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10U A American — Coach Juisti Very Much Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes N/A - Graduating, Moving, etc. We have two boys one 10 player 10U (Juisti) and one 6U (Pomante) and we where very pleased all around with both teams (coaches and managers)the boys where on! They’re both registered for next season and are very excited to start with new teams. They both move up a level.
6U Red — Coach Pomante Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree I helped out as an assistant to Dave Pomante and my son Blaise played. I also helped coach last year under Chris DiCrecchio. Last year, we ran line drills at the start of every practice (full ice skates, supermans, leg lifts, circles...later in the season we would backward skate at the blue line). Those line drills gave structure to the practice for the first 25 minutes. I believe, as well as many others believe, those drills did a great job in developing the kids skating ability. This year, the word came out from the organization that Dave was not to run line drills. No one understood it. I think it had a large impact on the quality of skating of the kids. Some atoms at the end of this year were barely able to skate backward whereas last year, mostly all ...were able to skate strong. I also think this directive handed down to Dave was unfair to him. Dave had to fill time with many of the same drills week after week. Filling a 25 minute gap with fresh, innovative drills can be tough for volunteer dad with a family and a career. The line drills in the previous year, re-enforced practice after practice, repetitive skating technique and the kids became stronger skaters. I know how Atoms level should all be fun and I strongly agree with that. But the omission of the basic (progressing over the season to medium skill) line drills was a mistake. Thats my two cents. -Brian Hemphill bhemp5@gmail.com
12U A National — Coach Saraceni Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Disagree Yes Very Much Agree Coach did an outstanding job in developing the players. They worked on real drills that would benefit them in a game. This team and coaching staff is by the far my son's favorite since playing for the Hawks.
18U A National — Coach Harkins Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Maybe Very Much Agree Coach Harkins & his crew, along with Allen Goodwin (Team Manager) delivered the exact team experience and mentality that I have hoped for in The Hawks organization. My son had a fantastic year with this team. And, at the end of the season, he was a better hockey player, and a better team mate, than he was when the season began. And that is the best a parent can hope for.
14U B National — Coach McKay Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach McKay really help my son develop this year then any other coach he’s played for in the past.
10U A American — Coach Juisti Neutral Neither Agree Nor Disagree Agree Disagree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Disagree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Disagree Nick and Mapes connected well with the kids and are nice guys. I can’t say the same for Adam. Their practice plans didn’t seem well planned because the players spent a lot of time standing in long lines. The A and B teams always practiced together and the expectations were geared towards the B team. The A team were not challenged or pushed. The overall expectations were not very high. There were certain players who regularly missed practices and games and were never held accountable. At the same time other players were benched, a shift to a period, for things during games. I am all for sitting a player for an appropriate amount of time because playing time is an effective motivator but it was clear that certain players were excluded from this.
8U Red— Coach Donahue Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Wonderful coaches. Went the extra mile to build a cohesive team focused on trust and teamwork, as well as building great hockey skills. We would be lucky to have them again.
14U B National — Coach McKay Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach is McKay is the best!
8U Gold — Coach Wharton Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree I don't Know Very Much Agree Coach Wharton, Jay and Ed were awesome to have as coaches. Each one of them focused on a different aspect of the sport. They pushed the kids to work hard and have some fun while doing it. Jacqueline kept us informed about all the events and sent reminders which was helpful. Good and intense experience. If my kids do not rejoin its due to scheduling issues and friends on opposite teams. Thanks, Deborah
12U A American — Coach Crossin Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Crossin did a great job with the players this year. I saw each of them improve throughout the year. I loved that it was a different perspective from Coach Crossin being a former player but not yet having kids if his own. He was able to relate to them on a player basis more than a parent basis. I got the sense that he grew up in the Hawks Era when coaches were tougher so it was nice to see these kids recieve a level of team involvement expectation from Coach Crossin and at the same time experience both levels of praise and dissapointment when they did or did not show uo for their team. Coach Crossin did not coddle any of them and I believe that really fosters their sense of pride in their team and responsibility for their own involvement in the team. He also really looked out for their safety. My son had a slight concussion in the season and Ryan shared with the kids and with us as parents his struggles with concussion and its' side effects. I think that was an excellent discussion and lesson about this first hand for both kids and parents. I believe Coach Crossin did a great job as a first year coach and will continue to grow as a coach. Also, Coach Dinmore was awesome with our goalies. I saw great growth in our son this year in ability and experience. It was so wonderful to have not only the Goalie Dr practices but to have a coach with goalie experience. I think having a coach with that experience is invaluable to the goalies and thus to the team!
12U AA — Coach Donegan Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Christian Vernacchio answered all the questions. He learned a lot this year, which made him a better player. He struggled in the beginning of the season but by the end of October, he seemed to have a better understanding of the game and started playing better.
12U A American — Coach Crossin Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree The coaches and manager for our team this year were FANTASTIC! Our son is a new goalie and 1st time on Hawks, he had a great experience. As did our family. The head coach, Ryan, was wonderful and positive but pushed the kids! He knows what it is like "to be a Hawk" and he takes it seriously. He is also not going easy on the kids, because he knows they can get even better....he pushed them at times and IMO, that made everyone of them better! The assistant coaches are more seasoned and excellent to the kids. We couldn't be happier with the dynamics! Bill Gabe was our manager and he worked his butt off! Thank you for putting together this staff and the opportunity for our son to play Hawks.
14U A National — Coach Cagliuso Very Much Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Agree Neutral Agree Very Much Agree Yes Neutral NA
12U A American — Coach Crossin Neutral Disagree Disagree Very Much Disagree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Agree Yes Very Much Disagree First, I wish to make it clear that I have no bad feelings toward any of the coaching staff outside of the role of coach. I have been involved in coaching and officiating within kids’ athletics and I understand how much time and effort is required. It is easily criticized and often unappreciated. I don’t want my comments to reflect upon how much I do appreciate their time invested. As far as the actual dynamics of the season are concerned, I feel that this season was a disappointment. I have had very good experiences with the club, however, not this time. Someone with no coaching experience, especially with kids, should NOT be put in a head coaching position. Despite previous hockey experience, coach Crossin was not prepared, nor fit to coach younger kids. Everything throughout the season was designed for and based upon college age players. Additionally, the assistants made it pretty clear that they were there to ensure their kids’ ice time and not much else. They had very little to offer as far as coaching kids to improve, learn the game, and had very little ability to manage games. From the very beginning of the season, the team was separated into the “favorite” second year players and then everyone else. This was reflected by playing time, treatment of different players, and even as far as pregame meetings outside of the locker room with certain players. I do not condone this behavior, however, I could understand it a little better if those chosen few were actually true leaders and highly talented players. Neither was the case. Leadership roles were assigned by coaching, not earned. These leaders were more often than not, poor examples. Tantrums on the ice, lazy play, not following instructions were quite common, but allowed. However, if other players followed that lead or made mistakes, they were punished by bench time. There were kids that made it clear that they did not want to be there and were permitted to drag the team down. There were players who had little or no desire to win. One “leader” even said more than once, that he didn’t care if they won, just as long as he got his goal. What kind of coach promotes or tolerates that type of attitude? Practices, for the most part were a total waste of time. It appeared that there was no plan. Of the 60 minutes of ice time, an average of 17-20 minutes were spent standing around trying to have overly complicated drills explained, or waiting for a turn to do the drill. Most of them took way too long to complete. The drills were not designed for developing 11 and 12 year olds. If they did not understand, or made a mistake…suicides.No actual skills were worked on or taught. The majority of the players had no concept of positioning, on ice responsibility, were unable to make or receive a pass, and could not shoot a puck. There is very little awareness on the ice, and as a team, they cannot get the puck out of their zone.This all still remains the case at the close of the season. Certainly not to the degree as early on, however, still an issue. Somehow, though, working on checking at the Pee Wee level, became important.??? Instead of working on fundamentals, and working as a team, the game plan was for a few players to go end to end, do not pass, and try to score. They will receive as much ice time as needed to accomplish this. This is what they were told, even in front of the other players. This is not what the game is about, and no one on the team was talented enough to pull this off. This team had to have set records for turnovers. The hungry, younger talent was never tapped into and developed. Players were constantly told to do contradictory things on the ice. And of course, mistakes are made, and they get benched. (Certain players exempted) Game decisions were questionable at best. Changing line members every other shift change, poor personnel choices, and coaches just not being aware of what is going on. There were many times that not enough players were on the ice, several too many men penalties, allowing certain players to repeatedly commit bad or lazy penalties with no repercussions. Coaches failing to recognize a delayed penalty to pull the goalie for an extra attacker, was a common theme. Shift changes were a disaster the entire season. The lines changed so many times during a game that half of the players had no idea when to go out. The next line was often not prepped to go out, leaving a defense completely exposed. Seldom were adjustments made during games, or even practices, to correct problems. Coaching errors caused too many losses. Teams are going to beat you, players are going to make costly mistakes, but there is no excuse for close, winnable games to be thrown away due to coaching mistakes or just plain unawareness. My son improved leaps and bounds last season. He came into this year at a high level, looking to improve and become a better player and teammate. I feel the program failed him. I was forced to go outside and spend additional funds on clinics to help develop skills that should have been addressed here. He loves the game more than anything. More than once this year, he told me that he didn’t want to play anymore. He was disappointed with the atmosphere of the team. The lack of team work, no desire to win, and feeling that his coach wasn’t interested. He was so afraid to make a mistake for fear of being benched for it. Fortunately, he stayed the course, and stayed as focused as he could. I wouldn’t allow him to quit, and told him to continue to work hard, listen, and not let other bad attitudes influence him. He still loves the game and will be back next year even though this year was disappointing. I don’t want to sound like the season was a total disaster. It wasn’t. Most of the kids had fun, made some new friends, and got to play some hockey. I feel that the season could have gone better. Once again, I do appreciate the time and effort the coaches and manager put in. I think experience with kids is a must for anyone getting into a head coaching position. Teaching the game of hockey and skill development should be the focus here, not telling the team how great certain team members are; especially when they’re not. Thank you for understanding.
