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2015-2016 Team Carolina Tryouts
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2015-2016 Team Carolina Tryouts   CAHA Amends Tier I Restrictions   On...
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04/16/2015
Charlotte Metro Hockey Association Families: The 2015 Spring Metro...
2015-16 Jr Checkers Tryout Schedule - Updated
04/15/2015
Please review the updated Jr Checkers Tryout Schedule – as...
2015-16 Jr Checkers Head Coaches
04/15/2015
2015-16 Charlotte Jr Checkers Head Coaches CMHA and the Jr Checkers...
JR CHECKERS 18 & UNDER TEAM IS NATIONAL FINALIST
03/30/2015
The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association's Charlotte Jr. Checkers...
2015-16 Jr Checkers Tryout Information
03/20/2015
The Jr Checkers are happy to announce the tryout schedule for the...
Pond and Puddle Camp 2015
03/10/2015
Charlotte Metro Hockey Association Families: Extreme Ice Center...
Travel Prep Clinics - XIC
02/06/2015
LIMITED SPACE STILL AVAILABLE - SIGN UP ASAP!!! (Less than 10 spots...
SAVE THE DATE - 2015-16 Jr Checkers Try Outs
02/06/2015
CMHA and the Jr Checkers are happy to announce Try Out dates for...
The Analytics of Cross-Ice Hockey
01/30/2015
New Video Quantifies Cross-Ice Advantages 01/29/2015, 1:30pm...
2015 Summer Camps & Skills Nights - Power Play Sports
01/26/2015
Power Play Sports (formerly Team Carolina Camp) is proud to announce...
2014-15 JR CHECKERS PROGRAM INFO NOW AVAILABLE
05/16/2014
The Charlotte Jr Checkers are proud to announce the release of the...
CMHA Experiences Great Success in the Program's Second Year
04/09/2011
The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association is proud to recognize accomplishments...
JR. CHECKERS 12 & UNDER TEAM IS A NATIONAL FINALIST
04/03/2011
The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association’s Charlotte Jr. Checkers...
Producing elite U.S. players starts at bottom
12/01/2010
By John Buccigross ESPN.com The United States has 24 NHL...
CMHA Featured in USA Hockey Article
11/24/2010
Charlotte Jr. Checkers see extreme growth November...
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On November 14th, 2010, the Charlotte Metro Hockey Association and...
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by posted 04/24/2015
2015-2016 Team Carolina Tryouts

2015-2016 Team Carolina Tryouts

 

CAHA Amends Tier I Restrictions

 

On March 3, 2015, Team Carolina was notified by the Carolina Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) that the Board of Directors approved Team Carolina’s request for renewal of Tier I status for the 2015-2016 season. However, this approval was contingent upon the association meeting several new conditions adopted by CAHA, one of which was a restriction from operating in Wake County, North Carolina.

Team Carolina appealed this decision and on April 13, 2015, CAHA adopted an amendment that allows Team Carolina to continue to operate in Wake County, North Carolina. Team Carolina supports this amendment and will move forward in offering a regional program using the weekend model. This model allows all players in North Carolina and South Carolina access to Tier I and the opportunity to participate in a highly competitive and comprehensive development environment. It is our intention to continue our weeknight skill development sessions and weekend team practice rotations in the Raleigh area. We want to thank our players and families for their patience during this period.

For the 2015-2016 season, CAHA has only allowed Team Carolina to field three teams at the Tier I Level. For this season, Team Carolina has elected to field only a 2000 Birth Year Team, 2002 Birth Year Team, and a Pee Wee 12U team (2003 & 2004 Birth Year). The tryouts this year will be restricted to these birth years only."

 

2015-2016 Tier I AAA Tryouts

April 25-26, 2015

Team Carolina will be forming Tier I AAA Pee Wee, Bantam 13U and Midget 15U teams for the 2015-2016 season. All tryout sessions will be held at Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, NC.

