The Florida Junior Everblades A/AA organization prides itself on a level of professionalism and providing each of their players the best opportunities to showcase their talent and undergo a fair and reasonable try-out selection process. For the upcoming 2014 Try-Out process the Junior Everblades will partner with some of the brightest hockey coaches and professionals in SWFL to provide your son or daughter a fair and unbiased selection process. Each try-out will consist of (2) on-ice sessions. The two sessions will be 60-minute scrimmages. The scrimmages will consist of a live game with referees. The games will be played in two 25-minute halves and be 5-on-5 format. (Please see other rules below). Overseeing each session will be three to four selection committee members that will be creating their own individualized scouting list and ranking the players. In addition to the selection committee members will be Tad O’Had, Director of Jr. Everblades Hockey who will be providing an additional scouting list. Additionally, each teams head coach will be providing his own scouting report. This process will take into account 7-8 different scouting reports that will be compared and discussed with the Director of Hockey and the try-out selection committee. Once the reports are reviewed and discussed, teams will be presented online at www.jreverblades.org within a 48-hour period. Following Try-Outs Tad O’Had (Hockey Director) will make himself available for Office Hours at Germain Arena to discuss any concerns that may arise. (Times will be posted at try-outs). It is our goal to provide your son/daughter the fairest opportunity to showcase their talents for this upcoming tryout process. While we understand that the tryout process can be stressful and rigorous for these young players, we also understand the value of competition and having to earn your spot on a team. In saying this, we want to provide each hockey player a fair and reasonable opportunity. We hope you will consider coming to tryouts and becoming a part of the Florida Junior Everblades Hockey Organization.
Try-Out Scrimmage Rules:
Players split into two teams
(2) 60 minute scrimmage games
1 referee system
If a penalty is called the player is sent back to bench and losses his shift.
Initial face-off to start game
1:00 minute shifts (buzzer will sound to change lines)
5:00 minute changes for goalies (double buzzer will sound to change goalies and a face-off will occur where play ended)
Clock is set to run-time
When a goal is scored opposing teams retrieves puck from net and fore-checking team retreats to top of the circles.
***NOTE: Rules are designed to help maximize playing time
Consistent with USA Hockey guidelines, the Junior Everblades strongly encourages players to play in the correct division for their age. In certain limited circumstances, however, JEB Board of Directors (BOD) and Hockey Director (HD) may permit a player in his/her age division to play up to the next higher age division. Requests to play up will be granted only when that is in the best interest of both the player and the Association as a whole.
When a player will be allowed to play up:
The Association will consider granting a request to play up only when the Board of Directors and Hockey Director, in consultation with the coaches in the player’s age division and the next higher age division, conclude that a player has the skills and other qualities required to succeed in a higher age division. If the Board of Directors, Hockey Director and coaches believe a player should not play up, the player will not play up. Even if the coaches believe a player has the skills and other qualities required to succeed in a higher age division, the BOD and HD might not approve the play up request. The BOD & HD will grant play up requests only if all of the other factors the Association considers in evaluating play up requests also support allowing the player to play up. Those other factors include:
1. Whether allowing the player to play up positively impacts their development as a hockey player. It must be undeniable that allowing the player to play up is the best thing for the player’s maturation and development process as a hockey player. This will be discussed with coaches, directors and hockey specialists. The player must be an exceptional talent and must standout from the norms.
2. Whether allowing a player to play up positively or negatively affects the Association's ability to form teams or second teams at either affected age level.
3. Whether allowing a player to play up afford more players overall the opportunity to play travel hockey in the Association.
4.Whether allowing a player to play up would involve the player taking the position of an age-appropriate player who would then be left with no position on an Association team. Playing up will not be allowed in that circumstance.
As stated in the bylaws and rules the Board of Directors and Hockey Director will make the final decision allowing or not allowing a player to be rostered in a higher age division after consulting with the coaches in the affected age divisions, subject to Board approval. Those decisions will be final, and are not subject to appeal or other reconsideration.
The process for requesting permission to play up
To implement these guidelines in a manner that is fair to each family and player in the Association, the following specific rules and deadlines will apply:
1. Parents who want the Association to consider allowing their child to play up must submit a written request to the JEB Hockey Director at least 10 days before the first designated tryout date for the division the player wants to move up to. The submission of this request does not mean a player will be allowed to play at the higher age level or even that he/she will be allowed to attend a tryout for a higher age division. The written request simply notifies the Association that a particular player wants to be considered for the higher age division.
