Sunday, February 15, 2015

Locating Your Inner Passion Is The Key To Unlocking Your Potential

PLAYERS--PARENTS--COACHES! This Is A MUST READ Paul Lubanski Post Outlining A Formula For Earning A Future Position On A High School, Club College, D I College, Major Junior Or NHL Roster!!  It Is Brief Yet Extremely POWERFUL---It Is Entitled:

"LOCATING YOUR INNER PASSION IS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING YOUR POTENTIAL THAT WILL LEAD TO CAN'T MISS PRESENT & FUTURE SUCCESS!!!"

By Paul Lubanski

Today's post may be a bit shorter than most--but, nonetheless important. In fact, it may be the most informative and critically inspirational piece I've ever authored for the CHICAGO AREA YOUTH HOCKEY BLOG family as it relates to providing a guaranteed blueprint for youngsters yearning to make it the next level and beyond

The theme and message is bluntly simple to comprehend.

That is by design.

PARENTS/COACHES--please share with your young heroes...

Monday, January 26, 2015

Blackhawk Cup 2015 Bracket Boards

AHAI's State championship tournament, which is known as the Blackhawk Cup 2015, is around the corner. Good luck to all teams as they go for a State banner!

Here is that link to the bracket boards for which you have been searching:

http://www.ahai2.org/bhc/

After the jump, you can find direct links by category (ie Squirt AA, A, B etc) for tier 2 clubs.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mite Registrations Plummet

Deep Concern Over AAU Impact Revealed in AHAI Board Minutes


By CAYH Editor

Here's a rule of thumb for ya:

Blackhawks win, kids try hockey, USA hockey registrations go up ... rinse and repeat annually.

This has been true for the past 5 years of the Hawks success on the ice. No longer. The numbers are in, and they ain't purty.

AHAI finally got around to posting some Board minutes from this season. In the October 6 minutes, we learned "that registrations are up about 480 this year over the same date in 2013" according to Bob Mathson's Tresurers report.

That is 0.2%!!!

POINT TWO

By way of comparison, we know from Chris Peter's excellent United States of Hockey Blog (see here and here) that Illinois has been growing registrations at a rate of about 5% per year over the last 5 years. Further, the growth rate accelerated to 8.4% last season (2013-14). Did the Blackhawks affect suddenly stop working? What's going on???

Yes those numbers do include adult registrations, which are growing. Those adult registrations will mask some of the youth registration losses when the final numbers come out for this season. The bottom line for youth hockey is gruesome:

Simple Bench Management Tool

COACHES & PLAYERS ...Implementing This Simple Paul Lubanski  Created BENCH MANAGEMENT TOOL Can And Will Usher Your Club And Players To THE NEXT LEVEL & BEYOND!

By Paul Lubanski

"NEXT UP FOCUS!"

I am often queried by youth coaches for tips on markedly improving their respective team's on-ice performance devoid of roster manipulation.

A great question for many reasons--not the least of which is that most league and association governance/rules do not allow for the addition/subtraction of players beyond a the half-way mark of any season

So today, I answer the afore-stated request for help with a column entitled "N-U-F Said!" It outlines a simple, easily implementable coaching tactic that if adopted--will undoubtedly lead to GREATLY enhanced individual/team game-play.

Again. my use of my favorite teaching tool--the acronym--is evident. The N, the U, and the F each signify a critical piece of today's lesson-plan:

N=NEXT
U=UP
F=FOCUS

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SRS Ranking CSDHL Bantam Teams 11-26-2014

By CAYH Editor

Why rank 9 year olds when there is real hockey being played elsewhere? No, I'm not bitter ... just cheeky. Now that everything is set up and automated, I went ahead and ran the SRS on the Central States Developmental Hockey League's two Bantam divisions - minor ('01) and major ('00).

If you need a refresher on the SRS, head to the introductory blog on the CSDHL Squirts. If you don't need the background, here is what the column headers represent:

MOV - margin of victory
SOS - strength of schedule
SRS = MOV + SOS


One change of note, there were far more blowouts at the PeeWee level than there were at Squirt, and I instituted a 6 goal cap on the differential to mitigate the impact of blowouts on the SRS ranking. That cap is now part of the procedure and will remain in the calculations going forward.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SRS Ranking CSDHL PeeWee Teams 11-20-2014

By CAYH Editor

Well the experiment with in season power rankings was a hit! But I don't have to tell you that. Since it is much easier to do now that everything is set up, I went ahead and ran the SRS on the Central States Developmental Hockey League's two PeeWee divisions - minor ('03) and major ('02).

If you need a refresher on the SRS, head to the introductory blog on the CSDHL Squirts. If you don't need the background, here is what the column headers represent:

MOV - margin of victory
SOS - strength of schedule
SRS = MOV + SOS

One change of note, there were far more blowouts at the PeeWee level then there were are Squirt, and I instituted a 6 goal cap on the differential mitigate the impact of blowouts on the SRS ranking.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Who wants to score MORE?

A PAUL LUBANSKI GOLDMINE Of Critical Scoring Tips & Information

"Another MUST READ For Coaches, Players & Parents At ALL SKILL & ABILITY Levels... This Is Lubanski At His Best!"

By Paul Lubanski


Today's effort consists of subject matter near and dear to each and every player that has EVER laced-up the skates for competitive play. Yes, even some netminders--most especially in recent years.

Can you guess what I may be referencing?

SCORING!

More specifically--how to SCORE more consistently.

So please enjoy and UTILIZE the following tips and advice gleaned from nearly a half century of playing against and with--as well as coaching and observing some of the most talented youngsters in the world.

SCORING TIPS:

SRS Ranking CSDHL Squirt Teams 11-18-2014

By CAYH Editor

I decided it was time to try a little experiment with in-season power rankings. So the first step is to pick a system to use. I looked at Myhockeyrankings.com, but don't particularly like the additive system they use for SOS (Strength of Schedule) and the results it produces. A different system has the added advantage of being, well, different.

KRACH is a system that is used in college hockey. While it looks fantastic, the system requires some pretty intimidating math for someone with a liberal arts degree. KRACH also needs at least 30 games to get itself sorted out, which makes it less useful for an in-season ranking system for youth hockey. So I settled on a system used by pro and college football analysts that is called Simple Rating System or SRS.

Sports-reference.com defines SRS as "a rating that takes into account average point differential and strength of schedule". It has the advantage of producing results that are easy to interpret, and it is a predictive system rather than a retrodictive system. Essentially that means we can use the rankings to help determine relative strength between teams, or to evaluate the likelihood of one team beating another. Another benefit of this system is that you can fire up Excel and reproduce my results, if you are so inclined.

In the table below, I have calculated the SRS for the Central States Developmental Hockey League (CSDHL) Squirt division. Only league games are used in order to streamline the procedure, and no tournaments have been included. I chose Central States because the NIHL regular season has just begun, and there are not enough games to calculate a regular season SRS. Using the SRS system monikers, MOV stands for margin of victory but hockey people would call it goal differential. SOS is strength of schedule of course, and SRS is the ranking itself. SRS = MOV + SOS.