Holy Name Youth Hockey provides an environment where all players have the opportunity to develop a long-term passion and appreciation for ice hockey through individual skill development, teamwork, competitive play and camaraderie.
While games are great fun, practice and core-hockey skill development are the keys to a hockey player's improvement and advancement in the game. Priority will be placed on improving our players' skills through multiple touches, effort and proper technique. We hope to accomplish this by emphasizing good coaching at every level, running efficient and fast-moving practices, and focusing on individual-skill development. Again, we want what is best for your children during the season, and this usually happens when they are appropriately challenged but also given frequent opportunities for on-ice success.
“The highest priority is to plan a practice so exciting and constructive that players can’t wait for the next practice." --Jack Blatherwick
Holy Name Youth Hockey
P.O. Box 4692 Springfield, MA 01101
Please note that there will be no May Holy Name Hockey Association Meeting.
Ice Fees and Uniform Number Selection – IMPORTANT – Due May 15
Greetings to all Holy Name families – we hope you are all enjoying the spring and some time away from the rink. We are writing with two important items that require your attention:
ICE FEES - Holy Name ice fees will be collected this year exclusively online via credit card. The first installment payment is due by May 15 (Wednesday). To pay, please sign into your account on the Holy Name home page (www.holynamehockey.org). Upon signing in, you should find yourself on your Family Balance page, showing your total due to Holy Name for ice fees for the 2019/20 season. (If you are not automatically directed to your Family Balance page when you log in, you can also get there by clicking on the “My Account” tab.) At the bottom right hand of the Family Balance page, you can click on the green button that reads “Pay Now”.
Once you click on the “Pay Now” button you will be brought to the payment page, where you can select to either pay your entire family balance in full or alternatively to pay in installments (20% of the total over five payments), and you can enter your credit card information to make payment (all major credit cards accepted). If you choose the installment plan, your credit card will automatically be billed for the 4 remaining 20% payments on July 1, August 1, September 1, and October 1.
UNIFORM NUMBER SELECTION (Bantams, Pee Wees, Squirts only) – Upon making payment (either in full or the first 20% installment payment, as discussed above) you will automatically receive a confirmation email that your payment has been successfully processed. In order to make your number selection for your new Holy Name uniform, you will then need to forward this payment confirmation email to Holy Name board member Eric Ciecko at HNHockey@yahoo.com.When you forward the email payment confirmation to Eric, you should also include the following information at the top of the email:
Your child’s name
Your child’s 2019/20 team and coach
Your child’s date of birth
Your child’s top five (5) number choices (please sequence these choices in order of preference, with your first choice listed first)
Please forward this payment confirmation email with the additional information requested above to Eric at HNHockey@yahoo.com as soon as possible, with a deadline of May 15. Please note, the numbers will be assigned to each child consistent with the methodology discussed in the April 12 Holy Name email – however, rather than each coach emailing his team one by one, the process will instead be centrally administered internally by the Holy Name Board all at once, in order to save time, eliminate errors, and make sure the uniforms are ready for the start of the season. As outlined in the April 12 email, numbers will be determined in the upper age groups down to the lowest, with numbers first selected by Bantams, then 2nd year Pee Wees, and so forth, and numbers selected by upper age groups recycling their availability to lower age groups. Again, you will not be receiving an email on number selection from your coach, and this email to Eric Ciecko will serve as your number selection preference. If two players in the same grouping want the same number, preference will be given to whomever emails Eric their payment confirmation first, so please don’t delay in making your payment and getting your number selection preferences to him. Holy Name will randomly assign a number to anyone who does not forward their preference by May 15 as outlined above.
Mites and Mini-Mites were not required to purchase uniforms this year and will be loaned a current-style uniform from the Holy Name collection at the start of the year, as has been done in years past. However, the first installment payment for all Holy Name Hockey participants (Mites and Mini-Mites included) is due by May 15.
Thanks and best regards for a safe and healthy spring.
Holy Name Hockey- Organizational changes, Ice fees, Evaluation r
Hello Holy Name Families-
As we approach the end of another hockey season, we would like to update you on a range of topics including, organizational changes, ice fees, and our evaluation registration and schedule for the 2019-2020 season.
Since 1982 Holy Name Hockey remains a non-profit organization committed to providing hockey players of all abilities a place to develop. Like years passed, all players must participate in the evaluation process that will take place Monday March 18th– Friday March 22nd(full schedule and process below). The cost to evaluate is $100 for the first player in a family, $50 for the second player in a family, and free thereafter. Mini-Mites will not have to pay a registration fee.
