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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2018-2019 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 download a CORI form http://files.leagueathletics.com/Images/Club/7210/Documents/Mass_CORI_Form.pdf  The CORI form can be dropped off in the Comets mailbox at the rink.  Once you complete these two steps please email Nick Connolly   for additional information.
 
Student Coach Policy
 
For the 2018-2019 season the Comets welcome High School aged players to assist in coaching.  There will be no coaches below the High School level permitted at ANY TIME.  Please download the USA Hockey Student Coach form and email it to Nick Connolly 
 
 
 
2018-2019 LEARN TO PLAY PROGRAM (FORMERLY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT)
 

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 - 2018/19 SEASON 

 
Skills Session 1 Only September 15 - November 4 - $150
Skills Session 2 Only November 10 - January 20 - $150
Skills Session 3 Only January 26 - March 24 - $150
Skills Sessions 1 & 2 September 15 - January 20 - $250
Skills Sessions 1 & 3 September 15 - November 4 AND January 26 - March 24 - $250
Skills Sessions 2 & 3 November 10 - January 20 AND January 26 - March 24 - $250
All 3 Skills Sessions September 15 - March 24 - $350

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 2018-2019 season Learn To Play sessions on the following dates: 

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Saturday, March 9
, 2019
Sunday, March 10, 2019

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.