No skating ability or previous experience required
Ice time costs money – please attend all sessions in time to equip your child ready to be on the ice at the allocated start time
Ice hockey is a skilful sport incorporating several skills requiring balance, hand/eye co-ordination and tactical thinking – it takes time to accumulate these skills and all children will learn at different rates
MYTH 1: Ice hockey is dangerous – in reality ice hockey is no more dangerous than any other sport and less dangerous than many eg football, cycling. Full protective equipment is worn during training and play to prevent injuries, and play is non-checking until Under 15s age group. The occasional slip and spill are generally the worst that occur at the younger age groups.
MYTH 2: Ice hockey is expensive – as with any sport, ice hockey can be as expensive as you want it to be. There is more equipment required than some other sports, but most of it can be borrowed from the club when starting or purchased second-hand at low cost from the club. Discounts on purchases of new equipment are also available to club players.
Pathway to Playing Ice Hockey
Register for Ice Hockey Beginner’s Course with Lincs Inspire, Grimsby Leisure Centre, Cromwell Road, Grimsby. These courses are organised by Lincs Inspire but delivered by coaches from Grimsby Ice Hockey Club. Skates and equipment are available to borrow from the club whilst on the course, free of charge. All skills required for beginner players of ice hockey will be taught, including skating and stick handling. Following completion of 1 or 2 6 week courses, depending on the child, progression can be made to the Grimsby Ice Hockey training sessions.
Those who can already skate are welcome to come to one of the Saturday morning training sessions to see training for themselves and have a go – all new starters are offered 3 free training sessions, all equipment can be supplied free of charge. Please contact the club for details of the correct session depending on age and skating ability.
Grimsby Ice Hockey Club operate a Play to Learn scheme (through affiliation with the English Ice Hockey Association (EIHA), the sport’s governing body) which permits 10 training sessions under the EIHA insurance scheme. Note that a small fee is payable to cover the cost of ice time. These sessions will be with the appropriate skill group on Saturday morning training, either Under 9, Under 11s or Under 13s – please check training times before attending. All progression is by agreement between parents and coaches. Registration with the EIHA and Grimsby Ice Hockey Club is the required next step to ensure the player is covered by insurance. Insurance Only registration is currently £20 per annum for Under 11s, 13, 15s, and free for Under 9s. At this stage the player would ordinarily train with the appropriate age group. A subscription to cover the costs of ice time is required to be paid from this point.
Registration as a league player, enabling full training and playing of league matches with the age group team within the EIHA Northern Conference. At this point, players are expected to be available to play fixtures both home and away. Away travel is usually by coach or mini-bus, a parent is expected to travel with younger children. Fixtures are on weekends, usually between September and May.
Summary of Pathway
Stage Activity 1 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS – LincsInspire Ice Hockey Beginner’s Course, 6 weeks – note that courses can be started at any time, no need to wait for the start of the next course 2 SKATERS – welcome to come to Grimsby Ice Hockey Club for 3 free taster sessions, equipment free to borrow 3 Grimsby Ice Hockey Club Play to Learn – 10 sessions building on skills learned during Beginner’s Course 4 Insurance Only – training with age group team to ensure progression continues 5 League Player – playing for the age group team
Explanation of Age Groups
Children can start from their 5th birthday, under 9s can play cross-ice and in non-league challenge matches with other teams, as organised. From their 8th birthday players are eligible to play up to under 11s and play in league matches.
Children aged 9 and 10 in the year the season starts can play league matches, these are non-contact/non-checking matches. If considered capable, players can also play up to under 13s.
Children aged 11 and 12 in the year the season starts can play league matches, these permit some limited contact strictly controlled by referees. If considered capable, players can also play up to under 15s.
Children aged 13 and 14 in the year the season starts can play league matches, these permit full contact when correctly used in accordance with the rules. If considered capable, players can also play up to under 18s.
Children aged 15, 16 and 17 in the year the season starts can play league matches, these permit full contact when correctly used in accordance with the rules. If considered capable, players can also play up to under 20s.
Adults aged 18 and 19 in the year the season starts can play league matches, these permit full contact when correctly used in accordance with the rules. This age group has only recently been added and is designed to bridge the gap between junior and adult leagues.