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Welcome to the Lightning!
posted 05/16/2013
 
The Carolina Lightning is a boys and girls hockey program based in Raleigh, North Carolina.   The Lightning organization believes in developing young people’s hockey skills through a positive, educational and safe environment. 

For information about joining the Lightning program, please email Don Schaap ( ).
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Organization wide email (scheduling update and team building)
09/19/2014
Folks, The Lightning season schedule (to date) will be uploaded...
Girls Try Hockey-We Love Our Sponsors
09/12/2014
We have two sponsors for the Girls Play Hockey event!  Please...
World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend-Sign Up Open!
09/09/2014
Updated 9/11: Sign up is now open for the Girls Try Hockey for...
"Go Gold" for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
09/08/2014
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. In show of support...
Follow CLH Girls Hockey on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter...
09/06/2014
There are three venues to follow and keep current with the...
Don message about social media - 9/6
09/06/2014
Folks, One last note that I forgot to put in my last email about...
Organization wide email - 9/6
09/06/2014
All - Don sent out organization wide email tonight that has been...
The Hockey Mommy Fundraising Opportunity
09/04/2014
Carolina Lightning is proud to announce this fundraising opportunity...
Lightning Exchange Open--Got Stuff?
03/24/2014
Updated 6/12:  Several families have posted pictures of free...
Carolina Lightning Sponsorship Program
08/27/2013
Lightning Parents and Potential Sponsors, Carolina Lightning...
New PO Box - Payment Address Reminder
08/13/2013
Reminder that ALL payments are to be written to Carolina Lightning...
 
Organization wide email (scheduling update and team building)
by posted 09/19/2014
 

Folks,

The Lightning season schedule (to date) will be uploaded onto the Lightning website by tonight. I know that a few people have already voiced concern that the total number of practices and/or games is not what the program included.

Please understand that Coach Cindy Murphy is the new Lightning Scheduler and has been working the email and phones very hard to schedule games and tournaments for all of the teams. What is loaded onto the website is not 100% complete yet, with the last month or so (FEB/MAR 2015) still to be finalized. Teams will get the practices, games and tournament that was included in the program. We ask for your patience. Most of the time, it is not the Lightning dragging their feet but other organizations not being able to commit.

Cindy understands that everyone would like to have the 100% locked and loaded final schedule. She is working diligently to that end for all teams.

Our Team Building Day is happening SAT 27SEP14 at Benson Park in Garner. Players and coaches are asked to wear running shoes, athletic shorts and tshirts and sweatshirts (weather permitting).

The boys events will begin at 9am, with players first getting their Lightning Team Building t-shirts (which all players need to wear). There is a nice mile running path around the park which each team will do together on a staggered start (so we don't scare the public). This will be followed by a 30-minute coaches corner where teams will huddle up independently and learn more about their coaches and team members (school, siblings, hobbies, travel, aspirations, etc).

Coaches corner will be followed by tug-of-war, sack races, ring races and other events. Following the events, lunch will be catered by Chik-Fil-A and then the boys are free to leave.

The girls will join the whole group for lunch at 11-11:30am and at 12:30pm, the Girls Team Building will begin. It is similar in format to the boys events and will end at 2:30-3pm.

We are in need of 6 heavy ropes (50 feet or longer), 12 burlap sacks, and 4 dozen eggs. If you can loan/donate these items for our Team Building Day, please contact me directly and immediately.

Thanks to those that stepped up and volunteered. I will be in touch with you in the coming days.

Thank you for being understanding about the schedule and we look forward to seeing everyone SAT 27SEP14 at Benson Park, rain or shine.

Regards

Don


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Girls Try Hockey-We Love Our Sponsors
by posted 09/12/2014
 

We have two sponsors for the Girls Play Hockey event!  Please patronize these fantastic businesses and don't forget to sign-up.


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World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend-Sign Up Open!
by posted 09/09/2014
 

Updated 9/11:

Sign up is now open for the Girls Try Hockey for Free event on 10/11.  Select the "Girls Try Hockey" in the left navigation bar and join the fun!!!

Lightning member please help spread the word on this event:  bring your sister, neighbor, girl scout troop!

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The World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend is a GLOBAL opportunity for girls to try out hockey as a new sport. Thousands of participants took part in 2011, 2012 and 2013 events sponsored by the International Ice Hockey Federation and USA Hockey.  October 11 and 12 has been set as the weekend for 2014.

Join Carolina Lightning Hockey on Saturday October 11, 2014 from 10:20 - 11:50 am for our Girls Play Hockey event. 


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"Go Gold" for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
by posted 09/08/2014
 

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month.