 

2015-2016 Coaches:

Pee Wee - Jason Dawe

Bantam 13U - Mike O'Leary

Midget 15U - Steve McKirdy

 

Rink:

Extreme Ice Center

4705 Indian Trail-Fairview Rd.

Indian Trail, NC 28079

(704) 882-1830

 

The tryout cost is $125 and tryout sessions are as follows:

 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

  Main Rink

  Bantam 13U

  2002 Birth Year

  11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

  Main Rink

  Midget 15U

  2000 Birth Year

  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

  Main Rink

  Pee Wee

  2003 & 2004 Birth Years

  3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

  Training Rink

  Bantam 13U

  2002 Birth Year

  4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

  Training Rink

  Midget 15U

  2000 Birth Year

 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

  8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

  Main Rink

  Pee Wee

  2003 & 2004 Birth Years

  9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

  Main Rink

  Bantam 13U

  2002 Birth Year

  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  Main Rink

  Midget 15U

  2000 Birth Year

  12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

  Main Rink

  Pee Wee

  2003 & 2004 Birth Years

 

 

Highlights for Team Carolina:

  • Weekend practices consist of 3 - 4 1/2 hours of structured on ice practice, off ice workouts, white board and video work, team building events, practice weekends scheduled through out North and South Carolina
  • We are estimating around 65 practices - 90 practice hours
  • We are estimating around 40 Games
  • Wednesday night practices with all TC teams - run by Steve McKirdy and Jason Dawe (Charlotte), Mike O’Leary (Raleigh)
  • No Games on Thanksgiving and Xmas
  • Some of the cities we will visit for tournaments this year, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Buffalo, Atlanta, Notre Dame, Florida

Players should arrive at each tryout session one hour early for check in.

 

Registration for try outs please visit teamcarolina.org activate the Registration link then please pay for tryouts by using the PayPal.

 

For any questions please contact

Steve McKirdy


by posted 04/17/2015
Spring Metro 2015

Charlotte Metro Hockey Association Families:

The 2015 Spring Metro rosters and schedule has been posted to cmha.us.  Coaches from your player's team should be contacting families in the coming day, please visit the website often for possible schedule changes.

We look forward to a fun spring season of hockey!

Best,

Andy Gibson


by posted 04/16/2015
2015-16 Jr Checkers Tryout Schedule - Updated

Please review the updated Jr Checkers Tryout Schedule – as of 4/15/15.

The PeeWee level (12U) will now hold only two sessions for ALL PW players – AA, A/B

 

2015-16 Charlotte Jr Checkers Try Out Schedule

 

Friday, May 1

 

TEAM

LEVEL

TIME

RINK

   

10U

AA & A/B

6:00PM to 7:20PM

MAIN

   

12U

AA & A/B

6:00PM to 7:20PM

TRAIN

   

14U

AA

7:30PM to 8:40PM

TRAIN

   

16U

AA

8:50PM to 9:50PM

TRAIN

           

Saturday, May 2

 

TEAM

LEVEL

TIME

RINK

   

10U, 12U, 14U

GOALIES

7:00AM to 8:00AM

MAIN

   

10U

AA & A/B

8:10AM to 9:10AM

MAIN

   

12U

AA & A/B

9:20AM to 10:20AM

MAIN

   

14U

AA

10:30AM to 11:30AM

MAIN

   

16U

AA

11:40AM to 12:40PM

MAIN

 

 

18UAA/USPHL JR

AA/JR

12:50PM to 1:50PM

MAIN

 

 

18UAA/USPHL JR

AA/JR

4:30PM to 5:50PM

MAIN

   

14U

A/B

6:00PM to 7:20PM

MAIN

 

 

18UAA/USPHL JR

AA/JR

8:00PM to 11:00PM

MAIN

           

Sunday, May 3

 

TEAM

LEVEL

TIME

RINK

** ONLY IF NEEDED

 

10U/12U**

AA & A/B

7:00AM to 8:20AM

MAIN

   

14U

A/B

8:30AM to 9:30AM

MAIN

   

