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“Toronto FUN Guide” in its “Fall 2008 / Winter 2009″ edition uses following descriptions for its leisure skating programs (excerpt from brochure):
Leisure Skate Programs
- Parent & Tot Skate (adults & children under 6 yrs)
Parents and children skate together and practice skating skills in an enjoyable slower-paced environment.
- Youth/Teen Skate (13-18 years)
- Adult Skate (18 years+)
- Older Adult Skate (60 years+)
With appropriate music and activities.
- Family Skate (children & youth under 19 accompanied by adult)
For families who want to skate together. An ideal program for children and youth who are learning to skate and need to skate in a slower-paced environment, or with the assistance of an adult. Parents and guardians must remain in the arena and assume full responsibility for children under their supervision. Adults (18 years+) are welcome to skate during family skate.
- Public Skate (all ages)
For children, youth, adults and older adults.
- Shinny Hockey (can be broken down to any age or gender)
Examples: Parent & Child Shinny, Teen Shinny, Adult Shinny, Shinny all ages or age specific noted Shinny, Women’s Shinny.
The concept of shinny hockey is that the puck is not raised off the ice. There are no goalies. Body Contact is not permitted. Equipment required is a CSA hockey helmet, gloves and a stick. Full equipment is recommended. The program may or may not be directly supervised. If supervised, staff will help divide players into teams for a friendly game. Shinny programs are arranged by a variety of ages or gender specific. Please refer to the schedule to ensure the appropriate program or call (416) 338-RINK.
Equipment & What To Wear
- HELMET POLICY
Children under the age of six years must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.
- Assistive Devices
Call the facility to see what skating devices are allowed during Leisure Skate programs. No homemade assistive devices are allowed on the ice at any time.
- Inclusion and Support Equipment: Sledges
New and improved sledges are now available in some facilities. These adapted skating devices make our arenas accessible for persons with a disability.