In show of support for the awareness of childhood cancer, the Lightning organization encourages any and all Lightning players, parents and families to "Go Gold" this month, by wearing gold skate laces and/or any other gold apparel you may have. The Lightning organization's colors are already well suited for this campaign and we appreciate your participation.

Don


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Follow CLH Girls Hockey on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter...
by posted 09/06/2014
 

There are three venues to follow and keep current with the fun of Carolina Lightning Girls' Hockey.  Follow us on these social media accounts:

 

These links will also be on the Girls' program page permanently.  (If anyone has Lightning Boys social media links please send them to me for posting on the Boys program page.) 

Note, that while these sites are outside the CLH Hockey privacy policy, please use common courtesy and be cautious about posting identifying information about our players such as full name, age, etc.  The only one that should be tagging players are their parents!  

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Lets build the excitement of CLH Hockey ... the next big girls event will be International Girls Try Hockey for Free day on October 11th.  Save the Date.

 


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Don message about social media - 9/6
by posted 09/06/2014
 

Folks,

One last note that I forgot to put in my last email about Social Media.

Carolina Lightning Hockey encourages everyone (players and parents) NOT to discuss "anything" as it relates to Carolina Lightning Hockey and/or anyone associated with the Lightning organization and the great game of hockey on social media unless it is positive, supportive, complimentary, congratulatory, etc. to Lightning members, any and all of our competitors, and/or for that matter anyone else in the universe.

There is no place for it.

Things said in emails, Facebook and/or Twitter, are most likely not what you would say directly to a person's face (especially if it is negative in nature) so please don't do it.

Further, what you say in emails, on Twitter, and on FaceBook....lasts forever and can have  far reaching implications (and not always good).

Always be very careful what you write. Again, Carolina Lightning Hockey is a very different group of people and we are very proud of it. It's a game and remember to always take the high road.

No disparaging tweets, emails and/or posts... ever!

Thanks,

Don


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Organization wide email - 9/6
by posted 09/06/2014
 

All -

Don sent out organization wide email tonight that has been posted here.  The message contains information about apparel, schedule, team building day, tournament hotels, team captains/alternates and dress code and lastly Lightning Code of Conduct.

thanks,

Marcella


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The Hockey Mommy Fundraising Opportunity
by posted 09/04/2014
 

Carolina Lightning is proud to announce this fundraising opportunity with The Hockey Mommy.  


CLH and Hockey Mommy

Proceeds from this season-long fundraiser go towards our scholarship fund.


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Lightning Exchange Open--Got Stuff?
by posted 03/24/2014
 

Updated 6/12:  Several families have posted pictures of free gear - check out the exchange!!

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Carolina Lightning is opening up the website exchange feature on the website for sale or donation of sporting goods (not just hockey), household items, etc.
 
To add an item select the "Exch\Sale Items" button in the left navigation bar.  From this page, click the “Add New Item” under the exchange banner.  Fill out the form with item details, asking price and contract information.  You may also add a picture.  Once you have submitted the form you will receive an email with a key number to confirm the listing.  Follow the directions in that email to confirm your listing. 
 
Some notes:

 

  • Please keep content appropriate for all our families.

  • Only Lightning families can post items, but the public can view the exchange.

  • To make a change or delete the item after it's sold, click the Edit- or Delete - buttons that will appear next to your item.

  • I have posted one item as placeholder.  

thanks,
Marcella


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Carolina Lightning Sponsorship Program
by posted 08/27/2013
 

Lightning Parents and Potential Sponsors,

Carolina Lightning Hockey's Sponsorship Program has been developed to support the growth of, and to benefit the entire Lightning organization.
 
We have multiple levels of sponsorship support embedded into our program, to facilitate those sponsoring the Lightning (you as a business or parent), directed to individual teams, and/or large organizational/corporate sponsorships to support the organization as a whole. Either way, Lightning sponsorships will benefit your child in some form or fashion.
 
Participation is entirely voluntary but very much appreciated. This is a great opportunity to highlight your business on Lightning jerseys at games and tournaments. Please review the Sponsorship Program details on the Lightning website Documents page at
http://carolinalightninghockey.com/Documents.asp?n=83502&org=carolinalightninghockey.com

Additionally, if you have the professional skill to help guide/run this effort and represent the Lightning organization in support of obtaining corporate sponsors , it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me to get involved.

On behalf of all our great kids, and the entire Lightning organization, thank you for your consideration and support.
Regards
Don Schaap
President


 


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New PO Box - Payment Address Reminder
by posted 08/13/2013
 
Reminder that ALL payments are to be written to Carolina Lightning Hockey and mailed to:

PO Box 600033
Raleigh NC 27675-6033.

Please do not hand checks and/or cash to anyone anymore as this is difficult to track.  Exception to this is water bottles, mugs, magnets, etc. that we are selling at the rink.  
 

Thank you.

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