Schedule: Saturday 9:30am - 10:00am at Thayer Arena
The program runs October until the end of February
The Learn to Skate Program is a program developed in Warwick Junior Hockey Association. In the past when 4-year-olds were allowed into the Instructional Program, in most cases, it was difficult. The main problem was that the attention span and endurance of the 4 year olds would not afford them the ability to stay on the ice for an hour. In addition their motor skills may not be developed to handle the accelerated skill-learning environment. The Learn to Skate Program was developed to acclimate younger players to the hockey environment and make them comfortable with this new experience. In addition the smaller teaching group size will provide more individual instruction. The Learn to Skate Program is a transitional program into the Instructional Program.
• 1/2 hour of ice time per week
• Saturday mornings
• All sessions are at Warwick Thayer Arena (front rink)
One parent or responsible adult is required to be in the rink anytime their child is on the ice.There are situations, such as sickness or injury which would require players to leave the ice.
*** This requirement is strictly enforced! ***
Each player is required to have the following properly fitted equipment.
• Hockey skates which have been sized for the player's feet
• HECC approved helmet, with a full face mask, properly fitted for the player
• Elbow and knee pads ( worn underneath outer clothing )
• Gloves (winter gloves are OK)
• Do not overdress your child , normally a sweatshirt and sweat pants are sufficient.
There are Instructional starter kits available from the local hockey shops for approximately $100. These shops will properly fit all the equipment and provide good used skates to save money.
The program will concentrate on teaching the basic skating skills in a non-threatening environment. The following basic skating skills will be taught and emphasized during the program:
• Hockey stance and balance
• Forward skating
• Introduction to stopping
• Introduction to backwards skating
Coaching to skater ratio will be approximately 3 to 1, providing very intensive personal teaching environment.
Each ice session will include approximately 20 minutes of instruction and 10 minutes of skill practice in the form of a game.