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Submitted By david on Saturday, September 28, 2013
Hello Parents & Players!

I'm excited to welcome you all to this year's Novice Black Cambridge Roadrunners. My goals for the year are to make hockey fun, help all of our players develop their hockey skills and ensure that every player on our team ends the year even more enthusiastic about playing hockey then when they started the season.I have only a few rules for all players (and parents...):
  1. Come ready to give your full attention at all practices and games.
  2. Work as hard in practices as you will in games.
  3. Respect your coaches, teammates, referees, and the opponent.
  4. Be on time!
  5. And have fun!
Games: Please try to be in the locker room 30 minutes before all games. We would like all players dressed, sitting in the locker room, and ready to go 10 minutes before the scheduled game time so we can go over lineups and last-minute instructions for each game. For practices, we would also like to have all players ready 10 minutes early so we can explain practice drills in the locker room and save time on the ice.
We understand that your daughter's participation is voluntary, but we need your cooperation to make the season runs smoothly. If you're going to miss a practice or game, I need to know in advance. We are a small team this year (only eleven players) so too many players missing a game or practice will require us to adjust our plans.

Cancellation: Unless you hear otherwise, we'll always have practice or games. In the case of cancellation, you will be notified by e-mail. We have a team website where all games and practices will be posted.

Assistance Required: I'm pleased that I already have one assistant coach who has stepped forward to help out this year, but I'll need a few more assistants from the Novice Black parent community... Each team is required to have:
  • Trainer: This person will be required to take an online course - I heard it will take about ten hours - but the Cambridge Roadrunners will reimburse you for any costs. This parent would need to be at all (or most) games. We have a very snappy first aid kit that you get to carry onto the bench with you at each game!
  • Parent Volunteer Coordinator: In an attempt to keep registration costs relatively low, the Cambridge Roadrunners organization conducts a number of fundraising activities and also relies on volunteers for a variety of activities. We need on parent who is willing to coordinate our volunteers for these events including one Bingo night, assistance at the annual Sweater Dance, assistance at the Cambridge Roadrunners tournament and at the end of year banquet.
  • A second Assistant Coach: Should any of you wish to operate a door on the bench and assist on ice during practices you're more than welcome. You'll need to get a criminal record check and take an on-line 1-2 hour course on coaching first, but again the Roadrunners will reimburse you any costs.
  • Timekeepers: For all home games we will require someone to work the score clock. I've been assured that this is a relatively painless activity...
One note on this, we need at least one female member of our on-bench staff. This is generally the trainer, but if any of you mom's would also like to come on the ice and be an assistant coach you're most welcome!

Additional Funds Required: And last but not least, we have been entered in two tournaments this year, the Cambridge Roadrunners tournament that takes place January 10th-12th and the Jason Cripps tournament in Kitchener that takes place December 27th-30th. The cost of the Jason Cripps tournament is included in your registration, however the team is required to cover 50% of the cost of the Cambridge tournament. This works out to be $512.50 divided among 11 players. This unfortunately means that I need to collect an additional $46.50 from each of you , preferably by the end of October. I'll get more details on this once I've registered us for the tournament. I believe we could also fund-raise to defray these costs, but I'd need someone to take the lead on that...

And that is now officially a much too long e-mail message... As your coach, I'm looking forward to us having a great season together. That said I'll readily admit that I will make mistakes during the season (perhaps sending a novel as my first e-mail to all of you is the first?) Should you have any questions or concerns over the course of the season, please feel free to contact me.


David Schwindt (aka Coach David; aka Meghan's dad...)
[email protected]
519-222-5931 (c)
519-740-9038 (h)
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