G4H ROCKS SPRING SERIES
With game experience during the 2020-2021 season limited and the uncertainty surrounding travel and tournament-style play for the spring, in collaboration with the Vermont Shamrocks, G4H is excited to announce the G4H Rocks Spring Series - a new program that focuses on individual skill development, while creating a fun, competitive environment through round-robin style small game play.
The G4H Rocks Spring Series program will be offered for birth years 2003 - 2014 with players separated into different ice times by age group. This program is run by G4H, so you do NOT have to be a past or present Vermont Shamrocks player to participate! However, this program may serve as a springboard to Shamrocks tryouts later this spring should current travel restrictions lift and Shamrocks offerings be able to proceed.
How It Works
The G4H Rocks Spring Series will run for 8 weeks April - May starting the week of April 4th. Registrants will have one guaranteed ice-time per week at Cairns Arena in South Burlington. Each session will consist of 30 - 35 minutes of small group, station-based skill work and 25 - 30 minutes of mini games (2 v 2, 3 v 3, etc), which will be played in a round-robin style format.
Week 1 will serve as an evaluation tool for placing players on small teams of 5 - 6 skaters and 1 goalie. (Note: The 8U age bracket will not have goaltenders - if you are in this age group and wish to play goalie, please contact us). Players will receive their team assignments and a jersey for their team when they arrive at the rink on Week 2. Weeks 2 - 7, players will be grouped with their designated team for station-based work and will play two 12 minute mini games each week under the direction of their designated G4H coach for the day. Standings will be kept for each team and posted on the G4H website weekly. On Week 8, players will participate in a 45-minute "for fun" mini skills competition, then compete in a final 12-minute game with first and second place teams playing for the championship and third and fourth place team playing a consolation game.
We have decided on this format for the safety of players as it allows for flexibility should state or rink COVID guidelines vary during our 8-week period. This format also allows us to keep the same cohort of players on the ice together each week, limiting contact and will allow us to transition to socially distanced skills-only work if need be.
Days and times for each age group are to be determined as we are waiting for ice time confirmation. Ice times should be finalized by early March and we will post these as soon as possible.
Registration and Cost
Total cost for this program is $205, which includes 8 weeks of once a week 1 hour sessions (30 - 35 minutes of skills-based instruction and two 12 minute minute games), coaching from our all-female staff comprised mostly of current or former NCAA or ACHA players, updated team standings on the web each week, a 40 - 45 minute mini-skills competition on Week 8, and a G4H Rocks practice jersey (given out on Week 2).
When registering for G4H Rocks, players will have the option to add an additional skills session weekly with G4H's Spring Comprehensive Skills Clinics at a discounted rate.
Registration for the G4H Rocks Spring Series will open as soon as ice times are confirmed. We appreciate your patience as we wait for confirmation and hope to work with you this spring!
PLEASE NOTE: Due to current COVID-19 rink rules and state guidelines, we are currently unable to accommodate players coming from out of state. Spectators are also not currently allowed at Cairns Arena. Parents can come into the rink to assist their player with skate tying, but will be asked to leave as soon as the session starts. The rink does however have Live Barn if you wish to watch our sessions. We apologize sincerely for any inconvenience and will update this page should things change. Before registering, we encourage you to review current rink guidelines here.