Do I have to know how to skate?
Although it will help to have some skating ability, if you have never skated before the instructors will work with you and teach you the basics to start skating and playing hockey. No previous experience is required and the first two sessions of the program are focused explicitly on skating, starting and stopping.
Do I need to have equipment?
Yes, you will need a full set of equipment (click HERE for a list). If you do not have any equipment or have old equipment, during the orientation session the NCHL trainers will provide a full run through on the latest hockey equipment and which choices are best for you.
Is the program Co-ed?
The short answer is Yes! Co-ed means different things to different people. To us it means that we treat men and women as equals, so there is no reason in the world why they both genders could not play on the same team. How does this work in the dressing room you may wonder. We are all adults, you can put your undergarments in the washroom and the rest of the gear with everyone else present so you don’t miss out on the social aspects of the dressing room, which is just as important as playing the game. If you are not comfortable with this arrangement, dedicated change rooms can be sought out at most rinks (depends on rink availability).
How long are the sessions?
All on ice sessions are 75 minutes and off ice sessions can range between 1-2 hours. Please arrive 30 minutes before each on ice session so you have enough time to get dressed and enjoy pre-game dressing room atmosphere.
Can I take the program after the sessions started?
If the session is not sold out it would be up to you and on how many sessions are left. If you are missing the orientation and 1 or 2 other sessions it is probably still worth taking the program because you will have a team to play for at the end and you would only miss a little bit of material that you can catch up later.
However if you join half way through or later, it probably is not worth it and you may as well take the next session of the program.
I missed a session, can I make it up with another group?
Unfortunately that is not possible. We do not have the ability to track who is and is not coming to sessions beforehand and we want to make sure student/instructor ratio is consistent. In other words, we do not want more participants on the ice than we can teach effectively.
Do you provide instruction for goalies?
Certainly, each session has room for two goalies, and there is a qualified instructor present to work with goalies for on ice sessions 1-8. The rest of the sessions are games and you get to try out your newly acquired skills in real action between the pipes. After the program is over, there should be two teams coming out to play in the lowest division of the NCHL, so you are guaranteed a place to play since you get to be part of that process. If a team does not form, we will do our best to get you playing as much as possible on our spare list.
I can't take the program this time, do you offer it in the future?
Yes of course, if you are not able to take the program right now, you can always join us for the next iteration. Discover Hockey program runs Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Schedules are typically announced for the next program around the time games are played in the current program.
How much is the program?
When you register on your own program fee is 469+GST, however if you have two or more friends that want to take the program, all of you will be eligible for the Buddy Bonus of $50. So if you want to save a bit of money, get 2 other friends to do the program with you and the program fee becomes 419+GST for you and your friends.
How can I save $50 with the Buddy Bonus?
Buddy Bonus is our way to help you and your friends save on program fees. To be eligible for the bonus of $50 you need to register in a group of 3 or more people. Each person in the group will receive $50 off registration fees.
So what happens if you register with a friend and then later find another friend to join with you? Bingo, you all get to save $50. It does not matter when your friend join, as long as it is before the program starts. Your friends can join after you signed up, and as soon as your group reaches 3 people in size, you and anyone else that will be part of your group save $50 per person.
Ok but what about if two of us are girls and we get one of our husbands/boyfriends/male friends to do the program with us? Yes that counts, gender does not matter, the number of people does.
So go on, do the program with your friends and save, isn’t it more fun that way anyway?