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). We recommend a minimum of two sessions (Fall & Winter), unless the child has extensive skating experience, before entering a team based Program. All team based programs begin in the Fall and are full season Programs (Sept thru March).

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. Registration will be closed when the program is full.

Where

Beginners practice at the Webster Ice Arena.

Practices

Practices are Wednesday evening and Saturday morning. Ice availability will force the rescheduling to other days/times of a few sessions if the rink closes due to weather, for conflicts with High School Hockey Games and during the Boulter Tournament in March. Schedules are posted on the Beginner Team website for the Fall and Winter sessions. Parents will be notified of program start dates and times via an Welcome email approximately 2-3 weeks before the session starts or within 3 days if the player is registered after the session starts.

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 (roller blade 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. Locker Room Sports and Dick's also carry hockey equipment and skates. A low cost used equipment option is 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 for the Fall session and $195 for the Winter session. WYHA will decrease the pricing every week once the Session starts to encourage skaters to start as soon as possible each season. There is a second child discount available (contact registrar@wyha.com after registering the first child to get the Discount Code for the 2nd/3rd child, no refunds will be made if the second child is registered without the discount code). 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).

2019-20

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 submitted a birth certificate or passport COPY to registrar@wyha.com

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.

USA Hockey Registration is required (6U is free, older players will pay $54). Players must supply their own equipment.

Family Discount Program:  To utilize this program, register your first child, then contact the Registrar at registrar@wyha.com to get a Family Discount code generated to use to register your 2nd/3rd/4th/etc child.

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

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