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Adult Hockey Clinic in Central Jersey

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Does anyone know of any Adult Hockey clinics or Adult Learn To Play sessions in Central Jersey? I'm in my second round of Learn To Skate lessons and doing pretty well. From there i'd like to get some at least basics of hockey down before I attempt to drop in on an Open Hockey session so I don't look like a complete knob out there and start pissing people off because I have no idea what i'm doing! I've called every rink around me and not one of them has any type of hockey instruction for adults, not one. The closet place i've found from Googling is an hour and a half up north from me on a Sunday morning. I can't believe that there is so little interest in learning Hockey in my area that no rinks have any kind of classes for adults! I've looked into private lessons and while I can get those, i'd much prefer it to be a class with other people, that way you can have practice scrimmages and you'd be able to practice the things you're learning in a real sort of game.

If anyone knows of any type of Adult hockey classes around the central Jersey area please let me know! I'd appreciate it!

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After reading your recent posts it sounds like you are ready to go to Stick Time or Open Ice(?) as it's is called in your area. Not pick up, you should be fine. You might be surprised to find out that others will encourage you and give tips. If the local rinks have true novice leagues check them out too. There will always be ringers but many will be supportive. Also ask around about private pickups that welcome all skill levels again most will be supportive.  Open pickups tend to be fast paced. 

It's also time to get a shorter stick and play around in your street shoes with a ball, puck or roller puck. Use your gloves and just try things.  You can even use a ball watching TV working on your stickhandling.  As a matter of fact start out using a shorter stick than the standard recommendations. 

http://www.cuthockeysticks.com/

 

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Thanks SirJW!

There's one rink by me that has stick and puck sessions, Howell Ice Arena. Is that what you mean by stick time? Not familiar with stick and puck. The arena I go to which is right next door to my office is the Jersey Shore Arena. They have open hockey sessions. I've sat and watched a couple of these to see just how good the people attending are. Some are pretty good, there are a couple of guys that aren't that great there though. I myself am not quite up to the standard of "not that great" yet so it'll be a little while longer for me to drop in on an open hockey session. I think once i'm able to do backwards crossovers without looking like I just got terrified by a poltergeist every 4 or 5 strokes I might consider dropping in on an open hockey session.

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>>>stick and puck sessions<<

Yes that sounds like what I'm describing. For some reason the name is different all over the US and Canada. 

On that note look for adult clinics instead of learn to play. Or whatever a clinic is referred to in your area. 

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Ah ok. So stick time is generally beginners?

Thanks for the link by the way. There is one rink on there that has a clinic on a Sunday morning that is about 50 minutes away from me, that might work for me.

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I don't know the rinks there but yes a place to practice. Sometimes it turns in to half ice pick up  but generally there will be space for you to work on your skills. 

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