OCTOBER 4 - FEBRUARY 28
Our 2020 - 2021 Learn to Play Clinics are the ideal way for girls of all ages (3 – 19) to try the sport in a safe and fun environment. In 20 sessions, our seasoned coaches teach participants the fundamentals of skating and hockey through a mix of drills and small area games. Our Sand Sharks clinic ends with 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.
Program Director, Bill Greim, brings decades of hockey experience to our Learn to Play Clinics. Scroll down to learn more about Bill and his role in shaping girl's hockey in the state of Connecticut. A team of experienced instructors ranging from former D1 players and high school hockey coaches to parents who've played their entire lives and want to share their love for the sport support Bill on the ice.
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.
2020-2021 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:
Adoption of a level system for grouping our Sand Sharks. At one end of the spectrum will be those who don't know how to skate or require aids, and at the other are those who are more competent skaters and are ready to build hockey-specific skills. 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 it's smaller scale, coaches can more easily provide player-specific instructions.
Additional ice time. To accommodate the clinic demand, we've added another hour of ice to our Sunday afternoon time slot. Our more novice Sand Sharks will be in the first session (for example, from 3:05 - 4:05 pm), and our more seasoned Sand Sharks and Junior Sharks will be in the second session (for example, from 4:15 - 5:15 pm).
COVID-19 rink and state requirements will impact aspects of our Learn to Play Clinics. Our coaches have been running Summer Skills Clinics and travel team practices all summer, and are experienced in how to manage the process on and off the ice to keep players safe and healthy. Because things change frequently, we will communicate the protocols to registered participants closer to the clinic start.
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 offer a great selection of new and used equipment at a range of price points. And, both 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.
USA HOCKEY LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATION
Bill Greim, our Sand Sharks Head Instructor and overall Clinic Director, has played and coached hockey for most of his life. His passion for the sport and tireless dedication have significantly impacted girl’s hockey in Connecticut.
Bill co-founded the Shoreline Sharks (2000) Connecticut Girl hockey League (2005) and the Guilford High School girls hockey program (1998) for which he coached for many years. He served as President of the Sharks for 17, helping the organization grow from one travel team to 11 plus our two development clinics. Without a doubt, his favorite day of the week is Sundays, when he takes the ice with the Learn to Play Clinic!
Each week, a team of adult Shoreline Sharks coaches teaches our LTP clinics under the direction of Bill, along with travel player volunteers. All of our adult coaches are registered with USA Hockey and certified through their Coaching Education Program. They have also passed SafeSport Training and a background check.
NOVEMBER THROUGH FEBRUARY- CANCELED
Last season, we offered an optional cross-ice House League that allowed our clinic participants to put their skills to the test in 3v3 game situations and get additional ice time beyond the clinic.
Given the ice shortages in the state linked to COVID, we are unable to offer the House league. We believe the 3v3 format is vital in accelerating development and will look for opportunities to give participants a chance to play periodically during the clinic time slots.
We hope to have the program back in our offering for the 2021-2022 season.
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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Below are the discounts offered by Whitie Bensen and Hamden Sport Center (HSC). Be sure to mention the Shoreline Sharks when you visit the store.