Grow the Game
Objective: Growth of diversity within hockey by focusing on retention of female players.
Target: Females currently consist of 25% of our skaters who are 8U and who have an attrition rate at a greater percentage than their male counterparts as they progress in hockey.
Plan: Regional Girls 8U Jamborees
Why: Providing girls only events builds a community where the girls can see and feel like they are not a minority. Many associations either do not have enough girls to offer girls only teams or associations only provide youth teams at the 8U age.
Format: Regional Jamboree(s), October thru February, where whole association teams, or individual girls register to participate.
The goal is to facilitate minimal travel, so spread out your locations..
Grant: $300 per Jamboree, which would cover ice, referees and miscellaneous event supplies.
Jamboree: Cross ice or ½ ice games. Minimum 1 hour of ice and referees plus a *give-away at the end, *could be ice cream, or head-band or window decal etc. Social time in the lobby for girls and parents after games.
Host Locations must sign up (sign in required):
8U Girls Jamboree Host Sign up - State 2022-23
Registration for each Jamboree is built through Signup Genius and tailored to each location's capacity. This sign up portal will be a link on the WAHA website once host locations have been determined. The host will receive their event link so they can maintain information and numbers needed for the event as well as promote.
Grant reimbursement form will be sent to the Jamboree Host coordinator for submission - check will be issued to the Youth association hosting the event.
Ideas for activities: Cookie decorating, craft project, tug off war, treasure hunt, rock-paper-scissors relay, t-shirt decorating