February 2008


The Atlantic Youth League Playoffs take place this weekend for our PW major squad.  The ’95 team has been on a tear and is poised to upset.  Their first round game in the 8 team elimination is on Saturday at the Flyers NorthEast Philadelphia Skate Zone.  Saturday looks to open vs. the 20 game winning Team Maryland, the 3rd seed.  The Titans lost 2 games on the road back in October to the talented team Maryland, so knocking them off would be a great tournament start.  This will be also be a good test for the District Playoffs in a few weeks.  Good Luck Boys!

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Please note change to the date of the Girls U14 and U19 tryouts originally scheduled for 4/11.  They have been moved to April 28th.  U14 is at 6:30-7:30, U19 7:45-8:45.   This is the first year of Titan girls-only teams.  If you know girls that play, let them know about the tryouts.  The women’s game continues to improve its participation in Youth Hockey, growing its population ten-fold from 1991 levels.

USA Hockey has made Girls/Women participation a high priority. They surveyed their female players in 2005, and found that most girls that play the game love it, and it is their favorite sport. Their population is split fairly evenly between girls only teams and mixed gender squads.

Until PeeWees (where checking is introduced), the girls game is played with the same rules. At PeeWee and up, contact (riding a player) is permitted, but hard hits, like hip checks are a penalty in the girls only game.

Parents and girls are then faced with a tough decision, beside what position to play, or what club to try out for. They also need to decide either to play with the boys, where there are more teams and on average, more competitive hockey, or play on a girls-only team.

Some like playing with boys.  About 1/2 the girls in the survey that liked playing with them boys did so because of the faster pace, physicality, and proving they could compete. The other half thought it was their only viable option.  Given a robust girls program, most would rather play just girls.  Girls on mixed teams have the awkward issues of locker room dressing, finding other teammates or linemates to bond with, and the fact that they mature faster than boys their age.  One girl’s quote from the survey summed up the benefits of playing on a girl squad:

“You don’t have to worry about how nasty the boys are and girls relate to each other better and we have sooo much fun. But when we are on the ice we are not girls we’re ‘Hockey Players’.”

The girls still report very high satisfaction on mixed teams, but drop out less when they play on a girls team. Alternative sports in high school take a majority of all female players that make it to bantams, yet 93% of girls indicated they would like to play on a girls HS team if it were available to them.  If a D1 school offers guys hockey, you can bet they will have a women’s squad, and the odds are that if you have a talented Jane and John, Jane will have a greater chance of wearing her school’s colors than John.

The competitive level of female players continues to rise, and worldwide participation is at an all-time high. The women’s game was rare from WWII to the late 60’s, but Canada had many women’s leagues in the 1920s & 30s and women have played as long as the guys. Read about the history of the women’s game:

http://proicehockey.about.com/od/womenshockey/a/women_history.htm

Anyway, if you know some female hockey players that want to enjoy the benefits of being Titans, tell them about the tryouts.

On March 22 get your friends ready for some cross-ice fun. For less than the price of a clinic, you can play at least 3 games of hockey.  With divisions for age groups from Mites-to-Midgets, the mini-tourney all happens in one day.  Teams of 6 players plus a goalie will play 3 on 3, no checking, fast paced games in three, ten minute periods.   Price is $30 per player or $210 per team. 

Cross ice may be the best way to develop your puck handling, passing and shooting skills, getting you far more touches than in a full ice game.  Its also a great way to keep sharp for tryouts.  Contact Coach Randy Walker in the proshop or email:  Randy@wallsportsarena.com 

We are still taking registrations for our Spring High School and Middle School Leagues: Games will be played on weekday nights–Day has not been determined as yet, but if you have a preference you can let me know and I’ll forward it onto George.
Spring Middle School league: 6, 7 and 8th grades only
Begins week of March 24
12-15 players per team
10 games per team
2 practices per team
All teams will be included in playoffs
Cost: $235.00 per player
Registrations can be by individual or team–sign up as a team and receive a team discount.
Spring High School League:  9, 10 and 11th grades only
Begins week of March 24
12-15 players per team
10 games per team
2 practices per team
All teams included in playoffs
Cost: $250.00 per player
Registrations can be by individual or team–sign up as a team and receive a team discount.
Registration brochures can be picked up at the rink for more information.
If you have any questions, please contact me
Thanks!!
Joanne Torrisi
Wall Sports Arena
Group Events/Jr. Titan Administrator
732-919-7070

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Coach Gibby’s boys hit Bridgewater this weekend and came away winners, for their second tournament gold in a row.  Full Story:

http://titanpeeweea.wordpress.com/2008/02/20/pee-wee-champs-again/ 

“Mites Squish the Competition”

