Calling All Beginners Program Skaters!
The 2016-2017 Hockey season has arrived!
For skaters with the last name beginning with letters A-L, please arrive to the rink on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH between 10 AM and 11 AM to check-in, obtain your jersey and helmet sticker *. The registrar table will be located at the rear exit of Loring Arena, closest to the ball field (bus side). Skaters will take to the ice at 11:00 AM.
For skaters with the last name beginning with letters M-Z, please arrive to the rink on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH between 11 AM and NOON to check-in, obtain your jersey and helmet sticker *. The registrar table will be located at the rear exit of Loring Arena, closest to the ball field (bus side). Skaters will take to the ice at 12:00 PM.
If you are unable to make any of these sessions, please contact Asst. Registrar Christy Patriarca at
or 508-405-1577, prior to entering the ice.
When you arrive to the rink, you can expect:
To be checked in, receive a helmet sticker for your skater (placed on the top of their helmet).This enables the coaches on ice to call them by name.
They will receive a FYHP practice jersey.We recommend you place your last name on the back of the shirt.
You will be directed to a locker room where your skater can dress.Many skaters prefer to come mostly dressed and just put their skates on at the rink – it can get a bit crowded at times!
The session runs for 50 minutes.
Please ensure your skater is wearing all required equipment each time they take the ice, including:
HECC approved helmet with face mask, elbow and shin pads, hockey jock or jill, hockey pants, hockey Socks, Hockey gloves, shoulder pads, hockey skates (make sure they’re sharpened!)
Please read through the following items carefully…
If you have not already paid, please be sure to mail payment to FYHP at PO Box2391, Framingham, MA 01703.
Please ensure your skater has been registered with USA Hockey and you have updated your FYHP account to reflect the nine-digit, five letter confirmation code.Note – the fourth digit of your code should be a “5” – if it’s a “4” your number is from last season and you must renew for the ’14-’15 season.Children age 6 and younger are free.Older skaters are $40 and this is in addition to the cost of registration.Skaters are not able to take the ice until this has been completed and their accounts are updated.
As mentioned previously a mandatory parent’s information session will be held onSeptember 2nd and 8th.Please plan to have at least one parent/guardian attend a session.
Want to coach?If you are interested, please complete the Beginner Coaches Application form available in the Beginners Document Section.Note:when returning your CORI form, you must include a copy of your valid driver’s license at time of submittal.Questions about requirements for coaching can be directed to Coach Dave Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-788-0024.
Want to volunteer?We would love to have you.We will be looking for parent volunteers to assist with monthly games, communications, and other special events.Please contact Christy Patriarca at email@example.com or 508-405-1577.
There will be five beginner skating sessions each week. Each skater in the beginner program is allowed to attend two sessions each week. The fifth day can be used as a make up session or an additional hour of ice for your player. The fifth day schedule is still being determined. Schedules are printed and available at the rear entrance of Loring Arena on/around the Beginners Bulletin Board (next to trophy case). Please check the schedules for the recommended times you should attend. Beginner skating sessions are typically held every week at the following times:
Friday at 6:50 PM
Saturday @ 11:00 AM
Sunday @ Noon
Monday at 5:50 PM
Please check the published schedule on the bulletin board at the rink for occasional time changes and “Games day” schedules.
We strongly encourage you attend two sessions per week to enable your skater to progress during the season.
After a period of watching and evaluating skaters, they will be placed into four color groups based on their proficiency. To easily identify a skater with their skill level, colors have been assigned to each level. The red group is for novice skaters with no or limited skating ability. From there they move to orange, yellow and green. Each skater will be provided with a color sticker for their helmet which indicates which group they have been assigned. Evaluation of skaters is ongoing and we have two coaches assigned with evaluating a skater’s readiness to move to the next level. There are over 150 skaters in the program so please be patient – every skater will be evaluated during the season. To assist us in making the evaluation process proceed in a timely and efficient manner, we are asking players attend the following session over the first few weeks of the season:
Saturday, 9/13 11:00 AM Skaters with Last Name A-L
Sunday, 9/14 Noon Skaters with Last Name M-Z
Monday, 9/15 5:50 PM Skaters with Last Name A-L
Friday, 9/19 7:00 PM Skaters with Last Name M-Z
Saturday, 9/20 11:00 AM Skaters with Last Name A-L
Sunday, 9/21 Noon Skaters with Last Name M-Z
Monday, 9/22 5:50 PM Skaters with Last Name A-L
Friday, 9/26 7:00 PM Skaters with Last Name M-Z
Saturday, 9/27 11:00 AM Skaters with Last Name A-L
Sunday, 9/28 Noon Skaters with Last Name M-Z
At some time after 9/29 the schedule will change from alphabetical to Color groups. Please watch the bulletin board at the rink for this scheduling change.
If you have any questions relating to the off-ice aspects of the program (registration, practices, etc.), or if you have questions relating to on-ice aspects of the program (volunteering for coaching, skater evaluation, skill milestones, etc.), please contact Christy Patriarca at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-405-1577 or Coach Dave Wolfe at email@example.com or 508-788-0024