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JOIN US ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5th FOR KOHA'S 2nd ANNUAL EVENT!
AT WINGS WEST ICE ARENA - 5076 SPORTS DRIVE - KALAMAZOO, MI
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association (KOHA) will be hosting an all-day event at Wings West Ice Arena on Saturday, November 5th that's open to the public, "Fire & Ice: 8U Jamboree & Chili Challenge"! Games start at 10am, the Chili and beer tent open at 11am! This year, 30 teams from across Michigan and Illinois will participate in an 8U cross-ice jamboree, while almost 20 local-area restaurants will compete in the chili challenge that is open to the public!
Coaches from USA Hockey (Colorado Springs) will be on hand for the event as well, and each visiting team will get a practice session with the guest coaches. “As one of USA Hockey’s Model Associations, KOHA is honored that USA Hockey is once again sending their own high level coaches to take part in the event and provide these young players the opportunity to be on the ice and learn from them,” said Matt Kakabeeke, VP of KOHA's Board of Directors and USA Hockey Associate Coach-in-Chief for Michigan.
SATURDAY, Nov. 5th - ALL EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
10am – 4pm --> 8U Cross-Ice Jamboree (FREE TO WATCH)
11am - 4pm (or until the chili runs out) CHILI CHALLENGE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!!
$10 for adults, $5 for kids - Jamboree participants eat chili FREE!
(participants: KOHA, Burdick’s, The Hangar, Capital Services Catering, Zeb’s, North 11, Niko’s, Millennium Restaurant Group, University Roadhouse, Decoy Ducks, Arlene's Truck Stop, Niskers, Zazios, Craftsman, Mangia Mangia & DEFENDING CHAMPIONS Louie's Trophy House Grill)
* BEVERAGE TENT * FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY *
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT from Noon-4pm!
WARRIOR HOCKEY will be on-hand with demo sticks, radar gun, and a shooting lane! Stop by their booth and show 'em what you've got!
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING TO HELP AT THE EVENT, PLEASE SIGN UP ONLINE HERE:
HUGE THANK YOU to our event sponsors:
Burdick's at Wings West, Wings West Ice Arena, DICK's Sporting Goods, Walgreens, ProServices, The Canopeum
USA Hockey's ADM Manager for Goaltending, Phil Osaer, has committed to providing practice plans for goalie development that can be used by any coach! New practice plans will be up every Monday. They are drills that coaches can put in their practice plans or give to their coach with goalie responsibilities to do at practice.
Movement and Fundamental Save drills are a great way to start your goalies out in a practice before the players start shooting. Use the game situation drill or your own variation of it to work on a specific aspect of the goaltenders game. For development it is best to use the same practice plan two practices in a row. With goaltender development, quality is always more important than quantity.
No More KOHA Paper Forms!
This is the new online system that will be used to fill out of the required USA Hockey and MAHA forms:
· USA Hockey Consent to Treat/Medical History Form
· USA Hockey Participant Code of Conduct
· MAHA STAR Form, Parent/Legal Guardian Code of Conduct Agreement
· MAHA Concussion Form - Player
· MAHA Concussion Form – Coach
The required forms will be displayed based upon the registration. In other words if registering a player then only the player forms will be displayed or if you register as a Coach or Manager only those forms will be displayed. Note: If you are a Coach with a player then you will need to complete the forms twice. Once as a Parent and again as a Coach or Manager.
The following are the instructions for getting into the system and completing the required forms:
1. Register an account in Parent, Coach or Manager name here: https://kalamazoooptimisthockey-mi.e-ppe.com
2. Add athlete(s) to your account or Coach
3. Complete all relevant Athlete or Coach information
o Coaches will have to complete the form as the Athlete and Parent. That has been reported to USA Hockey as an outstanding issue.
4. Apply parent electronic signature
5. Apply athlete electronic signature
o Participant Code of Conduct
After completing the forms, you MUST join a team. We’re using Birth Year as the team name so select your player’s birth year to join a team, click Update next to Joined Teams, and check the box next to the correct team(s) your Athlete or Coach that you are joining.
Once the required information has been completed and e-signatures have been applied to the necessary forms, the signed document will become available automatically and once the entire team has completed the forms they will be approved by Frank Noonan.
