It has occurred to me that there are several new players and parents that are unfamiliar with weather cancellations, postponements, etc. Just a quick heads up - In the event of inclimate weather I will try to make a decision about practicing/playing etc 2 hours before the scheduled time. I will try to send out a text, an email, a FB post as well as post it on the website. If you have checked all those modes of communication and practice/game has not been cancelled then we plan to either attempt to dry the rink, or hope the rink is dry enough to proceed.
It is impossible to make an accurate decision 100% of the time, especially if I base my decisions on any weather broadcast. I appreciate your patience and understanding that I would like to err on the side of trying to get practices and games played. Therefore, on occasion last minute decisions are often required and are just as frustrating for me to make as they are for you to receive.
At this current time (2:00pm 8/31/17) practices are still on schedule:
6:00 pm NHL/AHL
7:00 pm IHL
If they are to be cancelled, please check the website and/or FB for a post cancelling them.
Because of the limited number of players and coaches we currently have we are going to try to make practices simpler this season.
We are going to try group practices for each division and set up skills stations to help promote skill development. Depending on the number of teams in each division, once we have teams established, we will determine if a second practice during the week is warranted, needed and desired.
CHILL is setup with skill based divisions to keep players competing on similar levels as the other players around them. The ages are guidelines but not rules.
NHL -new players that will learn to skate. Games could be on foot or skates (4-7) AHL - players that are able to skate, but learning the game (5-9) IHL - players that can skate, learning intermediate skills (7-12) SPHL- new or developing players (12-17) ECHL - experienced competitive players that are learning skills, but focusing on strategy (12-17)
This week 8/31/17
6:00pm NHL and AHL players (players age 4-9 yr old)
7:00pm IHL players (players age 7-12)
8:00pm SPHL/ECHL players (players 13-17)
Saturday Scrimmages - games will be short 10 minute scrimmages mixing players from team to team to better evaluate prior to team selections. All players should be present for the entire 1:30 division time.
9:00 am IHL division
10:30 am NHL/AHL
12:00 pm SPHL/ECHL
I am looking for parents, players, etc that might be interested in becoming a referee. You must be at least 13 years old and have a current AAU membership.
There will be a referee clinic next Wednesday at 6:00pm for anyone that is interested in being a referee this fall or even next spring.
Please email me if you are interested. League@chillhockey.org
Before our evaluations begin on Saturday, we will be having another TRY HOCKEY FREE day at 9:00am. Please bring a friend, tell a classmate, drag your neighbor to the rink. We need players to play this season and trying hockey without obligation is the best way to start.