What is Learn to Play?
Developed with the help of experts from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada, the Learn to Play initiative aims to be the gold standard for youth hockey programs with the goal of inspiring more families to join the hockey community. Learn to Play changes the way youth hockey is offered by providing first time participants, head-to-toe equipment for first time participants only, weekly sessions of age appropriate on-ice instruction and certified coaching, led by National Hockey League Alumni, in a fun and safe atmosphere. Learn to Play on-ice instruction plans have been developed in collaboration with experts from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada and taught by certified instructors and led by National Hockey League Alumni.
Saturdays from January 5, 2020 through March 8, 2020
The Taft School, Watertown, CT
Program Fees ($215)
The program provides ten sessions of learn to play and head-to-toe equipment, for first time participants only, for your child to keep as they continue exploring youth hockey.
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Junior Redwings (Winter Session) is for children who have or are participating in Learn to Play but are not ready for travel play. Here the players will continue to develop individual skills to become more proficient skaters, stickhandlers, passers, and shooters. We will be using USA Hockey’s ADM program as our guide. We will provide station based activities (usually grouped by age and ability) that will work on skating techniques, stickhandling, passing, and shooting.
January 11th through early March 2020 (Winter Session)
Twice a week: Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and one midweek evening session*
The Taft School, Watertown, CT (Saturday's Odden Arena and midweek at Mays)*
$250 ($50 for children participating in Learn to Play with the Rangers – Saturdays only).
Registration with USA Hockey required.
*Times and rink (Odden or Mays) may change depending on The Taft School's Schedule.
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Congratulations to Coach Chuck on being named Coach of the Month by USA Hockey Magazine!! The below article appears in the September issue.
USA Hockey Coach of the Month - Chuck Leonard
Age: 47 Middlebury, Conn.
Chuck Leonard has a hand in everything that’s going on in the Watertown Youth Hockey Association. As the master scheduler at the Taft School ice rink, he coordinates practice ice times and game slots across the organization, where he also serves as vice president.
The Level 4 coach spent the last season coaching three teams, including two thathis daughter, Allison, plays on.
Whether it’s with subbing in as a coach, opening the rink and cleaning it after a tournament or filling in as a referee, Leonard is willing to do it all.
He began coaching over three decades ago, when as a high school senior he and a couple of friends coached a Ridgefield youth house league team. He’s stuck with it since, while working as a full-time surveyor.
Leonard tries his best to make sure every member on the team is having fun, prompting his players to ‘work hard and have fun, a mantra he embodies year after year.
“It’s just so much fun. The kids are great,” he said. “Overall I’ve had a lot of really good experiences while coaching.”
Thank you to Amanda Boulier @Amanda_Boulier for taking the time to inspire the next generation of female athletes!