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 is the backbone of Watertown Youth Hockey. Close to 90% of all participants in our program started 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. In one session, the professional skating instructors of the Sharper Edge Skating School will work with players to improve their skating. In the other session, 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 ability to stop. Players in last year's Intro to Hockey program should register for Learn To Play this year. 
Hockey equipment is required (see below).


WHEN:The program runs for 16 weekends from November 5th to March 12th. Sunday skating lessons begin on Sunday 6th. Saturday hockey instruction and games begin on November 11thSession dates:

Sunday Skating: Nov 5, 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10, 17, 31; Jan 7, 14, 21, 28; Feb 4, 11, 18, 25; Mar 4, 11(if makeup needed)
Saturday Hockey: Nov 11, 18; Dec 2, 9, 16, 30; Jan 6, 13, 20, 27; Feb 3, 10, 17, 24; Mar 3, 10 
WHERE: John A. Ryan Arena, 1 Paramount Place, Watertown
COST: $480 base cost; Discounts for siblings are 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-minute window for hockey skills/games on Saturdays between 9:20 a.m and 12:20 p.m. depending upon their age and experience. 
USA HOCKEY REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. USA Hockey registration is free for children born in/after year 2011 and $48 for children born before year 2011. 
HOW TO DRESS:  Full hockey equipment is required. 
  • 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