Overview - This program is designed to teach basic skating instruction to children who are new to the ice. This will be done through repetition, games, and other fun activities each week. A number of qualified instructors are on the ice with the children. The skaters are generally broken into groups over the first few weeks according to abilities.
Ages/Eligibility - Children who are at least 4 years old (as of December 31st) are welcome to participate in this group. Our maximum age limit is 7 years old, but we make exceptions on a case by case basis. Average age of participants is 5 years old.
Time + Days – Season starts in early November + runs through earlyMarch. We will have 2 sessions each weekend:
Equipment - All skaters are required to wear skates, a proper hockey helmet (with cage), knee + elbow pads, and gloves (they do not need to be hockey gloves; normal winter gloves/mittens are fine). We also suggest that snow pants are helpful to cushion those early falls + keep the children dry.
Overview - The goal for Instructional Hockey is to pick up basic skills and have fun playing hockey. Your child will learn skating forward and backwards, stick handling, puck control, passing and shooting, teamwork, and the basics of hockey. Practices will follow the American Developmental Model (ADM - www.admkids.com) where the children will be moving from station to station in order to work on skating skills, hockey skills, and small area games.
Ages/Eligibility - This program is targeted for children who have completed at least 1 year of Learn to Skate (either at PYH or like program). Average age of participants is 6 years old.
Time + Days – Season starts in early November + runs through mid-March. We will have 2 sessions each weekend:
Equipment – Properly fitted equipment is very important. Your child will need hockey skates, knee/shin, elbow & shoulder pads, hockey pants, hockey gloves, hockey stick, hockey helmet with full facial cage, an athletic hockey cup, + neck guard and a hockey bag to throw it all in to (mouth guard recommended but not required).
McLaughlin Development League:
Overview - An "in house" program that allows skaters to work on their game skills and enhance their abilities in a competitive environment. Kids are broken up into the "Original 6" teams for games, while practice is held as a group session.
Ages/Eligibility - This program is available for Squirt/U10 + Peewee/U12 age kids. Both Travel Team and House players are encouraged to play in this league. This program is also open to PYH VHL Mite team players.
Time + Days – Season starts in November + runs through March. There are 2 sessions per week:
Friday night games at 5:00, 6:00 or 7:00 PM
Practices alternate between Thursday afternoons 4:00-4:50 andSaturday mornings from 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM
Equipment - Full hockey gear is required: including a helmet, shoulder, elbow and knee/shin pads, hockey pants, hockey gloves, a neck guard, mouth guard, hockey skates and a hockey stick.