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Hockey 101: Beginners Welcome!

So, you’ve never given a single thought to the idea of playing ice hockey. Maybe you’ve been ice skating a couple of times in the past. Maybe you’re a fan of watching the pros on TV. But playing?? No. Way. What if we were to convince you otherwise? NCWHL offers many resources for women to get introduced to the sport. Let us convince you!

Give Hockey a Try Day

If you’re able to join us for our bi-annual GHATD (Give Hockey a Try Day), this is a fantastic way to get over the jitters with little commitment to purchasing gear or registering for a season. This super fun event is held at San Mateo Ice Oasis. For a small registration fee, our League provides full gear plus a little bit of light on-ice coaching. Then all skaters and goalies participate in a low-key fun scrimmage to end the evening! Most skaters that participate in this event have never played before and few have much skating experience. If that sounds like you, send us a message!

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Gear Sale

You attended GHATD and now you’re hopelessly HOOKED. Getting geared up for hockey can be an expensive venture, especially if you’re not sure what to get, how to fit it, what size to wear… Let our experts help you! Our League volunteers hold a Gear Sale after each GHATD and sells gently used gear for a small fraction of the cost of buying new. It makes getting started so much easier!

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Beginner Division

Ready to go? You tried hockey at GHATD. You got geared up. You’re ready for the next step, but you’re worried about not knowing anything about hockey, much less how to skate. Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered! NCWHL’s Green Division accepts all skaters and goalies at the beginner level from little experience to none at all. Our coaches will show you the ropes from skating, to stick-handling, to game rules. All games in Green Division are coached, too! Green offers a fun and supportive environment for complete beginners to flourish.

Contact Green Division Coordinator >
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Need More Info on Getting Started?

Visit our “Getting Started” page to learn everything you need to do to get registered and start scoring goals!

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NCWHL Gives Back: Holiday Donation Drive

NCWHL is committed to serving our local community. Through donations, volunteer hours, and drives, we’ve been able to support children, families, and neighborhoods. We aim to participate in 2-3 drives and 5-6 community events annually. Our volunteers help represent us to the community as a group that wants to give back. If you are an organization that is looking for volunteers or a League member with a volunteer suggestion, please feel free to email us at ncwhl.community@gmail.com


Upcoming Events:

NCWHL Holiday Donation Drive

The NCWHL Holiday Donation bin will be set up in San Mateo this week! We are collecting Amazon wish list items, monetary donations, and supply donations for Girls Garage in Oakland. Girls Garage empowers girls by giving them hands on carpentry, engineering, and technology skills. We’re so excited to partner with such an amazing organization!

Please be sure to send me an email if you donate or if you have any questions at ncwhl.community@gmail.com. The drive will run through Monday, December 17. There are many ways to give, so please consider supporting this great cause. Here’s how:

– Amazon Wish List: http://a.co/7nJWDEY
– Online monetary donation: http://girlsgarage.org/support/donate/
– Girls Garage has provided us with a wish list of material for the bin listed below:

  • Home Depot or Amazon gift cards
  • Sharpies (black, colors, thick/thin)
  • Paint pens
  • All-purpose cleaning sprays
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Printer paper
  • Colored cardstock paper
  • Drum-liner (55 gallon) garbage bags
  • Expo markers (dry-erase)
  • Pencils, regular and mechanical
  • Eraser caps
  • Masking tape
  • Duct tape
  • Sandpaper sheets

The bin will be set up by the rink office. Please make sure to indicate that your contribution is for the NCWHL donation drive if you donate online! Thanks so much and reach out with any questions!

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Past Events:

November: Sunday Friends – Street Hockey

Sunday, November 11 2:30 PM
Santee Elementary
1313 Audubon Drive
San, Jose, CA 95122
Sign Up: https://goo.gl/forms/5BFYgQhRBdnNi62A3


Game FAQ: What if we don’t have a goalie?

What if we don’t have a goalie? Here is what our League policies state regarding having only one goalie (or unfortunately no goalies) in a game.


Play with 6 skaters

  • The team with no goalie can place an extra player on the ice in lieu of the goalie. However she will not have any goalie privileges, she will just be a 6th player on the ice. This means she (or anyone else on her team) cannot purposefully cover the puck. If she does this inside the crease area, it is penalty shot (or optional minor). If the puck was covered to prevent an obvious and imminent goal, a goal is awarded. If outside the crease, a delay of game penalty is called.
  • This also means that more than likely there will not be any icings against the team with 6 skaters. This is because in any game, icing is waived off if a player from the team not shooting the puck could have played it before crossing the goal line. With a 6th skater, most of the time she probably could have played it. Does this mean there are definitely no icings against the team with no goalie? (nope)
  • Refs can ask the one goalie if she wants to switch halfway through the game. If the goalie wants to, the refs will ask the captains. If the captains both agree, then the goalie will play half of the game for one team, and half for the other. The team that has the assigned goalie gets to choose which half they want the goalie. Once this format is decided on, at no time will it revert back to playing for just the one team.

Shooter Tutor

  • When the rink has a shooter tutor available, and both captains agree, the shooter tutor shall be placed on the goal frame of the team with no goalie. The tutor will not move when the teams switch ends, so one team has the tutor for 2 periods and the other has it for 1 period.
  • Same rules for covering the puck (see above) apply when the shooter tutor is on the net.

No goalies at all?

  • See six skaters, playing 6 a side for both teams, or
  • We could play pond hockey style. In some cases that is putting the net on the front of its frame and then shooting at what was the top of the net. In other cases, you can play ‘posts’ where a goal only counts if it hits a post or crossbar.
  • In either case, captains must agree.

Community Outreach: Oct & Nov Projects

We have some great opportunities for community service coming up! We’ll be volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank in October, this time at the San Jose location. We will also be playing street hockey with kids again at Sunday Friends in November. We got a special request to return!

Please sign up at the links below if you can help out. Make sure to bring your jersey to both events! As always, feel free to contact us at ncwhl.community@gmail.com if you have any suggestions for volunteer opportunities or donation drives.

October:

SECOND HARVEST FOOD DRIVE – Food Sorting
October 20, 2018 @ 9:00am
4001 North 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95134
Sign Up: https://goo.gl/forms/YfChDL2eWHRh54cL2

November:

SUNDAY FRIENDS – Street Hockey with Kids:
November 11, 2018 @ 2:30 – 4:00pm
Santee Elementary
1313 Audubon Drive
San Jose, CA 95122
Sign Up: https://goo.gl/forms/fHnfjiMtokavrJcE3