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FRAMINGHAM YOUTH HOCKEY - Beginners Program

Christy Patriarca

Beginners Program Director

 

Questions?  Please contact the following individuals:

Beginners Program and Registration questions:
Christy Patriarca @ sp669@comcast.net or 508-405-1577

House League questions:
Dave Wolfe @ or 508-788-0024

Tuition Payment questions:
Brian Downey @ bdowney572@yahoo.com or 508-308-4814

 

PARENT INFORMATION PACKAGE

Welcome to the Framingham Youth Hockey Program!  The Beginners Program is designed to provide children between the ages of 4 ½ and 10 the opportunity to learn to skate and acquire the skills required to play hockey.  The Program places an emphasis on having fun with hockey (the children should be enjoying their time on the ice), encouraging the development towards higher levels of ability.

The Beginners skaters are the lifeblood of a continually strong hockey program in Framingham. It is rewarding to watch the children progress from chair pushers to competitive travel team skaters. The experience the skaters have in our Beginners Program sets a tone that will encourage them to continue to skate with our program throughout their school years and beyond.

 

Registration

In order to be eligible for this program skaters must be between the ages of 4 ½ to 10 years old.  We reserve the right to make exceptions to this at any time. 

To register your child for the program, please visit www.framinghamyouthhockey.org and click on the “Register Online” tab on the left hand side of the screen. 

Follow the directions provided for first establishing an account with the FYHP organization.

Once an account has been established, you can revisit the registration tab with your user name and password and register your child for the Beginners Program.

 

FYHP

Attention: Beginners Registration

PO Box 2391

Framingham, MA 01703

 

  • In addition, all skaters in the Beginners program must register with USA Hockey directly on their website at www.usahockeyregistration.com.  This requirement must be met each year for all program participants.  Once you have registered your child, please update your member account information you established at time of registration.  The code is a nine digit, five letter combination such as the following:

123456789SMITH

            If your child is age 6 or under, registration is free. 

If your child is age 7 or older, USA Hockey charges a $40 annual fee during the online registration process to cover the cost of injury insurance.  This fee is not included in your child’s $400 registration fee.

 

  • The fee for the beginner program is $400 for approximately 26 weeks and is due at time of registration.  If space permits, we typically will offer a Second Half Special which begins in late November.  Registration will open in the late fall.  Details of this can be found on the Program’s website and Beginner Bulletin Board at Loring Arena as the time approaches.

If you have registration questions, please contact our program Director

Christy Patriarca @ 669@comcast.net or 508-405-1577

 

Skating Sessions

The Beginners Program will start on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 at 8AM and continues through mid-March.

There are four beginner skating sessions each week.  Each skater in the beginner program is allowed to attend two of these sessions each week.    We will post the schedules under the Beginners tab on the www.Framinghamyouthhockey.org  website  Please check these schedules for the recommended times for attendance as established by the letter in the skaters last name, A-M, N-Z typically as the groupings. 

The skating sessions are usually at standard times each week:  

Mondays        @        5:50 pm         to          6:40 pm

Fridays          @        6:50 pm         to          7:40 pm

Saturdays      @        8:00 am         to          8:50 am

Saturday's     @        9:00 am         to          9:50 am

 

All practices and games for the Beginner Program will take place at Loring Arena Ice Rink (located on Fountain St. in Framingham 508-620-4877). 

Do to the construction at the rink, space is going to be extremely limited.  It is highly recommended that the children arrive at the rink fully dressed.  Only one parent will be allowed in the locker room if locker room use is necessary.  Please park and enter at the rear of the arena for all FYHP activities.

Any games will be indicated on the Beginner schedule (not the website) and there will be no practice on the days that there are games scheduled.  

 

Practice Cancellation

There may be occasions that winter weather is uncooperative.  If there is a question whether practice has been canceled, please call Loring Arena or visit the FYHP website at www.framinghamyouthhockey.org.  If the arena is closed, practice is canceled.  However, we do encourage parents to use their own judgment as to if weather is too dangerous to travel – in such cases, please stay home.

 

Equipment:

Please be sure your skater has the following equipment before coming onto the ice:

HECC approved helmet with face mask

Hockey Gloves

Elbow Pads

Shin Pads

Hockey Jock or Jill (this is specific to Hockey, as it has Velcro tabs to hold up the socks

Hockey Socks

Hockey Pants

Shoulder Pads

Hockey Skates (make sure they have been sharpened)

As your skater improves a junior model hockey stick cut to proper length are recommended.  New equipment can range greatly in price.  You may want to consider purchasing used equipment from a local used equipment or hockey store. 

