Sabre Spring Players and Parents,
Thank you for your participation in the Sabre Girl’s 2015 Spring tryouts. First and foremost, I would like to commend all the girls for their hard work at both tryout sessions. From a coaching standpoint, we are thrilled with the competitive edge the girls brought with them and look forward to working with each player throughout the next two months.
The pre-tryout format for spring this year was to host both a U16 and a U19 team. However, while we have enough girls registered to form two teams, the majority of the girls at the tryouts are true U19’s. Therefore, as coaches we have made the decision that it would be in the best interest of all the girls to form two U19 teams. In this format, each girl would be able to compete in both listed tournaments (the HPC Showcase and NAPS) and additionally there will be no cuts. However, there will be a limit on the roster slots available, to be capped at 15 skaters and 2 goaltenders per team. Currently, our numbers indicate that we have two teams of 10 skaters, 1 goalie.
The coaches will be forming the teams for each tournament separately. These teams will be formed with the goal of creating two equally talented teams with an even mix of younger and older players. After the HPC Showcase, the teams will once again be mixed for the NAPS tournament. This allows each player to have the chance to play with every girl registered and for each coach throughout the spring season. These teams will be announced and listed on the Sabre Girl’s Hockey website 1 week prior to the showcase and tournament dates. The goal of spring is to enhance the player’s skill sets and provide additional recruitment opportunities. As coaches, we feel that this format best supports the listed goals and provides the best opportunity for each player to develop.
The sessions per week will remain the same for the two U19 teams with ice sheets on both Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuesday nights will be skill sessions that focus on developing proficiency in skating, stickhandling, shooting, and passing. Thursday nights will be “team practices,” which will include high-tempo run flow drills with a focus on team play, competiveness and preparing the girls to play together as a team. Each ice sheet will have the complete support of the Sabre Girl’s Hockey all female coaching staff, who will rotate running the skills sessions and practices. This allows the girls to receive a number of different types of instruction and allows for one-on-one instruction if needed.
We are extremely excited about the proposed program and look forward to working with each girl on the ice this spring. As multi-sport athletes ourselves, we also understand that the spring hockey season is a time where most hockey players participate in other sports. We support this 100% and fully understand that there will be times when the girls will miss hockey in order to compete in other commitments. We do not feel this will hinder the Sabre Spring program but rather enhance the overall development of the player. We do however; ask to have open lines of communication between the player and the coaches so we can plan accordingly each week.
There will be a parent/player meeting before the first ice sheet on April 7th, 2015, at 8:00pm to discuss the above decisions and spring format. Any questions or concerns prior to this time frame please do not hesitate to contact any of the Sabre coaching staff.
Thank you and we look forward to a great spring season,
Alexis Giudice: email@example.com | 630.664.4288
Kelly Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org | 847.224.9241
Kathy Shei: email@example.com | 847.340.9826
Abbey Revelle: firstname.lastname@example.org | 618.623.9963
Mikeala Anderson: email@example.com | 701.721.7753
Shannon Wright: firstname.lastname@example.org | 630.738.1438
Lauren Mellen: email@example.com | 630.973.3810
Ramey Weaver: firstname.lastname@example.org | 907.360.3066
Brianne Hanson: email@example.com | 630.538.0826
Marianne McLaughlin: firstname.lastname@example.org | 734.735.3969