Introduction - Westfield Youth Hockey Association's Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Program is designed for beginners from age 3 and up. The program provides the opportunity for all boys and girls to learn the basics of ice skating and basic hockey skills, in a SAFE and FUN environment. When you sign up for the Learn to Skate or Learn to Play, you will be in a program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. Skater's progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids and a wide variety of games and activities that create a fun environment and promote learning. Beginners can start out by pushing "walkers" across the ice in order to keep their balance. And before you know it, they are skating on their own!
Coaches/Instructors - USA Hockey certifies all our coaches through out the Westfield Youth Hockey Association. It is a mandatory requirement for all coaches in the association to be certified. Parents interested in assisting in the Learn to Skate program should contact the program coordinator for more information.
Required Equipment - All skaters must have ice skates (rentals available at the ice rink), Helmet with face cage or shield, Neck guard and heavy gloves (preferably hockey gloves). We also highly recommend knee/shin pads and elbow pads for the Learn to Skate program. For the Learn to Play program, in addition to the above mentioned, skaters will also need Hockey Gloves and stick, shoulder and elbow pads, Hockey pants, shin guards and athletic supporter/jock with protective cup.
Location - All sessions are held at Amelia Park Ice Arena, 21 South Broad Street, Westfield, MA. WYHA will hold 3 Learn to Skate/Learn to Play Sessions this coming season (see dates for each session below).
Schedule - Our Learn to Skate & Learn to Play Programs are offered weekly on Sunday's at 9:00 am for about 24 weeks from September 12, 2023 through March 13, 2024.
With a few exceptions, Westfield Youth Hockey Learn to Skate and Learn to Play will be Sunday mornings at 9:00AM. Always refer to the schedule under 'teams' tab for specifics.
We accept any skaters and players at any time during the season for one flat fee. Players who are enrolled in Learn to Skate have the ability to move to Learn to Play during the season as skill improves. They also have the ability to join a Novice or 6U team for the following session. This is a major change from previous years and an enhanced benefit to skaters who may be more challenged by moving up to our Mini-Mite program at mid-season.
Cost - $150 for the whole season (no matter when you start).
No refunds of registration fees will be issued after the program has begun.
Registration - To register, complete online registration form, supply or upload a copy of Birth Certificate (if new to WYHA), and complete Waiver of Liability Form and USA Hockey Consent to Treat Form. All forms are available under documents tab.
No child will be allowed to participate until all the forms are completed and all fees are paid. Please understand that this is for the safety of the child, the parents/guardian and WYHA.
Information - For more information about this program, please contact our LTS/LTP coordinator, Paul Braccialarghe at firstname.lastname@example.org