OCTOBER 24 - MARCH 20
Our 2021 - 2022 Learn to Play Clinics are the ideal way for girls of all ages (4 – 19) to try the sport in a safe and fun environment. Our seasoned, certified coaches teach participants the fundamentals of skating and hockey through a mix of drills and small area games.
To end the season and demonstrate skill development, our Sand Sharks clinic organizes a fun "field day" on ice while our Junior Sharks participate in a full-ice scrimmage with selected travel players.
A fast-moving, station-based format maximizes player development. We use USA Hockey's American Development Model (ADM) as a guideline, ensuring the weekly activities are age-appropriate and, most importantly, engaging. You will be surprised at how quickly your child feels comfortable on the ice and learns basic hockey skills.
A team of seasoned instructors, including former collegiate players and high school coaches, as well as parents who've played their entire lives. want to share their love for the sport and help girls learn to play hockey.
And, don't forget about the health benefits of hockey, including enhanced cardio fitness, muscular strength, and coordination/balance! The bursts of skating are sure to get the heart pumping!
All of our hockey development programs (Sand Sharks and Junior Sharks) take place at the Northford Ice Pavilion. Aside from a central location, the rink has excellent facilities including a full-service snack bar and onsite pro shop.
2021-2022 PROGRAM ENHANCEMENTS
We are excited to get back on the ice and do what we love most, teaching girls to play and love hockey! At the end of every clinic season, we outline the opportunities to make the experience better for our participants. Here are a few notable enhancements:
Addition of Game Night for our Sand Sharks Clinic. We've included eight Saturday cross-ice scrimmages to give our Sand Sharks the chance to put their newly learned skills to practice in a structured, fun game format.
Dedicated ice time for Junior Sharks. We've given the Sand Sharks and Junior Sharks their own ice time. Full ice for our older participants allows our coaches to increase the complexity of drills, easily incorporate small game scrimmages and build skating endurance to prepare players for team play.
Continuation of a level system for grouping our Sand Sharks. Given the range of age and ability within the clinic, our 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 skill level of the group. Coaches will fluidly move players between levels as appropriate with the goal of optimizing their development.
Our Junior Sharks Clinic has used and will continue to use the same approach. Given its smaller scale, coaches can more easily provide player-specific instructions.
COVID-19 rink and state requirements will impact aspects of our Learn to Play Clinics. As we get closer to the clinic start date, we will proactively communicate the Sharks' and Northford Ice Pavilion's COVID protocols. Our top priority is the safety of our participants.
We hope you will not only sign up for this season's clinic but help us spread the word. Our Sand Sharks program is one of the most robust all-girls development programs in the state. Our Junior Sharks program is unique in providing girls 11+ an opportunity to learn to play hockey. USA Hockey spotlighted our efforts targeted to older girls, as most LTP clinics are focused on players under 10.
Space is limited, so register today. Once we reach capacity, interested participants will be added to a waitlist. Tuition must be paid before the first session. No refunds.
Hamden Sport Center (Hamden and Northford) and Whitie Bensen (West Haven) are two great retailers that can help you with equipment. Both are known for their broad selection, including, new and used equipment at a range of price points.
Additionally, offer our Learn to Play participants discounts:
The staff at both stores are very knowledgeable and an excellent resource for someone new to hockey. They will help you find the most cost-effective way to outfit your child.
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.
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