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.
USA Hockey is committed to creating a safe and fair environment for all participants. Respect for the game, opponents, coaches, and officials is a critical part of that environment and it covers several different aspects of sportsmanship and fair play. This Declaration of Safety, Fair Play and Respect will guide a change in culture as to what is considered to be acceptable/unacceptable body checking and competitive contact at all levels of play.
The Declaration clarifies and updates existing rules/definitions to emphasize the key points to more clearly outline what is deemed acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Below are videos that show examples of actions deemed "acceptable" and "unacceptable" to help illustrate expected behavior.
When the USA Hockey Board of Directors ratified the Declaration of Safety, Fair Play and Respect in June of 2019 its intent was to create a culture that eliminates: 1) hits to the head, 2) hits from behind and 3) late hits.
The onus on modifying the culture lies with everyone in the game, from players, coaches and officials to media, parents, fans and administrators.
While the focus of the Declaration is largely around changing the culture and mindset involved with body checking, there is also language that deals with unsportsmanlike conduct centered around banging on the boards to celebrate a body check. Below, there is a video of Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey, commenting on the Declaration as well as a document that clarifies the intent around what has been a long-standing part of the USA Hockey rulebook.
Also, in regard to body checking, the videos (on the site) share examples of acceptable and unacceptable body checking to help educate all involved in the sport as to the intent of the Declaration, which is focused on player safety and moving our sport forward.
It should be noted that USA Hockey supports legal body contact and body checking. The culture shift is an on-going effort to eliminate 1) hits from behind, 2) late hits and 3) hits to the head by more clearly defining body checking .
It is recognized that this is an effort that will take time and focus that in the end will make the game better for all involved.
For all information from this post visit the Declaration site on USA Hockey at https://www.usahockey.com/declaration
Our 2019-2020 pictures will be taken on November 19th and 20th prior to your team's scheduled practice (Nov 19th - Squirts, Nov 20th - Learn to Play, Mites, PeeWee, 16U and 18U). PLAN YOUR SCHEDULE ACCORDINGLY AS PRACTICES WILL STILL TAKE PLACE AT THEIR REGULARLY SCHEDULED TIME. Flyers and order/money envelopes will be available at the rink within the next week or two so keep an eye out for them. #JOINTHESTAMPEDE
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today a presidential directive that changes the penalty for racial/derogatory slurs of any kind that fall under Rule 601 (e. 3) from a game misconduct to a match penalty.
“We continue to get reports of disturbing incidents of racial and other derogatory slurs, behavior which is reprehensible and has absolutely no place in our game, especially around our children,” said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. “For reasons I cannot explain or understand, the current penalty in place does not seem to be enough of a deterrent to stop this type of conduct.”
Smith noted that while modifying the severity of the penalty is an important step, it’s also vital that parents and coaches take the time to address the topic with athletes.
Effectively immediately, anyone penalized under Rule 601 (e.3) will receive a match penalty, which carries a five-minute penalty, disqualification from that game, and suspension from further participation until such time the governing Affiliate or junior league has conducted a hearing to review the matter. Affiliates or junior leagues have up to 30 days to investigate and conduct a hearing and the offending individual(s) is subject to further discipline.
Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey, noted the importance of all stakeholders working together for the betterment of the sport.
“The use of hateful language is a hurdle to creating a welcoming environment for families that want to be involved in our sport. Eradicating this kind of behavior from our game is critical as we continue to make a positive impact on society through hockey.”