WHAT IS THE ADULT FIRST GOAL PROGRAM?
The Adult First Goal Program was established to provide the adult hockey fan or parent the opportunity to experience the thrill of playing the game that they so passionately follow. First Goal is a grant-based FREE* program that provides USA Hockey registered adult hockey leagues a national platform of resources to introduce new adults to the sport. Being a good partner in the business is about joint efforts between USA Hockey and registered adult leagues to grow the game.
The ultimate goal is to have associations, leagues and NHL teams host Adult First Goal try hockey programs for individuals over the age 18. The Adult First Goal Program provides the perfect opportunity to introduce adults, both men and women, to the fabulous sport of hockey with the goal to have them join a local adult league and continue to enjoy the thrill of playing hockey.
For league equpiment grants, please fill out the application form and special event sanction or contact Katie Holmgren. Additional First Goal Equipment purchases may be made through a separate vendor. Please contact Katie Holmgren for more information.
*Free equipment provided in limited quanitities each season.
HOST ADULT LEAGUE REQUIREMENTS:
Sanctioning – All leagues/associations applying for equipment must be registered with USA Hockey for the current season. With the special event sanction, players can try hockey for up to 4 sessions for free, without paying for USAH registration, under Grow the Game. Players must fill out a waiver/IMR prior to taking the ice for the first time (will be sent to you via email once approved for equipment).
Staffing – All hosts must be able to staff the program on and off the ice.
Equipment - All hosts must use the equipment provided and can supplement where needed.
Transition program- Provide a place for beginner/novice players to play after giving the sport a try. Developmental or instructional leagues are ideal.
Post Program Reporting – All hosts must report results.
WHAT HOST ADULT LEAGUES RECEIVE?
HOW TO APPLY:
Applicants will be selected by USA Hockey's Adult Council.
Recipients are notified by USA Hockey and the Adult First Goal Starter Equipment is distributed immediately.
Once the program is complete, you will be asked to complete a survey and return all participant waiver forms to ensure both your league and the players are covered by USA Hockey.