Starting with this season, coaches who coach only Mites are not required to advance their certification beyond Level 1.
This change has been mentioned at District 9 Fall Meeting and should be relayed to all associations.
Serving over 40 high school players from District 9, the Southern Minnesota Elite project is run by a coaching staff of Doug Zmolek, Steve Howarth, Chris Ratzloff, Bob Haskins, Jim McPeak, Matt Notermann, and Will Fish. The program is based in Kasson and includes a 3-to-1 practice to game ratio. Practice plans are listed below. Feel free to contact the coaches via firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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Just as you wouldn't jump right into life-saving if you hadn't yet learned to swim, you won't be jumping right into full-ice hockey games until you've learned the skills that you'll need in order to play effectively. If you pay attention and work hard, you'll develop those skills relatively quickly, and you'll have lots of fun as you improve.
Level 1 shows the skills you will need to earn a stick. Most of them involve balance and basic skating stride. Learn to do these well without a stick and you'll have better balance than you would if you were using a stick as a crutch to lean on. To see what the Level 1 test looks like, click on the "Level 1" link to the right. Click on each test to see a video clip of that particular skill.
Level 2 shows the skills you will need to earn a puck. Most of them involve skating well with your stick. Learn to do these well without a puck and you will have better balance, mobility, and control when you get a puck. To see what the Level 2 test looks like, click on the "Level 2" link to the right. Click on each test to see a video clip of that particular skill.
Level 3 shows the skills you will need to earn full-ice games. To be effective in games, you have to skate well, take good care of the puck, look up at the game around you, and make good decisions. Once you can skate well in all directions and share the puck with your teammates, you'll be ready to learn the game. The games are great fun, especially if you've prepared yourself to make the plays that you see can be made. To see what the Level 3 test looks like, click on the "Level 3" link to the right. Click on each test to see a video clip of that particular skill.
See you at the rink.