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Summer 2019 Youth Clinics

 

Our Summer Youth clinics offer young hockey players between the ages of 5 and 16 the opportunity to develop fundamental hockey skills and to apply those skills each week in a controlled scrimmage. Our summer clinics are held at the Family Ice Center in Falmouth, the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn, and the Maine Ice Vault in Augusta.  The first session begins the week of July 10 and each division will skate once per week for 7 weeks through late August.  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 16

Junior division - ages 5 to 8:

Our Junior division is for players ages 5 through 7. 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 sumer Junior division in all three venues.
  • Family Ice Center in Falmouth skating on Tuesday evenings at 6:10 PM beginning July 9 and skating for 7 consecutive Thursday evenings through August 20. The Falmouth Junior division is intended for players age 5 to 8.
  • Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn skating on Tuesday evenings at 6:10 PM beginning July 9 and skating and skating for 7 consecutive Thursday evenings through August 20. The Auburn Junior division is intended for players age 5 to 8.

Tuition: $315 (Download an Application)

Minor Division - ages 8 to 12:

Our Minor division is for players ages 8 through 12 (The age group will vary by venue depending on the other divisions offered in that 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 three venues.

  • Family Ice Center in Falmouth skating on Wednesday evenings at 6:10 PM beginning July 10 and skating for 7 consecutive Wednesday evenings through August 21. The Falmouth Minor division is intended for players age 9 to 11.
  • Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn skating on Thursday evenings at 6:10 PM beginning July 11 and skating for 7 consecutive Thursday evenings through August 22. The Auburn Minor division is intended for players age 9 to 12.
  • Maine Ice Vault in Augusta skating on Wednesday evenings at 6:10 PM beginning July 10 and skating for 7 consecutive Wednesday evenings through August 21. The Augusta Minor division is intended for players age 8 to 12.

Tuition: $315 (Download an Application)

Major Division - ages 12 to 16:

The Major division is for players ages 12 through 16 who will compete at the middle school and early high school levels.  The curriculum will include some power skating with more emphasis on stick handling, passing, and game situation drills.  We will also introduce body checking in this division. As many players in this age group will be moving up to Bantam we will provide instruction on how to best receive a check and protect yourself on the ice. 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 summer Major division in only one venue.
  • Family Ice Center in Falmouth skating on Thursday evenings at 6:10 PM beginning July 11 and skating for 7 consecutive Tuesday evenings through August 22.

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 Summer 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.  Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and space is limited to thirty-three skaters and three goaltenders. 

A message from the Rousseau's

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 of 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 games 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.