New things at Ceebees minor
Association intorduces new executive, pre-novice program
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.
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.
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.