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Learn to Play Clinics

Girls at a Learn to Play Hockey Clinic

Hockey Development Clinic Overview


Our 2024 - 2025 Learn to Play Clinics are ideal for girls of all ages (4 – 19) to try the sport in a safe, challenging, and fun environment.  Seasoned, certified coaches teach participants the fundamentals of skating and hockey through a mix of drills and small-area games. 

We offer two programs that are based on age. 

Our partnership with the New York Rangers for our Sand Sharks Clinic is new for this season.  We're excited to have NHL alumni on the ice leading a team of certified Shoreline Sharks coaches.  First-time participants can expect free head-to-toe equipment! 

Our Junior Sharks Clinic will be coached by two former D1 college players (and girls' high school hockey coaches) and is perfect for girls new to the sport. 

Both clinics utilize a fast-moving, station-based format to maximize player development.  The USA Hockey's American Development Model (ADM) is a guideline that ensures the weekly activities are age-appropriate and engaging. You will be surprised at how quickly your child feels comfortable on the ice and learns basic hockey skills.

Our hockey development programs take place at the Northford Ice Pavilion.  Aside from a central location, the rink has excellent facilities, including a full-service snack bar and an onsite pro shop. 

Learn about our Sand Sharks Clinic

This Learn to Play Hockey clinic is designed for girls ages 4-11.

Learn about our Junior Sharks Clinic

This Learn to Play Hockey clinic is designed for girls ages 12-19.



We are excited to get back on the ice to do what we love most: teaching girls to play and love hockey!  At the end of every clinic season, we outline the opportunities to improve the experience for our participants.  Here are a few notable enhancements: 

Partnership with New York Rangers for our Sand Sharks Clinic.  We're excited to announce our partnership with the New York Rangers to run our Sand Sharks clinic.  NY Rangers alumni will be leading the clinic in collaboration with Shoreline Sharks coaches.

Dedicated ice time for Junior Sharks.  Our Junior Sharks continue to have dedicated ice time, allowing our coaches to increase the complexity of drills, easily incorporate small game scrimmages, and build skating endurance to prepare players for team play.  

Use of a level system. Coaches will group similarly skilled players. Station-based drills will still be used, but players will travel with their groups, allowing the coaches to tailor activities to the group's skill level. Coaches will fluidly move players between levels as appropriate to optimize their development. 

We hope you will sign up for this season's clinic and help us spread the word.  Our Sand Sharks program is one of the state's most robust all-girls development programs.  Our Junior Sharks program is unique in providing girls 12+ with an opportunity to learn to play hockey. USA Hockey spotlighted our efforts targeted at older girls, as most LTP clinics are focused on players under 10.


2024-2025 Registration will open in May. 

Space is limited. Once we reach capacity, interested participants will be added to a waitlist. Tuition must be paid before the first session. No refunds.

Shoreline Sharks Hockey Learn to Play Clinic Sand Sharks

More Information

We are committed to creating a positive experience for participants and their families.  Our coaches welcome the opportunity to teach your daughter to skate and play, while hopefully fostering a passion for the great game of hockey. Today, a majority of our travel team players started in our development program. 

For additional information, please email

Pam Miller Clinic Manager

Learn to Play FAQ

Equipment Discounts

Below are the discounts offered by Bensen Ferguson Hockey & Lacrosse and Hamden Sport Center (HSC).  Be sure to mention the Shoreline Sharks when you visit the store. 

Sand Sharks LTP Clinic

Hockey Terms

The Madison Capitols have a great "Hockey 101" resource that includes basic penalties and terms.