2017-2018 House League Program
The House League is a developmental program for Squirt and Mite age players, both boys and girls, who have completed Learn to Skate. The House League is intended to provide a fun and competitive hockey development program and is a precursor to the ADM program.
WYH believes that by providing a strong environment of development through more hands-on coaching, structured practices and games that give young and new players the equal opportunity to work on their skating, shooting and passing skills and learn the game of hockey, they will develop better than touching a puck for only a few seconds in a game at this level.
In the House League, the players will be on the ice as much as possible. House League will have weekly practices on full ice, and weekly full-ice and/or cross-ice games. Some House League players may also be invited to play with an age-appropriate ADM team if skills warrant the move.
A typical weekly schedule includes:
- Regular Saturday practice (1 hour), mid-morning at Babson or Nobles
- Regular Sunday game (1 hour), early afternoon at Boch (Dedham) or Bajko (Hyde Park)
- Occassional skills session
Players wear full hockey equipment for both practices and games. Equipment includes shorts with velcro and a protective cup, shin pads, hockey sock, hockey pants, skates, shoulder pads, elbow pads, a hockey jersey, hockey gloves, a hockey helmet and a stick. Good beginner equipment packages are available from local hockey suppliers (such as Pure Hockey in Needham, Day Street Sports in Norwood, and Play It Again Sports in Dedham).
2017-2018 Learn To Skate/Learn To Play
WYH will again offer its two (2) ten-week Saturday morning Learn to Skate/Learn to Play Hockey programs. The first session will run from early November to January. The second session will run from January to March. Each session is one hour on Saturday mornings at Babson in Wellesley.
The WYH Learn to Skate/Learn to Play Hockey Program is designed for children with little or no skating or hockey experience. On the ice, skaters will be placed into groups based on skating ability. The goal of the Program is to have children gain confidence on the ice while developing their skating abilities in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
Each session will include three phases. The first phase of each session will focus on balance, starting, the proper skating stride and how to stop. The second phase of each session will focus on turning, pivoting and skating backwards. The last phase of each session will introduce basic ice hockey drills including stick handling, passing to a stationary and moving target, shooting and eventually cross-ice games.
For those children who participate in both sessions, the phases in Session 2 will be altered accordingly to avoid unnecessary repetition.
All LTS participants will need the following equipment:
- a hockey helmet with a cage (bike and ski helmets do not provide sufficient protection)
- gloves (hockey or winter gloves are OK)
- knee and elbow pads are strongly recommended
- backside padding is also recommended
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if you have additional questions.