head coach must make the final decision whether to play wide-open offensive hockey

or the somewhat more conservative defensive hockey.

 

Coaches, forward this info on to your players for a long playoff run.

 

Players - to be competitive in the playoffs, you must concentrate on what to do away from the puck.

 

On offence, when your team has the puck, you must get into an open area to receive a pass 

or find a seam between two players like Brett Hull used to do to receive a pass then get a 

quick quality shot on goal.

 

On defence, when the opposition have the puck, you must find an open man in the neutral and 

defensive zone and cover him/her like a blanket so they cannot receive a pass. This will cut down

the opposition's shooting and scoring chances.

 

In your defensive zone, one Defenceman must cover the closest player to the net while his D partner

fights for the puck in the corner. You must be within 2 feet of the open player, not 5 feet from him.

 

The Centre and weak-side winger must cover the slot area and point. Keep your head “on a swivel” 

to identify any open men or loose pucks. Use your long stick reach to intercept or deflect passes.

 

The puck-side winger is situated along the half boards and must be ready to help the D in the

corner if necessary, or move quickly out to cover the point if the puck is passed back there. 

 

In some systems the Centre helps the defenceman in the corner while the wings covers the 

slot area and puck side point. Again this is a coaching decision. 

 

Play aggressively and with intensity every time you are on the ice during your 40-45 second shift. 

You must win the puck battles for the loose puck at both ends of the ice. 

Remember, the goal you prevent might be the one that wins the game for the opposition. 

Clear all rebounds out of harm’s way and your goals against will fall like a lead balloon and 

you’ll be in the game right to the very end.

 

Parents playoff hockey games are much different than regular season games

 

There is closer forechecking and backchecking; less space to carry the puck, 

more body checking/hitting if allowed and usually scoring goals are much harder 

to come by. 

 

Your son or daughter's role now is to prevent goals on every shift when the opposition

has the puck and to try and score when your team has control of the puck.

 

In the Playoffs:

 

A successful shift is one in which no goals were scored against your child.

An unsuccessful shift is one in which a goal was scored against your child.

For a goal to be scored there had to be a defensive error made by someone.

A fantastic shift is one in which your child’s line scored a playoff goal.

Applaud all the good defensive plays that prevent goals, as this is Playoff Hockey.

 

Playoff hockey can be very stressful, emotional and exciting for all Youth Hockey parents. 

But please remember, it’s only a game where fun is the number one priority for the players.

Try to relax and enjoy the game.

  

Good Luck to all teams, coaches and players in this year's playoffs.

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There will be a high school hockey game this evening Thursday Feb 16th

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Registration Open for More Than 350 "Try Hockey for Free" Events
 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey will lead the nation in the first-ever Hockey Week Across America, February 19-26. The week-long event is to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hockey Weekend Across America.

"We're excited to expand this grand celebration of our sport to a week for the 10th anniversary," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "We have so many people across the country at all levels that do so much and this week provides an excellent opportunity for associations and teams to honor them in their communities. It's also a time to focus on giving new people a chance to try or perhaps see our sport for the very first time. Hockey is a growing part of the fabric of our sports culture in America and we look forward to sharing all the great things hockey offers to more and more families in communities across the country." 

The week-long celebration of hockey includes a special theme for each day.

NBC Sports' Hockey Day in America kicks off the festivities on Sunday, Feb. 19, with live coverage of four NHL games and content showcasing hockey at all levels weaved in througout the day and night. Coverage begins at 12 noon ET with a half-hour pre-game show on NBC in advance of two games on the network -- Washington at New York Rangers followed by Detroit at Pittsburgh. NBCSN takes over duties for two evening games on Sunday, with the Boston at San Jose contest following Chicago at Buffalo.

From Monday, Feb. 20, through Thursday, Feb. 23, Hockey Week Across America will feature daily 'Salutes' to recognize members of the hockey community. USA Hockey encourages the hockey community -- including fans, associations and teams -- to participate in their own unique ways in 'Salute to Players' on Monday; 'Salute to Coaches' on Tuesday; 'Salute to Officials' on Wednesday; and Salute to Local Rinks' on Thursday.

Friday, Feb. 24, is "Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day," sponsored by ShopUSAHockey.com, where fans are encouraged to show their hockey pride by wearing their prized hockey jerseys. USA Hockey's Facebook and Twitter pages will accept photos from all in search of the most passionate hockey fans.

The focus shifts to engaging new players and fans on Saturday, Feb. 25, as part of Try Hockey Day. A centerpiece of the activities that day features a national Try Hockey for Free Day to provide children ages 4 to 9 that have never had the chance to try the sport to do just that at no cost. Hundreds of rinks nationwide will be hosting a Try Hockey for Free event and those interested can find the location nearest them by visiting TryHockeyForFree.com. Liberty Mutual Insurance and Total Hockey are official sponsors of USA Hockey's Try Hockey for Free days. 

To cap off the week, "Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day" on Sunday, Feb. 26, encourages all involved in the game to develop ways to honor their local hockey heroes. USA Hockey invites fans to post pictures and stories on its Facebook and Twitter pages. 

At 13 NHL games in American cities as part of Hockey Week Across America, two young officials will have the chance to meet with NHL officials working the particular contest prior to the game and then stay to watch those NHL officials in action. 

Associations, teams and communities seeking promotional materials, including posters and logos, are also available for download at this site. Use the hashtag #HWAA on Twitter in association with the event. For full information surrounding the weekend, visit HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com.

NOTES: Hockey Weekend Across America was created by USA Hockey in 2008 to engage the hockey community in celebrating the sport of hockey at all levels and exposing the sport to new audiences ... For full information surrounding the weekend, click here ... Use the hashtag #HWAA on social media in association with the event.

 

5 keys to creativity

01/18/2017, 3:45pm MST

By Michael Caples - Special to USAHockey.com

John Wroblewski spends every day trying to get the most he can out of some pretty talented hockey players.

The head coach of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program Under-18 Team is guiding a group of players who are considered some of the best in their age group.

Still, they, like all hockey players, need help cultivating their creativity from time to time.

Wroblewski, a native of Neenah, Wisconsin, shared some tips with USA Hockey on how developing players can build more creativity into their repertoires.

Small-area games

Shrinking the playing surface forces players to make quick decisions and invent new ways of accomplishing goals.

“Small-area games are huge,” Wroblewski said. “When you’re creative and you’re making the plays, there has to be a purpose to it, and in small areas, it makes you think faster. The small areas – you think fast, you make a play, and then there’s that reward factor as well. If you make that play quickly, the net’s right there, almost every time it turns into a scoring chance. That’s why those small areas are so important – they see the reward instantly for that quick decision that they’ve made and the execution.”

Small-area games also help players develop and refine next-level skills.

“The finer points in small games are enormous,” Wroblewski said. “Flat passes. Anything that’s rolling pretty much nullifies any scoring chance because the back-checker or the defender will be on you, will be on your target quicker than you would like. Anything on a player’s backhand or in his feet, all of a sudden that takes away the opportunity for transition in a small area.

“You start to pick up on things like, ‘All right, my teammate is a left shot, or a right shot; get it on this guy’s forehand, how do you present yourself,’ – all of those things are magnified within a small-area game, and if you execute properly, you’re rewarded with a scoring chance.”

Study the pros

Wroblewski said that a story written by Evgeny Kuznetsov for The Players’ Tribune really stuck with him when it comes to studying professional hockey players from afar.

“It had to deal with when to put a puck behind the defense,” Wroblewski said. “In Russia, they’re always taught to hold onto the puck and bring it back. He spoke about the necessity to put the puck behind defensemen, just to give yourself some reprieve, back them off.

When your kids are watching hockey, encourage them to watch it with a purpose. It’s just another opportunity to learn.

“I encourage guys to see where players use their creativity,” said Wroblewski. “Almost all of it is below the top of the circles, whether it’s on line rushes, drop passes, things like that, almost exclusively below the top of the circles or when they know for sure that there’s hardly any risk to their play. Risk assessment is a big part of creativity. It’s not just a blind play. There should be a plan or a purpose to your creativity every time you use it.”

Creative skill work and free play

Wroblewski wants some time for the young players to have fun and try new things at the end of each practice.

“That’s something that I think is really important,” Wroblewski said. “You look at society in general right now, and people have organized playtime and things like that. You set up and this is how you’re going to play and this is who you are going to play with. There is very little ability for people nowadays to be able to just go out and allow their minds to think freely.

“We do a lot of things that are structured that involve skill work, so what we like to do is give players a template. Here are some items you can work on – different tip drills, different small-area work for hands – and then see what they want to do with them. One-timers and things like that. Allow the template to evolve under their terms.”

Sometimes it’s better for coaches and parents to take a back seat and create an unstructured, free-play environment for kids to … wait for it … play!

READ: Boosting creativity with free play

Off-ice work

Players must have control over their own skills before their creativity can grow on the ice. Plus, off-ice practice can help foster new ideas, new games and new ways to improve and have fun.

“It certainly helps,” said Wroblewski. “You can work on your motor skills in all different facets, whether it’s stickhandling with blinders on, or using tennis balls and bouncing them off the walls. Again, that creativity of how you can utilize the surface and area and make it yours. It’s a unique ability, and all of those things will magnify your ability to think. Think outside of the box and create in different areas.”

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes

Wroblewski wants players unafraid of mistakes and actively seeking ways to succeed.

“Anything that’s done at a high pace and with a purpose can be utilized and critiqued with positivity,” he said. “As long as there is full effort and a purpose to what you’re doing, there’s never a mistake. There is not a lot of room for carelessness in this game and in life in general. There’s a fine line there between carelessness and being willing to make a mistake, but I’m a firm supporter of a player who says, ‘I knew I could make that play,’ and he’s driving his feet and it’s a good time in the game and, yeah, sometimes it doesn’t go and it goes the other way. But that’s a part of how we learn and improve. Now we just have to recover, and that’s why we’ve got goaltenders.

“It can’t be careless, but with a purpose, there is plenty of opportunity to make mistakes. The game’s full of them.”

Remember: If they’re not failing, they’re not improving. It’s how kids get better.

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Exercising the mental muscle with Bob Motzko

12/27/2016, 3:30pm MST

By Jessi Pierce - Special to USAHockey.com

Players can spend hours on the ice working on skating, stickhandling in the garage and strength training in the weight room.

But what about the mental side of the game?

How should players at 14U/16U be exercising that aspect of development? And how important is mental strength and preparation?

“Mental strength is a huge part of sports,” said Bob Motzko, head coach of the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team and longtime bench boss at St. Cloud State University. “It’s something you need to develop and something you need to have as a part of your training.

“If you don’t have a (strong) mental game, you’re missing a big part of your game as a whole. Period.”

Positive attitude, positive players

There’s no question it’s difficult to be positive in every on- and off-ice situation. Things happen in hockey and in life, but maintaining a positive attitude in the face of adversity stands out to coaches at every level.

“One night, if your team lines up against a team that’s bigger and stronger and you get walloped 8-0, it’s easy to think that the world is falling,” Motzko said. “But then the next game, with a positive attitude, you go out and have a huge 5-4 win. It shows what a positive attitude can do for you and your team.

“The world is never falling, even in the biggest of failures. You just have to find the positive.”

One way to do that is by finding the positive in one good shift or one good play. Mentally focus on those aspects of the game rather than the final score or the negative plays. Parents and coaches should help remind players of things they did right versus things that went wrong to help reinforce that, too.

Take responsibility for yourself

Motzko said it simply: “When you do the right things, you feel good about yourself. When you cheat, there’s one person who always knows when you’re cheating and that’s yourself.”

A large part of mental preparation and focus is on work ethic and discipline in all areas, including practice, games, school, diet, sleep, etc.

Successful players are mentally focused and intrinsically motivated. Others take a very different approach, one that likely involves cutting corners. It’s another reason mental strength is so important: it helps players reach their goals, fight through adversity, learn from mistakes and grow as players and people.

Keeping focus where it needs to be

At 14U/16U, players are facing many changes with growing bodies, school, friends and plenty of outside pressures. Motzko said it’s important to remember where to focus at the right time.

“When you’re at hockey, your mind should be at hockey,” said Motzko, a father of 13- and 15-year-old hockey-playing boys. “You have to learn how to handle distractions. I see this going through the process with my 15-year-old. You see all the things that come through their world and see how they get distracted. But you have to remind them to focus on what’s in front of them.”

Staying grounded

Mental strength has a lot to do with confidence, and it’s a great way to build confidence, too. But beware of how far you let that go, especially when it comes to stats and rankings.

“Everything’s ranked,” said Motzko. “You go on a website and everyone sees that, as a player, you’re ranked in a certain spot; it’s amazing that, three or four years later, those rankings are often completely different.

“With the right mental preparation, you stay on solid ground. You don’t get too down when things aren’t going well and don’t get too high when things are going great.”

Mind over matter

Missed passes, turnovers, allowing a breakaway goal – these things are bound to happen in a hockey career. How players respond to them defines them.

“You need a player that doesn’t focus too harshly on one bad play or one bad shift,” he said. “You need to train your brain to be positive. You need to train it to think ahead and not behind.

“It’s mind over matter.”

As with keeping a positive attitude, players need to learn to not dwell on certain situations and plays of the past. What’s done is done and the outcome cannot be changed. Learn from it, but don’t dwell on it.

Enjoying the game and its surroundings

Motzko admits it’s hard to be drawn to a player at any age who doesn’t look like he or she is having fun on the ice. At every age, fun should remain a top priority.

“Have a little fun,” said Motzko. “It’s why you picked up a stick in the first place. Remind yourself of that. Sometimes players and parents take it far too seriously. Throw a little fun in there and it goes a long way.”

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Tough and Clean: Finding the balance

01/30/2017, 11:15am MST

By Blake Schuster - Special to USA Hockey

As players advance to 14U/16U and beyond, the game intensifies. Athletes’ bodies are maturing, the pace picks up and the quality of play improves rapidly. For boys, body-checking is now permitted. And for girls, body contact and physical play also ramps up.

To be elite, there’s an element of toughness that becomes necessary.

What exactly is toughness, and how can we as parents ensure our kids play tough, clean hockey?

Line in the sand

Dr. Larry Lauer served as a consultant for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program. He is the former director of coaching education and development at Michigan State University’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports and has studied aggression and violence in hockey.

Lauer has worked with kids to show them just where the line is between playing tough and playing dangerously.

“If you are unduly creating harm for someone else physically or psychologically, then that’s over the line,” said Lauer, now a mental skills specialist for the United States Tennis Association. “Now, within the norms of hockey, throwing a hit, body-checking, that’s all legit. I love that part of the game. But with players, we have to define what is over that line. When you’re throwing an elbow, your intention is to put someone in harm’s way. Same with leaving your feet to initiate a hit. There’s a reason why those things are not legal.”

Lauer recommends talking to kids about the specific behaviors that can separate a clean play from a dirty one. The more detailed, the better. If you’re watching hockey with your child – on TV or in person – and you see a dirty play, explain why it’s illegal. And vice versa, if you see a clean battle or body-check, point those out as well.

Think about your reactions to dangerous plays on TV. If these are celebrated, your kid might take that as a sign to replicate that behavior in his/her own game.

Showing videos of both incidents and the avoidance of them will enhance these conversations. One player Lauer cites as playing the correct way is former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.

“He never wrecked anybody,” Lauer said. “But he was always able to get possession of the puck, protect the puck and make the next pass. You let video do the talking a lot of times. You show players on video what it is that you mean and they can get a visual of what’s inside the lines and what’s outside.”

Remind your kids why body-checking and body contact is allowed in hockey: to separate the player from the puck.

Word to the wise

Sometimes it’s the language parents, coaches and kids use when talking about hitting that is just as important as the aggression seen on the ice.

Have you encouraged your kid to play more physical, play with an attitude or “hit somebody”? Your intentions may be clean, but a player could interpret this as “go injure that guy.”

These are some of the moments that worry Lauer. And the ones he finds most correctable.

“Help the kids understand that they have control over most of these behaviors by doing certain things,” Lauer said.

Lauer advises players to create a routine for when they get angry or aggressive: turn away from your opponent, keep your stick on the ice and use the adrenaline in a positive way.

Parents and coaches should be careful of punishing players for stepping over the line if these routines fail.

“If the language becomes ‘do this and you’re sitting,’ well that’s great, but we know that 14- and 15-year-old kids aren’t great at managing their emotions,” Lauer said. “You need to give them skills, to work with them and be patient. Punishment is not the only tool. It should be the last tool we use to try and get our message across.”

Big hits have big consequences

Punishments for undisciplined play manifest in other ways during a game. When a player lines up for a big hit, aside from the risk of injury, he or she can end up out of the play and help create a scoring chance for their opponents.

Or they’ll be penalized.

The way hockey at the highest levels is moving toward a more open, faster style of play, special teams are so important. The cost of going after another player on the ice isn’t worth the outcome for either party.

It also shows poor character. And if your kid is hoping this type of behavior will help them get noticed in a good way, think again.

“That kind of behavior, where a player is taking the game in their own hands and trying to take somebody out, they’re going to eliminate themselves from the game,” Lauer said. “Coaches won’t rely on them in the pressure moments. They can’t trust them to not take a penalty.”

Are coaches looking for tough players? Absolutely. But it’s the mental toughness on and off the ice that creates successful athletes and people. Overcoming adversity, making a commitment to training and nutrition, maintaining discipline, having a Zach Parise-like work ethic and battle level every game – that’s what coaches are looking for. That’s the kind of toughness players need to excel.

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Improve Athlete Resiliency – 6 Tips for Coaches

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments

Improve Athlete Resiliency - 6 Tips for CoachesNo one will ever forget seeing Greg Louganis recover from his poorly executed preliminary dive in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, where he struck his head and bled into the water.  During that reverse 2½ pike dive, he suffered a concussion.  However, in his very next dive, despite his obvious injury, he earned the highest single score of the qualifying.  He then went on to repeat the dive during the finals, earning the gold medal by a margin of 25 points.  His performance was once explained to me by a mentor of mine by suggesting Greg had phenomenal recovery strategy skills.

 

This made so much sense to me then and still today.  What the best athletes, and the most successful people, have in common is not that they do not make mistakes.  They all do.  However, they have an incredible ability to recover from these mistakes.  These athletes have a well-developed recovery strategy, whether it is conscious (known to themselves) or unconscious (they perform this strategy unknowingly). Whether their strategy is conscious or unconscious, ultimately we view these athletes as being resilient.

Defining Resilience

Defining resiliency is relatively easy.  Simply stated, it is the ability to bounce back positively after a mistake, mishap, loss or any negative situation.  Defining the skills and behaviors of resilient people however is not as simple, as there are a range of skills involved.  What is critical to realize, is that resiliency is not a personality trait or behavioral style.  Resiliency is a skill anyone can learn.

Improve Athlete Resiliency - 6 Tips for CoachesThis article compiles the research about resiliency, and hopefully as a result of you reading this article, you are better positioned as a coach to teach resiliency to your athletes.

