The Natick Comets House League is an instructional program designed to build on hockey skills developed in the Learn to Play (Skills Development) program and to prepare skaters for the Natick Comets Travel Teams. The program runs from January 2 through March 28th on a set, weekly schedule. It allows players of different ages (6 to 12) and abilities to participate in skill development sessions and supervised cross-ice hockey games. The House League program introduces skaters to recreational hockey games while continuing to develop their fundamental hockey skills. The program also exposes the skaters to the position of goalie with plenty of opportunity for every player spend some time in net. (Goalie equipment is provided). Each weekend will include a practice/skills session on Saturday and a game on Sunday. Practices typically include four or more stations developed from USA Hockey, age-appropriate drills. More stations (dependent on coach availability – see below for info) helps limit group sizes and increases time spent skating. For Sunday games, the ice is sectioned off down the center line to allow for two separate games. These small ice games help to maximize puck contact, stimulate quick thinking, and foster teamwork. With four teams per hour, the program limits time on the bench between shifts yielding plenty of ice time for each player.