Our YMCC Shooting Stars and their dedicated coaches
YMCC has commenced the Shooting Stars inclusive hockey program run a Perry Lakes on a Saturday mornings this year. The program aims to provide opportunities for children of all abilities to play hockey and be involved in our club community.
This year is the first year the program has run and they've had a wonderful group of kids. Given the success this year, we hope to advertise more broadly and expand the program in 2020.
Rebecca, Sophie and Annie are the three dedicated Shooting Stars coaches and are helped by a team of volunteers who rotate into the program. So far this season the kids have really improved their foundation skills, we've been learning dribbling, pushing, slap hitting, dragging and tackling. Next term we'll be expanding these skills and learning hitting. The favourite drill for all participants is rob the nest.
Each week we have a small game to practice our skills and this is always enjoyed by the participants. This weekend the shooting stars going the J3/4 YMCC Fire and UWA teams in a scratch match. The teams were mixed and it was orange v plus on the day... it was a tight tussle throughout the game with amazing individual and team skills on display. Connor and Lica were solid in defence for their respective teams and Josh assisted his team across the entire field.
After the game Connor said "it was fun" and Josh said the best thing about playing hockey is "attacking and scoring goals". Both boys stated they would like to play in a team next year.
The 3/4 game was a highlight and we plan to have another match at the end of the season. The coaching team are also working on our older participants having a game in their age group as well.
Coach Annie Chappell states; our hope is that Shooting Stars will fulfill two purposes:
- As a stepping stone into a regular team, for those children with the desire and ability
- As a fun, integrated program where any child can play hockey
If you are interest or have a child that would like to play hockey the get in touch and come see our Shooting Stars down at Perry Lakes 9.30 on a Saturday morning (returns after the school holidays). And all YMCC member keep a look out and come cheer on the teams during the next match at the end of the season.