12U A American — Coach Crossin Very Much Disagree Very Much Disagree Very Much Disagree Very Much Disagree Very Much Disagree Very Much Disagree Disagree Disagree Yes Very Much Disagree My son has played for the hawks for 4 season and this is by far the worst. It has nothing to do with our win/loss record. It is 100% due to poor coaching in every aspect. I did like Ryan and think he could be a head coach at some point, however is is far from ready to coach for the hawks at the peewee level. I will break it down in 3 parts, general attitude, practice and games. First is general attitude; 1. The coaches did everything the could to separate this team. By this I mean that all season they addressed the players as first years and second year peewee's. It was made clear that early in the season the second year players were looked as the better players and leaders. I was able to hear Ryan on the bench address them as this and make it clear that the first year peewee's were not as good as the second year. 2. During the first half of the season he was pushing for players to be team leaders. He even went as far as to poll the players to see who the team leaders should be and if a first year player was given he told the player to choose again. Now many of these players that he was pushing for as team leaders were the same ones making fun of the younger players and causing problems in the locker room. He took this as far as to give out Captain letters to 5 of our 17 players, again separating the players even more. 3. Ryan also like to coach by fear he constantly threatens the players both in games and practice and if you didn't do as he said you either got benched or he made the team do suicides during practice. Now this would be fine if he did it equally however it was not done equally, the players he liked were not punished and the ones he did not were punished quickly for minor offences. For example when our first line players were not skating hard or would give up on a shift or even game. They would get a pep talk when they got back to the bench and nothing would happen to them. If any of the other players had a bad shift or did not change immediately the would be benched and forced to miss at least their next shift if not the rest of the period. This caused many of the player to be looking at the bench at all time afraid to make a mistake because at times their entire line would get benched. I have talked to many of the players and their parents and have received the same feedback that the players played better when Ryan was not there because they were not afraid of being benched. 4. At times during the season he would bully players and blame them for things they could not control. For example he singled out a player with a disability due to an issue with his mouthpiece before a game. Then when we loss that game he singled him out in the locker room after the game and blamed him for the teams loss. He would also be on the bench during games blaming a single player for mistakes most of the team was making. He would also tell them that it was a waste of his time to drive to far games if they were going to play this bad. Next I will go through our practices; 1. He did not use the ice time properly, especially in the first 2/3 of the season. The players would be standing around on the ice not doing drills for at least 20 of our 60 min practice and in most cases it was longer than that. He would come up with drills that were too complicated for A American players take a long time explaining them and then then get very upset when the players did not do them correctly. 2. Many of his drill had 1 or 2 players moving and the rest standing in line waiting. With 15 skaters and complicated drills he would spend 10-15 minutes on on drill and the players would get 2 or 3 rotations at most. He did not follow the usa hockey model of using stations with small area games that work on game situations or fundamental skills. when he did work on skills he took it down to a mite level in many cases such as stationary passing and basic skating. 3. He had no practice plan and did not go over the practice with his assistant coaches until seconds before he stepped on the ice if at all. I know this for a fact because I have had many conversations with Ryan throughout the season, one in particular when my son was having trouble figuring out a drill. He came home very upset and said he wanted to quit playing hockey, because he made the team skate suicides. When I spoke with Ryan about this and asked him share his practice plan with me ahead of time so I could help my son understand the drills before hand, he informed me he did not use a practice plan. 4. He was very concerned about getting the second year players ready for next year, and not focusing on the skills that they all needed to be successful this year. Many of our second year players cannot break out of the zone or pass the puck. they have the skill to carry it up the it up the ice but lose it due to poke checks when they get down the other end because they are not looking to pass only to shoot. He also focused on checking at a practice in the early parts oh the season. Having our larger players checking smaller ones that they outweigh by at least 60 pounds. this only stopped because a parent went onto the bench and called the coach out on it. 5. They did very little work on any type as systems such as zone coverage, breakout, powerplay and penalty kill. Then in the game he would yell in the players for not doing them correctly. 6. Assistant coaches they did very little to bring anything positive to this team and at practice. First they mostly stand around and watch don't do much to improve the players. It was only recently they started running stations and correct players when doing thing incorrectly. We have players that cannot stop in both directions and I recently learned that the coaches know this but have done worked with them to help them. Another issue is that the both of our assistant coaches coach multiple Hawks teams and neither of them could make the first half of practice leaving Ryan Alone with 17 players most weeks. Over the past month or so Ryan has reached out to me and asked me to assist, a task that I was happy to do so he was not alone on the ice. Finally is Game Play; 1. First other than the first line most of the season we had no set lines. this caused a lot of confusion between most of the players. The lines changed all the times for no good reason this caused problems with line changes and in many cases for players to sit for extended periods of time. It also hurt our productivity as a team since players did not learn how to work with specific line mates. While lines at times do need to be changed this team took it to the extreme, players moving from forward to defence. This would not be bad if they had practiced this however in many cases it was was done in game and players did not know where to be, and hurt their play. 2. Play time, now here is where I will sound like a typical parent however we had huge difference in ice time between players up until the point we were eliminated from the DVHL playoffs. It was so bad early in the season that I was watching live barn and timing players shifts. In many games out top line was playing over half the game leaving the other two lines to split the other half. I have two extreme cases to state one my son played only a minute and a half in a 15 minute period while out top line played over nine and a half minutes. Another we were in a close overtime game and our second leading scorer (who is not on the top line) sat for the last 8 minutes of the game and the entire overtime. I then heard Ryan tell this players parent how well he played that day. Part of the problem here is that the assistant coach that runs the offense likes to put his son on the ice whenever he ca., I know this from prior experience coaching along side of him. I do not think the the discrepancy in playing time is all intentional, due to the lack of set lines and the changing of the line combination within a period. I think other than his top line Ryan would lose track of players sitting on the bench and with 3 full lines this would could cause them to sit for an extended period of time. 3. There was very little coaching going on during the games, there was a lot of threats but no coaching. When the players came to the bench after shift and they did something wrong there were not instructed on how to correct it or what to do different. For these reasons many of our players had poor attitudes and quit on this team early and throughout this season. Most of our first year players even wanted to be placed on a lower team feeling that they would have gained more from the season. Having said all of this my son loves playing for the Hawks and wants to continue to play for them with the great friends that he has made over the years. This is the reason we will be returning next season, because I feel this season was a big waste of time and money. If you would like to discuss any of the items that I listed above or inquire about the many other situations that happened throughout the season that I did not mention above I would be happy to discuss it with you. please give me a call at 610-291-6013. Thank you
10U A American — Coach Juisti Very Much Agree Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Neutral Agree Very Much Agree Yes Agree Two complaints: Announcing 6am practices 36 hours prior when there was currently not a practice / game scheduled that weekend. The practice schedule (not the practices) was not good from whomever coordinated this. We were always with the 10U B American team and player development did not increase as much as it could have. The 10UA team was not pushed by their peers like other teams within the hawks family. Two teams should never only practice together.
