Learn to Skate

WYH learn to skate/play hockey program is also referred as the TYKE program. In this program a child learns how to skate and develops some of the fundamentals of hockey. Tykes start by first learning to catch their balance pushing a milk crate.  As skills progress, the players will move to other areas of the ice where the focus is on skating skills such as edge control, stopping, backward skating and agility.

Ages

This program is open to Boys and Girls ages 4-8.

When

Tykes usually meets on Saturday afternoons at 4:00p during the season.

Where

Practices are held at Veterans Memorial Rink in Waltham at 359 Totten Pond Rd.

Practices

Tykes practices weekly.

Games

As Learn to Skate players advance, small area games may be incorporated into practices

Jerseys

Each participant will be provided with a practice jersey

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Tykes (Learn to Skate) and In-House (Learn to Play)

The Tyke program is a learn-to-skate program.  Most of the children are between the ages of 4 and 6.  If your child is older and cannot skate, we suggest they start with the Tykes and then move up to the Mites as soon as they are ready.  Tykes start by first learning to catch their balance pushing a milk crate.  As skills progress, the players will move to other areas of the ice where the focus is on skating skills such as edge control, stopping, backward skating and agility.

How does the season progress?

Around Thanksgiving, the Tykes will continue to develop skating fundamentals and hockey skills.  They will have some cross ice internal scrimmages as the year progresses.  If a Tyke, especially an older child, has developed sufficient skating skills, we will discuss with the parents the potential for moving up to the In-House Mites by December.  A Tyke who moves up to the Mites by January 1st will be required to pay the added cost of the Mite Program.

How does the season progress?

Around Thanksgiving, the Tykes will continue to develop skating fundamentals and hockey skills.  They will have some cross ice internal scrimmages as the year progresses.  If a Tyke, especially an older child, has developed sufficient skating skills, we will discuss with the parents the potential for moving up to the In-House Mites by December.  A Tyke who moves up to the Mites by January 1st will be required to pay the added cost of the Mite Program.

What Equipment is Necessary?

All players are required to wear a helmet with a cage.  Full equipment is recommended for all skating sessions at the Tykes level, and is required at the In-House Mite level.  Tykes, especially the younger players can wear heavily padded snow pants and gloves at the beginning, when pushing a crate.  Sticks are usually incorporated after November for both levels.

Can I go out on the ice with my child?

Parent coaches are encouraged and all coaches are required to wear a helmet on the ice.  Parent helpers are required to sign a Waltham city rink waiver and fill out a CORI form. 

To coach at the In-House Mite level, a coach must attend a Level 1 USA Hockey clinic.  Registration for clinics is done through the www.usahockey.com website.  

Waltham Youth Hockey will reimburse a coach who completes the clinic and is registered as a Level 1 coach by USA Hockey.  USA Hockey holds a number of clinics each fall.  There are generally no Level 1 clinics after December until the following season.  USA Hockey requires that all coaches on the ice be Level 1 certified by December. 

Brendan Campbell

In-House Director

2022-2023

Learn to Skate Registration Opens in Fall 2022

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