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WYSA offers various clinics for hockey players throughout the calendar year. For more information about each program, please click a title link below. If you have any questions, please contact us at wskate@wysa.net

Learn To Skate & Play

Goalie Skills


  

Learn to Skate & Play

Overview

The Learn to Skate & Play ("LTSP") program is an introduction to the sport of ice skating, with an option to learn and experience the basics of ice hockey. Led by professional hockey instructors from the Tier1 Hockey School, children will be taught basic skating skills. As they progress in ability and confidence, they can transition to learning basic hockey skills. The aim of the program is to provide a fun environment for all participants to become capable skaters, and progress to playing hockey, if desired, at their own pace.

Learn to Skate Structure

During the initial sessions of the program, children will be grouped together based on their skating ability. We will use colored helmet stickers to identify them as follows: 

"Craters" - new or inexperienced skaters who need a balance aid, e.g., a crate
"Skaters" - skaters who can stand without a balance aid
"Beginners" - skaters just beginning to develop a proper skating stride
"Advanced Beginners" – skaters who demonstrate basic control of skating, stopping, and edge turns

During each session, multiple learning "stations" with be setup for each ability group, to maximize the opportunity for skaters to receive instruction. As the program moves forward, the exercises used within each station will be adapted so all skaters continue to increase both their skills and confidence. As skaters advance, they will be moved to new groups as appropriate, with the goal that all participants are at least "Beginners" by the end of the program.

Learn to Play Hockey Structure

For a skater to be eligible for Learn to Play Hockey, he/she should be able to move forward, turn and glide. Participants in Learn to Play will attend the 1pm session separate from Learn to Skate. In addition to developing skating skills, instructors will introduce exercises to begin teaching players basic hockey skills such as stick handling.

Learn to play participants will take part in exercises with and without sticks to improve the skating skills of turning, stopping and skating backwards.   The focus on the ice will be on fun to keep the kids engaged and happy as they progress in skating and stick skills.

 All participants who enroll in Learn to Play Hockey or progress to the program from Learn to Skate need a full set of protective gear. This includes hockey gloves, elbow pads, shoulder pads, hockey pants, and knee pads. You may contact Bill Welch at welchwi1126@gmail.com or (617) 306-1706 for loaner sets of protective equipment.
 

Choosing Appropriate Level and Moving Between Levels

When registering your child, please choose the level according to your best estimate of where he or she should begin the program. Beginning with the first session, staff will evaluate skaters and ensure they are assigned to the appropriate level. For example, “craters” will progress to skating without a balance aid on a rolling basis. Similarly, there is the option of skaters not requiring a balance aid progressing to Learn to Play Hockey if they wish to do so. Parents who are unsure if their child is ready for Learn to Play Hockey should register them for Learn to Skate without balance aid and request that staff evaluate their readiness for Learn to Play Hockey. Our staff works constantly to ensure children are placed at the appropriate level, switching their groups on the first day and/or as they progress.


Transitioning to WYSA Youth Hockey Programs

WYSA staff are committed to helping each child progress according to their own skills, age and interest. If and when a child has made appropriate progress, the child may have the opportunity to transitioning mid-program to playing hockey on a team, e.g., at the I-Mite level. Such transitions are at the discretion of WYSA staff, and subject to space on the corresponding team roster.

Dates & Times

The LTSP program is held on Sundays, beginning Nov. 25, 2018 and running for 15 weeks through Mar. 10, 2019. No sessions will be held Dec. 30, 2018. For Learn to Skate participants, each session is one hour, from 11:55 AM to 12:55 PM. For Learn to Play Hockey participants, each session is one hour, from 1pm to 2pm, on the same dates. If an extra week is needed, i.e., due to bad weather cancellations, there will be a session on Sunday Mar. 17th, 2019. 

 Location

The program runs at Hockeytown in Saugus, MA. The facility is located on the south-bound side of Route 1. For directions, please click this link.

 

Registration

There are 3 steps to register for the LTSP program. Please note you must register in advance - no registrations will be allowed at the first session of the program at Hockeytown on 11/25/18.

  1. Create a WYSA Member Account - This free account on our website provides access to program registrations, automatic schedule notifications, and other benefits. You only have to create a Member account once - just click on the "New Account" link near to top right of the website home page, or use this link: https://www.wysa.net/account.
  2. Register for the Learn-To-Skate-&-Play Program - After successfully submitting the New Member Account form, you will be automatically logged into the WYSA website. The next step is to register for the LTSP program. Click the "Activity Registration" link under the "Register" link in the main navigation bar. You'll see a table with the three options for the program: player does/does not need a balance aid to skate (screen shot below). Click the desired option, and complete the registration form.

    Use your best estimate when selecting the appropriate option for your child.


