Learn to Play (LTP)

Thank you for your interest in the Andover Hockey Association's Learn to Play (LTP) program, one of the largest and longest running hockey development programs in New England! The LTP program is designed for children age five and up who have had at least one year of Learn to Skate or a comparable beginner ice skating program. Boys and Girls from Andover and all surrounding towns are welcome to join the action.


Structured around USA Hockey's Long Term Athlete Development Model, players begin to work on the fundamental concepts of hockey as well as balance, hand eye coordination, skills and flexibility. The LTP program develops the players' skating skills, but also incorporates some of the fundamentals of hockey in a fun-filled atmosphere with supervised instruction. We will not only teach your child how to play hockey but to also grow other traits such as perseverance and relationship building. Our mission is to ensure all kids have a positive experience on the ice and develop friendships that last a lifetime. But above all, we strive to ensure all kids are having fun while they're on the ice! Once your child's skates hit the ice we believe they will experience a surreal feeling and instantly be hooked on the game of hockey. 

Full hockey equipment is required for this program - this includes hockey skates, hockey helmet with face mask, hockey gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, shin guards, hockey pants, and a hockey stick.

LTP sessions are held on Saturday and Sunday mornings from October through March. Players have the option to sign up for one or both days, and for one or both sessions. There are no sessions Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years' weekends.

All sessions are held at the world class Phillips Academy Ice Rinks complex on Main Street in Andover, conveniently located minutes from Routes 93 and 495 and steps from plenty of dining and shopping options in downtown Andover.

Last spring I introduced my 5 year old daughter to the game of ice hockey. After a couple of skates she could stand and glide on her own. To me that is the greatest lesson from this program. When you fall you get back up and keep going. Now 6 months later, the best part for me as a parent is seeing her smile after she scores a goal or sitting on the ice laughing and joking with her friends. That is my vision that I want to see every kid and parent feel when they take part in our program.

Due to the popularity of the LTP program, space is limited. If you have a budding hockey player in your family please register today, and please pass along the word to your friends, family, neighbors and classmates who may be interested.

If you have questions (including about borrowing or purchasing equipment) please contact me at the below e-mail address. We can't wait to see you on the ice!

Sincerely,

Shawn Furey 

AHA Initiation Director

Initiation@andoverhockey.org.


Ages

Boys and girls, ages 5 +

When

Fall Session (10 weeks) starts the weekend of October 8/9 and runs through the weekend of December 18/19 Saturday 9:10am, Sundays 8:20am.

No classes Thanksgiving weekend and Christmas/New Year's weekend.

Spring Session (10 weeks) January 7/8 running through March 11/12.


Where

Phillips Academy Ice Rink

254 S. Main St. Andover, MA

Practices

Saturday and Sunday mornings

Cost

1x/week (Sat or Sun) for 1 session (10 weeks) = $150

1x/week (Sat or Sun) for 2 sessions (20 weeks) = $225

2x/week (Sat & Sun) for 1 session (10 weeks) = $225

2x/week (Sat & Sun) for 2 sessions (20 weeks) = $400


2022-2023 LTP SESSION 1

For those kids who've had exposure to skating and now want to learn the fundamentals of hockey. Kids will expand on their skating ability while being introduced to the basics of hockey.

Session I runs from October 8/9 - December 17/18.  Lessons are mornings.

Register

2022-2023 LTP Sessions 1 and 2

For those kids who've had exposure to skating and now want to learn the fundamentals of hockey. Kids will expand on their skating ability while being introduced to the basics of hockey.

Session I runs from October 8/9 - December 17/18. Session 2 runs from January 7/8 - March 11/12. Lessons are mornings.

Register

2022-2023 LTP Session 2

For those kids who've had exposure to skating and now want to learn the fundamentals of hockey. Kids will expand on their skating ability while being introduced to the basics of hockey.

Session 2 runs from January 7/8 - March 11/12.

Register
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