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Learning To Play Shinny

This info is from previous years - for up to date information please look at our 2010-2011 pages.
Tuesday Nights From 8 to 9:30 P.M. Level Two Beginners, Christie Rink

Christie Pits Rink offers skills practice and protected shinny hockey time for beginners. None of the Christie Pits hot shots are allowed on the ice during that time. A resource person will be there to help you improve your skills through exercises, drills and organized games. This program is for beginners who have limited skating skills. It's a free registered program. Space is limited. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call the park at 416 392-0913. Ask for Dan Watson.

Wednesday Nights From 10 to 11 P.M. Level One Beginners, Dufferin Rink

Dufferin Rink offers skills practice and protected shinny hockey time for beginner skaters. None of the Dufferin Rink hot shots are allowed on the ice during that time. A resource person will be there to help you improve your skills through exercises, drills and organized games. This program is for those who are new to skating. It's a free registered program. Space is limited. For more information or to sign up e-mail [email protected] , or call 416 392-0913. Ask for Dan Watson.

Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm, Shinny, Beginners 18yrs+, Ramsden Rink

An e-mail from rink supporter Craig Pardey, October 24 2008:

Three years ago I learnt to play shinny at Dufferin Grove with the help of Dan Watson and his Wednesday night sessions. As a thirty-something year-old Australian I had no experience with skating or hockey, but that class got me hooked on both.

Two years ago I requested additional timeslots for 'adult beginner' shinny from the city. They happily obliged with a Sunday night slot at Hodgson and supplied a staff member to help with drills and gameplay. Last year they gave us a second slot on Friday night at Ramsden, also with a city staff member. Both times were free, although Hodgson was a lot better at keeping the hot shots off the ice.

I'm going to request that they keep this tradition going this year, and if the City agrees, I'd like to have these times added to your beginner shinny page. The more beginners we get on the ice, the less likely we are to lose the timeslots to the local rink rats.

Thursday Nights, 8.30 - 10 pm -- Level One and Level Two Beginners, Wallace Rink

This beginners' shinny time was well subscribed last season but somehow didn't work well. This year the staff moved the time to later, to make it easier for skaters who have family responsibilities or later working hours.

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Wallace Rink, photo courtesy of Rika Yoshiuchi

E-mail from participant Tony Dinino, to coach Deirdre Norman:

Who would want to complain about winter when you have Thursday night shinny to look forward to with a great coach and supporting cast. I really appreciated the enthusiasm you brought to class every week, and your easy-going nature in teaching the key essentials to skating and shinny. How can anyone NOT have improved their skating and shinny and NOT have had fun?

Also, as a parent, I also appreciated the 8:30 start. Even 9:00 pm would be good as far as allowing parents a chance to enjoy time putting their kids to bed before getting out on the ice.

I sincerely hope you're able to expand this program next year.

Sundays, 8-9.30, Shinny Instructional Adult Beginners, Hodgson Rink (See Craig Pardey's comments above).
Sunday Nights From 9.30 to 11 P.M. Level One Beginners, Dufferin Rink

Dufferin Rink offers an hour and a half of skills practice and protected shinny hockey time. None of the Dufferin Rink hot shots are allowed on the ice during that time. It's free, with a staff resource person on the ice who will pass to you, help you with drills, and give you pointers if you want. Or you can just practice as you choose. Space is limited each night to 30 players, and is on a first come first served basis. To register and for more information, e-mail [email protected] or call the park at 416 392-0913. Ask for Marty or Ginger.


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