The Introduction to Hockey Program starts on Thursday January 23, 2020.
Your daughter’s session is from 4:30pm until 5:30pm at Leaside Arena.
During the season, we will miss a few dates due to holidays. The schedule will be posted in the House League: Introduction to Hockey Program section on this website, and we recommend that you check it often.
The instructor is Greer Harris from Valkyrie Hockey. She will be assisted by a few of her staff and some volunteers from among our teenage competitive and house league players.
Parents, guardians, caregivers, and other family members may not go on the ice with the participants and may not watch from the player or penalty benches. We welcome you to enjoy the program from the stands. Please stay at the arena in case you are called upon for washroom breaks or other minor needs.
The first several minutes of each hour are used to clean and re-surface the ice. The girls go on the ice at about 4:40pm. In order to be ready on time you should normally plan to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early–a little more the first day. When you arrive at the arena you will find the dressing room numbers posted on the TV monitors. The dressing rooms are downstairs. Do not leave valuables in the dressing rooms, as the dressing rooms are not locked.
Participants will require full hockey equipment, including:
- CSA approved helmet with full face cage or shield
- Neck Guard (BNQ certified)
- Shoulder Pads
- Elbow Guards
- Garter Belt or Shorts with Velcro (to hold up socks)
- Hockey Pants
- Shin Guards
- Mouth Guard (this is not mandatory but is strongly recommended by our hockey association)
We will have jerseys and socks for the girls the first day, but it would be good to bring a spare jersey and socks if you have them, just in case.
Sticks with straight blades are preferable at this age. Stick length should be to the underside of the player’s nose if standing in shoes, or alternatively to under the chin if on skates. If your daughter’s stick is taller, it should be cut. (The retailer you buy it from can usually do this for you). You should tape the end of the shaft with enough tape that it cannot pass through the spaces in the helmet cage (and thus cannot cause a facial injury).
Please take care to have full equipment. We cannot permit a participant on the ice without full equipment. Some families choose to dress their player at the arena, while other players arrive fully or partly dressed (except for skates, which should always be put on in the arena). It is always a good idea to have the player use the washroom before getting dressed in all the hockey equipment. Space permitting, there are no restrictions on parents/guardians, grandparents, siblings in the dressing room.
You may wish to dress your player in her equipment a couple of times before the first on-ice session so that she can get used to the equipment. You may also find you have to adjust the helmet and mouth guard for fit and comfort. It is best to do this before coming to the first session.
See you on January 23rd!