A full range of Framingham Youth Hockey apparel can be purchased at the Natick Outdoor Store in Natick, Pure Hockey or anywhere hockey gear is sold.

You can use this link for helpful information:

http://framinghamyouthhockey.org/Page.asp?n=126411&org=FRAMINGHAMYOUTHHOCKEY.ORG

 

Jerseys

Each child enrolled in the Beginners Program will receive a jersey. Each child is also given a helmet sticker which shows their last name and first name to aide coaches on the ice. It is also recommended that you add the child's name on the back. 

 

Skate Fit and Care

It is most important that your child’s skates fit properly.  Generally, the size of the skate needed will be 1 to 2 sizes smaller than the size of their sneakers or shoes.  Room for growth of your child must be allowed, but care must be taken not to fit too large.  The most allowance you should make is about ½” (or a “thumb” width) behind the heel when the foot is pushed as far forward as it will go (but not crammed) into the unlaced skate.  Poorly fitted skates will break down prematurely regardless of the quality and will hamper your child’s ability to learn to skate. 

The skate’s blades must be kept sharp.  Do not allow your child to walk around in skates without skate guards except on the padded areas around the ice itself and in the locker rooms.  A good rule of thumb is to sharpen the skates after every eight practices, roughly once a month.  If your child does walk on an unprotected area with the blades, the skates should be sharpened before the next practice.  Skates can be sharpened at the Loring Arena Skate Shop, located at the front of the arena.  The hours of the Skate Shop are posted at the rink or you can call the Skate Shop at 508-872-8238. 

At the end of a practice, skates should be taken off your child’s feet and sneakers, shoes or boots put on.  The skates need the snow cleaned off the blade and wiped dry with a towel or rag to keep the blades from rusting.

 

Hockey Sticks

Your skater’s hockey stick should be a junior model.  These are made with a smaller blade and the proper angle between the blade and the shaft required by children.  The blade should be a flat blade, not curved.  There is no need for a curve to the blade until your skater has developed a preference for the right or left side.  Do not push a curved blade too soon as it may hamper learning on how to properly handle the puck.

The hockey stick must be the right length for the skater.  The proper length is to the chin when standing in skates.  The stick should never be longer than to the upper lip.  A stick that is too long will be difficult to handle.

The blade should be taped with black friction tape.  The main purpose for taping the blade is for protecting the blade itself, keeping water from delaminating the blade and acting as a cushion to the blade when hit against the ice or puck.  (It is also said that the black tape “hides” the puck from a goalie.)

The top end of the shaft should be taped, usually with white cloth tape.  This is to help keep the stick from slipping in the glove.  The amount of tape used here is a personal preference.  Some players like large “knobs” of tape, others like only one layer.

 

Color Groupings

After a period of watching and evaluating the skaters, they will be placed into five groups based on their proficiency. To easily identify a skater with the skill level, colors have been assigned to each level – blue, red, orange, yellow and green. 

The Blue and Red Groups are for novice skaters with no or limited skating ability. As they progress in an established set of skills, they are then moved up to Orange Group, Yellow Group and Green Group respectively. 

Each skater will be given a colored sticker for his or her helmet indicating the color group assignment.  Evaluation of the players may occur periodically throughout the season, allowing for players to move up to the next level when that player is ready to do so. 

New skaters to the program are automatically assigned to the Blue or Red color group. 

Typically two coaches are responsible for evaluating the player’s skill for the color group assignments.  Throughout the season, on a regular basis, skaters are evaluated.  Please keep in mind there are one hundred+ players, so please be patient.  All the players will be evaluated.

 

Games

Once each month, starting in October, there will be a game played instead of a practice.  Please refer to the schedule for notification of when these games are to occur.   These games are played with organized teams and coaches.  Two or three games will be played simultaneously, involving four to six teams, each game being allotted ½ or 1/3 the ice. 

To create evenly matched teams, the Blue and Red are combined to create 4 to 6 teams which play against each other.  Orange, Green and Yellow color groups are similarly combined to create four to six teams.  The Blue and Red teams will play at different times than the Orange, Green/Yellow teams.  Occasionally, a player may be moved from one team to another to create more evenly matched teams.

The games will be played in two-minute shifts.  Players for all positions will be sent out for each shift, including the goalie.  The coaches on the bench try to rotate all the players into each of the positions.  

