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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!

Morrisville Iceplex Update

By Admin 04/29/2021, 10:45pm EDT

Hi everyone! What a season, eh? The pandemic didn’t make things easy on anyone but man are we grateful our players were able to hit the ice. We know that having to travel to other rinks for practice was a burden that none of us planned on, and we are so appreciative of those who stuck with Center State!!!! Having said that, we have received some incredible news... THE ICEPLEX WILL HAVE A RINK UP AND RUNNING THIS SUMMER (once students leave campus). This means, of course, that we will have the opportunity to rent some summer ice! We aren’t sure what it will look like yet, so keep checking back as we get closer to June. This is a great first step!!! As always, let me know if you have questions or concerns.... All the best, Heather


By Admin 03/03/2021, 11:15am EST

2020-2021 COVID POLICY

(ver. 3/3/21A)

The risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus cannot be eliminated entirely, but our goal is to reduce the risk associated with playing youth sports as much as possible. We encourage open  communication while we navigate the pandemic together.

Center State Youth Hockey Association (CSYHA) has adopted the following COVID-19 policy and protocols in accordance, and in compliance with, the published guidance from the Department of
Health (DOH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Please note that CSYHA may continue to update said policy as the DOH, CDC and/or other government organizations, regulations or guidance is revised and/or updated.

Please note that any violation of this policy should be immediately reported to the CSYHA Board of Directors (BOD). Willful neglect of said policy, or intentionally not reporting a known violation, will be considered an egregious act that may result in broad  disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the organization.

We understand that there may be a difference of opinion when it comes to the health and wellness of our family members. The COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help guide members of the organization in a fair, unbiased manner and so that the implementation and enforcement of the policy does not lie with any one board member. We would like to remind you that the Task Force guidance does not supersede the direction given by your healthcare provider. We urge you to make health related decisions based upon their guidance.

1. Refer to the “COVID-19 Exposure Protocol” (attached) and follow the steps provided.
2. Contact your Head Coach.
3. Head Coach will contact Heather Howard, who is the head of the task force.
4. The task force will discuss the situation and provide recommendations on how to
anonymously announce to the team their level of exposure.
5. If you agree with the recommendation provided, no further information will be needed.

  •  If you disagree with the recommendation provided, you will be asked a series of questions to correctly identify your level of exposure. (The questions are not meant to punish anyone, but rather to obtain accurate information so we can advise you appropriately.) Questions can be answered with “yes,” “no,” or “unsure.” We realize that when people are placed in a stressful situation, recalling specific details of a past event may not be immediate and may cause answers to change. Based on the information provided, the original recommendation may be revised (or it may remain the same).


o Every member of CSYHA is expected to know and follow the most recent travel restrictions issued by New York State and the CDC.

o Every member of CSYHA is expected to know and follow the most recent travel restrictions issued by the state and/or county they are traveling to.

o Those who travel to a non-neighboring state (i.e. outside of NY, NJ, CT, PA, VT, MA), US territory or CDC level 2 and higher country, for more than 24 hours:

  •  Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
  •  The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
  •  On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

o Those who travel to a non-neighboring state (outside of NY, NJ, CT, PA, VT, MA) for less than 24 hours:

  •  The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
  •  However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

o Center State Youth Hockey teams who travel for games to ANY state outside of New York MUST remain separate from all other Center State teams for 10 days after they return.

In addition to the rules listed above, our organization requires that players, coaches, and families follow any and all COVID protocols put in place by the rinks we are using. As we continue to navigate these difficult times, our organization, members, and players are counting on everyone’s support in order to provide the best possible environment. That requires our commitment to the policy and protocols outlined above.

Please remember that we are GUESTS at the rinks we are using this season; hence, the compliance of ALL CSYHA members (e.g. players, coaches, administrators, etc.) and their companions or participants at these facilities, is vital to ensuring our relationship and continued use.

Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.
Christopher Lott – President

Heather Howard – COVID Coordinator

Exposure Protocol

(ex: You are diagnosed with COVID-19)
Person is diagnosed with COVID-19 or is considered a presumptive case.
o Follow healthcare professional recommendations
o ISOLATE FOR 10 days from onset of symptoms (or from the date you tested positive) AND have had no fever for 24 hours (without use of fever reducing medication) AND symptoms have improved.
o EMAIL at the start of your isolation to provide the start and end dates.
o IDENTIFY/NOTIFY all persons you have been in DIRECT CONTACT with (please see CDC definitions
below) for 48 hours prior to onset of symptoms or positive test.

(ex: Your spouse has COVID-19.)
Person has direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who is considered a presumptive case.

o QUARANTINE immediately for 10 days.
o EMAIL at the start of your quarantine to provide the start and end dates.
o SELF-MONITOR for symptoms or fever.
o CONTACT your physician regarding getting tested.
o If you then test positive, follow PRIMARY CASE Protocol.
o IDENTIFY/NOTIFY all persons you have been in DIRECT CONTACT with (please see CDC definitions
below) for 48 hours prior, that you are a PRIMARY EXPOSURE, and that they should follow SECONDARY EXPOSURE protocol.

