RAILERS LEARN TO SKATE & LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY PROGRAMS
The Railers Learn to Skate and Learn to Play programs are a Central Massachusetts premier LTS/LTP organization.
Offering top quality instruction and small grp sizes that follow curriculum's endorsed by Learn to Skate USA, U.S. Figure Skating and USA Hockey.
The Railers Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey provides a fun and safe skating experience for skaters of every age and all levels, teaching correct technique while promoting health and wellness.
START YOUR PATH TO BECOMING A JUNIOR RAILER WITH OUR LEARN TO SKATE/LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY PROGRAMS
Our Basic Skills classes are the foundation for both Learn to Play Hockey and Figure Skating. With curriculum’s designed and endorsed by US Figure Skating and USA Hockey, the Railers LTS/LTP will help your future Railer skate with an Edge.
The Basic Skills levels are developed by Learn to Skate USA and are designed to be the best beginning ice-skating program. This program caters to the need of both the recreational and the competitive skater.
The Railers LTP will introduce skaters to more advanced skating skills and introductory puck-handling techniques. Following USA Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM) our LTP utilizes small area games and small group sizes to reinforce these techniques. Skaters must have completed Snowplow Sam 3, Basic 1 or Hockey 1 to enroll in LTP.
50 minute sessions which are comprised of 25 minutes of instruction, and 25 minutes of practice time.
Classes limited to smaller group sizes.
Pre Registration required.
Warm viewing areas available for parents.
Children must be 4 years old at time of enrollment for learn to skate/learn to play.
Tots program ages 3-5.
Helmet required for basic skills and lower levels, recommended for all. Long pants and gloves recommended for classes.
Full hockey gear (including stick) is required for LTP.
All Learn to Skate/Learn to Play participants must register withLearn to Skate USA and use ELITE EDGE SKATING SCHOOL for program. Membership cards or printout cards should be brought in on the first day of classes. Skaters will not be allowed on the ice without the membership from Learn to Skate USA.
Players with Date of Birth '04, '05', '06, '07 (U14)
Saturday Sept 21st - 7am to 9am @ Auburn
Sunday Sept 22nd - 7pm to 9pm @ Auburn
If evaluators determine that more time is needed to properly evaluate the players, Saturday September 28th will be the next day, times to be announced, otherwise team practices will commence the weekend of Sept 28th/29th
Junior Railers House League is designed to provide players of all abilities with an opportunity to play quality, competitive hockey in a supportive, friendly environment with a level of commitment (both in terms of time and money) which is as manageable as possible. We put an emphasis on developing every child, both as a hockey player and as a young person, over the course of the season. We cherish the fact that our House league coaches and players both compete against each other, yet help and support each other at the same time. We have worked hard to build a hockey league which feels and functions like one big, happy family.
Practices for each team are run on half-ice and follow USA Hockey's American Development Model (ADM) to maximize each player's repetition through the drills and time touching a puck. Games face two House League teams in the same age group against each other on full ice with 2-3 USA Hockey-certified on-ice officials plus a scorekeeper.
Parity & Evaluations
Players undergo evaluations at the start of the season (late August / early September) and are then divided equally per age group based on skill (roughly 12-15 players per team) to ensure parity and competitive play between teams each week.
Typically practices (50 minutes) occur on Saturdays, games on Sundays at local hockey rinks such as Horgan Skating Arena in Auburn, MA or Worcester Ice Center in Worcester, MA, with opportunities to play at other high-profile rinks over the course of the season (see Highlights, below). We try to keep this schedule as consistent as possible for the season, which runs from September through March, however it is subject to change based on enrollment.
Highly consistent schedule at local venues (see Schedule, above) you can count on and plan around
No-checking at all age levels
Opportunities to skate at Warrior Ice Arena (the Boston Bruin's new practice facility)
All players can optionally attend a weekend tournament for House League teams (last season in either Dover, NH or Portland, ME)
Registration is open for players in the following age groups, but players outside of those groups may inquire about obtaining an exception. The actual age-based divisions will be determined by the number of players registered at the start of the season.
Squirts (born 2009 - 2010)
Peewees (born 2007 - 2008)
Bantams (born 2005 - 2006)
For more information about the Junior Railers House League, please contact:
Jeff Pratt, Incoming Vice President, House League (
Brian Lahue, Outgoing Vice President, House League