This program begins on January 8th and runs for 10 weeks on Saturday mornings from 8:00-8:50 at the Graf Rink in Newburyport, MA.
What is it:
This is a program for kids ages 3-10 with or without skating experience. We run two programs on the ice each week as described below.
Learn to Skate Program is for kids who are just learning how to skate. This is a new experience for young kids and our goal is to simply get them comfortable on the ice and learn the fundamentals of skating. We use old milk crates to push around the ice for the beginners while they get their balance, and the goal is to have them skate on their own by the end of the session.
Learn to Play Hockey Program is for kids that are able to skate on their own, get up off the ice without assistance and have a desire to try the game of hockey. This is typically the next step for those who have completed the Learn to Skate program and want to pick up a stick. The coaches will teach skating and hockey skills in a cross-ice environment. This program is perfect to prepare kids for the Mite Instructional program.
Both programs are run by Amesbury/Triton coaching staff who do a terrific job encouraging the kids to have fun and learn while being in a supervised environment. All coaches are USA Hockey certified and CORI checked and often have a support staff of high school hockey players and other volunteers to help them on the ice.
What do I need?
Learn to Skate Program: All registered participants are required to wear skates, helmets (preferably one with face protection), elbow & knees pads while on the ice. Gloves or mittens are also recommended.
Learn to Play Hockey Program: All registered participants are required to have the following hockey equipment. See links below where you can purchase beginner sets which is perfect for this program.
HECC Hockey Helmet
All participants are also required to register with USA Hockey for insurance liability purposes. The USA Hockey Registration is free for birth years 2015 and after, for 2014 and older there is a fee of $46 per person. The registration link for USA Hockey is: https://membership.usahockey.com
Here are a few places that offer Starter Hockey Equipment Packages: