BREAKAWAY HOCKEY FAQ'S, News, Breakaway Hockey (Kent Minor Hockey Association)

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Submitted By Grant Garrow on Tuesday, September 18, 2018
In order for you to get a better understanding of the program we have compiled a list of some of the most common questions we are asked about the program.  If you would like further information please email Derek Fitzmorris at [email protected].

How much does equipment cost?
Hockey equipment can be very expensive but it does NOT have to be.  We have many suggestions for getting a full set of equipment at a very reasonable cost.  For starters, check with neighbours and friends to see if they have used equipment they want to get rid of.  Most people will be happy to pass it along.  Other options include used equipment stores and the used skate racks in the sports stores.  Also, keep an eye on the flyers for deals.  There often are sales on hockey equipment at this time of year.

Does my child need a stick?
Yes.  Every child needs to have a stick for this program.  Don't worry if you don't know if they shoot Left Handed or Right Handed.  That will become obvious for most kids very quickly and if the stick they have is wrong it won't make a big difference.  Generally players have their dominant hand at the top of the stick meaning a person who writes with their right hand will probably shoot left.  That doesn't always apply though... kids seem to have a natural inclination to right or left.  If they try both one will feel more comfortable.

What equipment do the kids need?
A full set of hockey equipment is required to participate in this program.  Socks and a jersey will be provided.  The rest of the list is:
CSA Certified Helmet with a full hockey face mask
Skates (it's important that skates fit properly)
Neck Guard
Hockey Gloves
Shoulder Pads
Elbow Pads
Hockey Pants
Shin Pads
Jock (for boys) or Jill (for girls)
Garter Belt or Jock/Jill Shorts with velcro for socks
A hockey bag is also useful for transporting the equipment and a roll of tape can be a great asset to fix minor problems before going on the ice.  We will go over everything at our welcome event or you can email us any time with questions.

Will there be hockey games?
No.  The focus on the program is skill development.  We will be playing lots of fun games on the ice... but not true hockey games.  All of our games are meant to enhance the skill development while taking the focus away from the actual skill.  Kids respond well when they don't think they are learning... when they are focused on playing the game.That said, we like to wrap up the year with a very low-key hockey game.  We divide the kids into two groups, have them line up for face offs and try to create a game-like feeling for them.  It's a LOT of FUN!!

Do I have to take the RIS - Parent program again?
If you already have another child registered with Kent Minor Hockey and have taken the RIS - Parent program you are NOT required to take this again.  This is only required for players / parents who are new to Kent Minor Hockey.
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