WHEN: The Learn To Skate program meets on 16 Sundays beginning in early November and ends in early March.
Session dates for the 2018-2019 season are: Nov 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23; Jan 6, 13 (start of 2nd 8-week session), 20, 27; Feb 3, 10, 17, 24; Mar 3 (March 10th is a weather make-up date if needed)
Sessions on January 6th and March 3rd will be family skates. Family and friends of the skaters in the program are welcome and encouraged to join their skaters on the ice.
WHERE: John A. Ryan Arena, 1 Paramount Place, Watertown
COST: $200 for the full 16-week season; $125 for the 8-week session beginning in November or January. Discounts for siblings are provided.
LOGISTICS: 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 cannot change their designated session without permission from the Sharper Edge instructors and Watertown Youth Hockey.
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: 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.
HELMETS: For the safety of your child, an ICE HOCKEY HELMET (with a cage) must be worn at all times.
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.