18U

A

11:20AM to 12:20AM

MAIN

   

16U

A

12:30PM to 1:30PM

MAIN

 

 

18UAA/USPHL JR

AA/JR

1:00PM to 4:00PM

TRAIN

           

Monday, May 4

 

TEAM

LEVEL

TIME

RINK

   

18U

A

7:10PM to 8:30PM

MAIN

   

16U

A

7:00PM to 8:20PM

TRAIN

 


2015-16 Try Out Format
All first session try outs will consist of a 15-20 minute skills based warm up followed by a controlled scrimmage for the remainder of the ice time. Second sessions will be scrimmage based.

Players will be evaluated on overall skill, ability, in-game decision making, speed of play, and effort. Goals and assists are not considered as a statistic for placement on a roster.

A committee of coaches and the Travel Director will evaluate and discuss each player and his/her placement potential before a final roster is submitted.

 


by posted 04/15/2015
2015-16 Jr Checkers Head Coaches

2015-16 Charlotte Jr Checkers Head Coaches

CMHA and the Jr Checkers are proud to announce the Head & Associate Head Coaches for the 2015-16 season. We are very excited to provide your son/daughter with a quality staff that will help to promote player development, team chemistry, education of the game, and fun!

 

Squirt A (10U)

  • Head Coach – Allen Rombold

Squirt AA (10U)

  • Head Coach – Mark Tagg

PeeWee Red (12U)

  • Head Coach – Mark Losier

PeeWee Black (12U)

  • Head Coach – Jon Dehaven

Bantam A Red (14U)

  • Head Coach – Rich Anderson

Bantam A Black (14U)

  • Head Coach – John Young

Bantam AA (14U)

  • Head Coach – Jason Wiklund

Midget 16A

  • Head Coach – Brad Hoffman

Midget 16AA

  • Head Coach – Jamie Black

Midget 18A

  • Head Coach – Michele Krisa

Midget 18AA/USPHL Juniors*

  • Head Coach – Tobin Trautz

*Currently, USA Hockey is considering an application for a Junior Hockey franchise to be located at Extreme Ice Center for the 2015-16 season.  A final decision is planned to be announced during the week of April 21. Should the franchise be granted, there would not be a Jr Checkers 18AA program – however all ’98 to ’95 birth year players would be eligible for the Junior tryouts during the May 1-4 weekend.

 

Team offerings & level of play are subject to change at tryouts as dictated by player numbers, level of interest, and competitiveness.


by posted 04/15/2015
JR CHECKERS 18 & UNDER TEAM IS NATIONAL FINALIST

The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association's Charlotte Jr. Checkers 18 & Under "AA" team fell short in their bid for the 2015 USA Hockey Tier II National Championship today, losing the title game in overtime to the Portland Jr. Pirates (ME) in Troy, Michigan.  

The Jr. Checkers went undefeated in the preliminary round with 3 wins (9-0, 10-1, 4-2) and beat Atlanta Phoenix 6-5 in the semi-finals to earn their spot in the finals.

The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association is proud of the team's accomplishments and congratulates all of the players, coaches, parents and siblings who've made this a successful season.


by posted 03/30/2015
2015-16 Jr Checkers Tryout Information

The Jr Checkers are happy to announce the tryout schedule for the 2015-16 season – and that REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
(Coaches, program costs, & team specifics will be released in the first week of April following USA Hockey Nationals)

The following teams are available for registration:*
*Team offerings are subject to change at tryouts as dictated by player numbers, level interest, and competitiveness.

