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Regular Season Fall/Winter 2018-2019
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Happy Thanksgiving to the Mini Mite players and families. We will be off the Next two weekends. See everyone on 12/8/18~ Coach Ron

Mini Mite Picture Day is 11/10/18 (Please Arrive Early)

  Good afternoon Mini Mite Parents: Just wanted to give you an early warning "heads up" that Mini Mite picture day will be Saturday November 10th. Big Time Sports Photography is again working with our group for the pictures this year. This is the only date that Mini Mite pictures will be taken, so please make arrangements for your child to be there. With over 50 kids in our 3 groups, it is very important that you arrive EARLY for picture day. It is often a very hectic and confusing day and we want to keep the line moving and make sure your child gets in the right group photo. Make sure you get your child dressed in the locker rooms that day. Last thing we need is parents, players or me tripping over hockey bags in the photo shoot area. 

 
        I will be off ice all morning, so track me down if you have any questions or problems. Make sure you mark "Mini Mites", what group color (red, green or blue) your child is in and "Coach Ron" on the form as well. That will make it easier for the photographer to get everyone's pictures separated and  back to us in a timely matter. AAAHA tells me that I will have my forms this week. I will bring them to practice this Saturday the 3rd. If you miss our next practice, additional forms can be had on picture day or in case mom, dad or grandparents want their own separate package. They will be on the table with the photographer's assistant. Please remember to fill out the forms completely. The only "lost pictures" for the whole Association last year were due to incomplete forms. Mark Bak is a great guy and a patient photographer, but please remind your child (as I will) that his cameras, lights and back drops are very expensive and you and I do not want to replace his equipment. Do not swat at the puck, keep your stick down on the floor, etc. Here is the skating and picture schedule for that day:
 
Red Mini Mites will skate at 7 AM and get their pictures taken at 8 AM
Green Mini Mites will skate at 8 AM and get their pictures taken at 7 30 AM
Blue Mini Mites will skate at 9 AM and get their pictures taken at 8:30 AM
 
      If your child (red group) skates before their pictures, toss a brush in their bag to get rid of hockey helmet hair. Go right to the locker room after practice, take off their helmet, grab their stick for the individual picture and find me in the hallway. We'll do all individual pictures first, followed by our group photo. (Coaches included) If you have any more questions or issues feel free to contact me and I will see all on Saturday!
 
Have a safe and bountiful Halloween! (Coach Ron loves ButterfingersWink)
 
Coach Ron      

Mini Mites Parents/Coaches/Players Meeting 9/26/18

Good Evening Mini Mite Parents for the 2018/2019 hockey season. Hope everyone has had a great summer. Hard to believe hockey will be starting in less than a month. I attached a copy of our Mini Mite schedule for your convenience. I also put one on the Mini Mite Page of the AAAHA website. (aaaha.org) I will also put one up on the AAAHA Bulletin Board in the Cube Lobby on my next visit to Ann Arbor. Bev Bowman has graciously volunteered to be our Mini Mite Parent Liaison for this upcoming season. She will be there that night as well. Introduce yourself to her. She will be an invaluable asset to our program throughout the year.  

 
       We will be having an informative meeting with myself, the other coaches as well as the AAAHA board on Wednesday September 26th starting at 7 PM SHARP! The meeting will take place in the "glass fish bowl" room overlooking the Stadium Rink. I will be there early as well if you have any questions. Please arrive early if you can. If you have not turned in all of your child's paperwork electronically, PLEASE bring it with you that night. Someone will be sitting at the tables outside the hockey office to collect all paperwork. Remember we need a copy of your child's birth certificate. That seems to be the piece of paper that most new hockey parents forget. We cannot get our Mini Mite Team rostered unless all paperwork from players as well as coaches are turned in and complete. Please do not get angry with me, if I do not let your child on the ice for the first skate if he/she does not have completed paperwork turned in. It is a liability issue and a rule from USA Hockey, MAHA and AAAHA! If Mom or dad absolutely cannot make this meeting please contact me so I can go over which session I need your child to skate in for the first/evaluation skates.
 
          I was told that jerseys and socks are in and ready for pickup for our meeting on the 26th. If you are a returning Mini Mite or Tim Bit from last year, PLEASE ask the person sitting at the table to give you the opposite color jersey that your child had last year. Keep both jerseys in your child's hockey bag in case I get a group that seems to have all the same color jerseys. If returning Mini Mite parents have heard my speech last year, you do not need to come to the meeting. (Even though I'd like to see a familiar face or two) Just make sure you turn in all paperwork, get your socks and jerseys and you are free to leave. New Mini Mite parents: I promise my meeting will be short and sweet. We'll just go over equipment, rules and regulations for both the players and parents. We'll discuss the Instructional Program we run here in Ann Arbor and I'll leave the end open for any questions you might have. If any of my new parents want to help coach on the ice, contact me that night or following the coaches corner section on the AAAHA website. Painless!
 
        Well that about sums it up. For the new parents, I am usually easy to spot. I will have the biggest, booming voice in the rink, usually sporting MSU swag in the middle of Wolverine Central. If you can't spot me, just ask one of my returning parents to point me out. Again the paperwork issue is the one thing that bogs down our program and remember all of the coaches, off ice assistants and board members are volunteers. If you have any more questions before the meeting on the 26th, feel free to contact me. Hope to see all soon. Yours in youth hockey, Respectfully...... 
 
Coach Ron Dragan
drag7r@aol.com
 

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