No player will be allowed to evaluate for the 2019-2020 season until all ice fees from the previous season(s) have been paid in full. If you previously skated with another GSL organization, you must receive a financial waiver from that organization before you can be placed on a Holy Name team.
Given the changes that have taken place in youth sports, including hockey, over the past several years, our evaluation committee believes that Holy Name has an opportunity to make some changes that will enhance the hockey experience for its current and future players. We believe that our structure will provide an option for players to balance hockey with other sports and academic endeavors and challenge all our players across the organization. We will continue to place a heavy emphasis on development through practice and maintain the age appropriate practice to game balance.
Below are the programs by age group, including the ice fee for the 2019-2020 season and evaluation schedule. After several years of flat ice fees, we implemented a modest increase to adjust for ice costs. Ice fees may be paid in full by June 1st or in 5 installments due June 1st, July 1st, August 1st, September 1st, October 1st.
Mini Mites- 2013/2014 birth years- Ice Fee 2019-2020: $550.00
Coaches include: Randy Heavey, Chris Connors, Cory Tower, Amy Parros, John Courtney, Brian Knowles
The Mini-Mites Program is the first step for Holy Name Hockey. Your son or daughter will now join a team, be issued uniforms, have a coach and play other teams from the Springfield area. Creating a positive, healthy environment for the youngest members of Holy Name is essential to a player’s long-term participation in ice hockey. The season will consist of approximately 40 hours of total ice time (including three jamborees). This will average out to approximately 2 hours of ice time per week.
Coaches include: Josh Bates, Mike Holton, Matt Kennison, Brady Chiancola, Chris Orszulak, Lani Silva, Doug Janik, Jeff Kolodjay, Tim Harper, Rob Hanson
Our Mite program will remain consistent with U.S. Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM), which is a split ice focused game schedule, two practices per week, and a small area game practice every other Friday starting November 1st. US Hockey’s adoption of half ice hockey has been a huge success and it shows up in the numbers- “Back in 2014, the National Hockey League (NHL) data-analytics division brought their professional expertise and technology to Detroit and gathered data from kids 8 and younger who had experienced playing on both a full ice and a small ice sheet. The facts they captured tell a clear story: Kids who played on the cross-ice surface touched the puck more often, attempted more passes, and took twice the number of shots as kids who played on a full ice.”
Through increased repetition, half ice hockey promotes the development of the most basic skills in the game. Please resist the temptation of switching to full ice hockey prematurely. In the latter part of the year, we will implement some full ice competition for final Mite year players. Learning off sides only takes a few practices. Don’t rush the process and allow your child the time to develop. Holy Name coaches and board members are available to discuss the Mite program.
Monday March 18th-
4:30pm – 5:20pm- Mite Skills (A-M) Olympia Rink #1
5:30pm – 6:20pm- Mite Skills (N-Z) Olympia Rink #1
Coaches include: Chris Orszulak, Greg Desrosiers, Tom Kakley, Kevin Labrie, Brady Chiancola, Mary Kate Blanchfield, Brian Rogers, Tom O’Sullivan, Brian Musa, Frank Genovese, Eric Cieko
Our Squirt program will play an age appropriate game schedule, two practices per week, and a small area game practice every other Friday. We will be implementing two birth year teams next season at the Squirt level- a 2009 team and a 2010 team. The remaining teams will be a mix of players from both birth years, ranging from A to C level teams. As noted above, every player must participate in the evaluation process and every player will have a team to participate on. The 2009 team (second year Squirts) will play an independent game schedule rather than the Greater Springfield League (GSL). All other teams will participate in the GSL. One of the objectives with this change is to challenge all players.
Monday March 18th-
4:50pm – 5:40pm- Squirt Skills (A-M) Olympia Rink #3
5:50pm – 6:40pm- Squirt Skills (N-Z) Olympia Rink #3
Tuesday March 19th-
4:30pm – 5:20pm- Squirt Game (N-Z) Olympia Rink #2
5:40pm – 6:40pm- Squirt Game (A-M) Olympia Rink #3
Wednesday March 20th-
4:40pm – 5:30pm- Squirt Game (A-M) Olympia Rink #2
6:40pm – 7:40pm- Squirt Game (N-Z) Olympia Rink #2
Coaches include: Chris Orszulak, Mike Hall, Marc Turgeon, John Moltenbrey, Jim Laudato, Gary Whittier, Kyle Bousquet, Gerry Sousa, Mike O’Sullivan, Pat Manning, Sean Keene, Mike Holton, Jamie Frisbee, Bob Burke, Brian Rogers, Tony D’Angelo, Bob Taylor, Bob Barbarini
Our Pee Wee program will play an age appropriate game schedule, two practices per week, and a small area game practice every other Friday. We will be implementing two birth year teams next season at the Pee Wee level- a 2007 team and a 2008 team. The remaining teams will be a mix of players from both birth years, ranging from A to C level teams. As noted above, every player must participate in the evaluation process and every player will have a team to participate on. The 2007 team (second year Pee Wees) will play an independent game schedule rather than the Greater Springfield League (GSL). All other teams will participate in the GSL. One of the objectives with this change is to challenge all players.
