Newton Youth Hockey: Learn to Play
The Learn to Play Hockey program will start in November and run through March. Participants skate twice per week (once on Saturday and once on Sunday). One day will be for drills and skill development while the other day will be dedicated to cross ice (small area)
The schedule for 2017/2018 is all follows:
Cross Ice Scrimmages and Games are held on Saturday morning (divided into 2 or 3 sessions) at Ryan Rink in Watertown (children will attend one of the sessions on Saturday)
Skills Development on Sunday morning at Daly Rink in Newton
The core program for the Learn to Play program is developed and implemented by Newton Youth Hockey. However, successful delivery of the program requires parent participation. We need help on the ice coordinating the skaters, setting up and running drills and helping teach and demonstrate the specific skills. To learn more about how you can help or stay informed, please
Lisa Casillo the director of LTP.
Players are broken down into 1 of 2 groups based on age. From there, they are further broken down into teams of 8-12 skaters. They will stay in their teams for the skill development sessions moving through a variety of stations. Then their team will play other teams during the small area games.
#1 Thank You
Newton Youth Hockey appreciates your skater’s participation. We hope you enjoy the program and come back each year to tackle the next hurdle in your skater’s development.
#2 Smiles, smiles and more smiles!
The primary goal of the NYH Intramural program is to create an environment that engenders confidence and an interest in skating. All of the drills are designed to generate as much fun as possible while learning the core hockey skills and techniques.
All skaters must wear a CCHA/HECC HOCKEY Helmet with mask (look on the back for the CCHA/HECC sticker). In addition, all skaters should wear a full set of hockey equipment. Though not required, the program encourages all skaters to use a "neck guard." Neck guards can be purchased at most sporting goods stores. Equipment can be purchased at Sports, Etc in Arlington and Monkey Sports in Norwood, and many other establishments. A good set of starter hockey equipment costs between $200-$275.
#4 The Teams/Games
Teams will be created for the games that are played on Saturdays. Teams will be designed to be equal in skill and ability. There will be no consideration for the placement of friends, schoolmates, etc…
The games will be played in a cross-ice setting and are designed to utilize the skills learned on Sundays. There will be no scores or records kept; the focus is to provide a setting to learn a “game environment” and to develop teamwork and camaraderie.
Learn to Play is open to skaters aged from 5-9 years old at the start of the program. If you have a skater outside these years wanting to participate, please email our Director to receive clearance to participate. Your skater will be placed in 1 of these 2 programs noted below based on their age. Cross ice games will be using using a special board system that will divide the rink into mini rinks with real boards.
Prerequisite: Skaters should have mastered the basics of skating (backwards and hockey stops are not necessary), be completely independent and capable of freely maneuvering around the ice.
The program starts November through mid March
Follow this link to register for this program.