Dear Parents and Players:
The 2019 – 2020 season marks the 20th since the inception of the Shoreline Sharks in 2000. It’s hard to believe that in the past five years we’ve grown from 56 players and 12 coaches to 270 players and over 40 coaches. We are the largest all-girls program in Southern Connecticut with 11 travel teams, three hockey development clinics, and a newly formed house league!
This growth is grounded by our passion and purpose: to provide girls of all ages and hockey abilities opportunities to learn, play, and love the sport. We are proud to deliver a high quality hockey experience through our expansive program that includes teams at all age ranges (U8 – 19), a mix of competitive levels through our participation in multiple leagues (NEGHL, CHC, and CGHL), partnerships with Pro Crease Goaltending and IPH Hockey to provide formalized, best-in-class skill development, our continued commitment to growing the game with our learn hockey initiatives, and a focus on adding female role models through our coaching selection.
Our measure of success is always development and a commitment to providing opportunities for our players to continually advance to their next level, as hockey players and people. Before we look forward, let’s celebrate and acknowledge our notable accomplishments from last season:
Exposure & Opportunity
Season to season, we work hard to make improvements that strengthen our organization and our ability to serve our members. We’re excited about the enhancements for the 2019-2020 season:
USA Hockey and the Shoreline Sharks take player safety very seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy for abuse and misconduct. USA Hockey’s SafeSport program focused on preventing any abuse, bullying, threatening, or hazing. All of our coaches and board members and as of this season, players 18 and older, must become SafeSport certified to participate in any official Sharks activity.
SafeSport policies address areas were misconduct can occur, including the locker room, electronic communication, and travel. In support of these policies, we require each team to designate a SafeSport-certified locker monitor for every practice and game. Part of the protocol is that CELL PHONE USAGE IS NOT ALLOWED in the locker room, a policy our coaches, team managers, and locker room monitors will enforce. If a player needs or wants to use their phone, they need to step outside the locker room. We ask for your support in reinforcing our policies and keeping our players safe. Click here to review our locker room policy.
We want to acknowledge our coaches, volunteers, and board members for the time and energy they devote to the Shoreline Sharks. Their efforts, along with the support and trust we receive from our families, reinforce the positive, development-minded culture that makes us special.
We are proud of our ability to inspire and empower girls through the sport of hockey and look forward to another season filled with growth, friendships, and fun.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any thoughts, questions, or ideas.
At the base level, all youth hockey clubs have the same purpose: to provide programming that enables kids to play hockey. However, the execution is the differentiator.
Here are our core priorities:
We are focused on delivering an exceptional hockey experience for girls of all ages and hockey ability. We hope to see you on the ice!