(ex: You have been in direct contact with someone whose spouse has tested positive for COVID-19.)
Person is in direct contact with a Primary Exposure person.
o If PRIMARY CONTACT then tests positive or is diagnosed as presumptive case, follow PRIMARY EXPOSURE Protocol.
o SELF-MONITOR for fever or symptoms.
o CONTACT your physician regarding getting tested.
o Recommended that IDENTIFY/NOTIFY all persons you have been in DIRECT CONTACT with (please see CDC definitions below) for 48 hours prior that you will notify them if you develop symptoms or become a PRIMARY EXPOSURE. They should follow the TERTIARY EXPOSURE protocol.

o Person is in direct contact with a Secondary Exposure.
o No action needed unless you move to secondary exposure.

o QUARANTINE until you contact your healthcare provider and they provide recommendations or instructions.
o You will need a medical release before you are able to return to activity. This needs to be emailed to
o Recommended that you IDENTIFY/NOTIFY all persons you have been in DIRECT CONTACT with (please see CDC definitions below) for 48 hours prior that you will notify them if you become a
PRIMARY or PRESUMPTIVE case. They should follow  SECONDARY EXPOSURE protocol unless and until a medical release is granted.

If you are unsure of the next course of action or it is unclear what
classification you fit into Contact your Health care provider for guidance.

CDC Definitions and Guidelines

Direct Contact:
1. Within 6 feet of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for a cumulative of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period or longer from 48 hours prior to onset of symptoms until the end of home isolation.
2. You provided care at home to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
3. You had direct physical contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive or suspected positive.
4. You shared eating or drinking utensils.
5. They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

Remain alone or apart from others including family members.

Remain alone or apart from others outside your living quarters.
(Individuals within your living quarters are considered secondary exposure.)

Primary case:
Test results are retested and confirmed by a National governing body such as the CDC. You will officially be notified by the Department of Health regarding your diagnosis and mandated actions.

Presumptive case:
Signs and symptoms of COVID are present and other disease process has been ruled out by a healthcare provider. In addition, until a positive and/or PCR test is confirmed.

Possible Exposure
You have been notified of an Exposure that does not fit the criteria for Primary, Secondary or Tertiary Exposure. Notify your coach so he can make an anonymous announcement that a possible Exposure has occurred. This is requested to allow families to make educated decision related to removing their child from activity.

Primary Case, Primary Exposure, Secondary Exposure, Tertiary Exposure:
The Individuals Healthcare provider has final determination of classification into the above categories and return to activities
• Fever Greater than or equal to 100.4
• Chills Cough Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fatigue Muscle or body aches Headache
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat Congestion Nausea Vomiting Diarrhea
This list does not include all possible symptoms contact your healthcare provider with additional symptoms you may be experiencing.

CDC Shortened Duration Quarantine Guidelines (currently only for people employed in the healthcare field, but may be implemented for the general public in the foreseeable future):
1. Individuals who are asymptomatic with daily monitoring can shorten the duration of their quarantine to 7 days if the below criteria is met
2. Individual remains asymptomatic for the entire duration of their quarantine
3. Individual obtains a negative test on day 5 of primary exposure or later
4. Individuals must continue to monitor symptoms daily
5. If symptoms present refer back to primary exposure protocol
6. To be released from quarantine following the shortened duration protocol, a return to sports letter from your healthcare provider will be required

Learn to Play Update

By Admin 10/26/2020, 9:00am EDT

To Center State Learn to Play Families,
The disruptions and abnormalities continue leaving Center State Youth Hockey’s Learn to Play program on hold. We’d love to say “on hold until further notice” but we have no idea when we’ll be able to take the ice at our home rink, The Ice Plex at SUNY Morrisville. SUNY Morrisville, as all other public and private schools, colleges and universities, have strictly restricted campus activities to students, faculty and staff…..No outside entities. This leaves CSYHA without a home rink. Our teams comprised of older players have been able to secure practice ice at other rinks in the regions (Utica, Whitestown, Lysander, etc). While we are very thankful to have found ice, it comes at great expense in terms of increased cost for ice rental compared to our rates at the Ice Plex and significantly greater time commitments for the families. The CSYHA board does not feel it is realistic to conduct a Learn To Play program at a rink 30-60 minutes away from our home rink for a 45 minute LTP session. Most of the participants are 4-6 years old, so increasing the length of practice actually becomes counterproductive.
CSYHA and SUNY Morrisville are aligned with safety being the highest priority. The entire CSYHA family and the board of directors remain hopeful we’ll be allowed to return to the Ice Plex for some of the 2020-21 season when it is safe to do so. When this will happen remains unknown.
We are hopeful for a good old fashioned upstate NY winter so we utilize some of the outdoor rinks in our various communities. If mother nature cooperates (and we are not restricted by any of the municipalities) CSYHA will host some free Learn to Play sessions. Obviously way too many variables to make any firm plans but stay tuned for details.
If there is way to conduct a LTP program for any part of the 20-21 season, CSYHA will find a way to do it. We’ll share information as soon as it become available.
If you have any questions, concerns or would like further discussion, please feel free to contact our LTP coordinator, Jim Frazee (cell: 315-440-2745 or
See you at the Rink! (someday).

2019-2020 18U Midget Snowbelt Champions

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.