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Rookie Camp

FREE Rookie Camp

The WHA is offering  FREE Annual Rookie Camp for boys and girls from 4 years old to entering third grade.  It is intended for players who have not had experience playing hockey.  
There is no official skating requirement.  We do prefer that skaters can stand up on the ice and be self propelled.  It is great to get kids out to Open Skate or Learn to Skate prior to Rookie Camp if possible.
After Rookie Camp sessions are complete, you have the option to sign up for the full Mite Season.   The Ice Mite Season is 30+ hours. 
All skaters will receive:
  1. Instruction by certified coaches
  2. Jersey
  3. Fun!

We will provide each child with a hockey jersey. 

Need equipment? WHA can provide loaner equipment. We will have a limited amount of hockey equipment for families to loan for Rookie Camp or you may pick up your own hockey equipment at many sporting good locations in the West metro area. If you would like to loan hockey equipment, please answer "Yes" to this question in the registration form. 

A $150.00 deposit is required for loaner gear and will be returned when the equipment is returned. 



Rookie Camp Details and Registrations

Click on the camp for dates and registration link!


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!