If you missed the registration dates, no problem. Go to the registration tab to find the forms you need to complete, and contact a board member (see contact us tab). New skaters - FIRST YEAR FEES WAIVED!
START DATE FOR PRACTICE IS OCTOBER 12. CHECK THE CALENDAR TAB FOR DETAILS.
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1. There is a whiteboard to the left when you walk into the main arena that lists the locker room assignments. To keep the lobby less congested, please use locker rooms.
2. Players are to be dressed and waiting along the boards 5 minutes prior to practice. NO PLAYER IS ALLOWED ON THE ICE WITHOUT COACHES PRESENT.
3. At the Mini-Mite, Mite and 8U levels, parents are welcome to watch practice in the arena or upstairs in the warmer viewing area. However, many kids will stay on the ice better if mom or dad are out of sight. Please note: ONLY USA HOCKEY REGISTERED PLAYERS AND COACHES are allowed on the ice. No Exceptions. HELMETS to be warn by both players an coaches at all times.
4. Mini-Mites - if your child is new to skating, it will be easier if they do not wear all their equipment the first couple weeks. Skates, elbow pads, helmets and warm, water-proof layers will be plenty until they are skating well. Cold feet and hands are usually the reasons kids want to leave the ice. So be sure they have warm socks, and feel free to wear winter gloves instead of the hockey gloves for awhile, or wear thin gloves inside their hockey gloves. Remind your player to use the bathroom BEFORE they get dressed! (we all learn the hard way at some point)
5. Be sure to double check that all your child's equipment is in their bag after practice. Please pick up locker rooms and lobby of any tape, garbage and clothing.
6. Practice schedules can change, check the schedule at least weekly if not synced to your smartphone. Once the season gets rolling, each level will have a team manager for your go-to with questions and communication source.
7. The "shooting gallery" located on the north end of the bleachers is the only area the players should be using their sticks/pucks off the ice. They are welcome to shoot down there at any time, as long as there is no dryland practice, or they are not disruptive to the on-ice practice.
8. Runners and walkers are welcome also during practice times, as long as they don't interfere with on or off ice practices.
Why do we play cross-ice at the younger levels? What is the ADM? How many games should my child be playing? Why is playing multiple sports so much better than one-sport athletes? How does my conduct affect my child?
The USA Hockey website has unlimited tools and articles addressing all your questions regarding hockey - below are just a few that every hockey parent should read.
Parent Handbook: http://read.uberflip.com/i/564794-2015-usa-hockey-parent-handbook
What is the ADM? (one-page): http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0065/5141/ADM_One-Sheet.pdf
About ADM Kids: http://www.admkids.com/about
Printable ADM Guide (detailed): http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0042/7978/USA100001-NewspaperRev3_2013.pdf
Click on the "Tournaments" tab on the left menu bar to see the list and dates of the BW Blades Tournaments. Conveniently located in the southeast corner of North Dakota, we are an easy drive for Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota teams!
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