  • 10U – Squirt (2006 & 2005) – AA and A/B
  • 12U – PeeWee (2004 & 2003) – AA and A/B
  • 14U – Bantam (2002 & 2001) – AA and A/B
  • 16U Midget – (2000 & 1999) – AA and A
  • 18U Midget – (1998 & 1997) – AA and A

Tryout FAQ:

  • When are tryouts?
    • The weekend of May 1 thru May 4. A full schedule can be found online at www.cmha.us
  • What is the cost of tryouts?
    • Registration online before Tuesday, April 28 is $50 per player
    • Walk Up registration on May 1 thru May 4 is $75 per player
  • How do I register for tryouts?
    • Registration is available online at www.cmha.us under the Registration tab.
  • What level should my son/daughter tryout for?
    • 10U – 2006 & 2005 Birth Years
    • 12U – 2004 & 2003 Birth Years
    • 14U – 2002 & 2001 Birth Years
    • 16U – 2000 & 1999 Birth Years
    • 18U – 1998 & 1997 Birth Years
  • Which tryout should I attend?
    • Plan to attend all tryouts at your desired level of play – AA and/or A/B
    • Plan to arrive 60 minutes prior to the scheduled ice time
    • If your son/daughter is only interested in A or B Travel they do not need to attend AA sessions.

For any additional information, please contact Tobin Trautz, Travel Director,

 


by posted 03/20/2015
Pond and Puddle Camp 2015

Charlotte Metro Hockey Association Families:

Extreme Ice Center will again be offering Summer Pond Camp for ages 9 -12 years old and Puddle Camp for ages 5-8 years old.  These weekly camps will start June 15, 2015 and registration is NOW OPEN!

For more information on each of these camps, please visit www.cmha.us.  Brochures are located in the "Documents" section (located under the "HOME" tab)---"Summer Camp 2015".  Note: Space is limited

XIC is the coolest place to play this summer!

Extreme Ice Center Staff

 


by posted 03/10/2015
Travel Prep Clinics - XIC

LIMITED SPACE STILL AVAILABLE - SIGN UP ASAP!!!
(Less than 10 spots at each level still remaining!)

 

Extreme Ice Center is proud to announce the Travel Prep Clinic sessions for 2015!

The goal of the program is to prepare all players for the Jr Checker’s travel program try outs in May.  This clinic is an opportunity to keep the player’s skills sharp while also having fun and learning new techniques.  
 
Program Dates Include:

  • SQUIRTS ('06 & '05) – Monday, April 6, 13, 20, & 27 – 6:50PM to 7:50PM
  • PEEWEE ('04 & '03) – Monday, April 6, 13, 20, & 27 – 8:00PM to 9:00PM
  • BANTAM ('02 & '01) – Wednesday, April 8, 15, 22, 29 – 7:00PM to 8:00PM
  • MIDGET ('00 to '97) – Wednesday, April 8, 15, 22, 29 – 8:10PM to 9:10PM

Cost: $80 per player - Includes all 4 Sessions

Sign Up: By Phone or in Person at the XIC Front Desk

(Goalies are FREE – 4 Max Per Session – Must Sign Up Through Tobin Trautz directly – ttrautz@xicenter.com)
 
LIMIT OF 30 SKATERS PER SESSION

 


by posted 02/06/2015
SAVE THE DATE - 2015-16 Jr Checkers Try Outs

CMHA and the Jr Checkers are happy to announce Try Out dates for the 2015-16 season!

This year, Carolina Amateur Hockey Association has approved an earlier try out period for all Associations within the Affiliate – moving the dates to the start of May.

The Jr Checkers will hold try outs for all travel teams (AA & A) on:

Friday, May 1
Saturday, May 2
Sunday, May 3
Monday, May 4

Please save the dates! More info will be released in March regarding team specifics and times!

For any additional questions, please feel free to contact Tobin Trautz, Travel Director,


by posted 02/06/2015
The Analytics of Cross-Ice Hockey

USA Hockey

New Video Quantifies Cross-Ice Advantages

01/29/2015, 1:30pm MST
By USAHockey.com
 

A cutting-edge NHL analytics team put the test to youth hockey for the first time ever, comparing cross-ice hockey to full-ice hockey. Watch this video and see what you think.


by posted 01/30/2015
2015 Summer Camps & Skills Nights - Power Play Sports

Power Play Sports (formerly Team Carolina Camp) is proud to announce the return AND expansion of its Summer Camps & Clinics for 2015 at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, NC!

