Welcome To Spokane youth hockey's Learn to Play Program
Our goal is to teach players the fundamentals and skills needed to play hockey in a fun and engaging way that will develop a passion for the sport. We do this by creating station-based practices that teach those important skills while keeping your player moving and active for the entirety of the session.
When your player graduates from our Learn to Play program they will not only love the sport of hockey, but they will be ready to seamlessly enter our regular season programming for the 21-22 season!
We look forward to seeing your player on the ice! Please let us know if you have questions or concerns!
- Matt Thurston | Assistant Hockey Director
Spokane Youth Hockey
Home of the Spokane Jr. Chiefs!
What To Expect
- Mastery of fundamental skills and the FUN of playing are essential to the development of lifelong interest in hockey.
- Instructors include Spokane Youth Hockey coaches, hockey directors and Lilac City Figure Skating Club skate instructors.
- Each session will include 5-10 minutes of warm-up activities and 40-45 minutes of small-area drills and games (4-6 stations).
- The Learn To Play Program was designed for skaters to learn the basic skills required to play the game of hockey, develop an understanding of basic teamwork through participation in a variety of activities and adapted game situations, have fun while playing hockey and engaging in physical activity, create and refine basic motor skills, be introduced to the concepts of cooperation and fair play.
- Please bring a water bottle labeled with your player's name on it. Due to COVID-19 protocols, water bottles cannot be shared.
- Before Arriving to Class: You will receive an email from TeamSnap to invite you to this Learn to Play session. Please accept this invitation. Please download the TeamSnap application to your phone. This app will be required to complete health checks prior to each Saturday session and will be the main form of communication for/to/with our Learn to Play families.
- On The First Day: When you arrive at Eagles Ice Arena (6321 North Addison), please enter the back doors of the rink (facing Lidgerwood) and check in with our staff at the registration table. Only one parent/guardian per skater please. Your skater will be given a name tag, a jersey, and hockey socks, along with a Welcome Packet. We will have staff onsite to direct you to an area to put on equipment and skates. Skaters will meet on ice and will be briefly evaluated and divided by ability.
- During the first session on Saturday, a mandatory Parent Education/Information will also be provided while players are on ice in the Conference Room above Rink 2 at Eagles Ice Arena (our staff will be onsite to direct parents to the meeting area).
- Masks are required for all skaters and adults at all times. Please see Page 3 for more information on appropriate face coverings. Medical exemptions to the mask requirement (provided from a physician to our staff) will also be accepted. Please email any exemptions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Social distancing protocols must be maintained at all times.
Full hockey gear/equipment (including face coverings) is required. Our sponsor, Play It Again Sports (1808 West Francis Spokane, WA), has hockey gear rental for $39.99 (with the option to purchase at the end of the Learn to Play class/es). They can get you set up with all the hockey equipment you will need for success on the ice!
We recommend dressing in this order: athletic supporter/cup, knee/shin pads, hockey socks, pants, skates, chest pad, elbow pads, jersey, HECC approved helmet, gloves and a stick. We do not advise wearing equipment big enough “to grow into”—proper fitting equipment will ensure your child’s safety, comfort, and ease of movement.
Before the first practice we will have our coaches and staff onsite to help new players/families dress in all their hockey equipment, but in the interest of time, try to come to the rink as dressed in all gear as is possible. Locker rooms are NOT AVAILABLE at this time.
We will spend some time off the ice in full gear teaching kids how to get up, stand in a hockey ready position, bend, touch toes, sit, squat, balance on one leg, etc. It's important that our athletes feel comfortable moving in hockey gear.