Once again, the philosophy we believe in at Athlete Assessments, is that technical and physical ability is a starting point only to being an effective performer.  To truly maximize these abilities, athletes (and others) need to develop the non-technical or non-physical aspect of their sporting behaviors and this is where developing a mindset of resiliency comes in.

Research into Resiliency

Through many experiments by researchers such as Martin Seligman, the phrase “Learned Helplessness” was developed, and refers to the condition where a human (or animal) has learnt (been conditioned) to behave in a helpless manner. This condition sees an individual take no action to recover from a failure or unsatisfactory situation because they feel any action will not help them in any way.Through past experiences, these people have learnt to do nothing, as in their past experience, any action they did take had no impact on improving their situation. This is why when they are confronted with a negative situation, they just “put up with it”, and stoically manage the difficulties, often complain to others, yet continue to do nothing to change their situation for the better.

Improve Athlete Resiliency - 6 Tips for CoachesHuman beings learn this behavior the same way animals do. The big difference however between humans and animals in the learned helplessness condition, is that human can also learn this condition by watching and observing others (those close to them). This is a negative aspect of the modelling process. It serves as a reminder for us as coaches (and parents) that our role is critically important to not teach the learned helplessness pattern to our athletes or children. We must always look, act and consciously try to improve our situations, regardless of how it may appear (as perhaps ‘hopeless’). Always keep trying to change any unwanted situation for the positive.

Now that you have some insight into the research that developed our understanding of resiliency we now present 6 ways coaches can help their athletes (and also themselves) to become more resilient individuals.

If you are finding this article valuable, we also recommend our collection of articles dedicated to Sport Psychology and the Mental Game.

Improve Athlete Resiliency – 6 Tips for Coaches

#1 Reframing

This is a simple concept which most people likely do already.  However, the point is to become more conscious of the resilience process, so it can be performed when demanded, particularly in the pressure of a competition environment.  Reframing is the process of changing the way you view a situation, or event, etc.  Instead of viewing (with associated meaning) something in a negative way, we can choose to view it in a more productive way.  For example, instead of viewing a loss as failure, you can choose to view it as a learning experience of what to do better next time.

Improve Athlete Resiliency - 6 Tips for CoachesYou cannot change the result, but you can change what the result means, and this is what reframing is all about.  Seeing yourself as a failure is not likely to help you improve.  Resilient athletes are going to see a loss as a valuable opportunity to learn from their performance and even view how the winner performed as a learning tool.  Other reframes are when the question of “why” I did not perform well, can be turned into “how” can I improve next time.  A problem can be better reframed as a great challenge to overcome and test your skills.  In a big race or competition, instead of being apprehensive about your performance, you could reframe that as “because I feel this way, I am going to have explosive energy to use”.  The choice is yours in terms of what meaning you wish to attach to events and situations you are confronted with.  Just make sure the meaning you attach is helpful to your performance.

#2 Control and Influence Model

At some point in time, most athletes have been (or should be) exposed to the “Control and Influence Model”. Basically this is a model for understanding those situations, events and challenges of which you have complete, 100% control over and those situations you have influence over and then finally the situations you no influence or control over.  Essentially, we need to spend our energy dealing with those situations where we have control and then influence and not to consume any energy over events of which we have no control.

My sport was rowing, and one thing I had no control over was the weather.  Now there was a time, when rowing in rough water would annoy and frustrate me and this lead to poor results and a reputation of being a poor performer in difficult conditions.  My coach helped me realize I could not change the water but I could learn techniques of rowing, to become better in these conditions.  By the time I entered my final fours years as an athlete, I was unbeatable in rough conditions to the point where I hoped it would be rough.  When the water was rough, I knew I would deal with it so well, that I did not have to row “hard” anymore, but instead could work my technique and enjoyed this challenge (another reframe) knowing that most others would struggle (reframe – I chose to believe others would struggle in poor conditions.  Whether this is true or not did not matter.  I believed it and it helped me.) See the diagram below for a detailed visual of the model.

 

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 #3 Modelling Resilient Behavior

Modelling is a process where we notice and observe the pattern of someone who displays the type of behavior which creates the results we desire.  For example when an athlete who is successful is used as a model for other athletes to learn from.  Modelling is about replicating the thought patterns, actions and emotions that successful results are based on.  It is these three essential process which create our outcomes.  Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, athletes can short cut their way to success by noticing what already successful athletes do.  This becomes the starting point for performance.  Each athlete then makes distinctions to the modelled process so that it suits their unique self.

#4 Attribution of Success or Failure

Research clearly states, resilient people attribute their success to those elements they can control or influence.  Therefore this means success is not someone else’s responsibility.  The same is for any poor performance.  Resilient people attribute poor performance to something they “did” or the great performance of their opponent, not to who they are deep inside.  For example, if a great tennis player loses the final, they are more likely to say “today my opponent played an exceptional game” or “today I felt I could have executed my shots better and made better choices at those critical moments”. 

Improve Athlete Resiliency - 6 Tips for CoachesThis is different to what a player who lacks resilience says, such as, “I am not a good player.  I lacked belief in myself and did not trust myself to take risks”.  What this player is actually doing is defining in their identity (who they are) their inability to play good tennis.  Whenever someone says, “I am …” they are stating that they are their behavior.  Always, this is a reflection on their self-esteem which is often poor.  Always make sure you clearly define the difference between who you are and how you behaved or performed.  A resilient person’s identity is more than their actions and results.

#5 Attachment to Your Support Team

Resilient people always have a strong support team of people they trust, have acceptance from, are secure with and feel like they belong to.  This is the essence of what we call attachment.  What is critical is in order to boost your resiliency, one must feel as though they are exceptionally well supported.  The level to which one needs support differs in proportion to the challenges they feel they are facing.  When an athlete or anyone, is confronted with a significant obstacle or have been knocked down by a certain event, those who have a wonderful support team, are likely to manage that situation more effectively and this means recovering faster.

#6 Highly Developed Technical Skills

Athletes and others who are exceptionally technically and physically competent are usually more resilient to setbacks in their performance.  When an athlete has experienced a poor performance, those who have high level skills, realize recreating a successful result is not about reinventing their whole process (our article on Coping with Poor Performance goes into this topic in greater depth).  Instead, technically competent athletes know all they have to do is recall the times when they had previous success and go back to the basics of their technique which delivered this initial success.  This helps them rebound faster than if the athlete has a poorer level of skill and needs to also be thinking about the establishment and improvement in their basic skill levels.  We can also refer to this as an athlete’s technical reference point (the technical focus point which acts as a reference point to look for, hear and feel).  This reference point then acts as a spring board to recreate an effective future performance.

Where to from here…

Improve Athlete Resiliency - 6 Tips for CoachesIt is important to remember– as coaches we are responsible for an athlete’s whole development.  Gone are the times when all a coach had to do was teach an athlete how to catch or pass a football, run or swim.  The defining factor in an athlete’s performance is not going to come down to their technical skills but rather their non-technical skills and of those being resilient is a foundation skill.  When I write articles like this, it reminds me to improve my skills in this area.  I firmly believe all of us can continue to develop and provide a learning experience for those around us.  As a consequence we will provide a role model example of how to behave.

Looking for an introductory activity to developing resiliency for your athletes? We highly recommend this article on ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go’ by Dr.  Seuss.

If you enjoyed this article you may also find valuable our articles on Coping with Poor PerformanceSport Psychology for the Sports Coach, and Choking or Panicking – Inside Every Athlete’s Worst Nightmare.

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How I Stopped "Dealing" With Parents

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Coach Nate Sanderson and the Springville girls celebrating their 2016 state championship victory.


 

For the past 14 years I have began every basketball season by conducting a parent meeting.  Every one of those meetings had one goal in mind - to insulate myself from parent complaints.  I've used all the standard approaches to communicate our policies and expectations verbally and in writing for players and parents prior to the season.

Our 33-page player manual includes information on our coaching philosophy, coaching backgrounds, game day expectations, eligibility policy, "Who Starts and Who Plays," how we make team assignments, lettering requirements, travel expectations, practice rules, charts with off-season hours and shots taken, and more.  The purpose of every single item in our manual is to communicate as much information up front as possible so that we will not have to deal with the parents once the season begins.

Interestingly, this is how the parent-coach dynamic is always described.  Attend a clinic on the parent-coach relationship, take a coaching class, or have a conversation with coaches from any sport, and the phrase is always the same.  It's assumed that if you want to get into coaching, you're going to have to deal with the parents, plain and simple.

Going into this season I started thinking a lot about that phrase, dealing with parents.  Generally speaking, we never have to "deal with" things we like.  In fact, the very notion of dealing with something invokes feelings of negativity, suspicion, and even dread.  We usually deal with things that are unpleasant.  We deal with problems.  We deal with difficult people.  With all those negative connotations, it's safe to say, nobody ever looks forward to having to deal with anything.

That likely describes how most coaches approach the parent-coach relationship.  Rooted in fear of conflict and confrontation, we negotiate parent interactions like tiptoeing through a mine field hoping to spend as little time as possible desperately trying to avoid an explosion.  At the end of the day, we signed up to coach a sport, not to deal with parents.

In thinking about this, I began to wonder how much this approach to the parent-coach dynamic prevented me from forming positive, constructive relationships with the people who influence our players as much as anyone.  I would never walk into a practice thinking, "Today I have to deal with these players again." Rather, we strive to appreciate, love, and encourage our players every day.  That's our focus going into every practice. What if we approached the parents the same way?

 

What if we chose to stop dealing with parents, and tried to coach them instead?

This year we decided to do something completely different during our parent meeting. We still took a few minutes to address important issues such as "Who Starts and Who Plays," but we spent the vast majority of our time doing something far more important.

We invited the parents to participate in our culture. 

Our basketball program culture is built on three basic principles:

Play Hard - Love Each Other - Do What We Do

This phrase defines everything we want to be about as a team.  It is our identity.  Over the years, we have become increasingly deliberate in teaching our players specific behaviors that demonstrate these values.  This year, we decided to do the same for the parents by giving them specific things they can do to participate in our culture. 

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We felt it was important to not only invite our parents to participate in our culture, but to coach them in how to do so just as we do our athletes.

 

Then we did something crazy.  We asked the parents what they think.

Never in my career have I asked a parent what they thought about our basketball program, or what they want their daughter's experience to be like.  I just wanted to avoid the minefield, remember? 

The more I thought about the sports parent experience, the more I realized, I have no idea what the parents want their experience to be like.  So, we created an exercise to find out.  Here's what we did.

Each parent was asked to put their name on three different note cards.  They would answer a different question on each one, then leave the cards for us to read after the meeting.  Then I walked them through each question.

 

Card 1 (front) - Write at least one reasonable, measurable goal you have for your daughter this season.

Card 1 (back) - Write at least one reasonable, measurable goal you have for our team this season.

The purpose of these questions is to determine the parents' expectations for the team, and for their daughter.  If we found something that was clearly outrageous, we knew to address those in a non-threatening way sooner rather than later.  The vast majority of the conflict we experience with players and parents is the result of unrealistic expectations.  This was a way to identify those so that we could disarm them before the season even started. 

Note - it's important that these goals are measurable, performance-related goals.  It is not possible to measure hard work, happiness, or getting along with others.  We wanted specific outcomes such as being a starter, winning more games than we lose, qualifying for the state tournament, averaging a certain number of points per game, etc.

Then we asked the most important question that nobody ever asks: 

What do you want if you can't have what you want?

 

Card 2 - What do you want your daughter's experience to be like if she CAN'T accomplish any of the goals you wrote for her, or for the team, on the first card?

This question is one of the most significant questions that parents and players should explore.  Essentially, we are asking them to consider what will make the basketball experience valuable even if they do not accomplish their goals. What will make basketball meaningful regardless of outcome?

Here are some things that parents wrote in response to this question:

  • I want my daughter to grow inside.  I want her to care, really care, about others.  I want her to be less self-absorbed and more others-focused.  A true team player... with heart.  One who always does her best and NEVER gives up.  I want her to be accepted and feel she belongs.
  • I want her to continue to give 100% and understand that when you don't succeed right away you just don't give up.  It is okay she's not the star, there are other important roles on a team.
  • Have fun.
  • To walk away from your season filled with memories, friendships, and walk always learning and improving at the game.  Take away some life lessons.  Learn how to be happy and work through things.
  • To grow as a team - to play as a team - to have fun!
  • I want her to be happy with herself and to know she gave it her all.  To be a positive teammate!
  • To have a fun experience and build great memories, memories that she will remember as fondly as a state title.
  • To become a positive teammate.  To become a good leader.  To be as coachable as possible.
  • I want to see her have fun and be looking forward to playing again next year.
  • To grow as an individual, working as a team.  To have fun.
  • I want them to crate memories that will last a lifetime, friendships that will continue into old age, and life lessons they will take with them after basketball.
  • Have fun and be a role model for the next group.
  • Just want her to feel satisfaction that she knows she's done her best, and confidence of being a great teammate and player.
  • I want her to learn, have fun, get better, and be part of a well-respected program

Before we moved to the final card, we showed them what the players wrote in response to this question when we did this activity with them last summer.

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The best feedback I heard in response to this question after the meeting was a parent who said, "The second question really made you think about outcomes."  

We are the defending state champions, but we want our season to be about much more than winning another state title, and this question helped parents think about what they really want for their daughter to gain from her basketball experience.

 

Card 3 (front) - What do you want your experience to be like as a sports parent?

In many ways, the purpose of this question is to validate the parent experience.  It acknowledges that parents will have a unique experience in the stands, and provides them an opportunity to think about what they want that to be like.

Few parents were comfortable sharing their answer to this question in front of others during the meeting, so afterwards I compiled their responses and sent them an email. Here's what they wrote:

  • I would like to enjoy the game whether we are winning or losing.  This is easier when everyone is cheering for the team and not criticizing the players.
  • I would like to feel part of the group, accepted and liked by coaches, parents, and teammates like family.
  • To enjoy the game without negativity from the coaches / players / fans when things aren't going as planned.
  • To have fun watching the girls play.
  • I want to get to know other parents as the season progresses, and would like it to feel like family.
  • Growing together as a community of parents - creating our own memories.  Be a place where everyone wants to be.
  • Relaxing & enjoyable to watch games.  Positive comments toward players, coaches, refs, etc.
  • To be able to ride along with the experience.  Enjoy the ride.
  • Fun, memorable, positive.

Interestingly, many of the parents wanted a similar experience as the players.  They want to have fun.  They want to belong.  They want to be in a positive environment.  It was important to let them create a vision for what they want to their experience to be like together.

Then we asked them how to do it.

 

Card 3 (back - left half) - What can you do to help create that experience for other parents?

I included answers to this question in the email, as well as the paragraph below:

  • Be positive ourselves.  Congratulate other parents on their children's performance.
  • Make sure every parent is involved.  Be excited and have more people join in.
  • Stay positive.  Trust that the kids are doing their best.
  • Be supportive.  Listen.  Have fun.
  • Be sociable and volunteer for extra activities as needed.
  • Make positive comments while in the stands.
  • Be positive and cheer for the team, not just my daughter.
  • Be positive fans for all the players.  Share pictures and stories about fun moments.
  • Be positive.  Be supportive.  Cheer!
  • I am supportive and encouraging, and will do my best to promote unity.
  • Congratulate other parents when their daughter does something well during the game.  Be positive in the stands.  Cheer & clap a lot.
  • Be positive and encouraging and help others see that our kids are learning more than just basketball.

Just as we encourage our players to find ways to create a positive and meaningful experience for their teammates, we encourage you to do the same for your fellow parents.  If you can be faithful to the things written above, I have no doubt that your experience will be a special one together.

 

Card 3 (back - right half) - What can the coaches do to help facilitate that experience?

This question beautifully combines the need for parents to be accountable to one another with the importance of coaches being vulnerable to receiving feedback.  By opening ourselves up to criticism in a constructive we were able to build trust particularly as we follow through on some of their suggestions. 

Perhaps the best part was that parents were comfortable giving us feedback on a card that had their name on it.  Too often parent complaints are anonymous, or done to everyone but the coach in fear that the coach will retaliate on their daughter.  The willingness of parents to take ownership of a potentially negative comment was incredibly meaningful to our coaching staff because it communicated trust.

Here's how they answer this question:

  • Help them learn life lessons and be positive people.
  • Support and understanding for me, and encouragement for my daughter.
  • Keep teaching the girls the meaning of team and to enjoy the opportunity they have.
  • Continue helping through your experiences and continue coaching the way you do.
  • Keep doing what you're doing - I'm getting the experience I want now.  Continue to communicate changes in the schedule as soon as you can.
  • I enjoy all the YouTube videos that are put together an shared on social media.
  • Look for individual needs from the girls (meaning to help them stay positive by coming up with little things and sayings to help them out of a slump).
  • Communicate (which you are good at).  Remember that I would like to spend time with her too - get out of practice on time so there is still time with family.
  • Just engage in short conversations from time-to-time.
  • Communicate and be positive role models.
  • Have a positive relationship with the team so they can come to you if they are unsure on things.  I think you guys do most of what's needed already.
  • Coaches will always have their favorites but they should not show it.
  • Remember that there are more kids on the team than just your starters.  They all need attention.  They will be happier about basketball and make life at home happier.

This feedback was encouraging, and incredibly insightful.  We choose to embrace those few comments that could be perceived as critical because they help us to become better coaches.

The best part of this entire process is it provides us a road map for building trust. 

All relationships are built on trust.  

The feedback we received from parents after this meeting was tremendous.  Many called it the best parent meeting they've ever been to.  I hope that they felt valued as we helped them think about what really matters beyond the outcome on the court, and as we welcomed their feedback to help us provide a better experience for everyone.

 

Does this mean we will never encounter another difficult parent?

Probably not, but when that day comes, our hope is that trusting relationships will be in place that can weather disagreements. 

Regardless, we will choose to coach the parent with love, understanding, appreciation, and encouragement just as we would one of our players because our days of dealing with parents are over.

Shooting: 8 points of emphasis in practice

01/26/2017, 11:15am MST

By Mike Doyle

When teaching proper shooting technique, it’s important for coaches to implement drills and use communication that gives players a clear understanding of the desired result.

USA Hockey Southeastern District Coach-in-Chief Ty Newberry believes that it’s not only coaches’ responsibility to teach the fundamentals, but they also need to practice plan for players to get the most out of their repetitions and encourage turning those shot attempts into goals.

In good hands

Hockey sticks have come a long way since the days of the wooden twig. Nowadays, stick technology makes it much easier to shoot because of the amount of flexion in composite shafts and blades. Unfortunately, it’s had a counter effect on learning proper technique.

It’s important for coaches to teach good hand positioning at younger ages. First, the bottom hand shouldn’t be glued in one position when lining up a shot.

“At the 8U and 10U level, a lot of kids have a death grip on the stick, so the bottom hand doesn’t move at all when they’re shooting or preparing to shoot,” Newberry said.

As for the top hand, it’s crucial for youngsters to move it out away and free from the body.

