After weeks and weeks of planning and a one-week delay in getting the ice rink opened, we finally held our first on-ice practice. And, we had a good turnout as 9 out of the 12 kids were able to make it. I thought we'd have more gone due to football. Funny how excited the kids are to play hockey!
As is typical, there were more "activities" planned for practice than time allowed. We are evaluating players this week and completed the forward & backward skating, passing, and puck handling evaluations. On Wednesday, we will complete the shooting, stops, and speed evaluations. Right now, it doesn't look too bad. Last year, we had a few kids who could hardly skate or couldn't skate in a forwards direction. This year, all the kids can do that. Not bad, not bad at all. Could be a fun year.
The "Prowler" jersey was awarded to one of the "new" kids who, I think, by the end of the year will be a pretty darn good skater... Right now, he's a bit raw.
I've just completed creating the next practice plan, entered the evaluation results on a spreadsheet, and updated this sucker... Time for some shuteye. Oh, it snowed on top of the ski mountain last Friday and it feels like deep fall already... Winter's a-comin'!!