This year, the Player Development Camp will be open to all ages from 2010 to 1997 birth years.  The Player Development Camp is a very popular and unique week long intensive camp experience that will sell out quickly!

Players can sign up for the Player Development Camp online:

  • Mites, Mini-Mites, & Five Star 4/5 (’10 to ’07) – Monday, July 13th  to Friday, July 17th

(4:00PM to 7:00PM Daily)

https://ppsports.wufoo.com/forms/mite-adm-camp-2015/
 

Cost is $195 per play for the Mite ADM Camp
 

  • Squirts, PeeWee, & Bantam Minor (’06 to ’02) – Monday, July 13th  to Friday, July 17th

(7:30AM to 5:00PM Daily)

https://ppsports.wufoo.com/forms/4v4-sqpw-camp-2015/
 

  • Bantam Major & Midgets (’01 to ’97) – Monday, July 20th  to Friday, July 24th

(7:30AM to 5:00PM Daily)

https://ppsports.wufoo.com/forms/4v4-btmd-camp-2015/

Cost is $595 for Players & $375 for Goalies (Goalie Coach Included all Week) for the Player Development Camp

Info fliers for the Player Development Camp & Mite ADM Camp are linked below:

4v4 BT Major & Midgets

4v4 SQ PW

ADM Mites

 

NEW THIS SUMMER: Weekly Skills Sessions complete with on-ice and off-ice development!

Each weekly session will include off-ice conditioning with a certified trainer, on-ice skating instruction with a certified instructor, and individual skill development stations for shooting, stick handling, hockey IQ, puck protection, and much more!

  • Squirts – (’06 & ’05) – Tuesdays from June 16 to August 11 (NO 7/14 & 7/21)

    Off-ice starts at 4:30PM to 5:30PM, On-ice starts at 6:00PM to 7:00PM

  • PeeWee & Bantams – (’04 & ’01) – Tuesdays from June 16 to August 11 (NO 7/14 & 7/21)
    Off-ice starts at 5:40PM to 6:40PM, On-ice starts at 7:10PM to 8:10PM

  • Midgets – (’00 & ’97) – Mondays from June 15 to August 10 (NO 7/13 & 7/20)

    Off-ice starts at 6:30PM to 7:30PM, On-ice starts at 8:00PM to 9:00PM

Sign Up Online: https://ppsports.wufoo.com/forms/summer-skills/

Cost is $200 for Players & $100 for Goalies – includes all 8 sessions.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at any time.

 

Best,

 

Tobin


Tobin Trautz
Power Play Sports, Inc
207.229.7239 - Cell


by posted 01/26/2015
2014-15 JR CHECKERS PROGRAM INFO NOW AVAILABLE

The Charlotte Jr Checkers are proud to announce the release of the individual team information sheets for the 2014-15 season. 

 

The "one sheets" include the program cost, number of practices, practice times, practice days, coaches, and other pertinent information for each team at the AA, A, and B levels.

 

Sheets can be found at www.cmha.us, in the "Charlotte Jr. Checkers" folder located in the "Documents" section under the "Home" tab. 

 

If you have any additional questions after reviewing your interested team, please feel free to contact Tobin Trautz, Travel Director,


by posted 05/16/2014
CMHA Experiences Great Success in the Program's Second Year
The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association is proud to recognize accomplishments of its the 2010-2011 programs:

In just two seasons, the CMHA increased the number of young players enjoying the sport and have seen its teams experiencing unparalleled success on the ice.  The 2010-2011 CMHA season saw the 8 and younger division's participation double and a 97 percent retention rate in the Charlotte Metro League.  Additionally, the Charlotte Jr. Checkers travel teams qualified for the Carolinas Hockey League (CHL) "A" or “Select” playoffs in every age group winning two of four championships, and all of the "AA" teams finished no lower than second, with the 12 & Under team winning the CHL and placing second at the USA Hockey National Championships in San Jose, CA.




