The Natick Comets hockey program was established in 1952 and has been providing a positive youth hockey, learning, social, and sportsmanship experience for Comets participants for 64 years.

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2019-2020 LEARN TO PLAY PROGRAM COACHES NEEDED
 
The Natick Comets are in need of additional coaches for the Learn To Play program.  We encourage parents to join their players on the ice--even if you didn't play organized hockey.  This is a great beginning step to prepare for coaching your child on a travel team and give you a chance to see if you enjoy coaching---AND it's a GREAT WAY to spend time with your player on the ice.  Coaches will run drills, offer encouragement, and generally foster FUN for the beginning players.  All Coaches will get a Coaches jersey.  Please contact Nick Connolly if you are interested in coaching at 
 
 
Coaching Requirements
 
Coaches need to obtain their own USA Hockey number from the USA Hockey web site http://www.usahockey.com  The cost will be reimbursed by the Comets.  You will also need to pass a background check here: https://www.mahockey.org/backgroundscreening
 
Lastly you will need to take the Safesport Course here: https://www.usahockey.com/safesporttraining
 
 
Complete ALL the Safesport modules and send your USA Hockey number, email acknowledging you passed your background check and Safesport Certifcate to Nick Connolly at    
 
 
 
 
2019-2020 LEARN TO PLAY PROGRAM (FORMERLY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT) (These Dates will be updated ASAP)
 

Welcome to the Comets Learn To Play program information section. We will introduce your children, as young as the age of 4, to the game of ice hockey with an emphasis on safety, fun, and sportsmanship. First time skaters are welcome. Our goal is to teach a new skater how to skate and then introduce them to the game of hockey. For experienced skaters, we will focus on improving their skills, including sportsmanship. 

There will be only two skill level groups on ice for both the 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM start times.  Based on attendance levels the Natick Comets may merge the 1:00 PM group into the 12:00 group in sessions 2 and 3. 

Our sessions are dedicated to a fun, non-competitive environment every Saturday and Sunday. Our non-competitive evaluations and placement will take place within the first couple of weekends of each session. We will monitor all skaters throughout each session, encouraging progression every weekend.

This Learn To Play program provides first-time, progressing and advanced young skaters the opportunity to learn and practice fundamental hockey skills in a fun, noncompetitive environment. Participants will progress at their own pace through various levels of the program. First-time skaters will focus on fundamentals including balance, posture, and stride. Progressing skaters will practice edge work, crossovers, and stopping. Advanced skaters will be introduced to puck handling, passing, and shooting, in order to prepare for Comets House League and travel team hockey.

All skaters will participate in a variety of skating drills and games designed to improve their skating ability. Cross-ice pickup games will also be held periodically. The Learn To Play program is available in 3 separate sessions throughout the hockey season. We recommended that skaters attend all 3 sessions for maximum development. We specifically encourage first-time skaters to attend at least 3 sessions if they plan on trying out for the house league or travel team programs the following year. 

Learn To Play participants must be at least 4 years old at the session commencement date and must be able to work on his/her own in a large group setting.  Session 1 is a great warm-up for those skaters moving into our House League program.

Directors of Learn To Play:  Co-Directors Mark Dangelo and Nick Connolly 

 

LEARN TO PLAY INFORMATION AND SCHEDULE - 2019/2020 SEASON 

 
Session 1 Only September 14- November 10- $160
Session 2 Only November 16January 26 - $160
Session 3 Only February 1- April 5 - $160
Sessions 1 & 2 September 14 - January 26 - $265
Sessions 1 & 3 September 14 - November 10 AND February 1 - April 5 - $265
Sessions 2 & 3 November 16 - January 26 AND February 1 - April 5 - $265
All 3 Sessions September 14 - April 5 - $370

Weekly Learn To Play sessions per the dates above are Saturday and Sunday and are 50 minutes in length. Please note Learn to Play fees are non-refundable.

Group 1 (skaters age 6 and under) at 12:00 - 12:50 PM; and Group 2 (skaters age 7 and over) at 1:00 - 1:50 PMFurther group assignments based on age, size, and skating ability, will be made after the first session. Based on attendance levels the Natick Comets may merge the 1:00 PM group into the 12:00 group in sessions 2 and 3.


IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT LEARN TO PLAY SESSION EXCEPTIONS

There are no Learn to play sessions on the following dates due to competing Comets’ ice requirements:

December 7 and 8, 2019

Saturday, January  18 and  Sunday January 19, 2020
Saturday, March 14 and  Sunday March 15, 2020

IMPORTANT: Skaters are required to wear hockey gloves, elbow pads, shoulder pads, athletic cup/pelvic protector, shin pads, hockey pants, and helmet with cage or face shield and a mouthguard. Figure skates are not allowed. Players must also have a hockey stick.  A neck guard is optional but highly recommended. Players that do not have all required equipment will not be allowed on the ice.