FUN is key in OGHA's FUNdamentals program If your daughter wants to play hockey, the OGHA FUNdamentals girls program is for them! By mixing in FUN and player development the players gain not only skills but also friendships along the way. The all-female OGHA coaching staff believes in keeping the FUN in FUNdamentals by motivating the players to be the best that they can be while having fun. Fun matters if they are going to love a sport enough to continue playing for life. What skills will my daughter learn? FUNdamentals is a structured, learn-to-play hockey program that uses Hockey Canada’s Initiation Program (HCIP) curriculum to teach beginners basic technical skills (skating, puck handling, stopping, passing, turning and shooting) in an atmosphere that stresses FUN, cooperation and fair play. No matter how much experience your daughter has with hockey, she will learn and develop fundamental hockey skills, an understanding of cooperation and team play and develop more self-confidence in a FUN environment. Who are the coaches? FUNdamentals has female certified instructors and several hockey-playing volunteers. Our bilingual lead female instructor, Isabel Menard, has many years of coaching and on-ice skills instruction backed by skills developed during her international hockey career. You can read more about her hockey background in her bio. What equipment does my daughter need? Girls participating in FUNdamentals are required to wear full hockey equipment as mandated by Hockey Canada. Note: Mouth guards are not mandatory but recommended and wrist guards are not mandatory. Jerseys are supplied as part of the program, but not hockey socks so you will need to purchase those prior to arriving at the rink. Is this program suitable for girls of any age who are new to hockey? FUNdamentals is the OGHA's initiation to hockey program starting with girls aged 4 and above. Maximum age is 6, but any girl aged 7 or older who is new to hockey can register in the House League level for her age group. She will be able to practice and play with her team and also attend FUNdamentals sessions for free to help with further development. My daughter has never skated before. Is FUNdamentals right for her? Many girls will be stepping on the ice for the first time in our program and will learn to skate including how to fall safely and get up on their own quickly and easily. Our program has a strong focus on skating as this is a key skill for any hockey player. Girls with more skating or hockey experience for their age will be able to build upon their existing skating skills and be good role models for those learning for the first time.