Youth Programs

Starting Out:

The Bridgewater Sports Arena features programs for both youth and adult players regardless of ability level.  All players should begin in the Learn To Skate program or with private skating lessons.  Players must be able to master some basic fundamentals of ice skating before moving on to play hockey.  These include: forwards ice skating, backwards ice skating, stopping (hockey stop), and forward cross-overs.  The game of hockey is much more exciting and fun to play when the player has the necessary skating skills to compete.

The Equipment:

Once the player has the necessary skating skills, he/she can begin playing hockey.  At this point, full ice hockey equipment is necessary.  All of these items may be purchased from the BSA Pro Shop and include: helmet and cage, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, shin pads, cup or pelvic protector, hockey socks, guarder belt or hockey shorts, hockey jersey, mouth guard, hockey gloves, hockey stick, and hockey skates.  (Goalies have additional equipment requirements)

Clinics:

Hockey Clinics at BSA are a great way for new players to learn about the game of hockey and for seasoned players to hone their skills.  Players coming directly out of the Learn To Skate program or players with minimal hockey experience should start with the Future Stars program.  For more information about Future Stars or any other BSA hockey clinic for youth players, visit out CLINICS page.

Leagues:

Once a player has been through the Learn to Skate program and has attended enough hockey clinics or hockey camps, he/she will be ready to join an ice hockey league.  BSA offers two types of youth hockey leagues: 3-on-3 hockey league played on the 110′ x 68′ skills rink and 5-on-5 youth hockey leagues played on standard NHL sized ice rinks.

Travel Hockey:

BSA is home to the Mid-Jersey Selects.

 




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