Rookie Camp (Markham Waxers)

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Walking into an arena for the first time can be intimidating not only to the kids, but also to the parents. The Markham Waxers Rookie Camp is organized under the association's Yes, You Can Play! initiative and is aimed at making minor hockey accessible and inviting to new participants. Our goal for Rookie Camp is to put everyone at ease and provide a positive start to your first ice hockey season.

We work with both the players—on the ice—and parents—off ice—to help them prepare for the season by addressing any concerns and answering any questions they might have.

Fitting Demonstrations and How to Get Ready

You’ve purchased a full set of hockey gear, but now what? Learning to put the equipment on correctly can be daunting. We’ll have experienced hockey parents show both parents and players how to put on hockey equipment properly to ensure maximum protection while on the ice. We will check the length of your stick and, if needed, cut it to the right size.

On-Ice Session for Players

You’ve been sent an email about your evaluation team. What can I expect when I step onto the ice for the first time? Experienced hockey development staff will guide the players through an on-ice session designed to gives players a chance to familiarize themselves and get comfortable on the ice before the first weekend of house league. They’ll also go through a few drills that the players can expect to see during a typical team practice.

Parent Briefing

While the players are on the ice, parents will meet with an experienced hockey parent who will discuss what to expect over the course of a hockey year, including such topics as

  • communication with the team and association,
  • what to expect at practices,
  • game day routines,
  • arena etiquette,
  • team photos, and
  • championship weekend.

We will also answer any questions and address any concerns parents might have about the upcoming season.

Wrap Up

After the players exit the ice, players and parents will meet with their hockey volunteer to go over undressing and equipment care and to answer final questions.

How to Participate

The Markham Waxers Rookie Camp is open to all Markham Waxers House League registered players who are entering their first year of hockey. Registration is online via our website. You can register as soon as you’ve completed house league registration.

Full hockey equipment including mouth guard, neck guard and athletic protector are required to participate in all Markham Waxers on-ice activities, including the Rookie Camp. A list of required equipment can be found on our website.

If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected]


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