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Come Play Youth Hockey

Come Play Youth Hockey

More than a Game
Hockey develops skills on the ice that build a foundation for a lifetime. In addition to athletic prowess, hockey promotes confidence, pride, focus and responsibility. With an emphasis on fun, hockey is a game to be played and enjoyed for life.

Life-long Friendships
Starting with the bonds created in the locker room to the relationships formed on ice, hockey creates life-long friendships. This camaraderie shared on and off the ice encourages teamwork and the natural development of leadership skills.

Set Up for Success
From learning to balance school, responsibilities at home, time at the rink and playing with friends, hockey encourages kids to learn time management skills that will later serve them in all facets of life. Hockey’s unique source of physical fitness promotes healthy living.

Hockey is Fun
The thrill of carrying the puck up the ice on a breakaway, the exhilaration of scoring your first goal or making that amazing save is possible due to the encouraging environment hockey provides to try new things and grow as a hockey player and person.

FAQ

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions related to playing hockey. If you have any additional questions, please send them to comeplayyouthhockey@usahockey.org.

As part of the American Development Model, USA Hockey recommends younger players limit their ice time while maximizing fun and developing their overall athletic skills.   

Contact Us:

Phone: (719) 538-1124 Email: comeplayyouthhockey@usahockey.org.

Getting Started

Getting into the game is an exciting adventure from finding a rink in your neighborhood to selecting properly fitted equipment and going to the rink for the first time. Here is an easy checklist on how to get started with hockey.

  • To Find Hockey Near You, please contact us at (719) 538-1124 or email comeplayyouthhockey@usahockey.org.
  • Once you have located a rink or association in your neighborhood, contact them to see if they are offering any opportunities to try hockey. If they do not offer a test drive for hockey, inquire about learn-to-play or learn-to-skate programs.
  • Some rinks offer rental/lender equipment sets. Ask regarding availability before purchasing equipment.
  • Last, but not least, have Fun! 

Ways to Start Playing

Learn-to-Skate program helps young skaters to become more confident on their skates before introducing a hockey stick and puck to the lessons.

Learn-to-Play program focuses on skating skills, but also teaches the basic skills of stickhandling, shooting and passing.

An age 8 & under or Mite program is usually offered by the local youth hockey association and should include a level of play geared to entry-level kids.

Kids get started in youth hockey in different programs depending upon what’s offered in your community.

Equipment & How to Dress Your Youth Hockey Player

Three Promises of Youth Hockey

As a parent, you understand it is important for your child to get the most out of participating in youth sports. To ensure your child has an enjoyable experience, youth hockey aims to deliver the “Three Promises:”

1. PROMISE OF FUN

The thrill of carrying the puck up the ice, the exhilaration of scoring their first goal or the camaraderie of skating with friends is possible due to the fun and encouraging environment youth hockey provides to try new things and grow as a person.

2. PROMISE OF GUIDANCE

Youth hockey is unique because a new player must start from the very basics of essentially learning to walk again. Your local youth hockey program has instructors that are able to teach the sometimes challenging skills of ice hockey in a fun, engaging manner.

3. PROMISE OF ACHIEVEMENT

You will be amazed at the progress your child will make in a short amount of time. Both you and your child will walk away from the rink each day, excited about all the new things that your young hockey player has started to learn on the ice.

The Game