Esso Fun Days

Esso Fun-Days

To host an Esso Fun Day in your areas please register HERE

Since 1998 the Esso Fun Day Program has introduced thousands of females to the great game of hockey.

If your community and Minor/Female Hockey Association would like to host an Esso Fun Day please contact your Provincial Branch.

What is an Esso Fun Day?

 

Hockey Canada in partnership with ESSO continues to offer the top recruitment program for female hockey through the ESSO Fun Day Program.

ESSO Fun Day is an introduction to female hockey for girls and women of all ages, it is designed to familiarize beginners to female hockey and its basic skills at no cost to the first-time participant.  The focus of the ESSO Fun Day Program is to introduce the basic skills of hockey in a FUN, POSITIVE and NON-THREATENING environment.

The 2 program options available:

ESSO Fun Day (one day event)

 

This program consists of:

  • Female participants wanting to try hockey for the first time in a fun, non-threatening environment
  • Coaches with NCCP training (minimum Coach Level) and volunteers for registration on the day of the event
  • 1 on-ice session with a focus on basic skills and hockey concepts (1-1.5 hours)
  • 1 off-ice session with a focus on team building, ice breakers and introduction to the basic rules and terminology of hockey
  • Celebrating the participants and the team environment with Jerseys* (maximum 40 jerseys supplied by Hockey Canada)

Funding for the Esso Fun day event will be reimbursed back to the association upon completion of the event and submission of the follow up information including registration and invoices.

Reimbursement amounts (max $400):

  • Ice rental (up to $200)
  • Facility Rental (up to $100)
  • Food and beverages (up to $50)
  • Advertising (up to $50)

*For insurance purposes and jersey inventory, all players must be registered on our Hockey Canada online registry which will be sent to the ESSO Fun Day host once their event has been approved by their Provincial Hockey Branch.

ESSO Fun Day (6 week program)

 

This program consists of:

  • Introductory first day as outlined above followed by weekly additional sessions
  • Allow participants to experience skill development and success over the 6 weeks
  • Providing information for participants to learn how register in their local Minor/Female Association
  • 6 on-ice sessions focused on basic hockey skills (1-1.5 hours each)
  • 1 off-ice session on the first day (1-1.5 hours) and addition is optional
  • Celebrating the participants and the team environment with Jerseys* (maximum 40 jerseys supplied by Hockey Canada)

Funding for the ESSO Fun Day 6 week event is a Hockey Canada subsidy program. The funds are provided back to the association following the completion of all 6 sessions and the submission of all follow up documents including the registration and invoices.

Reimbursement amounts (max $800):

  • Ice rental (up to $600)
  • Facility Rental (up to $100)
  • Food and beverages (up to $50)
  • Advertising (up to $50)

*For insurance purposes and jersey inventory, all players must be registered on our Hockey Canada online registry which will be sent to the ESSO Fun Day host once their event has been approved by their Provincial Hockey Branch.

How to apply to host an Esso Fun Day?

 

Any community in Canada can host an Esso Fun Day at any time in the year. The host must apply through their local minor hockey association using this link:

https://event.hockeycanada.ca/EMS/Event.aspx?eid=61177cb6-5428-4838-9f0a-16e9a73cc922

All applications are reviewed by Hockey Canada and the respective provincial Branch and then approved for funding. Following approval, Hockey Canada will send an email with further information (registration link, photo release form, reimbursement form, skills guide).

Following approval, responsibilities of a host community with Hockey Canada

 

  1. Hockey Canada will send the host an online registration link to register all the participants. All names must be entered before the players get on the ice for insurance purposes. **Registration link is not for the host to distribute, they must enter every participant so they can keep track of numbers and make sure players are “first time participants”.
  2. Host community must request an approximate number of jerseys a week prior to their event by emailing elim@hockeycanada.ca. Please provide the best shipping address, phone number, and approximate number of jerseys needed. (There is a maximum of 40 jerseys per event)
  3. If the host community would like to send in pictures, they must have every parent sign the provided video/photo release form. Pictures can be emailed to elim@hockeycanada.ca.
  4. Host community is responsible to send in the reimbursement for provided along with receipts by email or mail:

Hockey Canada ATTN Engi Lim
201-151 Canada Olympic Road SW
Calgary Alberta
T3B 6B7

  1. At the end of the event, we would like all participants to fill out the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MR7R3HM
Responsibilities of a host community to plan a successful Esso Fun Day

 

  1. Establish a plan and provide leadership for the program (resources for exercises and drills can be found in the Resource section)
  2. Book the ice time
  3. Identify and recruit volunteers (lead on/off-ice instructors, safety person, registration, etc.). Hockey Canada recommends a coach ratio of 1:5.

This event can be used as a coach mentor/role model program to introduce new coaches to the game. These coaches should team up with and shadow more experienced coaches.

  1. Advertise your event
  2. Collect registration of players and the information needed for the Hockey Canada online registration (register each player as well as coaches)
  3. Insure players have full equipment
  4. Contact Hockey Canada for jerseys
  5. Have fun!
  6. Submit wrap up reimbursement form and receipts and/or photos with release forms
  7. Distribute survey
Resources

 

Resources

Each host will receive a guide to help them plan their on-ice and off-ice sessions including exercise examples, practice plan template, more information on how to use our Hockey Canada Network app.

Promotional resources:
Hosts can use the following poster to print and promote their Esso Fun Day.

To send in pictures, please have the parents fill out: video/photo release form

For More Information Contact:

Engi Lim
Coordinator, Membership Development
Coordonnatrice, développement des adhésions
elim@hockeycanada.ca

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