Privit has a Help Desk so If you need assistance contact the Help Center at (844) 234-4357 or visit www.support.privit.com. Other questions should be directed to the KOHA office at (269) 349-7825.
Keep in mind that this is new software so as issues are reported I will communicate with the Vendor to address them. The nice thing with this system is once the forms are completed then the following seasons they will only have to be updated. Also if players move to Meijer AAA or High School the forms will also be available to that school if they are participating on the Privit system, which has been endorsed by MHSAA
Originally published by USA Hockey on ADMkids.com, by Jayson Hron, USA Hockey
The search for Western Michigan University’s new director of player development netted a familiar face in a familiar place.
Former Broncos assistant captain David Killip was the face and Kalamazoo was the place.
It was an ideal fit for Killip, who spent last season pursuing his master’s degree at WMU and coaching youth players in the Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association. The British Columbia native was KOHA’s American Development Model skills director, a specialized coaching role that put him on the ice with every player in the USA Hockey Model Association. He’ll continue to help at KOHA this season, but now he’ll also lead player development for NCAA Division I student-athletes at WMU.
“Coach (Andy) Murray is good at listening to people on his staff and we’ve had plenty of conversations about what I did at KOHA with the ADM,” said Killip. “I expect to see it this year with our guys at Western.”
Killip was part of a skill development team at KOHA that worked once a week with each 10U, 12U, 14U and girls team, and then spent weekends with 6U and 8U players. Brian Tulik, KOHA’s program director, offered high praise for Killip.
“David’s knowledge and understanding of the game and his commitment to player development is a huge asset to KOHA,” said the former ECHL defenseman. “He’s a bright young man with an exceptional ability to understand the ADM and implement it with our players and coaches. We’re very fortunate to have him.”
Even though the ADM was new to Killip, he grasped the concepts quickly.
“It’s not something I had in hockey at that age, but I saw some of the principles in other sports,” he said. “I grew up playing soccer and I saw some of the concepts there. It’s a great way to use ice, maximize player reps and expose players to more individualized coaching. It’s huge for their development.”
And as a former NCAA Division I player, Killip easily embraced ADM core tenets like cross-ice hockey and small-area games.
“I’m a big fan of cross-ice,” he said. “It’s always been part of hockey at the upper levels and it’s even more valuable today because the college game has become all about speed, skill and making plays in small areas. For kids, cross-ice makes it more challenging for the advanced players and it gives the other players more puck touches and also more engagement, which adds to their development on both sides of the ice.”
As for his view on small-area games in practice, Killip not only enjoyed them as a player, he also liked how they transferred into games on Friday and Saturday nights.
“Small-area games are more competitive,” he said. “They always amped things up in practice, got the competitive juices flowing and heightened the speed of everything, so on the weekends, you could slow things down a little.”
His weekends – and weeks – will be anything but slow this season, with MBA classes and coaching duties aplenty, but Killip is ready for the challenge and eager to learn. With KOHA kids, college players and a mentor coach whose resumé includes 333 NHL victories, he’ll have no shortage of study material.
In 1980, Tim Walbridge and his wife, Cecelia, moved to Kalamazoo, MI. Immediately, they enrolled their boys in hockey. Tim dedicated his weekends as a KOHA coach for his boys and 100's of youths for over 15 years. He too continued to play hockey for 40 years in various adult leagues satisfying his love of the game. He enjoyed the camaraderie and competitiveness. There hasn’t been a winter that’s passed without playing pond hockey at the cabin unless the weather didn't cooperate, like last winter when it was too warm. There is nothing he enjoys more than spending time with his family and friends!
In June 2016, Tim was diagnosed with terminal Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Currently, there is no cure for ALS but Tim is determined to do what ever it takes to battle this horrible disease. Tim plans on participating in a clinical trial at Harvard. This will take the support of all of our friends and family. For this reason his family is hosting, Five for Fighting Against ALS.
Five for Fighting Against ALS will incorporate Tim's love of hockey, his family, his friends, and his determination to battle ALS. This event is being held to raise awareness and funds to assist in the cost of treatments and transportation associated to participate in the study at Harvard. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences in Grand Rapids, MI.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR...
Five for Fighting Against ALS
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
5076 Sports Dr
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
The first hour of the event will consist of a pond-style hockey game. The second hour of the event will be an open skate.
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