16U A American — Coach Ahearn Very Much Agree Agree Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Agree I had two sons on the team this year and they both had a good hockey experience this year. They liked JP as their coach. Since this was JP’s first year coaching, he was learning to be a coach this year and getting comfortable in the role. The kids liked that he was younger and relatable.
12U A National — Coach Saraceni Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree A great year with no drama. My son definitely improved skill wise and I have zero complaints. Would be happy to have the same next year. Thanks!
14U A American — Coach Swanick Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree All 3 coaches Swanick, Devoe and Chris Scott were truly amazing. I can’t say enough great things about them because they wouldn’t all fit here in this space. Great coaching, attitude, role-models, etc. And Chris Scott worked tirelessly as our manager…awesome season. My son loved it.
18U AA — Coach Juliano Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree N/A - Graduating, Moving, etc. Very Much Agree Coach Gaets and his staff were great. It is a challenge to coach 17 and 18s for sure. There are many dynamics that are different, these are men essentially. The coaches created a positive environment and gave the boys everything they needed to succeed. They held players accountable and still kept things fun. We needed more talent on the team to be successful in the standings, that is not on the coaches
6U Red — Coach Pomante Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes N/A - Graduating, Moving, etc. m
14U B National — Coach McKay Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Mckay was exactly what we needed - his emphasis on skating and defensive play resonated with my player. I hope to have him next year so I continue to see the major improvements in my son's game. Our team clearly and consistently, better conditioned than opposing teams which resulted in wins. Bob Frey is simply the best. Go Hawks!
12U B American — Coach Favretto Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree This was my son’s (Holden Hall) first year of travel hockey - prior to that he’d played 1/2 season of elementary. He knew almost nothing about hockey at the start of the season. This coaching staff of Sean, Kevin, and Eric did an incredible job with him and the entire team. The progress that the team made as a group was pretty amazing. Aside from just basic hockey skills - they taught discipline and respect and managed to keep it fun for all involved. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for Holden.
12U A American — Coach Crossin Neutral Neither Agree Nor Disagree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Agree Neutral Neither Agree Nor Disagree Agree Yes Disagree L
14U B National — Coach McKay Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree L
14U B National — Coach McKay Very Much Agree Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Gold standard of coaching. Coach McKay is tough but fair. He pushes each kid to reach their optimal level, aware that this is different for each player. While intense, there is a kindness that is very much appreciated. The balance of these traits really helped these kids improve and set a good overall attitude and environment for the players and their families. Appreciate his efforts greatly and would be thrilled anytime one of our kids got to play for Coach McKay. BOB FREY IS THE GOAT OF MANAGERS. A complete ace - so lucky he kept us organized all season.
8U White — Coach Keffer Very Much Agree Agree Agree Agree (Choose) Very Much Agree Agree Neutral Yes Very Much Agree As team manager, opted not to rate myself. My child looked forward to and enjoyed games and practices and being with his team. For a 7 year old, it was a dream season. Fran was a good combination of fair, tough, and fun and I'd be surprised to hear anyone felt differently. The kids all meshed well and it's likely because of the comfortable environment they were in. Please don't tell Fran I complimented him, though. Ha!
8U White — Coach Keffer Very Much Agree Agree Agree Agree (Choose) Very Much Agree Agree Neutral Yes Very Much Agree As team manager, opted not to rate myself. My child looked forward to and enjoyed games and practices and being with his team. For a 7 year old, it was a dream season. Fran was a good combination of fair, tough, and fun and I'd be surprised to hear anyone felt differently. The kids all meshed well and it's likely because of the comfortable environment they were in. Please don't tell Fran I complimented him, though. Ha!
8U White — Coach Keffer Very Much Agree Agree Agree Agree (Choose) Very Much Agree Agree Neutral Yes Very Much Agree As team manager, opted not to rate myself. My child looked forward to and enjoyed games and practices and being with his team. For a 7 year old, it was a dream season. Fran was a good combination of fair, tough, and fun and I'd be surprised to hear anyone felt differently. The kids all meshed well and it's likely because of the comfortable environment they were in. Please don't tell Fran I complimented him, though. Ha!
8U White — Coach Keffer Very Much Agree Agree Agree Agree (Choose) Very Much Agree Agree Neutral Yes Very Much Agree As team manager, opted not to rate myself. My child looked forward to and enjoyed games and practices and being with his team. For a 7 year old, it was a dream season. Fran was a good combination of fair, tough, and fun and I'd be surprised to hear anyone felt differently. The kids all meshed well and it's likely because of the comfortable environment they were in. Please don't tell Fran I complimented him, though. Ha!
12U B American — Coach Favretto Very Much Agree Agree Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Agree Go hawks great year
14U A American — Coach Swanick Agree Agree Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Neutral Thanks for a great season
8U Black — Coach D'Alessandro Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree Agree Agree Agree I don't Know Neutral Our coach was great but wasn't always at every game/tournament. I don't like that we didn't have a goalie this year when we should have had one from the B team. My husband helped coach and was at every game etc. assistant coaches should also be offered something off tuition especially since they are there more than main coach
12U A National — Coach Saraceni Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree
12U A National — Coach Saraceni Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree
8U Black — Coach D'Alessandro Very Much Disagree Disagree Disagree Disagree Disagree Disagree Disagree Agree Maybe Very Much Disagree Let me start by saying my husband and I love the fact that our child enjoys playing ice hockey. But that came almost came to a halt multiple times this season. At the beginning of the season coach D'Alessandro was yelling at the kids and being very "mean" as my child explained it to me. This went on for a few weeks and then a message went out to parents that the kids passed his test. Turns out coach D'Alessandro felt the need to be mean to children he didn't know to make sure they were "tough" enough for his A team. Found it really off that a grown man would do this to a group of7 & 8 yos he did not know. Because of this attitude and treatment of the kids my son was scared and wanted no parts of practice for weeks in October. My husband and I both work so it made it very hard on us having to rush home from work and have conversations with our 7yo who didn't want to go to practice because the coach was mean. A few weeks later an incident occurred at a tournament. To this day have no idea what happened as a full explanation was not provided to me by the club or the coach. I do know my child witnessed one of his teammates being manhandled by the head coach and he was scared. I attended a parent meeting with the members of the Hawks board and at that meeting the coach apologized. Was concerned for my child so my husband and I made every attempt to attend and watch more carefully of what was happening at practice with this coach. The season went along and I wish I could say things settled down, but that's not the case. From goalie gear not fitting, not knowing who was supposed to be goaling on a week to week basis, seemed like every week towards the end of the season my son had no idea which coach would be running practice and games. It was complete disorganiziation from a leadership perspective. My child did not have fun this season. I can not in good conscience recommend the Hawks to friends who ask about having their kids play for the Hawks. Really sad my son at 7yo had to deal with this coaching staff and hope other parents and kids do not have coach D'Alessandro in the future.
6U Red — Coach Pomante Agree Agree Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Agree Neutral Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree N/A - Graduating, Moving, etc. N/A - Graduating, Moving, etc. My players skating improved very much at this level being on the ice 2-3 days a week, but they failed to introduce more of the game, stick work, puck work, etc. The practice drills were redundant and didn’t develop much thru the year. More could be done with skill development as the kids became stronger skaters. The communication from The team manager with team snap was great. Just wish there was a way to know a bit further than a week in advance about games, but not sure if that is something that could be changed.
12U B American — Coach Favretto Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree The coaching staff and manager for my son's PW team were incredible this season. I cant say enough about the great season provided to these kids. As a parent, I was well informed about the schedule, costs and where things stood throughout the season, It was enjoyable as a parent and a nice overall hockey experience for my child. He really enjoyed playing for the Hawks this season and will be returning next year. In terms of the coaches, I know Coach Favretto does not have a child on the team but he was fully invested in the children. Sean's not a talker and this was a bit cumbersome at the beginning of the season, but he made every effort to ensure parents were informed about his rules and the decisions that were being made for the team. He also made sure I was aware of my child's progress throughout the season. He was stern but not mean or condescending to the kids. One thing that Sean provided me with is feedback regarding my child's progress and what he will need to work on for next season. This is valuable to a parent and I really wish every coach in the club implemented this practice. Actually, I think it should be a written document like a report card so parents are informed. It will help to guide me in choosing the appropriate clinic, off-ice activities, and camps we should enroll my son in for the off-season. For what's worth, there is a lot of work done behind the scenes by the Team manager. I really didn't appreciate it until this year. Watching Maryann coordinate parents to help with fundraising, timekeeping and scorecard for home games, off ice activities like team meals and paint ball excursions for the kids to bring them together as a team. She was absolutely incredible in bringing the parents and kids together. She is a gem and deserves manager of the year - if there is such an award.....
