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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The Watertown Youth Hockey Learn to Play program is designed for boys and girls with prior skating experience that are ready to learn hockey skills. It is recommended for children that are 4 to 12 years of age. 
Learn to Play Hockey is the backbone of Watertown Youth Hockey with the vast majority of the participants in our program starting their hockey playing “career” in this program. It introduces the new hockey player to the various skills (skating, stick handling, puck movement and control), necessary to play hockey. Players will meet for two sessions each week on Saturdays and Sundays. On Sundays, the professional skating instructors of the Sharper Edge Skating School will work with players to improve their skating. On Saturdays, players will learn hockey skills from WYH’s USA Hockey-certified coaches and play in cross-ice hockey games.  
Players entering the Learn to Play program should be able to demonstrate basic level skating skills – forward stride and the ability to stop. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all players must be able get back on their skates following a fall without the aid of an instructor.
Full hockey equipment is required (see below).


WHEN:The program runs on 16 Sundays starting November 8th and 16 Saturdays starting on November 14th. 

Session dates:

Sunday Skating: Nov 15, 22; Dec 6, 13, 20; Jan 3, 10, 17, 24; Feb 7, 14, 21, 28; Mar 7, 14
Saturday Hockey: Nov 14, 21; Dec 5, 12, 19; Jan 2, 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. 
COST: $500 base cost; Discounts for siblings are provided. In the event that sessions are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, prorated refunds will be provided.  
LOGISTICS:  Skaters will participate in a 40-minute skating lesson each Sunday at either 12:20 or 1 pm. Once a start time is selected, skaters cannot change their designated session without permission from the Sharper Edge instructors and Watertown Youth Hockey. Players will be assigned to a 50-session for hockey skills/games on Saturdays starting at 9:20 or 10:20 depending on their age and experience. 
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:  Full hockey equipment is required. 
  • Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all players must wear a face covering at all times while at the rink.
  • Hockey helmet with full face/shield (HECC approved) - For the safety of your child, an ICE HOCKEY HELMET (with a cage) must be worn at all times.   
  • Hockey pants
  • Shin guards
  • Elbow pads
  • Hockey gloves
  • Hockey skates
  • Shoulder pads
  • Hockey stick
  • Athletic Supporter
  • Throat protectors - OPTIONAL BUT RECOMMENDED
  • Mouth guards - OPTIONAL (WYH typically recommends mouth guards but given the face covering requirement (see below), safe management of a mouth guard may not be feasible. 


Watertown Youth Hockey has a limited supply of donated used youth equipment, that is available to registered players at minimal or no cost. If you are interested browsing our equipment supply for your registered player, email watertownyh@gmail.com to arrange a time to do so.