INFO & POLICIES

Before coming to the facility our daily assessment form must be completed in full [by the parent/caregiver who is accompanying their child to their session] and submitted on the day of attending our program. [prior to entering the facility].  If you and/or your child are experiencing any COVID symptoms (answer yes to any questions) please do not attend your on program session.

  • Non-medical masks [that cover your nose and mouth] are mandatory at the Northpoint Sports (age 5+) and when in attendance at our program. Children (age 5+) can remove their masks when their helmet is put on and they are ready to participate. A face shield should not be worn instead of a mask unless there are reasons where a mask cannot be worn.
  • Post to Post – Parents/caregivers/participants please keep a minimum of one hockey net [post to post from other parents/caregivers/participants] while attending our program. We ask that parents/guardians use the triangle method as seen in the  image below to help try maintaining physical distance. The triangle method would be applied by having a parent/guardian near the wall and another by the glass, you should also rotate positions week by week to give every one a chance to be near the glass.
  • Parent/caregiver – only one per child and they must stay on-site during sessions in case your child needs assistance.
  • Hand sanitizer – must be used upon entering and exiting the building. Hand sanitizing stations are placed everywhere in the building.
  • Hockey Buds COVID-19 Daily Assessment Tool – must be completed in full [by the parent/caregiver who is accompanying their child to their session] and submitted on the day of attending our program. [prior to entering the facility] Daily Assessment Tool
  • Wash your hands frequently. [do not touch your face]
  • Obey all signs & floor markers.
  • Obey all staff instructions & direction.
  • If you and/or your child feel unwell, please do not enter the facility.
  • No Food/Beverage – Please avoid bringing any food and beverage products to the facility, only water bottles for the hockey buds participants are allowed.
  • Wearable Equipment – Due to our current situation we will not be providing any wearable equipment. [e.g. – hockey gloves, helmets, etc..] If we have extra hockey sticks on hand, we will provide them if a child has forgotten to take theirs however, we will disinfect the stick prior to/after use.
  • No Handshakes/Celebrations and the end of session group cheer will be done while maintaining physical distance.
  • Our coaches – will be wearing Non-Medical Masks or Face Shields during the program and will have access to sanitizing products and non-powder/non latex gloves [when not wearing hockey gloves] during the program.

  • Entering the Facility – through the main door, right side, follow the markers.
  • Change/dressing rooms are available with the far two Change/dressing rooms belonging to Rink 1 [next to the office] and the closer two Change/dressing rooms belonging to Rink 2. [near the entrance]
  • Children should arrive at the facility, as prepared as possible to participate in their activity upon arrival, to reduce time required in the change/dressing room.
  • Change/dressing rooms should only be used if necessary. We will disinfect the area between sessions.
  • Session Length – approx. 45 minutes to allow entering and departing the facilities in between sessions thus it is important that you arrive approx. 5 minutes prior to your child’s session.
  • Playing Surface – We ask that your child does not enter the playing surface until a member of the coaching staff is there.
  • Exiting the Facility – you will have 5 minutes to leave the facility as the next group has to come in. Exit on the other side of the door.

Please note: group session must leave the premises before another group session can enter. We will have a sign on the entrance door stating what program time is in session thus the proceeding program session time should not enter the facility until they see their timeslot listed on the door. We are kindly asking everyone to cooperate and be respectful in that matter.

https://hockeybuds.ca/program-info/ for tips and other important information about our program.

  • Helmets [with full facial protection] – are to be always worn when on the playing surface including during the story time/coach’s corner sessions.
  • Required Equipment – includes a CSA approved helmet with full face cage, shin pads (soccer or ball hockey are both acceptable), hockey gloves, running shoes suitable for sports activities (e.g. – sneakers), a hockey stick and a water bottle.
  • Water Bottles – we have numerous quick water breaks. Water bottles [should be cleaned/filled at home and not at the facility] will be brought on the playing surface and place on top of the side boards. [Coaches will be there to aid], coaches will assist children when they need/want a drink.
  • Playing Surface Admittance – For safety reasons and due to the focus and attention required in these classes, Parents/Caregivers are not permitted on the playing surface prior, during or after the sessions unless requested by one of our staff/coaches.  ​
  • Labels – all your child’s equipment such as hockey helmets, gloves, sticks, water bottles etc. should be label with your child’s name. We will provide labels for your child’s helmet and water bottle.
  • Lost and Found – we will have a lost and found area set up with any items left behind however if you have their name on their equipment, we will contact you.
  • Pictures – We take pictures during every session and will provide a password to access these pictures once the first ones have been uploaded to our cloud. We also post some of the pictures on our social media outlets.
  • Refund Credit Policy – Please make sure you have read and understood our refund credit policy that has been put in place for our program.
  • Allergy Alert – Please avoid bringing any food products to the facility we have participants with the following allergies [Dairy, Eggs, Nuts, Walnuts, Severe Peanut Allergy, Wheat, Barley, Rye, Gluten and Dog Allergy] and we want to make sure everyone is safe and has fun.

