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Learn to Skate/Learn to Play

2019-2020 Learn to Skate & Learn to Play

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.

 

learn to skate

Our ABYHA Learn to Skate (LTS) provides skating instruction and practice geared towards kids who will move into hockey.  Focus areas include comfort with falling, getting up quickly, hockey stops, tight turns, cross overs, and other skills.  The program focus is on skating skills.  Hockey equipment is recommended but not required (players do need a helmet, elbow, knee pads and gloves).

 

Learn to play

The ABYHA Learn to Play (formerly called Mosquito) Program is open to Boys and Girls born in 2014 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 games on Sundays (starting in November).

All sessions will be at Nashoba Valley Olympia in Boxborough.

Dan Biagini

LTS / LTP coordinator

Get Ready for LTS/LTP!

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.