New things at Cee­bees mi­nor

As­so­ci­a­tion in­tor­duces new ex­ec­u­tive, pre-novice pro­gram

The Compass - - P2012ORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

A change in the se­lec­tion of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s A, B and C teams is not the only thing new to the Cee­Bees Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion this sea­son.

The as­so­ci­a­tion also wel­comes a host of new ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers, who are bring­ing a re­newed en­ergy to the board, said pres­i­dent Wendy Pen­ney.

Join­ing holdovers Pen­ney, reg­is­trar Pam Whe­lan and ref­eree-in­chief Dean Whe­lan are Brian Dono­van (vice-pres­i­dent), Lisa Clarke (sec­re­tary), Michelle Pike ( fundrais­ing di­rec­tor), Terri Lynn Meadus (pub­lic re­la­tions di­rec­tor), Paul Squires (sched­ul­ing di­rec­tor), Gary Brushett (coach­ing di­rec­tor) and Nancy Pike ( fe­male di­rec­tor).

“They’re good, they’re en­thu­si­as­tic and they’re will­ing to take on any­thing needed to make the pro­grams run, and that’s what you need,” said Pen­ney.

The new ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers are bring­ing new ideas to the ta­ble, stated the pres­i­dent.

“Ideas are im­por­tant, be­cause if you’re grow­ing you have to change with the growth,” said Pen­ney.

How­ever, some­times Pen­ney finds her­self hav­ing to reign in the en­thu­si­as­tic bunch.

“With some ideas, they want to move fast with it and you kind of have to slow them down,” she said.

Pre-novice

This sea­son, Cee­Bees mi­nor de­cided to com­bine its squirt and be­gin­ners pro­grams. This new en­tity, pre-novice, is part of the ini­ti­a­tion pro­gram de­signed to teach the younger play­ers about the game of hockey and hav­ing them en­gage in some form of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

It be­came im­per­a­tive for the as­so­ci­a­tion to in­cor­po­rate this new ini­tia­tive when it be­came ap­par­ent that there was not go­ing to be

Cee­Bees’ mi­nor pres­i­dent Wendy Pen­ney.

enough ice time avail­able for both.

Also, num­bers in Har­bour Grace started to go up.

“As we grew, we had to try this new IP pro­gram,” said Pen­ney.

Un­der the old sys­tem, play­ers in be­gin­ners were only get­ting one hour of ice-time a week.

“How can you teach a kid the fun­da­men­tals of skat­ing with one hour a week? If you have a kid who misses their prac­tice that week, it’s an­other week be­fore they’re on the ice again.”

Pre-novice is di­vided into two groups — pre-novice 1 and prenovice 2.

Now, each group re­ceives up­wards to three hours a week.

“It seems to be work­ing out,” said Pen­ney.

Pos­si­ble clinic

Pen­ney said she is cur­rently in talks of se­cur­ing the De­vel­op­men­tal 1 coach­ing clinic for the re­gion to be hosted in Har­bour Grace.

Any team trav­el­ling this sea­son will re­quire a coach on the bench who has the D1 coach­ing course com­pleted.

Right now, there are three dates be­ing kicked around for the clinic. They are Nov. 9-11, Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Com­pass file photo

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