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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.   

What You Need for LTP Sessions

Most kids who attend LTP sessions do wear full hockey gear.  This includes:

  • Hockey Helmet (Required)
  • Hockey Skates (Required)
  • Shin Pads 
  • Elbow Pads
  • Hockey Pants
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Hockey Gloves
  • Stick

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!

LTP Instructors

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.

SUNY Morrisville IcPlex Closed to General Public

By Webmaster 03/17/2020, 8:00pm EDT

IcePlex closed in light of recent heath crisis

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!

CSYHA Tryouts Coming

By Webmaster 03/12/2020, 2:45pm EDT

Dates pending but tryouts are on the way!

With the cancellation of the State and National Championships that were just announced by NYSAHA and USA Hockey the end date of the official season remains fluid.  Rest assured that CSYHA has been looking ahead for the 2020-2021 season for the past few months and at our next board meeting we will be discussing the establishment of tryout dates for next years travel team tryouts.  

We are a established Tier II organization and the past years have seen changes locally but hockey is looking up at Center State.  Rest assured that we are making every ever to field as many teams at as many levels as players will support.

This past year was a success for us locally and although we did not have as many teams as we would have liked we had success at all levels we fielded.  Expect tryouts for virtually all levels of play for next year.

As for House hockey, players can begin registering as soon as registration opens (immediately following tryouts) and we plan on fielding teams at the Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam, and Midget level for all house levels.  We play in the Snowbelt hockey league and work hard to make sure our teams not only do well but have fun.  We realize that having an organization where players want to come to practice and games make all the different.

At the midget level we are looking at 16U and 18U wrap teams for the 2020-2021 season as well as our Snowbelt JAM Championship 18U team is looking to field another team for next year and is considering some summer tournaments open to any USA Hockey registered players.  If you are interested in playing with the 2020-21 team at the 18U level and want information or are interested in playing in potential later spring or summer tournaments please email us at to get added to an email list.

We will post information shortly on next years plans and in the mean time if you have any questions please reach out to us.  For general information email the CSYHA president at the following address or email the 18U midget coach at the email above.

At CSYHA we strive to put the best product we can on the ice and ensure all players have a rewarding experience.  We hope to see you on the ice soon.

Very Respectfully,




Hockey Events Affected Nationally by COVID-19

By Webmaster 03/12/2020, 11:00am EDT

Tournaments Being Cancelled Across the Country

As events around the globe are cancelled and being affected by the COVID-19 outbreaks hockey is no exception.  Late on 11 March 2020 USA Hockey announced that they would be cancelling a series of National Championships, including high school, youth, girls, adult and sled, that were set to begin in various locations across the country on March 26 as well as its Disabled Hockey Festival which was due to take place in Pittsburg, PA over the weekends of March 26-29 and April 2-5. 

This came only hours after NYSAHA announced that the State Championship games taking place over the 13-15 March weekend would include no spectators at the request of the Town of Amherst that has been the longstanding host of the annual event.  To help out NYSAHA had partnered with to offer free access to the games for the families of the players.  The plan was to have players dropped at their rinks and parents return to their hotels and homes to watch online.  However, in light of the decision by USA Hockey to cancel National Championships the NYSAHA decided to cancel the state championships again to air on the side of safety for its players and participants.

Locally, the CSYHA Midget 18U and Pee Wee teams were set to travel to Rochester this weekend to participate in the Rochester Rumble tournament.  On the morning of 12 March participants were informed by, the event’s organizer, that in keeping with USA Hockey current standards they opted to cancel that event due to safety concerns as well.  For this event all tournament fee’s are being returned to teams and as lodging is done by the organizer they were taking care of cancelling all hotel reservations for teams who booked lodging through their site, those who may have booked extra rooms directly are responsible for canceling those rooms.

It is unfortunate that the end of so many hockey seasons will come to an abrupt end without end of the season tournaments, state and national championships being decided but all parties are deciding to be cautious as the current COVID-19 situation is still evolving and there are too many unknowns.

For the CSYHA Midget 18U team they are looking to get together for one last local event to end the season with a in-house scrimmage and get together but a date will not be decided for that until more information about the current situation is known.   Should things calm down soon and spring and summer tournaments resume the team has not ruled out one last off-season event.

For more information on USA Hockey and how it is affected by and responding to COVID-19 you can fisit their website at: where they are posting regular updates from their leadership and medical teams.