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HOUSE LEAGUE 2014 & 2015 SEASON

Welcome back everyone!

The Learn to Skate, Tyke/Instructional, and House League Seasons (with the exception of Midget) will begin on Saturday, September 13.  You will be contacted by your coach with your start date and full schedules.

If you have not heard anything by Thursday, September 11, please email Jodi at nfmha@bellnet.ca  Do not contact the office prior to this date.

Midget House League will begin the first week of October. 

Keep your eye on the website as Novice through Bantam pre-skate schedules will be posted here shortly. 

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

 

Welcome to the home of our new Association, THE NIAGARA FALLS FLYERS!

With the elimination of AAA and introduction of AA hockey, we decided to create a new and fresh identity.

Many ideas and names were thrown around, but we kept returning to our hockey roots – The Niagara Falls Flyers.  From 1960 to 1972, the Junior A Niagara Falls Flyers were a force in our community and within the OHA.  The Flyers had 3 Memorial Cup appearances, and won in 1965 and 1968.  Affiliated with the Boston Bruins, the Flyers boasted competitive rosters which included local hockey heros!

With a fresh take on the Flyers logo, we bring together the rich history of our bold and strong hockey community while introducing a new era to our players.  When we hit the ice in September with our new logo and colours blazing, we will honour the players from our past and move forward with our current line ups and members of our united and proud Association.


RESPECT IN SPORT – PARENT PROGRAM


The OMHA has implemented the “Respect in Hockey” initiative.

This initiative will require at least one parent or guardian of each player registered in minor hockey throughout the OMHA to complete the e-learning course “Respect in Sport – Parent Program” as a condition of participation.

This certification program must be completed prior to July 31, 2014.

For Team Officials who are parents of participants, having the Respect in Sport/Prevention Services/Speak Out certification will not be accepted in place of this required Parental Certification. This course is available online now.

*IMPORTANT LOG IN INFORMATION: When you begin, the form will ask you for an "Association Code". Leave that space blank as it is not a requirement for the NFMHA Membership.

Please click on the corresponding document for pertinent information and details.

Full participation in the Respect Initiative from Team Officials, Referees and Linesmen, and now Parents will ensure everyone has received a consistent message.
 
Please click on the corresponding document for pertinent information and details.
 
For inquiries regarding the Respect in Sport - Parent Program, please contact Jodi at the Business Office at nfmha@bellnet.ca.  Alternatively, feel free to contact the OMHA directly at omha@omha.net

If  you have successfully completed the course, but wish to confirm your certification, please click this VALIDATION LINK.

 

Junior Flyers Program 

In keeping with the mission of the Niagara Falls Minor Hockey Association to organize, develop, and promote minor hockey for the youth of Niagara Falls, including the development of and participation in representative ice hockey and the opportunity to participate at the highest competitive level, we are pleased to announce the introduction of our rep development program, known as the "Junior Flyers", for six year olds (2008 birth year) and advanced five year olds (2009 birth year) with a keen interest in hockey.

As its name suggests, the rep development program is anticipated to produce players who will be selected, based on their advanced skill level, to participate in our representative teams, beginning at seven years of age. It is also anticipated to produce coaches, trainers, and other volunteers who will work with and for the benefit of such players.

All coaches in the rep development program will be accredited as HUCC (or previous CHIP certified) instructors and have Respect in Sport - Team Activity Leader certification. There will also be several on-ice assistants and demonstrators, who will be encouraged to attend a HUCC clinic and will be encouraged to obtain their Respect in Sport - Team Activity Leader certification, as well. There will be at least one HTCP accredited trainer in the rep development program, who will also be required to obtain his or her Respect in Sport - Team Activity Leader certification.

The rep development program will focus on reviewing and refining the technical skills of skating, puck control and passing, including the ABC’s of agility, balance and coordination, obtained in our instructional program or elsewhere, in a fun and safe environment. The goal is for players to obtain an advanced skill level and an introduction to and basic understanding of such things as icings, offsides, penalties and individual tactics, prior to participating in our representative teams.

Half-ice games will be introduced at or around six weeks into the season, while maintaining a practice-to-game ratio of 3:1. Full-ice games will be introduced at or around ten weeks into the season, while maintaining the same practice-to-game ratio. Referees, a timekeeper and an announcer will be introduced during the final four weeks of the season.

The rep development program will practice twice a week, typically on week nights, from the middle of October to the end of February. Guest on-ice instructors (i.e. for power skating, edge control, passing and shooting) will be coordinated to run at least one practice per month and short video presentations (i.e. of the “Peter Puck” variety, to visually demonstrate such things as icings, offsides, penalties and individual tactics) will be coordinated at the Gale Centre at least once per month.

The cost of the rep development program will be $250.00 per player. This is in addition to the cost of the instructional program, for example, which practices twice a week, typically on Saturday and Sunday mornings. So, for those players who participate in both the instructional program and the rep development program, for example, the total commitment will be four hours a week.

Registration for the rep development program will be capped at twenty five players. If you are interested in registering your child or being a coach, trainer or other volunteer, please contact Jodi at the NFMHA Business Office at 905-374-2613 or nfmha@bellnet.ca


LEARN TO SKATE AND TYKE INSTRUCTIONAL COACHING TEAM

The Niagara Falls Minor Hockey Association is pleased to be working with Anthony Rufrano and members of 99 Hockey once again this season.

Our Learn to Skate Program is a truly instructional hockey program introducing and implementing the OMHA’s Initiation Program curriculum.  This program is designed for players born in 2010. This introductory program will focus on basics skating skills and development. A power skating module will be implemented for practices.  By introducing game play, our participants will be well prepared for the next phase of their hockey development.

Our Tyke Instructional Program is available to children born in 2009 and 2008. Using the OMHA Initiation Program curriculum as a model, this program will focus on progressive development. Offered twice a week, September and October will focus on practice and instruction. Beginning the first week of November, a game schedule will be introduced using referees and imposing all of the rules of the game. A power skating module will be implemented for some practices.

Anthony and his team of professional hockey instructors offer knowledge, development, power skating, and the next phase of hockey programming for your child.

HEAD INSTRUCTOR
Anthony Rufrano

Anthony is a long time volunteer, former NFMHA player and current professional hockey instructor.

After playing Junior B locally, he was drafted by the Sarnia Sting.  He decided instead to accept a 4 year scholarship in Massachusetts where he played NCAA hockey and was named Captain.  Throughout his education, Anthony continued to volunteer with the local minor hockey Association in Springfield where he was named the Skills Development Coach.  After instructing at several hockey schools in Canada and the United States, and coaching at various levels, including Junior, Anthony returned home to Niagara Falls.

Having the experience of coaching all levels and ages of hockey programming, Anthony brings a wealth of experience that our children will benefit from.  Because teaching comes naturally to Anthony, our youngest participants will grow with the ease in which he teaches the necessary skills, skating techniques, and hockey fundamentals.  The transition from skills to games will develop naturally and provide all children with the proper hockey education.

Click on our Registration page to register for the upcoming season.

 

Come and join our roster of dedicated volunteers and team officials.  Consider coaching in our House League for the 2014 & 2015 Season.
 
To apply, please fill out this application and include your resume.  Deadline for submission is July 1, 2014.  Please submit to the Niagara Falls Minor Hockey Association in person, by fax or email.  
 
Niagara Falls Minor Hockey Association
4171 Fourth Ave., Rink #3
nfmha@bellnet.ca
Fax:  905-354-2828

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