Video introduction to the Cyclones
As the youth hockey season swings into full gear, there has been plenty of action in and around Chicagoland in the past few weeks. Between the Nike Bauer World Invite, and many teams traveling to Grand Rapids for the Big Bear Tournament, Cyclone teams have been very busy. That includes the little guys and girls too!
The Cylcone Amateur Hockey Association recently hosted a mite jamboree at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Nine teams were involved including the Cyclones with 3, the Sabres with 3, the Admirals with 2 and the Blackbirds (Dyer, IN) with 1. In total there were 100 kids from the U6 and U8 age groups involved! What a great morning of hockey!
According to Cyclones Hockey Director, Peter Rutili, jamborees are organized at different rinks, and hosted by different clubs. “The main purpose of this event is really to get our Travel Prep players together to have the opportunity to compete against other Mite Developmental programs from our friends at neighboring clubs. Each team got to play two 30 minute cross-ice games in a fun and competitive environment.” The Cyclones have been invited to participate in similar events by all the other clubs, so this afforded our club the opportunity to reciprocate. This proved to be a great opportunity to organize our own event, host our neighbors, and get the kids, parents, grandparents etc. together for a fun morning of hockey.”
These events are critical to the development of young players…they get a chance to feel the excitement of competition in a pressure free setting. Rutili added, “As I have said many times before, I am a big believer in developing players in small areas of ice. Especially at younger ages, repetitions and puck touches are of critical importance to a player’s development and more importantly, this adds to the enjoyment and fun factor. These cross ice jamboree events allow the kids the reps, the “game action” and the fun aspect all in one event. My feeling, at these U6 and U8 levels, is that it is more about creating an environment where the kids are learning by playing, doing and repetition rather than a whole lot of teaching and instruction. We want kids to have a good foundation of the skating basics, edges, stick skills, but we also want to encourage them to be creative and instinctive and do the things that come naturally to them while they are playing.”
Thanks to all who participated in a fun morning at the rink!
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