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Spring 2019 Youth Clinics

 

Our youth clinics are intended for young hockey players, between the ages of 5 and 15 and are held at the Family Ice Center in Falmouth, the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn, and the Bank of Maine Ice Vault in Augusta.  The first sessions begin the week of April 22 and each division will skate once per week for seven weeks through mid-June.  Click on the appropriate tab below for more information on each division’s curriculum, venue and schedule.

 

  • Junior Division
    ages 5 to 8
  • Minor Division
    ages 8 to 12
  • Major Division
    Ages 12 to 15

Junior division - ages 5 to 8:

Our Junior division is for players ages 5 through 8. The curriculum will focus on power skating. This division will skate two hours per week. The first hour of ice time will consist of fundamental instruction. During the second hour of ice time, we will conduct a controlled scrimmage where we will concentrate on increasing the speed of play and offering individual instruction during playing time. Between hours, we will hold a classroom discussion which focuses on various topics including: conditioning; mental preparation; and advanced team play.  We are offering our Junior division at two venues.
  • Family Ice Center in Falmouth
    8 skater spots still open..
    skating on Saturday mornings at 8:10 AM beginning April 27 and skating for seven consecutive Saturday mornings through June 8.
  • Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn
    2 skater spots still open.
    skating on Saturday mornings at 8:00 AM beginning April 20 and skating for seven Saturday mornings through June 8 (Will skip 5/4 due to rink schedule conflict).

Tuition: $315 (Download an Application)

Minor Division:

Our Minor division is for players ages 8 through 12 (ages differ slightly by venue). The emphasis is on power skating with some exposure to stick handling and, passing skillls.  This division will skate two hours per week. The first hour of ice time will consist of fundamental instruction. During the second hour of ice time, we will conduct a controlled scrimmage where we will concentrate on increasing the speed of play and offering individual instruction during playing time. Between hours, we will hold a classroom discussion which focuses on various topics including: conditioning; mental preparation; and advanced team play.  We are offering our Minor division in all three venues.

  • Family Ice Center in Falmouth (ages 9 to 11)
    Division is Full. We are accepting applications for a waiting list
    skating on Wednesday evenings at 6:10 PM beginning April 24 and skating for seven consecutive Wednesday evenings through June 5
  • Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn
    1 Goalie and 4 skater spots still open.
    (ages 9 to 11) skating on Thursday evenings at 6:10 PM beginning April 25 and skating for seven consecutive Thursday evenings through June 5
  • Bank of Maine Ice Vault in Augusta
    Division is full. We are accepting applications for a waiting list
    (ages 8 to 12) skating on Wednesday evenings at 6:10 PM beginning April 24 and skating for seven consecutive Wednesday evenings through June 5

Tuition: $315 (Download an Application)

Major Division - ages 12 to 15:

The Major division is for players ages 12 through 15.  The curriculum will include some power skating with more emphasis on agility skating, puck handling, passing, and an introduction to game situation drills.  This division will skate two hours per week. The first hour of ice time will consist of fundamental instruction. During the second hour of ice time, we will conduct a controlled scrimmage where we will concentrate on increasing the speed of play and offering individual instruction during playing time. Between hours, we will hold a classroom discussion which focuses on various topics including: conditioning; mental preparation; and advanced team play.  We are offering our Major division at two venues.
  • Family Ice Center in Falmouth
    2 Goalie Spots Open. All Skater spots are Full. We are accepting applications for a waiting list
    skating on Monday evenings at 6:10 PM beginning April 22 and skating for seven consecutive Monday evenings through June 3
  • Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn
    3 Goalie Spots and 17 Skater Spots still available
    skating on Sunday mornings at 8:00 AM beginning April 28 and skating for seven Sunday mornings through June 16 (Will skip 5/5 due to rink schedule conflict).

Tuition: $315 (Download an Application)

 

Our youth clinics will also include instruction specific to goaltenders. We will have a goalie instructor at each session who will work with the goalies on skills specific to the position.  Goalie registered in our Spring clinics will skate at a reduced tuition of $175.

 

A deposit of $150.00 is due with your application, and the balance is due prior to the first session.  Space is limited and applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. 

A message from the Rousseaus

We are concerned with the state of youth hockey today.  There is more focus on winning games and tournaments than on developing a passion  for playing hockey, and we are hearing more about young players “burning out”.  Children don’t get tired of playing hockey; they get tired of the pressure of having to win and the fear of making a mistake.


Our family grew up playing hockey, and the game has served as a powerful agent in our own personal development, and we have made many wonderful, long-lasting friendships along the way.  Hockey has provided us with the opportunity to spend time together and to develop a lifelong emphasis on learning, fitness and growth.  Rousseau’s Hockey Clinic is a family hockey school, and we consider ourselves fortunate to still be able to skate with our father and with each other and to have the opportunity to share the same experiences with our own children.


Our dad started Rousseau’s Hockey Clinic 33 years ago with the intention passing on his passion for hockey to his sons and to our friends.  His vision truly endures, as Rousseau’s Hockey Clinic, today, strives to instill the very values we all were taught: discipline, honesty, attention to detail, work ethic and commitment.  Our program is designed with the player’s overall development in mind.  All of our clinics extend over several weeks.  Although this format may not be the most convenient or profitable model, we believe that it is the best format to promote improvement.  It provides adequate rest between training sessions and the necessary period of time to instill the essential concepts and lessons we seek to impart.


Playing hockey is about having fun.  It’s fun to compete, to improve, to work toward a goal and to achieve it.  Hockey has been a big part of our lives growing up and it continues to be a big part of our lives, as we have shared this great game with the extended Rousseau’s Hockey Clinic family for many years.  We all still play recreationally and our pure love for the game burns as strong today as it did in our competitive playing days.  We are all active hockey coaches and take pride in watching our students succeed.  We hope to have the opportunity to share time with you on the ice this off-season.  There is very little more that we enjoy doing.