The disruptions and abnormalities continue leaving Center State Youth Hockey’s Learn to Play program on hold. We’d love to say “on hold until further notice” but we have no idea when we’ll be able to take the ice at our home rink, The Ice Plex at SUNY Morrisville. SUNY Morrisville, as all other public and private schools, colleges and universities, have strictly restricted campus activities to students, faculty and staff…..No outside entities. This leaves CSYHA without a home rink. Our teams comprised of older players have been able to secure practice ice at other rinks in the regions (Utica, Whitestown, Lysander, etc). While we are very thankful to have found ice, it comes at great expense in terms of increased cost for ice rental compared to our rates at the Ice Plex and significantly greater time commitments for the families. The CSYHA board does not feel it is realistic to conduct a Learn To Play program at a rink 30-60 minutes away from our home rink for a 45 minute LTP session. Most of the participants are 4-6 years old, so increasing the length of practice actually becomes counterproductive.
CSYHA and SUNY Morrisville are aligned with safety being the highest priority. The entire CSYHA family and the board of directors remain hopeful we’ll be allowed to return to the Ice Plex for some of the 2020-21 season when it is safe to do so. When this will happen remains unknown.
We are hopeful for a good old fashioned upstate NY winter so we utilize some of the outdoor rinks in our various communities. If mother nature cooperates (and we are not restricted by any of the municipalities) CSYHA will host some free Learn to Play sessions. Obviously way too many variables to make any firm plans but stay tuned for details.
If there is way to conduct a LTP program for any part of the 20-21 season, CSYHA will find a way to do it. We’ll share information as soon as it become available.
If you have any questions, concerns or would like further discussion, please feel free to contact our LTP coordinator, Jim Frazee (cell: 315-440-2745 or firstname.lastname@example.org
See you at the Rink! (someday).