Ball hockey alive and well at Calder Arena

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Ball hockey alive and well at Calder Arena

SPRINGHILL - Ball hockey fever has gripped Cumberland County and there's only one cure - more ball hockey.
The epidemic reaches massive proportions every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill.
"It's awesome the number of kids who have come out to play," Steve Skidmore said. "We have kids coming from as far away as Advocate, Westchester and Parrsboro."
Skidmore, who is a co-ordinator along with Judy Rector, said the league is filled to capacity with 150 kids.
"On a Wednesday night, we'll have 150 kids come out to play ball hockey and another 30 kids going to the teen centre. That's a lot of kids coming through here in one night," Skidmore added.
The ball hockey program has been assisted by having a facility such as the Dr. Carson &?Marion Murray Community Centre and the Richard Calder Arena.
The program has been operating for a couple of years at the arena and is growing in popularity each year.
Mondays and Tuesdays see three hours of ball hockey with the number jumping to four hours on Wednesdays.
There are four seven to nine-year-old division teams and six 10-12 year-old division team with fifteen players on each team.
Now ball hockey fever is spreading to older youth.
The teen centre at the Springhill community centre will be cranking out a ball hockey league of its own beginning May 15.
The league will accept players in grades 7 to 12 and will play Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings.
Registration deadline is May 2. Registration forms are available from the Springhill Leisure Services Department Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hockey helmets are mandatory.
Anybody attending ball hockey games may have noticed the smell of hotdogs wafting throughout the arena. The teen centre sells those hot dogs with all proceeds going back into the teen centre.

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Springhill Leisure Services Department

Geographic location: SPRINGHILL, Cumberland County, Westchester Parrsboro

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