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Learn to Skate/Learn to Play

2018-2019 Learn to Skate & Mosquitoes

The ABYHA Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey Program is open to Boys and Girls of all ages, and is designed for a child to learn how to skate and develop the basic fundamental skills of hockey. USA Hockey recommends the use of age and skill appropriate drills to teach the players how to skate and play hockey. Players will participate in various fun games and drills utilizing USA Hockey’s Learn to Skate Level 1 and 2 programs, and the Learn to Play Hockey program. Members of the ABYHA Board of Directors will evaluate your child during their first practice to assist in the appropriate initial placement of your child.

The ABYHA Learn to Play (formerly Mosquito) Program is open to Boys and Girls born in 2013 or older, and is designed as the next step in development for players who have progressed through the Learn to Skate & Play Hockey program. As in the Learn to Skate & Play Hockey Program, USA Hockey recommends the use of age and skill appropriate drills to teach the players how to skate and play hockey. Players will participate in various fun games and drills on Saturday mornings utilizing USA Hockey’s 6U program, and will also play a half ice 4v4 game on Sundays. We will have 4 teams with a maximum of 12 players on a first come first serve basis.

All sessions will be at Nashoba Valley Olympia in Boxborough.

If you have questions about the program, please email the LTS/LTP Director.

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For many, this program is their first introduction to skating and hockey. As our program is geared toward teaching skating for hockey, we recommend skaters have full hockey equipment. This includes skates, a helmet, shin pads, elbow pads, shoulder pads, hockey pants, and hockey gloves. A stick will be needed as well. We recommend that you visit Hit the Net Sports in Acton to get all the gear. 

All this gear is primarily to keep kids safe and protected. Even just falling down on the ice can be very uncomfortable, and we don't want anyone getting discouraged because of a fall. If you are just trying our program, skates and a helmet, shin pads and elbow pads are absolutely required as a minimum.

Learn to Skate Program

Saturdays 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Sundays 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM


COST: 10/13-10/29 FREE!, $210 for session

Proficiency in the following skills are required to graduate from each level. Evaluations will happen continuously throughout the session, and players will progress at their own pace.

Learn to Skate 1 Skills
Getting Up
Basic Stance
Balance - Reach up, touch toes
March with 2 foot glide
Balance - Dip & 2 foot glide
Swizzles forward - inside edges
T-push with 2 foot glide
Snow plow stop - 1 foot L/R
Scooting - L/R
Forward stride/Alternate feet
Learn to Skate 2 Skills
Backward stance
Backward gliding
Forward C-cuts
Forward stride/skating
Backward C-cuts
Snow plow stop - 2 foot
Glide turn - 2 foot
Puck handling - proper grip
Sweep pass
Sweep shot

Learn to Play Hockey-Mosquitoes

Saturdays 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM,
Sundays 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM


COST: $480

Skating, stick, and puck skills will continue to be taught and practiced. The table below describes the program.

Program Objectives

To learn the basic skills required to play the game of hockey

To develop an understanding of basic teamwork through participation in a variety of activities and adapted game situations

To have fun while playing hockey and engaging in physical activity

To create and refine basic motor skills

To be introduced to the concepts of cooperation and fair play

Program Benefits

Group sizes become smaller which means learning and teaching will become more effective

Playing in small area games results in increased puck possession time for each player

The feeling of being an important part of the action increases because of the size of the rink

Hockey sense, or understanding the principals of the game, is being developed at a young age

Children who begin their hockey training in this environment have an outstanding hockey experience