Who can play for the Express?
The organization exists to provide girls from Walpole and surrounding towns the opportunity to learn and excel at the game of hockey in a positive, fun and competitive environment. While our home rink is located in Walpole, players do not have to be from Walpole to play with us.
What is the mission of the Walpole Express Girls Hockey Program?
Our mission is to grow happy, healthy, confident girls through the sport of ice hockey. Goal number one is to have fun. If the kids and their families are not having fun, then what is the point? We also want our girls to develop both their hockey skills and their general athletic ability. We do this by creating age-appropriate skills, practices and dryland training sessions. Finally, we want the girls to develop confidence in themselves. We want them to believe that they can achieve all their hockey and life goals if they work hard enough. We believe that every child has the potential to make their dreams come true.
When and where are tryouts?
Tryouts take place at our home rink, Rodman Arena, in Walpole, MA every Spring. Specific dates and registration will be released in January. For directions to Rodman Arena, Click Here.
Where do the teams play?
Our U16/19 teams compete in a half-season format of the Middlesex Yankee Conference Girl’s Hockey League (MYCGL). Featuring teams from surrounding towns, our teams play approximately 10 league games per season.
While we offer these girls only teams, girls are also welcome to tryout with our other youth programs. These teams play in the E9/BHL and PHL. For more information, click here.
I have a Mite age player, should I sign up for the Mite Development Program?
If this is your player’s first year of organized hockey, we suggest that you sign up for the Mite Development Program. There is no tryout process for the MDP. If you would like your player to be considered for a more advanced level, you may sign them up for our youth mite tryouts.
What programs are available to my high school age player?
We will be offering half-season U16/19 travel teams.
What if my player is stronger than many players at their current age group?
All players must tryout at their proper age group and will be moved according to level of play during and after tryouts.
Who are the Express Coaches?
All Express coaches are paid professional coaches who are trained accordingly. Each coach completes training with owner Rob Barletta and Director Todd Stirling prior to coaching with the Express. There are also guidelines that each coach must follow through out the season to fully develop each player on their team. Coaches are monitored through out the season on a weekly basis. To see coach bios, click here.
Why is the Conditioning Camp mandatory?
The Conditioning Camp was implemented to ensure our players are prepared for next season and ready for their parity rounds. As we evolve into a club program we have to make sure our players are prepared to compete. We feel that getting the kid together for a week of skills and training will better serve them and the coaches for preparation for the season. Players will participate with their specific team and coaches.
When is the mandatory 2020 Conditioning Camp?
This camp will take around the end of August. Each team will be assigned a four day schedule in early summer.
Who runs the weekly skill sessions?
Rob Barletta's hockey school will be running the skill sessions for all Express players. Each week our coaches will work to sharpen the individual's talents and skills. All drills are done at full speed with the coaches pushing each player to their full potential. Areas to be covered are forward and backward skating, shooting, pivoting, crossovers, stops, starts and fundamentals. You can check out RB Hockey’s website at www.rbhockey.com.
Who runs the weekly dryland sessions?
Our dryland program runs out of PowerPlay Strength & Conditioning, our gym within Rodman Arena. Players will be put through drills to improve their agility, balance, coordination, and strength to help supplement their on ice training. Learn more about PowerPlay SC at powerplaysc.com.
Do goalies receive specialized training?
Yes. Goalies are a unique position in the game that require special training. Express goalies get a weekly skill session with our goaltending coach, Ryan Hatch. Coach Hatch with be attending a weekly practice for all teams. You can check out the website at www.ngdgoalies.com.
Do players need mouth guards?
Mouth guards are necessary for all players (skaters and goalies). A player without one will be asked to leave the ice until they get one.
Can my player bring her own water bottle over to the bench?
Players are permitted to bring their own water bottles to the bench. The Express provide clean water bottles, however we would never stop a player from bringing their own. Please note that the player is responsible for her own water bottle.
Will players be receiving helmet stickers?
We recommend that players purchase black helmets and require that all players wear Walpole Express decals on their helmets to represent our team in the league. Players in the U16/19 division will not be asked to wear decals as we recognize that many players participate on their high school teams.
Will team and individual pictures be taken?
Team and Individual photos will be taken in or around October. Everyone will be notified with the details as soon as it becomes available. Photos will be taken by Flash Powder Photo.