Beginners

The Beginner Program is intended for girls and boys who want to learn to skate and play hockey. The program is designed to teach the participants the fundamentals of skating, basic hockey skills, and self confidence. The goal of the program is to have FUN while learning the basics of a great sport. The participants will be divided into several groups primarily based on skill level. Players without skating skills are Welcome! The beginner program is a prerequisite for Webster Youth Hockey's team based programs (Pony/6U, RWB/8U, Empire 10U & 12U teams) which Beginners can transition to once they have completed at least one full session (Fall or Winter) of Beginners. We recommend two sessions (Fall & Winter) unless the child has extensive skating experience.

Ages

Ages 4 to 12. Webster Youth Hockey does not recommend the Beginner program for 3 year olds unless they have completed at least one session of a Learn to Skate program (example: Webster Skating School). Skaters should be mature enough to go on the ice without a parent.

When

Fall Session runs October thru December. Winter Session runs January thru March. Skaters may enroll after the start of the session with price decreasing by $10 every week. In the Fall, there will be a 1/2 price mini-session starting in November for 6 weeks. In the Winter, there will be a 1/2 price mini-session starting in February and running thru mid-March if space is available.

Where

Beginners practice at the Webster Ice Arena.

Practices

Practices are Wednesday evening and Saturday morning. Ice availability may force the rescheduling of a few sessions if the rink closes or due to conflicts with High School Hockey. Schedules are posted on the Beginner Team website. Parents will be notified of program start dates and times via an Welcome email.

Games

Not Applicable. Occasionally, cross ice mini-games may be organized at the end of a practice.

Jerseys

Players are supplied with one jersey and one pair of hockey socks per hockey season. We recommend that the participants have full hockey gear to maximize their safety on the ice. At a minimum, the participants need a certified hockey helmet with face mask, elbow/knee pads (rollerblade or ice hockey), hockey gloves, a straight blade ice hockey stick and single blade hockey skates. Figure skates and double bladed learner skates are not permitted. Some equipment is available at the We bster Ice Arena Pro Shop. Locker Room Sports also carries hockey equipment and skates. Low cost used equipment options include Play it Again Sports in Henrietta. Still confused? Consult USA Hockey's Parents Guide to Buying Equipment at https://www.admkids.com/news_article/show/680806-parents-guide-to-buying-equipment

Additional Costs

Cost is $195 per session (decreases $10 every week once the Session starts). The Half Price mini-session cost is $100. There is a second child discount available. USA Hockey Registration is required (free for 6U skaters) and is valid for a full season (August thru April). Players must supply their own equipment and skates (see Jerseys for info).

2018-19

Registration opens in early June and WYHA will take registrations until the Program is full.  Players may not participate in any program activities until they have registered and paid.

This program is OPEN! and we encourage players to start skating as soon as possible.  The cost for the Fall session will decrease by $10 each week to encourage new players to register.

QUESTIONS about how to Register? Consult the detailed instructions at: https://www.wyha.com/events/player-registration-instructions-and-information/298

All players are expected to pay in full at registration. Parents who wish to pay by check must contact the Registrar at registrar@wyha.com to have a special registration link generated. Payment plans are not available for this program due to the low cost of the program.

Family Discount Program: When registering the 2nd/3rd/etc child with WYHA for the 2018-19 season, select the "with Family Discount" pricing option. WYHA checks the registration options selected & bills families if they claim discounts they are not eligible for.

Fee Note: All discounts have been already factored into the fees shown.

Use the Registration below to register for the Beginner Program (other Programs have separate registrations).

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