Despite SoCal’s warm temperatures, San Diego kids have plenty of opportunity to play traditional winter sports. Ice hockey is booming, with youth programs of all kinds. A great introduction is the Learn to Play program (ages 4-12) which loans equipment for free, then gives it to players who continue with the sport!
The next step for a little Gretzky is an in-house league (think rec soccer), in which teams throughout San Diego play each other, with a focus on basic skill development. More passionate players may choose club hockey (ages 9+), which includes play throughout California, travel tournaments and a higher price tag. For high school, players can stick with club or try a route with less travel and a more manageable schedule. A handful of blended high school teams exist, combining players from several schools. Only one San Diego school boasts a full hockey team: Carlsbad’s Pacific Ridge School. Pacific Ridge competes at the club level and helps students balance hockey with school work and other extracurriculars.
For information about Pacific Ridge, visit pacificridge.org.
Pacific Ridge School
6269 El Fuerte Street
Carlsbad, Ca 92009