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Learn to Play

The Learn to Play program is designed to introduce beginner hockey players to the skills and FUNdamentals of hockey. SRIYHA follows the American Developmental Model (ADM) designed by USA Hockey.

The ADM is USA Hockey’s nationwide player-development program for youth hockey associations. It’s based on age-appropriate and age-specific competition and training for boys and girls, beginning with their first steps onto the ice and carrying them through age 18 and beyond. The ADM places a heightened emphasis on skill development and long-term athlete development principles, providing a blueprint for the best possible youth hockey experience.

Put simply, it’s doing what’s best for kids.

Our house league is a great place for the beginner hockey player to learn to skate, learn the fundamentals of ice hockey and make new friendships likely to last a lifetime! For kids who have never skated before, have shown an interest in hockey, or even late bloomers and skaters with only a little experience but eager to learn more, we have a program suitable for kids ages 4 and up!

Our Learn to Play Program has two practice ice sessions per week on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons and typically runs October through March. We adhere to the American Developmental Model for age appropriate instruction and emphasize fun for the new player!

Learn to Play skaters will participate in station-based practices, small-area games and cross-ice competition to deliver more repetitions, more puck touches and more skill development per hour of ice time. Learn to Play skaters will enjoy the game of hockey as the work on their FUNdamentals in drills focused on balance, puck handling, shooting and edgework.

If you have just moved to the area and missed the start of the season, no worries! We can work with players being added at pretty much any point in the year, so don't hesitate to reach out to the registrar.
We would love to have your family join us! Email questions to Emily, our house director!

Required equipment:

  • Helmet
  • Skates
  • Gloves
  • Shin pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Chest pad
  • Hockey pants
  • Stick