Play up requests must include a signed copy of the Junior Everblades Risk Acknowledgement and Liability Waiver form, acknowledging the risks associated with playing outside of a participant’s age classification. This form may be obtained from the website.
2. The JEB Hockey Director, in consultation with the coaches in the affected age divisions, will evaluate each request under the guidelines described above, subject to Board approval. The Hockey Director will notify parents who have submitted a written play up request whether the Association has decide to allow or not to allow particular players to try out at a higher age division. Allowing a player to come to a tryout for a higher age division does not mean that the player will make a team in that division, only that the player is being given the opportunity to be evaluated along with other players who attend the tryouts.
3. In some years, the Association could conclude as tryouts approach that the number of players anticipated to attend tryouts may not be sufficient to form the number of teams the Association hopes to form in some divisions. If that happens, the JEB BOD and HD, in consultation with the coaches in the affected age divisions, may determine that the best interests of the Association would be served by inviting second year players from one age division to attend one or more of the tryouts in the next higher age division. The BOD and HD will notify the parents of those players as soon as possible if that decision is made.
Rules that apply when a player is allowed to play up:
If the Junior Everblades allow a player to play up in a particular year, the following rules will apply to that player:
1. The BOD and Hockey Director reserve the right to reverse a decision allowing a participant to play-up at any time up to December 15 based on the recommendations of the coaches involved, subject to Board and HD approval. If a player that has moved up is experiencing difficulty at the higher age level, as determined by the coaches and Hockey Director, the player may be moved back to his or her age-appropriate division. This will allow the registrar time to complete the necessary changes on the rosters prior to the December 31 deadline.
2. If the Association allows a player to move to the next higher age division, the player must forfeit their number if a player is already using that number on the team at that higher age level.
3. If the Association allows a player to move to the next higher age division, the participant is responsible for all costs associated with playing at the next higher age division.
4. If the Association allows a player to move to play at the next higher age division, the decision is valid only for that season.
For more information and to submit your request please contact Tad O’Had
Head Coach and Assistant Coach Positions Available
Florida Junior Everblades Hockey “A/AA”
- Head Coach and Assistant Coach Positions Available
The Florida Junior Everblades are searching for top quality coaches looking to be apart of the strong tradition of excellence with the Florida Junior Everblades Youth Hockey Association for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. The Junior Everblades are an “A/AA” Hockey program located in Estero, Fl that competes out of Germain Arena. The Junior Everblades are looking for top quality coaches from Mite-Midget to continue the excellence in the tradition of Junior Everblade Hockey.
Plan and conduct 2 on ice practices a week
Attend all games, practices and team functions
Plan and execute highly effective on-ice practices
Recruit and retain players
Conduct chalk talk and video sessions
Provide players with player evaluations
Adhere to all Junior Everblade and league rules and regulations
Effectively communicate with parents, players and team manager on an ongoing basis
Represent the organization in a positive manner on and off the ice
Develop and advance players skills, hockey I.Q. and personal character
Conduct yourself as a professional
Coaching and/or playing experience
USA Hockey Certification
Good organizational and communication skills
High degree of common sense
Flexible schedule and ability to travel on weekends
Eligible to work in the US
Motivated and competitive
Competitive coaching stipend and travel expenses are based on experience.
SEAN KOPPER (JEB U18), SELECTED AS A NATIONAL MERIT FINALIST
Congratulations to Sean Kopper, a member of the JEB U-18 Team, who has advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program by "demonstrating through distinguished performance a high potential for future academic accomplishment." Sean now has the opportunity to designate one institution as his "institution of choice," which will ultimately consider him for a scholarship as a result of his Finalist status. He will also be sent full scholarship offers from various other colleges and universities across the nation in hopes Sean will consider attending their school. As a student achieving Finalist status, Sean will also be considered for additional foundation scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The Junior Everblades are very proud of Sean’s accomplishments both on the ice and in the classroom!
Germain Arena is a member of the Central Florida Hockey League. During the spring travel
hockey season Germain Arena offers the Germain Bulldogs. The Germain Bulldogs are a
Tier 2 A & AA travel hockey program. The program is headed up by the Germain Arena
Hockey Director Karl Masnjak.
