AHA Initiation Program Information
Registration for the 2017-2018 AHA Initiation Season is Open
The season will go from mid-October until March. A half-season Gold session runs from the end of December until March.
The AHA Initiation Program focuses on skating and skill development in an environment where having fun is of primary importance.
The AHA Initiation Program is broken into two levels, Gold Initiation and Blue Initiation. Each level is open to boys and girls.
Initiation Gold (Learn to Play for both boys and girls)
The Initiation Gold Program is Andover's Premier Learn to Skate Progream. The program is based on USA Hockey's "Long Term Development Model" designed to teach kids the fundamental skills of skating while playing fun, interactive games. We offer both full year and half yearly sessions skating two, one hour sessions durning the weekends. All sessions are held at Phillips Academy.
Blue Initiation (Cross-ice games for boys and girls)
Initiation Blue is our Graduate program form Initiation Gold. This program is best suited for athletes who have finished two years of learn to skate in our Initiation Gold Program. Here athletes will transition to a "learn to play" atmosphere. Still structured around USA Hockey's "Long Term Athlete Development Model", players begin to work on the concepts of hockey as well as balance, hand eye coordination, skills and flexibility. This program runs all season, skating two, one hour sessions on the weekends. All sessions are held at Phillips Academy.
Please note that your child could be moved to a different level based on their ability as determined by the coaching staff. If parents of current skaters need help placing their children, please talk to your child’s coach, or contact Matt McLaughlin at
* All players are required to wear full hockey equipment, including a USA Hockey approved helmet. No bicycle or ski helmets will be allowed on the ice.