Rink Rat Wednesdays
Rink Rat hockey is designed to give our kids a chance to play and interact with each other in a NON-Structured event. There will be limited interaction with adults/coaches so the kids must learn to think and act on their own. The kids can bring their own puck or ball if they wish. If they do, they should have their name on it so they and the other kids know whose it is.
Why: To provide our youth hockey players with a consistent place to play unstructured hockey without coaches or parents dictating what is happening on the ice.
Who: Only players registered with FLHA can participate in the Rink Rat Wednesdays. Exception, High School players at the Bantam/15U level.
What should I wear: Full equipment.
Parents please note: There will be a FLHA coach on site on Wednesday nights to be available in case of emergency. Except for Mites, the coach/supervisor will not be supervising or instructing on the ice. Mite sessions will have limited structure to keep kids on the move.
If interested: Players may choose to play up one level but no one may play down a level.
Every Wednesday starting October 18th.
Squirts/10U – 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm
Peewee/12U – 7 pm to 8 pm
Bantam/15U/H.S. – 8:15 pm to 9:15 pm
In Main Rink
Mites/8U level 1 and 2 – 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm every other week*
Mites/8U level 3 and 4 – 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm every other week*
*Should Mite numbers allow, rink monitors may permit skaters of different levels to participate.
Please check full schedule on website for cancellations due to holidays or tournament conflicts.
Rink Rat Philosophy and Rules
It comes as no surprise that most of the successful past and current FLHA players spent countless hours on the outdoor rinks or at open hockey with their friends honing their skating, shooting, and stickhandling skills. Researchers Frank L. Smoll and Ronald E. Smith found that “at all ages the variable that determined the skilled players from the lesser skilled players was the amount of time spent practicing/playing with a friend(s) a player spent outside of the organized practice and game sessions. In fact, the skilled players reported nearly twice as much time practicing with a friend than the non-skilled players.”
Throughout the year, FLHA will provide scheduled “Open Hockey” for our players to further develop their skills and understanding of the game in an unstructured setting with friends and teammates. It is important that players and parents understand and follow the “Open Hockey” guidelines:
1. WE WANT TO DISCOURAGE ADULTS/PARENT/COACHES ON THE ICE AND ORGANIZING THE ACTIVITIES FOR THE PLAYERS. ADULTS/PARENTS CAN BE PRESENT TO MONITOR PLAYER BEHAVIOR, BUT WE DO NOT WANT THEM TO DICTATE THE TYPE OF GAME OR ACTIVITIES THAT ARE GOING ON DURING OPEN HOCKEY. WE WANT TO CREATE A BACKYARD ATMOSPHERE WHERE PLAYERS CREATE GAMES OF THEIR INTERST IN AN UNSTRUCTURED SETTING. (WITH The exception of mites) – PLAYERS ONLY
2. Attend the scheduled time for your level. You may move up a level. But not down.
3. You (the player) must be a current member of FLHA to attend open hockey.
4. Be respectful of others on the ice. Please divide the ice equally so all players have the opportunity to form a game or work on a skill set. Please include all players!
5. No checking or contact.
6. Make sure all doors are shut.
7. All players need full equipment which includes a facemask.
8. No hard slap shots.
9. No food or drink on the ice.
10. Report any dangerous situations or behavior to staff immediately.
11. If players fail to follow the above guidelines, they will be asked to leave the ice.
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