Arriving at the Facility
    • Parking Lot Etiquette – please be advised that all vehicles should back into their parking spot to make it easier and safer for you and your child(ren) to leave. We also have further parking located on the side of the building. Please be courteous and leave enough space for other vehicles to safely park.
    • In Session Sign – There will be a sign on the main doors saying program in session with the appropriate time listed, if your group’s time is not listed, we ask that you refrain from entering the facility (until your time is listed).This will help prevent overlapping of groups.
    • Entering the facility – a staff member will be there to greet you and give you directions where to go.
    • Where to go once inside – A member of our coaching staff will greet you upon arriving at the facility. For your child’s first session you will know your child’s group by visiting our website at hockeybuds.ca/groups Red Groups will go to the Basketball Court [Near the entrance], Blue, Green and Black Groups will go to the Hockey Rink [Near the office].
    • Session Begins – Once the program is ready to begin coaches will assign the children places to sit on the floor while trying to maintain physical distance. This will be our introduction period where the children will get to know our coaches and each other. After the introduction period the games, skills and drills will begin.
    • Session Ends – Each session [while trying to maintain physical distance] will end with a story time circle (coaches’ round up for Under 9 and Under 11 groups). All children will receive stickers that will be handed out by the coaches [Coaches will be wearing gloves or using hand sanitizer prior to handed out stickers]
    • Leaving the Facility – You will have 5 minutes to leave the facility as the next group has to come in. We are kindly asking everyone to cooperate and be respectful in that matter.


The Hockey Buds program sessions for 3 to 5 yr olds are open to children who turn 3 yrs of age or 5 1/2* yrs of age by the start of the program.


We are aware that sometimes even though children may be younger than the required age group they may be able to participate in such groups at a similar level thus we can accept your child even if they are not quite 3 yrs of age.


*Children younger than six (6) years of age by the start of the program may be accepted into the program or recommended for our 6 to 8 yr old program. 


Sessions for 6 to 8 yr olds are open to children who turn 6 yrs of age or 8 1/2^ yrs of age by the start of the program. 


^Children younger than nine (9) years of age by the start of the program may be accepted into the program.


Sessions for 9 to 11 yr olds are open to children who turn 9 yrs of age or 11 1/2~ yrs of age by the start of the program. 


~Children younger than twelve (12) years of age by the start of the program may be accepted into the program.


Our Hockey Buds Program has adopted the pull philosophy to engage the children and teach the sport of ball hockey but most of all we want them to have fun.

 

The pull philosophy emphasizes on the desire for children to participate unlike the push philosophy which may be pushing them into uncomfortable situations. Our program is designed to be progressive and will lead to a positive experience as they are allowed to progress at their own pace. Your little hockey bud may or may not want to take part in a specific exercise and that is completely fine and common. All we focus on is making sure everyone is having fun and being active.

 

If your child is not following directions, not engaged or being disruptive we ask that you let our coaches use their techniques to remedy the situation before saying or taking any action, we will ask for assistance from you if needed. We do welcome parent encouragement and positive comments during class.

 

Our coaches are experienced and trained on the best techniques for teaching children class behavior and following directions. With our pull philosophy it takes some patience but it is very effective in teaching behavior.

 

Progress for your child may be different from the other children, just as children learn to walk and talk at different rates, they will progress in our program at their own pace.

 

Support for your child through praise of their accomplishments no matter how small they may be will lead to a positive experience throughout their learning sessions. Never compare your child to others as this can lead to frustration.

 

Parents should support, encourage all the participants and show consideration towards all the children and refrain from any negative comments.

 

We ask that your child does not enter the playing surface until a member of the coaching staff is there.


Please have a water bottle ready for your child. We may take multiple water breaks during class depending on the activity.


