Sports

Ritchie’s Feeds N Needs IP 1 and 2

The hockey season is winding down for the Elmvale Coyote’s IP 1 and 2 teams and what a great season it has been! This group of 5 and 6 year olds has worked tirelessly all season improving their skating, stopping, shooting and passing and each player has improved immensely. Our Elmvale Coyote howl could be heard far and wide when both teams participated in the Hanover Jamboree on March 3rd. We played 3 games of hockey, had a fun filled day and representing Elmvale well. A special thank you to our sponsor Ritchie’s Feeds N Needs and to coaches Anthony Lalonde of IP1 and Nathan Tschop Mclaren of IP2 and to all the bench staff and on ice helpers who have made this season a success.

 

Sports with Patrick Townes

As you read this, think of baseball, and say the first five things that come to mind?  One constant and guaranteed thing in sports today, is change.  Chances are, one of the five things you thought of when thinking about baseball was “umpire” or some phrase associated with an umpire.  I have heard a few phrases from my father over the years.  Who ever thought that one day baseball would be umpired by robots – it is sad to say, but that day is approaching.  An umpire may cease to exist as we know it. 

A new system is in place for experimental purposes called TrackMan to help umpires with balls and strikes during the upcoming season.  If ever implemented fulltime, this will be a sad day for true baseball fans.  There is no doubt that this would ensure a consistent approach to balls and strikes – however the human element of the game will be removed.  What is often overlooked when rules are being updated, is the short and long term effects of those changes. 

Often times, following a fastball game, umpires are the main focus of conversation.  Stories are still told about certain umpires from decades ago.  Coaches and players may not always agree with the calls that are made, but it was part of the game -- like it or not.  Successful catchers who played or play the game will tell you that the relationship between an umpire and catcher is very important, and often something that is overlooked.  There is no doubt that a catcher is the most under appreciated, most important player on the field.  A good catcher can often make a good pitcher.  Without umpires, that relationship is gone and you no longer need to frame pitches (amongst other skill sets). 

For a sport with such a valued history it is surprising that this is even up for discussion.  It will be very weird when the robot umpire calls a batter out on strikes and there is no one to argue with – just picture that in your mind right now.  The game will change, for better or worse. 

Certain technology is great for sports.  The recent major league baseball games on television showed a clear view essentially from the catcher’s mask.  Of all the things, why did something like this take so long to implement and perfect?  When you watch the grand slam of curling events, the camera angle is situated in a manner where you can see the whole ice and watch the rock curl as it approaches the rings.  Yet, for provincial events like the Brier you still get the standard camera angle watching two sweepers stroll down the ice from overhead.  If you compare this, it is like watching a bowling ball when it is on the floor before it hits the pins. 

It is clear that there are both good and potentially damaging effects from technology in sports.  It is great to see subtle changes that make the viewing experience more enjoyable for fans, but others should be carefully considered before altering the landscape of a sport. 

Quote of the Day: “Competing at the highest level is not about winning. It’s about preparation, courage, understanding and nurturing your people, and heart. Winning is the result.” – Joe Torre. 

 

Senior Games 55+, Table Tennis Bronze Medals

Askennonia members, Peter Brunkhardt, Midland, and Gunter Schmidt, Springwater, represented Simcoe County at the 55+ Winter Games table tennis competition in Huntsville winning bronze medals. 

In the men’s 65 and over doubles division, our Simcoe County team was the only pair in the six-team round robin competition to beat the gold medal winners Sandy Chu and Michael Lau from Mississauga. Due to losing against teams from Port Hope and Cobourg, the Simcoe County players were denied the gold medal. In the end they rallied and brought home the bronze medals in the form of painted and engraved canoe paddles. This dynamic duo is now looking forward to preparing themselves for the World Veterans Table Tennis Championships to be held in Bordeaux, France in June of 2020.

Gunter Schmidt

 

About Allan Cup Hockey

Allan Cup Hockey (ACH) is the business name for the OHA Senior “AAA” Hockey League that has a tradition dating back to 1891.

Only teams that are registered at the Senior “AAA” level with Hockey Canada are eligible to compete for the Allan Cup, Canada’s oldest (1908) amateur hockey trophy. All 6 Allan Cup Hockey member teams are registered in the “AAA” category.

Players that now compete for Allan Cup Hockey OHA Senior “AAA” clubs experienced many challenges and opportunities as they progressed through various levels of competitive hockey.  Game skills were learned and varied competency levels were attained and a common desire is to keep playing the sport that they love in a highly competitive environment.  Some ACH players have chased the ‘Canadian Dream’ to be a professional hockey player and were successful at the highest level, the NHL. ACH fans appreciate the willingness of these former pros to continue playing the game within our league.  Other ACH players have enjoyed success at the minor professional, major college and junior levels before opting to pursue other career opportunities and none presently list ‘hockey-player’ as their vocation.  They are competing for the love of the game; to continue to experience competition at the highest level within a family-oriented environment and to enjoy the comradeship of spending time with a group of friends.