Our Mission is to provide our youth with the best possible opportunity to HAVE FUN while playing the sport of Ice Hockey. We will do this by: Providing a positive atmosphere for our youth to learn and grow through the activities associated with skating a

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The Watertown Youth Hockey Learn to Play program is designed for boys and girls with prior skating experience that are ready to learn hockey skills. It is recommended for children that are 4 to 12 years of age. 
Learn to Play Hockey is the backbone of Watertown Youth Hockey with the vast majority of the participants in our program starting their hockey playing “career” in this program. It introduces the new hockey player to the various skills (skating, stick handling, puck movement and control), necessary to play hockey. Players will meet for two sessions each week on Saturdays and Sundays. In one session, the professional skating instructors of the Sharper Edge Skating School will work with players to improve their skating. In the other session, players will learn hockey skills from WYH’s USA Hockey certified coaches and play in cross-ice hockey games.  
Players entering the Learn to Play program should be able to demonstrate basic level skating skills – forward stride and ability to stop. 
Full hockey equipment is required (see below).


WHEN:The program runs on 18 Saturdays starting on November 3rd and 16 Sundays starting on November 4th. . Session dates:

Saturday Hockey: Nov 3, 10, 17; Dec 1, 8, 15, 22; Jan 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb 2, 9, 16, 23; Mar 2, 9, 16
Sunday Skating: Nov 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23; Jan 6, 13, 20, 27; Feb 3, 10, 17, 24; Mar 3, (11th if makeup needed)
WHERE: John A. Ryan Arena, 1 Paramount Place, Watertown
COST: $500 base cost; Discounts for siblings are provided.  
LOGISTICS:  Skaters will participate in a 40-minute skating lesson each Sunday at either 12:20 or 1 pm. Once a start time is selected, skaters cannot change their designated session without permission from the Sharper Edge instructors and Watertown Youth Hockey. Players will be assigned to a 50-session for hockey skills/games on Saturdays starting at 9:20 or 10:20 depending on their age and experience. 
USA HOCKEY REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. USA Hockey registration is free for children born in/after year 2012 and $48 for children born before year 2012. 
HOW TO DRESS:  Full hockey equipment is required. 
  • Hockey helmet with full face/shield (HECC approved) - For the safety of your child, an ICE HOCKEY HELMET (with a cage) must be worn at all times.   
  • Hockey pants
  • Shin guards
  • Elbow pads
  • Hockey gloves
  • Hockey skates
  • Shoulder pads
  • Hockey stick
  • Athletic Supporter
  • Throat protectors - OPTIONAL BUT RECOMMENDED