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Watertown Youth Hockey Beginner Hockey

Program Outline 2019-2020

These programs are primarily available for children with birth years of 2011 or younger, but older children are welcome.


The goal of the Watertown Youth Hockey 8U program is to introduce boys and girls to the game of ice hockey.  To not only promote skill development of our players, but to encourage, support, and motivate players to gain confidence, creativity, sportsmanship, teamwork, both on and off the ice. We will be using USA Hockey’s ADM guidelines as a tool for development.  The program is divided into 3 separate programs based on age & skill level.


Learn to Skate (November through December)

Learn to skate is for future hockey players who have never or rarely been on skates.  The program aims to get plays used to the feel of standing and moving on the ice.  This program is FREE.  USA hockey membership* is required.


Junior Redwing (October through December)

Junior Redwings is for children who have participated in the Learn to Play but are not ready for travel play.  Here the players will continue to develop individual skills to become more proficient skaters, stick handlers, passers, and shooters.  We will be using USA Hockey’s ADM program as our guide.  We will provide station based activities (usually grouped by age) that will work on skating techniques, stickhandling, passing, and shooting. Upon the completion of Junior Redwings players with either progress to our Mite or Learn To Play program.  This program is $250.  USA hockey membership* is required.


Learn to Play with the New York Rangers (January through March)

Learning to play hockey is more than just learning a game. More than skating, passing and stick-handling, hockey is about responsibility, respect and teamwork. As children learn the skills needed to succeed on the ice, they also build and solidify important character traits needed to succeed off the ice. With that in mind, the Learn to Play initiative was developed jointly by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association to offer more families a chance to experience everything that makes youth hockey so rewarding.

Developed with the help of experts from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada, the Learn to Play initiative aims to be the gold standard for youth hockey programs with the goal of inspiring more families to join the hockey community. Learn to Play changes the way youth hockey is offered by providing first time participants, head-to-toe equipment, weekly sessions of age appropriate on-ice instruction and certified coaching, led by National Hockey League Alumni, in a fun and safe atmosphere. Learn to Play on-ice instruction plans have been developed in collaboration with experts from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada and taught by certified instructors and led by National Hockey League Alumni.  The Learn to Play program provides head-to-toe equipment for your child to keep as they continue exploring youth hockey. This program is $215.  USA hockey membership* is required.


Hamden Sports Center will also provide equipment discounts for our Learn to Skate and Junior Redwing programs.  Mention your registration with Watertown Youth Hockey to receive a discount. Hamden Sports Center is at 2858 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT.  Their phone number is (203) 248-9898.

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* The USA Hockey Registration fee is $46 per person (Exception, birth year 2013 and after, which is free).