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Hello Sno-King 12U players!
We hope you have been enjoying your summer break, and are ready for the 2017-18 hockey season!
Sno-King has some exciting changes to the 12U hockey program this year (players born 2005-2006). All interested 12U players will have optional, weekly skills sessions, in addition to team practices and REP teams will have additional practice time. The A1 team has three practices each week, and the A2 teams will share a third practice slot every other week. The skills sessions are offered each week at both rinks and will help players hone and refine individual skill sets to help each player maximize his or her development potential.
As a USA Hockey model association, Sno-King follows ADM Model guidelines. The 12U age group is the prime window for skill development. Young athletes at this age need to put in many hours of repetitive movements to master the skills needed to succeed in today’s fast paced game. The skills sessions are designed to offer this development opportunity to all 12U players.
12U teams will continue with shared, station based practices using all ADM Model recommendations. Team rosters will have 12-14 players and two goalies to maximize practice development and game playing time.
- 12U A1: will compete in PCAHA. Coach: Jason Gudmundson. Selection skates: August 25-27th
- 12U A2: two balanced teams, will compete in the MHL, with an end of season PNAHA tournament. Coaches: Greg Graham and Mike Grassi. Selection skates: early September
- Recreation / C level: three teams, will compete in the MHL. Coaches TBA. Evaluation skates: mid-September
TBA dates will be announced on snokinghockey.com
Sno-King encourages all 12U players to participate in the selection/evaluation skates for A1/A2, even if he or she is not planning on playing REP hockey this season. These early evaluations are a good way to warm up for the upcoming season and to compare your player to other Sno-King athletes.
Please register for the evaluations/tryouts at snokinghockey.com
Our Sno-King coaches are committed to creating a positive impact on the lives of our players. Coaches follow the Positive Coaching Alliance principles, and, as part of our ADM Model association status, are up to date with all the latest player development techniques from USA Hockey. All coaches are certified in USA Hockey’s SafeSport, a key piece of Sno-King's on going player safety education program. Parents are encouraged to take this free course also: http://www.usahockey.com/safesporttraining
12U A1: Jason Gudmundson – He is a proven hockey coach and will follow USA hockey’s developmental guidelines in order to create a competitive environment.
12U A2: Greg Graham and Mike Grassi
12U A1/A2: Team expenses in addition to the Sno-King player fees may include:
- Personal travel and accommodations
- Team tournament fees/expenses
- Team warm-ups, shells, dryland wear, bag
- Other miscellaneous expenses that the team may decide to undertake
Please be aware that the selection process may take longer than the initially scheduled ice sessions to balance the A2 teams.
12U REC: Team expenses in addition to the Sno-King player fees may include tournament fees and any personal travel/accommodation expenses.
12U A1 Tryouts
- August 25: 7:45-9:00pm Kirkland Parent Meeting: TBD
- August 26: 5:00-6:15pm Kirkland
- August 27: 9:45-11:00am Kirkland
12U A2 Tryouts
- September 9: 11:50am-12:50pm Kirkland
- September 10: 11:50am-12:50pm Renton
REC / C team evaluations begin in mid-September. Dates will be posted to snokinghockey.com
For all 12U teams, the regular season practice schedule is available on snokinghockey.com. Regular season practices will begin after the selection/evaluation process is complete for all age groups, generally toward the end of September.
If you have any questions about the upcoming season do not hesitate to contact us or visit www.snokinghockey.com for more information.