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New to Hockey



NEW TO HOCKEY

WELCOME!!  We've create this page to answer questions you may have about hockey and help you get started.  Your first question may be - Why hockey?

  1. Hockey is fantastic exercise - Hockey is one of the best cardio vascular games your child could play.  Players are alternating between skating and rest at very rapid rates which makes hockey one of the best cardiovascular interval training sports.  This improves the speed at which your child's body brings oxygen to their muscles while burning tons of calories.  Hockey requires a high level of coordination, regular play can develop a child's gross motor skills which in turn leads to improvement with the more difficult fine motor skills and improves hand-eye coordination which can translate to a better understanding of spatial relationships.
  2. Hockey builds character - Since hockey is a team sport, children learn the value of working with others.  Very quickly, they learn to rely on teammates and understand that cooperation is the dey to success.  Children on hockey teams experience a team spirit that encourages trust, responsibility, sportsmanship and a strong sense of accomplishment.  These skills are essential as teammates turn into colleagues.
  3. Hockey improves mental agility - Hockey is an extremely fast sport in which children have to cope with changes in split-seconds.  Plays develop, momentum sifts and opportunity open and close in a blink of an eye.  A child in this sport will quickly adapt their mental agility to be able to recognize these opportunities and their concentration will improve.  In addition, hockey players will quickly begin to project mental imagery of not just what is going to happen, but what will happen next leading towards greater mental agility as well.

These are just a few reasons why your child/children should play hockey.  We, as an association, are excited to do what we can to help them feel excited about a sport they will love!



I'M IN.... SO HOW DO I GET STARTED?

First, it's never too late for your child to start playing hockey, but we do recommend an earlier than later start.  Third grade and younger is ideal but we have had players as old as 7th grade play for the first time.  Previous skating experience helps, but is not required.  All players will go through tryouts.  The goal of these tryouts is to place your skater on a team with other similar ability skaters so they can work with kids that are at a relatively same level of play.  There are no "cuts".

If your child hasn't skated before, we encourage you to take advantage of "Intro to Hockey": 

Intro to Hockey

West Fargo Hockey Association is offering a camp for girls and boys ages Pre-K-3rd grade who are new to hockey!

  • Participants must live in the West Fargo School District
  • Participants must be born on or before March 1, 2014

Orientation and One Goal Equipment Pick-Up

  • Tuesday, August 29th at 5:45 pm at Vets Arena
  • Session 1                  5:45-6:30 pm
  • Session 2                  6:45-7:30 pm
  • One Goal Equipment cost $50- includes helmet with cage, shoulder pads, elbow pads, breezers, gloves, shin pads, bag
  • One Goal Sets are available in two sizes- small for age 4-6 and large for age 6-8

On-Ice Sessions

  • August 30-31 and September 5-7
  • Session 1                    5:45-6:30 (Max 50 Skaters)
  • Session 2                    6:45-7:30 (Max 50 Skaters)

Session times will be determined at registration and an email will be sent prior to the start of Intro to Hockey!

Registration opening soon!  Fee is $25 per skater.

The Registration "New to Hockey" is not currently available.

Or skating lessons are typically offered by West Fargo Parks:

Sponsored by West Fargo Parks

West Fargo Parks

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Registration for West Fargo Hockey Association (WFHA) is open!

The Registration "New to Hockey" is not currently available.



LEVEL AGE CHART

BORN ON OR AFTER BORN BEFORE BOYS LEVEL GIRLS LEVEL AVG HRS PER WEEK TYPE OF PLAY
7-1-10 3-1-14 Termite Termite 2-3 Practice/Games
7-1-08 6-30-10 Mite Mite/8U 2-4 Practice/Games
7-1-06 6-30-08 Squirt Squirt/10U 3-4 Practice/Games/Tournaments
7-1-04 6-30-06 PeeWee PeeWee/12U 3-5 Practice/Games/Tournaments
7-1-02 6-30-04 Bantam 14U 3-5 Practice/Games/Tournaments

Important Note:  The North Dakota Amateur Hockey Association (NDAHA) has a program designated specifically for girls from 8U (i.e. age 8 and under) through 14U (i.e. age 14 and under).  However, if a family chooses, they can register their girl to play at the Termite, Mite, Squirt and PeeWee level along with the boys.  



WHERE DO I GET THE GEAR?

ONE GOAL PROGRAM

This program is offered to Termite and Mite/8U players NEW to hockey.

Each set includes:

  • helmet w/cage
  • shoulder pads
  • elbow pads
  • breezers
  • gloves
  • shin pads
  • bag
  • Sets are available in two sizes —
    • Small, for 4-6 year olds 
    • Large, for 6-8 year olds
  • Each set is sold for $50
  • When the player outgrows the equipment, families are encouraged to donate them back to WFHA for use by others the next year or they can sell them to other families. All proceeds received from the sale of One-Goal equipment by WFHA will be used to purchase future One-Goal equipment.

Contact:

Justin Routh



FOR SKATES AND OTHER GEAR FOR OLDER PLAYERS 

If you are new to hockey, we recommend you head to a local hockey outfitter.  They will be sure to get you fitted with the safety gear your child will need and they'll make sure all of the sizes fit to ensure your child is safe.  Please contact our coordinator if you have any questions or need more information.

Required equipment is listed below and in the WFHA handbook:

  • Provided - game jerseys, socks and practice jerseys
  • Required 
    • HECC approved helmet with face mask, neck & chin straps
    • helmet must contain current evidence of HECC approval
    • breezers
    • cup and supporter (boys)
    • pelvic protector (girls)
    • shin pads
    • elbow pads
    • shoulder pads
    • gloves
    • skates
    • mouth guard
    • stick
    • neck guard (optional but recommended)
    • Squirt/10U teams and older:  Breezers and helmets MUST be black.  Skate laces MUST be black or white in color.


WHEN IS REGISTRATION?

Registration typically opens in June or July and runs through September (October if you are new to WFHA).  Click on the link below.

We are trying to reorganize our website to make it user friendly and provide as much information as possible at your finger tips.  If you can't find what you are looking for, contact one of our coordinators or see our web page with our board members listed and assigned areas.

We're looking forward to having you join us!!

GO STAMPEDE!!