Since 2010, the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association has received a grant from the Detroit Red Wings Foundation to provide Learn to Play Hockey Clinics throughout the state of Michigan. Local associations host these one-day clinics. The Grow the Game events are free to participants who wish to try the sport of youth hockey.
Promotions for the clinics are coordinated through MAHA, Detroit Red Wings Foundation, USA Hockey, and the local association and host rink. Pre-registration are facilitated through MAHA's website with links on the host rink's website, www.ComePlayYouthHockey.com as well as the Come Play Youth Hockey Facebook page. Local associations will need to take the lead to make local promotion happen. MAHA has created a list of marketing and public relations ideas you can use. The Detroit Red Wings Foundation also promotes these clinics heavily through their school assembly program.
Once a parent pre-registers a child, they will receive a confirmation email including a link to the How to Get Dressed Video and reminder email the week prior to the event. Following each clinic, an email will go out to participants thanking them for participating no later than 2 days after the event. It will include pertinent information to sign up for a learn to skate/learn to play hockey clinic at the facility. We will also encourage rinks/associations to follow up with a phone call to invite participants back to the rink prior to the start of their new session of hockey or skating.
Associations wishing to participate should contact the THFF Coordinator to secure a clinic date. MAHA will supply up to 100 sets of equipment for the players to use at each event. Each player will also receive a jersey to keep that is provided by the Red Wings Foundation. MAHA will provide an event registration coordinator and an on-ice lead instructor the day of the event to work with local volunteers to ensure the event is run properly. The association needs to provide an hour of ice and sufficient volunteers help the day or the event as coach's on-ice and volunteers to help players get their equipment on properly.