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Rookie Camp

FREE Rookie Camp

Waconia Hockey Association is excited to offer Rookie Camp this summer!  This camp will give players new to the game of hockey a chance to get on the ice for fun skills and drills. 


Rookie camp is FREE and for those players who have never played for an Association OR are participating in the MN Little Wild Learn to Play program this fall. 

Due to the high levels of enrollment in prior year's camps, priority for the 2023 WHA Rookie Camp will be based on the following: 

1. Those players brand new to hockey

2. Players from the WHA Community. 


This means if your player has participated in our rookie camps before, played for the WHA association/other association, or participated in MN Little Wild Learn To Play program this fall, your player may not be eligible to attend the WHA Rookie Camp.  This allows the maximum number of children brand new to hockey, to participate in the WHA Rookie Camp. We appreciate your understanding. 

You will be contacted this week before Rookie Camp with additional details and if your child is one of the 60 players eligible (or not) to participate each of the camp sessions. 

Rookie Camp will be combined girls and boys and this year will be offered for ages 4 and up. 


Rookie Camp Dates:

Camp #1

September 30  8:00 - 9:00am

October 1   8:15 -9:15am

Camp #2

October 14  8:00-9:00am 

October 15  8:15 -9:15am 


Waconia Ice Arena 

Rookie campers will get a jersey and socks.  Equipment is available to borrow if needed! 

We ask that you select ONE camp at this time, if there is space to repeat you will be contacted regarding attending the second camp offering .

The Registration "Rookie Camp" is not currently available.


Equipment and Accessories

Please understand that injuries can occur even with proper supervision; no amount of protective equipment can prevent all injuries. 

The Waconia Hockey Association colors are purple and gold. While it really doesn’t matter what color gear your player wears, if you are trying to remain standard then black helmet, black gloves and black breezers will serve your player well. 

Below you’ll find a list of equipment that is required to play.  

Required Protective Gear

Players will not be allowed on the ice without the following:

Loaner Gear Available:

  • Helmet with facemask or full shield
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Elbow Pads
  • Gloves
  • Breezers
  • Shin Guards

Required Equipment not offered through loaner program:

  • Colored mouth guard (not clear)
  • Neck guard
  • Cup (boys)/pelvic protector (girls)
  • Stick (wood works great for younger players)
  • Skates (Bring your own or available to rent from the arena)

Accessories You Can’t Do Without

  • Garter Belt (or shorts with Velcro to adhere to socks)
  • Jersey (to be provided)
  • Hockey socks (not provided for Rookie Camp)
  • Tape
  • Equipment bag

Optional Accessories

  • Skate blade protectors
  • Water bottle (with a long, angled straw is best)
  • Suspenders (player preference)
  • Long underwear
  • Towel (to wipe off skate blades)
  • Extra laces
  • Extra skate socks


Rookie Camp Contact:

Rookie Camp Coordinator

Where to find Other Skating Opportunities


Skating is a great way to get kids ready for hockey.  Current schedules for Open Skate, Developmental Hockey, and Learn to Skate can be found on the city's website under ice arena.

Learn to Skate is offered various times throughout the year!

Open Mite Hockey 

The City of Waconia is offering Open Hockey just for Mite Level players.  $6 per player.  Check out their calendar on dates/times! 



Waconia Ice Arena Calendar

Visit the Waconia Ice Arena website for the most up-to-date calendar!