Monday March 18th-
7:30pm – 8:20pm- Pee Wee Skills (A-M) Olympia Rink #1
6:50pm – 7:50pm- Pee Wee Skills (N-Z) Olympia Rink #3
Wednesday March 20th-
6:30pm – 7:20pm- Pee Wee Game (A-M) Olympia Rink #3
7:30pm – 8:20pm- Pee Wee Game (N-Z) Olympia Rink #3
Thursday March 21st-
4:30pm – 5:50pm- Pee Wee Game (A-M) Olympia Rink #3
6:00pm – 7:20pm- Pee Wee Game (N-Z) Olympia Rink #3
Coaches include: Gary Whittier, Lani Silva, Jack Dougherty
Our Bantam program will play an age appropriate game schedule and three practices per week. The teams will be a mix of players from both birth years, ranging from A to C level teams. As noted above, every player must participate in the evaluation process and every player will have a team to participate on. At the Bantam level, players should focus on the following skill progressions; 1. Knowledge (Rules, Concepts, Penalties, etc.), 2. Goal Setting (written goals for each are of development), 3. Individual Skills (Skating, Puck Control, Passing and Receiving, Shooting, Checking), 4. Team Play (Offense and Defensive zone coverage and tactics, power play, face-offs, Pressure, Transition, support), 5. Nutrition (what does the body need, substance abuse), 6. Strength and Conditioning (improving athleticism, off-ice workouts), 7. Character Development (honesty, integrity on and off the ice, Selflessness, how to deal with adversity).
Tuesday March 19th-
6:30pm – 7:20pm- Bantam Skills (All players) Olympia Rink #1
Goalies are required to attend their age level games. Any player (Squirt, PeeWee and Bantam) desiring to play goalie must choose to play either “full time” or “part time” prior to the Evaluations. Any “part time” goalie should evaluate as a skater for the Skills Sessions, evaluate as a goalie during the Goaltenders Skills Session, and then evaluate as a skater for one Scrimmage Session and a goalie for the other Scrimmage Session. A “part time” goalie will be placed at the lower level depending on how s/he evaluates. Meaning, if s/he evaluates as an “A” goalie and a “B” skater, s/he will be placed on the “B” team. If a “full time” goalie has a “part time” goalie on his/her team, the “full time” goalie is guaranteed to play in 80% of the scheduled games.
Monday March 25th- Goalie evaluation. Time: TBD
The evaluation process is made up of three components:
Skills Sessions:Players at each age level will be measured performing several drills in order to evaluate their individual hockey skills. All coaches and parents will have access to the drills prior to evaluations. These drills include:
Station 2. Timed stationary figure “8” stick handling
Station 3. Passing accuracy
Station 4. Timed skating agility
Station 5. Timed skating slalom (with puck)
“Game Action” Scrimmages: The evaluation committee’s primary aim is to identify the impact each child has in a game situation, whether it’s played cross ice, half ice or full ice. Some attributes that contribute to a player’s “impact” include;
hockey IQ, skills
puck support and passing
*Players will not play a set position on cross / half ice scrimmages; only on full ice.
Coaches’ Evaluations:Every coach will be asked to submit a “hockey-ability” ranking of players on their team. A week of Evaluations can only give us a brief snapshot of a player’s all-around skill sets, so we use current coach feedback and incorporate the seven months’ worth of information our coaches have acquired teaching their players. These rankings will be used to assist the Evaluation Committee in making final team selections.
The ADM is USA Hockey’s nationwide player-development program for youth hockey associations. It’s based on age-appropriate, age-specific competition and training for boys and girls, beginning with their first steps onto the ice and carrying them through age 18 and beyond. The ADM places a heightened emphasis on skill development and long-term athlete development principles, providing a blueprint for the best possible youth hockey experience. Put simply, it’s doing what’s best for kids.