The Garden State Speedskating Club (GSSC) was founded in 1978 by parents and friends of speed skating to foster the growth of speed skating by providing coaching and instructions to club members of all ages and abilities, and to provide a development hub of future champion skaters in the greater New Jersey, New York metropolitan area. Starting September 2014, GSSC welcomed Olympic champion Linlin Sun as its head coach, and expanded its practice beyond its home rink at Mennen Sports Arena of Morris County, by adding a second training location at Richard J. Codey arena at West Orange, NJ. In summer 2014, partnered with MCPC Mennen Sports Arena, GSSC inaugurated its annual international speedskating summer camp at Mennon Sports Area. In collaboration with China’s elite Heilongjiang Winter Sports Training Center, the camp featured prominent coaching guest, four time Olympic gold medalist Wang Meng, and attracted many local speed skating enthusiasts and top talents from all over the world.
GSSC offers year-around, a world class speedskating program ranging from beginners to nationally competing athletes. Our members include 6 year old aspiring young skaters to 70+ year old multiple national records holder. Speed skating is a fascinating Olympic sport and it can be learned at any age, or skill. For more information, please visit the Club's website at www.gardenstatespeedskating.com.
The Morris County Youth Hockey League offers a 'Skating Skill Development and Instructional Hockey Clinic' for beginner and intermediate players.
Since ice hockey requires two skill sets, our program stresses basic skating skill development (starting, stopping, turning, backward skating, crossovers) in the first half of our season, then moves into hockey skill development (passing, shooting, rules, team play) in the second half. When the coaches feel the players are ready, we play controlled scrimmages with the coaches on-ice to stop play for learning opportunities. The key to our program is basic skill development with positive reinforced coaching as a group and an individual basis, and an emphasis on having fun. This program is primarily for players who have completed the learn to skate program through Mennen Arena, and 2nd and 3rd year players. It is a great way to introduce your child to learn how to play ice hockey, and for average skilled players that are playing on a MCYHL team to get extra ice time and skill development.
We've had three co-ed age groups the past few years; 5-6 year old, 7-8 and 9-13. Our program runs for fifteen consecutive weeks, and are 45 minutes each, all at Mennen Arena on Saturday mornings from mid-November to mid-March. We try to limit each group to 32-36 players to ensure a good coach-to-player ratio (1:6).
Our goal is to make the introduction to ice hockey fun, developmental and affordable.
Registration opens mid-September: www.mcyhl.net (Saturday morning clinic)
For more information on the program please send us an email
The Skating Club of Morris, based at the William G. Mennen Arena, is a U.S. Figure Skating Association sanctioned club with over 200 members. The Club runs a number of ice sessions each week as well as seminars, showcases and competitions, including the Morris Open each March. Club members represent all levels of figure skating from beginners to national competitors. The coaching staff includes several Olympians as well. Members compete locally, regionally and nationally in many skating disciplines including freestyle, ice dancing and synchronized skating. There is something for everyone and membership is open to all ages! For more information, please visit the Club’s website at www.scomnj.org.
Over the last half century, the New Jersey Colonials have built a tradition of developing youth players, helping them to meet their full potential, in the sport of hockey. The organization began as an In-house program at Mennen Arena nearly 45 years ago, and has grown into one of the premier travel hockey organizations in New Jersey.
The Colonials offer programs from “Learn to Play Hockey,” “Boys Tier I and Tier II,” “Girls Tier I and Girls Tier II,” along with Girl’s Developmental hockey. The Colonials upper level teams rank among the best in the Nation. The 2011 Pee Wee Major team were USA Hockey’s National Gold Medal winners; the 2012 Pee Wee Majors were the National Silver Medal winners. Our Girls’ teams are consistently compete as National medal contenders. With over 650 players in the program, the Colonials provide a rich hockey experience from the novice to the expert player, providing a team for every hockey dream!
For more information on the New Jersey Colonials, please visit their website at http://njcolonials.com.