Greetings KOHA families and friends!

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Hockey Director Certification Program at the North American Rink Conference & Expo (NARCE) in Columbus, Ohio.  The Hockey Director Certification Program is offered by USA Hockey and is instructed by ADM Regional Managers and other USA Hockey staff over 3 ½ days involving classroom, off-ice and on-ice training and education.  

The Certification Program had over 70 hockey directors or administrators from across the USA and included international participants from several European countries.  In 2016, the United States had 309,748 youth players, second in the world behind Canada (455,000).  For perspective, the 70 plus participants impacted approximately 30,000 youth players in the USA, with KOHA representing about 700 of those players.  With that said, our class would impact m
ore youth hockey players than the coaches of the Czech Republic (26,551) and slightly less than the coaches in Finland (36,607).  

As you can understand, the significance of the course offers a direct correlation to growing the game, developing players, helping youngsters become leaders
– even Olympians, and connecting the game at every level while promoting a lifelong love of the sport.

I have attended countless hockey and coaching education clinics, seminars, symposiums, and summits.  The Hockey Director Certification Program ranks as one of my all-time favorites!

I would like to share a few of the takeaways and how that will drive what our association will focus on this upcoming season:

  • KOHA will continue be a development partner with USA Hockey for the American Development Model.
    • Prioritizing Long term Athletic Development Principles and Age Appropriate Activities.
  • KOHA will focus on player and coaching development ensuring an athlete centered approach.
  • KOHA will concentrate on creating a great club culture.
    • The KOHA skills instructors will be at the heart of this idea.
As the KOHA Hockey Director my initiatives for the 2017/18 season will be:
  • Skill Development!  Skill Development!  Skill Development!
  • Developing hockey sense utilizing Small Area Games.
  • Introducing/educating players and coaches on body contact/checking.
  • Goaltending recruitment, development and training.
  • Off-ice training in conjunction with Athletic Mentors.
I am excited about the prospects of the 2017/18 season and have been energized by my experience.  I have included a few hand-outs from last week for both parents and coaches.  

Finally, I trust you have been excited about the evolution of the KOHA skills instructor team.  The addition of Ben and Kyle will bring a new dynamic to our focus on player and coach development.  Continue to monitor you email inbox for more exciting announcements!

See you around the rink!

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