Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
*Dunkin Donuts Gift Card
*Miracle on Ice DVD
*First aid kit
*Subway Gift Card
Ingredients that will help any hockey parent make it through a long, cold season!
Friday, December 10, 2010
(4th grade student and hockey player)
The Puck Hog, by Christie Casciano, is about a teammate who will not pass the puck. He always scores a goal. At first, the team thought it was awesome. But then they started to stop cheering for him. They took him to the Crunch game to see if a little Crunch magic would help him get into passing. The next game they faced the Thunder Birds. The coach said, " We need a captain."
The game felt longer than it was. It was tied 2 to 2 with 2 minutes left. Sophia got the puck from the face-off; she skated up to the net when a big defenseman came towards her. She passed to Eddie and he took a shot. He scored a goal. Sophia taught Eddie to pass.
Nice job Jamie! Jamie 's review was published in his school's newsletter shortly after my visit to his classroom. Jamie's on my daughter's hockey team, and was on the mite team the year I wrote the book. He's a great little hockey player, with good character! Below are a few of the many handwritten ( and well-written) thank you letters I've been receiving from school kids. I love
the art work, especially the drawings that make me look 30 years younger!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
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Posted October 19, 2010, 7:56 PM EST: Loved this story!. There aren't many childrens books with a hockey theme and this was a pleasant surprise. For hockey families this is a realistic tale but if your not it has many lessons throughout. Great characters with my favorite being Sophia (yes a girl hockey player!). Enjoyed her charming & humourous wit as she deals with Eddie the "Puck Hog". A wonderful message that helps minimize winning and stats and promotes teamwork and teammates. I would recommend it for any coach especially for young hockey teams. Great collaboration of writing and illustrations from sisters. Will there be a sequel?
Wow! Thank you. I am truly appreciative! A sequel? You bet!
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Skaneateles Varsity Hockey
Skaneateles Mite A
Grade 6 Teacher
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
1. Why the push for cross ice, and what are the benefits as proscribed in USA Hockey's American Development Model?
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
After a little bit of researching, I discovered this interesting tidbit..."Mothers sometimes put hot baked potatoes into their children's skates so that the skates would be cozy and warm when the children reached the rink or pond. The potatoes were not thrown away. They eventually froze and were used as pucks. Although rubber was invented in 1839, it wasn't until the late 1880's that someone thought of making rubber pucks."
Interesting and a little something to chew on next time I see a coach take a bite out of a hockey puck!
Friday, September 10, 2010
How Can I Recognize a Possible Concussion?
To help recognize a concussion, you should watch for the following two things among your athletes:
•A forceful bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that results in rapid movement of the head.
•Any change in the athlete’s behavior, thinking, or physical functioning.
Athletes who experience any of the signs and symptoms listed below after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body should be kept out of play the day of the injury and until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, says they are symptom-free and it’s OK to return to play.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
"The past couple of times on the ice, I noticed some of the boys are using sticks that are too long. General guidelines are nose in sneakers and chin in skates. An inch can make a big difference, as it causes the toe of the stick to pop off the ice." Wow, who knew? The coach also points out, " Good pass catching requires the entire blade of the stick on the ice with the blade cupped and some down-pressure on the stick. The blade should wear evenly. If the heel is wearing unevenly compared to the rest of the blade, then the stick is
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
So what inspired me to write the children's book? Children. If you've ever watched a youth hockey game, then you know and you've seen the passion these kids have for this sport. I want to tap into that passion for sports... and get our children passionate about reading! Hog books...not pucks!
Then there's the other goal of getting kids to think about how they play the game. Teamwork. Caring about your teammates. Unselfish acts, like passing the puck to someone who hasn't experienced the thrill of scoring a goal. How do you deal with the puck hog on the team? There are so many opportunities for our kids to develop character, as well as skills. Good coaching and level headed parents play key roles. I think the kids will relate to this story. There are no magic hockey sticks or helmets. It's real life drama and who knows, maybe it will lead to a few more drama-free hockey seasons!