“A lot of times they almost look like they have a kickstand,” Newberry said. “They have to get that top hand free in order to pop it, a lot of times, even with a wrist shot, it has to come across the body. It can’t when it’s stuck on the hip.”

However, Newberry warns, players should not be shooting strictly with their arms. Players need to have good knee bend and rotate their hips when firing the puck. Coaches need to remind and reinforce proper technique.  

“Stick manufactures have done such a good job of making sticks flex so that kids can be lazy when shooting and it becomes all arms,” Newberry said. “They need to use their hips and break the habits of using all arms.”

Be specific

Many times, coaches will draw up a great drill (or utilize USA Hockey’s practice plans or the Mobile Coach app) and tell their team that it, “Ends with a shot.”

Just as coaches spend time articulating the entire drill, Newberry thinks coaches need to be specific when detailing the type of shot they want players to execute.

“A lot of it is terminology,” Newberry said. “We’ll finish drawing the drill and say the drill ends with a shot, instead of saying the drill ends with a goal.”

Depending on the drill, coaches should ask players for specific types of shots, whether it’s shooting a wrist shot to score or putting a puck off the goalie’s pads for a rebound. The communication should not end at the shot; encourage players to go to the front of the net for a rebound.

“If you want them to focus on a backhand shot or to shoot at certain areas of the net, we do a good job of detailing the drill, but we never finish the drill for them on how to shoot, where to shoot and then where to position themselves after the shot for rebounds,” Newberry said.  

Backload drills

Optimizing practice time to ensure skill development is one of the biggest challenges facing youth coaches. One of the best ways to add specific shots in practice is by backloading or post-loading drills – adding an element, typically a skill, a player performs in addition to the primary drill. This can be done by adding another net or target, like a tire, for a shot out of the way of the primary drill.

Newberry gives the example of setting up on a second net for a one-timer.

“After the initial shot, they go around a tire for a second net to shoot on,” Newberry said. “A coach passes a puck to them on their opposite hand so they have to open up for a one-timer.”

With good practice management, players can double their shot attempts over the course of the season.

“If your kid is averaging 30 shots a practice, which is pretty good, post-load a drill then all of a sudden that’s 60 shots,” Newberry said. “Over the course of the year, rather than 1,500 shots the kids are getting 3,000. Some of these things can be done without the goaltender.”

Surround the puck

As players begin to advance, body positioning, even before they receive a pass in a scoring area, becomes a skill. This is called surrounding the puck.

“It’s opening up your hips and addressing the puck before it gets to you,” Newberry said. “So instead of catching the puck on your backhand, you open up and face the puck as it is moving to you.”

Backloading a drill to surround the puck on a second shot is a great way to feature this skill.

Head up, feet moving

Elite NHL scorers can pick a corner and rifle a puck while skating at full speed. However, when players are still learning the game, getting their head up and shooting in stride can be a challenging task.

“It’s tough at a younger age because their brain is just focused on keeping that puck on their stick, so when they’re going to shoot, their feet stop,” Newberry said. “All their focus is keeping that puck on their stick, so they look at it, and getting that head up is very, very tough. The difficult thing is looking where you’re going to shoot.”

So, how do coaches instill these good goal-scoring habits into players? Again it gets back to setting an expectation. Design a drill and let players know the objective. Try setting up an object to remind players to get their head up or keep their feet moving.

“If we’re going to work on shooting and scoring with the head up and continuous moving of the feet, well, maybe at the end of the drill we place a cone or tire out there, so by the time they get to it, they’re going to have their head up and we’ll have a coach there to make sure the eyes get up before they shoot the puck,” Newberry said. “Or you have to shoot and have to drive around the tire to keep the feet moving, so there’s a marker there to create the habit.”

Teaching selfishness in the scoring areas

By nature, hockey is an unselfish game. However, in the slot, or Grade A area, it’s not time to become a puck philanthropist. For this, Newberry has a team tenet.

“Simple rule that we have, once the puck carrier takes the puck into the slot, it’s a 100-percent shot,” Newberry said. “If we’re coming down the ice on a 2-on-1, we need to make a pass before we get to the slot to change the point of the attack, but once the puck carrier enters the slot, that guy is going to shoot.”

This rule serves a dual purpose and his coaching staff endorses this behavior when the players get back to the bench.

“[The shooter doesn’t] have to worry about being selfish or getting back to the bench and hearing, ‘Oh, man, I was open’ or ‘Didn’t you see me?’” Newberry said. [The player without the puck] knows that I’m going to the net and I’m the rebound or tip and redirect guy. If I’m that guy, I’m driving to look for the puck off pad.”

Don’t punish the shooter

When setting up shooting drills in practice, Newberry feels there’s an old-school mindset that is undermining scoring.

“We have got to get out of the habit of punishing kids for missing the net,” Newberry said. “There are still a lot of coaches out there that make players do 10 pushups if they miss the net. Those are the same coaches who complain that they make the opposing team’s goalie look like an NHLer because everything goes into their belly. Well, at a young age we’re training them to think that the safest place to shoot in practice is the middle of the net and they think if they shoot in the middle of the net, then I don’t have to do pushups.

“No, we want them to try and pick the corners. That’s what we’re looking for. Sometimes they’re going to miss the net, we can’t punish them for missing the net.”

Don’t forget about the goalie 

Finally, when teaching shooting and scoring, don’t forget about the goaltender. Set up drills in which the netminder isn’t going to get completely peppered with shots. Give them enough time between shooters to reset.

“It’s hard to focus on goal-scoring without crushing your goaltenders,” Newberry said.

This is where backloading a second shot can give the goaltender relief from a constant barrage of shots.

“You don’t want to leave out your goaltenders when thinking about practices for shooting and scoring.”

 

How To Ensure Students Are Actively Engaged and Not Just Compliant

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Engagement is a crucial part of learning, but ensuring students are actively engaged is more complex than whether a student is paying attention or not. As technology has made its way into the classroom many educators describe how attentive students are when on devices, but a quiet, outwardly behaved student is not the same thing as one that is truly engaged. The kind of engagement that leads to learning is three dimensional.

Too often educators look at engagement as a “yes or no” question: students are either engaged or they’re not. “That is absolutely not an appropriate way to view it,” said John Almarode, associate professor at James Madison University and co-director of the school’s Center for STEM Education and Outreach. “It is not a one-dimensional concept.”

When Almarode visits classrooms he looks for behavioral, emotional and cognitive engagement at play together. He points out that on-task behavior is not a strong measure of learning. More than that, a student might behave, but be miserable. “Everything we know about the neuroscience of learning is that emotion drives cognition,” he said. But even if a student is behaving and feels good about it, if he or she isn’t actively making meaning out of the information, then active engagement still hasn’t been reached.

When Almarode visits classrooms he looks for eight different qualitiesthat indicate students are engaged.

  1. Does the activity, strategy, task, or idea allow for the student to personalize his or her response? Can they bring their life experiences into the activity and make it their own?
  2. Are there clear and modeled expectations?
  3. Is there a sense of audience above and beyond the teacher and the test? Does the activity have value to someone else?
  4. Is there social interaction? Do students have an opportunity to talk about the learning and interact?
  5. Is there a culture of emotional safety? Are mistakes valued because they are an opportunity to learn?
  6. Do students have opportunities to choose within the activity?
  7. Is it an authentic activity? This doesn’t mean it always must connect directly to the student’s world, but it should connect to reality.
  8. Is the task new and novel? If kids are bored, it’s hard to see engagement

It’s undoubtedly hard to get all eight measures of engagement into every classroom activity, but research by John Antonetti shows that at least three can make a big difference for how much kids learn. “In classrooms where you had at least three characteristics in each assignment students demonstrated sustained cognitive engagement between 84 and 86 percent of the time,” Almarode said. When only two characteristics were present students were only cognitively engaged about 16 percent of the time, and that number dropped to less than four percent when only one characteristic was present.

“As a teacher, as you design a task you need at least three of those characteristics in there,” Almarode said. More than that, the characteristics should be observable to anyone who walks into the room. For example, when Almarode walks into a room on a visit, he should be able to ask any student what the class is working on, what the teacher’s expectations are and how it will lead to learning. He might also look for whether students are talking about the topic and bringing in their own experiences. These observations show him students are on-task, as well as emotionally and cognitively engaged.

The other thing he watches out for is whether the activity meets the expressed expectations. For example, if a student says the activity is to describe the phases of the moon, but the actual task only requires him to match pictures to vocabulary, then the activity isn’t actually requiring students to describe. In that example, the cognitive engagement expected did not match the cognitive engagement Almarode saw in the work students were doing.

Effective feedback on work is another crucial aspect of three-dimensional engagement. Almarode knows how difficult it is for teachers to grade all the assigned work, but he’s also convinced by evidence that shows immediate feedback is crucial to cognitive engagement and thus learning.

“If you give effective feedback to students you double the rate of learning,” Almarode said. “So here’s my argument: cut back on the volume of assignments and increase your feedback on those you grade and you will double the rate of learning.”

That feedback doesn’t necessarily mean returning fully graded papers the next day. Instead, after students turn in their papers, Almarode suggests handing out three papers that demonstrate what it looks like to have met expectations, to still be developing, or to be below expectations. Alternatively, the teacher could hand out a rubric and ask students to score a work sample. Both of these strategies give students a sense of how they performed, and the feedback comes while the process of writing is still fresh.

“Give them something to actively engage with immediately,” Almarode advises. This feedback strategy doesn’t mean teachers shouldn’t assign other work, but he suggests doing more peer feedback sessions or dialoguing about the assignment to free teachers up for high quality feedback on fewer assignments.

Almarode realizes that his suggestions and strategies around engagement often feel to teachers like one more thing to do. He believes everyone within the profession needs to be better at filtering out demands on teacher time that aren’t the most important for classroom learning. He said it’s time to let go of old structures like math time in the morning or long staff meetings to go over procedures. When time is precious it should be spent collaborating, reflecting, improving and prepping. Administrators have a crucial job in protecting teachers time, not adding to long list of things they “should do.”

HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY RESUMES TONUIGHT

11 JAN | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Yes High School Hockey Resumes tonight
Vacations and holidays are over
Game 7:00 pm Wed.
Game 6:00 pm Thursday
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Florida Eels Sign Dylan  Tschabold from Switzerland To Its USP3 team

The Florida Eels are please to announce to signing of  Dylan Tschabold   from Switzerland. Dillon has played for the Florida Eels midget program for the past two seasons and played high school hockey for the Greater Fort Myers High School Team.  He stands 6’2 175 pounds and is only a 2000 DOB. He is one of our futures so to speak. The Eels are already looking towards next season in its player development player pool. The way to do this right, is bring in the younger guys into the fold and allow them to join the team and train 3 hours a day on ice and off ice right with the veteran players. Players like Dillon will garner tremendous experience in preparation for their journey in junior hockey. Dillon will be able to gain some game experience as well and this will unfoundedly speak volumes towards his formative player development.

 

Dylan  Tschabold  is raw but very anxious and eager to learn. He has shown us over the past 2 years he is a very determined and dedicated young man. Think about it: he has moved here from his home in Switzerland and made enormous sacrifices to be away form his home and family. This is a dream come true for him. His goal is to play one-day college hockey. He knows that playing juniors is the pathway to that end. He also knows that the Eels are the key to that mission. He knows that if his end game is to play college hockey be it NCAA or ACHA and garner an excellent education, then the Eels Junior team is the mechanism to realize that goal.

 

The Eels have 2 other 2000 DOB players on its USP3 team. Mason DeMeyere and Corey Altieri.  Like  Dylan Tschabold both Mason and Corey are by products of the Eels youth program. Both players are developing according to plan. In fact Corey Altieri has earned a regular spot between the 1st 2nd and 3rd line. While Mason DeMeyere has ripened into one of the Eels top penalty killers. That boast well for any player, as a forward on the PK knows that defense comes first. He is very aggressive on the fore-check and does cause other teams to turn over the puck. For such young guys this is what it is all about. Learning the game. Developing a strong hockey IQ. Be patient and ready to do what every job or fill whatever role the coach and team need you to perform.

 

Well now  Dylan  Tschabold will be given this opportunity to develop as an Eel. He has been around for several seasons as a midget. He attended all Eel home games for Elite and USP3 for the past 2 years. He has seen from the sidelines some of our top players develop and advance to college. So he has experienced the “Eels Euphoria and tradition. We welcome him to our program.

 

HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY RESUMES NEXT WEEK JAN 11 AND 12TH 

1 JAN | BY FRANK SCARPACI

A reminder that school is still on vacation so High School Hockey will not resume until Jan 11th and 12th

Again there are NO Games this week.

Next Wed Jan 11th and Thurs. Jan 12th there will be a game each night

See you then 

I want to wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year for 2017.  With the striking of Midnight I prayed and hope for a much more peaceful year in our country and across the world. I ask God to look after the brave men and women soldiers and their loves ones who make enormous sacrifices to ensure our democracy liberties and freedoms, which we enjoy and sometimes take for granted. I hope 2017 brings more tolerance of the differences among us and that we have acceptance of our brothers and sisters no matter what their color or race, ethnicity, nationality or religion. After a very turbulent 2016 there is no doubt we need healing within our great Nation. We are all Americans and lets never forget it.

 

As you all know, I have the good fortune of being in the business of helping young boys become men. We may use the “hockey forum” as a vehicle to those means but the end is to help develop, create and nurture future college student athletes who will then become outstanding citizens in America, Russia, Canada, the Ukraine, or where ever they come from. I have had to pleasure of advancing over 195 young individuals to college from the Florida Eels. WOW now that is an accomplishment. A remarkable landmark to say the least. A truly incredible feeling. 

 

Sure we see them go off and play the sport they love. But competitive ice hockey as they are accustomed to, ends for them be it in 4 or 5 years.  But their lives continue. But what we taught them during their junior years with us will have an everlasting impact on who they will be as husbands, dads, CEO’s and members in our communities and in society in general. We as coaches play a large part in their future. We repeatedly stress that meritocracy entitlement and complacency is never enough. You have to bring every ounce of energy, fortitude, determination and dedication to reach your goals. They see it and experience it every day with us training 3-5 hours every day to be the best and to be relevant.  We teach our players that they are not passengers or pedestrians. They are the decision makers. Eels don’t just have dreams. For that matter everyone does. In fact everyone wants to win.  We teach them that you have to have the will to win! My boys have action plans and do what ever is necessary in the bounds of decency and with true sportsmanship to accomplish these goals. We echo there is no magic to it. It comes downs to good old fashion work etic. It is a key ingredient in the Eels’ recipe. Yes to outwork everyone else.

 

That is why our guys have been so successful. I reflect on so many phenomenal players who have passed through our program. We have truly been blessed.  Think about it: 195 advancement to colleges.  It places us truly amongst the Elite  in Junior programs in this country. I am so proud of our boys and equally proud of the boys coming through the system. It is not about wins and losses. It is about who they have and will become. With the 2017 New Year upon us, I am so optimistic as I can rest assure that another 20+ boys we advance to college and WILL have a positive and relevant impact in our society as the Eels before them.

 

The key here is the Eels have been taught to get along with players of all makes and models if you will. Being Catholic, Jewish Muslim, or Baptist Presbyterian or what ever, is irrelevant on the ice. Being Black, White, and Latino etc. has no bearing on abilities and who can score or make a save. Being an American, Russian, Ukrainian, Canadian, German or Korean does not make you skate faster, fore-check harder or make you a better player. It is the Eels unique and special integration – Eels are devoid of society's ugly discrimination - we are all equal individuals and every one of us makes up this team known as the Florida Eels. 

 

If only society can learn from the Eels. This is a tight group of boys who would fight till the end for one another. They all would jump into the proverbial “foxhole” with and for one another. Our families see it amongst the boys. I see the leaders on our teams. No, not just the Captains and Assistant Captains.  Leadership is ingrained in all of our boys. They will take 2017 with a storm.  Yes we are proud, as we know they will become impact individuals in society.  I challenge all young men and women whether athletes or not to do the same. This is what we all need in 2017.

 Rookies of the Florida Eels USP3  Following Tradition Of Player Development

 

The Eels GM Frank Scarpaci brought in 15 rookies this year to fill up the USP3 team and 4 to the Elite team. He is definitely one of the most aggressive GM in all Junior Hockey. He scouts 10+ post season showcases and has a very open mind when it comes to the younger guys. In fact he knows that in order to properly develop players you need time and provide on ice experience in games and the USP3 team is a key to that concept.

 

GM Scarpaci is a guy who knows history and his history has taught him well especially when it comes to the success of his Eels Junior program. Over his tenure he has moved over 100 players from his USP3/Empire/SEJHL teams up to the Elite team, major junior and NCAA college hockey.  We all know how successful the  Eels’ Elite team has been. GM Scarpaci stresses that In junior hockey it is not all about the win loss column. It is far more important to focus your attention on player development. When you have a 2 tier program Elite and USP3 - we can accomplish that goal. That is what so many GMs and coaches  miss the boat.  These coaches and GM pay attention to simply wins, goals  for of players and league titles.

 

Eels Head Coach Frankie Scarpaci agrees 100% with this position. Think he says what the purpose of Tier III junior hockey is suppose to accomplish. With the number of hours we train on the ice- 300+ and off ice another 300+ our players develop. Moreover when we move players   to the Elite team players see the  rewards and benefit of hard work. Seeing the fruits of their efforts pays off not only with that player but with every player in the organization. Moreover, when a player moves down the latter he is not being punished. To the contrary he is given and provided the opportunity to work on power play Penalty killing and gaining confidence. Simply stated,  the Eels we take painstaking time to focus on each player’s development. The key forum for this undoubtedly is the USP3 team.

 

Look at what we have done in the past echoes GM Scarpaci.. We took the time with  Mario Puskarich NCAA Division 1 (Captain University of Vermont) Cameron Darcy, NCAA Division 1 Northeastern Univ. QMJHL and NHL Draft Pick Tampa Bay Lightning, RJ Boyd NCAA Div. 1. Michigan State USHL Indiana and Chicago, NHL Florida Panthers Draft pick, Joey Colartarci, Maritime JR Hockey League Canada and NCAA Division 3 Adrian College, Jonathan Carlson NCAA Division 3 Aurora University, Reid Halabi, QMHHL and the AHL, Richie Boyd NCAA Division 1 UNH and dozens upon dozens more who played on the USP3/Empire/SEJHL team and went on to advance to the Eels Elite team.  Top guys on this season’s  Eels Elite team who emanated from the Eels USP3/Empire team are Zac Boyle, Clayton Boyd, Jordan Court, Brian Kozek, Nolan Greene, and Brandon Hotaling. No doubt each of these boys will advance to play college hockey.  Now that is what this is all about

 

This season we see our own Gavin Medina Dashel Quartarolo John Witowski    Kellen Crowther Terell Bolz Will Carey and Gavin Medina moving up and down the player development latter to the Elite squad. They are garnering games that are proving volumes towards their experience and development. Earlier this year we moved up Caden Tchop 4 goals and 6 assists and Andrii Rusakov.  6 goals and 8 assists who have become serious impact forwards on the Elite squad.

