This season, Starhawks is offering two initiatives aimed at providing goalie specific practice and instruction.
Stop It! Goaltending Clinics - As in years past Starhawks will provide one session of Stop It! goaltending clinic instruction to each level on alternating weeks. Beginning on Wednesday, October 28th 4 Mite (7pm) and 4 Squirt (8pm) goaltenders can attend the clinic at NESC Rink 7 (the mini-rink). The following week 4 Peewee (7pm) and 4 Bantam (8pm) goalies can attend the clinic, and we will continue to alternate weeks for the entire 8 week session. Stop It! usually offers a discounted rate to any goalies who wish to continue on to the next session.
*New* Starhawks Goalie Practice - New this season, Starhawks will have a goalie specific practice every Thursday at 5:10pm at Northstar. The goalie practices will be run by Starhawks Goalie Coach Ed Stanton and offer a full practice specifically designed with drills for goalies. Mr. Stanton is a lifelong goaltender who grew up locally, attended Hopkinton High School, and continues to play goal in several competitive adult leagues in the area. Mr. Stanton has been an instructor at local goalie camps, most recently with the MA Hockey League goalie program in Bedford with Charles “Three” Bollinger and Mike Soucey. He is very excited about the opportunity to work with Mites and Squirts trying out the goalie position and permanent goalies looking to refine their skills at the Peewee and Bantam level. Goalie practices start October 15th.
We are confident these additional offerings will provide a strong foundation for developing goaltenders within our program. Please direct any questions to Steve Tomczak, Hockey Director () or Craig Jennings, President ().
Come experience your child's first steps all over again! Starhawks Youth Hockey is proud to join USA Hockey in providing a free introductory experience for children to try hockey in a fun-filled environment. We look forward to seeing you at the rink!
· Equipment: For more information on equipment and how to dress your player, please visit our Equipment Page. A limited amount of loaner equipment will be available on a first-come first-serve basis the day of the event.
This Program focuses on early-level hockey skills and skating for players between 4 and 12 years old.
No prior hockey experience is required to participate in this no pressure learn to love hockey experience. We do recommend some level of skating proficiency (get up, start, glide, stop and turn). For brand new skaters we recommend participating in one of the Learn to Skate offerings- See the Learn to Skate webpage for more information about these Programs.
House League Details:
When: Saturdays @ 12:30pm from November 14th through April.
Where: Northstar Ice Sports Center, 15 Bridle Lane, Westborough, MA
Cost: Sign up for the full 22-week season ($220) or by session (Session 1 Nov-Jan 8-weeks $80; Session 2 Jan-Mar 8-weeks $80; Session 3 Mar-Apr 6-weeks $60)
USA Hockey registration: All players are required to register with USA Hockey to participate in our Learn-To-Play-Hockey program. Registration is free for children born in 2009 or younger. Registration for players born in 2008 or older is $48. Register at www.usahockeyregistration.com, then forward your email confirmation to Ed Vorce, Starhawks Registrar at email@example.com.
NOTE: Last year participants in the November Try Hockey For Free Day were given free USA Hockey registration. We cannot confirm whether this will happen again this year, but you may wish to hold off on registering at USA Hockey until after Try Hockey For Free Day on 11/7/15 if you will be participating.
Instructors: Your player will receive instruction from Starhawks coaches and High School players who all have hockey experience.
Equipment: Full equipment is required and some will be available to borrow at the rink. For more information on equipment needed and how to dress your player, please visit our Equipment Page.
How: Please visit our On-Line Registration webpage to sign up for the House League in either two options: each session at a time or one 22-week session.
The House League Program is spilt into three sections: 1) Beginners (skaters with starter skating experience); 2) Intermediate (skaters with at least one year of skating experience); 3) Advanced (skaters evaluated to have higher level skating experience). Our goal is to have the players at the best level for their skating and hockey development, so a player evaluation will be performed on the player's first time on the ice.
We will follow the USA Hockey American Development Model guidelines and have several stations for skills & skating development followed by small games. Fun will be stressed as the players develop their skating and hockey skills. USA Hockey has a great wepage for new hockey families, just click here.