12U B American — Coach Favretto Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Nothing more to add
6U Red — Coach Pomante Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree I don't Know Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree The staff and coaches were excellent with the young players, providing an effective blend of instruction and "fun". I have been very pleased with the program so far. Thank you to all of the coaches and staff that contribute their time. Thank you! -Andrew Rau
10U A American — Coach Juisti Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Neutral Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Neutral Coach Juisti was a great coach. He placed emphasis on team bonding, which was nice to see. He listened to the kids and treated them all with respect. Despite having strong personalities to manage, he did a very good job. It was refreshing to not have a parent coach. I wish this team had more practice off-ice to continue to develop the skills they needed to work on. Mapes was a great assistant coach, he was really positive and a great role model. Our other assistant coach was not as positive. During full ice drills for two teams, where 10 year-olds were made to stand in long lines for long periods of time, he banged his stick over my son’s head for hitting a puck against the boards. He came home and told us, then I found the clip on LiveBarn. A more appropriate approach would have been to not waste time by making the kids stand in line. The ice should have been split into different drills so that they were all moving and not standing around. In my opinion, we had a great season overall, but I hope the Hawks take into consideration the development of all their players and all teams are held to the same standard.
14U A National — Coach Cagliuso Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Brett was a fantastic addition to the Hawks’ coaching staff. His level-headedness and knowledge of hockey is unmatched. He took the time to send clips to the families and players that clearly explained things he thought the team did well or needed to work on. He has been by far the best coach we have had during our many years with the Hawks.
8U Gold — Coach Wharton Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Finn McGowan is my son.. we loved Coach Chris and the assistants.. so much great effort. Thank you!
10U A American — Coach Juisti Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Agree Neutral Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Neutral Our son has had the same coach for three years now so we look forward to hearing a different voice - not because we dislike the coach. Also, the parent AC was polarizing at times this season. Overall what made this year more challenging was the commitment level of the whole team. There were not many occasions where we had our full team playing during a given game. I understand it is a lot from a time perspective, but when signing up it is thought all understand because if we have people missing it affects the positioning of players, the effectiveness of players, and the team cohesion and growth. Expectations were laid out prior to the start of the season, but not all took to heart. Practices were also a bit challenging as we split ice during both sessions (1 being at Springfield) which limits the ability to do certain things when splitting the ice there at the Squirt level. other than skating drills were not feasible and as effective when integrated with another team two division below. I do worry the growth (as Squirt level is all about honing skills and developing as a player) was hindered and our son did not progress as much as he could/should have and as much as others on different levels within Squirts.
10U AA — Coach Dicrecchio Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coaches did a great job balancing a highly competitive environment while keeping it fun.
14U A American — Coach Swanick Agree Agree Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Agree Yes Neutral I think coach Swanick did a good job in his first year with the Hawks but I think he is better suited for an older team (U16/U18). He has coahed college kids in the past and I think he struggled to relate to the kids at this age (13/14). In terms of game day management I think it would have been helpful for Coach Swanick to accompany the team during the pre-game warm ups and help them get ready.
8U Black — Coach D'Alessandro Agree Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Disagree Agree Neutral Agree Agree Yes Very Much Disagree Negatives: -This year was extremely disorganized. We never knew if Marc was actually going to show up to the games or not. Often times we wouldn't have the goalie situation figured out until a day or 2 before the game -There was no dedicated goalie, which is FINE. HOWEVER, the goalie gear was often thrust upon the parents and player with little to no guidance -Game shifts were way too long sometimes. These are little kids and 5 minute shifts are too much - Lack of a community feel that I had last year - The current practice slot (4:30-5:15) is extremely inconvenient for most working parents. More so my child doesn't even get home from school til 4, making it a mad dash to get to Springfield. On top of that both my son had been called out by the coach for being late to practice, to the point my son often times did not want to go because we would be late. I really don't think it was appropriate to say anything to my 8 year old son, and instead maybe talk to me the parent and ask why we are consistently late. I hate that both my child and I were made to feel bad when we are constantly making our best efforts to be there on time, especially since I was under the impression that we would have the 5:15-6PM slot this year. - I often felt like our team and my kid was a chore. I think Marc is a good guy and a good coach, when he wants to be, but most of the time I felt like he had to be somewhere else- which I get! He is coaching a team that his own kids aren't even on, which I can imagine is an added stressor. I just wish that I got the vibe that he wanted to be there and with my kid. Positives: -Marc clearly knows hockey and did a good job of bringing that to his practices -Good bench coaching for the most part- they discussed tactics to hep with the game -My son likes Coach Marc, and we thought Marc was a nice guy -Marc tried to make connections with the kids In General: -The Club needs better communication and organization- great job with the social media! Much better than last year- especially the Instagram - We should know who the coaches are going to be for next year before I am signing an agreement to play with the Hawks -There is still no posted tuition for the 2022-23 year -Update the website and keep it updated throughout the year - Encourage coaches to build communities with the families- I know some do, but this should be stressed
8U Black — Coach D'Alessandro Agree Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Agree Agree Neutral Yes Very Much Disagree There was a lot of drama this season with this team for some reason. I didn't see dedication from the head coach as I would have liked to see and the assistant coaches seemed to have other commitments that took precedence over the mites team. Overall, it was not a good experience but I am hopeful next year will be better with a different coach who is dedicated to the Hawks team and its players.
12U B American — Coach Favretto Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Neutral Yes Neutral I was the manager for the Pee Wee B American team and Coach Sean was very involved in the planning for the season which made my job much easier. He was always responsive and available to answer any and all questions. From a manager and parent perspective, having a dedicated coach like him really helped make an excellent team experience for both the players and families. He was patient with the players and worked with them on their skills to bring them to the next level. A key part of the year was his end of year assessment of Andrew and what he needs to focus on for next year to be a better player. In all the years with the Hawks, this was the first time that a coach met with us to give us direct feedback so we know what Andrew needs to concentrate on for next year. I think more parents would welcome that type of feedback at the end of the season. Both the assistant coaches were positive and very involved as well with practices and games. Andrew had a good experience this year and it comes down to how all the coaches led the team. Overall, it was a good season. I would have liked to win more games but the lessons learned for the kids and comradery was just as important.
16U AA — Coach LaBuono Very Much Disagree Very Much Disagree Very Much Disagree Very Much Disagree Very Much Disagree Very Much Disagree Very Much Disagree Very Much Agree Maybe Very Much Disagree Coach did not "coach". Practices were not well planned. Coach was negative at practices and especially at games. "Hired" assistant coach who was a Dad on the team after he emphasized how much he wanted it to be non-dads. Parents were not asked if this was okay and it was just done. Parents did not want this parent on the bench. Did not enforce safety guidelines. (i.e. mouth guards, etc.) Did not enforce sportsmanlike conduct. (players cursing, too much bantering, parents being obnoxious during games, players breaking sticks at games). When asked to sit out a player (s) for unsportsmanlike conduct I was told, "What do you want me to do?" During recent tournament out of town Coach allowed players to stay up as late as they wanted, do whatever they wanted and did not motivate them to play well. He also left before the tournament was even over. Waste of my money and time. There should be some type of enforced time/curfew for players while at a tournament. Coach was always negative during the games.
10U AA — Coach Dicrecchio Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree The coaching staff for the 10UAA team was excellent! As led by Coach DiCrecchio, this group knew how to get the most out of the team. They held the kids accountable but also recognized that they were dealing with 10 year-olds. They created a team environment that made every player feel as if they had an important part in the team's success. Gabe Horneff went above-and-beyond as a manager, keeping the parents informed and keeping our game and practice schedules full. I would be thrilled if this same group led my son's team next year! Please feel free to contact me directly if you would like to discuss further. Ryan Pearson 267.918.5159
10U AA — Coach Dicrecchio Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree The coaching staff for the 10UAA team was excellent! As led by Coach DiCrecchio, this group knew how to get the most out of the team. They held the kids accountable but also recognized that they were dealing with 10 year-olds. They created a team environment that made every player feel as if they had an important part in the team's success. Gabe Horneff went above-and-beyond as a manager, keeping the parents informed and keeping our game and practice schedules full. I would be thrilled if this same group led my son's team next year! Please feel free to contact me directly if you would like to discuss further. Ryan Pearson 267.918.5159
8U Gold — Coach Wharton Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Yes Very Much Agree Some parents on team voiced frustration with the results of the team during some of their games, we thought there was the right priorities of individual and team development, fun and then winning. At this age, hockey should be fun and about getting better first. Coach Chris and Coach Jay did a great job with that.
