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Girls Have the Edge


Come join the Bend Rapids for Girls Have The Edge, a super fun, all-girls event to learn about the joy and thrill of ice hockey! Visit with coaches and other female players. Try on the gear. Pair up with an adult female mentor. Hit the ice in a safe environment! 

When: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturday,  April 1

Where: The Pavilion, in Bend

Cost: FREE.

Experience Level: No experience required!

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10:00 - 11:00  Check In and Gear Fitting

11:00 - 2:00  On Ice Practice with Bend Rapids Coaches

Intro to Hockey Fundamental Skills and fun games

  • Skating, stopping and edges
  • Shooting, passing, stick handling
  • Game skills
What To Bring:

If your daughter has her own hockey equipment please plan to bring it. If not, no worries. We will have equipment at the event she can use.

Please have your daughter wear clothing that will be comfortable under hockey gear. Something that is not too bulky.

For example:

  • Yoga pants
  • Base layer top
  • Thin calf or knee high socks

Hat and a change of clothes for afterwards. She may be sweaty after the practice.

*Please keep weather in mind since this is an outdoor event.

Why should girls consider playing hockey?

  • Playing hockey is super fun! You get to skate fast, score goals and be part of a team.  

  • Everyone in the hockey community loves when new people learn to play, especially girls who help increase the diversity of the sport.

How does the program positively impact youth?

  • Studies have shown that girls who play hockey are stronger and more confident than their peers which lasts into adulthood.

  • The Rapids are committed to contributing to an inclusive community in Central Oregon and we believe deeply in the value of gender and racial diversity to the future of the greatest sport on earth, hockey.

  • Being part of a hockey team with the Bend Rapids or Bend Parks and Rec builds connections to the entire community. 

Is hockey an important cross-training sport?

  • Hockey is a valuable cross-training experience for girls who play any other sport, but specifically soccer or lacrosse because of the similar team structures, the passing/defensive/scoring skills needed, and the athletic endurance required.  

  • Girls who play hockey show up stronger on the field in their other sports. 

  • Playing on a co-ed hockey team builds confidence that shows up as leadership and experience on all-girls sports teams. 

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About the Rapids

Bend Rapids Youth Hockey was founded to support growth and access to competitive ice hockey in Central Oregon. We provide youth with the opportunity to have fun, pursue their athletic potential, and develop life skills in a respectful, team environment.

We offer teams at the 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U AA, and 18U levels for seasons that begin in October and run through March. Players travel to Portland, Sherwood, Eugene, Medford and Klamath Falls for games and tournaments with other youth hockey leagues in the state. Some regional events are also held out of state. Fees to participate vary at each level. Scholarships are available to ensure that every child in Central Oregon has access to playing the incredible sport of hockey.