The CMHA is also proud to recognize the 2009-2010 season tournament success of its Jr. Checkers teams
Mite:
            2010 Congressional Midwinter Classic Champions, Washington, DC
Squirt AA:
            2009 Rock ‘N Roll Tournament Champions, Cleveland, OH
Squirt A:
            2010 Music City Cup Finalist, Nashville, TN
2010 Queen City Champions, Indian Trail, NC
Pee Wee AA:
            2009 Rock ‘N Roll Tournament Finalist, Cleveland, OH
Pee Wee A
            2010 Tournament of Champions Finalist, Chicago, IL
            2010 Music City Cup Finalist, Nashville, TN
            2009 Rock ‘N Roll Tournament Finalist, Cleveland, OH
Bantam AA:
2010 Spring Classic Finalist, Washington, DC
2010 President’s Day Congressional Cup Finalist, Washington, DC
2010 Music City Cup Champions, Nashville, TN
Bantam AA2:
2010 Golden Puck Champions, Charleston, SC
Bantam Select:
2010 Carolinas Hockey League Tournament Finalist, Raleigh, NC
Midget 18U AA:
2010 President’s Day Congressional Cup, Washington, DC

by posted 04/09/2011
JR. CHECKERS 12 & UNDER TEAM IS A NATIONAL FINALIST

The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association’s Charlotte Jr. Checkers 12 & Under “AA” team fell short in their bid for the 2011 USA Hockey Tier II National Championship today, losing the title game in overtime to the Oklahoma Oil Kings in San Jose, CA.

 

The Jr. Checkers went undefeated in the preliminary round with four wins (7-3, 6-3, 3-1 and a 7-6 shootout) and beat the Delaware Ducks 3-1 in the semi-finals to earn their spot in the finals.  In the Championship game, Oklahoma City struck first with a power play goal in the first period, but the Jr. Checker’s Jeremy Reiser tied the score with 1:13 left in the period.  The second period was scoreless until the final 7 seconds when the Jr. Checker’s Kyle Moore bounced a puck off the Oklahoma City’s goaltender to put Charlotte in the lead.  Oklahoma City evened the game at the 7:55 mark of the third period and the two teams headed to a sudden-death overtime period.  Oklahoma City scored the game-winning goal 2 minutes and 54 seconds into the overtime period.

 

This Jr. Checkers team, under the direction of Head Coach Steve Mckirdy, is the first from Charlotte to ever win its league and advance to a USA Hockey championship tournament.  The Jr. Checkers team claimed the Carolinas Hockey League championship by defeating the Raleigh Jr. Hurricanes on March 5th in the final game of the season at the Extreme Ice Center.

 

The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association is proud of the team’s accomplishments and congratulates all of the players, coaches, parents and siblings who’ve made this a successful season.


by posted 04/03/2011
Producing elite U.S. players starts at bottom

Buccigross By John Buccigross
ESPN.com


The United States has 24 NHL teams and more than 307 million people within its borders. With those numbers, the U.S. should be producing a healthy number of highly skilled, physically tough hockey players... more than it is today.

The 2000s have had some positive signs for hockey in the U.S. In the past 11 NHL drafts, six of the overall No. 1 picks were Canadian, two were Russian and three were American (Rick DiPietro, Erik Johnson and Patrick Kane). Team USA's excellent play at the Olympics last February was not a fluke. It was reinforcement that they should not have been such big underdogs. The NHL pool of players born in the U.S. is deeper in quality than Russia, Sweden and every other country but mighty Canada. While lacking elite NHL players, the U.S. has produced plenty of really good players. But, it should be producing more. And it should have more elite-level players.

Among the 711 players on the NHL's 2010-11 opening night rosters, 146 of them (20.5 percent) were born in the United States, according to the NHL. This number represents the highest U.S.-born percentage ever on the NHL's early season rosters. In the 1983-84 season, the percentage of American-born players in the NHL was 13 percent. The year before the 2004-05 lockout, the percentage was 15.5 percent.

