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Introductory Player Program (IP)
Submitted By rdelaney on Thursday, September 8, 2016
We have had several inquiries about our IP program in the past few weeks so we thought that we should provide a brief summary of what our program is about and what players and parents can expect.  Our season will be starting soon but we will accept registrations throughout the season.  Ideally, to get the most out of the program the full season is recommended.

This program is for girls and boys ages 4 - 6. 
The program runs once a week on Saturdays from September to March with breaks for Christmas, Hockey tournaments and Figure Skating events. 
The kids are on the ice for 50 minutes.
The cost is $200.  $150 in registration fees and $50 for Raffle fundraiser (which can be explained in greater detail later).
We strive to provide a fun learning experience for all of the kids while providing value for your investment for the parents.
Our focus is on teaching kids hockey fundamentals which includes skating, balance, proper stick positioning, puck handling and shooting.  We do this through drills and games.
We progress to playing mini cross ice games with the potential opportunity of playing some other local centers in fun games later in the year (this is for 6 year olds only).  We do not play structured games or play in a league.
We do our best to keep the kids in groups of similar skill sets so that they get the appropriate coaching for their skill level.
It does not matter if your child knows how to skate or play hockey.  It is our job to teach them these skills.  All that we ask is that you support your child and the coaching staff by providing honest positive feedback and encouragement to your child.
What your child will need to come on the ice is the following.  Full hockey equipment including a mouth guard and a hockey stick.  We will provide a jersey and a pair of hockey socks.  It is very important that you make sure that the equipment fits properly and is comfortable and their hockey stick is the right size.  If you are unsure of what proper fitting is we can help you when you come to the arena or you can ask a professional at a sports store.  Kids will cry and not want to play hockey if the equipment does not fit them or is not comfortable.  Some examples are skates too big, too small or tied too tight, helmet too big or too small, hockey pants too big (falling down all the time) etc.
Well there is a lot of information for you to review and consider.  St. George Minor Hockey welcomes any kid that wants to come out and play.  We believe that hockey can be a game that is fun for life and we want to set that tone early.
If you have any further questions please contact Ryan Delaney via the website under the executive committee contacts.
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