U of A Ringette Summer Camp 2008 June Newsletter
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U of A Ringette Summer Camp 2008 June Newsletter www.ringette.ualberta.ca What’s in this Newsletter: • Camp Highlights • Concussion Prevention and Treatment • U of A Ringette News • How to Make Better Passes • Feature U of A Player: Amy Maclean, #34 Think you need to switch to hockey to have athletic opportunities and receive scholarships? No way! University Ringette is flourishing in Canada, with over twenty Universities now hosting a ringette team, girls have more opportunities than ever before to be involved in a post‐ secondary atmosphere. This year, the U of A Ringette club, with the help of generous sponsors, offered its players scholarships totalling $25 000! Did you know that the U of A Ringette team has been around for FIVE years now? Over 50 girls have been members of the team and benefitted from the opportunities provided to them. The U of A Ringette club is very involved in the community. This includes: • The Kids in the Crowd Program, where teams of young ringette players can come out and enjoy a behind the scenes look at what playing on the U of A team is like. • Weekend Skill Development Clinics during the season instructed by U of A ringette players. • School Read-In Week when coaches and team members attend schools and read to classes. • School Visitation Program where teachers and students learn about ringette by playing it in the gym. As well, U of A players discuss the importance of academics. Concussions A concussion is a bruise of the brain tissue caused by either a direct blow to the head or whiplash. Concussions are all too common in ringette and other sports as well. Knowing a little about them can help you either prevent concussions or avoid permanent damage from not treating them correctly. Signs and symptoms include: headache, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, confusion, tiredness, sensitivity to light, poor balance, coordination and concentration, and decreased playing ability. Concussions may entail a loss of consciousness but this is not common. Symptoms might not be present immediately after the injury and worsen with time. ALWAYS consult with a doctor as soon as possible after a head injury! When an injury occurs, remove the player from the game and do not leave them alone. Do not administer medications without guidance from a doctor, as some may worsen the concussion. Recovery time varies by individual and the severity of the injury. Make sure you leave adequate time to heal because reinjury could result in further delays in healing and possibly even permanent brain damage. The best treatment is rest and avoiding any sort of strenuous activity. Make sure that you seek confirmation from a doctor that it is okay to start exercising again. Most doctors recommend a stepwise process to recovery through inactivity, light exercise, training, drills, and then finally game play. Prevention Make sure your helmet is CSA certified and replace it at the very least every seven years. If there are any cracks, replace your helmet immediately. Also, hair products can deteriorate the foam and render your helmet unsafe. Your helmet should fit snugly and all straps should be secured. Custom fitted mouth guards can also help prevent concussions. Play safe! For more information on concussions, check out:www.thinkfirst.ca/concussion_education.asp CAMP HIGHLIGHTS • There will be 12 U of A Ringette players instructing the 2008 summer camps. Visit our website and get to know your instructors better by viewing the Player Roster. U of A Ringette players are some of the best university ringette players in Canada. • Each camper will receive two, one hour ice sessions, one and a half hours of off‐ice training, and one and a half hours of player development every day. On‐Ice Skill Development‐ Lesson plans that focus on skill development and positional play. Power Skating‐ Three hours of on‐ice instruction by power skating expert, Donna Stewart, who applies her 25 years of experience to the needs of ringette players of all skill levels. Instructional Scrimmage‐ On Thursday and Friday the afternoon ice time will consist of a scrimmage guided by U of A players. Off‐Ice Training‐ Alex Game, Coordinator of the U of A’s Sport and Health Assessment Center, has prepared dryland sessions that specifically apply to the demands of athletes playing ringette. These sessions are delivered by U of A players, who experience similar training sessions during their season. Player Development‐ These classroom sessions are designed to develop a well‐ rounded ringette player, with information on nutrition, mental toughness, goal setting, self‐esteem, and avoiding injury. Sessions include video critique, game strategies, crafts, and ringette trivia. Effective passing is a crucial element of playing ringette. Scoring opportunities begin with the goalie and defence because we HAVE to pass to be able to get to the offensive zone and score. To help reach the other end, many teams construct Breakout Plays so that each player is aware of where the other players should be on the ice and that way they know all of their passing opportunities. Many missed passes occur when there is a lack of communication. Let your teammates know that you are open and ready for a pass! Another great way to show that you are ready for the ring, is to make yourself a clear target. This means that you have your stick out to one side and you keep it there until you get the ring. Last minute changes in directions will result in missed passes! Timing and accuracy are difficult skills to master so don’t get discouraged. Keep practicing! Favourite Ringette memory: One of Special opportunities you have had my favourite ringette memories has because of ringette: Ringette has to be winning the gold medal at the Feature Player allowed me to travel all over Canada Canadian Ringette Championships in #34 Amy Maclean and to meet some pretty fantastic Halifax, 1999. It wasn’t so much the people. Most of my best friends Age: 24 win (although that was pretty have come from playing ringette, fantastic) it’s the memory of my Position: Goalie and that is something that can’t be mom leaning over the glass to give Number of years played: 18 replaced. me a hug during the celebration. Hometown: Sherwood Park One big tip for goalies: Stay calm, Seeing how proud she was of me is stay confident and stay big. Being a something that I will never forget. goalie can be pretty stressful at Another memory, although it wasn’t times, but it can also be a lot of fun. just one day, was driving to and from Staying calm, but intense is crucial all those early morning ringette for my game. I play better when I games and practices with my dad. I am relaxed, and I have more fun out learned so much about my dad and on the ice. Even if things don’t go from my dad during those countless perfectly every game, you still have hours driving to and from the middle to keep your confidence up. If one of nowhere. My parents have always gets past you, don’t get down on been my biggest fans, so I think yourself, shake it off and keep going. that’s why my favourite memories You are still just as good of a goalie involve them. as you were before you got scored What ringette has done for me as a on, so be confident in your skills. person: Wow, what hasn’t ringette Confidence also helps you to stay done for me as a person!? I truly big. Even if you are the smallest girl believe that it has taught me more on the ice, you need to think and than any other activity or experience I’m looking forward to the play like you are huge! It will help in my life. It has made me stronger summer camps in August give you the confidence you need to both physically and mentally, and because... I get to coach!! I love play as a goalie and to get in front of taught me how to keep going when working with young ringette that ring. times get tough. I know it sounds players who want to have fun What I’m looking forward to next cliché, but it’s true. It has taught me and work hard at the same time. season: I’m really looking forward that anything worth having is worth I love teaching a player to travelling with my teammates working for. Ringette also helped something, and then seeing her again. The University Challenge Cup develop my confidence, my work be successful at that skill later on is in Niagara Falls this year and I have ethic, my determination and taught in the week. I’m also excited to never been there, so I’m pretty me how to work as both a team see all the people who are excited. I am also looking forward to player and an individual. Ringette, returning from last year and to coaching again next year and school, work and friends have always meet all the new people at watching my players grow not only kept me super busy, but it has taught camp; both the players and the as a team on the ice, but as me how to organize and balance my instructors. individuals off the ice. life so that I can be successful in all of them.