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.
Registration for the 2020-21 season is now open; Learn To Play is expected top open by July 20, 2020.
Just a reminder that you must be registered with USA Hockey for the coming season prior to registering with CSYHA. To register with USA Hockey visit their registration site: https://membership.usahockey.com/
To register at CSYHA select this link or visit the home page, select the Register tab and on the top of the page is the direct link to the registration page.
Please note that we continue to work with the IcePlex on return to play standards and do expect work on the rink to be completed on time which means we would have ice as early as the first week of August. This said, all practices will not start until fall for all teams other than 18U Wrap.
We also expect some changes to how we operate at the rink due to COVID-19 concerns and we will publish more information on these procedures shortly as our board is working with the MAC (Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation) now. We expect initial information to be available by about 17 July 2020.
Thanks for all of the patience in this off season and we hope you and your families are all doing well in these new times!
See you at the rink soon,
** UPDATE **
According to the IcePlex, the work that is being done at the rink is on track to be completed on time. This means the rink MAY open the first week of August.
THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT'S WHEN HOCKEY STARTS, but it's certainly a step in the right direction! Within the next few weeks, the rink will let Center State know what their expectations are for our organization and its members.
Please keep in mind that this will undoubtedly include many new processes and procedures designed to keep every one of our players, coaches, and parents safe. You can feel confident in the work and care the Center State board is putting in to ensure our safe return to our "home."
We love our kids and coaches and can't wait to see them back soon! In the meantime, you can direct questions/comments/concerns about our return to the rink to Heather Howard, Communications Director at email@example.com.
There aren't many definitive answers at this time, but we will keep track of your questions and provide answers as soon as we can.
Center State Families and Fan’s,
Please be advised that CSYHA is working behind the scenes and has been for the past few months to stay on top of USA Hockey and NYSAHA guidance as well as working to understand the NY State and SUNY implications that we have as we play out of the SUNY Morrisville IcePlex. We have been working with the Morrisville Auxiliary Corp (MAC) and have a pending meeting with them to discuss implications on NYS and SUNY openings on CSYHA.
It is expected that the rink will be allowed to open shortly however please note that the closure of the SUNY systems and campuses allowed for the IcePlex to decide to make a few changes to both rinks in the down time, normally they only modify one rink in the off-season. Most summers they elect to close one rink to make upgrades and leave the other ice sheet open as to facilitate camps, school teams, and adult sessions. Currently we understand that maintenance will not be completed until later in July so ice may not be available until that time. More to come on this!
As with most things in life we all have our ebb-and-flow to the cycles in which things go. CSYHA had been growing as of the last season or two and we do not want to lose that momentum. We still plan to put the following teams on the ice this season and if numbers rise we do plan to adjust and facilitate additional teams if we get more players.
If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact the CSYHA President, Chris, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are all here to help and look to continue the upward trend of growth that we have seen in CSYHA hockey in the past season or two.
NOTE: The image used in this article was from the 18U Snowbelt Championship hosted at Center State (SUNY IcePlex) this past season. To all of our seniors and players aging out we wish you the best and you will all be missed!