Monday, August 30, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
After a few weeks being away from the rinks this past month, I finally built up my quarter supply in my purse. It's always nice have them handy to feed the downtown parking meter, pay the thruway toll or slip one into the grocery cart slot at Aldi's. During the winter months, I'm usually quarter-less. My little one can't resist the lure of the gumball machine, especially the ones packed with those little collectible monkeys. By now she must possess every monkey ever made, along with those little bouncy balls. They turn up in the oddest places. I found one in my shoe the other day. My least favorite "prize" are those icky sticky hands. I found on the ceiling one time. Now, I did cut her off mid-season, not that it stopped her from begging. With a new season starting I thought, we've got to be past that by now. By now, there's nothing new in those machines, so my quarters are safe from being snatched by little hands. Silly me. Now they've got silly bands.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Split Season Team, means the Season Starts Early
It's still August, at least last time I checked the calender. But here we are, on a late- summer weekend getting directions to a rink, checking gear and putting laundry and grocery shopping on hold. My son is on what's called a "split season " team this year. Why start so early? Yes, that's the question I needed answered too.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Written by Scotsman reporter Dan Bernardi, here's the story behind my story, "The Puck Hog."http://issuu.com/scotsmanonline/docs/max_080110/13
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Sticks, but no pucks! Sunday's conditioning clinic for youth hockey players at the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena
The Lowdown on the Clinics
by Tammie Vivlamore
Through the months of July and August, youth hockey players have been hitting the rink for goalie and skating clinics to stay in shape and have some fun. The children are taught how to strengthen their stride, muscles and speed while working on their form, transitions and edge control.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Click on the video above for advice on picking the right pads for Mite, Squirt or Pee Wee hockey players. Below for your high school hockey player.
McKie Sports Shop
1005 State Fair Blvd.
Syracuse, New York 13209
Friday, July 2, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Shayna McKie teams up with her dad, Dave McKie, to help us get our kids properly protected for the new season. We'll start with one of the most important pieces of gear, the chest protector.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
"Oh, yeah," he said, "...had three sons go all the way up and even play some hockey in college. Been around it, a long time. Feels good to be back in the locker room with the grandson. Doesn't smell too good, but it feels good. Brings back a lot of memories."
I thought for a moment, about all the memories he most be holding on to...all those heartbreaking losses and hard-fought wins those twinkling eyes must have witnessed. Got to treasure these times, I thought to myself.
I was impressed by how quickly he got his grandson suited up, while I was still struggling to press those stubborn snaps together on my daughter's helmet. (Reminds me, one of the snaps is about to snap off again) His grandson was obviously eager to beat everyone else out of the locker room, and onto the ice. Before making his mad dash, he made a bold prediction, as his grandfather struggled to get back up on his feet, using the hockey stick as a cane. As he handed the boy his stick, the child blurted out, "Get ready to count all my goals grandpa, 'cause I bet I can out-shoot any one of these kids."
Grandpa took the stick back and said, "You're not getting this back, until I hear a promise from you." "Whaaaat grandpa,"as if he's heard a few lectures from grandpa before. " I would be more impressed to see assists out there young man. So let's see you work on your passing too. Got it? Never cared much for puck hogs."
"Ooooh....kay...," he said with his head down, as the stick was returned to his glove. The grandfather smiled,turned to me and said..." I guess there are some other things that never change. Had to give that same lecture to his dad, 'bout the same age. Took awhile, even took him out of a few games because of his pork-chop attitude, but eventually he learned. In high school, he made team captain and the coach said he was the heart and soul of the team. Proud moment for me,as he choked up and smiled at his young grandson. Hockey gave me a lot of proud moments. "
I bet he'll have many more with his talented grandson, who made a point of passing the puck to my daughter, when he could have easily scored himself.
The Poetry of Hockey
Are your children stuck on subjects for poems and essays? If they're as passionate about hockey as my kids are, they ought to give hockey a try. My 8 year old daughter's poem just won a national contest. Here's her poem;
I'm the only girl on my team
And when the boys get mean
I pull out my stick
And skate real quick
My shot is really sick
On the ice, I'm never a bore
I love to score
I'm a puck hungry girl
who would rather shoot than twirl
Monday, May 31, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
One of my many, ' I've stopped breathing' moments. My son is in the white jersey...
Even though our youth hockey players aren't allowed to start checking in hockey until they reach the Pee Wee age, that doesn't mean they know how to deliver a check that won't hurt them or the other player. As certified USA hockey coach Frank Colabufo explains in this video, it's critical that our kids learn how to check the right way and learn how to take a check as well. Here's a beginning lesson, but there is so much more ground to cover here, especially with our teen boys who think the are invincible on the ice.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Here's your four minute drill kids. Grab your stick, a weighted ball and head to the driveway. Coach Colabufo says this exercise will help young hockey players develop good stick handling skills. Plus, it's fun! (that's always a plus)
Monday, April 26, 2010
For what it’s worth…my advice to new goalie parents…
by goalie mom Diane Pelton
As I sat down to think what advice I would like to give to goalie parents just starting out my first thought was, “save up your money!” But in all seriousness, start by realizing that your son or daughter is taking on one of the most demanding, high pressure positions in all of sports. When a goalie
makes a mistake it ends up on the scoreboard for everyone to see. They have to make split second decisions that immediately affect the outcome of the game. I have learned many things watching my oldest son Jacob grow both as a young man and goaltender.
