Minor Hockey to host coaching clinic

The Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association will hold a coaching clinic next Friday and Saturday at the Memorial Sports Centre for anyone interested in trying their hand at heading a house league team.
The clinic, run roughly once every two years here, will deal with the more philosophical aspects of coaching, with some on-ice sessions.
There is a fee of $75 for the sessions, which will run from 6-10 p.m. on Friday and again for eight hours on Saturday.
Seven girls’ league coaches have committed for the sessions, which usually draw about 15 coaches. An instructor from Thunder Bay will run the clinic.
FFMHA board member Gord McQuarrie said minor hockey is in need of house league conveners and coaches for all age groups, and that this clinic is a good way to get better acquainted with it.
He added all those interested must register by Wednesday (Sept. 26).
In related news, for the first time ever, the FFMHA has extended its player registration deadline (to Monday) in order to get schedules better organized.
McQuarrie, who is doing such duties for the first time, said the extra time was needed and shouldn’t hurt regular league procedures.
“The big reason for backing it up was for getting set quicker and get everyone organized. The last couple years it’s been kind of close and its been a bit of a panic,” he said.
McQuarrie said house leagues will begin with their regular two weeks of evaluation skates from Oct. 1-6 and Oct. 8-13 at both arenas.
Their regular season officially will start Oct. 15.
McQuarrie said a rough count of entry forms for all house leagues sits around the average of 400, with a slight increase in the novice division (aged five-six).
So far there are three teams for novice, five for Tom Thumb (eight-nine), four for Atom (10-11), three for PeeWee (12-13), and two for Bantam (14 -15).
Midget is the only division to experience drastically low numbers. As of this morning, only three players had signed up.
Known for late turnouts, McQuarrie reasoned there simply are a lot of Muskie sports competing for the interest of boys aged 15-17, especially the upcoming high school hockey season.
The league has offered potential Midget players a reduced rate of $125 for the season (teams would play every Wednesday).
Asked whether that division will be cancelled outright, McQuarrie replied, “I don’t know. We’ll just play it by ear.”
For any questions regarding conveners and coaches, McQuarrie can be contacted at Skates and Blades (274-6180).