The goal for the Germain Bulldogs is to continue to develop players at a competitive level that
that will prepare players for their upcoming Fall travel hockey program.
The Central Florida Hockey League has made some major changes to the rules for Spring
league. These rule changes will force programs, teams, and players to be organized and
operate under the same playing rules as they do in the fall.
Here are some highlights of the new rules and the format of the league.
● 10 games played over 5 weekends and 12 practices
● Playoffs – 5th weekend will be playoffs
● Players are required to play in the age division they will play in the 2014/2015 season
● Players must play in a minimum 4 league games to qualify for the playoffs weekend.
● Rosters will be frozen and players can not be added after the 2nd week of league play.
● Player’s can not be double rostered on an A & AA team within the same age division.
● No team may dress players not on that team’s official USA Hockey roster for any league
game. Any team using a player(s) not on the team’s official roster are subject to penalties up
to and including the forfeiting of all the games played with ineligible players. USAH
Supplemental rosters must be received by Thursday at 5 PM prior to the game weekend in
order for additional players to dress and play. Only players and coaches listed on the
scoresheet are eligible for that game and NO write ins are allowed for any reason. New
players to the official USAH roster must be submitted to the Administrator by Thursday at
5pm prior to the game weekend via email
The Germain Bulldogs will field teams at the following age divisions:
Squirt – 2004 & 2005 ● Peewee – 2002 & 2003
Bantam – 2001 & 2000 ● U16 – 1998 & 1999
Monday March 17th Squirt @ 7:15pm
Tuesday March 18th Peewee @ 6:00pm
Tuesday March 18th Bantam @ 7:15pm
Thursday March 20th U16 @ 7:15pm
The Junior Everblades Board of Directors extends their congratulations to the 99 players making the Honor Roll for 1st quarter. This is an honor and a personal accomplishment. All of your hard work has paid off! It takes a great deal of talent, effort, and determination to achieve such a challenging goal while playing travel hockey.
Your commitment to excellence is evident in earning this academic honor. The diligence and effort you have given to your academic performance along with your many hours practicing and playing hockey are an indication that you will be successful in all you do. You should indeed be proud of your work!
It came to our attention last evening by a USA Hockey official that many of the players in the JEB organization are using expired or outdated helmets. We would strongly urge you to review the two attached links below.
This is a matter that USA Hockey will be strictly enforcing this season and players will be not allowed to play if their helmet is not updated or has the proper HECC certification stickers. We are hoping to make all aware of this matter prior to league play.
We at Athletic Republic are very excited to begin training the Junior Everblades again this season! It is going to be great year and we are ready to get back after it. The training will begin the week of September 16th and will carry on through to February 21st. Please keep in mind that there will be no training the weeks of Thanksgiving (November 25 - 29th) and Christmas Break (December 23-Jan 3rd). We have made every effort to schedule each team’s A/R training on a day they are already at the arena for practice, but it is simply impossible to accomplish. We appreciate your understanding in advance.
Please make sure that the players bring proper workout apparel, skates, and sticks to every training session. If you have any questions please feel free to ask! Below is the weekly training schedule for each team. The sessions will last 90 minutes. We are excited to continue the development and are looking forward to a great season ahead.
152 players along with 200 family and friends turned out for the 2013-2014 Junior Everblades Opening Day Ceremonies held on Saturday, August 17th. Board President Dave Shepard introduced new Hockey Director Tad O’Had to everyone in attendance and thanked former Director Karl Masjnak for fourteen fantastic seasons leading the JEB organization. The players and coaches that make up the 11 Junior Everblade teams were introduced by Master of Ceremonies John Holbert. Everyone in attendance agreed that it looks like another great season ahead for the Junior Everblades!
On Sunday, August 18th, 65 junior hockey players came out to support the Vera Masjnak Scholarship Fundraiser Clinic hosted by Vera’s son and former Junior Everblades Hockey Director Karl Masjnak. Vera passed away on June 26th after a battle with cancer and was a great friend of the Junior Everblades and strong supporter of junior hockey.
Nine coaches along-side Karl donated their time and talents to this very special morning. The coaches were: Tad O’Had, Pete Flores, Todd Pococke, Tyler Clarkston, Mike Shields, Matt Salera, Michael Haskins, Michael Divico and Dave Shepard.
The event was a great success and not only created some scholarship funds, but also helped 65 future hockey stars in their development. Thank you to everyone that participated!