BE SEEN AND NOT HEARD
One of Jacob’s favorite goalie coaches (Mitch Korn) always starts his camps by talking to parents and telling them to be “seen and not heard.” I have witnessed many goalie parents walking from end to end standing behind their goalie watching every move, or shouting from the stands. Can you imagine going about your day with someone observing over your shoulder? Of course not, so why would you do it to your child? Sit in the stands and resist the urge to yell out, “watch out,” or “pay attention," or “you should have had that one!” If your goalie is looking at you, they are not focused on the play in front of them!
Realize right from the start that a shut out is hard to come by, and it is not all about the goalie. Good defense has a lot to do with how “good” your goalie looks. At first, when he was young, my son thought he should stop every puck and would get upset when he couldn’t. Over the years he has learned that his goal is to keep his team in the game as long as possible, giving them a chance to win by not giving up any “soft goals.”
Goals will happen, and when they do help your goalie to develop mental strategies to put it behind them and focus on the next shot. Once the puck is in the net, getting upset and loosing focus isn’t going to change it. Chances are the game is not over and the best goalies are the ones that can keep their focus.
THE THREE THINGS RULE
One way parents can help their goalie is by keeping track of what type of goal was scored on them. If they are struggling with a particular skill or type of shot, a pattern will emerge and your goalie will know what to work on in practice. As they get older they can do this for themselves, but they might need help taking through “how could I have played that differently?” Encourage post game analysis, but don’t turn it into a lecture in the van on the way home. Be honest! Tell them when they play great, but also tell them when they could have played better. When Jacob was young his dad and I had the “three things rule”. After a game we would tell Jacob two things we saw that we thought he could have done better and one thing he did well. Eventually this changed into him telling us three things he thought about the game! Don’t let your goalie play the blame game! They are the last line of defense, regardless of mistakes the team has made. Once the puck gets to them, it is their job to try to keep the puck out of the net! Another part of the blame game is learning to ignore comments from other parents. It is tough to watch a game when your child is having an off day in the net, let alone listen to others comment that your kid looks like Swiss cheese today. Remember every player has a bad day now and then. Keep it in perspective; the next game will be better!
I know sometimes it’s hard to watch. We want to protect them. But chances are if your child has chosen to become a goalie, they are much stronger than you think. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the game…for what it is worth!
Jacob, age 14, still in the net!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
A Six Week Adult Learn to Play hockey program is being offered at Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena. It is for anyone 18 or older who wants to learn to play the game of hockey.
Cost is $60. Full Hockey Equipment is strongly suggested. Adults will learn the basics of hockey while playing the game. This is not a series of practices designed to teach specific skating skills. It is a pick up hockey program for beginners. Instructors will be available to answer questions or demonstrate skills.
This program will be held on May 12, 19, and 26 from 8:15pm to 9:15 pm and June 2, 9, and 16 from 8:15 pm to 9:15 pm. Any questions please contact Tammie Vivlamore @ Tvivlamore@gmail.com or call 532-1714.
Cash or Check accepted. Please make checks out to GBIA. Payment is due the first night of the program.
See you at the Rink!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
We all know good skating makes better hockey players. Strong and powerful strides are a plus! With help from Frank Colabufo, coach of the West Genesee High School hockey team (2010 State Champs) and his son, our kids can see what kind of stride young hockey players should be striving for. Check out the video below. Next week, we'll demonstrate some off-ice exercises your kids can do in the driveway to build speed and strength.Spring Skills Hockey Clinic at Skaneateles Ice Arena
Saturday, April 10, 2010
You can see the pride on his face every time his son steps out onto the ice. Local bakery owner, Peter Christou, is now savoring his role as a hockey dad, watching his Pee Wee son develop his tactical defense skills for a Skaneateles Youth hockey team. Growing up in Central New York, hockey was a big part of Peter's life. He was a dominant blue liner for his Solvay high school hockey team and his brothers played for Christian Brothers Academy. So, for those who
know the brothers' passion for hockey, it's no surprise to see Peter
and his brothers at the local rinks, supporting their puck-chasing kids and this sport.
