In-House Development

New to hockey? Start here! 

If your child has never skated before, Learn to Skate is the first step in their hockey journey. 

Already did a learn to skate program? Learn to Play is where you belong. WYHA offers Learn to Play with the Rangers in addition to our in-house development team - Junior Red Wings to help get your new skater ready to play the game of hockey. 

Learn to Skate - Returns Fall 2023



​Please note that before registering for our Learn to Skate program, you need to register with USA Hockey. This is for insurance purposes. Please visit to register  A small fee may apply depending on age. This is a USA Hockey fee -- not a Watertown Youth Hockey fee.  You will need your USA Hockey # to register for our program

Free Learn to Skate made possible by the Tyler Palmer Memorial Fund

Learn to Play with the ​Rangers - Returns October 2023

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.


FALL OF 2023


Taft School Watertown CT 

Junior Red Wings ​- RETURNS SEPTEMBER 2023


The Junior Red Wings are WYHA's in-house development team and the next step after a learn to skate/play program has been completed. Junior Red Wings are split into mini teams and learn to play the game of hockey through skating skills practices and cross ice scrimmages against each other. Ages range from 5 and up. After a season of Junior Red Wings, skaters then attend tryouts for the appropriate age level team for the following season (8U, 10U, 12U, 14U)

Junior Red Wings skaters must have full hockey equipment and be registered with USA Hockey. 

Junior Red Wings will skate one skills session per week and play cross ice developmental games one day per weekend.

Equipment Discount

Hamden Sports Center will provide equipment discounts for our Learn to Skate and Learn to Play programs. 

Mention your registration with Watertown Youth Hockey to receive a discount.

Hamden Sports Center

2858 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 203.248.9898

For Questions regarding Our In-House Development Programs:


Stay tuned for registration information for fall programs!

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