We recently sent a survey to our membership and provided a space for feedback, questions, and comments. Below, we will share some of those - and provide an answer or response that could be helpful!
COMMENT: At the Broncos (House B) level for 10/12U, there needs to be a requirement that a player can not come directly from beginning hockey to play at this level. There must be a year of House C requirement to play House B.
DID YOU KNOW?: MAHA (our governing body) classifies House B as recreational hockey and strictly prohibits affiliates (like KOHA) from excluding player participation based on skill or experience at our House B and House C levels. The rules require open registration and balanced teams at anything below A/AA Travel (which is allowed to have tryouts and "cuts.")
COMMENT: We started our son at KOHA in learn to skate and loved the program the people and the coaches were great! Now 6 years later still love koha! We are now in 10u and the only complaint I have is that our kids don’t know the game of hockey and how it is supposed to be played. They don’t know their positions and or what they're supposed to do in their position. I wish that koha would teach the game to the kids. I understand the ADM system and I am a strong believer in the system and have seen just how good it works. I have seen these kids grow and flourish into great skaters and stick handlers. But to see our children’s faces after a loss, after out skating and out stick handling almost every other team we have come up against. Only to lose because our kids don’t know how to play their positions. Week after week our children improve more and more but struggle when it comes time to playing the game! We practice 3 times a week and it would be nice to see one of those nights strictly dedicated to learning the game. But with that being said I am very impressed with my child’s skating and stick handling abilities and have watched him grow into a kid who loves the game and just loves to be on the ice! And I owe it to the koha program. Thank you!
DID YOU KNOW?: The practice of individual skills is important but the most important part of what we do is the transfer of these skills to the game environment. This is also true with so called positional play. Positions are no longer defined specifically by their name (LW, RW, C, LD, RD,). Although this might be where a player lines up on the face-off, position in today’s game is more about whether or not a team is on offense, on defense or in transition. Position on the ice has nothing to do with naming and everything to do with where a player is on the ice in relation to the puck, the goal and the other players on the ice (both teammates and opponents). Every small area game in practice, every random practice activity which involves more than one player and where there is a decision to be made is teaching position. Not static positioning of where to line up on the face-off or the old methods of a coach outlining exactly what a left wing is allowed to do and exactly where he is allowed to go, but rather the positioning that teaches a player how to make a decision on the ice that puts them in the best possible place to be successful and help their team.