The Indy Twisters scrimmaged with Elite Skating at the Forum in Fishers one Saturday this past February. The Twisters thank Elite Skating for a great skate. Here are the highlights.
The Indy Twisters had a fabulous time skating between periods at the January 3rd, Indiana Ice game against Cedar Rapids. The Banker’s Life home crowd was great. They stayed in their seats and cheered the skaters on for the five minutes our kids were on the ice. The time on the clock went by quick but hopefully the memories will last a lifetime.
A big thank you goes out to the Indiana Ice organization for providing the Twister kids this opportunity. The Twisters organization was also named the “Chuck the Puck” beneficiary that same night, where fans can buy pucks and then toss them to a target on center ice between periods for cash and prizes. The best part is the Twisters get half the money. Thank you Indiana Ice and fans!
Coming up Saturday, March 1st, we have another fundraising opportunity with the Indiana Ice. It’s called Pack the House night. It’s where fans or companies can buy tickets and half the ticket cost will be donated to Twisters. Contact us for more information on how it all works.
The kids are excited and have put forth an impressive effort in the first few skates according to Coach Francois. “We seem to have a greater focus right now” is how he described our group after an October skate. We have most of our kids registered for the season and they all are excited of the possibility of games on the horizon.
For a welcome surprise some of the boys from the Lawrence varsity hockey team came out to volunteer at on of our practices in October. The impact was felt from both sides. The kids look up to these players coming from a high school team that are interested in giving some of their time to help them. The players from Lawrence get a firsthand look at the fact the Kids in The Indy Twisters organization are players just like them with a desire to get better and help each other. One player told me “these kids listen better than most non-special needs kids we have helped!” That is a testament to the coaching staff of the Twisters organization and the enthusiasm of our players for the game. For a first in our existence we will be playing a tournament this season being held at Culver Military School in Culver Indiana in the beginning of March 2014. Once again we will also be skating between periods at an Indiana Ice game at Bankers Life Field House January 3rd. With a few games scheduled between the Twisters and another team from Fishers we have an exciting season set to happen into 2014! As always we have to thank all our donors and we will keep you informed if any additions to our schedule happen.
Until next time, see you on the ice!
Check out the December issue of the Autism Companion. One of our skaters, along with the Twisters, is featured on page 22.
The Twisters love making a difference. Awesome job, Carter!
Well we are poised for a new season. We have tried to include all the info you will need to get started and registered for the season to come. First registration will need to be done online at the USA Hockey web site. You will need to go to the registration tab and register as a Special Hockey player. Please print off the registration confirmation barcode page and bring it to the first skate date. We will be having our registration on 10/6/2013 starting at 3:30 PM. This will be a registration for our program and an equipment fitting for the players. We will be getting the volunteers set to do the fittings and will be setting up the equipment forms for our records. On this day the payers will be able to put on equipment and there will be an informal optional practice for those willing to skate. We will have coaches on the ice to oversee the kids and assist with the new skaters.
We are including the first half of the season dates because the second half of the season we have an expanded schedule. The number of players has grown to a size where the different ability of our athletes has necessitated different approaches for the ones who are more advanced and the ones who are still learning. We have set some dates for skating against another program in the area and are negotiating some dates with other programs out of state. Keep up on what is happening on the web site and we will add these dates when we have them.
The first half of the season is as follows; 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/8 and 12/15. These are at 5:45 to 6:45 Sundays as usual. If you are interested in helping on or off the ice we will be taking down names and numbers and will be adding you to our email list for group emails that will be going out. Francois, Ed, Greg and myself are looking forward to a great season this year and are expecting our largest group in the five year history of this program.
Looking forward to a great 2013-2014 season.
See you on the ice!
Take a look at two of our Indy Twisters at the UCT Winter Hockey Festival this past February. One of our future goals would be taking an entire Twister team to these awe-inspiring events.
The local Toledo news was also there covering the event.
The Indy Twisters will be skating in between periods on Sunday February 10th. Like last year we will be making a roster and setting up for a five minute scrimmage in between the second and third periods.
Group ID: TWISTERS
Click here for a downloadable brochure about the event.
Well we are into the middle of our season and all have seen great improvement. We started this season with 30 skaters and have ballooned to 54 rostered. The kids have put in a lot of work and it is showing. There are a lot of first time skaters this year as well as a large contingent of veteran players that have returned once again to play the game we all love. The coaching staff has remained intact this year and as is the norm they are putting the skaters through their paces. The fundamentals of hockey and the American Development Model (ADM) have been what we have based our practices on. The kids are using the entire ice surface and are having to work harder than they have ever to make it through practice. The new skaters have had an equally challenging time with their skating drills.
This season we have a few new skaters that have set a new standard for learning to skate. The newest young man has hit the ice and never looked back. With the drive of a world class athlete Evan will skate until he has exhausted all his energy and will stop for a minute for water and come back on the ice with a vengeance. As one who has been here since the beginning this season has shown me that the kids never disappoint. The effort being given has been inspiring.
Once again the USHL’s Indiana Ice have had players on ice to help and the kids are loving it. Not to be outdone the Indiana Jr. Ice U18 and U16 teams have had skaters out as well as a number of high school players. With the improvement we have seen this year we have entertained sending some of our skaters to tournaments to play with other clubs. We will keep you posted. The players are ready for the second half of the season and if the first half has shown us anything the second will be epic!
See you on the ice,