 

Making their mark on the USP3 squad and considerably improving their lot and player development are first year guys: Corey Altieri, linemates along with John Witowski, and Dylan Robello 2nd line with lightning speed, Anthony Sozio, Richie Lepardo and Terell Bolz, 3rd line up of Mason DeMeyere,  and Daniel Merida, and Ehan Gill, and then on the back end top defenseman and part time power forward Dashel Quartarolo, defensemen Will Carey, Jimmy Sturdivent, Barry Groesch, and recent acquisitions , Jared Figueroa (F)  and Goalie Matthew Maniglia all spells a very promising future for the Eels and these players.

 

They are gaining invaluable ice time and experience in playing regular shifts, power play and penalty opportunities. This recipe as proven to produce develop and manufacturer some top players not only in our league but also in college and future pros. The formula designed by the Eels is the very purpose and reason why these young men come to junior hockey. We will sacrifice a win for player development. Sure their ultimate goal is to advance to college hockey but you just can’t have the goal. It is the end result of hundreds of hours of training (with the Eels it is 600+ per year nearly double the competition). You need to garner the experience of playing and game scenarios. With our program we work painstakingly to provide the balance and many opportunities to advance. The players move up and won so they are not afraid of failure. You learn from these situations. In hockey it is not where you start it is where you finish says Coach Frankie Head coach of the Elite team and head of player development for the entire Eels Junior program.

 

 

 

On behalf of the Scarpaci Family we want to wish all a Merry Christmas Happy Hanukah and Happy Holidays. We hope you have a wonderful time with your families. This is truly a time when we all pray for peace and joy around the world.  We pray for the less fortunate, the infirmed and the ones who are not with their love ones. A special hug to the brave serviceman and women who are overseas protecting us, as well as their love ones who make enormous sacrifices not having them here to enjoy this Christmas. May you come home safe and healthy. This season we all seem to get along and spread cheer and love with our neighbors and strangers.  In truth this special feeling amongst us during this Holiday season should continue throughout the year. Isn’t that really God’s plan? If there are tears in our eyes be of joy and happiness. We all can think back of the days when we were so young and awoke to presents under the tree. What a magic time. Lets all spread these memories of a simpler time when the only worry was how much snow we will get.

 

 Merry Christmas Happy Hanukah and Happy Holidays. Let us look forward to a fantastic New Year filled with Joy and Good Health

 

The Scarpacis

The Florida Eels are one of the most actively involved in community efforts in all of Junior hockey.  This past week the Eels Elite players went to a local Elementary school: Edgewood Academy - and read to young students in the classroom. Head Coach Frank Scarpaci and a number of his players were excited to give back to the community. The boys are quite fortunate to be able to pursue their dreams, train hard for over 4 hours each day. This is just an example of them being thankful and appreciative of what has been bestowed on them.

 

 This volunteer classroom experience is not a token gesture either. These boys give back enormously to the community in which they play: The Greater Fort Myers/Cape Coral area. The Eels have participated in several educational endeavors at several of the local schools including helping with arts and crafts, helping out with physical education which included learn to play hockey and acting as mentors for so many youngsters.

 

Moreover, the Eels Junior players helped raised tens of thousands of dollars in Hockey’s Fight Against Cancer, Took the lead in Hockey’s Fight To Feed the Hungry by raising enough food to feed over 100 families from Thanksgiving to Christmas Holidays, They raised substantial toy donations with the US Marines with Toys For Tots and raised thousands of dollars and donations in brand new clothing for a local teenage shelter in conjunction with Pivot Charter School.

 

Coach Scarpaci says all too often everyone is too consumed and focused   who are the leaders in points or where their team sits in the standings. No doubt that is important but the Eels organization from its players to its coaches to the GM takes it one much further. We know in the end we are not just building hockey players. We are developing future college players and citizens. It is our job equally to make our players appreciate their responsibility in society. To become over all good citizens. This is what makes the USA so great. These tasks should not be a burden but one we enthusiastically engross in our lives.  Indeed, when you get 50 players to enthusiastically take on these ancillary community activities, you know you have built future leaders in our country. No matter where you fall under the political spectrum these young men appreciate it is not all about the win loss column. The look on these young kids faces is priceless. But our guys say it is equally rewarding for them. It is the least they can do. The nice thing here is the volunteer efforts are completely that: Volunteer. Every last one of our guys wants in. 

THIS WEEK HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY 

13 DEC | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Folks this week the Juniors have games Thursday at Germain as part of the Winter Showcase. Accordingly, this Wednesday the High School teams will have a game.
NO ELITE PLAYERS CAN PARTAKE THEY HAVE SOMETHING ELSE PLANNED.

On Thursday Coach Patrick will have regular practice for all of the other high school players.

Please spread the word.

Thanks
Coach Frank 
 

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The Eels Announce Junior Chowder Cup Team

The Florida Eels announce it will once again be fielding a team at the Pro Am Junior Chowder Cup this season. It will be amongst 60 teams in the 2001 age bracket that will have teams from across the USA, Canada and Europe.

 

 

The Annual Junior Chowder Cup, hosted by the New England Pro-Am Hockey League, will take place July 20th, 21st, 22rd, & 23rd, 2017, at the Foxboro Sports Center, Foxboro, MA, Rodman Arena, Walpole, MA, as well as the Canton Ice House in Canton, MA.

 

The Junior Chowder Cup will have two separate Divisions. One Division will be for players born in 2001 and one Division will be for players born in 2002. There will be separate playoffs for each Division with a Champion being crowned in each one.

 

 There will be 15 brackets of four teams each in the 2001 Division for a total of 60 teams.

The Eels will be recruiting players from across the 10 Spring and Summer Showcases its coaches attend scouting for its junior teams to compete in this event. This event will be one of the official tryouts as well for the Eels Junior teams. Over the past 8 seasons over 50+ players who played for the Eels Junior Chowder Cup went on to play with the Eels Juniors and dozens others advanced to the NTPD, NCAA Div. 1 and 3 Men’s college hockey,  USHL, the USPHL the BCHL, the NAHL, and other Junior programs. In fact several of these alumni were later drafted into the NHL.

 

If you are interested in playing on our team, please contact Frank Scarpaci GM Florida Eels at www.eelshockeycoach@aol.com or 941-400-9023

Guys tonight we had fantastic high school game. The pace was real fast. The game was clean but very spirited and competitive. Everyone left there having loads of fun and a great time.

This was the way we built the high school games to be. The goals saw quite a bit of rubber and this was good keeping them sharp and on their toes.

 

Thursday night we hope to see much more of the same. These games have been phenomenal for the younger guys as well as the junior players as mentors.

 

Thanks for a job well done.

Coach Frank

Cape Coral High School Stats

2016-2017 - Regular Season

League Player Stats

Skater

# Name Team GP G A PTS AVG PTS
6 Sozio Anthony CCHS 6 2 1 3 0.50
9 Court Jake CCHS 6 2 2 4 0.67
16 Boyd Clayton CCHS 6 2 0 2 0.33
22 Munnings Rajhan CCHS 6 1 0 1 0.17
27 Altieri Corey CCHS 6 0 1 1 0.17
28 Robello Dylan CCHS 6 0 0 0 0.00
56 LeFort Ryan CCHS 6 1 0 1 0.17
77 Boyle Mark Andrew CCHS 6 0 2 2 0.33
80 Basilone Antonio CCHS 6 0 0 0 0.00
86 McBride Alex CCHS 6 0 0 0 0.00
87 Giordano AJ CCHS 6 0 0 0 0.00
88 Mills Jackson CCHS 6 0 0 0 0.00
92 Niland Peyton CCHS 6 0 0 0 0.00
10 Allgood Richie CCHS 5 0 0 0 0.00
24 Gill Ethan CCHS 5 0 0 0 0.00
53 Tchop Caden CCHS 5 1 1 2 0.40

Goalie

# Name Team GP MIN W L T SOL SOG SV GA GAA SV % SO
1 Chaney Will CCHS 6 205:00 1 4 1 1 127 98 29 8.49 .772 0

 

What even is NSF?

Safely Navigating the Supplement World

by 

Joel Totoro, RD

09/26/2016 1:10 AM

Filling the gaps in our daily nutrition with tablets and powders isn’t a new concept. The large demand for nutritional supplementation has made the industry an attractive one, leading to a congested and difficult marketplace for consumers to navigate. While federal regulations do exist that dictate the type of claims that can be made on a supplement label, supplement manufacturers are not required to submit their products to a pre-market approval process at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) like pharmaceutical manufacturers are required to do. 

 

At Thorne we believe greatness is measured in milligrams – we believe you deserve access to everything your body needs and nothing more. As the supplement industry has grown, supplement quality has been derailed and customer confusion has risen. Thorne's mission is to provide quality supplements as well as consumer education about how nutritional supplements fit into your lifestyle.  We know the best nutrition program needs to be personalized to you – nutritioned exactly. 

 
In 2007, the FDA issued the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) regulatory program that dictate federal guidelines for the preparation, purity, and accuracy of labeling nutritional supplements. While these regulations are presented as minimum expectations, supplement companies are mostly left to police themselves. 

 
Fortunately for consumers, there are companies that choose to hold themselves to high standards and fully comply with the regulations issued by the FDA. 

 

Here’s how you can be absolutely certain that you are choosing a supplement company that is making high quality, safe, and efficacious products:
 
Look for Third-Party Testing
Nutritional supplement brands can, and should, retain outside, independent companies to audit their manufacturing processes and test their products to ensure the FDA’s cGMP’s are being complied with, thus ensuring that the company’s products contain the ingredients listed on the label in the amounts listed and don’t contain any harmful ingredients. 

 

NSF International has created an advanced certification program for supplements geared toward elite athletes. NSF International’s Certified for Sport® program tests products for more than 200 substances that are banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Anti-Doping Agency. A supplement product that bears the Certified for Sport seal ensures that that the product contains exactly what the label claims it does, in the amounts listed, and nothing else. 

 
Realize There is No Cure-All

It’s illegal for a supplement company to claim that any of its products prevent, cure, or treat any medical condition. Supplements are intended to complement the diet and to support overall health and well-being. Any express or implied claims that a product will prevent, cure, or treat a medical condition is a red flag that the manufacturer isn’t in compliance with the FDA’s labeling regulations for nutritional supplements. Furthermore, if a supplement’s product label has a lot of buzz words that don’t mean anything, such as “white hot heat” or “blazing intensity” the company is probably trying to distract you from a lack of evidence behind their product. 

 

Companies often use phrases that imply there’s science behind their product – such as “clinically proven” – but many of these claims are not backed by actual research. Be cautious of products claiming ancient formulas, cutting-edge science, miracle cures, or guarantees. A reputable and honest company will have contact information you can use to request further information for the research behind their claims. Lastly, if a product sounds too good to be true – "Lose 10 pounds in one day" – that's probably because it is. 

 
Take a Lead from Sports

Be aware of ingredients banned in sports by agencies like the World Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Anti-Doping Agency. While these ingredients aren’t always prohibited for general consumption, these organizations see a problem with the ingredients, which should be a red flag to you as a regular consumer. Do your research to see if you should ban these ingredients from your nutritional game plan. 
 
Watch out for Warnings

Be wary of supplements with a long list of warnings or contraindications listed on the product label. Any serious adverse effects reported to a supplement company must be reported to the FDA by the supplement company.
 
Be an Educated Consumer

Registered dietitians are trained to evaluate the need for, effectiveness of, and safety of nutritional supplements. Always consult your health-care practitioner before starting a supplement regimen. The National Institutes of Health and the United States Anti-Doping Agency offer resources to help educate you on supplement before you use them. Always be sure to do your homework on your supplement company before taking their products. 

 

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Tonight and last night were a lot of fun. Great competition while so many of the players had so much fun. The bantam and midget aged players are learning for the junior players. The junior players have been fantastic mentors to all of the younger players who are developing quite nicely. 
It is great to see this brand of ice hockey right here at the Fort Myers Skatium. In so many places venues and forums players coaches and parents focus on the wins goals assists points etc . Here sure the kids want to score and win. Why not it is the American way to be ultra competitive. However, you folks are pioneers in first wring an environment where player development is just as important as the goal assist or win. No this is not Rec hockey. Far from it. In fact this is as good as any Tier I or AAA program in Florida. The skill level presented here by the Eels Junior players is second to none. The key here is we integrate these players with high school age players i.e., Banatam and Midget guys and wow. So much fun to watch 
I have to complement the junior guys as they not only come out to the games but many attend the practices as well 
As a reminder we are off next week. We want everyone to have a holiday with your families and not focus on ice hockey. Thanksgiving is meant for families and should be enjoyed by families. All too often as mites squirts peewees bantams and midgets we were obligated to attend some "Thanksgiving Hockey Tournament" sure they were fun but now for this year let's relax and enjoy your family and love ones. 
See you all in two weeks 
Coach Frank

 

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High school games Wedneday and Thursday This Week

Guys this week Nov 16!and 17 we have games both Wednesday and Thursday 

Next week no games due to Thanksgiving Holiday 

We want stories about our high school ice hockey players

Folks we would like to solict stories about our high school ice hockey players concerning the players ice hockey, or their academics, or community service activities.

Please contact James Chaney and or Kim Stitt

 

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A DAY IN A LIFE OF A FLORIDA EEL JUNIOR PLAYER
3 NOV | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Each day the Eels Junior players train 1½ hours on the ice on skills, conditioning and team systems. They also train an unprecedented additional 1½ hours at World Gym on hockey specific weight and conditioning. Some days they train at the sports court at the Fort Myers Skatium in circuits. These include conditioning ladders to work on quick feet, core, running parachutes, medicine balls, lunges with weights to name a few.

It is truly amazing to watch these guys – the dedication determination and fortitude. They all have one thing in mind: To advance to the “Next Level” be it the USHL, the BCHL the USA National team and the ultimate goal to play college hockey. The Eels program is one of the elite in the USPH and in the USA in advancing young men to reach their goals dreams and mission. It is not easy to achieve. It takes extreme dedication, self sacrifice, hard work and determination.

Look at our record- the record that matters – the record that our parents and players truly care about: The Eels advanced 25 last season and a total of 175. We are proud to say we have 4 NHL Draft picks and 2 NTPD alumni.

The boys this year are no exception. The photos below are illustrations of theUSP3 players working very hard under the direction of Head Coach Frankie Scarpaci and his assistants Joey Giambalvo and Sean Price.

I am very pleased with their unwavering determination in training. It is the little things that add up. Great job guys in getting ready for this weekend’s games vs. Palm Beach

FREE Street Hockey Clinic at the NEWEllenton Ball Hockey Rink!

Join Lightning Made Hockey and Lightning Alumni for a free street hockey clinic on November 5th. Clinic will be held for children of all skill levels ages from 6-14 years old.

This clinic will kick off all of the great programming to come at the new ball and roller hockey rink inside Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex.

ALL participants receive a free street hockey stick and ball to bring home with them! NO EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED!
 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP AND FOR MORE INFORMATION

JASSEN CULLIMORE - HEAD INSTRUCTOR

Jassen is entering his 4rd season as the head Lightning Made instructor. Jassen is a 17 year NHL veteran who saw time with the Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadiens, Florida Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks, and the Tampa Bay Lightning where he became a Stanley Cup Champion in 2004. Jassen is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach

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SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER PARTNERS WITH FLORIDA EELS TO PROVIDE EXPERT SAT AND ACT CLASSROOM TRAINING FOR PLAYERS

14 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

12741 World Plaza Lane · Ft. Myers, FL, 33907 · (239) 275-1130 · sylvan.fortmyers@sylvanlearning.com
ACT® PREPARATION FALL/WINTER 2016
ACT Test Dates:

September 10, 2016 October 22, 2016 December 10, 2016 Class 1: July 7-September 8**
PREP FOR TEST DATE: September 10
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Practice Test 1: July 30
Practice Test 2: August13
Practice Test 3: September 3

Class 2: August 18-October 20**
PREP FOR TEST DATE: October 22
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Practice Test 1: September 3
Practice Test 2: September 24
Practice Test 3: October 15

Class 3: October 3-December 7**
PREP FOR TEST DATE: December 10
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
NO CLASS Wed. Nov. 23

Practice Test 1: October 15
Practice Test 2: November 12
Practice Test 3: December 3

BEFORE YOU ENROLL—TAKE A FREE Diagnostic ACT or SAT so we can customize a prep program just for you!
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**Without Advanced Reading, Class 1 begins July 28. Class 2 begins Sept. 8, Class 3 begins Oct. 24

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HEALTHY SCRATCHES FOR JUNIOR PLAYERS FOR HIGH SCHOOL PRACTICES AND GAMES

11 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

This week’s junior players who will be practicing Wed. night and playing Thursday night.

Greater Cape Coral (White)
Jersey # Last Name First Name

10 Allgood Richie
80 Basilone Antonio
16 Boyd Clayton HEALTHY SCRATCH
77 Boyle Mark Andrew
9 Court Jake
76 Ewens Garrett
24 Gill Ethan
87 Giordano AJ
56 LeFort Ryan
86 McBride Alex
88 Mills Jackson
24 Munnings Rajhan  
92 Niland Peyton
28 Robello Dylan
6 Sozio Anthony
27 Altieri Corey
53 Tchop Caden HEALTHY SCRATCH

1 Chaney Will

Fort Myers Metro
(Black)

Last Name First Name 84 Boyd Ryan
10 Brann Jeff
53 Carey Will HEALTHY SCRATCH
9 Cossentino Anthony
80 Cossentino Mary
97 Crowther Kellen HEALTHY SCRATCH
27 Demeyere Mason
16 Groesch Barry
28 Lepardo Richie
77 Majeau Zachary
76 Medina Gavin
6 Mills CJ
85 Niland Stephanie
96 Pawlowciz Lucyan
11 Stitt Caleb
58 Tschabold Dylan

33 Posner Jason HEALTHY SCRATCH

30 Kotz Nick PLAYING 

High School Hockey

Greater Fort Myers High School League Gets off To A Huge Start

The Florida Eels Juniors Program enters into a very unique roll by entering many of its high school age players from its Elite and USP3 teams in the Greater Fort Myers Inaugural High School Ice Hockey League. The players play with the local high school teams and play their games every Thursday evening when at home. This has gone a long way in making the High School teams take off in a great way to start this season. This is the inaugural season for the Greater Fort Myers High School League and these players not only provide strong numbers into the local teams but also add rich talent and skill set to the local squads.

The junior players have added character, skills, and professionalism through out every part of the program. The games have an entirely different level for the players involved. The emphasis here is to help develop all of the local players partaking in local high school hockey. Being high school hockey, each player must maintain a minimum GPA to remain on the team. A minimum GPA criterion is required by most high schools in all other sports so we mandate this as well in this program. Coaches are required to review the players’ quarterly report card to ensure compliance. This is audited by our program manager and Educational Coordinator Kim Stitt. We want integrity in our program. We are pioneers here and this is the start of a phenomenal program for years to come. By similar token, the players are required to be in good academic standing at their school in terms of discipline and attendance. These factors simply are not often considered nor come under the radar of typical travel or recreational hockey programs. I am very proud of us adopting these high standards for our High School League players.

