August Newsletter, News (North Central Predators AAA)

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August Newsletter
Submitted By Administrator on Friday, August 10, 2012
Players and parents, another year of hockey is about to begin and will keep us hopping into March of 2013. As of this Saturday August 11th, it is time to leave the lacrosse floor,the ball diamond, the soccer pitch and head into the arena – yes, it is hockey time.

The NCOHA Predators are excited to be entering a new season. Our players, our coaches, our volunteers, and our teams have made steady advances through the last few years and we are confident that we will do so again.

For 2012-13, the Predators will again be icing a Minor Atom program. While AAA is a major commitment for these young players and their families, it prepares them for the game they love at the highest level. At the other end of the spectrum, the Predators will also have a Major Midget team this year. Major Midget AAA is an excellent route to mature as a hockey player whether your personal goal includes a route through the Canadian or American post-secondary system, a second shot at the junior ranks, or recreation at a highly competitive level. An information session on the Major Midget program has been scheduled for Saturday August 18th prior to the first try-out.

Our Executive for 2012-13 is committed to providing the best AAA hockey experience to our players and their families. We will endeavour to be responsive to your requests and the needs of our hockey families, but in responding to your needs and interests, we must bear in mind the broader needs of our organization as a whole. This summer the Executive has created a new budget with added components for goalie training and
coaching development – two areas deemed priorities in our organization. Also, we have established an effective Apparel Committee with representatives from all teams to refresh and standardize our look. The 2012-13 Predator uniform is flashy and high quality and received unanimous consent from our committee! In other areas, a new Coach Development and Selection Committee has prioritized intra-coach learning opportunities on specialty aspects of the game and provided funds and venues for coach development throughout the year. And finally, in the area of player safety, we have developed new policies on cyber-bullying, a priority concern in contemporary sport. This policy will be disseminated to the coaches, players and parents prior to the first game of the season.

A priority for our Executive this year is communication with our players and parents – a difficult feat, at times, in our large geographical area. So, throughout the year, you will be provided with these up-dates from the Executive. 

For many hockey families there is no off-season and this is true for the North Central Predators. We are proud to represent you at our league, the Eastern Triple A (ETA), and our governance bodies, the OMHA, the OHF and Hockey Canada. Thank-you for your continued support and we will see you at the rink.

Yours in hockey,
Pat Morris
President, NCOHA Predators
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