Volume #1 Issue #18 May 18, 2012
Applications Due June 25th
|Embedding a Work Ethic|
Think your kids are too busy with hockey and homework to help out around the house? Plenty of time for that later in life? A former NHL player shares how helping out around the house helped him succeed.
Discipline and a sense of responsibility are vital to anything you do in life. Kids need responsibilities outside of hockey that will help them throughout their lives. There was not a day growing up that I didn't have at least a half-hour of chores to do around my house. It wasn't an option-whether it was stacking a cord of wood, cooking dinner, washing the dishes, cleaning my room or sweeping out the garage. My parents both worked. If I wanted to play the game I loved, I had to carry my share of the family load. I also worked full time in the summers from age 14. My dad always taught me to look in the mirror at the end of the day, knowing I did everything I could do to improve, both as a person, and as an athlete.
Editor's Note: Thank you to Jeff Serowik of Pro Ambitons Hockey for this story which first appeared in AHAI's monthly newsletter.
12 Tips for Taking a Faceoff
Yanic Perreault made millions of dollars during a brilliant NHL career because he was one of the league's premier faceoff guys. NHL GMs value these guys the way they value goal scorers-because the more faceoffs your team wins, the more puck possessions the team has, creating a winning environment.
- Great knee bend.
- Grip the stick with one hand on top of the shaft and the other hand really low on the shaft for leverage.
- Watch the referee's hand and try to bat the puck out of the air as he's dropping it.
- If you're having trouble winning faceoffs in a particular game, at least neutralize your opponent by tying his stick up and having your winger come get the puck.
- Believe you can win every faceoff and take tremendous pride in it.
- All forwards should be aware of how to take faceoffs in case the center gets bumped out.
- Develop hand and wrist strength and quickness. Purchase a wrist gripper and use it in the car. Also practicing dribbling a golf ball and work on hand-eye coordination drills.
- Communicate with your linemates to make sure you're all on the same page.
- Read and react to the situation of the game. Are you down a goal? Up a goal? Short-handed, Power play? Last minute of game?
- Practice taking faceoffs on the pond, at the end of practice or in your garage.
- Prepare! Many coaches implement trick plays in all three zones. These are fun-and sometimes a lot of work! Coaches should practice faceoff alignment on a routine basis so that, at crunch time, all players know what to do whether the team is down a goal, up a goal or has pulled the goalie. Preparation is very important and can be the difference between winning and losing.
- Make sure you and your linemates are ready for the hurry-up puck drop referees are instituting now.
Editor's Note: Thank you to Jeff Serowik of Pro Ambitons Hockey for this story which first appeared in AHAI's monthly newsletter
Weekly Parent Tip
Cheer good plays by the opposing team. Once in a while, try acting so that an observer who doesn't know you and your child will not be able to tell which team your child is on.
Weekly Coach Tip
Give your athletes a chance to officiate at practice to learn how hard the job of the official can be. Once they've experienced officiating, your athletes are more likely to respect officials in game situations who might miss a call.
Accepting Registrations until
May 22, 2012
Call program director, Jon Woodring (Woody) at 630.336.6900 for more information or....
Click HERE for program flyer Click HERE for registration form
Sabre Hockey and ProAmbitions are very excited to bring our Battle Camp and Goalie Camp to Rocket Ice June 25-29 from 8:30am to 4pm, featuring 37. 5 hours of hockey specific training, 4 hours of daily ice. There will be a 5:1 ratio campers to staff. Camp offered to ages Mite through Bantam.
This is a high-energy camp open to all levels of players. Players will be grouped by age and ability. This is a closed camp for current Sabre Organization players only. Sign up early as we are only taking 35 skaters and up to 10 goalies.
Click HERE for more information and/or to sign
Friday Night ADM Skills Sessions
Attention all Mites, Squirts and PeeWees: Register today for ADM Weekly Skills, Drills & Small Area Games instructed by Todd Geier, Chris Chelios, CCH Xtreme Staff & Sabre Hockey Coaches.
Dates: June 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10
Mites: 6:00pm to 7:10pm Squirts & PeeWees: 7:20pm to 8:30pm Cost: $160 for all Sessions $20 Drop In Fee |
|Great Father's Day
The Sabre Hockey Golf Outing on Thursday, August 23rd would make a PERFECT gift for Father's Day! One simple click...and BINGO your shopping woes are over! Give Dad what he really wants ~ an awesome day of golf with his friends which includes lunch and open beverage cart, all you care to eat and drink snacks on the course and an Award Reception featuring an open bar and Steak dinner at Tommy Nevin's Pub. Did I mention that there is over $60,000 in Hole In One Prizes Available, Great Team, Individual and Raffle Prizes, as well as a 50/50 Raffle, 50" Plasma TV and much more!? WOW...no comparison to another hockey tie, new weed-eater or those grill accessories!
Worried about not having anything to wrap? Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org
) to let me know you registered your hubby and I will send you a customized gift certificate. It just doesn't get any easier than that! Click HERE
to view Sabre Hockey's Golf Outing brochure, but more importantly Click HERE to register today!