Water bottles should be cleaned/filled at home and not at the facility. 


We discourage kids from getting water whenever they want but rather wait until the water breaks.


Water bottles are to be brought on the playing surface and place on top of the side boards. [coaches will be there to aid], thus making it easier for our Little Buds to have water breaks without leaving the court or parents having to come onto the court.


Our Coaches will assist the children who need assistance to get a drink. Please make sure your child’s name is clearly mark on their water bottle.


We ask for Parent’s support with our policy as it can be difficult for our coaches to management of sessions if children are coming and going at will.


We here at the Hockey Buds Program recommend a water bottle which features a straw top nozzle which will make it easier for your child to get a drink without removing their face protection on their helmets.

You can purchase them at either of the following locations – SportsCraft | Sportchek | Canadian Tire | Walmart


Hockey Buds staff and coaches strongly recommend water only for breaks during class. 


We also forbid food during class. Please snack before if necessary.


If you see signs that your child may have to use the bathroom, please retrieve them or call them to you. Potty issues happen especially at our 3 to 5 yr old age groups.

Please avoid bringing any food products to the facility, we have participants with the following allergies, and we want to make sure everyone is safe and has fun.

Participants with Allergies
Cashew
Eggs
Gluten
Milk
Fish
Meat
Peanuts
Pineapple
Pistachio
Sesame Seeds
Salmon
Tree Nuts


Our Hockey Buds program is not drop-off session.


Only one parent/caregiver per child and they must stay on-site during sessions in case your child needs assistance.

Parking – please be advised that all vehicles should back into their parking spot to make it easier and safer for you and your child(ren) to leave. We also have further parking located on the side of the building.


Please be courteous and leave enough space for other vehicles to safely park.

 

 

For the reason of safety and due to the focus and attention required for our program sessions Only Coaches, Staff and registered participants are permitted on the playing surface.

 

The only exception would be if a staff member/coach has asked or given permission for a parent/guardian to accompanied their child.

 

Siblings are welcome to observe sessions but for safety reasons and due to the focus and attention required in these classes we cannot permit them on the playing surface at anytime prior, during or after the sessions.​

 

We rotate sides each week for each court thus everyone will get a chance to view their little buds in action.​

In the event of questionable weather conditions, you will be notified via Email (included on your child’s registration form) and our facebook page if we have to cancel or postpone the program for the safety of the participants.

The Hockey Buds Program cannot provide refunds for cancellations or postponements that are weather-related however in most instances we will schedule a make up class later in the session.

 

The information below provides you with information regarding our refund credit policy for our program suspended due to COVID-19.

Please note this information is subject to change as the situation evolves

What qualifies for a refund credit?

 

Minimum one (1) week notice will receive a refund credit.

*New* Programs [prior to starting] impacted by COVID-19 that were suspended or cancelled, you will automatically receive a credit on your account. Once that credit has been placed on your account, you can leave the credit for future use. A credit can be applied to any upcoming 6 week Hockey Buds Program and shall retain value.

 

How do I apply for a refund credit?

 

If for some reason your child is unable to attend our hockey buds program that they have been registered for, you can contact us prior to the start of the program via Email to refundcredit@hockeybuds.ca where you will then receive a full credit towards a future 6 week Hockey Buds Program of your choice depending on if the above criteria has been met.

A refund credit request must include name of child, Email Address of where the EMT (Email Money Transfer) originated and name of the individual who made the payment. You must also include the future 6 week Hockey Buds Program that you wish for your child to be registered for. If a future 6 week Hockey Buds Program has yet to be scheduled, your credit would remain on file under your account to be used when a future program becomes scheduled.

 

What happens to my refund credit if future programs are cancelled?

 

If you have successfully enrolled in a future program with your Refund Credit and that program is cancelled a minimum of 6 weeks prior to that scheduled program’s start date, an option of a full refund (issued via EMT (Email Money Transfer)) or Refund Credit would be reapplied to your account. All new registrations would qualify for a Refund Credit Only.

 

Why do your program offer refund credits instead of an actual refund?

