Maine Coast Skaters Association: Youth Hockey Programs, Registration & Community Day
Camden, ME October 1, 2012 – It's October in Maine and it's time to get ready for the upcoming Youth Ice Hockey season! Online registration has started and will be available through October 7th.
The Maine Coast Skaters Association plans to field 10 teams with more than 150 players for the 2012-13 season. Boys and girls ages 3 - 18 are welcome to sign up now.
Hockey programs available this fall include:
- Learn To Play Ice Hockey - For kids of all ages who think they might be interested but have never played hockey and might not be ready to commit to a team, this program is for you! Don't be intimidated - every age is welcome! Skilled players and coaches will help novice skaters learn about basic hockey skating, stick handling and general skills. Then they will help you decide what program is best for you.
- The popular Atoms program for 3 - 6 year olds will be held on Saturday mornings and/or Wednesday evenings at MRC and is all about having fun on the ice. The veteran staff of volunteer Atoms coaches primarily focuses on getting young kids comfortable on skates. Just getting to put on the gear at this age can be an adventure! There is plenty of gear available to borrow for these little tykes so they can come try it out without mom and dad having to worry about purchasing all the "stuff"!
- This year all 6 - 8 year old players will participate in our Cross Ice Program, playing FUN cross ice format games each week on home ice. In December there will be tryouts for a Travel Mite Team which will give the older, more experienced players an opportunity to play full ice games against neighboring associations.
- The Girls program will be a single U16 (ages 10 through 16) team this season. Girls' ice hockey is one of the fastest growing emerging women's sports so if you're looking for fun, awesome teammates and great exercise this winter come check it out. The girls are always looking for more players and welcome new skaters into their ranks!
- In addition to those programs listed above, there are coed teams at the Squirt (ages 9 - 10), PeeWee (ages 11 - 12), Bantam (ages 13 - 14), and Midget (ages 15 - 18) levels.
In addition to regular practices, we will continue to offer our top-notch Skating Development Program (SDP). The focus centers on teaching the best skating skills possible in order to help our kids learn to love the game of ice hockey. SDP will bring a comprehensive season long focus on building stronger skating skills among all of our players – with special attention being placed on our youngest and our future. The program will be led by Jesse Simko, an 11-year sports teacher and accomplished high school and junior hockey player who is a student of the Andrews Hockey School in Prince Edward Island.
Registration has started and continues through October 7th. You can register online at www.mainecoastskaters.org or in person on Community Day, October 7th from noon to 4:00 PM at MRC. Computers will be available for those who need to register and do not have internet access.
The MCSA has scholarship money available to assist families in need as well as a considerable collection of equipment available to borrow if needed.
The official kick-off to the season will be on Sunday, October 7th when the Midcoast Recreation Center holds its annual Community Day. There will be open ice time from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for first time players to come try out ice hockey as well as lots of other fun for the family including a cookout, and plenty of free activities for the kids.
About the Maine Coast Skaters Association - MCSA's "home ice" is at the Midcoast Recreation Center (MRC) located on Route 90 in Rockport. The youth hockey program has players traveling from many neighboring communities; Rockland, Thomaston, Lincolnville, Hope, Appleton, Waldoboro, Jefferson, Belfast and Waldo.
It is the mission of the MCSA to get as many kids as possible interested and exposed to the sport of ice hockey. The program is designed to serve the needs of both experienced players as well as those who have never tried hockey before with teams that cater to various skill levels. New players are encouraged to come out and try the fun and exciting sport of ice hockey.
For more information please visit the MCSA website at www.mainecoastskaters.org