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MIKE SMITH

BCBB

I am excited to have the opportunity to coach one of the Nepean Wildcats Bantam A teams for the 2019-2020 season. Christine and I have two daughters playing in the NGHA and I have had the pleasure of coaching at various levels in a variety of roles over the last 9 years. Most recently I was head coach with PeeWee A1 this past season.

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Philosophy

-Competitive sports should still be fun. If the girls aren’t having fun what is the point of making such a significant time and financial investment.
-Set ambitious team goals that push players to grow out of their comfort zone and further develop their individual hockey and life skills
-Try our best to “win” but also recognize there are huge hockey and life learning opportunities that come from facing setbacks and adversity.

Expectations

-Coaches, players and parents will bring a positive attitude to the rink.
-Practice is a priority over games. Players are expected to be at practice.
-Players are willing to play whatever position and with whatever teammates the coaches deem best for the team.

Commitment

-The team will be together on average 4-5 times per week.
-Family and school are top priority. However, the expectation is that this team will take priority over other activities and teams.

-Tournaments (TBD): 3 out of town and 2 local.
-The estimated team fees are $2300 per player (Reminder: 1.5 hour games/practices)

Tryouts

-NGHA has a deep and talented group of players at the Bantam level. This means there will be difficult release decisions made in conjunction with the NGHA independent evaluators.
-Players will be evaluated on their skill, hockey “IQ” and competitive intensity.

-Previous year level and team played for guarantees nothing. However, feedback from previous coaching staffs on a player’s work ethic, commitment and reputation as a good teammate will all be contributing factors in the selection process.

The Elephant in the Room

-Some parents were disappointed with the decision to balance the two A teams. I completely understand and respect that every parent wants what they believe is best for their daughter. However, to ensure the best experience possible for everyone on our team, we need 17 players (and families) who will be excited to be selected to this team.

-Please ensure prior to participating in these tryouts that players and their parents have discussed and accepted the balanced teams approach and are committed to being a positive part of this team.

Thanks for your cooperation and good luck to all players at tryouts.

Mike