 

The credit system was put in place to protect both our organizers [whom are volunteers and are protected from paying out of their own pockets as they already give up their time] and our parents. [Parents receive a credit to use later and maintain its value even if a program goes up in costs]The reason that we issue a refund credit is because we are a non-profit program registration with the Newfoundland and Labrador Ball Hockey Association thus, we do not have extra funds once we have expenses incurred and paid for. Items are purchased a minimum of six weeks prior to our scheduled start date of our program and enrollment minimum has been reached. We run a very tight budget which in turn allows for our program to keep our registration fees down. If a refund was issued [which would be against our refund credit policy] it would have to be prorated to subtract expenses incurred and paid for.

Start date of the program – no refund credits will be issued.

 

What happens if a program in progress has to be suspended or cancelled due to COVID-19?

 

Make up sessions will be re-schedule once permission has been granted to resume our program by Newfoundland and Labrador Ball Hockey Association, Canadian Ball Hockey Association, Sport NL and by the Department of Health and Community Services.

 

Will my Refund Credit guarantee me a slot in a future program?

 

Your refund credit may not guarantee you a spot due to new regulations and requirements under COVID-19 that require us to decrease our enrollment numbers.

Those with a refund credit may receive early notice of registration prior to our registration going public.

We will try our best to provide an opportunity for you to use your credit in a timely fashion.

 

Will my Refund Credit cover a future program even if registration fees go up?

 

Your refund credit guarantees you full value for an upcoming program even if registration costs go up, your credit will cover those costs and no further registration fees would be required.

We have a Refund Credit Policy.

 

What qualifies for a refund credit?

 

Minimum one (1) week notice will receive a refund credit. 

Start date of the program – no refund credits will be issued. 

Full refund EMT (Email Money Transfer) will be issued if program is cancelled due to lack of membership. 

 

How do I apply for a refund credit?

 

If for some reason your child is unable to attend our hockey buds program that they have been registered for, you can contact us prior to the start of the program via Email to refundcredit@hockeybuds.ca where you will then receive a full credit towards a future program of your choice depending on if the above criteria has been met.

A refund credit request must include name of child, Email Address of where the EMT (Email Money Transfer) originated and name of the individual who made the payment. You must also include the future program that you wish for your child to be registered for.

 

What happens to my refund credit if future programs are cancelled?

 

Full refund will be issued via EMT (Email Money Transfer).*

*Program had been cancelled due to lack of enrollment.

 

Why do your program offer refund credits instead of of an actual refund?

 

We offer refund credits instead of actual refunds due to that majority of our expenses incurred are already paid for prior to the start of our program and we are a non profit program registered under the Newfoundland and Labrador Ball Hockey Association.  

 

Required equipment includes a CSA approved helmet with full face cage, shin pads (soccer or ball hockey are both acceptable), hockey gloves, running shoes suitable for sports activities (e.g. – sneakers), a hockey stick and a water bottle.

 

Children must always wear their helmets with full facial protection when on the playing surface including during the story time session.

 

Bring water as we have numerous quick water breaks.

 

We here at the Hockey Buds Program recommend the extended tip water bottle which will make it easier for your child to get a drink without removing their face protection on their helmets.  SportCraft | Canadian Tire | Walmart | SportsChek

 

We will have bottled water on hand for any child that forgets to bring their water bottles.

 


You can use the chart (see below) to help better determine the correct size of hockey gloves for your child.

We also recommend asking a representative from the place you wish to purchase your child’s hockey gloves advice on choosing the correct pair of hockey gloves for your child.

Age GroupHeightGlove Size
Youth (3-5)3’0″ – 3’6″8″
Youth (5-7)3’5″ – 3’11”9″
Junior (8-10)4’2″ – 4’8″10″
Junior (10-11)4’7″ – 4’11”11″
Junior (11-13)4’10” – 5’5″12″

 

You can use the chart (see below) to help better determine the correct length for your child.

We also recommend asking a representative from the place you wish to purchase a hockey stick advice on choosing the correct stick for your child.

 

Reasoning for different hockey stick lengths:

 

Long Stick – A long hockey stick is usually the preferred choice of the Defensemen. A long hockey stick gives you a longer reach, which makes it easier for you to poke the hockey ball away from attackers, intercept passes, and stop a hockey ball before it leaves your end. Defensemen are also known to have hard slapshots, and a longer stick (with the right technique) will provide more power on the slapshots.

 

Average Stick (Hockey Buds Program Recommended Length) – An average length stick is designed for players who like to get in the corners, dig for hockey balls, and play in front of the net. With an average length stick you can still easily handle the hockey ball, and also make poke checks, intercept passes, and hammer off a slap-shot.

