Congratulations and thank you for joining the Dodge Grand Caravan Kids Team.
Founded in 2006, the Dodge Caravan Kids program is a joint effort between participating amateur hockey organizations throughout the country in partnership with Chrysler Canada and Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram retailers. The program aims to keep the cost of playing hockey down for families, by providing sponsorship funding to novice house league teams. Since the program started, more than 100,000 kids have worn a "Dodge Caravan Kids" jersey.
The Dodge Caravan Kids program is our way of helping young boys and girls enjoy the great game of hockey. In addition to the physical fitness and health benefits, players will learn valuable life skills including leadership, dedication, teamwork, respect, sportsmanship, perseverance and most importantly how to have fun! It's also fitting that Canada's favourite minivan is making it easier for kids to enjoy Canada's favourite sport.
Have a great season. We'll see you down the road.
President and CEO, Chrysler Canada
FOR PARENTSShout encouragement, whisper constructive criticism.
When you consider the playing surface, equipment and skills involved, ice hockey is perhaps the most complicated amateur sport out there. It's also one of the most enjoyable with more young boys and girls participating every year. As parents, it's important to build a positive foundation of confidence and fun, particularly at this age. Take every opportunity to point out and reinforce good things: "That was great the way you tried to pass to Johnny... or You were really skating fast today!" Put a positive spin on "opportunities for improvement" too: "Every time you shoot on the net, there's a chance the puck will go in, so try to shoot a little more."... or "Passing the puck to a teammate is the fastest way to move down to the other team's end. Next week, let's try to look up and if one of your players is open, pass them the puck and see what happens."
FOR KIDSBe a team player.
Hockey is a team sport. The players who help make a goal possible are just as important as the one who puts the puck in the net. Don't try to do everything yourself, pass the puck to teammates who are open and they'll do the same for you when they have a chance. You'll be surprised how much fun it is when everybody works together as a team.
It's okay to lose.
Think of your favourite NHL hockey team or player. I bet you can remember them losing games lots of times. When you're a Caravan Hockey Kid, the only thing that matters is having fun. Whether it's a practice or a game, just try your best and have fun. Every time you play, you'll get a little better and before you know it you'll be playing better than you ever thought you could.
TRAVELLING TIPSSometimes it seems like getting players, siblings and gear to the arena on time can be more stressful than sudden death overtime in a championship game. Well, the folks at Dodge Caravan Kids have years of 'Hockey Parent' experience between them. So we pulled together some time proven tips to share with our fellow Hockey Moms and Dads. Whether you're a rookie or a seasoned veteran, we hope these hints and suggestions will help make every trip a smooth and enjoyable one for all.
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