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Capitals Partner With Arlington County Parks and Recreation Departmentfor Summer Hockey Clinics

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals have partnered with the Arlington County Parks and Recreation Department this summer to hold five hockey clinics during the core sports time of their day camp.

The day camp is held at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va. During the summer, Capitals coaches, alumni and Slapshot will make guest appearances at the clinics to help teach the children stickhandling, passing and shooting. Instructors will also teach the children about the equipment players and goalies wear, conduct trivia sessions, play games, run relays and demonstrate penalty shots. The Capitals will be supplying the hockey equipment – balls, goals, sticks and goalie equipment – used during each session. The focus will be on hands-on instruction, allowing for a great deal of interaction between Capitals instructors and the children.
This program allows the Capitals to continue their Hockey School throughout the summer. The Capitals did 16 Hockey School clinics last season – two a month – reaching more than 2,200 students through the clinics as well as donating the hockey equipment to the schools so the students could practice what they learned.
The first clinic was Wednesday, July 7, where almost 60 children ranging in ages seven to 12 years old were split up into four groups to work on each specific drill – passing, shooting, shooting on an inflatable Slapshot and stickhandling – for about an hour before they tried their new skills out in two separate scrimmages. The whole clinic lasted about two hours. At the end of the visit, the children were given Capitals rally towels, squishy pucks and hockey 101 instructional booklets.
The Capitals will be visiting the camp on July 14 and 28 and Aug. 4 and 18 at Wakefield High School at 4901 S. Chesterfield Road in Arlington, Va.
This upcoming season will be the fourth consecutive year the Capitals have conducted their Hockey School program. The Caps hosted more than 30 clinics and reached nearly 5,000 students the past three years. During the 2009-10 season, thousands of elementary and middle school students graduated from Hockey School presented by Chevy Chase Bank. Students benefited from question-and-answer sessions with Caps representatives, including Caps players, coaches and alumni, where they shared information about their hockey backgrounds and fun facts about hockey and the team. The Caps taught skills through verbal instruction and demonstrations and allow students to sharpen their technique during the interactive portions of the clinics. At the end of each visit, students received Hockey 101 booklets, squishy pucks and autographed player cards to signify that they graduated from Hockey School presented by Chevy Chase Bank.
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