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CHIP AND GO NEWSLETTER

Welcome back to the 'Chip and Go Newsletter'!- December Edition I

The 'Chip and Go Newsletter' is a fast and easy way to learn more about the game of hockey and connect with your SJHA community. This is a one-stop-shop for all your SJHA news and information. This week's edition features an opportunity to provide some feedback to SJHA, an important COVID safety announcement, amazing community service efforts by SJHA teams, and much more! Give it a quick Chip and Go!

Mid-Season Survey

Thank you so much for being a member of the SJHA community. We truly value your participation in our association. The only way to make our program better for you is to solicit your feedback. Please take a few minutes to fill out the Mid-Season Survey so that we know how to approach our planning for next season. Let's keep pushing to finish this season strong! This survey is anonymous.

Seattle Junior News & Updates

-Congratulations to the Thanksgiving tournament winners! Here are SJHA teams that took home gold medals: 10U Girls Club (Sno-King Tournament), 14U A3 (Can/Am Tournament), 18U Americans (Winthrop tournament), and 12U Badgers (Spokane Tournament). Honorable mention to the silver medalists 14U AA (Can/Am Tournament), 14U Lady Admirals (NGHL Showcase), 19U Lady Admirals (NGHL Showcase), and bronze medalists 12U A2 (Can/Am Tournament). 
-Share your amazing photos with social@sjha.com so that we can keep the community updated on all the teams' successes throughout the season!
-Several SJHA teams (8U, 12U Lady Admirals, 14U Lady Admirals, 19U Lady Admirals, 12U A1, and 14U A2) are going to have a friendly competition to help those in need during the holiday season. The players will ask their friends and families to donate money and/or canned foods to the Ballard Food Bank, it’s up to them how much money and food they want to collect. Food bank employees will weigh the food and determine which team wins the prize of donating the most pounds of food donations ($1 is one pound). The winning team (most pounds or dollars collected) will get a full ice sheet for their team donated by SJHA. If you want to donate and help one of these teams, please reach out to marty.rubin@sjha.com. 

All Hockey Is Back! Winter Skating Clinic in December

We have exciting news for you. All Hockey is coming back to SJHA for a Winter Skating clinic!

Who?- All Hockey is Washington's premier hockey skating and skill development program. Led by skating instructor Erik Hanson and SJHA Hockey Director Marty Rubin, the All Hockey team is made up of the best instructors and skills coaches in the PNW. This clinic will be for skaters ages 8-18 who are dedicated to improving their skating technique, strength, balance, agility, and speed. 
What?- All Hockey will be putting on a 4 day skating and hockey skills clinic. Skaters will have a 90 minute ice session and a 60 minute dryland training session each day. In total, there will be 10 hours of instruction, 6 on-ice and 4 off-ice. The session will cost $350 per player. We will be splitting the groups at large by age and the sub-groups by skill level. 
When?- December 27th-30th from 11:00pm-2:15pm
Where?- Olympic View Arena
Why?- Start your new year off right and dedicate time to improve your skating!

For questions, please email erikhanson@protonmail.com. To register, click this link

We look forward to seeing you in December!

Winter Goalie Clinic!

We have added a goalie specific component to the All Hockey Winter Clinic. 

Who?- Derek Bohn has been an intimate part of youth hockey in the Seattle area as both a player and coach since 1995. With the support and experience of NHL goaltending instruction, Derek is committed to seeing success at all ages and levels. Focusing on both, present and future, individual fundamentals to help establish and develop a strong goaltending presence in the PNW. 
What?- This will be a 4 day skating and goalie skills clinic. Goalies will have a 75 minute ice session and a 60 minute Dryland Training session each day. In total, there will be 9 hours of instruction, 5 on-ice and 4 off-ice. The session will cost $325 per netminder. 
When?- December 27th-30th from 1:00pm-3:15pm
Where?- Olympic View Arena
Why?- Start your new year off right and dedicate time to improve your technique!

Register here! We look forward to seeing you in December!

Coaches' Corner- Skill of the Week!

