Danica has had a yen to try her hand at hockey. The problem is that she has started late, so she is far behind other girls her age who began playing years ago.
So, what to do?
Well, her mom found a program called First Shift, which is designed to give kids a start in the game in a non-competitive atmosphere. As of yet anyway, they are not even playing but the many kids who enrolled divide into 4 groups and rotate to 4 drill areas through their hour on ice.
It is sponsored by Bauer and Canadian Tire, and for the cost of the program, the kids get 12 sessions and then get to keep the equipment. What a deal!
We were very impressed with how the program was carried out. The coaches all seemed to be dedicated and knowledgeable, and they kept the kids active and involved.
They got to skate with pucks and try a bit of passing and receiving.
The most interesting activity centre was the following where they had to hop over sticks, slide under a bar, and then push a coach on a chair.
My fave pic of the day is this one. It's her smile, and it's just her, the wonderful and happy kid that she is.