10U AA — Coach Dicrecchio Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Neutral Don't really agree with the coach's system of teaching the kids the game this year. They were positive role models and great guys but I would have liked to see more of a position oriented system than the more confusing system they were focused on. Bad habits weren't assessed or corrected throughout the season. No positional instruction given, which resulted in some kids not knowing how to play the position they were assigned (for example, how to play defense).
10U AA — Coach Dicrecchio Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Neutral Don't really agree with the coach's system of teaching the kids the game this year. They were positive role models and great guys but I would have liked to see more of a position oriented system than the more confusing system they were focused on. Bad habits weren't assessed or corrected throughout the season. No positional instruction given, which resulted in some kids not knowing how to play the position they were assigned (for example, how to play defense).
10U AA — Coach Dicrecchio Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Neutral Don't really agree with the coach's system of teaching the kids the game this year. They were positive role models and great guys but I would have liked to see more of a position oriented system than the more confusing system they were focused on. Bad habits weren't assessed or corrected throughout the season. No positional instruction given, which resulted in some kids not knowing how to play the position they were assigned (for example, how to play defense).
12U B American — Coach Favretto Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Sean was an awesome coach, his dedication to the team went beyond expectations! Kids respected and loved playing for him. A+
12U A American — Coach Crossin Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Crossin did an amazing job from the beginning working to identify with, relate to and develop each player on a large team. It was clear that a season plan was in place and Coach Crossin had a clear understanding that goals are not achieved instantly but instead through long-term efforts and diligence. This includes adjusting positions for players to develop specific skill sets and improve confidence in areas of their game. Winning was an aspect of this approach, but certainly not the only focal point. The road was set to be one that would take a season to become clear. Personally, I saw a lot of interference from parents which was unfounded that resulted in mis-steps in the approach along the way. This is an aspect of coaching that only develops with experience and I am confident that Coach Crossin's path is heading toward a great coaching "career". I was pleased to have my player under his leadership and could only hope that he would get the opportunity to work with Coach Crossin again. As a club, it would be my hope that the head coaches are supported by the club and the decisions made by the club which determine the Head Coaching positions help to mitigate the dissention which can occur with over-active parents with a single player focus.
10U A American — Coach Juisti Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree We had an amazing experience w/ the coaching staff on the 10U American team. And the Manager, Meghan Glen was beyond amazing. Just a wonderful year, which was our first experience w/ the Hawks program.
12U A National — Coach Saraceni Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree The only thing I'd like to see moving forward is some work with specific pp and pk teams.
10U A American — Coach Juisti Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Juisti prioritized winning but also team building through off ice interactions among the players. This really made a difference in my son's experience this season. This also required additional commitment from the coaches and manager to an already demanding schedule. My son was lucky to have this coaching staff in his first year in the Hawk's organization. The Team Manager, Meghan Glen, was on top of every detail and the season would not have been as successful without her dedication. She was doing this as a volunteer and I know people in my professional life that do not show that level of attention to detail.
10U A American — Coach Juisti Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Juisti prioritized winning but also team building through off ice interactions among the players. This really made a difference in my son's experience this season. This also required additional commitment from the coaches and manager to an already demanding schedule. My son was lucky to have this coaching staff in his first year in the Hawk's organization. The Team Manager, Meghan Glen, was on top of every detail and the season would not have been as successful without her dedication. She was doing this as a volunteer and I know people in my professional life that do not show that level of attention to detail.
10U B American— Coach McDonald Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree This year has been the absolute best year of hockey for either of my boys! My only regret is that I did not signRyan up for Hawks hockey earlier. Coach McDonald, Coach Cioll, Coach Barnes, and Manager King FAR exceeded any and all expectations! We would love to have them as coaches again! Thank you for everything! TJ Weinstock
12U A National — Coach Saraceni Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree We had an amazing year with a lot of positive energy and feedback from the coaches. They coaches pushed the kids to be their best and my son had a great year.
14U B National — Coach McKay Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree McKay runs a great team- with the right personality with the age of the team. He really stepped up without have a son on the team. I appreciate his commitment to the team growth. As usual, Bob is a fabulous manager- enough tournaments, team dinners, team gatherings, includes all parents/kids, Best manager in the hawks program!
12U A National — Coach Saraceni Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Yes Very Much Agree Ron did a great job running this team- the boys did progress as the year went on. This team had limited away tournaments, non league games or even team social events compared to current teams.
8U Black — Coach D'Alessandro Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree All coaches did a great job. Marc, Bob, Joe and George (when he was needed). They were limited with only half ice, but I think they did a great job of doing the best they could within that space. Would be great if my son could get another year with Marc as coach of Mites Black.
6U Red — Coach Pomante Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree This was a great first year for my youngest son. He loved every minute of Atoms and it’s been a great stepping stone towards his hockey development. The coaches did a great job managing the young players early in their development.
8U Red— Coach Donahue Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree Neutral Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree Yes Neutral My son had a fun year and developed but I think that practices were often mismanaged. There was emphasis on playing as many games as possible but at this level more focus should be on development with better planned drills. Some of the things emphasized as goals for the team were slightly over the kids heads given their young age.
10U AA — Coach Dicrecchio Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Maybe Very Much Agree Chris, Gene, and Eric did a fantastic job this year. The kids all improved by leaps and bounds. There was never wasted time during practice and my son looked forward to practice each night. The team has been one of the top teams in the league and for the club and that is a direct reflection of the coaching staff.
10U B American— Coach McDonald Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Great coaches and team manager!
18U A National — Coach Harkins Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree The season and coaching will always be a year to remember. I'd suggest letting these coaches have influence on the program. Thank you, amazing job, and looking very much forward to continuing with Haverford in our final years at this level. Just hope we can stay with the staff, they know how to drive a team to success.
18U A National — Coach Harkins Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree The season and coaching will always be a year to remember. I'd suggest letting these coaches have influence on the program. Thank you, amazing job, and looking very much forward to continuing with Haverford in our final years at this level. Just hope we can stay with the staff, they know how to drive a team to success.
18U A National — Coach Harkins Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree The season and coaching will always be a year to remember. I'd suggest letting these coaches have influence on the program. Thank you, amazing job, and looking very much forward to continuing with Haverford in our final years at this level. Just hope we can stay with the staff, they know how to drive a team to success.
6U Red — Coach Pomante Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Agree Coach Dave is great! The number of kids on Atoms this year was a lot but they did their best to manage the huge group.
8U Black — Coach D'Alessandro Agree Very Much Agree Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Agree Agree Yes Agree Difficult and unfortunate circumstances this season. Coach Del, Coach Suter and Coach Sisca did their best to manage the situation. As always, Coach Del made the kids’ development his priority. I appreciate this coaching staff and their time/dedication.
14U A American — Coach Swanick Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Agree I thought our Coaches this year did a great job with the boys. They encouraged them to do their best and when we lost kept their confidence going. They never made our boys feel bad about themselves but always encouraged them to keep their heads up a d get them next game
14U A American — Coach Swanick Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Swanick was an outstanding addition to the Hawks. Great influence on the kids. We really enjoyed having him coach and appreciate his time/dedication. Coach Scott and Coach Devoe were great assets as well and complimented Coach Swanick well. This was an outstanding coaching staff.
14U A National — Coach Cagliuso Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Brett set the team up for success from the beginning of the season. Each player has grown in their strengths and they have improved on their skills. The boys play as a team Coach Cagliuso, Coach Stark and Coach Saraceni created a positive and competitive environment. The boys push each other to be better and it is no surprise that they are having a winning season. Coach Cagliuso has a good amount of experience and has played at a high level. He brings that valuable experience to the hawks. It would be wonderful if Coach Cagliuso stayed in the head coaching role for this age group.