The Florida Eels Junior high school age players are phenomenal mentors to the local players who are not currently playing juniors or travel hockey for that matter. My junior players are held to an even higher standard in this program. We monitor very closely and make sure that a league official is at every game to monitor penalties. If there is any unnecessary roughing or excess hitting by any junior player, the player will be removed for participation. There is a fantastic camaraderie amongst all of the players throughout the entire program, regardless of what team they are on. There is a de-emphasis on the competitive side and more of a focus of true player development. This is a completely co-ed program and we have 6 girls who play in the program. “Don’t get me wrong”, echoed Frank Scarpaci Eels GM and High School Director, “Anyone watching these teams practice and watching the games would think they were watching a Tier I AAA group of players. The players are extremely fast, the goaltending is strong and talented, the passing is on mark, the fore-check, and back-checking is tight—it is a beautiful sight. Every fan was on the glass as the play was up and down the ice in full throttle.” 

It is so refreshing to see the high skilled Florida Eels Junior Players making that extra pass and actively becoming mentors to the high school players during games and practices. It is a new BRANDING if you will. The parents love it. The players love it. In fact at the first game of the 20 game season the Fort Myers Skatium was host to over 150 fans to watch the High School league’s inaugural game. The place was loud and spirited with out the “nonsense” of foolishness in so many travel league games.

The Greater Fort Myers Hockey League is independent from the Lightning Conference in the Tampa area and the South Florida Scholastic High School Conference. “We have to start somewhere,” echoed Frank Scarpaci, architect of the new Southwest Florida High School League. “We expect to double our teams in the next 12 months. We were not able to join the Tampa Lightning Conference as so many of our players are divided among 14 schools in the Lee County, Collier County, and Hendry County School Districts. The current set up for existing high school leagues would not allow us to allow players from multiple counties to join on one team and we were not going to deny any of our players a chance to continue playing in their high school years as they prepare for junior hockey or college hockey in their future.”

One of the major attractions to the new Greater Fort Myers High School League is that the teams practice every Wednesday and play their games on Thursday. This frees up so many players to work and attend to other extra curricular activities in high school. So many of the players who grew up playing ice hockey as Mites, Squirts, Peewees Bantams and Midgets wanted to continue playing, but the academic demands of high school, Dual Enrollment in college, college prep activities, being dual sports athletes, and working conflict with typical travel ice hockey schedules. This unique program in Southwest Florida addresses many of those concerns and allows so many players to continue playing ice hockey and develop their skills in the game they love. 

Thanks to the Florida Eels and the addition of high school aged junior players to the High School Hockey League, a new chapter in U18 hockey is being written in Southwest Florida. This is another example of the Florida Eels being good community partners. The Eels are a very active a program in the Greater Fort Myers and Southwest Florida community. Their teams have been leaders in Hockey’s Fight Against Hunger, Hockey’s Fight Against Cancer (having raised over $60,000 in donations for local families), Toys For Tots, Reading Programs to Elementary Students, Hurricane Relief Efforts, Parks and Rec Clean Up Crews, Salvation Army’s Kettle Drive volunteers, and Clothing Drives for local children shelters. The Florida Eels believe that the player on the ice is as important as the player off the ice in their community. 
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FLORIDA EELS ELITE TEAM TO PLAY TEAM BEIJING - CHINA'S FUTURE NATIONAL TEAM

6 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

 

NHL.com: Teams Up With New York Islanders

10/05/2016, 12:15pm EDT

By Cory Wright

A Chinese hockey team is developing under the tutelage of the Islanders organization

 

For China’s national hockey program, the road to the 2022 Winter Olympics starts on Long Island.

 

The Beijing Hockey Association has teamed up with the New York Islanders in an effort to develop the country’s national program, with a goal of icing a Chinese team in the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

 

How are they doing it? A group of junior players from Beijing are spending eight months under the tutelage of Islanders Skills Development Coach Bernie Cassell and Jr. Islanders coaches Eric Conway and Rudy Sulmonte.

 

These players are making a full commitment to their hockey careers, uprooting themselves from home for the entire season. They’ll practice four times per week, work out off the ice three times per week and play 44 games in the USPHL (United States Premier Hockey League) at the Elite Level.

 

“They pay attention, they’re hungry, they want to get better,” Cassell said. “Since they got here, since I’ve been working with them for two weeks I’ve seen a huge improvement and the reason is that they listen, they pay attention and they are open to new things and they apply it right away.”

 

The Beijing team will practice and play at Northwell Health Ice Center – the Islanders’ official practice facility – giving the junior players access to a state-of-the-art facility. They are currently 0-1-0 following a loss to the P.A.L Junior Islanders. Their first home game is on Friday, October 7 at Northwell.

 

This unique partnership is a continuation of the Islanders work to grow the game of hockey in China. The Islanders first opened an Islanders hockey office in Harbin, China in 2005, have welcomed numerus Chinese teams to the Lighthouse International Hockey Tournament – five players on Team Beijing played in the pee-wee tourney – and have taken the Jr. Islanders to compete in the Project Hope Tournament twice.

 

The team is still committed to growing the game abroad, but now they’re just using the NHL-quality resources available at home.

 

The Florida Eels Elite team is scheduled to play Team Beijing at the New England Sports Center at the USPHL Main Winter College Showcase Jan 9th 2017. This will be a huge event for the Eels having been one of the USPHL Elite teams selected to compete against the future of China’s National team.

HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS ROSTERS AND JERSEY #S

6 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Greater Cape Coral (White)
Jersey # Last Name First Name

10 Allgood Richie
80 Basilone Antonio
16 Boyd Clayton
77 Boyle Mark Andrew
9 Court Jake
76 Ewens Garrett
24 Gill Ethan
87 Giordano AJ
56 LeFort Ryan
86 McBride Alex
88 Mills Jackson
24 Munnings Rajhan
92 Niland Peyton
28 Robello Dylan
6 Sozio Anthony
27 Altieri Corey
53 Tchop Caden

1 Chaney Will

Fort Myers Metro
(Black)
# Last Name First Name

84 Boyd Ryan
10 Brann Jeff
53 Carey Will
9 Cossentino Anthony
80 Cossentino Mary
97 Crowther Kellen
27 Demeyere Mason
16 Groesch Barry
28 Lepardo Richie
77 Majeau Zachary
76 Medina Gavin
6 Mills CJ
85 Niland Stephanie
96 Pawlowciz Lucyan
11 Stitt Caleb
58 Tschabold Dylan

33 Posner Jason

30 Kotz Nick (Alt) 
 

TIER I MIDGET OR BANTAM OR AAA WE HAVE THE NEXT LEVEL HOCKEY RIGHT HERE AT THE FORT MYERS SKATIUM HIGH SCHOOL FALL WINTER LEAGUE

6 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Folks the Greater Fort Myers High School League is unreal. This is the most excitement any bantam or midget age player can ever hope for in the state of Florida. GM Frank Scarpaci of the Florida Eels has put together a very unique program that combines Bantam and Midget players with younger Junior players of the Florida Eels Junior teams both Elite and USP3 squads.

The teams are selected purely by draft. The players get a 20 game schedule. There are on average 15 players per team and one goalie. The players practice once per weeks for 22 weeks. The players have practiced 4 times thus far and just had a practice scrimmage to make the final teams.
The cost is $1,600 we supply game jersey

The teams are now set. There will be two squads. Metro Fort Myers and Greater Cape Coral. The two teams will be reseeded after 10 games to ensure a competitive balance.

The teams will square off tomorrow Thursday at 6:00 pm 1 hour game

We saw a preview of the season’s games tonight in the scrimmage. OMG this was the fastest games ever for this age group. The passing was quick foe-checking intense and the juniors showed the young guns the importance of the back check.

The junior players are like on ice coaches every shifts. The coaches mix up and integrate the lines with bantam midget and junior players ensuring that’s the level of play is very high tempo. The Banatam and midget players are experince what the Next Level is . These junior players are amongst the best in the Usphl. Very high skills set and what other way to get better training than to be on the ice with such mentors. These guys will facilitate so much in raising the bar.

The goal here is two fold:

First, Build the skills of these Banatam and midget players. Provide them not only with outstanding coaching by Patrick Olsen and Pat Constantino but to have true AAA Tier I caliber players such as our junior players play with and along side them as well as competing against them as well. You can’t garner this from playing AA or A hockey in the FLHA or CFHL. No way the level of your teammates and opponents cannot mirror what we put on the ice. The junior players are so excited to be part of this player development structure. The level here exceeds the level of play offered under the Tier I program Alliance at a fraction of the cost. Sure you don’t travel or play two games every other or third weekend but who needs it. You get once practice per week and one games per week with the top players in the nation. We are looking at quality player development at a fraction of the cost. Think about no hotels games mid week and the players are free on weekends etc to do other things demanded of them in high school. It also allows players to get part time jobs on the weekends.

The second component of our mission is to build Fall Winter High School hockey in Ft Myers Cape Coral and the surrounding community for our players.We will strive to extend the deprogrammed dot all players in the southwest community regardless to where they play their travel or Rec hockey. This is beyond the Label of the Eels. We want to expand our program to 4 teams. Some will be true high. Schools and others metro teams or combined high schools.

If your son or daughter is interested in joining our program there is still time . We have a few spots open. Please contact me at 941-400 9023 Frank Scarpaci

A: ACCELERATION

While having great overall top speed is a desirable attribute for a hockey player, the ability to accelerate quickly is even more important.

Hockey is a game that requires many quick short sprints and changes in direction. The players who accelerate the fastest give themselves a huge advantage in winning the race to loose pucks, pressuring an opponent or avoiding a checking defender. This type of acceleration can be improved through both on- and off-ice training. Learn more by watching this presentation on acceleration by Darryl Nelson, strength and conditioning coach with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.

14U/16U Q-and-A: Captain Material?

09/20/2016, 2:15pm MDT

By Joe Bonnett, ADM Regional Manager

Q: My child is so excited to start the 14U/16U season. The coach had a great start-of-the-season kick-off meeting with the parents and players. One thing the coach mentioned was that the team will be selecting a leadership group this season. What advice can I give my child to start learning about leadership and possibly becoming a leader for this team?

A: As players enter their 14U/16U season, they are a bit more worldly, mature and mentally equipped to start adding a leadership responsibility to their game. Being a leader on a team is not easy. It’s not about being popular, being the best player or having the nicest equipment. Being a leader on a hockey team involves being an unselfish person who can do two things at once, such as monitoring your own game and monitoring the state of the whole team at the same time. Being a team leader is hard work.

Once a player is secure in their own game (involving aspects such as preparation, work ethic and team-first mindset), they can begin taking a team leadership role. This is a great life-skills opportunity for them, since developing the ability to lead will be important for future success in hockey as well as outside of hockey for the rest of their life.
 
Being a good captain at any level involves having the ability and maturity level to communicate clearly with coaches. Good captains should have the confidence to share teammates’ ideas and insights with the coaches. They should also be good listeners, willing to take the coach’s guidance and able to help the coach steer the team in the desired direction.
 
Good captains have the ability to manage many details of the team that will play a major role in the success of the team and how well it functions.
 
Leadership skills are developed when a leader or a group of leaders can properly execute tasks within a team. Some of these tasks may sound simple, but holding your teammates accountable is not always easy. Some coaches say that the best teams have the ability to run themselves, but what’s really happening in those situations is that effective leaders exist and each player on the team accepts accountability for achieving the team’s goals. One of the captains’ challenges is getting each player to accept that accountability and prioritize the team’s goals ahead of everything else.
 
So what steps can you take to help your child learn to lead a team?
 
One tactic is to encourage your child to lead the team warm-up and cool-down pre- and post-practice or game. Another is to empower players to lead certain drills. Can your player execute drills and help set up drills on their own? Those are positive steps toward being a team leader.
 
Teach your player to interact with teammates in a positive way when holding them accountable to the team standard. For example, teach your player how to manage a situation when a teammate arrives to the game out of dress code. Good captains do not intimidate or belittle. They should handle this situation in a firm, positive manner that lets the teammate know that not following the dress code (or any other team norm) is unacceptable. Communicating with teammates in this type of firm, positive manner builds trust, respect and a team-first mentality that will help your player lead over the course of the season.
 
Good leaders come in many forms. Successful captains use their personality to their strength. Some captains like to motivate through talking, others like to lead by example, others befriend all players. There is no single mold for the perfect captain. However, one important trait that all captains have is that they embrace and include every player on the team. Captains understand that each player is vital for the team to succeed. The more players on board, the better chance of success.
 
One essential point to convey to your aspiring leader is this: Being the hardest worker on the team makes leading very easy within a team dynamic. If your player is lazy, disruptive or disinterested in practice, they will have no chance of leading a group of hockey players. Working hard, consistently executing drills to the highest standard, and being first on the ice and last off all set a high bar for teammates to attain. By setting a high bar, the team will strive together to reach this level of excellence.
 
Encourage your player not to campaign for the leadership role. Campaigning can often come off phony and not garner trust from teammates. Leadership should blossom from within the athlete for genuine reasons, such as, “this kid really cares about teammates.”
 
Hopefully your child’s coach is trying to teach the entire team about leadership and perhaps rotating the captaincy among the players over the course of the season. Perhaps he or she identifies several leaders within the team and allows different players to lead at different times.
 
Lastly, encourage your budding leader to have a sense of humor. As we all know, the hockey season is long. Having the wherewithal to lighten the mood and have fun at the rink makes for a great leader and a fun season.
 
Leadership is an invaluable skill to learn for the game of life. These discussions and situations only enhance youth sport involvement and the many life skills that can be acquired within the game of hockey.

Overspeed: Kicking skill development into high gear

09/21/2016, 3:00pm MDT

By Michael Caples - Special to USAHockey.com

Hockey players, by trade, must perform skills at a variety of different speeds, but being able to execute skills at top speed, or game speed, is essential to success at higher levels.

Enter overspeed training: making sure players are moving at top speed when working on skills such as stickhandling, passing and shooting.    

“Overspeed training, on ice, is really just about learning how to perform skills at top speed,” said Kevin Neeld, director of performance at Endeavor Sports Performance in New Jersey. “On the ice, you can design drills where you have people build up speed intentionally by ramping around the neutral zone or circling around the net and building up speed, approaching the neutral zone and then having them go through some skill components that have been developed under slower speeds and more controlled situations prior to that.      

“From an off-ice perspective, overspeed training is a little bit different than top-speed training, in that overspeed training is traditionally done by using either downhill running or bands that facilitate you having to recover your stride length faster because you’re literally running faster than you would be able to do on your own.”

Skill development across different speeds

Neeld, the strength and conditioning coach for USA Hockey’s Women’s National Team, said that overspeed training off the ice is more geared toward runners and other dryland sports. Overspeed training, in a hockey sense, should primarily be focused toward on-ice exercises. 

“I think the important thing is that players should be able to express their skills across different speeds,” Neeld said. “You don’t want a player who has outstanding hands and vision, but only when their feet are standing still, or if they’re gliding and moving at half-speed. Hockey is such a unique sport in that it requires people to execute skills in a bunch of different body positions in a bunch of different tactical situations and then really, most relevant to what we’re discussing, at a bunch of different speeds.

“If players aren’t accustomed, if they don’t practice having to scan the ice to find open players and open spaces at full speed, they’re not going to be as good at that as they would be if they had made it a training focus.”

Stretching out of their comfort zone

By bringing a player to top speed before beginning a skill drill, the player is pushed out of his or her comfort zone, which will help with their development.

“I always say that I think the best hockey players see the game slow,” Neeld said. “They’re able to see the play develop and execute plays even if they’re moving very quickly; they can see things happen. Overspeed training is an opportunity to speed the game up and pull them out of their comfort zone so that when it comes game-time, things actually appear to be moving a little slower than how they’ve trained.”

Overspeed will lead to failure – and that’s OK

When kids start incorporating overspeed training into their practices, errors will occur – and that’s OK.

“I would say get comfortable making mistakes, because there is such an emphasis on the outcome that some of the process might be lost,” Neeld said. “If you slow your body speed movement down to make sure, to borderline guarantee that you connect on the pass or you’re able to get the shot off that you want, then you’re missing the opportunity to make a mistake and develop from it in the future. If you never make those mistakes at high speed, if you always slow down to accommodate your current comfort zone, then you’re never going to develop those skill sets at high speeds. It’s important to be comfortable being uncomfortable.”

That same mindset applies to coaches, as well – Neeld wants to see coaches let players learn from their mistakes on their own during overspeed training sessions.

“To not over-coach the process is a message I would give to coaches,” Neeld said. “It’s easy to micro-manage and to put the players in positions that guarantees they will be successful. I think sometimes that’s helpful, but we all learn from our mistakes. In this case, getting some repetitions in and letting kids figure it out without over-instructing the process will allow them to learn skills in a way that will be longer-lasting than just executing them the way the coach is telling them to on any given day.”

Second week of high school practice

Second week of high school hockey Practices this Wed. at 7:00 pm and Thursday

at 6:00 pm

The juniors are out of town until the following week

Coach Patrick Olsen will be there for skills session

Jerseys will be assigned in one week. We will be using the Eels Junior Jerseys from last season. These are very nice and will be on loan

Coach Frank

Remembrance Of September 11th 2001

 

The Florida Eels would like to take this time to honor and make tribute to those who lost their lives at September 11th 2001. We also ask that we all bow our heads for all of the first responders, such as  the Police, Fire and EMT’s and other brave Americans who stepped up unselfishly to help those that very day.

 

This was a vicious attach on the USA by cowardly terrorist and we as Americans across this great country bonded together in support of those that were injured, died as well as the suffering and  losses to their love ones. We also wish to honor all of the brave servicemen and women and their families who have been making enormous sacrifices to preserve our freedom, democracy and defend our country. 

 

We will never forget.

 

Off-Ice: The New Pre- and Post-Performance Imperative

09/07/2016, 11:15am MDT

By Mike Doyle

USA Hockey’s American Development Model practice plans are meant to maximize the amount of skill development time during on-ice sessions. However, a child’s athletic development shouldn’t be limited to the time spent on the ice.

For many coaches and parents, the idea of developing young hockey players begins and ends with on-ice practice. Mark Tabrum, director of USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program, believes that in order to make the best players, we must first make the best athletes. This includes age-specific, off-ice training. For many, this might represent an overhaul in traditional hockey training.

“In our culture, parents drop their child off 30 minutes before practice (at most),” Tabrum said. “They have their one-hour practice, and within 10, 15 minutes, kids are gone and out the door.”

Redefining “Hockey Practice”

At minimum, a dynamic warmup before hitting the ice and cool-down stretch after can be implemented at any age. In order to truly develop the best possible players, Tabrum thinks coaches, parents and players have to change their outlook towards the meaning of “hockey practice.” In order to get the best out of young athletes, he suggests making age-appropriate, off-ice training a part of a team’s practice plan – before hitting the ice.

