Our "Learn to Play Hockey" program focuses on building fundamental skills for beginners in a progressive "Station Format" which also emphasizes fun and incorporates actual game activity.
• October (after Columbus Day) to End of February
• 2 one hour sessions of ice time per week
• Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings
• All sessions are at Warwick Thayer Arena (front rink)
* Cost: $300
Saturday: 9:00am - 9:50am Updated Time!
Tuesday: 6:15pm – 7:15pm
The following basic hockey skills will be taught and emphasized during the first year program:
• Hockey stance and balance
• Forward and backwards skating
• Stopping and starting
• Puck handling, passing and shooting
Most drills are taught in a multiple “Station” approach, with players changing drill stations throughout the ice session and learning a different skill at each station.
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 until hockey sticks are used)
• Stick – should be flat blade, no curve
• Jerseys will be provided in the first few weeks of the season
• 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 guidance on what you need.
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! ***
COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS
The Warwick Junior Hockey Association is a completely volunteer organization; as such the League and Instructional Program needs help. If you are interested in helping out in any way just let us know.
On-ice coaches must have at least basic hockey skills and be willing to commit to all ice sessions . All Instructional Program coaches are required to participate in a mandatory USA Hockey Initiation Program Coaches Clinic The clinic dates are scheduled on several dates within the State. The clinic involves a minimal cost and approximately 6 hours to complete.