This week's Coaches' Corner is dedicated to HEADS UP HOCKEY. Scanning the ice, both with and without the puck, allows players to understand their surroundings, make smart decisions, anticipate the next play, and protect themselves from dangerous situations. We tell our players to have their heads up in practice and games all the time, but how to do we help players create these habits on their own? Check out this link for tips from the Hockey Think Tank to establish better heads up habits on your team. And, watch the video below for some ideas to create opportunities for practicing heads up play in every practice. If you would like to discuss establishing heads up habits, reach out to marty.rubin@sjha.com. 

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Seattle Junior COVID Task Force Announcement

The following is a message written by the SJHA COVID Task Force:

Hello SJHA Families, 

We write to you today with an urgent Public Safety Announcement about the progress of the COVID-19 virus and the current state of the pandemic as it relates to our hockey association. 

The developments of the Delta and Omicron variants of the virus have shed light on the efficacy of the myriad of preventative measures that communities across the country are taking to remain safe from illness and transmission of the virus. At SJHA, the approach to preventative measures is layered: masking, monitoring symptoms, communication plans for positive cases, test to return policy, and vaccines (not required). Research from the CDC indicates that while vaccines are extremely effective at eliminating the chances of severe illness, breakthrough infections may still occur. Therefore, a community effort to double down on masking is going to make the most impact to keep our community safe, see the infograph below for more information. Please keep masks on at all times in the rink building except for on the ice; this includes locker rooms, lobbies, and the ice-level entrances to the rink while the Zamboni is on the ice. We will be stepping up our game to remind visiting teams to adhere to our masking policies. We understand this is a source of frustration for all and we are very appreciative of your patience and understanding. 

Daily health screenings are extremely important before coming to the rink. Please read the following breakdown of Class A and Class B symptoms:

Class A Symptoms: • Fever of 100.4°+ • Persistent Coughing • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • New loss of taste or smell
Class B Symptoms: • Muscle or body aches • Headache • Fatigue • Sore Throat • Congestion or runny nose • Nausea or vomiting • Diarrhea

Regardless of vaccination status, best practices indicate you should not come to the rink if you have any of the following: • ANY Class A symptom • Two or more Class B symptoms • A single, persistent (more than 24 hours) Class B symptom • Been in close contact with anyone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and are not fully vaccinated. We STRONGLY urge those who fit the description above to get tested for COVID.

Should you or your player receive a positive test or learn that you have been in close contact with a positive test, please remember to email covidconsultant@sjha.com with as much information and detail about your case as possible. The COVID Task Force has created a return to the rink flowchart to provide a pathway for those who have tested positive to rejoin their teams safely. Depending on the details of exposure for the team, the COVID Task Force may require players to provide a negative test from an FDA regulated testing site to return to the rink. We will communicate with the families and coaches of the team with as much urgency and specificity as possible. SJHA also provides resources for testing sites on the COVID Safety page. 

We want nothing more than for our community to be safe and to keep playing hockey. The pandemic is an ever-changing crisis and requires consistent navigation, research, and adjustment. We ask for the SJHA community’s trust and patience as we work hard to create and change plans according to updates of the status of our county and state. Thank you very much for sticking with us, pulling the rope together, and following the policies set forth to keep our community safe.

Sincerely, 
SJHA COVID Task Force

 

Admiral Academy- Learn Something New Today!

This week's Admiral Academy features an important topic directly related to our players' long term physical and mental health as well as their lifelong love of the game of hockey: athlete burnout. "What leads to burnout" writes Keith A. Kauffman, Ph. D., clinical and sport psychologist specializing in the mental training of athletes and others who wish to improve their health and performance, "is too much training stress coupled with too little recovery."

SJHA's number one goal is to create an environment in which our community members fall in love with the game of hockey for their entire lives, but we cannot do this at the expense or risk of burning out our athletes. "The pressures to do and achieve more keep growing," writes Dr. Kauffman in the Sports Science Institute's contribution to the NCAA's Health and Safety initiative, "far too rarely is consideration given to the costs of operating in this non-stop [training] fashion." Even if your son or daughter is the most driven in their age group, SJHA Directors, coaches, and parents need to be partners in limiting training hours and promoting diverse athletic and extracurricular experiences for young hockey players to avoid burnout and become well-rounded, motivated citizens of the world. We are certain they will always come back to the game if they are intrinsically motivated; and, studies show that "intrinsic motivation has been linked to superior athletic performance, including the peak performance state known as flow" (e.g., Csikszentmihalyi, 1990). The NCAA Sport Science Institute is an amazing bank of resources for a variety of topics related to elite sports such as mental health, nutrition, sleep, cardiac health, sexual and interpersonal violence and more. If you have questions or want to discuss burnout, please reach out to marty.rubin@sjha.com. 