On the weekend of February 9th and 10th the mites traveled to Rockville,
Maryland for a three-game series against the Montgomery Blue Devils.
The teams split the two games played at Wall Sports Arena in late
October, and each was looking to see an improvement on that result.  The
weekend started poorly for the Titans, as Coach Huggan and Ian couldn’t
make the trip due to illness, and Coach Kerber and Danny had to leave
before the games on Saturday when it became apparent that Danny had
chickenpox.  Coaches Walker and Heiser did well in managing with only
ten skaters on the bench for the weekend as the Mites came away with
three impressive wins: 9-3, 4-1, and 6-2.  The Titans’ dominance was
such that the Montgomery coaches questioned whether this was the same
team they played in October.

On February 16th the mites improved to 9-1 in 2008 and 19-11 overall
with a 7-1 drubbing of the Princeton Tigers at Baker Arena.  The Titans
gave up a number of chances in the first period as they didn’t seem
ready to play, but still managed a 1-0 lead.  The Titans blew open the
game in the second period and cruised in the third to an eventual 7-1
win.

On Sunday the mites ventured to Iceland to play the Mercer Chiefs, but
due to a scheduling mishap many of the Chief players did not arrive in
time for the game.  4 Titans played on the side of the Chiefs and opened
up a 6-2 lead on the strength of a hat trick by Ryan Damelio and two
goals by Trevor Cear against their mates.  The all-Titan team came
storming back on the strength of great passing and scoring by Alex
Phipps and James Waiter.  The exciting and fun game ended Titans 6,
Titans/Chiefs 6.

Signup forms to come soon! Get ready for 2008-2009!

APRIL 8, 2008

U16 7:00-8:00 PM

JRS 815-9:15 PM

JRS 9:30-10:30 PM

APRIL 9, 2008

U18 7:00-8:00 PM

APRIL 10, 2008

U16 7:00-8:00 PM

U18 7:15-8:15 PM

JRS 8:15-9:15 PM

JRS 9:30-10:30 PM

APRIL 11, 2008

U18 7:15-8:15 PM

U14 6:15-7:15 PM

APRIL 12, 2008

U16 SHORT SEASON 10:30-11:30 AM

U16 FULL SEASON 11:45AM-12:45 PM

JRS 1:00-2:00 PM

JRS 2:15-3:15 PM

APRIL 15, 2008

SQUIRT MINOR “99” 5:15-6:15 PM

SQUIRT MAJOR “98” 5:30-6:30 PM

PEEWEE MINOR “97” 6:30-7:30 PM

PEEWEE MAJOR “96” 6:45-7:45 PM

BANTAM MINOR “95” 7:45-8:45 PM

BANTAM MAJOR “94” 8:00-9:00 PM

APRIL 16, 2008

SQUIRT MINOR “99” 5:15-6:15 PM

SQUIRT MAJOR “98” 5:30-6:30 PM

PEEWEE MINOR “97” 6:30-7:30 PM

PEEWEE MAJOR “96” 6:45-7:45 PM

BANTAM MINOR “95” 7;45-8:45 PM

BANTAM MAJOR “94” 8:00-9:00 PM

APRIL 17, 2008

SQUIRT MINOR “99” 5:15-6:15 PM

SQUIRT MAJOR “98” 5:30-6:30 PM

PEEWEE MINOR “97” 6:30-7:30 PM

PEEWEE MAJOR “96” 6:45-7:45 PM

BANTAM MINOR “95” 7:45-8:45 PM

BANTAM MAJOR “94” 8:00-9:00 PM

APRIL 19, 2008

SQUIRT MINOR “99” 10:00-11:00 AM

SQUIRT MAJOR “98” 11:15 AM-12:15 PM

PEEWEE MINOR “97” 12:30-1:30 PM

PEEWEE MAJOR “96” 1:45-2:45 PM

BANTAM MINOR “95” 3:30-4:30 PM

BANTAM MAJOR “94” 3:30-4:30 PM

APRIL 21, 2008

MITES 2000-YOUNGER 5:00-6:00 PM

SQUIRT 99/98 6:15-7:15 PM

PEEWEE 97/96 7:30-8:30 PM

BANTAM 95/94 8:45-9:45 PM

APRIL 28, 2008

U14 GIRLS 6:30-7:00 PM

U19 GIRLS 7:45-8:45 PM 

MITES 2000-YOUNGER 5:00-6:00 PM

SQUIRT 99/98 6:15-7:15 PM

PEEWEE 97/96 7:30-8:30 PM

BANTAM 95/94 8:45-9:45 PM

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