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 skaters. Therefore, 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 may 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 Sharper Edge 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 have the option of registering for the full 16-week season or for either of the 8-week "half season" sessions that start in November and January.
SCHEDULE AND DETAILS FOR 2020-2021 SEASON
WHEN: The Learn To Skate program meets on 16 Sundays beginning in early November and ends in early March. Session dates are:
Session 1: Nov 8, 15, 22; Dec 6, 13, 20; Jan 3, 10
Session 2: Jan 17, 24, 31; Feb 7, 14, 21, 28; Mar 7
(Dates subject to change due to weather closures or other reasons.)
WHERE: John A. Ryan Arena, 1 Paramount Place, Watertown
COST: $200 for the full 16-week season; $125 for the 8-week sessions 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.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, only 1 spectator will be allowed in the rink with each participant. 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 2014 and $46 for children born before year 2014.
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 in 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.