PLAYING A ROLE IN HOCKEY AND FITNESS
You'll see their support at every Crunch game. The family owned business, New York Bakery in Lakeland, is a main sponsor for the Syracuse Crunch hockey team. Just look up at the scoreboard during a game and you can't miss the sign touting their newest whole wheat creation, the official bread for the team (which is scoring big beyond our Central New York community, including soldiers overseas). The idea for their P28 High protein bread, got "baking" back when the brothers were overweight and out of shape. They knew winning their battle of the bulge would mean a major fitness makeover, but the thought of cutting bread out of their diets? Tough concept for the three brothers to swallow. After all, bread was literally their bread and butter! Working with a nutritionist and personal trainer they developed the hearty P28 bread, a healthful option that's loaded with protein. Call it a wonder bread, because combined with their new fitness attitude, Peter says it worked wonders for the now buff bakers.
TEENS CHOICE AWARD
It's not just a bread that's popular among adults striving to stay in shape. My 15- year old is trying to "bulk up" for high school hockey and a lot of his friends with the same goal in mind, have made P-28 their bread of choice. He's health-conscious, but far from an adventurous eater. He likes everything plain and it's always been white bread only. I've even tried to sneak him sandwiches made with those wheat breads that look like white. Nope. Somehow he can always tell and I'll always find the bread left behind on the plate. Given his aversion to anything but white bread, I was more than a little surprised when he asked for this bread with a chewy texture and chalk full of whole wheat. I thought, no way is he ever going to finish a loaf. It'll be another one of those products you buy and try and that would be the end of it. Sure the hockey connection was a plus, but as we all know how finicky teens can be with food. They're not going to stick with anything they don't like. To my surprise again, he's become a regular P28 bread eater and will now choose toasted bread slathered with peanut butter over a bag of chips to satisfy his ravenous after school snack attacks. This hockey mom says hooray for the nutritional assist! He's certainly not alone, with fitness celebrities now climbing on board the P 28 bread train. If you would like to learn more about Peter and his brother's P28 Bread go here. They even have a Facebook fan page, recipe ideas to try and Peter says they're getting ready to roll out their new bagel. Congrats to the Christou family, a local hockey family with really good taste!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
NHL Coach Tony Granato shares his thoughts on how open communication between coaches and players can foster a Responsible Sports environment.
Friday, April 2, 2010
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Parents, you may want to check your child's hockey stick to find out whether it's on the latest recall list.
Hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer is recalling about 67,000 of its youth and junior hockey sticks, shafts, and blades because of high levels of lead in the paint used to cover them.
Here are the 13 recalled models:
-Nike Bauer Supreme One90 youth and junior stick, including shafts and replacement blades
-Nike Bauer Supreme Junior One50 junior stick, including shafts and replacement blades
-Nike Bauer Supreme One40 junior stick
-Nike Bauer Supreme One70 junior stick
-Nike Bauer/Bauer Supreme One75 junior player and goalie stick
-Nike Bauer/Bauer Vapor XX junior player and goalie stick
-Nike Bauer Supreme LTX junior stick.
-Nike Bauer Apollo junior stick
-Nike Quest Apollo junior blade
-Nike Bauer Supreme Force junior stick
-Nike Bauer Vapor XVI junior stick
-Nike Bauer Vapor XXX Lite "Woody" junior stick
-Nike Bauer Supreme Accel junior stick
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The Off-Season Begins
Which means parents can breathe for a moment and catch up on all the things that they tend to put aside during the games, practices and travel of hockey season. A season that cost us all time, energy and precious sleep. Wow, you actually get to see your spouse for more than 30 seconds at a time! The end of the season means your kids are a little stronger, a little taller, and a little less hungry (or not)! Not much winter cushion on a hockey player!
Time for an Ice Break?
Nothing wrong with that! It’s okay to play a little hooky from playing hockey. You should not extend yourself and your pocket book trying to find ice time or a summer league if your child really doesn’t want to keep skating. A break from the ice can be a good thing. Whether you know it or not, a lot of non-hockey games are excellent for postseason conditioning.
Conditioning is Key
Conditioning is physical and/or mental activities that prepare an athlete for an upcoming season or performance. It is primarily done by serious athletes that have a specific goal they are trying to reach such as the Olympics, NHL, college, juniors, high school, etc.