Twenty-five of the 50 states were represented on opening night, including non-traditional states such as California, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina and Texas. In addition, more players from the state of New York (23) appeared on rosters than from Russia (22), and the New York state total matched that of Finland.

The number of U.S. born players is growing and should continue to grow. This is why I have been an advocate of hockey in some non-traditional places and am against contraction. I think NHL teams produce more NHL fans, more youth hockey participants and, ultimately, more U.S. born NHL players.

For the complete article, including a question and answer with USA Hockey’s Kenny Rausch, click here
 


by posted 12/01/2010
CMHA Featured in USA Hockey Article
Charlotte Jr. Checkers see extreme growth

November 19, 2010

By Mike Scandura
Special to USAHockey.com

Even though the Charlotte Junior Checkers are located in an area that’s the heart of not only basketball but also NASCAR, they’ve had a major impact on the youth hockey scene in just their second year of existence.

“Even minor league baseball (the International League’s Charlotte Knights) has received more publicity than hockey and they play in (Fort Mill) South Carolina,” said Checkers director of hockey operations Joe Cardarelli. “Now, because there’s an AHL franchise here (the Charlotte Checkers), there’s more in the local news and more of a feeling that this is big-time hockey.

“We absolutely believe this will help us. For example, our 8-and-under program keeps growing. That’s where you want growth and that’s where we’ve had it.”

With a solid foundation in that age group, the Junior Checkers have 318 boys registered for this season.

The Junior Checkers’ Squirt A and AA, Peewee A and AA, Bantam AA, Midget U-16 AA and Midget 18-U AA are travel teams that play in the Carolina Hockey League. House Division teams compete in the Charlotte Metro Hockey League.

“What we did this year is add steps to our program,” Cardarelli said. “Since the Metro League is completely in-house, the kids are on the ice twice a week. The Peewee Select Team is picked from those kids so they get a taste of travel over the course of the season.

“The A teams practice twice a week and our AA teams practice three times a week. But we’ve done some things in order to follow American Development Model principles. The first six Tuesdays of the season were devoted to performance training. We kept all the travel kids on the ice working different stations and playing small-area games. This enabled us to keep them all active.

“We wanted to make sure every kid was getting good skill work, like puck control and shooting,” Cardarelli continued, “for the tactics they would learn in their regular team practices.”

Another major component utilized by the Junior Checkers is the 5 Star Development Program, which is run by the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail.

“With the convenience of our Puddle rink, we keep our practices small with a maximum of eight kids ages 6-and-under and two coaches,” Cardarelli said. “They are professional coaches … not just dads volunteering. They’re college or former college players and guys with practical experience who are specifically taught how to coach 6-year-old kids.”

The 5-Star Program consists of the following:

Star 1: Learn to Skate / Snow Buddies.

Star 2: Skates and Sticks, which involves glide turns, stopping, backward stance, stationary puck handling, carrying the puck, stationary forward sweep pass and receiving a pass.

Star 3: Comets, with an emphasis on lateral skating movement, acceleration, two-foot stops, crossovers, tight turns and forehand plus backhand sweep shot.

Star 4: Aces, which involves advanced skating with emphasis on crossover forward start, tight turns with pucks, stopping with the puck and backward-to-forward pivots.

Star 5: Tykes (ages 5 to 7), which involves combining skating and stick skills with games to reinforce hockey concepts and with instruction in lateral movement with the puck, fakes, dekes and scoring.

“This is the key to our system,” Cardarelli said. “With the Tykes, we’re getting them ready to graduate to our Mite cross-ice program. Tykes is an opportunity to get them on the ice twice a week, like Mites, and use some of the same practice drills so they know what to expect.

“The big thing we look at is our retention rate. From our 5 Star Program, 95 percent of the kids who start the six-week program have come back. We must be doing something right because they’re coming back.

