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.
CSYHA will be hosing a 18U Wrap team for the 2020-21 season. Given the current COVID-19 situation and restrictions from USA Hockey and NYSAHA we have been holding back announcing this opportunity but we are moving forward under the restrictions of the governing body.
Guidance from USA Hockey, NYSAHA, NY State Forward and CSYHA is still coming out but we will be aligned with other Wrap teams as they all head out for the 2020-21 season.
We hope to see you all at the rink!
Please be aware that USA Hockey, NY State and CSYHA are all looking at the current state of affairs to determine when we can get back to the rink.
For up to date information from USA Hockey please visit usahockey.com for up to date recommendations.
For up to date information on the NY state opening visit forward.ny.gov/
For up to date information from CSYHA please stop back to our website.
As we play out of SUNY Morrisville please note that CSYHA will be working within the confines of the SUNY system. We all want to get back to the ice but we have to work within the confines of the NY state decisions. We know it is frustrating to not have access to the ice but please know NYS and CSYHA are both concerned with making sure your players/kids are safe when they turn. We are lucky to be hosted by SUNY Morrisville and the MAC (Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation) but it does come with additional requirements.
Please know that we are looking at every option for next season from a normal season, to a shortened season to everything in between. If anyone has question please contact us <click here>. We will work to get you answers but please know we are staying on top of all federal, state, college and USA hockey updates and like you want to get back to the ice.
The following is a reprint from a USA Hockey Email to Coaches. This said, after a full generation of coaching both male and female hockey players it is worth noting that there is a different, both mentally and physically. If you are coaching female athletes thinking they are just like your male athletes you are missing the boat.
Maybe your female athletes are not maturing like the boys but that is the reason for this. Chances are they are mentally seeing more before the boys, but physically maturing later. Also, maybe they are more susceptible to specific injuries at different points in their development. If you have ever wondered this, you were right to. Take a look at this guide to help your teams by knowing that there is a difference in the development of players between the sexes. Read, learn, and use it to your teams’ advantage!
Are you starting to coach girls' hockey? Do you have female hockey players on your youth team? Are you a hockey director of a female hockey organization looking for a resource for your new incoming coaches?
USA Hockey Coaching Education Program has created a new resource material just for you. Coaching Female Hockey Players addresses topics such as:
The book also contains a Q&A with a hockey director of a girls hockey organization and three practice plans from the USA Hockey Girls National Development Camp. Included in this book are other resources and online links to help create a girl-centered environment among your team/association.
This resource is free and can be downloaded from the USA Hockey website at usahockey.com/manualsandguides.