Referenced:
Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1990). Flow: The psychology of optimal experience. New York: Harper & Row.

Welcome back to the 'Chip and Go Newsletter'!- November Edition II

The 'Chip and Go Newsletter' is a fast and easy way to learn more about the game of hockey and connect with your SJHA community. This is a one-stop-shop for all your SJHA news and information. This week's edition features updates to the SJHA gear, Winter Goalie Clinic announcement, an in-season guide to dryland training, and a fascinating audiobook for those who want to learn about learning. Give it a quick Chip and Go!

Seattle Junior News & Updates

-Tender Announcement! 18U Northwest Stars AAA forward, Kaden Shahan, has been selected by the Chippewa Steel of the North American Hockey League’s (NAHL) Midwest Division to receive a tender offer. According to the NAPHL, "a tender is a contract, of sorts, a player signs announcing his intentions to play for that particular NAHL team and that NAHL team only. Once a player signs a tender with an NAHL team, his playing rights belong to that team within the NAHL and he may not be recruited by any other NAHL team. Each team is granted ten (10) tenders, which include two (2) tenders exclusively used on players from the NAPHL - plus or minus any trades - which became active on November 1st." Shahan's tender was one of only fourteen offered from NAHL teams thus far this season meaning that he is a highly sought after player with real talent, dedication, and creativity. Congratulations, Kaden! SJHA is very proud to have you in our program. 
-SJHA made a much needed update to our daily practice gear: NEW PADS at OVA and LIC! We purchased these with money we raised in the Kraken ticket fundraiser, so thank you families for trusting us to make things happen with your donations. This is the first of a few gear updates for the association, stay tuned!
-Led by Coach Doug Foss, the 8U Mites took to the depths of Climate Pledge Arena on Saturday and showed the Seattle Kraken fanhood the next generation of hockey players. Click here for an overload of cuteness and hockey skills! These girls and boys will remember this experience forever!
-Good luck to all teams playing in Thanksgiving tournaments!

All Hockey Is Back! Winter Skating Clinic in December

We have exciting news for you. All Hockey is coming back to SJHA for a Winter Skating clinic!

Who?- All Hockey is Washington's premier hockey skating and skill development program. Led by skating instructor Erik Hanson and SJHA Hockey Director Marty Rubin, the All Hockey team is made up of the best instructors and skills coaches in the PNW. This clinic will be for skaters ages 8-18 who are dedicated to improving their skating technique, strength, balance, agility, and speed. 
What?- All Hockey will be putting on a 4 day skating and hockey skills clinic. Skaters will have a 90 minute ice session and a 60 minute dryland training session each day. In total, there will be 10 hours of instruction, 6 on-ice and 4 off-ice. The session will cost $350 per player. We will be splitting the groups at large by age and the sub-groups by skill level. 
When?- December 27th-30th from 11:00pm-2:15pm
Where?- Olympic View Arena
Why?- Start your new year off right and dedicate time to improve your skating!

For questions, please email erikhanson@protonmail.com. To register, click this link

We look forward to seeing you in December!

Winter Goalie Clinic!

We have added a goalie specific component to the All Hockey Winter Clinic. 

Who?- Derek Bohn has been an intimate part of youth hockey in the Seattle area as both a player and coach since 1995. With the support and experience of NHL goaltending instruction, Derek is committed to seeing success at all ages and levels. Focusing on both, present and future, individual fundamentals to help establish and develop a strong goaltending presence in the PNW. 
What?- This will be a 4 day skating and goalie skills clinic. Goalies will have a 75 minute ice session and a 60 minute Dryland Training session each day. In total, there will be 9 hours of instruction, 5 on-ice and 4 off-ice. The session will cost $325 per netminder. 
When?- December 27th-30th from 1:00pm-3:15pm
Where?- Olympic View Arena
Why?- Start your new year off right and dedicate time to improve your technique!