Parents Code of Conduct

The following points reinforce the Program’s expectations of parents with skaters in the Beginner’s Program:

  1. Do NOT force an unwilling child to participate in sports.
  2. Remember children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment, not yours!
  3. Encourage your child to always play by the rules.
  4. Teach your child that honest effort is as important as victory so that the result of the game is accepted without undue disappointment.
  5. Turn defeat into victory by helping your child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship.  Never ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  6. Remember that children learn best by example.  Applaud good plays by your team and members of the other team.
  7. Do not question the officials’ judgment or honesty.  What the referee says...goes. Even if you don’t agree with it.
  8. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children's sporting activities.
  9. Recognize the value and importance of volunteer coaches.  They give their time and resources to provide recreational activities for your child.

 

Coaching and Organizational Staff

All members of the coaching and organizational staff of the Framingham Youth Hockey Program are volunteers.  All Framingham Youth Hockey coaches are required to pass a criminal background check and have completed all required forms and paperwork as per USA Hockey, MA Hockey and FYHP rules. 

All coaches in the program have completed at least the USA Hockey Instructor’s Initiation Program and many have completed higher levels of coaching instruction.  An effort is made to match the coaches’ skill level and coaching ability to the color groups.   

The Program is always looking for new volunteers with skating skills to assist with on-ice coaching.   If you would like to assist on the ice and would like to get trained as a coach, please contact Dave Wolfe @ wolfie71ss@comcast.net or 508-788-0024

FYHP will reimburse individuals who have obtained USA Hockey coaching certification (up to level 3).  For more information on this, please visit www.usahockey.com or contact Christy Patriarca.

 

Please Note:

 

ALL BEGINNER COACHES MUST WEAR A HOCKEY HELMET ON ICE AT ALL TIMES!  NO EXCEPTIONS!  THIS IS A USA HOCKEY REQUIREMENT WE MUST COMPLY WITH.

 

Communication

There are several ways to keep in contact with what is happening in the Framingham Youth Hockey Program:

  1. Watch the Beginner Program Bulletin Board at the rear of Loring Arena.
  2. Provide accurate information at time of registration – this will ensure inclusion in important messages throughout the season sent via email.
  3. Watch for announcements on the FYHP website at the following link:

www.framinghamyouthhockey.org

 

House League

The Beginners Program House League will start in early October this year.  This league is low-key, fun, activity where sportsmanship is placed above victory.  The aspect of the program is viewed as being the proper introduction to competitive hockey for those players that are interested in trying out for a travel team in the spring.   

The House League is in addition to the beginners program, and has an additional fee.  We recommend that you still attend your two beginner sessions each week; making House League your third session for the week. 

The House League sign-up and fee collection will take place on-line in early October.  The program provides an additional hour of ice time per week which is directed towards team oriented and high speed skating skills.  Only those players who have reached the orange, yellow or green color levels may apply.  Please contact Dave Wolfe, House League director @ or 508-788-0024 for further information.

 

Conclusion of Season

Registration for the next season will occur in the spring of each year.  Watch for registration dates and times on the website and bulletin board. 

If your skater is in the yellow or green levels at the end of the year and they fall into the appropriate age groups, your skater should consider trying out for a travel team for the 2018/2019 hockey season.  Travel Team tryouts also occur in the spring (late March/early April) and require you to pre-register your child at www.framinghamyouthhockey.org.   The website will post all tryout times (usually four sessions) and attendance at all our sessions is required, to be evaluated appropriately.  Results from the tryouts are then posted on the website immediately after the final skating session (within hours of conclusion). 

Travel teams usually practice two or three times per week and play games at different arenas depending upon which league the team is affiliated with.  Tuition for travel teams usually ranges from $1,200 - $1,600 per season, a portion of which is paid up front at time of registration, the remainder due before the season starts.  In addition, travel teams may have tournaments that they participate in which may require additional fees and travel.

The 2018/2019 travel team levels will be as follows: 

Mites (2011 and later birth-dates)

Squirts (2008-2009 birth-dates)

Peewee (2006-2007 birth-dates)

Bantams (2004-2005 birth-dates)

 

Please watch the website and bulletin board for tryout information in March/April of each year. 

 

Questions 

If you have any questions, please refer to the contact information at the top of the first page.  In addition, you will find a list of the FYHP Board of Directors on our website at:

www.framinghamyouthhockey.org