Specific conditioning is generally not stressed until an athlete is at or close to high school age and that athlete has a specific goal in mind. “Strides” is a popular conditioning program for hockey, soccer and lacrosse. Strides is held at the CNY Family Center on Jones Road in Baldwinsville as well as other locations. ESL Arena in Rochester offers a skating treadmill and various off-season conditioning programs. The results of these programs vary especially for the younger athletes.
Get Down with Down Time
USA Hockey recommends down time for all hockey players especially young hockey players. Down time is simply time away from a sport or activity. Down time gives the muscles (including brain) a much needed rest from the sport or activity. It also is a good way to prevent burnout. Down time allows the player to pursue other interests, activities or just take in a little rest and relaxation.
Scoring Off the Ice
USA Hockey and many NHL players (current and past) recommend playing other sports or doing other activities though out the year. For the younger hockey players, this is all the conditioning they really need for next hockey season. Many coaches and talent scouts believe that athletes that participated in more than one sport before college make better athletes in their chosen sport in college.
Different sports work different muscles and promote thought and creativity which can be carried over to hockey season. If young athletes choose to play soccer, lacrosse, baseball, football or any combination of sports, they will be learning maneuvering, body contact, positioning and team play as well as strengthening their muscles, lungs and heart. Whether they know it or not they will be conditioning themselves for next hockey season.
Some athletes such as Ryan Miller and Henrik Lundqvist believe that music and art can be excellent conditioners. Both Miller and Lundqvist are guitarists in bands. Miller’s band has played in Rochester and Michigan in past off seasons. Both goalies believe that playing the guitar has a calming effect, clears the mind and helps increase dexterity and reaction time. Does this work? Check out their stats on NHL.com
Still Itching for Ice Time?
After all these activities if your child still wants to get on the ice to improve or get a better shot at making that travel team, a clinic or two might be a good option. Clinics generally focus on skating or a specific area of hockey. For parents, there's plenty to consider when weighing options including cost, location and scheduling.
Top Notch Skating Clinic
Maximum Development, www.mdhockey.com, is being held at Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena in August. MD focuses on skating. They break it down and really stress stride and proper skating mechanics.
Turcotte Stick Handling, www.Turcottehockey.com, will also be held at Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena in August. They are a specialized clinic focusing strictly on stick handling. They teach the skills that can be worked on in the yard or basement. (You don’t need ice to practice stick handling). Most hockey practices do not focus on stick handling. Coaches expect players will work on those skills on their own time.
Finding the Right Fit
A week is too much ice time for your child over the summer? No problem. Check your local ice hockey association or ice rinks websites. Coaches from different organizations hold week night clinics through out the summer. Some charge for a certain number of clinics (one a week for six weeks or so). Some charge for only what you attend ($10 an hour, for example).
Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena will hold Sunday clinics again. Check out their website for details, http://www.bvilleice.com/. They have even added a peewee/bantam session this season.
Your child wants to just play and have fun without concentrating on …huh…skills?
Some of the year round ice rinks offer youth summer hockey in some form. Cicero sometimes holds youth summer hockey. These are usually no contact games that happen once or twice a week. Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena has held 3 on 3 leagues. These are fast paced cross ice games of 3 skaters aside. Check out the rinks websites to see what they have in store for the summer. Check them regularly, they change frequently.
OMG! Enough hockey!There are many options for conditioning. If you and your children do nothing else this off-season, enjoy your “no hockey” time and stay in contact with the friends you made during the season. Next season will surely be more fun as a result.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
It seems like just yesterday I laced him up in his first pair of skates. He wasn't thrilled, but being an avid figure skater, I certainly was and I was determined not to let him give up after a few falls. Two weeks later, I got him to break from a 'march of the penguins' technique to steady glides by blowing soap bubbles on the ice, encouraging him to pop the bubbles with his blades. It worked! He began to develop a love for the ice. It wasn't long after that, my husband announced that he was okay with our son skating, as long as he had stick in his hand. I conceded. The hockey stick stuck and my son's passion for the sport grew. Fast forward to March 2010. Hard to believe this is his last year of youth hockey. A treasured time for sure. As we walked to our car Friday night after the team farewell party, my son said, " This by far was the best year." I didn't have to ask why, but I wanted to hear his reasoning... so I pressed a bit, reminding him this was the first year his travel team didn't secure the Pre-Sectional title. The first year he didn't get that first place trophy to add to all the others on his bedroom shelf. "True enough," said my son, " But this year, we were a team. A real team. " Great way to end the youth hockey experience, achieving goals that matter. Goals that really count.
TIME OUT FOR THE COACH