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Learn To Skate

2018 WINTER $120-$160
Sun (Tots): 11/18-1/6 (8a or 8:25a)
Sun (Youth): 11/18-1/6 (8a)
Wed (Tots): 11/14-1/9 (10a or 10:25a)
Thurs (Tots): 11/15-1/10 (10a or 10:25a)
No Sessions: 11/22, 11/25, 11/26, 12/27

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Learn To Skate

The first step to playing hockey is learning to skate! This program offered at the Rodman Arena is a beginners ice skating program for students who have not yet mastered their skating skills. It is designed to prepare skaters who wish to pursue hockey.

Program Details

  • All skaters are required to wear a helmet (HECC certified hockey or bike helmet)
  • Warm clothing: mittens, water repellant pants and jacket or snowsuit
  • Skaters must also have their own ice skates. Hockey or Figure (No double runners)
  • No Hockey Gear Allowed in this program. Gear will be part of the Learn to Play Hockey program once the has successfully passed their Learn to Skate program.
  • Youth (Ages 6+): 40 min group lesson w/ 10 min supervised free time to practice
  • Tots (Ages 3-5): 25 min lessons



Learn To Play

2018 WINTER $240
Thurs: 11/29-2/28 (12 weeks) (6:00p)
No Session: 12/27, 2/21

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Learn To Play Hockey

Our Learn to Play sessions in Walpole, MA (Rodman Arena) are designed for first time hockey players. These sessions are the perfect place to start young hockey players. Players will be separated into groups based upon their age, size, previous hockey training (if any) and present abilities.

We'll focus on stops, starts, crossovers, backwards skating, stickhandling and shooting.

Our instructors establish an enjoyable learning environment which makes it easy and fun to introduce young skaters to the game of hockey. Through applied demonstrations and positive reinforcement, our programs will allow your son or daughter to improve his or her abilities as well as build character. All while having a great time!



Little Engines

2018-19 Season $695
September - February
Skills: Thursday 5:00p
Games: Sunday 9:00a

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Little Engines Cross-Ice Program

Our Little Engines Cross-Ice program is the next step for players who have mastered the basics of Learn to Skate. Our Cross-Ice program consists of both a Thursday night Learn to Play Hockey skills session and a Sunday morning cross-ice hockey game. This program is for players with a bit of Learn to Play Hockey experience and will put the players in their first cross-ice games.

Skills sessions are ADM compliant station-based skills run by our professional coaches from the RB Hockey school. Little Engines players participate in skills with their teammates. Skills are fun yet challenging while teaching our young players the basics of skating, edgework, puck handling and game situational work. Girls participate in skills along with our Walpole Express girls U8 teams. Boys participate with our boys MDL teams.

Cross-ice games are played with blue pucks, 4v4 with mini-nets (no goalies) as recommended by USA Hockey at this age group. For more information on USA Hockey's American Development Model, click here. Participants in our cross-ice program play a cross-ice game weekly on Sunday mornings.



Mite Development League

2017-18 Season $1495
September - February
Skills: Tues 5:10p, Thurs 5:00p
Games: Sunday 9:00a

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Mite Development League

The Mite Development League (MDL) is Rodman Arena's introductory hockey league for novice players. It is NOT a learn to play program (please see Learn to Skate and Little Engines programs above for that).

This program develops players ages 5-8. We teach fundamental hockey skills and game awarenress. Games are half-ice games played on our Olympic sized ice surface with hard dividers. These are not cross-ice games; they are real games with refs, a scorekeeper and coaches on the bench not on the ice. The 4v4 format with goalies provides non-stop action, lots of touches and plenty of goal scoring. The MDL follows the guidelines established by USA Hockey's American Development Model (ADM).

The fall program puts players in two skills sessions and one game per week while our spring program features one skills session and one game per week.



Express Mite League

2018-19 Season $695
September - February
Practice: Mon 5:10p, Sat 8:00a
Wed 5:10p
Games: Sunday 10:00a

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Express Mite League

Our in-house Mite league is comprised of 4 to 6 teams, made up of players from our Spring tryouts. This league features a weekly 4v4 half ice game allowing for players to get more touches of the puck and always be involved in the play. Players will participate in 2 practices and 1 skills session each week. Players will receive a game jersey, practice jersey, and socks.

While teams are primarily made up of players from our spring tryouts, you can still sign up here.

We also host a full season Mite travel team at the Premier level. Tryouts are held each Spring.