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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GENERAL INFORMATION
 
The Watertown Youth Hockey Learn to Skate program is for boys and girls who would like to learn the fundamentals of ice skating. The program is run by the professional instructors of the Sharper Edge Skating School. It is designed to develop strong basic skating skills (balance, stride, edges and stopping) as an introductory program for children interested in ice hockey.  The 40 min per week lessons are ideal for children 4 years of age and up. Parents of children under 4 that are interested in the program are encouraged to contact Watertown Youth Hockey to discuss the eligibility of their child. 
 
No previous skating experience is necessary. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Sharper Edge skating instructors and WYH volunteers will be unable to physically aid skatersTherefore, all participants must be able to stand on the ice and get up off the ice after a fall without aid OR be accompanied by a family-provided assistant on the ice. The assistant must have sufficient skating ability to safely aid the skater and follow the direction of the Sharper Edge instructors while on the ice. WYH recognizes that this requirement will prevent some new skaters from participating but it is necessary to ensure the safety of our families and instructors.
 
During class, children will be divided according to ability. These groups will develop various skills as they work their way through the curriculum. As skills are mastered the children will move up to a more advanced group. The Learn to Skate program is an introductory program that will give children the skills necessary to move forward through the Watertown Youth Hockey system, eventually transitioning to Learn to Play and ultimately into the Travel hockey program. 
 
Skaters will participate in a 40-minute lesson each Sunday starting at 11:40 a.m., 12:20 p.m., or 1:00 p.m. Once a start time is selected, skaters may not change their designated lesson time without permission from the Sharper Edge instructors and Watertown Youth Hockey.
 
IMPORTANT COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS:  Due to the ongoing pandemic, skaters who are not yet able to both stand on their own and get up off the ice after falling will require a designated parent, guardian, or other family-provided assistant to accompany them on the ice.  For everyone's safety, instructors will not be allowed to physically assist program participants. If your child will requires phyical on-ice assistance, please provide the name of the associated volunteer during the registration process. 

 

 
 
SCHEDULE AND DETAILS FOR 2021-2022 SEASON

WHEN: The 16-Week Learn to Skate Program meets on 16 Sundays beginning in November and ending in early March. 

Session Dates:

Nov. 7, 14, 21
Dec. 5,12,19
Jan.  9, 16, 23, 30
Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27
Mar. 6, 13
(Dates subject to change due to weather closures or other reasons.)
 

WHERE: John A. Ryan Arena, 1 Paramount Place, Watertown

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Participants and Spectators must wear face coverings at all times at the rink, maintain social distancing, and follow additional rink guidelines. Refer to WYH's COVID-19 procedures for additional information.
 
USA HOCKEY REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. USA Hockey registration is free for children born in/after year 2015 and $46 for children born 2014 or earlier. 
 

HOW TO DRESS:  It is easier to control your child's body temperature if you dress him/her in layers. Have your child wear loose comfortable clothing so that body movement will not be restricted. Snow pants are recommended to keep the skater from getting wet when he/she falls. Waterproof gloves or mittens are best so that their hands stay warm and dry. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all skaters must wear a face covering at all times while at the rink.

HELMETS: All skaters must wear a helmet at all times while on the ice. For the safety of your child, an ICE HOCKEY HELMET (with a cage) is highly recommended.  

SKATES: You must supply your own skates.  Skates must be sharp and must fit for the current season. “Double-runner” skates (2 blades each) are prohibited.