Fremont YMCA Offers Introductory Hockey and Skating Lessons | Local News
The introductory skating course is similar to the hockey course, but instead focuses on the basics of the skating stride, Poland said.
“We don’t put out pucks, we don’t teach them how to use a hockey stick,” he said. “So we have a lot of kids doing our introduction to hockey who want to be better skaters, and they are also doing the introduction to skating. “
While the skating class peaks at around 25 children, the hockey class can accommodate up to around 40, Poland said.
During lessons, Poland said he made sure to let the students have fun. For example, he said he let a student bring a Nerf gun to the ice at the end of the session.
“And that was the best time for him because he got to skate with his Nerf gun,” Poland said. “So more than anything else, it’s about teaching kids to have fun and that ice cream culture is fun culture and getting them out on the ice.”
If the kids are interested in the sport and want to continue after the sessions, Poland said they can join the Fremont Flyers hockey program, which is open from ages 6 to 18.
With so many children on the program, Poland said he has seen them develop more self-confidence over the weeks. Although they start to fall several times, they continue to get up, he said.