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The North Stars will offer the following Instructional Progams for the 2013-14 Winter Season (click on either for more information):

Learn-To-Skate - Winter Program 2013-14
Hockey Skills Development/House League - 2013-14

 


North Stars Learn-To-Skate - Winter Program 2013-14
 
Program Overview:
The North Stars Learn-To-Skate Winter Program for the 2013-14 Season will begin on November 2, 2013 and will run through March 29, 2014.  The program will be separated into two sessions; the First Session starting on November 2, 2013, and the Second Session starting on January 25, 2014. All sessions are held once a week on Saturdays from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM at Adelard Arena at Mount St. Charles Academy.  The program is open to boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 12 years old. 
 
Program Objective:
The objective of the program is to teach and develop fundamental skating skills necessary to eventually play the game of hockey. The children will be divided into three groups, each based on skill level, and they will move through the curriculum as their skills improve:

  • Beginner – This group is intended for early skating development. Basic skills will be taught. Backward skating and crossovers will be introduced.
  • Intermediate – Skating skills such as glide turns, several stopping methods, backward skating, edge control, and transitions will be taught.
  • Advanced – Skating skills will be reinforced and basic hockey skating skills will be introduced as basic stick handling, shooting and passing will be provided.
  
Program Cost:
The cost for each 10-Week Session is $100; registration can be completed online prior to the start of each session, or in person after the session starts.  You will be able to register for either or both sessions.  Walk-In registrations will be accepted at any time during the session on a prorated fee schedule.  The North Stars limit the number of participants for each session, so early registration is recommended.
 
 
Program Schedule:
Winter Session #1
 
November December January
2 (Week #1) 7 (Week #6) (Week #9)
9 (Week #2) 14 (Week #7) 11 (Week #10)
16 (Week #3) 21 (Week #8)  
23 (Week #4) 28 (No Ice)  
30 (Week #5)    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Winter Session #2 (No Ice January 18)
January February March
25 (Week #1) 1 (Week #2) (Week #6)
  8 (Week #3) 8 (Week #7)
  15 (Week #4) 15 (Week #8)
  22 (Week #5) 22 (Week #9)
    29 (Week #10)
 
Due to the extremely rigid program-wide ice schedule, any weekly session lost due to inclement weather and/or facility issues will be made up at the discretion of the Board of Directors; no refunds will be issued for any week(s) missed.
 
  
Program Registration:
For insurance purposes, the North Stars require that each participant in the LTS Winter Program have a valid USA Hockey Membership, which can be obtained at www.usahockey.com. There is no membership fee assessed to members 6-years-old and younger.  USA Hockey membership expires annually on August 31, and must be renewed each year that a player participates in a USA Hockey member organization.
 
Starting January 26, 2014, ALL Learn-To-Skate Registrations must be completed at the rink, prior to the start of each session; Registrations for the 2013-14 LTS Program can no longer be completed online.  You must have a print-out of the USA Hockey Number confirmation in order to complete the registration.  Payments must be made in full prior to the skater taking the ice; Cash or Check will be accepted.

  
Equipment Required:
Proper equipment that is correctly fitted is essential in ensuring your child’s safety and enjoyment in the sport of hockey.
Required Equipment Suggested Equipment
Hockey Skates (no double-runners) Elbow Pads
Hockey Helmet with Cage Hockey Pants
Gloves (do not have to be hockey gloves) Shin Pads/Hockey Socks
Neck Guard (Full equipment is acceptable)
 
You can often find complete “Learn-To-Skate” hockey packages at local sporting goods stores and hockey shops, some locations offer packages that include bags, gloves and pants.  Please keep in mind that the North Stars travel teams require a white helmet and royal blue hockey pants; if considering North Stars travel hockey as an option for the future, you may want to select those colors when purchasing.
 
The North Stars recommends one of the many fine hockey retailers in the area: 
 
Manny’s Sports   Ray’s Ultimate Hockey
1700 Mendon Road   115 Pleasant View Ave
Cumberland, RI  02864   Smithfield, RI 02917
(401) 721-5990   (401) 231-1995
     
2nd Time Around Sports (Used/New)   Pure Hockey
328 Atwood Ave   Locations in Franklin, MA
Cranston, RI 02920   And Warwick, RI
(401) 944-9380   www.purehockey.com
 
 
The North Stars organization has a limited amount of equipment available to lend to players for their use, which will be available on a first come- first served basis.
 
 
On-Ice Assistance:
Parents are welcome to assist on the ice under the following conditions:
  • Must have permission from the Instructional Director, or Hockey Director.
  • Must have a valid USA Hockey Number, and will be encouraged to complete the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program, Level 1. (http://www.usahockey.com/coaches for more information)
  • Must work with a group of players, not only their own child.
  • Must wear a hockey helmet at all times while on the ice.

