U7 Start of Season Information
Welcome to Initiation Hockey !!
The season is starting Wednesday Sept 27 at 3:30pm at the Winfield arena. Practices are once a week Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm. There will be additional icetimes throughout the year on the weekends. Those are scheduled once the older divisions have their game schedules.
Please use the North entrance of the building, on the side where the Boys & Girls club is. There will be a white board directly in front as you walk in that will tell you which dressing room to use. Have your player dressed and ready to go on the ice right at 3:30. Once your player is dressed, please wait in the dressing rooms until one of the Coaching staff comes in to lead the kids out onto the ice, this will save hallway chaos !
Practices are one hour, you can watch from the stands or the hallway outside the dressing rooms. Please meet your child in the hallway after to help them undress. The concession isn’t open on Wednesdays so you will need to bring your own hot beverage!
For those who are new to hockey, give yourself a good half an hour to help your player, don’t worry there will be lots of experienced parents around to help you if there are any questions about their gear.
What they need for gear from the top down :
-helmet with cage….please put a piece of masking tape on the front with your players name on it, this helps the coaches tremendously !!
-athletic supporter (jock or jill, whatever’s applicable)
-hockey socks and sock tape if they need it
-skates, make sure they are sharpened…if you are buying skates out of the box, they do not necessarily come sharpened !!
-practice jersey, they will be receiving jerseys but they will need to wear one of their own for the first couple of weeks.
Last but not least, a stick and a labelled water bottle (the kind with the spout are best for the little ones).
All U7 players will practice together. After the first few weeks the Coaches and Junior Director will form two even teams and players will receive their team jerseys. This will ensure teams are fair and they will be able to have lots of fun games against each other throughout the year. After Christmas they will progress to playing teams from other associations. U7 hockey is “cross-ice” hockey, meaning their will be two small games going on at once. This gives all players more chances to touch the puck, improve their skill development and have fun.
If you are interested in becoming a Team Manager or On-ice Helper, please email me and i will let you know what we will need from you.
They will have tons of fun, make great friends and learn to play an amazing game……welcome to hockey !!
Enjoy your summer, September will be here before we know it !!