My name is Tony Ricciuti and I am excited to be the head coach of the Nepean Wildcats Peewee Competitive AA team for the 2019/2020 season. This will be my 8th year coaching, 6th as a head coach. Coaching is my true passion and my hope is that this will be evident to you with every single practice plan and attention to detail. As we lay out the season plan, my goal is to make your daughter a better athlete, as well as helping her to understand the combined importance of sports, nutrition and education.
My coaching philosophy at the Peewee level will be to stress fun, communication, and basic/fundamental skill development (skating, passing, and shooting). This being the competitive level, I will also teach positional and team play, and being to touch on special teams and other situational play as per Hockey Canada guidelines. On top of this, we will be learning the essentials of nutrition, fitness and training, and character development based on a progressive development seasonal plan I have put together.
The kids’ enjoyment will be the primary focus, teaching players to love the process of development and learning, not just the result. I believe making this a habit is fundamental to improvement.
o Fair ice time: each player will be given a chance to develop
o Build work ethic and character: players will be challenged to work hard and do drills with high intensity. Players will be encouraged to go slightly out of their comfort zones to improve.
o Practice with a purpose: We will be a goal oriented team, having both individual and team goals and objectives that we will strive to achieve together.
o Treat each player as an individual: I will find out what motivates them and how they learn and take a vested interest in each player and their improvement, both as athletes and people.
o Decision making: Get kids to learn how to think under pressure and make decisions based on the play at hand, not just based on repetition.
o Team play: teaching the kids to be a part of something bigger than themselves and to buy in to the idea that true measure of success is team based, not individual based
I will put all my energy into the development of this team and will consider this season a success if we see significant improvement in every player. Our players will understand that success comes from commitment, hard work and winning each and every battle!
We will be looking to play in approximately 5-6 tournaments this season, with the possibility of provincials.
Parental involvement in the team events, organizational responsibilities and fundraising activities will be very important to make this a successful season. Unfortunately, the competitive level comes at a higher cost; we will therefore need your help in order to achieve our goals. I am anticipating team fees to be approx. $1850.00/player. Upon the completion of sort-outs, a team fundraising strategy will be developed in an effort to reduce these costs and any other expenses. Ice time/dryland will be approx. 4-5 times/week.
I’m looking forward to meeting everyone at tryouts and wish all the girls the best of luck! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Head Coach NGHA PCAA 2018-19