  3. Register with USA Hockey - After completing the LTSP program registration, you must also register your child with USA Hockey. This is done annually, and is required for all WYSA participants (players, coaches, volunteers, etc.). The cost supports USA Hockey and MA Youth Hockey, as well as insurance costs. Registration can be done at https://www.usahockeyregistration.com/register_form_input.action. After completing the registration, you will receive an email confirmation. Please forward this message immediately to our WYSA Registrar at welchwi1126@gmail.com, as proof that your child is registered with USA Hockey. Please note that NO ONE will be allowed on the ice at LTSP sessions without proof of USA Hockey registration, for insurance reasons.

 

Late Registration

The LTSP program accepts late registrations on a case by case basis as space allows, and we pro-rate the fee for late registrants. However, we discourage participants from showing un-registered, especially at the first session.


Waiting List

The LTSP program has an upper limit to the number of skaters who can register for each option. If you wish to participate and find that there is no space available, you may join the program Waiting List by emailing WYSA President Brian Casey at brian.casey1@yahoo.com. Please include the following information in your message:

- Parent name and contact information (phone, email)
- Child name and age
- Child skating experience and ability, e.g., never been on ice skates (not inline skates!) and needs a balance aid, skated a few times so may need balance aid, skated many times so no aid needed, etc.


Equipment for Learn to Skate

Please have your child dress in warm clothing, e.g. snow pants and sweat shirts. In addition, every child should have single-blade hockey or figure skates, a HECC-approved hockey helmet with face mask, & warm, protective gloves or mittens.


Equipment for Learn to Play

All skaters who progress to Learn to Play hockey will need a full set of protective gear. This includes hockey gloves, elbow pads, shoulder pads, hockey pants, and knee pads. You may contact Bill Welch at welchwi1126@gmail.com or (617) 306-1706 for loaner sets of protective equipment.

 

Session Guidelines
To have the best experience for you and your child, we recommend following these guidelines:

  • Arrive 20-30 minutes before the session start time of 11:50am to allow time to get dressed and out to the bench area of the rink.
  • During the first few sessions, skaters (especially those younger than 5) may only stay on the ice for 10 to 20 minutes. This is perfectly fine! Please remember that every child will progress at their own rate, and we will work together to eventually get them happily skating for the full 60 minute session.
  • Use layers when dressing your skater, so you can adjust their clothing as needed during the sessions.
  • Bring extra mittens or gloves, in case your child's first pair get wet.
  • Only authorized Tier I / WYSA instructors are allowed on the ice.
  • While we encourage you to watch your child and provide support, we ask that you please stay in the stands or along the glass. The bench areas are used for our instructors, and for skaters who need a temporary break.

 

Refund Policy
If your child does not attend any of the sessions, or wants to drop out after 2-3 sessions, you will be issued a full refund of the WYSA program, minus any fees (banking or registration-based). After 4 sessions, only partial refunds will be available, and will be issued on a case-by-case basis. Note that missed sessions due to other commitments does not result in a reduced rate, nor consideration for a refund.

Please note that USA Hockey Registration fees are not refundable.

 

Tier I Hockey School
For over 15 years, the Tier I Hockey School has been offering training and guidance in all aspects of skating. Their programs are designed to work on the development of skating skills eventually leading to a basic foundation providing the necessary techniques to skate with a high degree of confidence and lead towards the development of hockey skills. The TI staff is comprised of male and female instructors, who are still involved in competitive levels of hockey. The instructors have been trained and educated to understand the philosophy and methods of teaching that Founder and Lead Instructor Jamie Boyle has developed and are committed to offering the best program possible, so each participant will be able to enhance their overall skills.

 


Mike Geragosian's All-American Goalie Clinic

About the owner / Lead instructor:
Mike Geragosian has directed the All American Goalie Camp for over 21 years. Our staff reflects our teaching philosophy and the international flavor that the All American Goalie Camp is recognized for.

Mike Geragosian, one of the most experienced and technical goaltender coaches, has developed several professional players and college All-Stars. Presently, Mike is the Goalie Coach at Hockey East's Boston University and is Director of Goaltending for USA Hockey - MA. He consults goaltenders and coaches at all levels throughout the nation. In addition to his present affiliation with Boston University, Mike has also coached at Merrimack College, UMass Lowell, and Princeton University. He is a national consultant for professional, college, and USA Hockey. Mike has his Masters degree and has been an educator for over 25 years.

An All-East goaltender himself, Mike continues to produce the finest collegiate goaltenders in the country. Several of his protégés have become All-American goaltenders and have played at the professional level for Calgary, Winnepeg, Pittsburg, and Buffalo.

Mike's hard work philosophy, along with his personal teaching methods, has developed several goaltenders playing at all levels. Mike instructs over 500 goaltenders annually. He has also been an asset to several college head coaches and professional scouts by recruiting goaltenders for their squads. Overall the U-Lowell "Hall of Famer" and ECAC record holder invites you to camp to learn all aspects of goaltending!

Schedule- 2018 - 2019 Season
Begins Sunday 9/9 at 10am, in Holland Arena in Woburn
Limited to 8-9 goaltenders per session
Full time WYSA goaltenders are top priority.
Players wanting to learn can attend if there are open slots.

 

 
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