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In the spring of 2012, the KOHA Board of Directors and staff leadership built the basis of a long-term, strategic plan. We established our Mission, Vision, and Values, and then spent time discussing the following three questions.
1. Where are we at?
2. Where do we want to go?
3. How do we get there?
Since then, we have actively pursued several key deliverables to move us towards our vision. While we have made some progress, we have a lot of work ahead of us in all areas of our program. The purpose of this communication is to share the vision and strategy of KOHA. Additionally, we will be sharing more routine updates with you through our e-newsletter and other venues (like this page, direct email communications, etc.) to help keep you informed.
Our Mission, Vision, and Values are outlined on our website on the About Us page, but to set the framework for our strategy, our Mission is to provide every boy and girl in southwest Michigan the opportunity to enjoy and excel at the game of hockey and our Vision is to be a regional hockey destination and a national leader for youth hockey.
In order to fulfill our mission and vision, we must continue to enhance our programming while not neglecting what continues to be the foundation of our program, House C hockey. We are one of the few organizations that still offer House C hockey and we are committed to continuing our House C program. With that said, we are evaluating ways to enhance the experience, focus on development, and keep this program affordable for our families.
We’re also excited to continue the implementation of the American Development Model (ADM) throughout our 6U, 8U, House B and Tier II Travel programs. We believe this provides the best structure with which to develop the highest skilled athletes and retain our players throughout their youth hockey experience. Within that structure, we are focused on aligning our curriculum and teaching methodologies to create more effective skill development and progression.
And finally, in order for all of our hockey programs to succeed, we must get youngsters engaged and excited about skating, while offering the absolute best environment for every boy and girl to learn how to skate. We have invested in growing the awareness of our learn-to-skate program and in value-added partnerships with skating experts to develop and execute the best skating curriculum across all levels of our program.
We will continue to share more information about our strategic plan but hopefully you’ll find this initial, high-level overview a good start. We welcome our membership to attend the bi-monthly Board meetings and encourage you to continue to provide your feedback. Thank you for your participation in KOHA!
OUR NEXT BOARD MEETING: Dec. 19, 2016 - 6pm @ Wings West
Hockey Services came to KOHA with an award program specifically for our youngest and newest skaters. The idea is to focus not just on the successes on-ice, but to reward attitude and effort that translates into fantastic life lessons.
Who is Sammy Shooter?
Sammy is a youth hockey player who is like your child. Sammy may not be the best player on the team but tries hard every week and is a team player. Sammy works hard and enjoys playing all sports but hockey is on top of the list!
Where did Sammy Come
The Sammy Shooter initiative was created by Hockey Services to get all young hockey players more involved in sports and reward them for their efforts. We recognized the absence of rewarding all players. Most highly skilled players get hat tricks and play-makers but Sammy focuses on hard work, new skills, teamwork and sportsmanship.
The Sammy Shooter Award Program is designed to recognize all young youth hockey players for their achievements. It is not about goals and assists. It is about milestones in a young hockey career. For example, tying skates for the first time, helping a teammate do a crossover or just being a good kid. Hockey Services will work with coaches to help recognize these achievements and award the players.
How Does It Work
Each week a player will be selected by the coach throughout the year and awarded a certificate of achievement. This award can be brought into Hockey Services at 6958 West Main St, Kalamazoo MI for an additional prize and a gift certificate. Also, if the parent approves, a picture will be taken and put on Facebook and the Sammy Shooter Webpage.
As a parent we ask that you encourage your child to try hard each and every week. The goal of this award is to promote healthy behaviors on and off the ice and to encourage your child to display sportsmanship in life.
This program does not work without the support of the coach. Each week we encourage coaches to pick a different child for different reasons. No kid is the same and neither is the award. We want to recognize all children by the end of each season.
Want to Know More?
Feel free to contact Hockey Services at any point with questions on this award. Call us at 269-375-3313 or stop by our Wings West or West Main location.
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
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