“They’re not getting that physical literacy when they’re younger,” Tabrum said.

Physical literacy is the development of fundamental movement and sport skills. With budgets tightening in schools, funds that were once dedicated to physical education programs are getting cut. Formerly, kids would get fundamental sports development at school. Without the opportunity for children to build fundamental physical skills, they’re less likely to hit their full athletic potential later in life.

Tabrum saw the effects firsthand.

“At the beginning of the year, teams will get together at somebody’s house and have a barbecue so parents and kids get to know one another,” Tabrum said. “Because the weather is nice, [kids will] throw a football or a Frisbee – they’re doing these active things. Then you watch them and you realize they can’t throw or catch a ball. They haven’t developed those muscle groups or developed those skills.

“That’s where I noticed it big time.”

Specialization Inhibits Athleticism

A big culprit to the lag in overall athleticism is sports specialization – especially in hockey. Narrowing the scope at a young age hinders athleticism rather than building it.

“We need to develop the overall athlete,” Tabrum said. “How many three- or four-sport athletes [in high school] do you see? You don’t. It’s rare that you get a two-sport athlete because we’re specializing at an earlier age. Those kids aren’t developing the rest of their bodies and other muscle groups. Are they really becoming the best athletes they can be? The answer is no.”

Raising Athletes

Whether hockey coaches are prepared for it not, developing an overall athlete may fall on their shoulders. The mindset of training athletes, not just hockey players, might be outside of their comfort zone. But just like a coach utilizes over-speed training for players, they too need to embrace pushing themselves. For Tabrum, molding hockey players becomes secondary to raising athletes.

To enact real change is not easy. It is a labor of love. But in the end, putting our children in the best possible position to succeed is worth it.

“We’re in such a hurry to get to the wrong finish line; we’re worried about that 8- or 10-and-Under championship,” Tabrum said. “Does that really matter? Where will the player be when they’re 18 or 20? Let’s re-structure our development structure to focus on that finish line instead, because that’s when it really counts.” 

USA Hockey has an array of age-specific, off-ice training tools online and on its award-winning Mobile Coach App. It’s never been easier to pass on and gain knowledge. However, it is up to people at local associations to implement the mindset shift.

“It’s at the grassroots level that those changes need to be made,” Tabrum said. “If we’re changing the way we do business and we can change that one aspect – adding off-ice training – I think we’ll see noticeable gains in the very near future.”

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FLORIDA EELS ANNOUNCE CHRISTOPHER M. GREEN, DC AS THE OFFICIAL TEAM CHIROPRACTIC FOR THE FLORIDA EELS JUNIOR PROGRAM

8 SEP | BY FRANK SCARPACI

 

 

Dr. Christopher Michael Green, chiropractor, is in private practice with his partner and wife, Dr. Michelle Marie Giroux, on Corkscrew Road in Estero.  They are the owners of Chiropractic Care and Rehab Center, LLC. Dr. Green was born and raised in Amsterdam, New York.  He did his undergraduate studies at the State University of New York, College at Brockport. His professional studies at Life University, College of Chiropractic, in Marietta, Georgia. 

After school, Dr. Green returned to New York where he was employed within the Physical Rehabilitation Suite of Amsterdam Memorial Hospital.  While there, he worked side by side with orthopaedic surgeons, PTs, ATCs, physiatrists, anesthesiologists, podiatrists, RNs and internists in a multi-disciplinary setting.  

Dr. Green is currently in private practice in Estero with great interest in athletics and sports injuries.  He holds a Performance Enhancement Specialist Certification from NASM.  He is a federally certified DOT Medical Examiner #9001524897.

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High School Hockey Update

HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY UPDATE

6 SEP | BY FRANK SCARPACI

High School Hockey

Starting Wed Sept 21st the High School League program kicks off. 
There will be 5 consecutive practices for the players:
Wednesday September 21st 
Thursday September 22nd 
Wednesday September 28th 
Thursday September 29th 
Wednesday October 5th 
First game Thursday October 6th

Wednesdays the sessions will be 7:00 pm
Thursday the session is 6:00 pm

There will 2 teams.
1. Cape Coral 
2. Fort Myers

This will be a start for us in the Greater Fort Myers Area. We see this developing into 4 teams next year. There will be approximately 15 Bantam and Midget players
They will be divided between the two teams and will have 6-8 junior players on each team.

Only Youth players will be there at practice sessions.

We need all folks to be paid up to date and have their contracts in.

We will be providing jerseys for the players. The goal is to reduce cost if we can. This will reduce the cost to $1,600.00

Monday Sept 12th is the deadline for payment. Clare and I will be at the rink until 7:00 pm to collect payments and signed contracts.

Patrick Olsen is the Head Coach 
Dan Alessi and Coach Smith will be joining as coaches as well

If you have any questions please feel free to call me
941-400-9023 Coach Frank

The passing of Marie Stock

This week the Florida Eels lost of its own. Our Eels lost one of its  family members and no doubt one of our most loyal fans and supporters: Marie Stock. Most of us knew her as “Grand Ma” Marie came to the Eels program over 3 years ago as the Grand Mother of Dillion Kaufman, who was a recruited played from Colorado.  Dillion’s mom and dad  were very excited as their son would be living with his grandparents while he played on our Florida Eels Junior team. 

 

When Marie and her husband Gerry came to the rink we saw all smiles. They came to every home game and actually traveled to Tampa to watch their grandson, they traveled  to Palm Beach and the Space Coast as well. We noticed that despite Dillion playing for the Empire team, Grand ma and Grand Pa were at the Elite games as well. They brought a new sound. The “Cow Bell” When ever the Eels scored or made a great play we heard the loud ring. We often heard her loud yell at the referees when they made a bad call which was often. LOL. 

 

In fact Grand Ma and Grand Pa even traveled to Atlanta GA to Raleigh and Charlotte North Carolina and Potomac Washington. In fact on numerous occasions they traveled to Boston Mass for the Eels showcases. Now one might think well they were there to watch their grand son right? Yes and no. Even after Dillion moved on to college they continued to support in traveling to so many away games and never missed a home stand. 

 

The true heart of Marie and Gerry was they often gave words of confidence and encouragement to every player. This was so phenomenal as 40+ players are living here away from home. Texas Colorado Mass New York Illinois Indiana Oregon California Russia Latvia Sweden Michigan Minnesota Louisiana etc. The boys looked for them. When they had good games and when they struggled they were there. Every player loved having them. But the love for our guys went well beyond games and well beyond ice hockey.

 

Moreover,  Grand Ma and Grand Pa  stepped up to a become billet host family to a number of our players. There is no doubt how deeply and affectionately Grand Ma and Grad Pa effected their lives. The boys who lived there have been impacted for time memorial. How luck you were. 

They gave so much in unselfish generosity to those in need. Never wavering or turning their backs on any player. She often would invite a number of our players over to her home for a nice home cooked meal. And boy could she cook. An plenty too. It made her feel good and she made the boys feel even better. She squashed any feeling of being home sick. 

 

Never a negative word from her. Winning was great. Boy did she have a mile wide smile when the Eels USP3 team defeated the Blades last season.  All cheers. But when we lost she would be yelling we will get then back the next day.  She always reminded our coaches they are still only young boys. She knew how to put things in perspective. It was funny even the Referees loved them, smiling as they made their calls and seeing her agitated face. LOL  A face we all loved and will forever miss. 

 

As you all heard by now, Grand Ma took a turn for the worst earlier  this week. The  deadly cloud of Cancer took over her body and in short order pulled her down. I will tell you with her passing there is a forever void amounts all Eels..  A void that will be evident in her empty seat at the rink, a deadened cow bell that will go um rung, a silent yell at the refs, and devoid whispering to our players. But Grand Ma, I know you are looking down upon us and I state steadfastly,  we will never forget you. You were an amazing individual who touched so many lives in our organization, both players and parents alike. You will always be remembered by all of us. I can say emphatically i will always think of you at every game and every time i see or hear a cow bell it will bring a smile to my face. We were truly blessed to have had you part of our Eels family. I regret that like all  amazing  people your presence was cut short much too early. We don’t know God’s plans and the mystery of life and death. But i feel unequivocally confident, you will be looking down on us and providing your blessings and watchful eye to all of our players as they advance on in life. We love you Marie.

 

Coach Frank

Exciting Year For Juniors Ahead

Very exciting We have over 40+ boys about to join us in Fort Myers from around the USA, Canada and Europe. These boys are here to realize their dreams and goals to advance to college hockey. It is equally exciting that we have 25 players of last year's teams also on the move. They are moving to the "Next Level" mostly college and several professional hockey. Way to go guys. We continue to be the leaders in college advancement in our league and all of junior hockey. This season we trust the success of our teams and players will continue as defined by our rich history and tradition. Go Eels - those who are here and those who moved on to college!!!!!

The Florida Eels capture the eye of USA Hockey Junior Magazine

USA Hockey Magazine Features The Eels Success Story. All About advancing players to college.

 

 In Fact 25 Florida Eel Junior players advanced to college this season. The Eels have 175 alumni as a program who moved its players on to college. That is what it is all about. Indeed, playing college hockey should be your end game for every player.

 

This does not happen simply by sprinkling goal dust on our guys says GM Scarpaci. It comes from a detailed process where by we promote our players to the decision makers: The College coaches. This includes attending 5 in season showcases, 4-5 out of season showcases, visiting college campuses, preparing video clips, SAT/ACT training and test taking and college counseling and advising with expert educational advisors.

 A Thank You To Our USA Olympians

 The Florida Eels honors our USA Olympians and the other athletes around the world.  We are so proud of your dedication determination and fortitude in how you train and compete. Your composure, sportsmanship and accomplishments in these high-pressured events make us all so proud to be Americans.  I am privileged to be part of the sports industry. Everyday I see my own players make significant sacrifices often leaving their homes not only from across the USA and Canada but from across the Atlantic from Russia, Sweden Latvia Switzerland Chex Republic and Slovakia. These young men come here to Ft Myers and train 5-6 hours each day in search for their dreams to advance to college and professional hockey. We are blessed to have part of our program so great character young men who work so hard to realize their dreams and goals. I always said all of our players should strive to have the same work ethic drive determination and dedication as these great young men and women Olympians. They have no days off. They don't indulge in vices. It is not just wanting it or having a dream.  It is doing everything you can to accomplish these ends. Goals are good. But goals without execution is a vacuum. You can't be afraid to fail. In fact you can't success unless you fail.

 

This week we all lay witness to our Olympians. Boy we see these incredible athletes bring their heart and soul and lay it all on the line to bear fruit to their 4 years of dedication, determination and training. One thing for sure, these Olympians do it the right way. There are no short cuts. There is no cheating. Decisions and advancements are realized by 100th per second. Or inches. Can you only imagine if we all as American learn form these young athletes. To work endlessly and tirelessly to reach perfection. This was indeed the puritan work ethic that our great Nation was founded on and built. Just think and reflect how more successful we would be as individuals as families as communities states and as a Nation if we embody these same ideals and training and work ethic in our every day life as these Olympians. What is obvious is these Olympians don’t just turn it on a few weeks or months prior to the games. Oh no it takes years of this dedication.

 

On a similar note look at the spirit and national identity these young men and women show on behalf of the USA. I remember the day when this was common amongst us all in grade school and in high school. Proud to be an American. Proud to be part of the American experiment, Folks we need those energies, camaraderie and senesce of National pride once again. Not as isolated ethnicity or race but as one. As Americans. I recall the goose bumps I had even as a very young boy when we heard President Kennedy give his speeches. As an adult I had similar adoration for President Reagan. These feeling did not emanate as a Democrat or as Republican. No the feelings flowed from being an American. Lets all bring back our community and national pride. No matter where your politics sway. Lets learn from these American Olympians.

 

HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY COMING SOON

High School Hockey Heading To The Fort Myers Skatium. Expected 4 teams which will include 4-6 junior players on each team. One Practice per week by top level Eels coaches These are Extremely competitive games akin to Tier I level .

 

The Benefits Of High School Hockey over Traditional

Travel Hockey

High School hockey provides a great experience and opportunity for our kids. In fact we see more and more players in Florida opting for High School Hockey over travel hockey.

The best analogy one can provide when looking at High School hockey is the experience playing college hockey. There are a number of similarities in regard to the overall experience.

As in college high school teams participate in a conference (think Big Ten) in which games are scheduled against other schools in that conference. Along with our conference games, teams from other conferences make up the rest of the schedule. Once the regular season is complete all high school teams are entered in the SAHOF State Tournament.

High school hockey is also very similar to college in the fact that academics are also monitored and a players' participation requires a GPA to be maintained for eligibility. Another similarity and one of the best experiences for the kids is that you get the opportunity to represent your high school and community. Along with that sense of pride within the school is the fan support from classmates and other community members. And to add another parallel is the fact that high school hockey is covered by various media outlets in the area, which adds to the overall experience for the kids.

The other key benefit over traditional travel hockey is the games are generally on Thursday night and the players’ weekends are free to do other things. This is an important aspect for so many teenage players whose academic demands are high, desire to partake in schools extra curricular activity and desire to get a part time job often conflicts with traditional travel hockey that consumes so much of a players weekend schedule. This also frees up so much of the parents schedule as well.

Cost: Typically high school hockey cost on average 1/3rd less than traditional travel hockey. This is a major factor for players and parents who often have 2 or more children playing.

The Florida Eels Announce It Plans to Filed a Peewee Team for the 2106 -17 seasonn

Please keep an eye out The Florida Eels will be announcing it will be hosting Tryouts for a Peewee A team this upcoming week

Last Week of Florida Eels Summer Ice Hockey Camp

Last Week of Summer Ice Hockey Camp
This is the most affordable ice hockey camp in the South East. Only $250.00

Location: Fort Myers Skatium 2250 Broadway Fort Myers Fl 33901

Dates: August 1-5th 
Camp drop off is at 8:30 am Ice times and  
Mites – Bantams stay from 8:30 am – 4 :00 pm Please note: Pick Up time is at 4:00 pm sharp
Midgets and Juniors Done by noon 
Cost: 250.00 for all players

To enroll and register: Complete Flyer at the rink or Contact: Frank Scarpaci Hockey Director 941-400 9023
 
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The Florida Eels Key To College Advancement of its Players With an Unprecedented 10 Showcases  

 

The Eels GM Frank Scarpaci has been running junior programs dating back to the original EJHL Rhode Island Sharks. That is 30+ years. The key to Tier III Jrs is and has always been the successful advancement of players to the next level with a primary focus on college hockey. Today 2016-17 season is no different. The Eels have one of the most impressive format and formula for player development. They have in place 600 hours of training each season for its players. That is 2 times most of its competition. There is no doubt they give phenomenal training to each one to its players. These guys are ready to play college hockey. But the key is to advance them to that level. GM Scarpaci emphatically   believes that this involves an unequivocal  commitment to partake in as many college showcases. We see what others do. Some as few as one showcase. Others play in two or max 3 showcases during the season. Eels GM echoes that simply not enough! Last season the Eels went to 4 college showcases and this year we increased the benchmark to 5 showcases. In fact three of those showcases are in Mass which is the hub of so many NCAA Div. 1 and 3 colleges. We attend one during the Bruins ShootOut in September, One in Hampton VA in October, the 3rd at the IHC at Merrimack in November , the 4th at the  Florida Showcase in December in Ft Myers and the 5th at the  USPHL Main Showcase in January at the NESC. These showcases do not include the main playoffs in Boston in Feb/March. This gives 6 opportunities to be seen by college coaches. The bottom line is that if you are not there, the coaches wont see you. If they don’t see you, you wont be scouted. If you are not scouted you wont be recruited. Seems obvious right? Very obvious. But it requires enormous investment and financial commitment of resources of the organization. But this is the reason why we are in the junior business. says GM Scarpaci.

 

Then the Eels attend 5 additional showcases in the off season. There is the USPHL Spring Showcase in May, the Pro AM NHL Pre Draft in May, the USPHL Summer Showcase in July, the Pro AM Sr Chowder Cup in July and the Pro Am Jr. Chowder Cup in July. This gives so many recruiting and visibility options for our players. No where is there any Jr Program that makes available to its players such immersed exposure for its players. Its funny this is the way the Eels recruit its own players. We in fact attend 10 off season showcases to recruit the incoming players form across the USA. We believe it is the best way to evaluate talent. 

 

The proof is in the results. The Florida Eels have advanced 175 players on to college. This includes 24 players this past season. The previous season was 20+ and 20+ for the past 4 seasons. This is impressive and indeed the one statistic parents want to know. In the end advancement to college is the number one focus of all players and parents and that is what the Eels do best. 

The Florida Eels closes it’s chapter on its Summer Showcase series today in Boston with the conclusion of the Junior Chowder Cup. It has been an incredible three weeks up in Massachusetts. The Eels brought prospects teams to the USPHL Summer Showcase in Marlboro and then to the Pro Am Sr. Chowder Cup and lastly to the Pro Am Jr. Chowder Cup. The scoreboard or our teams’ do not judge the success of these showcases standings says GM Scarpaci. Oh no. A far more accurate barometer is the experience our 60 prospects garnered from playing against some of the best talent in the USA, Canada and Europe.

 

Take the Sr. Chowder Cup for example. There were teams made up of players from the USA Hockey NTPD National team, NCAA Division 1 and 3 colleges as well as players from the QMJHL, OHL, BCHL, USHL OJHL and the alike. At the USPHL showcase we saw players from the Premier league and the other top programs in Junior hockey. Nowhere could our players garner the experience from competing against these players. Such games speak volumes towards their player development. The same was true with the 2000 team we had at the Pro Am Jr Chowder Cup. The competition was nothing short of phenomenal. These games will help prepare our players for the upcoming season more than any other “camp”

 

Then there is the exposure and visibility our players received from these games. Some of our players got to play in all three series. Playing in 9-10 games in front of NHL, NCAA Colleges coaches and OMJHL, USHL coaches was so rich and rewarding in terms of placing our guys under the radar. A good number played in two series. Regardless, whether they played in one two or all three showcases, it was so worthwhile.

 

GM Scarpaci says that we got to evaluate quite a few prospects. This is vintage Florida Eels approach to selecting players. We loathe traditional tryouts. Traditional tryouts hardly are a predictor of talent. No NHL team or NCAA College uses a “Try Out” as its primary selection trigger. The Eels coaches travel across the USA, Canada and uses scouts in Europe to scout players at over a dozen prospect showcases to select their players. Many were invited to these as well as the Pro AM Pre Draft in the Spring and the USPHL Spring Showcase as a venue to sign players.

 

  Some of the players over the past 3 weeks will be joining us this season, while others we planted seeds for 2017-18. GM Scarpaci will be returning this week back to Florida to get ready for a mini tryout August 1-3, and the commencement of our 3 week training camp August 15th. The first week of training camp the Eels will provide an opportunity for its last tryout as well.

