Cape Ann Youth Hockey (CAYH) has started a Challenger Hockey Program to give children with developmental disabilities a chance to participate in a youth hockey program. We run a 6 weeks program consisting of practices. CAYH coaching staff will follow ADM guidelines in designing drills for the participants. We will have High School and Middle School players mentoring individual player during each of the sessions. We usually have a 2 to 1 ratio.
The main objective is to get children comfortable on skates. We introduce skill development and drills as the players become comfortable on the ice. A second objective is to develop our high school players and middle school players into coaches and teach them the planning and leadership skills that will be necessary to make this program a success.
By having the players develop bonds with the High School and Middle School players we feel that it creates a situation where both sets of skaters will want to come back and ensure success of the program each week.
We provide all of the equipment and currently do not charge participants.
Funded by Gloucester, MA (November 2015)