I am excited to welcome you and your child to our Perinton Blades 12U White Team. Our team goal is to create an enjoyable hockey experience for every player. Hockey is a terrific lifetime sport and, more simply, a really fun activity to do on a Saturday morning in the middle of winter.
The 12U White Team will be coached by Scott Brace, Dave Bonfield, Mike Lord, and myself. I want to thank Scott, Dave, and Mike upfront for volunteering to help me run the team this season. I know they will be putting in many hours of USA Hockey training over the next month.
We are starting our search for a team manager. The manager is very important for a successful season. The manager helps plan tournaments, organize the scoresheets, schedules clock and penalty box duties, create the season game schedule, and organize fundraising efforts. We really encourage you to consider volunteering for this role and I am happy to talk to you more about it. We do have to make tournament decisions in the next few weeks though.
On the immediate calendar, we have a practice scheduled for Wednesday, September 11th at 6:00 PM at Paul Louis Arena (PLA) in Rochester. Then, we have practice scheduled for Saturday, Sept 14th at 10:00 AM (PLA) and then Sunday, Sept. 15th at 12:30 PM (PLA). In the next few days, I will update the team schedule on the Perinton Blades web page (Daley) tab. We understand that your hockey player might have other commitments such as football, soccer, or baseball and that is awesome! We encourage hockey players to be multisport athletes and understand there will be conflicts. This is common in the early part of the season. During September and October, our practices will be less focused on team strategies and more focused on getting our feet moving quickly, handling the puck, and working on our edges. We do have a smaller roster this season so communicating about missing games ahead of time will be important.
If your player has a Blades jersey, please have them wear it to practice on Wednesday. We need to create a finalized roster with every number recorded for USA Hockey. We also want to make sure that players getting a new jersey can get a unique number. If you are not going to be at practice, please send me your player’s jersey number.
I will be organizing very soon a classroom session with the players to set our team norms. We will be exploring our norms for the locker room, practices, and winning and losing games. I will also be organizing a time with parents to discuss our team policies and expectations. As our team follows SafeSport recommendations, it is our team policy to not allow players into a locker room until a coach or manager is present and there will always be at least three people in the room. Please do not let your child into a locker room until a coach or the manager is present.
2019-2020 Perinton Blades White (Daley)
Jack Bonfield (Goalie)
Lillian Fyfe Lapage
Go, Team, Go!