CSYHA offers two session of Learn to Play. Session 1 runs Mid-October though Late December and session 2 runs early January through early March.
Registration for both sessions of Learn to Play typically opens around Labor Day and is performed online. Discounts are given for those of register for both sessions, if you register for only one to try it and want to continue the discount can still be applied.
LTP sessions are usually Forty-five minutes in duration both Saturday mornings (typically 9:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m.) and Monday nights (6:15 p.m.). No prior skating or hockey experience is necessary. Teaching kids how to skate is what we do!
Our focus is providing a fun, safe, and exciting experience for all kids to learn how to skate and to begin learning the basic skills of ice hockey. We will play some “hockey” the last ice time of Session 1 and the last few Saturday ice slots of Session 2. These games are NOT our focus. Our focus is F- U-N! We may add in a little skill development along the way.
Most kids who attend LTP sessions do wear full hockey gear. This includes:
Most of the LTP session are focused on skating skills and building balance and leg/foot strength. Removing the stick from the equation forces them to rely on their own balance. Instructors vary drill and kids progress and over the course of the sessions you will find that kids move from group to group based on skill advancing groups as they work.
Kids who work hard, push themselves outside of their comfort zone and have fun find progress faster and have a good chance of finding themselves on regular season teams quicker.
Good luck on the ice!
As your kids attend LTP you will see a varying group of instructors. All are volunteers and experienced at different levels of Hockey. Normally our Director of Youth Hockey is the key leader and he leverages both board members as well as various coaches and Asst. coaches from the CSYHA teams as may be available that day to help out.
Additionally you will normally see a group of kids age 13-18 on the ice that are CSYHA players that also play High School Hockey for Cazenovia High School. They are at the rink between HS practices waiting for CSYHA Bantam or Midget practices and they volunteer in their free time if they do not have too much homework to work with the LTP kids.
Additionally, you will see some young adults out on the ice that are either SUNY Morrisvlle Ice Hockey Players and sometimes you will catch or coach or asst coach from the team.
LTP is a community event and there is always a need for help on the ice. Do not hesitate to thank the many volunteers that help the LTP program and should you want to help out on the ice you are more than welcome, just let the LTP coordinator know and we will get you started with the requirements for being on the ice.
Although many institutions are organizations are shut down in the current situation the CSYHA board is exploring options to meet for our normal board meetings (next schedules for 3/25/2020) using virtual options.
Should any of our community have questions, concerns, or issues they would like to bring to our attention please email them to our secretary at email@example.com and we will discuss at our next scheduled meeting. Should everything go well in our first virtual meeting we will explore adding others in the future should members or visitors feel the need or desire to join remotely.
Thanks for all of the support to our program and please know that we are continuing to work behind the scenes to make sure we are ready to go for the 2020-21 season as soon as we get permission to get back in the IcePlex.
Reprint from USA Hockey from Friday, March 20, 2020
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – USA Hockey announced today the revision of its national player development plans for 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as detailed below.
In addition, USA Hockey strongly recommends the cancellation of all affiliate tryouts, district tryouts, district/multi-district development camps for all birth years for the spring and summer of 2020.
“Our number one priority is the safety of our players, officials, coaches, volunteers and families involved,” said Kevin McLaughlin, assistant executive director of hockey development for USA Hockey. “We estimate roughly 9,000 individuals or families are involved in these activities across the country and with the uncertainty of the coronavirus situation we all face and the logistics involved with these events, the leaders in our organization from across the country felt it was important to make a decision now that had best interests of everyone involved, with safety being at the forefront.”
McLaughlin noted that decision to tentatively hold the Boys Select 16 and 17 National Camps and Girls Under-18 Selection National Camp will continue to be reviewed daily and that invitations to those camps, if they are ultimately held, will come from USA Hockey’s national office, with input from USA Hockey coaches, scouts, district player development representatives and other hockey personnel.
USA Hockey will continue to post updates related to the coronavirus situation at USAHockey.com.
NOTES: In addition to the player development camps listed above, USA Hockey has canceled the National Team Development Program tryout camp.
The Morrisville IcePlex was closed to the general public on 17 March and will remain closed until further notice.
CSYHA is eager to get going on the next season but will remain on hold with the rest of the nation until the current health crisis calms down. The health and safety of our organization is very important to us. To our families in CSYHA and our SUMY Morrisville family we wish everyone well; stay healthy!