Try Learn To Skate for Free
Come to any session / any lesson (click here for schedule) (arrive at least 15 minutes before ice time)
Equipment: skates, helmet, and gloves (a bike helmet and any protective gloves will work to try a session of Learn to Skate) are required at a minimum to try Learn to Skate.
Enrolling in Learn To Skate/Learn To Play
Registration and payment:
For the registration form and other important documents please go the Documents menu (on the left side of the homepage) and find the "Learn To Skate/Learn To Play Information" folder. All of the required documents can be found there. You can pay on-line after registration or mail your payment to: NEYHA, PO Box 278, Mansfield, CT 06268.
We offer three separate sessions of Learn to Skate. Each session costs $130 each. In February or March we host a tournament to celebrate the end of the season. This is great fun for all. Coaches will get all kids, regardless of ability, involved as long as they are willing! All players will receive a trophy! Parent volunteers will be needed for various tournament related tasks.
Practices are generally Saturday and Sunday mornings at 7:00 or 7:30 am to 8:00 or 8:30 am. Some practices will be 45 minutes, some will be a little over 1 hour depending on ice availability. You can access the schedule by going to the website; www.northeastyouthhockey.org. Click on the “Team” tab and then use the drop down menu for LTS/LTP.
We encourage you to check the schedule often--skate times do change often with ice availability—and you can sign up for text alerts.
Equipment (in order of importance):
- Skates: hockey skates, used are fine, make sure they are sharp. Skates can be sharpened at most rinks including UConn for a nominal fee. New skates are not sharp so be sure to have them sharpened after your purchase.
- Helmet: hockey helmets can be purchased at many different sporting good stores or hockey shops. It must have face cage or shield and fit firmly to the head.
- Gloves: hockey gloves can also be purchased at most sporting goods stores, mittens are also fine for little ones. Hockey gloves are most necessary once stick skills begin.
- Knee pads: hockey knee pads (shin guards) can be purchased at most sporting good stores or online.
- Elbow pads: can also be purchased at most sporting good stores or online.
- Hockey pants: these provide padding for the backside! These are more likely to be found at hockey stores or online.
- Chest/shoulder pads: available at most sporting goods stores or online.
- Neck guard: can also be purchased at most sporting goods stores or online.
- Hockey socks/jersey: eventually (not immediately), your player will need to have socks and a jersey. These are lighter weight and allow for better ventilation once they really get moving.
- Where to find equipment:
- Sporting Goods Stores: Dicks Sporting Goods, Play it Again Sports (used equipment), South Windsor Ice Arena, Sports Authority.
- Online stores: On line stores can be a good option to find bargains IF you know your child’s size: www.hockeymonkey.com, www.hockeyworld.com, www.hockey1.com, www.discounthockey.com, www.hockeyoverstock.com, and www.hockeygiant.com
- The Northeast Huskies may have some used equipment to loan to your child.
Dressing Your Skater:
Dressing your skater will be time consuming--be sure to allow at least 15 minutes. Keep your little one in PJ’s for those early AM practices. Put on long socks--they do not have to be thick--actually, the thinner the better. Put pads (knee pads, elbow pads) over PJ’s. Then light weight sweat pants over legs if not using hockey socks. Next, chest pads & pants if you have them. Next, jersey or light weight long sleeve shirt. Skates, helmet and gloves last!
What to expect:
Do not be discouraged if your little skater disintegrates into tears and tantrums the first few times on the ice. This is expected of such little kids in a new and often frustrating situation with new adult faces to respond to. Let the coaches assist your child as much as possible, they are used to this! Try to be invisible and not hang out by the rink door. If your child can see you, he or she is more likely to give up and want to come off the ice.
It may take a while for your skater to develop some on-ice stamina. They may require breaks where they come off the ice for a brief rest or water break. It is up to you to get them back out there! The coaches will have water available. As the season continues, try to encourage your child to take their water breaks with the team when the coach offers them.
Interested in coaching?:
Often parents ask to go on the ice with their new little skaters. If this is necessary for your child initially, be sure you have the following; prior skating experience, helmet, skates, signed liability waiver and your own USA hockey registration number. You will not be permitted on the ice without these items. As the season progresses, we expect your child to become more confident in their abilities and comfortable with the coaching staff, and thus allowing you to be an active spectator!
For parents genuinely interested in coaching we strongly suggest you have some skating skills already. The Northeast Huskies would ultimately like all coaches to obtain at least a Level 1 certification in order to coach. This is absolutely necessary to coach above the Learn To Skate level. Please see submit your coaching application to your team manager .