Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Teams That Got Bamboozled By NIHL Seeding

By CAYH Editor

How do I put this politely? I mean, this is a family friendly place, I can't just come out and say it. A handful of Tier II teams came out of the NIHL seeding round deserving better treatment than they got at the hands of the powers that be.

Let's first turn our attention to the St. Jude #1 Squirt team. They went 7-1 in seeding in the Gold B group, good enough for the highest points at 14 among the 16 teams in both brackets. Further, the team potted 30 goals while allowing only 8 to yield a differential of +22 ... also tops among Gold B teams. Surely this was worthy of moving up to Gold A for the regular season? After all, about 10% of teams used to move up or down after the seeding round any given year in NIHL. Where did they wind up?

Gold B. Tier 1.

WHA-WHA-WHAAAT?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

PARENTS: Guidelines For Evaluating Your Coach

By Paul Lubanski

Recently, I was interviewed for a nationally syndicated radio program with an audience that stretches into the millions. On that show,I was asked what I thought parents across-the-globe should be expecting and seeking as it relates to both the effort and abilities of their respective child's coach. In other words, how to assess said coach--REGARDLESS of whether he/she is in a paid or volunteer situation--and, REGARDLESS of age or skill level of the participant.

Great question! And,the topic of which I will address in today's blog post.

In my opinion, there are three UNIVERSALLY basic questions that need to be answered by your child each and every time he/she returns home post a game, practice or skill improvement session or activity.

It should be noted that the queries I am about to pose--literally transcend sport and culture around-the-world. So, here they are:

Monday, October 27, 2014

NIHL 2014 Regular Season Tiers: Bantam

The Bantam level saw an increase of 6 teams year over year. Metallic level inflation continued at Bantam which saw an increase of 1 elite team and 3 gold teams. What was Gold Tier 1 and Gold Tier 2 last year was merged into one Gold bracket this season.

Here are your NIHL regular season tiers* at Bantam for the 2014-15 season (*unofficial until Tuesday):


Elite

Bloomington #1
Blues #1
Bulldogs #1
Chargers #1
Cyclones #1
Hawks #1
Northbrook #1
Peoria #1
Rockford #1
Vikings #1

Teams: 10

NIHL 2014 Regular Season Tiers: PeeWee

Although hard to believe, there are 13 more teams at this level than there were last season. Of course, Gold B experienced a massive influx of teams just like squirt with three tiers and 11 more teams. Gold just ain't what it used to be *sigh*.

Here are your NIHL regular season tiers* at peewee for the 2014-15 season (*unofficial until Tuesday):


Elite

Admirals #1
Bulldogs #1
Falcons #1
Glenview #1
Hawks #1
Ice Dogs #1
Northbrook #1
Vikings #1
Wilmette #1
Wolfpack #1

Teams: 10

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NIHL 2014 Regular Season Tiers: Squirt

There were 5 more teams at this level than there were last season. All of those teams have to go somewhere, and the answer is ... Gold B with 10 more teams and 3 whole tiers!

Here are your NIHL regular season tiers* at squirt for the 2014-15 season (*unofficial until Tuesday):


Elite

Bloomington #1
Bulldogs #1
Cyclones #1
Falcons #1
Jets #1
Leafs #1
Stallions #1
Vikings #1
Wilmette #1
Wolfpack #1

Teams: 10

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Get Back!

ANOTHER MUST READ POST!!!!--Today, Paul Lubanski Delivers Another Coaching/Teaching Tool That Will Enable The Young Or Inexperienced Coach to IMMEDIATELY Establish A Framework For Team/Competitive Success--AT ANY LEVEL...

By Paul Lubanski

Today, I offer-up another heartfelt effort to simplify the teaching/coaching of the game for the oft' times "overwhelmed and highly pressured" youth ice hockey. Yes--you guessed it--it involves he use of my favorite educating-tool--THE ACRONYM.

It is entitled: "D-T-A & GB!"

= DEFEND
T = TRANSITION
A = ATTACK
&
GB = "GET-BACK!"

If you truly take a second to ponder what I have put forth above, you must conclude that the five letters represented encompass and compress the ENTIRE GAME OFF ICE HOCKEY--all aspects'--into one neat little package.

And if accepted and internalized, I would argue that the perceived complexity of the game to the average wide-eyed youngster--most especially those playing full-ice hockey at seven years-old--has been mostly eliminated.

Why?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Playing H-O-P

Paul Lubanski Offers Another Brilliant Coaching/Playing Axiom: "H-O-P!"

A MUST Read For Coaches, Players And Parents --  Regardless Of Age Or Level Of Play


By Paul Lubanski

I once asked USA and NHL Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Mark Howe (son of Gordie) to describe to me what was the hardest he had ever been hit during professional game or practice-play. Without a nano-seconds' hesitation, he answered this way: "Easy, my teammate with the Red Wings-- Shawn Burr--in practice during a drill--ACCIDENTALLY!"

I wasn't surprised. I had long held post many years of observing the hometown Wings--that pound-for-pound, Burr was the one of the "heaviest-on-the-puck" players in NHL history. Howe concurred. "At 200-plus pounds, he was a monster to knock of the biscuit," Mark exhorted. It was one of primary reasons Burr competed for such a long tenure in the "Show". You see, it most wasn't because of his playmaking or pure goal-scoring skills. He simply won puck and territory battles all over the surface. Extremely important subset of a unique player's arsenal indeed--and one that all winning clubs must have an abundance of and are naturally-- always seeking.

Which brings us to  subject matter of today's column:

Saturday, September 20, 2014

COACHES: Support, Outnumber and Smother

A Coaching Success Tool You Can Very Easily Utilize/Implement

By Paul Lubanski

Those of you who have been reading my blog for the past several years already know that I am a huge proponent of two of the most oft-heard and time-worn coaching-for success principles of "simplicity and consistency".

In other words, I both strongly adhere to and personally agree 100 percent that it is mandatory for coaches at all levels to cultivate an effective, yet easily understandable and digestible message throughout all game and practice play. Additionally, that message must remain relatively consistent throughout the entire season in order to serve to foster a healthy and fun environment.

To that end, today's column provides you with an approach that I recently devised and utilized as I prepared a Junior level team for an international tournament. I refer to it as "SOS."

Let me explain.