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.
As school districts discuss possible return to school plans for the coming school year we realize that you are likely thinking about hockey also and we at CSYHA wanted to let you know that you are not alone. Since the abrupt ending of the 2019-20 season the CSYHA board as been working with SUNY Morrisville, USA Hockey and NYSAHA (New York State Amature Hockey Association) to determine options for returning to plan as an organization and what they may look like and when.
Over recent months our staff have been busy coordinating with the rink, which has some additional rules placed on it being on an academic campus, NYSAHA on when teams can form, what sectional play could looks like as well as other league items, and USA Hockey to get guidance that can be aligned with state policy on getting kids back to being active and on the ice.
Currently, we still plan on a season but admit that like other activities it may come with some additional controls, restrictions, safety measures, etc. In short we believe that what you can expect to see at the rink are very similar precautions as you may be hearing about from your school districts such as regular risk questionnaires prior to entering the rink, taking your temperature prior to getting to the rink (for all who may enter), wearing a mask while at the rink, limiting visitors to games and practices, limited (or initially no access to) locker room usage and we know that initially there will be no usage of showers at SUNY IcePlex. Just so you know, the officials we use will have similar challenges as they start their season.
Additionally, we know that Coaches will have to assist teams with balancing group practices to limit proximity while on the ice in practices, control ice entry and exit to control social distancing and will be required to wear masks both while in the warming area and while on the bench while coaching games. Also note that currently there are no significant restrictions on games due to COVID. Once games are approved to go forth you can expect the same level of play you have seen in the past, with the same contact and the same proximity. Although there has been some debate over the utility against the virus they did recognize that some players may opt to utilize full face shields over cages however most still have openings over the mouth to avoid fogging of the glass. Additionally, please know that referees will not be required to wear face masks however some may opt to and utilize electronic whistles.
We at CSYHA recognize that there will be no one size fits all solution to any of this but please know if you have issues or concerns while heading in to the 2020-21 season please feel free to contact the coaches or board with your concerns and questions. While we cannot lift restrictions that come down from NY State, SUNY, NYSAHA or USA Hockey we can work with you and your players (and families) to make sure you all feel comfortable while coming to practice and games. If this means making specific considerations to make your families and players feel safer we are more than willing to work with you.
Again, we thank you all for being a part of the CSYHA family and how you are all safe, well and ready to get back to the great sport of hockey!
We at CSYHA know that players are getting anxious to know when the will be allowed back on the ice. We at CSYHA are with you and really hope that it is coming shortly!
This said we have been making strides, the Rink is getting ready within the confines of the SUNY system and CSYHA has been working with USA Hockey and NYSAHA to ensure we are doing what we need to be ready.
For our families, please keep checking back as we hope that after schools and college start formalizing plans it will result in CSYHA knowing more of what confines we can play within as an organization.
Thank you for all of your patience and remember, if anyone needs anything in these times please do not hesitate to visit our Board page and find a contact to touch base with. We are here to help!
Although there remains a significant deal of uncertainty on what tomorrow will bring for hockey please know that USA Hockey, NYSAHA, and CSYHA remains committed to seeing all of our players back on the ice just as soon as it is considered safe.
We realize that we are seeing a return to professional sports at the same time that we are witnessing a hold on school and NCAA sports programs at least for the initial weeks. Please know that CSYHA Board Members are actively engaged still with the Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation (MAC) who manages the rink on SUNY Morrisville and both sides are working hard within the guidelines and limitations each has on them from governing bodies to make sure we are back as soon as possible.
We do face additional complications as our rink is on a SUNY campus so we are doing our due diligence in the event that the SUNY rink cannot open when other local rinks do but please know that MAC considers us a valued tenant and have proven they do not want to lose CSYHA to this circumstance and in return MAC has been a great host to CSYHA for almost two decades so we are both working to find a way to function moving forward.
As with other community situations we will have additional requirements leveraged on us to include everything from masks in the building (not required yet while in play), temperature readings, questionnaires, limited use of locker rooms, BYOWB (bring your own water bottle & water) and coaches can expected to be masked while on the bench. This is just a sample so expect changes but know when hockey is opened know that CSYHA will be ready to go.
Should anyone have any questions please contact the CSYHA president Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, CSYHA