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Executive Newsletter - September
Submitted By RichF on Sunday, September 14, 2014
Our preseason has proven to be tremendously successful for our 6 clubs!

Our NCOHA clubs have started strongly with an overall record of 14-7-3. Of particular note is our major atom club under the guidance of head coach Chris Beiers. The '04's did not have a single win during the entire '13-'14 campaign and have already had a couple of wins and a tie to date. Congratulations to this group! 

Investing in our coaches is a priority for the NCOHA. This past summer, Bantam coaches Jeff Roe and Nick Ricca along with minor midget coach Andrew Morris all engaged in the High Performance seminars mandated by Hockey Canada for every "AAA" coach from minor Bantam and older. These courses involved an in depth look at all components of coaching and required each participant to give up 4 days of the summer to complete. We thank our coaches for showing this level of commitment as our athletes/teams will benefit from this learning.

Our Development ice has been secured in Bala and will begin at the end of October when the ice is put into that facility. A request for instructors will be placed on our website very soon. A committee of coaches and executive members will select the best "bid". Our teams will rotate every three weeks in either a Tuesday evening or Wednesday evening in Bala through February. Our hope is to supplement the good work of our coaches with a fresh set of eyes from professional instructors. I will update you in the next newsletter with the name of the successful candidate(s).

Our new NCOHA clothing has been met with great feedback. Thanks to Megan Carney for all her work as Director of Equipment. The new shorts, wind suits and winter coat look great. We'd also like to thank 2nd Century for their work with our organization. 2nd Century supports our "AAA" organization tremendously. Each spring 2nd Century supports our year end banquet with a substantial financial donation to help defray the cost to families.

Two Deep Rule - the OMHA instituted last year a "Two Deep Rule". Essentially what this rule means is that there should always be two adults in and around the dressing room at all time to give appropriate supervision for the athlete(s). I would suggest that you discuss this rule with your son's coaches...particularly when your son leaves the ice during a game or practice due to a penalty or injury/illness. I would ask that parents/caregivers join team staff to assist with the child. 

We are in need of more volunteers as we move forward. An Eastern Triple A representative for our organization and a "head trainer" is needed to help with coordinating our organization's 6 trainers. Please contact President Roger Crandell for further details about each of these positions.

Our ETA league schedule is upon us. I look forward to seeing each of our clubs begin what is shaping up to be a great season! Please feel free to reach out to any of our executive with comments or suggestions as to how we can make our Association better. We believe our success will only be as good as all of us make it....players, team staff, families and executive.

All the best,

Rich Foshay

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