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NYHA In-house Overview - 2018/19

NYHA's In-house group is an instructional program open to boys and girls ages 3-12 who are not eligible or do not participate in Travel or Development. Players are grouped based on age, experience and skill. All abilities are welcome and encouraged to play, including older players who are new to hockey.


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. Most games are played against other NYHA teams within each level. Additional scrimmages against other local In-house teams may also be added during the season. Typically LTP games are x-ice and IHM are full ice. 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. 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.


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

  • No sticks. Full pads

  • Cost: TDB


Schedule: Saturday mornings only November through 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 determine teams

  • Teams are assembled and balanced based on age and skill

  • Cost: TBD


Schedule: Saturday and Sunday mid-October through mid-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

  • Players will be evaluated during the first few weeks of the season to determine teams

  • Teams will be assembled and balanced based on age and skill

  • Teams will compete in a recreational full ice league against other IHM teams

  • All skill levels are welcome including players new to hockey

  • Cost: TBD


Schedule: Friday night, Saturday and Sunday mid-September through mid-March.


**Schedule subject to change some weekends based on ice availability**

Equipment list (in dress order):

  • Jock/Jill

  • Shin pads

  • Hockey socks

  • Pants

  • Skates

  • Shoulder pads

  • Elbow pads

  • Jersey (one will be provided)

  • Neck guard

  • Mouth guard

  • Helmet with cage

  • Gloves

  • Stick (excluding LTS)