The fun doesn’t need to stop at the final whistle. There are many options for your player to continue their relationship with sport. After the conclusion of Playground Pros, you will receive an email including suggested sport organizations in your local community to consider.
In addition, our teams and leagues offer a wealth of other programs for players of all ages. Some of these programs are listed below.
"The goal at Playground Pros is to create a lasting relationship with sport and ignite the athlete in everyone."
The Learn to Play initiative was developed jointly by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association to offer more families a chance to experience everything that makes youth hockey so rewarding. With a curriculum developed in collaboration of experts from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada, the program provides an opportunity for first-time youth hockey players to learn the fundamentals of the sport. As children learn the skills needed to succeed on the ice, they also build and solidify important character traits needed to succeed off the ice. Learn to Play changes the way youth hockey is offered by providing first-time participants with head-to-toe equipment, weekly sessions of age appropriate on-ice instruction and certified coaching, led by National Hockey League Alumni, in a fun and safe atmosphere.
Click here to learn more about Learn to Play Hockey and find a session near you.
The Jr. NBA is a national youth basketball program designed to develop fundamental skills, sportsmanship and a love of the game of basketball in Canadian youth between the ages of 5 and 12. The focus is on fun and developing confidence and competence in enjoying physical activities. Skill development will occur through a variety of safe, challenging games and quality instruction. Jr. NBA teaches the fundamental movement skills of running, jumping, throwing, catching, balance, agility and co-ordination. The program will also work to begin and progress on the development of some of the fundamental basketball skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, rebound and playing defense.
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The CFL and NFL have partnered to launch a series of flag football tournaments across Canada to engage young fans with the sport and provide a safe, fun opportunity for youth to play football. The players benefit by being active through non-contact, continuous action while learning the fundamentals of football, lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship. Each year, 10 regional flag football tournaments will be held across Canada. The winners of each regional tournament will earn an all-expense paid trip to the CFL NFL Flag championship taking place during the week of the Grey Cup.
Click here for more information about CFL NFL Flag Football.