 

Come Join Us Monday July 18th The Eels 2nd week of summer camp The most affordable hockey camp in Florida

Summer Camp 2016 Info

Location: 
Fort Myers Skatium
 2250 Broadway
Fort Myers Fl 33901

 

Summer Camp 2016 Info 
Location: 
Fort Myers Skatium
 2250 Broadway
Fort Myers Fl 33901

Dates: week one 
June 13th - 17th
 week two July 18th - 22nd and week 3 August 1-5th 

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 
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 
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Sam Marolda Earns College Commitment with USPHL's Florida Eels

07/13/2016, 6:00am EDT

By Frank Scarpaci

Florida Does It Again: The Eels announce   its 24th player to advance to the “Next Level” as Sam Marolda commits to Grand Valley State University ACHA in Michigan for next season.  Sam came to the Eels mid season as the Eels acquired him from the Jr. Aviators in the NA3HL. Sam stepped into the line up and never looked back.

 

Sam was only a rookie but the Eels coaches and GM were well aware of his skill set. We recruited him last summer and he played for our Spring and Summer USPHL showcase teams in Boston as well as the Pro Am Sr. Chowder Cup.

 

Sam was a gritty forward who battled hard along the boards for loose pucks. He drove hard to the net providing a good spark plug on the ice. He scored some key goals down the playoff run. He was a quick learner and that impressed the Eels coaches. He was only a rookie when he came in. We were hoping he would be returning this season but opted to attend college this fall. There is no doubt he has the potential of being an impact player for coach Darrell Gregorio of Grand Valley.  He brings such determination and dedication to the team. A very hard worker and this is music to coaches’ ears.

 

Sam is a team player. Outstanding in the locker room. He comes from a very supportive family. Strong character and fit so well with the Eels expectations in its players. We are so thrilled for Sam. He is our 24th commitment this year. This is truly incredible for him and the Eels organization. This is truly phenomenal. 24 young men earning the right to advance to the “Next Level” furthering their dreams and goals to play college hockey while obtaining their college degree. 

 

Eels Continue With Aggressive Recruitment

For the Florida Eels our recruitment is far from over. The Florida Eels have to be one of the most comprehensive recruiting team in Tier III in the industry. The Eels’ coaches, General Manager and scouts have been to the USA Hockey Nationals  - Americas High School Showcase in Pittsburgh, The USPHL Spring Showcase, The New England Pro Am NHL Pre Draft, the EHK Showcase in Chicago, Mr. Mr. Showcase in Wisconsin, the Global Showcases in Chicago and Las Vegas, the Five Hole Prospects Showcase in Indianapolis, the CCM Showcase in Denver, and several other ones in Michigan and Minnesota.

 

The Eels are far from over in its quest for the best and most talented players that fit into their system. In fact this weekend the Eels coaches and scouts embark on two major showcases in Massachusetts such as the New England Pro Am Sr. Chowder Cup and the USPHL Summer Showcases. They are bringing 40 players who are prospects to this event who are competing for those covenanted remaining spots. We are looking for some good quality impact players and from that, young men who possess the highest character. Our record speaks for itself says Eels GM Scarpaci. “We advanced 24 players to college this year and we have a responsibility and obligation to the colleges we are placing these young men in.  We accomplished this high water mark over the past 4 seasons. That is something to very proud of.  Sure they are amongst the top in Elite hockey but the college coaches and administrators know one thing else: They are high character individuals as well.”

 

The Eels will also be hosting two remaining tryout sessions. August 1-3 in Fort Myers Florida and another one August 15-19th. Also in Ft Myers at the FT Myers Skatium Home of the Eels.  With these two open dates the Eels are providing every player the opportunity to  be part of this storied and prestigious program. Think about it. How many programs have alumni who moved on to so many great college intuitions. . Families are realizing what the Eel shave to offer. They don’t accomplish these accolades by sprinkling goal dust. It is indeed different from the pack. They are unique insofar as the following:

 

  • 1-½ hours of on ice training every day 5 days per week 40 weeks per year. That is 300 hours of ice
  • 1 ½ hours of off-ice strength and conditioning training 5 days per week 40 weeks per year. Again this is 300 hours of training.
  • 2-3 hours of video training per week analyzing each player’s strengths and inequities as well as reviewing game tapes of up coming teams or games just played.
  • We attend 5 in season showcases 3 in New England that boast 100+ college coaches scouts and recruiters
  • 175 alumni advanced to college hockey
  • 12 alumni advanced to NCAA Div.1 college
  • 15 players advanced to QMJHL OHL WHL BCHL USHL NAHL
  • 4 Alumni were drafted into the NHL

 

Many teams are finished completed in their search of players. Not the Eels. They take their time building one player at a time just like building a brick house. You start with a solid foundation and don’t just slap a brick haphazardly. This is why the Eels have systematically and continuously have done so well in the standings and in college placements. We recognize that many good players seriously thought or expected they would be garnering spots on NAHL teams. But the reality has set in for many players and parents by now. Thus they’re serious in the decisions, which their son will play for. Why? Because college depends on it!

Stay Tune For the Ft Myers High School League. This will be no doubt the most exciting brand of hockey for Bantam/Midget age players 9th-12th Grade

 

The league will consist of 4 teams. All players will be selected via a draft by the head coaches.

 

Greater Ft Myers High School Team

 

Greater Cape Coral High School Team

 

Pivot Charter School Team

 

Lee County High School Team

 

Players will have 3 weeks if practices prior to the season. The teams then will practice once per week and play official games one per week. Practices will be either Tuesday or Wednesday and all games will be Thursday 6:00pm – 6:50 pm

 

Each team will have 4-5 junior players assigned to a team in league play in the Ft Myers High School League.

 

Local Games will be played at the Fort Myers Skatium 2250 Broadway Ft Myers Florida

 

The 4 teams will select from amongst their squads one or maybe two travel high school teams. These teams will compete in approximately 6 games vs. two teams from Ellenton and in several tournaments. One Hockey is planning to host a high school team showcase in mid October. These teams will attempt to place one or both of the teams into that venue.

 

Estimated Cost $1,600.00 for the Ft Myers High School League

Additional info to be published 1st week of August.

 

Summer Ice Hockey Camp 2016 Just One Week Away
Location: Fort Myers Skatium 2250 BroadwayFort Myers Fl 33901
Dates: July 18th - 22nd and week 3 August 1-5th  
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
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

Summer Camp

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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Our Thoughts and Prayers Go To Jason Court and His Family

 Calling All Eels, Friends and Families

 

 This Monday the Florida Eels biggest fan Jason Court will be undergoing major by pass surgery. We ask for your thoughts and prayers to Jason Jen Jordan and Jake. We all know what a tough guy Jason is. There is no doubt he will over come this situation – do we know of anyone tougher than Jason?  Ya maybe Jordan Ha ha. He is always there at the junior games cheering on his Eels with more vigor intensity and emotions than all of the fans in attendance combined. I always can count on him pacing up and down the boards with that “Face” We love that “Face” No Jason it is not a handsome face but we love it nonetheless.

 

I always thought other teams cringe when they came into our rink. I assumed for the longest time they feared the brute force of our intimidating players. No I come to learn they are scared crap of Jason. HA HA

 

Jason we all love you and care very much. As Eels do better than any other organization in all of hockey we stand together for one another. Here today we stand united in thoughts and prayers. We know you will pull through this. You will recover 100% and be back to your accustom spot on the boards cheering Jordan in juniors and Jake on the high school team. Jen you need never to look far or long for any help you need. We are never more than a phone call away. Jordan and Jake you are great kids. Your dad will be just fine. You know I will always be there for you, as will all of your extended Eel family members

Coach Frank and the Scarpacis

FLORIDA EELS ALUMNI TIM SCHALLER SIGNS NHL CONTRACT WITH THE BOSTON BRUINS

 

by Frank Scarpaci 
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Updated: less than a minute ago by Frank Scarpaci 
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Another Florida Eel Alumni Forward Tim Schaller signed a one-year, two way contract through the 2016-17 season worth an average annual value of $600,000 at the NHL level. 

Tim Schiller played for NCAA Providence College from 2009-13, playing in 131 games and amassing 29 goals and 39 assists for 68 points with 161 penalty minutes. 
Schaller, 25, completed his second NHL season with Buffalo in 2015-16,

Florida Eels Junior program Update

Florida Eels GM and Scouting Staff return from the prestigious Global Showcase. There were over 500+ players there and some were very strong prospects. We know we have some future Eels among these players. Very High Skill set and who showed very strong hockey sense. The Eels are looking for those select players who will fit into their mold. We always demand high character players. The Eels attract the top players from around the USA Canada and Europe each season. But they have to past our character test. We have an outstanding relationship and reputation amongst the College coaches so we need to make sure the players we sign are in accord with our tradition. We loved the players we have been signing. We have been scouting across the USA at 12 National showcases. Indeed, we have seen over 2,000 players. We are very excited about the players coming in. We only have a few spots remaining. The Eels will be waiting for a few players to be seen at the USPHL Summer Showcase, the Senior Chowder Cup and Junior Chowder Cup. There we will field 3 teams of 20 players each thus evaluating 60 more candidates. Will also be attending the NAHL camps in August and September were we are quite sure we will close out with a few very high level players.

 

This week Coach Nick Perri arrives in Fort Myers Florida permanently. We are very excited to have Coach Perri join our program. He has been working with GM Scarpaci, Coach Frankie Scarpaci, Assistant Coach Joey Giambalvo and Scout Sean Price through out the Spring and Summer with our recruiting efforts. He is a major addition to our staff. Please join us in welcoming Coach Perri to the Eels’ family.

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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

 

 

 

Summer Camp 2016 Info

Location: 
Fort Myers Skatium
 2250 Broadway
Fort Myers Fl 33901

Dates: July 18th - 22nd and August 1-5th 

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 


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Florida Eels Junior Players Training

An ice hockey training plan should develop a combination of aerobic power, strength and muscle bulk, explosive speed and power as well as good anaerobic endurance. One thing is certain -- the game is certainly unique...

 

On average players perform for 15-20 minutes of a 60-minute game. A typical interval on the rink lasts 30-80 seconds with a 4-5 minute rest interval between shifts. These shifts tend to be anaerobic in nature with short, intense bouts of high speed skating and aggressive body contact, demanding a high level of anaerobic endurance and muscular strength (1). And a player's aerobic capacity and tolerance to lactic acid are related to a player's time on the ice and the number of scoring chances (2).

The intermittent nature of the game means that aerobic endurance becomes important, helping players to recover between shifts and produce the same level of performance in the 59th minute as in the 1st minute. Couple all this with the unnatural movement of skating and holding a stick and it becomes obvious why ice hockey is highly physically challenging.

Today's elite hockey players are physically bigger, faster and stronger than their predecessors (3). They are one of just a few groups of athletes that may benefit from hypertrophy training for increased muscle bulk (4).

However, while weight training is an integral part of the annual ice hockey training plan, it must be specific. Increased lean mass is not the only goal of strength training. Gains in maximal strength are only useful on the rink if they are converted into explosive power and power endurance. This takes a more refined approach than a typical bodybuilding routine.

As the intense physical contact in hockey exposes players to an increased risk of injury, conditioning also plays an important role here too. In the words of Wayne Gretsky... "For a better conditioned athlete there is less chance of injury, and conditioning promotes career longevity. The player also becomes mentally stronger, after enduring the intense efforts required for conditioning...".

By preparing the body adequately for competitive games, a well-designed ice hockey training program can help to prevent many of the chronic and acute injuries that are inherent in the sport.

Our  programs, sessions and drills to help you become a fitter, more complete player

Bring Your Daughter or Son To The Coolest Place In Town: Ft Myers Skatium Eels Summer Ice Hockey Camp

 

 

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

 

 

 

Summer Camp 2016 Info

Location: 
Fort Myers Skatium
 2250 Broadway
Fort Myers Fl 33901

Dates:    July 18th - 22nd and August 1-5th  

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

5 Ways to Create Confident Hockey Players

5 Ways to Create Confident Hockey Players

06/15/2016, 3:45pm MDT

By Dave Pond - Special to USA Hockey

According to National Alliance for Youth Sports research, almost 70% of young athletes quit competitive sports by the time they hit their teenage years.

Although the reasons range from the overall cost of athletics to a desire to try new things, parents and coaches can’t overlook the fact that, as teams become more and more competitive, success – or failure – has the opportunity to make or break each kid.

Not every 10U player is going to make the NHL. Most of them will not – that’s a given. And it’s also where parents and coaches can make the biggest impact, said Eric Eisendrath of the Positive Coaching Alliance.

“If they’re not ‘good enough,’ players get phased out of the game at a very young age,” Eisendrath said. “Coaches and parents often tell players, ‘You’re really talented.’ The problem is that, when that player has a bad game, it’s easy for him or her to feel like they’re no longer talented. As a result, self-confidence can erode very quickly.

“We want coaches and parents to look beyond who’s the fastest skater, and focus on qualities like being a great teammate, having outstanding hockey sense, or some other ‘intangible’ quality the players possess,” he continued. “This helps build self-confidence, and the players who possess it will likely persevere through the challenges and roadblocks that they’ll invariably face.”

However, that doesn’t mean showering young players with empty praise for everything they do.

“Many parents and coaches think that they can hand kids self-esteem by telling them they’re talented or giving them trophies,” said Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology for Success. “That doesn’t do it. Teaching them how to learn and grow and thrive in the face of obstacles… that’s what gives kids self-esteem.”

And that growing self-esteem? It’ll help sons and daughters thrive away from the rink, too.

“Successful athletes are almost always self-confident,” Eisendrath said. “Look at the skills necessary to be a successful athlete – things like determination, goal-setting, being sacrificial, and working well under pressure. They’re all life skills that will serve kids well both on and off the ice.”

In his book Orr, My Story, NHL great Bobby Orr wrote, “Sometimes we are reminded that there are things far more important than hockey. But there is probably not much that is more important than the things a life in hockey can teach you.”

Whether you’re a parent, coach or friend, Eisendrath offers these five ways you can create self-confident kids – both on and off the ice.

1. Give them meaningful and positive feedback.

The first thing to recognize in giving feedback is when to deliver it. What could be taken as criticism, if delivered at the wrong time, can be just as easily be taken positively when shared in a different moment. So, recognize when to share information and when to wait for a better time.

Next, think about the type of feedback you’re giving. Is it focused on the process and mastery or the result? Is it general (“Good job!”) or more specific (“Great job using your body to protect the puck!”)?

The more specific you are with your words, the more effective you’ll be.

2. Make sure your criticism is constructive.

Too often, criticism is delivered with no positive value. Frustrated coaches simply point out all the things players do wrong, instead of explaining the adjustments they need to make to do better next time.

To combat this, try using if-then statements. People are naturally results-driven, so give them information that lets them know what’s in it for them.

Here are a couple of examples:

“If you lengthen your stride, you will increase your speed.”

“If you get lower, you’ll be more sturdy on your skates and harder to knock off the puck.”

3. Let them feel empowered to make decisions.

This is a great goal. But, if a parent or coach is truly able to follow through on this, he or she must realize and accept that mistakes will be made. In the long run, this approach will increase a player’s self-confidence, as you’ll send a clear message that you trust the player.

In the event that the “wrong” decision is made, make sure to ask open-ended questions (like “What did you see?” or “What would you do differently next time?”), as opposed to telling the player what she or he did wrong. That way, you’ll instill confidence, not doubt.

4. Be a good role model.

Let’s teach our children to honor the game through respecting Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and Self (ROOTS). If you want your players to behave this way, you must show them how.

Athletes will be far more influenced by what they see from you rather than what you say. Don’t worry that your kids won’t listen to you; worry that they are watching you all the time.

5. Create opportunities for success.

Coaches and parents should set goals for every player so that they can experience some kind of success. This can be accomplished by utilizing tools such as stretch goals and just-right challenges, which motivate athletes to go a little bit beyond where they are presently.

In addition, define success not just by how players play, but how they contribute to the overall team. Are you a leader? Do you make those around you better? Are you constantly seeking to learn? Do you always give maximum effort? This is what defines a true competitor. If parents and coaches embrace these characteristics, then their definition of success will be likely be shared by their players as well.

Bring Your Daughter or Son To The Coolest Place In Town: Ft Myers Skatium Eels Summer Ice Hockey Camp

 
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
 
 
 
Summer Camp 2016 Info
Location: 
Fort Myers Skatium
 2250 Broadway
Fort Myers Fl 33901
Dates:  week one 
June 13th - 17th
 week two July 18th - 22nd  and  week 3  August 1-5th  
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

Florida Eels Youth Tryouts this week June 9th New Revised Times June 9th 6:00 pm-8:00pm Bantam Midget/ High School Division

 

REVISED TIMES: NOW 2 HOURS FOR BANTAMS AND MIDGETS/HIGH SCHOOL TRYOUTS THIS THURSDAY JUNE 9TH 6:00 – 8:00 PM

by Frank Scarpaci 
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Revised Times: Now 2 hours for Bantams and Midgets/High School TRYOUTS THIS THURSDAY JUNE 9TH 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Both Groups on ice at 6:oo pm -8:00 pm 

This Thursday June 9th The Florida Eels Take Their Program to a new Level. The Eels are hosting tryouts and unlike the traditional midget program of the past the Eels are putting into place an academic component to its program. The Florida Eels are putting together a “High School” team to replace its traditional midget team. The idea is that players who fall within the guidelines of 9th -12th grade from the local area will be able to compete in the Tampa Bay Lightning High School League.

There are substantial differences between this division and the traditional midget division. The program allows players who are registered on other travel leagues to also play High School Hockey.

We encourage all players who are interested in perhaps playing high school hockey to come out and join us for our preliminary tryouts.

Head Coach Patrick Olsen Midget/High School 
Head Coach Rick Smith Bantam 
Frankie Scarpaci 

The Eels are jointly conducting a midget U18 tryout in case the high school division does not materialize

The Cost is $75.00 for the tryout

There will be a question and answer at 8 :00 pm immediately after the tryout for all players and parents. 

Cost is $75.00

Please note: Second tryout at no additional cost if you attended the earlier try out

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

Florida Panthers Unveil New Logo and Uniforms

Florida Panthers Unveil New Logo and Uniforms

SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers unveiled a new logo and uniforms at a special event at the BB&T Center on Thursday night. Panthers Chairman, Owner & Governor Vincent Viola and his son John Viola were on hand for the rebrand and addressed the fans at the event.

Panthers players Aaron Ekblad, Vincent Trocheck, Shawn Thornton and Steven Kampfer revealed the new uniforms to the crowd. Panthers alumni Ed Jovanovski, Olli Jokinen, Radek Dvorak and Billy Lindsay also made an appearance for the franchise’s first major logo change since its inaugural season in 1993.

“The idea when we came into Florida and took responsibility for the stewardship of the franchise, was to start anew and create traditions that were unique to this new start,” Vincent Viola said. “I think the logo harkens to the vanguard of courage; the idea that you put a shield on the hockey uniform. It’s something to protect, but you also protect it. We wanted something that began a new tradition of winning and demonstrated courage and selfless dedication to a team pursuit of victory.”

