Learn to Play Program
The Learn to Play Hockey Program offers a fun way to learn the basic skills and fundamentals of the game of ice hockey. This program is a skills-based program designed for women who can already skate (this doesn't mean you have to be an amazing skater!) but have never skated in a hockey environment, and who are interested in learning proper basic techniques with the goal of eventually feeling comfortable and successful in a recreational game environment.
NEWHL coaches teach the elements of skating form, including balance, the basic stance, stride, stopping and starting, turning methods, and later on, backwards skating. Puck-handling and puck control will then be introduced with stick-handling and passing exercises, both in motion and stationary. Specific learning activities will be appropriate to the skill level of the group. Overall fitness will be emphasized with challenging workouts as well as group stretching designed to improve agility, flexibility and injury prevention. Towards the end of the season, intra-squad instructional scrimmages will provide participants with a controlled-game situation to develop the skills learned.
Discover the fun and excitement of a sport that will help you develop fitness, strength, balance, speed, and hand-eye coordination. You will soon find yourself playing the game and enjoying being part of a close-knit, safe, and supportive team environment. Coach Brian Fontas makes everything fun and everyone feel welcome.
Equipment required: Hockey helmet with face guard, shin guards, hockey socks, elbow and shoulder pads, hockey gloves, hockey pants, hockey skates, stick, mouth guard and Big Water Bottle. Please see our used equipment page.
All play is at Nashoba Valley Olympia, 34 Massachusetts Ave., Route 11, Boxborough, MA 01719.
The basic skill leveling is shown below. If you go to the Apply page you will see all the options available for mixing and matching the skill level, schedule and budget, that works best for you. Go to the Apply page now and sign up!
The application form is also available on the Apply page.
Monday - Mixed level Shooting & Stick Handling skills - 9:30am-11:00am
Tuesday - L2P/D/Rec 9:30am-11:00an
Wednesday - C - Early Bird Accelerated skills with Paul Ames: 8:00am-9:30am
Thursday - D/C - 9:30am-11:00am
Friday - Games - 9:30-10:30am and 10:40-11:40am
A. (L2P/D/Rec) One skill session (Tuesday 9:30-11:00am), no Friday games.
Add March / April: Cost: $740.00
B. (L2P/D/Rec) One skill session (Tuesday 9:30-11:00am) and Friday games.
Add March / April: Cost: $1,000
We do not offer an option for Friday games only. If you join the Friday games, you will be placed on a team each week and epected to play regularly in the games.
We do get outside teams to play games with us on Fridays. We require that you commit to the game dates and times before our season begins.
Full hockey equipment is required. Registration with USA Hockey Required.
If you have questions, please email Kerri at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I had a blast and Brian is so great with us, please tell him I hope my son grows up to be as patient and good natured as he is."
~ Learn to Play Player
"I just returned home after session # 3, tired and sweaty but loving every second of it. What a great group of woman. Everyone is kind, supportive and funny. Brian is simply wonderful."