We are working to have the registrations ready in due time. For now, please fill out this interest form. We will email everyone on the list with the registration as soon as it is ready. 

We look forward to seeing you in December!

Coaches' Corner- Skill of the Week!

This week's Coaches' Corner is dedicated to IN-SEASON DRYLAND TRAINING. How do hockey players take care of their bodies during the grind of the hockey season? Whether you are on the ice three times a week or five times a week or even more, it is imperative to have a thoughtful and diverse off-ice training program to complement the on-ice training you do each week and proactively protect yourself from injury. Here are the components of a well rounded dryland training program:

1) Stretching: A proper stretching routine maintains flexibility and mobility which are indispensable for skating development and keys to staying away from injuries. During the season, players should be stretching for at least 10 minutes a day regardless of being on the ice. On practice or game days, double the stretching routine (once at the beginning of the day and once before it is time to skate). Hockey players are especially hard on their lower backs, groins, hips, hamstrings, quads, and shoulders, so players will feel the need to stretch those more. Be careful though, we often tend to neglect muscles that are not as important when wearing skates such as the calves and upper back/neck, but we need to stretch those as well so that we can be well rounded, mobile athletes. Stash a towel or yoga mat in your hockey bag, find a quiet spot in the rink, and rip a quick stretching routine. You will feel the difference on the ice immediately!

2) Dynamic Warmup: A dedicated dynamic warmup activates important muscles and joints before we step on the ice. Also, it allows blood to flow to the muscles we need the most. This means that we will already be warm and physically ready when we hit the ice so we can use all the time we have efficiently. Dynamic Warmups consist of an array of quick agility exercises and moving stretches designed to elongate muscles and open them up to receive more blood flow. A Dynamic Warmup should be about 10 minutes long and it needs about 10 yards of space. Players should be wearing athletic clothing and athletic shoes to support their ankles. These drills should be done with pace and precision, but do not need to be at lightning speed. You will notice that a hockey specific Dynamic Warmup actives the hips the most, so focus up there! Check out the video below to see USA Hockey's suggested Dynamic Warmup. 

3) Off-Ice Strength and Speed Training: During the season, athletes should dial back their strength and speed training, but we cannot forget about it all together! When the season moves on its grind, our muscles become used to the range of motion needed to skate, but we need to make sure we are training year round to be multi-sport athletes. Therefore, a concise, thoughtful off-ice strength and speed training program is necessary to compensate for the specific demands of the hockey season. The majority of these exercises are body weight or resistance band based and do not include any heavy lifting or excessive repping. The focus is core strength, range of motion, and explosive movements. Players should complete stretching and Dynamic Warmups before entering into any strength or speed training and it is only advised to workout for a short period of time (30-45 minutes). Players should have one day each week without any training to make sure they have a chance to rest and recover. On this off-day, players should maintain hydration and proper eating habits (not cheat days) and move their bodies casually with walks or light bike rides. USA Hockey's interactive workout programs are great resources for novices all the way to experts. 

More importantly than any kind of competitive advantage this article may promote, the ultimate goal of SJHA's push to incorporating Dryland Training all year round is to protect players from injury during hockey season and encourage a dedication to a healthy lifestyle. If you have any questions about the components of Dryland Training, please reach out to marty.rubin@sjha.com. 

Admiral Academy- Learn Something New Today!

The week's Admiral Academy features a very unique combination of audio and written material. Trevor Ragan, the founder of Train Ugly and the Learner Lab, is slow releasing his new audiobook "Learner: How to Get Better at Getting Better," chapter by chapter on his podcast, The Learner Lab. Ragan is an expert on the science behind how we learn and adapt. He creates professional development opportunities designed for elite level companies, professional sports organizations, and other groups large and small. The Learner Lab's work is dedicated to teaching the most important skill of all: how to learn. Ragan's audiobook explores being open to failure, unlearning habits, comfort zones, the quality of our daily practices, growth mindset, overcoming fear, and much more. The audiobook/podcast format is kid and adult friendly and will be highly impactful for everyone in the house regardless of their connection to hockey. 

If you would like to discuss this audiobook or the Learner Lab resources further, please do not hesitate to reach out to marty.rubin@sjha.com. 

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