Learn To Skate
The Learn To Skate/Whack a Puck program is the building block for the future of the league. The goal is to teach kids to skate in a fun and supportive environment establishing a life long love of hockey. The initial 10-week session begins on the first Sunday in October. The second session begins in mid-December and runs until February 23rd. All lessons are Sunday morning from 9:30-10:20 at Rockett Arena at Salem State University.
Session 1- Learn to Skate
Consists of MYHA coaches and student volunteers utilizing fun activities and games designed for participants become more comfortable on the ice; falling, getting back up, and balancing, while developing basic skating skills. It is STRONGLY encouraged that parents join their children on the ice.
Session 2- Whack-A-Puck
Kids who can skate without assistance begin to learn how to use a stick and handle the puck. For kids who need more time to practice basic skating skills, or for kids joining the program for the first time, Learn to Skate activities continue to be offered at the opposite end of the ice.
Basic safety equipment is required per the league's insurance policy and USA Hockey. New equipment can be purchased at The Marblehead Sport Shop; used equipment can be purchased at Play It Again Sports in Stoneham. Players are given a MYHA jersey on their first day.
- Ice skates
- Children and parents must wear a USA Hockey certified hockey helmet. Children's helmets must have a cage.
- Hockey gloves or ski gloves to protect the hands.
- Elbow pads and shin pads
- Snow pants or hockey pants
- Players progressing to Whack-A-Puck should have a full compliment of hockey gear.
Michael Callahan former MYHA President, his daughter Meghan Desoto who is a former Varsity Captain, and little Jack who is carrying on the family love of hockey.
Co-directors, Paul Glasier and Alex Mundo, have extensive hockey backgrounds. Coach Alex has over 20 years of hockey experience and grew up through the Marblehead youth hockey program. Coach Paul, an Elizabeth Maine native, was an all-star at Southern Maine University has experience coaching at all levels.