“In the summer of 2009 before we started this, we had 32 kids total in our 8-and-under program and only three coaches,” Cardarelli said. “Now, we have 85 kids and 18 coaches. We’re trying to lower the number of players for each coach and follow ADM principles while trying to get as many kids out on the ice as possible.”

Even though the Junior Checkers are essentially still in the neophyte stage, they do have significant objectives.

“Our team objectives are to represent North Carolina in national tournaments,” Cardarelli said. “Our individual player objectives are, through the USA Hockey tryout process, to qualify kids for the Southeast Player Development Festival.”

If numbers are any indication, they’re well on their way to those goals.

Story courtesy of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

 


by posted 11/24/2010
GIRLS HOCKEY GROWING AT EXTREME ICE CENTER
On November 14th, 2010, the Charlotte Metro Hockey Association and the Extreme Ice Center sponsored a free Girls 10 & Under Day at the Rink.  The event was open to all girls aged 10 and younger to help promote the game of hockey in Charlotte.  The event brought in twenty-six girls, aged 7 to 10, some who were experienced hockey players and some new to the sport.
 
These young hockey players took the ice under the direction of Coach Jamie Black with the assistance of Cari Imhoff, Kim Hinton, and Heidi Locastro for a series of drills and small area games.  Those who were new to hockey participated in a Learn-to-Play practice to show them how much fun the game is to play.  Afterward, all of the players skated together in an open skating session.
 
The day was a great success, bringing in over 30 female players, coaches and friends to the rink and meet the goal of the day by promoting the growth of girl’s hockey.  Coach Cari Imhoff on the Girls Hockey Day, “Overall I thought the day was a huge success, there were more girls than we expected and fun was had by all.”  The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association and the Extreme Ice Center look forward to the future of girl’s hockey in Charlotte!

by posted 11/16/2010
Red, White and Blue Hockey for 8 Year Olds and Younger

Download the RWB brochureClick here to watch videoThe fun part of practice should always last a full 60 minutes.


by posted 10/08/2010
Skate-A-Thon Fundraiser For Avon Walk for Breast Cancer & CMHA
On Saturday, August 14th, the Charlotte Metro Hockey Association hosted a Skate-A-Thon to raise funds for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and the CMHA.  Thirty five players had sponsors contribute over $7,700 with 10 percent going directly to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and the remaining contributions going directly toward the player’s 2010-2011 season CMHA player tuition fees.

The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and the CMHA would like to extend a big thank you to all who volunteered and participated in the Skate-A-Thon.

by posted 08/14/2010
Updating Contact Information and On-Line Payments
CMHA Families:
 
To update your contact information or make payments on your child’s tuition fee, you can access the information from the CMHA.us website home page’s horizontal title bar by clicking “Registration” and “Edit My Account”.
 
Enter your email address and password to have access to your family’s information.  If you do not have (or do not remember) the password, enter your email only and you will get a password emailed to that address.
by posted 06/23/2010
Upcoming Events

15 - 18 Y.O. PICK UP

(BIRTH YEARS:  1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)

Saturday May 9 2015 - 8:30 - 9:50 pm

Sunday May 10, 2015 - 2:30 - 3:50 pm 

Saturday May 16, 2015 - 8:30 - 9:50 pm

Saturday May 23, 2016 - 8:30 - 9:50 pm

Saturday May 30, 2016 - 8:30 - 9:50 pm

COST: $10

LIMITED TO 28 SKATERS, 3 GOALIES

*Full Gear Required - This is NOT a Stick & Puck

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR TRAVEL HOCKEY TRYOUTS

Jr. Checkers will hold tryouts for all travel teams (AA & A) on:

Friday May 1, 2015

Saturday May 2, 2015

Sunday May 3, 2015

Monday May 4, 2015

More info. will be released  regarding team specifics.  See schedule listed under "Headlines- 2015-16 Tryout Schedule"

For additional info regarding travel hockey, please contact Tobin Trautz - ttrautz@xicenter.com

 

 

 

 


 

 

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