 

Short Stick – Hockey players who are good at stick-handling tend to prefer shorter sticks. Using a short stick makes it a bit easier to move the hockey ball around because the stick will be lighter and a shorter stick is easier to move around the body. Many players who are good at stick-handling tend to bring the hockey ball in close to their body in order to protect the ball while pulling a deke. A short stick makes it easier to perform these moves.

 

Age GroupHeightStick Length
Youth (3-5)3’0″ – 3’10”38″ – 44″
Youth (6-8)3’10” – 4’8″45″ – 49″
Junior (7-13)4’4″ – 5’1″50″ – 54″
Intermediate (11-14)4’11” – 5’4″55″ – 58″
Intermediate (12-14)5’2″ – 5’8″55″ – 58″
Senior (14+)5’5″ – 5’10”57″ – 61″
Senior (14+)5’7″ – 6’1″58″ – 62″
Senior (14+)5’10” – 6’4″60″ – 63″
Senior (14+)6’1″ +60″ – 63″

 

For beginner ball hockey players or hockey players in general, deciding which handed stick you need might prove a little more difficult than you may first think. If your child already knows which way they shoot, they are probably going to use that handed stick.


A couple of ways to help decide which handed stick your child may require:

 

1.) An easy way to figure it out is to actually pick up a baseball bat or stick. Which way do they naturally swing?

 

2.) Another way is hand positioning. The top hand on a hockey stick provides all of the control and touch, so it should be their dominant hand. An easy way to figure it out is to actually pick up a baseball bat or stick. Which way do they naturally swing? For really young children, you can have them use an empty paper towel roll. Always use caution and apply safety measures to prevent injury when swinging items.


If they hold the hockey stick with their right hand on top of the stick and their left hand down the stick, they are a left-handed shooter.


If they hold their hockey stick with their left hand on top of the stick and the right hand down the stick, they are a right-handed shooter.


Usually, if a player is right handed, they would play with a left-handed stick and the same applies for a left handed player (he/she would be use a right handed stick).

 

The hand at the top of the stick controls all stick handling movements and it is the hand that never leaves the stick.


Keep in mind, there’s no right or wrong choice when it comes to playing hockey. The most important aspect is that you feel comfortable. When in doubt, if they’re undecided, just go with the option that feels the most comfortable and natural to them.

The Preferred Hockey stick for your little Hockey Bud for use in our program should be:

*NEW – No outdoor sticks permitted on Court 2 [Basketball Court]

*NEW – Only Plastic and/or Composite blades permitted on Court 2 [Basketball Court]

Hockey stick prices can range from $12.97 on depending on the type of stick.

COMPOSITE HOCKEY STICKS

Composite sticks are what most NHL players use today. Usually made from woven carbon fiber and fiberglass blends, they’re incredibly lightweight making them a consistent, high-performing stick.

WOOD HOCKEY STICKS

Wood sticks are largely thought of as “old school” these days, mostly due to the technological advances seen in the hockey industry – but they’re still around and are actually a great choice for certain players’ styles.


Each session runs approx. 45 minutes in length to allow entering and departing the facilities in between sessions.


We strive to start every session on time thus it is important that you arrive approx. 5 minutes prior to your child’s session.


After the session you will have 5 minutes to leave the facility as the next group has to come in.


Please note: A group session must leave the premises before another group session can enter. We are kindly asking everyone to cooperate and be respectful in that matter.

 

Our Hockey Buds Coaches and Assistants are highly motivated individuals who have demonstrated an exceptional ability to communicate well with young children.

 

Hockey Buds sessions are led by lead instructors alongside a team of assistants to ensure every participant receives plenty of attention and learning. We also believe that every child deserves to play, have fun and develop a life-long love of movement and sport. 

 

Hockey Buds Coaches and their Assistants are registered with the Newfoundland and Labrador Ball Hockey Association. (NLBHA)

 

Majority of our staff have first-aid training.

 

Our Hockey Buds Program is registered with the Newfoundland and Labrador Ball Hockey Association which in turn is a member of the Canadian Ball Hockey Association.

 

The NLBHA (Newfoundland and Labrador Ball Hockey Association) is a member of Sport NL.

 

In 1999, the Canadian Ball Hockey Association became an Associate Member of Hockey Canada to foster the growth of street hockey in Canada.

 

source: http://cbha.com/page.php?page_id=85300