 
If you have any questions related to the Learn to Skate program, please contact our Instructional Director,
Greg Smolan at greg.smolan@woonsocketnorthstars.org


 



Hockey Skills Development/House League 2013-14
         
Program Overview:
The Hockey Skills Development/House League program for the 2013-14 season will start on Saturday, November 2nd and will run through March 29, 2014. The skills development sessions are held Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 PM, until game play begins. Once North Stars Hockey League (NSHL) games start in December, skills development sessions continue on Saturdays at 12:30 PM and games take place on Sundays between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM.  The game schedules are posted in late November; All NSHL games are half-ice format, and are played at Adelard Arena at Mount St. Charles.

Program Objective:
The objective of the program is to teach and develop fundamental skating skills, stick handling skills and an understanding of the game through skills sessions and half-ice games.

Program Specifics:
For those not choosing to play on a travel team, the Hockey Skills Development is the next step after Learn-To-Skate to further ones hockey skills.  There are many North Stars members who choose to take part annually only in Hockey Skills Development / House League, rather than choosing the travel team route.

 
Program Cost:
The cost for 2013-14 season is $475; registration can be completed at www.woonsocketnorthstars.org.
 
Program Schedule:
 
November December January February March
2 (Week #1) 7 (Week #6) (Week #9) 1 (Week #12) (Week #16)
9 (Week #2) 14 (Week #7) 11 (Week #10) 8 (Week #13) 8 (Week #17)
16 (Week #3) 21 (Week #8) 18 (No Ice) 15 (Week #14) 15 (Week #18)
23 (Week #4) 28 (No Ice) 25 (Week #11) 22 (Week #15) 22 (Week #19)
30 (Week #5)       29 (Week #20)
 






Due to the extremely rigid program-wide ice schedule, any weekly session lost due to inclement weather and/or facility issues will be made up at the discretion of the Board of Directors; no refunds will be issued for any week(s) missed.
 
Program Registration:
For insurance purposes, the North Stars require that each participant in the Hockey Skills Development/House League Program have a valid USA Hockey Membership, which can be obtained at www.usahockey.com. There is no membership fee assessed to members 6-years-old and younger.  USA Hockey membership expires annually on August 31, and must be renewed each year that a player participates in a USA Hockey member organization.
 
Registration for the North Stars Hockey Skills Development/House League program can be completed online at www.woonsocketnorthstars.org.  Your valid USA Hockey Number must be entered into the North Stars registration system in order to complete registration.
 
Payments may be made online using a Credit or Debit Card.  Payment by check can be mailed to: WNS, PO Box 965, Woonsocket, RI 02895, or dropped off to the payment box located in the Adelard Arena lobby.
 
 
Equipment Required:
Proper equipment that is correctly fitted is essential in ensuring your child’s safety and enjoyment in the sport of hockey.
Required Equipment
Hockey Skates (no double-runners) Hockey Gloves
Hockey Helmet with Cage Athletic Protector
Hockey Pants Neck Guard
Shoulder Pads Mouth Guard
Elbow Pads Hockey Socks
Shin Pads Hockey Stick
 
You can often find complete hockey packages at local sporting goods stores and hockey shops, some locations even offer packages that include bags, gloves and pants.  Please keep in mind that the North Stars travel teams require a white helmet and royal blue hockey pants; if North Stars travel hockey is an option for the future, you may want to select those colors when purchasing.
 
The North Stars recommends one of the many fine hockey retailers in the area:
 
Manny’s Sports   Ray’s Ultimate Hockey
1700 Mendon Road   115 Pleasant View Ave
Cumberland, RI  02864   Smithfield, RI 02917
(401) 721-5990   (401) 231-1995
     
2nd Time Around Sports (Used/New)   Pure Hockey
328 Atwood Ave   Locations in Franklin, MA
Cranston, RI 02920   And Warwick, RI
(401) 944-9380   www.purehockey.com
 
 
The North Stars organization has a limited amount of equipment available to lend to players for their use, which will be available on a first come- first served basis.


On-Ice Assistance:
Parents are welcome to assist on the ice under the following conditions:
  • Must have permission from the Instructional Director, or Hockey Director.
  • Must have a valid USA Hockey Number, and will be encouraged to complete the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program, Level 1. (http://www.usahockey.com/coaches for more information)
  • Must work with a group of players, not only their own child.
  • Must wear a hockey helmet at all times while on the ice.
 


Please refer to the below document for frequently asked questions on our Learn to Play Hockey program: Learn to Play FAQ

For questions related to the Hockey Skills Development/House League program, please contact Mike Darveau at mike.Darveau@woonsocketnorthstars.org


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