On 10/28 and 11/4 from 12:30-1:15 during Open Skate the Faribault Hockey Association along with the Faribault Parks and Recreation Department are offering a Learn To Skate program. To sign-up online for the program please go to https://faribault.sportngin.com/register/form/485533883. Same day drop in is also welcome (you will need to fill-out a form on arrival).
These classes are geared towards youth ages 4-10. If you don't have ice skates, no worries as you can rent them at the ice arena. Recommend skaters wear a helmet (bike or hockey), snow pants, gloves, and a warm coat. Please show-up 15-30 minutes ahead of time to get dressed. Parent do not have to go on the ice. Any questions or if parents want to help please send email to ColbyLinnemann@gmail.com.
Ice skating is a great family activity especially during the Open Skates and at the Jefferson outdoor ice areas. It is a great skill to learn and to have the rest of your life.
Equipment Turn-in and Summer Rental
For summer rental: we typically have equipment for youth hockey sizes which are typically: mini-mites, mites, U8s, and 1st year squirts & U10 Girls.
Any questions on equipment please contact Ryan Hanson at 507-384-8236 or Paul Archambault at 507-330-2165.
A quality varsity product isn’t sustainable without a strong youth program. Every varsity coach will say it all starts at the youth level. The Faribault girls hockey program is making great progress towards strengthening just that.
For many years, the Faribault youth hockey programs have co-opted with Owatonna to form teams. For the first time in years, the Faribault youth team assembled an all-Faribault U8 girls team, which played its first game Saturday.
“It’s awesome to be able to have them start that young,” said Faribault High School girls head coach Alli Miller. “If you don’t have that feeder program, you don’t have a varsity program. Hockey is a sport that you start when you are 6 or 7. You have to work at it and work at it. If you don’t have that, you aren’t competing.”
Getting consistent participation and numbers is an issue every sport deals with, though none more than hockey. The U10 Faribault team co-ops with Owatonna and has just one Faribault girl on the team. Getting numbers is hard, but the Faribault Hockey Association has taken huge steps in making it easier and more inviting. The 18 kids on the U8 team — up from four at that level a year ago — provides evidence that progress is being made.
“We want to keep kids active in the community and it’s great to provide these kids this opportunity and skill of a lifetime,” said Faribault Hockey Association recruiting chair Colby Linnemann. “It’s a great bonding experience for the girls. They can sign up with their friends and we’re just trying to keep everyone engaged and having fun. Trying to build them up and teach them about teamwork; setting goals. It’s a great experience for everyone.”
“Colby has done a fantastic job getting those numbers,” said Miller. “Getting girls out here to try. So many girls are sometimes scared to try hockey. It can be intimidating but it’s a great sport. Once you try it, it’s hard not to fall in love with it.”
Linnemann said the work isn’t done yet though. He said he’d like to double that number at that specific age group and continue building the youth numbers all around.
“We’re always looking for more,” said Linnemann. “If kids want to come out, they still can. It’s a great bonding experience and you can tell they all have so much fun. We play games until March so there’s still a lot of time for kids to still join and play. It doesn’t have to be a big commitment; kids can just try it and see if they like it. We can teach them to skate usually in 3-4 lessons, get them equipment, all that stuff. We have a great program. There’s a lot of time still to join so we’re hoping more kids come out.”
An important part of building up that youth program is the varsity product. Kids go to the varsity games and look up to those varsity players. There’s a connection between those two programs and Miller’s played a big part in bridging the two in her time as the varsity coach.
“It’s huge to have that relationship,” said Miller. “It’s fun to watch that develop and the girls can look up to some of the girls on the varsity team and see that payoff when they are older. You create friendships that last a lifetime. Some of these girls have been skating together for 10 years. That’s irreplaceable.”
The hockey association is making a lot of progress in building up the youth hockey in Faribault. The U8 team is certainly shows that. Everyone involved is hoping that it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“Anybody who is interested let’s get them out here,” said Miller. “I encourage anyone who wants to play to get out and play. You never know until you try.”
Matt Bigelow covers sports for the Daily News. You can reach him at 507-333-3129 or online via Twitter @FDNMattBigelow
Celebrating Faribault Hockey Success:
Patrick Eaves was born May 1, 1984. He played youth hockey in numerous communities growing up....“(Patrick) was part of a Faribault PeeWee team that went to the Minnesota State Tournament,” Mike said. “He was on the team with (his brother) Ben, Max Bull, A.J. Walker. He played for Faribault, and then Shattuck-St. Mary’s..."Whenever we went to the rink, it was always about a game – about having fun.”
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