Development teams are offered to players to enhance the development of their play through additional practices and games. Players are selected to participate through an evaluation process. They remain part of their regular team and participate fully with those teams which are their first priority and as long as the development team activities do not interfere they also participate in development team activities. There are additional fees associated with playing on a development team.
One of the Board’s primary goals for this year is to create a program centered on Mindfulness, Leadership and Mental Skills training for our players. The intent of this training is to provide guidance with the mental aspects of competitive sports and to promote life skills that will help our players to have successful and enriching futures. As the first step, we are undertaking a Pilot Program where we will work with a few selected teams and coaches the remainder of this season to develop and refine the Mindfulness, Leadership and Mental Skills Program. The coaches of the teams participating in the Pilot Program have been notified and it will begin when the teams return from the mid-season break.
To help guide us through the pilot program we will be working with Dr. Jaime Sawchuk, a sport psychology consultant based out of Fairbanks, Alaska. After having been a collegiate soccer player, Sawchuk realized the importance of mental skills training and mindfulness and went on to pursue a Doctorate in Sport and Performance Psychology. Sawchuk has worked with many athletes of all ages in an individual and team setting with hockey being her primary population. She has presented and worked with coaches at USA Hockey Level IV Coaching Clinics across the Pacific District as well as with athletes at the Pacific District Selects Camp, Oregon Development Camp, Alaska Development Camp, and the Western Regional High Performance Camp.
The training will be for all age levels 8U and above on an age-appropriate format. Once the program is fully implemented at the beginning of the 2019/2020 season, the program will involve coaches, parents and players in the development and training process. Until then, look in the newsletter, postings on social media and in the Mindfulness section of the website in the coming weeks to get a taste of what is to come. Also make sure you check out the nutrition and health articles in the newsletter and the Health and Nutrition section of the website as well as postings on social media from Kelley Greninger, a certified Health and Wellness Coach with a concentrated interest in Athletic Nutrition and Family Focus.
Thank you so much for all of your support, we set a new record this year with our ticket sales!
8u Winner – Team 8U Girls (5 Minute Game at Intermission)
10u Winner – Team Lee (Meet and Greet with Thunderbird players)
12u Winner – Team Townsend (Play game on ice prior to game)
14u/16u Winner – Team York (18 person suite)
1st Place – Stand with TBird players and have their name announced during starting lineup
Winner: Markus Koskela
2nd Place – Zamboni Ride During Intermission
Winner: Jack Galgon
3rd Place – Zamboni Ride During Intermission
Winner: Frances Foy
Parent Prize Drawing:
Date night at The Lakehouse in Bellevue with Cocktails at Civility & Unrest afterwards (Value of $350).
Winner: Liz Gillespie
Congratulations to everyone that won. Team Managers have been notified and will be reaching out to players about the team prizes.
We can’t wait to see you all on Friday night!
Friendly reminder ticket sales for the Night at ShoWare on November 30th will close tomorrow (Thursday) night at 11:59pm. If you have not purchased your tickets yet please do so before the cut off time by clicking here. It promises to be a fun night!!
Prize winners will be announced on Monday, November 26th and tickets will be forwarded to team managers next week for distribution to individual ticket purchasers on their teams.
We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!