Participants of the Franklin Square PAL at Washington Street School completed their winter offering of Islanders Street Hockey tonight. The program concluded with coaches harping on important skills learned throughout the unit. Players ran through drills that focused on moving to meet a pass with continuous motion into an offensive attack, passing, or shooting action. Next, one vs. one drills allowed players to advance their offensive explosiveness while giving goalies breakaway and shootout experience.
Goalies further applied their skills in rebounding and poke check situations. Lastly, the class finished with a competitive scrimmage. Franklin Square PAL is excited to wrap their first offering of Islanders Street Hockey. "Going into the program we received many different players with many different skill sets," said one coach. "Now, it is more even-keeled with a greater interest all around for the game of hockey."
The Franklin Square/Elmont PAL unit began their 6-week Islanders Street Hockey program last night for local students in 1st through 5th grade. The first class kicked off with a mini-clinic ran by New York Islanders representatives involving basic hockey skills of passing, dribbling, and shooting followed by cross-court scrimmages.
The class consisted of players who were picking up a hockey stick for the very first time along with those who compete on ice hockey teams. "The exposure to different levels of play is good for all types of players," said one parent. "The more experienced players can pass on the love and enthusiasm for the game to those with less experience."
After-school students at the Oyster Bay Boys & Girls Club continued their winter street hockey class last night. Students participated in a competitive game that challenged both goalies with many shots on net. "This is an easy class to run because the kids are just so into the sport of hockey," said one counselor. Both staff and students at the center are huge Islanders fans! "I can't wait to watch Bailey and JT in the skills competition this weekend!" exclaimed one student, "I try to mimic their puck handling when I play."
Hockey players from the Plainview PAL hockey unit welcomed a new team member last night as part of their involvement with the Islanders Street Hockey Program. Sparky intermingled with players aged 5-11 years old as they advanced their hockey knowledge. The hockey class began with a warm-up of one-on-one, shooting, and goalie stations. Next, older players practiced their one-timers receiving a pass in motion from their coach, focusing on having one continuous movement.
"Focus on putting the puck on the net rapidly without stopping," preached one coach. Younger players broke out into a one-on-one-on-one version of "Steal the Bacon" with emphasis on collecting turnovers from both opponents and quickly converting from where they were on the rink. The class wrapped with spirited scrimmage play. Plainview PAL breaks for the holidays but continues their hockey unit in the New Year with tournament play.
Students at Huntington YMCA were treated to a visit from New York Islanders mascot Sparky this past Friday in conjunction with the Islanders Street Program. Students were excited to display the skills they learned during the unit. The class began with coach and player passing drills where players practiced their ability to receive the ball softly on their blade, maintain control, and pass back. Players then worked on their one-on-one offensive moves to the goal.
With coaches acting as defenseman, players learned to anticipate how their opponent will defend them and from which wing would be best to attack from. To wrap the class, students teamed up for relay races and a class favorite, "Steal the Bacon" putting those one-on-one moves to the test against Sparky. Huntington YMCA's Islanders Street Hockey unit continues into the New Year.
Morae than sixty-five students at the Friedberg JCC's afterschool program at Plaza Elementary experienced the Islanders Street Hockey Program and hockey for the very first time last night. Students were given a walk-through of how all of the street hockey equipment is worn and why it is important to their safety. Sports specialist, Aleyshia used other sports the students play in order to help them comprehend concepts, "Just like in soccer, hockey has a goal and just like in football, hockey players wear helmets." With Sparky's help, students learned some of the basics of hockey including puck handling, stick safety, and shooting techniques. The Plaza Elementary after-school program looks forward to building student's hockey skills and knowledge throughout the school year.
Participants of the Plainview PAL unit received their brand new Islanders Street Hockey equipment tonight! Over 30 participants grades K-3 were on hand to try out the new gear along with volunteer coaches. Students practiced their stick handling and shooting skills in advanced drills.
The unit's favorite Street Hockey game is "Steal the Bacon." Split into two large teams, each player was given a number 1-12. Players waited anxiously on the blue line for their number to be called. In the one-on-one battles players focused on offensive attacks to the net and speed with control.
When multiple numbers were called for a 2 vs. 2 and 3 vs. 3 players focused more on moving without the ball, collecting rebounds, and most importantly paying attention to their number being called. "We're extremely fortunate to have the Islanders give back like this to grow the interest of hockey," said one spectator parent.
With full involvement from kids, coaches, and parents, the Plainview PAL are looking forward to the rest of their Islanders Street Hockey unit.
Participants of the Islanders Street Hockey Fall Session at Massapequa PAL were treated with a visit from Sparky this past Friday. The participants, ages 6-9 years old, possessed a high level of hockey knowledge which was taught by their volunteer coaches.
The volunteer coaches were happy to spread their love of the game with all the children participating.
During the clinic participants ran through shooting and accuracy drills as well as 3 on 3 play, focusing on wing spacing. "It's great to be able to teach the kids what they see their favorite players do on television with the help of this Islanders program," says one coach.
Massapequa PAL wraps up their outdoor, under-the-lights unit next week before the winter weather arrives for good.
After-school students of the Huntington YMCA Islanders Street Hockey program are halfway through their fall unit and have seen great improvement in their hockey skills. Instructor Meghan Powers challenges the kids with an array of drills and skill tests including a class favorite, Around the World.
Classmates competed to score from a number of different spots surrounding their mini nets until the winner scored from each position. "It's all about angles!" exclaimed Meghan as students tried shots from the corner and then far back from the blue line. Huntington YMCA students continue to enhance their accuracy and control skills and are looking forward to the second half of their classes.
Students participating in Huntington's YMCA afterschool street hockey program showed off their skills today during their third week of the 10-week fall unit. "It's amazing to see how far they have come these past couple weeks," said class instructor Megan, "The kids look like they can play in an organized team."
The Huntington YMCA offers three separate classes which focus on children in grades Pre-K, K-2, and 3-6 respectively. "It's a great fall offering and my son has a greater interest in hockey, he watches all the games on TV now," said one parent. Huntington YMCA's street hockey unit runs through November 17th.
Members of the Long Island YMCA Division and the Hicksville Boys & Girls Club had the exclusive opportunity to participate in the NHL Centennial Tour Fan Arena's Street Hockey pop-up rink. The kids showed off their skills in front of a packed crowd on Saturday at Northwell Health Ice Center's outdoor rink. "It's a great reward for the kids to be featured and to be a part of a special occasion like the celebration of the NHL's 100 years." said one Street Hockey Program counselor. The PAL Jr. Islanders were also among the groups featured on Saturday along with Sunday's tour stop at the NYCB Live: Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Paired with other interactive elements throughout the weekend, the street hockey rink was a hot spot for fans of all ages to have their go at the sport with timeslots opening to the public as well.