12U B American — Coach Favretto Disagree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Disagree Very Much Disagree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Agree Very Much Disagree Very Much Agree No Very Much Disagree The emphisis on Winning is not what youth sports is about. Practices were somewhat productive from a skating based/stick handling level. I was hoping that 98% of the drills would be with pucks but that wasnt always the case. There wasnt enough on ice practice to strengthen a players shot (Slap, wrist, snap, backhand) or learning how to use the perimeter in the offensive zone (Especially in learning the intro A,B, C's of using ones defence to open the play up in the offensive zone) and power play/penalty killing was never practiced. Too much emphisis on the game day management on winning, this was shown by the frequent use of "shortening the Bench" which as we know sacrifices long term process of developement to achieve a short term gain. Shortening the Bench also caused Moral issues on the bench because it made some of the players who were sitting feel that the coach didnt believe in them. Shortening the Bench was also used as a way to discipline the team while losing 6-0 on to a 9-0 loss because the coach didnt know how to motivate or realise that the team was tired and needed quicker shifts, this showed his inexperience. At this age, a coach needs to believe more in a player than the player does in themself. Over playing the team was also a big issue in the negativity I witnessed. I frequently timed out certain lines or defence pairings being played over 2mins and 30 secs, in a first period. Fatigue and not enough recovery time during the game didnt help them to stay positive. My suggestion is for the coach to read the articles in USA hockey by Flint Doungchak, biographies on Father David Bauer (Bobby Bauers brother), Let them Play by Jerry Lynch, Toughness Training for Sports by Jim Loehr, Hockey Tough by Saul Miller, How Children Learn and How Children Fail by John Holt....All the kids needed more exposure, especially the lesson advanced, during critical times in a game. Thats how you improve the entire team in the end.
16U A American — Coach Ahearn Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree My son returned to the Hawks organization after leaving due to issues with a previous Coach and how the organization handled those issues. However, we returned this year because we were interested in having our son play for Coach Ahearn and Coach Leonard. We were extremely happy with all aspects of our son’s club hockey experience this year. The coaching, management, and players were everything we could have hoped for and my son experienced his best year of club hockey this year. Sincerely, Beth Brawley
16U AA — Coach LaBuono Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree My son loves ice hockey again... so I'd have to say that coach LaBuono did a great job.
8U Red— Coach Donahue Agree Agree Very Much Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Agree Neutral Agree Very Much Agree Yes Disagree Coaches were very positive and definitely made it fun for the kids this year. Very good rapport with the team. However, felt like practices were more of a waste of time than really teaching the fundamentals. Feel like stations would have worked best so kids aren’t standing around for a lot of the practice. Not sure if assistant coaches had much of a say in the planning of practices.
10U AA — Coach Dicrecchio Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Chris is an amazing coach who communicates well with the kids and parents. He teaches the kids many of life skills including structure, accountability, discipline, pride and leadership. He turned this group of kids and parents into a very close hockey family.
10U AA — Coach Dicrecchio Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree All coaches- DiCrecchio, Kraus, Graney, And Manager Horneff played a big role in my son’s development of the game and team camaraderie! Love how they coach the team to play as a team! Only thing I think that would have helped more would have been having full ice at least once a week, but understand that was out of their control.
10U AA — Coach Dicrecchio Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Our 3 coaches did a superior job this year! Chris pushes the kids out of their comfort zone and their confidence shined more each game. Gene and Eric are also amazing coaches! They know when to push the kid yet also serve as emotional support for the kids. My son Everett has grown this year not only as a hockey player, but is much more well rounded thanks to this team. The love that these kids and coaches have for each other makes me forever grateful for the Hawks. We would be extremely happy and honored for Everett to be on Chris DiCreccios team next year. The Hawks organization has been very good to us and I believe it’s all in the coaching.
8U White — Coach Keffer Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Neutral Fran and Dave did a great job the the kids this year. Awesome practices and great communication with the parents . My son loved the whole year.
14U A National — Coach Cagliuso Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree The year started with some dedicated goalie training, but it was not continued. Over the past several months there has been no dedicated goalie training available.
14U B National — Coach McKay Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree McKay is a wonderful coach. He connected with the players and the parents. The assistant coach wasn’t around much. Our manager, Bob, is fantastic and works hard to get the kids on the ice as much as possible. It was a fantastic season. Thank you!
16U A American — Coach Ahearn Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Greg Leonard was an amazing coach and a great asset to the team.
8U Gold — Coach Wharton Agree I don't Know Agree I don't Know Agree Neutral Neither Agree Nor Disagree Agree I don't Know Neutral I feel like more emphasis could've been placed on passing, stick handling and skating during the practices. I do not feel like my child improved in those areas and I do not believe the Hawks improved as a team in those areas. My child had fun on the Hawks as he made new friends and was able to play with some old friends though I do not know if he will be returning next season. I know the Mites "don't keep score" but it's difficult to lose 95% of our games and have the program still be enjoyable. I'm not sure that the Hawks is a good investment or the right fit for my child.
12U AA — Coach Donegan Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Yes Very Much Agree Our child grew in skills and understanding of the game a lot this year. We really appreciate how the emphasis was on learning how to play hockey the right way. The boys were taught to respect hockey, the coaches, teammates, opponents, refs, and parents. The boys grew closer together as a team and our child developed new friendships. The season was geared towards the boys love of hockey and how to make them better players.
12U AA — Coach Donegan Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Yes Very Much Agree Our child grew in skills and understanding of the game a lot this year. We really appreciate how the emphasis was on learning how to play hockey the right way. The boys were taught to respect hockey, the coaches, teammates, opponents, refs, and parents. The boys grew closer together as a team and our child developed new friendships. The season was geared towards the boys love of hockey and how to make them better players.
14U A American — Coach Swanick Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Swanick was outstanding. He was effective at providing meaningful instruction, and also presented as a role-model for hockey sportsmanship and statesmanship. Both coach Scott and coach Devoe were ideal wingmen for coach Swanick. Coach Scott was an extremely thorough team manager, diligently informing parents of any and all issues with scheduling and financing. All logistics for games and tournaments went smoothly due to his precise management. He also provided a wealth of hockey experience and expertise when coaching up the kids. As a recent Juniors player, Coach Devoe served as an inspiration who was able to identify and inspire the kids with his enthusiasm and hockey prowess. I had the pleasure of watching Coach Devoe take the reins of the team on a few rare occasions where the other coaches were absent. He coached with confidence and maturity, communicating with the referees in a meaningful way in support of our players and to affect positive outcomes on the ice. To conclude, I would be ecstatic to see the same crew coach my son next year. He read these comments, and whole-heartily agrees!
10U B American— Coach McDonald Agree Disagree Agree Disagree Agree Disagree Agree Agree Yes Very Much Disagree These coaches are great for younger players. They were positive with the boys and upbeat. The kids had a lot of fun. However, I feel they lacked knowledge and were disorganized. Practices did not focus on drills there was a lot of standing around. We picked the Hawks to learn how to play hockey right. There are plenty of programs were kids just skate. We were anticipating our child learning game concepts and plays. We did not get this as a team.
10U B American— Coach McDonald Agree Disagree Agree Disagree Agree Disagree Agree Agree Yes Very Much Disagree These coaches are great for younger players. They were positive with the boys and upbeat. The kids had a lot of fun. However, I feel they lacked knowledge and were disorganized. Practices did not focus on drills there was a lot of standing around. We picked the Hawks to learn how to play hockey right. There are plenty of programs were kids just skate. We were anticipating our child learning game concepts and plays. We did not get this as a team.
16U AA — Coach LaBuono Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Brian was a great influence and taught nuances very well.
18U AA — Coach Juliano Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree N/A - Graduating, Moving, etc. N/A - Graduating, Moving, etc. Happy to end a long career as a Hawk!
6U Red — Coach Pomante Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Dave made such a fun experience for my son. He has so much patience with the kids. I know they can all be a handful but he handled them so well. My son couldn’t stand up the first practice. He is now skating, stopping both ways and even going backwards!
14U A American — Coach Swanick Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach John and Henry were phenomenal coaches in all areas; Manager Chris Scott was also amazing as far as communication and organization.
12U AA — Coach Donegan Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree I don’t have much to add here. It’s been an all around positive and successful season
16U AA — Coach LaBuono Very Much Agree Agree Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree Yes Neutral None
10U A American — Coach Juisti Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Neutral My son has had same coach for 3 years. Coach is great but need to build perspectives and different coaching lessons.
8U Red— Coach Donahue Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree Disagree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Disagree Head coach was good with speaking to the kids but does not understand the game of hockey. Didn’t know how to run practices.
6U Red — Coach Pomante Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree We really loved our experience with the Hawks and excited to stay with the team!
8U Red— Coach Donahue Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree We have been with coach Jason Donahue now for two years. He continues to excel as a great role model for and communicator with the kids. He emphasizes and fosters creating a tight knit group of kids and parents and it enhances the experience for everyone involved. He is always well prepared and his practices have vastly improved.