"There are no strangers here; only friends who have not yet met."
|There is no "I" in team....|
Summer is right around the corner and that means its time to start working out in the gym and getting ready for next year's hockey season. Click HERE for Force Sports Training's Summer Schedule, but HURRY space is filling up quickly!
| Sabre Hockey Association|
Seeking Qualified Candidates for Business Manager
The Sabre Hockey Association is in search of qualified candidates to take on the responsibilities of the Business Manager. See below for the responsibilities of the Business Manager. This position reports to the Treasurer, as well as the Vice President of Business. Qualified candidates must have an accounting background, be knowledgeable with QuickBooks and be able to dedicate 30 plus hours per week to this role during the hockey season. Familiarity with not for profits is helpful, but not necessary. If you are interested you must submit your resume, inclusive of your qualifications, to Marc Haas at email@example.com. To be considered your submission must be received by Friday, May 25th.
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|Am I Mom Enough? |
A Motherhood Wish
by Kara Baskin
It's so tempting to get riled up by the Mommy Wars, isn't it? The Time magazine cover story about extreme parenting, Are You Mom Enough?, featuring a beautiful mother in skinny jeans nursing her preschool-aged son, is infamous by now. It made me, along with the rest of the Internet, explode with righteous indignation. Mom enough? How dare they! This isn't a contest! But, wait ... what if it is? And I don't even own skinny jeans!
The story also made me think about what I wanted to teach Andrew-I mean really teach him. I'm not talking about the trendy must-dos that crop up each year about feeding and sleeping and discipline, insecurity porn concocted just in time to fill a fresh generation of parents with self-doubt. No, I'm talking about the things that I want to impart in average, totally inextreme moments, when my breasts are covered and my skinny jeans are in the wash.
Here's my wish list.
I hope I raise a child who says "thank you" to the bus driver when he gets off the bus, "please" to the waiter taking his order at the restaurant, and holds the elevator doors when someone's rushing to get in.
I hope I raise a child who loses graciously and wins without bragging. I hope he learns that disappointments are fleeting and so are triumphs, and if he comes home at night to people who love him, neither one matter. Nobody is keeping score, except sometimes on Facebook.
I hope I raise a child who is kind to old people.
I hope I raise a child who realizes that life is unfair: Some people are born rich or gorgeous. Some people really are handed things that they don't deserve. Some people luck into jobs or wealth that they don't earn. Tough.
I hope I raise a child who gets what he wants just often enough to keep him optimistic but not enough to make him spoiled.
I hope I raise a child who knows that he's loved and special but that he's not the center of the universe and never, ever will be.
I hope I raise a child who will stick up for a kid who's being bullied on the playground. I also hope I raise a child who, if he's the one being bullied, fights back. Hard. Oh, and if he's the bully? I hope he realizes that his mother, who once wore brown plastic glasses and read the phonebook on the school bus, will cause him more pain than a bully ever could.
I hope I raise a child who relishes life's tiny pleasures-whether it's a piece of music, or the color of a gorgeous flower, or Chinese takeout on a rainy Sunday night.
I hope I raise a child who is open-minded and curious about the world without being reckless.
I hope I raise a child who doesn't need to affirm his self-worth through bigotry, snobbery, materialism, or violence.
I hope I raise a child who likes to read.
I hope I raise a child who is courageous when sick and grateful when healthy.
I hope I raise a child who begins and ends all relationships straightforwardly and honorably.
I hope I raise a child who can spot superficiality and artifice from a mile away and spends his time with people and things that feel authentic to him.
I hope I raise a child who makes quality friends and keeps them.
I hope I raise a child who realizes that his parents are flawed but loves them anyway.
And I hope that if my child turns out to be a colossal screw-up, I take it in stride. I hope I remember that he's his own person, and there's only so much I can do.
He is not an appendage to be dangled from my breasts on the cover of a magazine, his success is not my ego's accessory, and I am not Super Mom.
I hope for all of these things, but I know this: None of these wishes has a thing to do with how I feed him or sleep-train him or god-knows-what-else him. Which is how I know that these fabricated "wars" are phony every step of the way. I do not need the expensive stroller. I do not need to go into mourning if my "sleep-training method" is actually a "prayer ritual" that involves tiptoeing around the house in the dark. This is not a test. It's a game called Extreme Parenting, and you can't lose if you don't play. And, really, why would you play? You have children to raise.
| |3rd Annual " Fun in the Sun"
Sunday May 20, 2012 at 11:00am
The day will consist of the Run for Hope 5K, Kids' Fun Run, and a Family Palozza. The Family Palooza will feature The Jesse White Tumblers, an appearance by Ronald McDonald, magicians and balloon artists, or you can play in a bouncy house, visit the petting zoo, have your face painted, swim in the pool, touch a Downers Grove Fire Truck, and more!
The Family Palozza will be $10 per person, with children under 2 free. Food, beverages and game tickets will be additional.
For more information on the Run for Hope 5k, please click HERE
For more information about the Fun in the Sun events, or to become an event Sponsor, please contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
ATTENTION ALL TEENS! ARE YOU LOOKING FOR SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES?
Patti McDonnell, Co-chairperson for the Naperville Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis is looking for route marshals, set up, tear down, clean up, etc. volunteers.
The Great Strides Walk is Saturday, May 19th. The walk registration starts at 8:30AM with the walk at 10AM. Lunch is served immediately afterwards.
Grab your team, a group of friends or your family and volunteer for this worthy event. If you are interested in helping please contact Patti at 630-378-5811 (H) or 630-776-6633 (C).
Great Strides Walk
May 19, 2012
Grand Pavilion ~ Naperville River Walk
Click HERE to visit Macey's Mission Homepage
Puck Cancer Girls Showcase
3 Game Minimum
COACHES NEEDED!!! We are in need of volunteer coaches for the the event. Any women with previous hockey experience are welcome. Click HERE to register as a coach
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