NYHA In-house Overview - 2019/20
The goal of the NYHA In-house program is to create a fun environment for younger and less experienced players to develop their skating and hockey skills.
Players of ALL abilities are welcome and encouraged to play, including older players who are new to hockey. Players are grouped based on a combination of age, size and skill level.
In-house levels (excluding LTS) typically follow the USA Hockey/American Development Model (ADM) with an approximate ratio of 3:1 practice time to game time.
LTP games are played x-ice and against other NYHA teams within each level.
IHM plays in the Matt Brown League, a developmental league with teams from Hyde Park, Needham, Norwood, and Westwood. Games are played full-ice on Friday nights beginning in early November.
LTS does not play games.
Teams are coached by parent volunteers. In addition, most Saturday practices for LTP and IHM are led by professional coaches from Pro Ambitions Hockey, Inc.
A description of each In-house level is provided below. The program is designed to provide flexibility for players to move up or down a level during the season based on how they are progressing.
All players who register receive a NYH jersey with a number.
Practices and games are either 55 or 60 minutes and most are held at St. Sebastian's rink in Needham. IHM Majors games are played at Bajko Rink in Hyde Park.
If you have questions, or are interested in coaching/volunteering, please contact Bryan McGinn and Mike Tobin at
Learn to Skate (LTS)
Typical age range 3-8 years old (exceptions can be made for first-time players)
No prior skating experience required
One practice weekly
Focus exclusively on skating
Schedule: Saturday mornings at 11:20 AM beginning on 11/3 and running through the end of February.
Learn to Play (LTP 1 & 2)
Typical age range 4-8 years old
Must complete NYH LTS or other equivalent LTS program
Continued focus on skating with introduction to hockey skills
Players are evaluated during the first few weeks of the season to and split into LTP1 (more beginner) and LTP2 (more advanced)
Teams are assembled and balanced based on age and skill
Schedule: Saturdays at 8:05 AM and 9:10 AM and Sundays at 10:45 AM and 11:55 AM beginning on 10/20 and running through early March.
In-house Majors (IHM)
Typical age range 9-12 years old
Continued focus on skating with more emphasis on hockey skills and game scenarios
Team(s) will compete in the Matt Brown League
All skill levels are welcome including players new to hockey
Schedule posted on team page.
**Schedule subject to change some weekends based on ice availability**
Equipment list (in dress order):