6U Red — Coach Pomante Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Pomante is terrific. He did a great job all year with this large group of atoms, providing a fun and well balanced program for such a wide spectrum of skill level. He should be commended. Rachel was also a great and dedicated manager.
14U A National — Coach Cagliuso Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Yes Agree Brett is the ideal coach for our program, he brings his personal experience playing at a high level to the ice and off. He some how manages to get the best of the kids and pushes them to be smart yet physical players. A great guy and great head coach.
6U Red — Coach Pomante Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Yes Agree My son is a first year Atom and could not skate in September. He can now navigate the ice and most importantly at this age he enjoys going to the rink! His experience as well as my family’s experience has been positive. My only concern at times was the number of kids on the ice and I could be mistaken but some slots there were upwards of 40 young skaters. On those occasions managing anything productive is very challenging. It is a good problem to have since so many wanted to be involved but can also be difficult for coaches.
12U A National — Coach Saraceni Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Saraceni and the assistant coaches of the 12 A Nat team were wonderful! The kids learned a ton and had an equal amount of fun. The players respected Coach Ron and worked hard for him, the other coaches and their teammates. We had a great season and look forward to playing for Ron again in the future.
10U B American— Coach McDonald Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree It has been a great year! I wish we would have played in another travel tournament at Christmas or Thanksgiving, but regardless of that, my son had an amazing experience. Coach Jeff Cioll has had a huge impact on my sons player development. I am really hoping that we can stay with Jeff and many of his teammates! Thank you all for your efforts in making this a great first year!
14U B National — Coach McKay Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree My player had a great experience this year with his team and his coaches.
8U Gold — Coach Wharton Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Chris was awesome
12U B American — Coach Favretto Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Sean was awesome, couldn’t ask for a better coach!
12U A American — Coach Crossin Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Agree Yes Very Much Agree A lot of silly parent drama that takes place.
18U AA — Coach Juliano Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree N/A - Graduating, Moving, etc. Very Much Agree Very nice season. Winning @ 18AA is a function of total team work. Some players , as a result of playing in younger ages, lesser levels ( and having daddy coaches - especially the ones telling them to go end to end and carry the team) , do not comprehend total team effort and at this point of their career will not change, even with the very best of coaches. The only way to having a chance to make this occur is to send a clear message that total team effort PLUS respect is the only way to play, combined with off ice activities such as team dinners ( have parents make a simple meal and have a place at the skatium to eat , strength training as a group or film review - one of these 3 off ice activities may lead to a better commitment to each other without taking time away from education / work / other sports). That being said, 17/18 year old kids are very busy with school and other activities / sports. Their is a fine line to being able to commit a group of players to that, so finding a healthy balance to implement this is a challenge. The greatest chance of accomplishing this is to implement a culture of respect. This pays dividends in the real world, no matter what they do as young adults. 1 - RESPECT YOURSELF AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS / COMMENTS ON THE ICE, AND ESPECIALLY ON THE BENCH. Coaches can coach when this occurs and communicate to the players while between shifts, on the bench. No coach can control what players are doing while on ice. 2 - RESPECT YOUR TEAMMATES - no matter individual players skill level, players have a role. When teammates understand and respect that role, this leads to improved teamwork / greater awareness of situational play 3 - RESPECT YOUR COACHES / REFEREES - the coach makes the decisions - not parents / not board members. When a player & coaches show respect to officials, calls go your way. That simple. A parent not respecting this makes the coaches job more difficult. 4 - RESPECT YOUR OPPONENT - when you accomplish this, it becomes very clear who is the opposing teams leaders , and allows identification of opponents strengths and weaknesses. Who is naughty / who is nice / who is a loose cannon / who is the leader on ice with creating time & space and setting up plays. I feel coach did these kids right letting these kids know how important respect , as defined above, is for the kids both in relations to the team and individuals post hockey career. "Mikey" Miles
10U AA — Coach Dicrecchio Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree My player was a first year club player. The progress in his skill development is tremendous. The coaches had a great way of balancing positive reinforcement with discipline. The overall environment on this team was like nothing I have ever seen and that says a lot about the coaches and the manager. The fact that my son was jacked up to attend every practice and every game for an entire season says it all. These coaches developed my son, the developed the team, and they prepared every player for the next level. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
18U AA — Coach Juliano Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Agree Very Much Agree N/A - Graduating, Moving, etc. N/A - Graduating, Moving, etc. Gaets was a great coach although I think he needed to be a little tougher and hold the kids more accountable for their actions during games. (Penalties)
14U A American — Coach Swanick Neutral Disagree Neither Agree Nor Disagree I don't Know I don't Know Disagree Agree Agree Maybe I don't Know Swanick is a great coach. But I hope he could be more strict. Also I really don't like that we don't have full ice practice this season. I think it is not good for development.
6U Red — Coach Pomante Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Dave Pomante was an excellent coach, I’d love for my to have a coach like that for the rest of his playing career. Dave was given a tough task and managing 43 children ages 4-9 and handled it to perfection. He made sure the kids had fun but took action when he needed to. Coach Ron Haegle was a great helper as well, he was assertive and aware for upcoming games and passing goalie equipment off. He was on the ice helping the kids and teaching them and running drills. Team manager Rachael Mariani, there will never be a better team mom then we had this year. Rachael worked countless hours a day scheduling games, talking to parents, updating team snap (making sure others updated their team snaps) Rach kept excel sheets for games to make sure each child was given the same amount of games and even went out of her way to switch things around when kids couldn’t make it so that they’d still be getting as many games as everyone else. I know this because I live with her lol. After 2 years in the atoms program I have a tough time thinking of any bad experiences, the memories will last for ever. If I was being picky I’d say my least favorite thing about the program is with having 40+ kids if all of them show up to practice on the small rink at Springfield space is a little tight.
18U A National — Coach Harkins Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Harkins is the best coach we have ever had. He is strict, disciplinary. I 200% agree with his coaching methods. My son is improved greatly during this season.
18U A National — Coach Harkins Very Much Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Agree N/A
10U B American— Coach McDonald Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree I just wanted to take a minute to acknowledge how much my son and my family enjoyed our Hawks hockey season. My son is a 1st year Hawk and he and our family were welcomed with open arms to a fun filled competitive environment. I’m looking forward to the future years of development and skill set. The coaches and managers represent a great hockey club, that knows the game, how to win, when to push the kids, and of course when to have fun. Overall we are very happy! Thank you!
10U A American — Coach Juisti Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Our coaches were amazing as well as our team manager! Our player had a great season.
8U Red— Coach Donahue Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Phenomenal group of coaches!
6U Red — Coach Pomante Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Dave Pomante for prez!!
12U A American — Coach Crossin Agree Agree Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Neutral Yes Very Much Agree At this level of hockey, parents need to understand each child is not going to get the same playing time. You have to work hard, be a team player to earn time during a game. This was definitely challenging with the first year peewee families and caused frustration on both ends.
8U Black — Coach D'Alessandro Agree Agree Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Agree Neutral Agree Very Much Agree Yes Agree This team was drama from the start. We have two kids who played on 1494 and we never here for games they aren’t coming back anyway). The games they were there for, they got the ice. F them and their loudass mom who complained in our team meeting about ice time. You want the damn time, come to practice and games. This cannot happen moving forward. If kids don’t make the commitment, put them on the lower team. I get the mites not having a designated goalie theory, but this was the top team and we lost many games that should have been won because we didn’t have a goalie. Yes Dan, there is no score in mite, you know as well as the rest of us that’s PC bs. Marc was a good coach but was 50/50 if he was going to be there. He just didn’t show up for day two of our last tournament (which we won anyway). Even the other coaches said they didn’t know he wasn’t coming. Bob is a nice guy and ran good practices. Sisca,…. At least he showed up.
