Registration for our 2020/2021 Learn to Skate / Learn to Play Hockey (Fall Session) is now open!
This program begins on October 17th and runs for 10 weeks on Saturday mornings between 10:00 - 10:50 am at the Graf Rink in Newburyport, MA.
What is it:
This is a program for kids ages 4-10 with or without skating experience. We run two programs on the ice each week as described below.
- Learn to Skate Program is for kids who are just learning how to skate. This is a new experience for young kids and our goal is to simply get them comfortable on the ice and learn the fundamentals of skating. We use old milk crates to push around the ice for the beginners while they get their balance, and the goal is to have them skate on their own by the end of the session.
- Learn to Play Hockey Program is for kids who have completed the Learn to Skate program and are ready to try the game of hockey. Kids should be able to skate on their own, get up off the ice without assistance and have a desire to participate. The coaches will teach skating and hockey skills in a cross-ice environment. This program is perfect to prepare kids for the Mite Instructional Hockey League next fall which is a 3v3 competitive but fun league.
Both programs are run by our AYHL coaching staff who do a terrific job encouraging the kids to have fun and learn while being in a supervised environment. All coaches are USA Hockey certified and often have a support staff of high school hockey players and other volunteers to help them on the ice.
What do I need?
- Learn to Skate Program: All registered participants are required to wear skates, helmets (preferably one with face protection), elbow & knees pads while on the ice. Gloves or mitten are also recommended. All participants are also required to register with USA Hockey for insurance liability purposes. The registration is free for birth years 2014 and up. The registration link for USA Hockey is below. https://membership.usahockey.com/register/age
- Learn to Play Hockey Program: All registered participants are required to register with USA Hockey and is free for birth years 2014 and up, and $46 for all others. The registration link for USA Hockey is below. https://membership.usahockey.com/register/age
This program requires the following hockey equipment. See links below where you can purchase beginner sets which is perfect for this program.
- HECC Hockey Helmet
- Shin Guards
- Hockey Pants
- Shoulder Pads
- Elbow Pads
Starter Hockey Equipment Packages:
- If you prefer in-person attention, the folks at TSR Hockey in Salem are great:
5 Kelly Road, Salem, NH 03079 || 603-898-7777
Hours: Monday - Friday 10a - 7p || Saturday 9a - 5p || Sunday 10a-4p
Click HERE for map and directions
If you're interested in learning more about these types of programs, this is a great overview: https://www.purehockey.com/support/learn_to_play_hockey_for_beginners/pg_id/6001/
Base Cost: $125.00
Open to: Boys & Girls
born between: 10/17/2010 and 10/17/2016