Changes for the Upcoming Season -Please Read!, News (South Kent Minor Hockey)

PrintNews Article
Click to view full-size image
Changes for the Upcoming Season -Please Read!
Submitted By System Admin on Wednesday, August 28, 2019
This year SKMHA will be introducing a number of changes to teams  and practice schedules in the the Novice, Atom and Peewee Divisions this year.  Please review the following:





In an effort to offer AE programs for some divisions, SKMHA is making changes to the
traditional composition of teams and practice formats. Starting this season, most teams in
Novice, Atom, and Peewee will have rosters of 12 players (11 skaters and 1 goalie). The 12
player model is a targeted number, some teams may have more or less players.

SKMHA has not been offering AE for the past few years due to a perceived lack of sufficient
players who were capable of competing at that level. By reducing the number of players on
teams, we can begin to offer AE in the Atom division this season. The Atom division has
significantly more players registered than any other division in SKMHA. This is the reason AE
will only be offered in Atom this season. Based on current registration numbers, there could
possibly be AE teams offered in both Atom and Peewee beginning in the 2020-21 season.
Traditionally SKMHA had 15 players in each division playing in a competitive stream at the
Rep level. With these changes, SKMHA will now have 24 players in the competitive Atom
stream, between Rep and AE. If the program expands into Peewee next season, there would be
48 players in competitive hockey, instead of 30 if SKMHA had continued to only offer Rep
teams. Additionally, due to smaller rosters, players in these divisions will be on the ice more
during games.

Practice formats in these divisions will also change this season. We would not be utilizing our
ice times efficiently if we had full ice practices for 11 skaters. Due to small rosters, all regularly
scheduled practices in Novice, Atom, and Peewee will be a shared practice format. These are
not half ice practices. Through cooperation and collaboration of the coaches and players
sharing the ice, teams will be able to run the majority of each practice as one large group. There
has long been a desire from LL coaches to be able to have full ice drills in their practice plans.
With 22 skaters and 2 goalies, coaches will be able to incorporate both full ice and station based
drills in practices. There will be opportunities for teams to use open ice slots to occasionally
have a full ice practice.

Lucky Holmes
SKMHA President

This article has been viewed 901 times.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 28
    Dec
    Organization
    The Winner of the $1000 Christmas Draw for 300 Club is: Brandy Minnie - #90 Congratulations!  We will be in touch.
  • 24
    Dec
    Organization
    SKMHA wishes everyone a Happy Holiday Season and would like to remind parents and players to check the schedule as we don't have our regular ice for the next couple of weeks because of the holidays and tournaments.
  • 16
    Dec
    Organization
    The pictures have arrived!  They will be handed to your coaches this week which in turn you’ll get at your next practice or game.  Thank you for your co-operation.Anita Betterley
  • 05
    Dec
    Organization
    Pictures didn’t get picked up today, will ship tomorrow and have for Monday Dec 16.  Once we have them we will be getting in touch with the coaches of each team and they can hand them out respectively.
  • 24
    Nov
    Organization
    SKMHA players and parents.  Do you have an hour or 2 of your time to donate to help families in need this Christmas?  
  • 22
    Nov
    Organization
    The IP 3 group has been split into two teams in preparation for our upcoming game(s) on December 7th in Blenheim as part of the 1st annual South Kent Lightning Jamboree.
  • 04
    Oct
    Organization
    Help Support Minor Hockey in your community and have the chance to win weekly prizes or win the Big $1000 Christmas or $1500 year end Draw.  Get your tickets at the Blenheim Arena most Saturdays or from any board member. This longtime SKMHA ...
  • 12
    Sep
    Organization
    SKMHA Parents, Players please review the following changes to the suspension policy for the Bantam and Midget Local League in the Four Counties Hockey League for the upcoming season.
Printed from southkentminorhockey.com on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 12:49 PM