Learn To Skate (LTS)

The Watertown Youth Hockey Learn to Skate program is for boys and girls who would like to learn the fundamentals of ice skating by professional instructors. 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.

No previous skating experience is necessary. 


Appropriate for children 4 years of age and up.

No previous skating experience is necessary. 


Players attend one 40 minute session at 11:00am, 11:40am, or 12:20pm.


All sessions are held at:

John A. Ryan Arena

1 Paramount Place

Watertown, MA 02472


16 week program is $300.

8 week program is $175.


1st 8 Week Session dates:

  • Nov 5, 12, 19
  • Dec 3, 10, 17
  • Jan 7, 14

2nd 8 Week Session dates:

  • Jan 21, 28
  • Feb 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Mar 3, 10

Full 16 Week Session would attend all dates above.

(Note: Session dates subject to change based on rink schedule or other factors out of the control of WYH.)

Additional Information

USA HOCKEY REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for insurance purposes.  There is a small fee for USA Hockey registration based on age. 

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: 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.

COMMUNICATION: Please ensure that the email address you use to register your child is one that you check regularly. Primary communication from the league will be provided via email.


During the session, 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. Once a start time is designated by Watertown Youth Hockey, skaters may not change their lesson time without permission from WYH. 

Registration is closed for this season!

Please contact us if you have any additional questions about LTS or are interested in going on a waitlist!

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