Cee­bees mi­nor plan­ning reg­is­tra­tion

As­so­ci­a­tion ag­gres­sively look­ing to bol­ster num­ber of of­fi­cials

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

As in past years, play­ers and coaches with Cee­Bees mi­nor are late get­ting on the ice.

Only sea­son, the de­lay is longer than nor­mal.

That’s be­cause the Trinity-Con­cep­tion Fail Fair, which is held an­nu­ally at the S. W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace, is also be­ing staged later, from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2.

As a re­sult, reg­is­tra­tion will be de­layed by a week, and is sched­uled for Oct. 11 from 7-9 p.m., and Oct. 15 from 10 a. m.-1 p. m, says Cee­Bees spokesper­son Wendy Penney.

Reg­is­tra­tion will also take place through­out the first week of prac­tices.

Numbers are look­ing good, even with this late reg­is­tra­tion time, adds Penney.

“All in­di­ca­tions are that they will be the same,” she says.

Penney ex­plains she and other ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers have been tak­ing phone calls from many par­ents who have ex­pressed in­ter­est in re­turn­ing their chil­dren to mi­nor hockey.

Penney says the squirt group will have good numbers, and with last year’s squirts re­turn­ing, the novice group is also strong.

There will be two or three teams in the novice divi­sion, she states.

The rest of the ranks have strong numbers, ex­cept at the mid­get divi­sion, where numbers tra­di­tion­ally drop off.

“ They have school and they have jobs. We un­der­stand that.”

To en­cour­age the re­turn of play­ers, Penney says the as­so­ci­a­tion is hold­ing the line on fees.

“ We feel keep­ing it the same is im­por­tant for the vi­a­bil­ity of our as­so­ci­a­tion,” she says.

Wanted: of­fi­cials

Like most other as­so­ci­a­tions, the Har­bour Grace mi­nor pro­gram has had a hard time at­tract­ing and main­tain­ing on-ice of­fi­cials.

The goal for this sea­son is to bol­ster the num­ber of cer­ti­fied of­fi­cials, says Penney.

Come spring time, when the provin­cial tour­na­ments are gear­ing up, Har­bour Grace has al­ways had to go look­ing for of­fi­cials so they could host, Penney ex­plains.

In ad­di­tion, Penney hopes to ed­u­cate the cur­rent ones in the changes that are com­ing this sea­son.

Hockey Canada has in­tro­duced a new head con­tact rule that could cause par­ents, coaches, play­ers and of­fi­cials a headache, so to speak.

“Now, any player who makes con­tact to the head area at all of an­other player, ac­ci­den­tal or other­wise, will be given a dou­ble-mi­nor,” says Penney.

Penney notes that an of­fi­cials clinic for Level III and higher is sched­uled for Oct. 1. For new of­fi­cials, a clinic will take place Oct. 2. Both are tak­ing place at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate.

For more, visit www. cee­beesmi­norhockey.ca.

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