“We wanted to really put a bold emphasis on the idea that this was a new era for the franchise,” added John Viola, who took the lead for his family in working with Reebok to bring the new uniforms to life. “It’s not necessarily a new direction, but a new evolution, a new maturity for the franchise.”

The new Panthers primary logo includes a more mature and stoic panther inside a shield with “Florida” set in a tab across the top of the mark. The primary logo will be used on the Panthers away uniforms. The same logo design will be on the front of the home uniforms with “Panthers” in the tab. The three primary colors for the new look logo and uniforms are Panthers Red, Panthers Blue and Panthers Flat Gold.

In addition, the team introduced a new alternate logo that will serve as the patch on the shoulder of the home and away jerseys. The alternate logo includes the Florida state flag with a sleek prowling Panther above it. Above the new shoulder patch there is also something unique to the Panthers. In addition to militaristic tabs above the prowling panther that will either read “Florida” or “Panthers” based on whether the team is home or away, a separate tab just for the team’s captains will be added on top of that.

Finally, a tertiary logo that displays the evolution of the original leaping panther has been given a new polish and will be used as a helmet decal for home and away contests. The tertiary logo holds sacred the great history of the franchise while presenting a developed look for the team’s original logo.

Merchandise with the Panthers new logo is available at www.shop.nhl.com. Additionally, merchandise is for sale at the Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs, Fla., based on availability. Pre-orders for the team’s new home and away jerseys are also available at the Panthers IceDen.

 

In Remembrance of Our Fallen Veterans and Loved Ones

On behalf of the Florida Eels ice hockey families and friends, I would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who served our country in the armed forces and their families. There have been so many fallen soldiers who have laid their lives for all of us so we can enjoy the freedoms, liberties and life style we all take for granted. I also say a huge thank you to their love ones, wives, husbands’ children moms and dads, brothers and sisters and relatives who are left behind. Their loss we can never imagine. Although you are not with us in person, what you did for us should and will never be forgotten. Your courage, bravery, fortitude and unselfish sacrifices makes a difference in our country. We owe what we have to you! You are A living example of what a true American is about. You are our real Super Heroes.

 

Memorial Day is also a day of remembrance of for all of us who lost our loves ones, be it Moms Dads, Children, Pops Nanas, Papas family members, relatives and close friends. You were taken from us all too soon and we never know why. It is not our place to question God. We know you all are looking over us with undeniable and unequivocal love and we ask you look after us and our precious families through the Holy Spirit and help bring peace, love, support, medical healing and compassion in this world.

 

Coach Frank

The Benefits Of High School Hockey over Traditional Travel Hockey

The Benefits Of High School Hockey over Traditional

Travel Hockey

 

High School hockey provides a great experience and opportunity for our kids. In fact we see more and more players in Florida opting for High School Hockey over travel hockey.

 

The best analogy one can provide when looking at High School hockey is the experience playing college hockey. There are a number of similarities in regard to the overall experience.

 

As in college high school teams participate in a conference (think Big Ten) in which games are scheduled against other schools in that conference. Along with our conference games, teams from other conferences make up the rest of the schedule. Once the regular season is complete all high school teams are entered in the SAHOF State Tournament.

 

High school hockey is also very similar to college in the fact that academics are also monitored and a players' participation requires a GPA to be maintained for eligibility. Another similarity and one of the best experiences for the kids is that you get the opportunity to represent your high school and community.  Along with that sense of pride within the school is the fan support from classmates and other community members. And to add another parallel is the fact that high school hockey is covered by various media outlets in the area, which adds to the overall experience for the kids.

 

 

 The other key benefit over traditional travel hockey is you actually get 10+ more games as part of the High School League schedule. The games are generally on Friday night and the players’ weekends are free to do other things. This is an important aspect for so many teenage players whose academic demands are high, desire to partake in schools extra curricular activity and desire to get a part time job often conflicts with traditional travel hockey that consumes so much of a players weekend schedule. This also frees up so much of the parents schedule as well.

 

Cost: Typically high school hockey cost on average 1/3rd less than traditional travel hockey. This is a major factor for players and parents who often have 2 or more children playing.

 

 

Invite To Join Our Summer Ice Hockey Camp

Invitation To Join Us at The Florida Eels Summer Ice Hockey Camps
 
Our camps are the most affordable Summer Ice Hockey Camps in the Southeast. Only $250.00 We focus on the fundamentals. Indeed, every player needs to focus on the fundamentals in order to bring his or her game to the next level. Skating, passing stickhandling. All too often so many camps look into systems and neglect the basics. Remember the higher level teams and programs today expect the players to have developed their skill set. They simply don’t have the time to spend developing these skills. You are expected to have acquired those fundamentals. 
 
The Eels are masters at the developmental format. Look at our success in putting 175 players off to college. This year alone 22 of our players moved on to college. Trust me they have mastered the fundamentals! 
 
We invite you to bring you son or daughter to our summer camps and allow us to further develop their skating passing stickhandling and scoring touch. They will be trained by Eels Junior coaches Frankie Scarpaci and Nick Perri as well as some of our Junior alumni who have moved on to college hockey. 
 
Keep in mind that through it all the Eels always maintain another key principle in the development of young hockey players. Keep it fun. No other camp offers the “home environment” as the Eels. No foolish egos or yelling and screaming at kids. That does not foster the learning environment. Our kids leave having a ball. Simply a great and fabulous time.
 
The camp hours 9:00 am Drop off . 4:00 pm pick up.
 

Location: 
Fort Myers Skatium
 2250 Broadway
Fort Myers Fl 33901

Dates:  
Week one 
June 13th - 17th
 
Week two July 18th - 22nd  and 
Week 3  August 1-5th  
 
Mites – Bantams stay from 9:00  am – 4 :00 pm

Midgets and Juniors Done by noon
  
Cost:
  250.00 for all players
To enroll and register:
Complete Flyer at the rink or Contact: Frank Scarpaci Hockey Director 941-400-9023

Come Join Our High School Hockey Program

If You Like Competitive Hockey You will LOVE the New HIGH School Hockey at the Ft Myers Skatium. There is nothing like it. So different than typical travel hockey. Two options:

 

Option One:

Players from Lee County/Hendry County 9th-12th Grade Academic qualifications GPA Minimum grade. Top 18 players and 2 goalies in the area. Play games Friday night. Occasional Saturday games. 2 Games at the Ft Myers Skatium

Play in the Lighting Conference 30+ games per season.  1 practice per week.

Note you can remain on your travel team roster. No conflict with USA Hockey regarding Dual Rostering!!!!!! Girls and boys co-ed team.

Coached by Patrick Olsen

 

Option Two:

Join us for the Extreme Hockey League at the Ft Myers Skatium. Players are drafted from the player pool. Players are 8th-12th grade. (Bantam- Midget) Each team will also have 3 Junior players on it. We will make up teams to obtain parity. The Junior players who are high school age will increase the talent level, skill set etc for these 4 teams. 1 practice per week mid-week and 1 game per week. (Weekdays) 20 games per season. Goal is to mature more high school players to create two Lightning Conference teams the following season. No dual rostering issues with USA Hockey and SAHOF.

 

Coaches

  • Patrick Olsen
  • Frankie Scarpaci (Eels Junior Team Elite Coach)
  • Rick Smith
  • Nick Perri (Eels Junior Team USP3 Coach)

 

Referees at each game

 

Jerseys Provided

 

 

Up north High School is an end game for so many players. We are seeing this as well in the Tampa and Fort Lauderdale area. Here in Fort Myers Lee County we are trying to step up and raise the bar moving away form the Bantam A and Midget A exclusive option. For so many players they are looking for more without the drama and cost associated with typical AA Bantam and Midget Hockley.

 

Accordingly, as pioneers in the Junior Hockey field, The Eels are extremely excited to offer another option. For those interested in playing traditional travel hockey, fantastic. These high school options will allow you to augment your ice time with additional practices and extra games. Remember the key to the improvement of any player is ice time ice time ice time. Moreover, there will be an infusion of 3-4 junior players on each team, which will significantly impact your players’ ability and skill set. The players learn from one another and the better the players on his or her team and the better the competition will enhance your son or daughter’s game.

 

Several years ago the Eels did this exact program and we developed the likes of Mario Purcharich, Cam Darcy, Richie Boyd, Sam Boyd, David Limoges, Kevin Marronie. John Tauge, Frankie Scarpaci, Joel Stevenson, Chad Darcy to name a few.

 

Folks this is the biggest thing for youth ice hockey players since the Eels stated Juniors several years ago. We invite you all to partake. Call me if you have any questions. Frank Scarpaci 941-400-9023

WHERE SHOULD YOUR BANTAM OR MIDGET PLAY THIS SEASON?

WHERE SHOULD YOUR BANTAM OR MIDGET PLAY THIS SEASON?

 

by Frank Scarpaci 
Posted: less than a minute ago 
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Parents and Players – You have some very important decisions to make in the next week or so. Where should my child play youth hockey this upcoming season? To many of you no doubt the focus is and has been – what are the labels assigned to the team? AAA AA or A? What league do they play in? Who else is on the team?

Folks the truth and reality here is that your preconceptions are so misplaced. The least important thing is Labels. Who else made the team is equally irrelevant. You should and respectfully understand it should be about the over all development of your son or daughter. It should also include the fun factor. 

The Eels this season are fielding a Bantam and a midget/High School team. Our 100% focus will be and has been on developing the skill set of your son or daughter. In the end if you are looking to see them move on to college, well it is paramount that you attach to a program that will help, assist and enable that to happen. The Eels are and have been the most dominant team in Florida, the South and even within our league in advancing our players’ dreams and goals of reaching college hockey. 

Florida Eels 
Player Hometown Division School Year 
John Drummond Littleton, CO Elite, USP3HL Post University 2016 
Jared Levine Binghamton, NY Elite Worcester State University 2016 
Alex Sanchez Denver, CO Elite Westfield State University 2016 
Jonathan Carlson Cape Coral, FL Elite, USP3HL Buffalo State 2016 
Kade Brannon Wylie, TX Elite, USP3HL Bethel College 2016 
Josh DeLezenne Port Huron, MI Elite, USP3HL Westfield State 2016 
Matthew Schneider Manlius, NY Elite SUNY-Brockport 2016 
Garrett Wood Greeley, CO Elite, USP3HL Worcester State 2016 
Joey Colatarci Fort Myers, FL Elite, USP3HL Adrian College 2016 
Colin Whitt Southlake, TX Elite Worcester State 2016 
Connor Annett Collingwood, ON Elite, USP3HL Stevenson University 2016 
Michael Kohler Edmond, OK Elite, USP3HL Northern Michigan (ACHA) 2016 
Brad Lemelin Rancho Cucamonga, CA Elite, USP3HL Northern Arizona University (ACHA) 2016 
Zach Lemelin Rancho Cucamonga, CA Elite, USP3HL Northern Arizona University (ACHA) 2016 
Gage Downing West Chester, PA Elite West Chester (ACHA) 2016 
Carl Lindgren Antioch, IL Elite, USP3HL Northern Illinois University (ACHA) 2016 
Jeff O'Dea Lake Orion, MI Elite University of Oklahoma (ACHA) 2016 
Brian Dennerlein Park Ridge, IL Elite University of Oklahoma (ACHA) 2016 
Robert Cerepak Saddle River, NJ USP3HL Colby College 2016 
Bryan Miller Fort Myers, FL USP3HL University of Florida (ACHA) 2016 

Remember the college coaches don’t care about a bantam or midget team’s record of wins and losses. The team’s record is entirely irrelevant. 

You have to ask yourself how and why the Eel shave been so successful It does not start as a junior player. It takes painstaking hours of discipline, fortitude, determination, dedication and heart. It is not simply turned on by a click of a button. Our philosophy and methodology starts at the bantam age and matured as a midget player so we ripen your son or daughter to realize their dreams.

You know what we have done for our players and we ask you where should your player train and play this fall? If the barometer is misplaced well we wish you truly the best. But if your son or daughter is looking for a program that will seriously impact their game and future we request that you come join the Eels. 

This season head coach Rick Smith will take the helm at the Bantam team right out of the gate. Coach Patrick Olsen will be taking command of the High School/midget team. These coaches will have 100% support of the Junior Elite coach Frankie Scarpaci and USP3 coach Nick Perri. We are looking forward to a phenomenal year. 
Please come this week and have your son or daughter tryout. I will be there with my coaches and staff to answer any questions

Thanks 
Frank Scarpaci 
Florida Eels Hockey GM 
941-400-9023

Florida Eels Tryouts This Week

We look forward to you being part of our new and exciting season this Fall!. We invite you to  come join the Eels Youth Banatam and Midget/High School Teams 

Tryouts are This week.

Eels Tryouts This Week

This Wednesday May 23rd  The Florida Eels Take Their Program to a new Level. The Eels are hosting tryouts and unlike the traditional midget program of the past the Eels are putting into place an academic component to its program. The Florida Eels are putting together a “High School” team to replace its traditional midget team. The idea is that players who fall within the guidelines of 9th -12th grade from the local area will be able to compete in the Tampa Bay Lightning High School League.

 

There are substantial differences between this division and the traditional midget division. The program allows players who are registered on other travel leagues to also play High School Hockey.

 

We encourage all players who are interested in perhaps playing high school hockey to come out this Wed at 7:00 pm and join us for our preliminary tryouts.

 

Head Coach Patrick Olsen

 

The Eels are jointly conducting a midget U18 tryout in case the high school division does not materialize

 

The Cost is $75.00 for the tryout

 

There will be a question and answer for the new division at 8 :00 pm immediately after the tryout for all players and parents.

 

At 6:00 pm the Florida Eels will be hosting its Bantam Tryouts. This team will be our player development team for players who evidentially are looking to move up to the new High School division. We will play in the new statewide Bantam A league, which the CFHL will have, the west coast division.

 

Head Coach Rick Smith

There will be a meeting after the tryout at 7:15 for players and parents

Cost is $75.00

Please note: Second tryout at no additional cost is

June 9th 6:00 pm Bantam 

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

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

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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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“But will my son (or daughter) like going to Sylvan?” you wonder. The answer may surprise you. From our high achievers to our kids who need an extra boost, teens of all test-taking abilities like going to Sylvan for SAT prep. Our tutors motivate and inspire teenagers with a personal approach that takes the mystery out of college admission tests.

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!

Why SAT test prep at Sylvan of Fort Myers & Cape Coral works

 

In contrast to most SAT prep programs, Sylvan uses a proven mix of small-group instruction, independent learning, online resources and SAT practice tests. This comprehensive approach ensures that kids not only learn strategies for tackling every type of exam question (including the essay portion of the SAT), but they also can focus on the specific skill areas they need to improve.

With in-class SAT prep at Sylvan of Fort Myers & Cape Coral, your teenager can take full advantage of:

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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.

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.

The Florida Eels announce that Frankie Scarpaci III has been hired to take over the reigns of the Florida Eels USPHL Elite team.

 

 

Frank was the Eels USP3 team coach for the past 4 seasons. He lead his team this past season to win the Florida Division in the playoffs in two very competitive playoff series defeating the Tampa Juniors and the Florida Jr. Blades to earn his team’s right to advance to the USPHL League Championship. There he led his team to defeat the Midwest Division first place team from the Western Division - the Forest Lake Lakers and then defeat the Eastern Division first place team - the Traverse City Hounds.

 

The Eels team finished in the semi finals with an outstanding performance for the year. In fact Coach Scarpaci was a nominee for Coach of The Year by the league in the USP3 division. General Manager Frank Scarpaci commented,

“Coach Scarpaci's true barometer as a USP3 coach is how many players he developed and moved on. Well it is quite clear in looking at the Florida Eels Elite team one clearly sees 17 of its players previously played for Coach Scarpaci on the USP3 team. In fact he was able to move up on average 50-75% of his players every season. That spells the mark of a very

successful coach. In the past 4 seasons Coach Scarpaci’s team made the league’s final playoffs 3 of the 4 seasons.”

 No doubt the Eels USP3 team had been a formidable opponent against the Florida, Southern and Northern teams.  Coach Scarpaci systematically builds players the right was. He takes his time with his players. He has quite a bit of patience and is a taskmaster in developing young talent. These boys always come together and have proven well when it comes to games. The Eels have fought their way to the top of the standings each season he has been at the helm.

 

Moreover, Coach Scarpaci has had enormous success in advancing his players to college hockey as well. In fact from this year’s USP3 team, 9 of his USP3 players have moved on to play college hockey.  Four of those will be playing NCAA and one will play professional hockey in Russia.  Furthermore, from the Elite team, 7 colleges NCAA College bound players previously played for Coach Scarpaci on the USP team.

 

 Coach Scarpaci has been a member of the Florida Eels for the past 14 seasons as a player and coach.  He has been a part of the nationally recognized Florida Eels in what is known as their “Golden Years”.   As a player Frankie   helped his team become state champions 3 times and reach nationals where they placed 8th in the nation. He had made the national district camps twice and played in the Pro AM NHL Pre-Draft, Sr. Chowder Cup, and the EJHL Spring and Summer Showcases.  Frank helped the Eels trigger their Junior Program where he was Captain for the Eels Junior team in their beginning years.  After captaining the Eels Junior team for two years and swaying his many college hockey options, he decided to attend the Concordia University of Wisconsin (CUW) and play NCAA Div. 3 hockey.  While playing his colligate hockey at CUW he earned his BS degree in Justice and Public Policy and a Minor in Sports Management. In his senior year, he interned with his childhood program the Florida Eels. 

 

For the past 4 seasons he also served as Assistant GM with primarily reasonability in scouting and the recruitment of prospects over the last 4 seasons.   He has earned himself an impressive resume for a young age.

 

Hockey Experience:

 

  • Head Coach Florida Eels USPHL USP3 Team
  • Assistant GM Florida Eels Elite and USP3 teams
  • Assistant Coach Florida Eels USPHL Elite
  • USA Hockey Level 4 Advanced Coaching Certification
  • NCAA Div. III Concordia University- Wisconsin
  • Head Coach, Florida Eels Summer Prospects Teams: Jr. and Sr. Chowder Cups, Pro Am NHL Pre Draft Teams and the USPHL Showcase Teams.
  • Played for the Florida Eels Junior Team, Fort Myers, FL
  • Team Captain 2 Years
  • USA Hockey Southeast Junior All-Star Team
  • Team Florida 3 Years
  • HNIB 3 Years
  • Southeast Festivals-Selects 3 Years
  • Florida Eels Midget U16 and U 18 Tier I AAA  
  • USA Hockey Nationals
  • Four State and District Championships
  • Sports Management World Wide Certified Scout and General Manager
  • USP3 Team 3 years out 4 USPHL Playoff Finals
  • Florida USP3 team Florida Division Regular Season & Playoff Champions 2 seasons

USP3 Nominee Coach of the Year 2015-16


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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)