12U A American — Coach Crossin Neutral Very Much Disagree Very Much Disagree Very Much Disagree Very Much Disagree Very Much Disagree Very Much Disagree Neutral Yes Very Much Disagree this was our second year in the hawks orginization and after a steller first year this season was a total waste of a season for learning (this age is a critical time for development). My player had me seeking out other camps/workouts due to him not not progressing as a player which in turn added to the cost i was already paying in tuition. in November he asked to move to a different club, which we didnt do. Coaches had no plans for practices, they made up drills on the fly, most were far to complex for the skill level of the players and took far too long to explain. This continued all season, a minimum of 15-20 minutes per practice was spent standing around explaining drills. Players were not corrected or instructed when doing drills incorrectly, therefore there was no improvement. fundamentals were not worked on edgework etc. at this level players should know how to stop on both feet. We did however work on full contact checking to 'get second year players ready to check in bantam' I watched a 130-140 pound player at full speed body check a 60 pound first year player. (this was taken up with the coach and after a few weeks there was a apology). We did not have consistent lines all season, we had forwards palying D and vice versa, some after saying they did not want to play a specific position due to not being comfortable and it would hurt the team. we had no contuniuty and this showed during games. Our assistant coaches didnt bring anything to the team as far as i am concerned. I was an assistant coach last season on a very successful team. i dicided to not coach this year as i feel for the cost the parents pay, their players should have the best instructors, not dads who are there to coach THEIR kids and the team comes second. coaches players on the team played significantly more time , despite the lack of production, than others. For arguments sake our second leading scorer played close to 1/3 of the time of some coaches players. at this level the daddy ball has to end and put the team first, not ego. we had a divided locker room where second year players were our leaders, without earning any such designation, and first year players had to 'wait their turn'. coaches would ask involved parents if we knew about upcoming opponents in the rink before games, there was zero preperation going into games or tournaments. lastly the club needs to look over who coaches and where. we had two assistant coaches who missed a number practices and some games due to coaching other teams their children were on in the club, our head coach should not be without any assistants for practice due to coaches being at other hawks practices, it puts too much on the head coach. Overall the coaches were good people, i have no ill will and am not mad/frustrated with them personally. i am disappointed in how the team was ran from the bench I would be more than happy to speak with anyone on the board if they wish about my thoughts. I can be reached at 215-620-9879
6U Red — Coach Pomante Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree I was the team manager so may be biased but Dave has been an amazing coach the past two years and the helpers were great as well. I think more consistency from other volunteers could've made things much easier for him, and am in favor of the idea of having some of the older kids come down to help out as community service hours!
12U A American — Coach Crossin Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Ryan did an amazing job. There are 3 parents who feel he didn’t but they were a problem upset from the beginning.
10U B American— Coach McDonald Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree The coaches were very encouraging and positive role models to the kids.
8U Gold — Coach Wharton Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree None
14U A National — Coach Cagliuso Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Brett did an excellent job with the kids. He always had them focused on the next shift and not what happened before. I liked his aggressive game plan and him wanted the defense involved in the offense. His message to the kids was good and my son would be happy playing for him again next year.
12U AA — Coach Donegan Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Dan Donegan ran the best practices we have ever had compared with other organizations we have been with and it was evident in overall team development
18U A National — Coach Harkins Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Had a great year
10U B American— Coach McDonald Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree I was really impressed with our coaching staff this season. I don't think I could ask for anything more than what we experienced. My son developed tremendously over the season and had a great time with all aspects of his participation. Coach McDonald created an environment that was always fun, but had just the right amount of intensity for 9 year old players. They were pumped to play hard and win, but not terribly disappointed when we didn't. I really hope that my son can continue to be coached by coach McDonald in coming years.
8U Gold — Coach Wharton Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Chris was great with the kids and kept them having fun while developing as skaters and players. Kids bonded as a team and had a great time with games and tournaments (regardless of outcomes).
14U A National — Coach Cagliuso Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coaches did a great job... Brett is a fair and effective head coach. The players responded well to him. It made for an enjoyable season!
6U Red — Coach Pomante Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Not sure there could be a better person in that position. Difficult job with that many kids making it even more incredible how well he interacted with all of them. He made it fun while they developed so many skills on the ice.
16U AA — Coach LaBuono Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Great coaches
6U Red — Coach Pomante Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Great program and great coaches. My son improved greatly from his first day back in September to now. Team manager and coaches communicated everything very effectively. We will absolutely be back again next year and hope to hear of any spring/summer clinics. My son is OBSESSED with being a Haverford Hawk.
12U A National — Coach Saraceni Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Ron Saraceni, Joe Cianciarulo and Tim McCarty did a fantastic job with the team this year. Practices were well organized and planned out. There was no standing around wondering what was next to do. Our son has really enjoyed playing for them and continued to get better. It was a great group of kids that enjoyed spending time on and off the ice together. Our team Manager, Andrew Coll, was very well organized and transparent from the first parent meeting to the end of the season and also stayed within the slush fund budget.
12U A National — Coach Saraceni Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Disagree Yes Agree - One thing I saw was the locker room and bench could get pretty negative. Coaches tried to mitigate, but it was there, which sometimes led to issues in and out of the game. - My son said the coaching didn't do a lot of discussion of positional play. There may have been an assumption that the kids knew that, but my son is newer to hockey and he could have used a little more help in that area.
8U Gold — Coach Wharton Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Neutral I think the coaches did a great job- besides a learn to play, this was the first team my son played for. I think more drills on stick handling and passing would have improved his game and given him more confidence in games. That said, he had fun, learned a lot and loved going to practices and games so I really couldn’t ask for more!
14U A National — Coach Cagliuso Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Agree Agree Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree Yes Agree Brett was a great coach, kids played super hard for him and he continued to coach even during the game. I have one observation that at this level should be considered. Once a team reaches the playoffs I belive you "play to win" this may be harsh and may effect some players however it is exposing the kids to what they will face at the next level "high school" The rotation does not always work. Very proud of the Coaching staff and kids, successful year.
12U A National — Coach Saraceni Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coaches had a great disposition with the kids and developed an environment where they had fun and were competitive. My son's skills and hockey knowledge increased dramatically over the year.
12U B American — Coach Favretto Very Much Agree Agree Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Disagree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Agree I was surprised to have learned recently that one of the assistant coaches knew about one father who was individually instructing their player to play in a way that was opposite to what the coaching staff was instructing. It seems like the Assistant Coach didn't address it with the Head Coach or the family. This enabled the family to continue to do this and did cause some bigger issues towards the end of the season. Coach Favretto probably expected that this Assistant Coach would bring this issue to him. I would strongly encourage Coach Favretto make sure his coaching staff understand that this type of situation is unacceptable and this issues need to be addressed immediately so they don't become larger issues.
12U B American — Coach Favretto Very Much Agree Agree Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Disagree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Yes Agree I was surprised to have learned recently that one of the assistant coaches knew about one father who was individually instructing their player to play in a way that was opposite to what the coaching staff was instructing. It seems like the Assistant Coach didn't address it with the Head Coach or the family. This enabled the family to continue to do this and did cause some bigger issues towards the end of the season. Coach Favretto probably expected that this Assistant Coach would bring this issue to him. I would strongly encourage Coach Favretto make sure his coaching staff understand that this type of situation is unacceptable and this issues need to be addressed immediately so they don't become larger issues.
14U A American — Coach Swanick Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Yenal
6U Red — Coach Pomante Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Disagree Very Much Agree Yes Agree Every coach was encouraging and met each child at their individual skill level. My son had a great season and looks forward to next season.
16U AA — Coach LaBuono Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Brian was a great coach. My son enjoyed playing for him.
12U A American — Coach Crossin Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Maybe Very Much Agree I can't determine if "effective Game day management" Crossin and Dinmore are both great guys and great with the kids. They dedicate their time and do the best job possible. They are both a positive influence
6U Red — Coach Pomante Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree All the Atoms coaches were outstanding this year, especially Coach Dave. His patience with this age group is incredible and the strides they've all made from the beginning of the season are night and day. Would love for my son to work with this group of coaches again in the future.
14U A American — Coach Swanick Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree He is a great coach
8U Red— Coach Donahue Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Jason Donahue was clearly dedicated to the individual development of each of our players. Even with his own son on the team, it was clear he cared about the team as a whole. He emphasized having fun and playing their best at all times…. There was never a focus on winning — just having fun! We were grateful to have him as a coach this year and I attribute a lot of son’s development to his and the assistant coaches’ dedication and commitment.
10U B American— Coach McDonald Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree I can NOT emphasize enough how much of a positive impact Coach MacDonald and the entire coaching staff has had on my son this year. He has learned so much about hockey, sportsmanship, being self-less for the team and simply growing as both a hockey player and a decent person. His growth has been significant and I feel blessed to be part of the Hawks organization.
12U AA — Coach Donegan Very Much Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Agree Yes Agree Coach Dan and Company have done a great job.
12U A National — Coach Saraceni Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree A super fun season - our son was losing his love for hockey and coach ron and the guys got it back!
18U A National — Coach Harkins Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Harkins was great!
18U A National — Coach Harkins Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Harkins was great!
16U AA — Coach LaBuono Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Na
18U A National — Coach Harkins Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Very Much Agree Yes Very Much Agree Coach Harkins was great!