skip navigation

Learn To Play

Learn To Play Hockey

Learn to Play Hockey classes provide children the opportunity to learn the basics of skating and hockey from USA Hockey-trained instructors in a fun-to-learn, relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere.

This program is broken into eight weekly sessions that includes 60 minutes of on-ice instruction. Upon completion of the classes, players are ready to join the Valley Youth Hockey Association house league program and enjoy playing with children of similar age and ability.

  • Ages 5 - 18 are welcome.
  • No skating or hockey experience is required.

Goals:

  • Learn the basic skills required to play ice hockey.

  • Develop an understanding of basic teamwork through participation in a variety of activities and adapted game situations.

  • To create and refine basic motor patterns required to play ice hockey.

  • To introduce the concepts of cooperation, fair play, and sportsmanship in a fun environment.

USA Hockey Membership Required

LTP players must have current 2020-2021 USA Hockey Membership in order to register for the LTP Hockey program. Go to membership.usahockey.com  and click on 'register now'. Once you have completed the registration process you will be e-mailed a confirmation page with a 14 digit confirmation number.  This is the number you will use to enroll your child in the Learn to Play Hockey program.

The fee is $46 for all players born 2013 and earlier, but there is no charge for those born 2014 and later. However, ALL players must register with USA Hockey, even those who do not have to pay.

USA Hockey Membership fee is valid through August 31, 2021.

VYHA Session Fee

2020-2021 Season:
Each 8 clinic Session is $125 and collected online during each session registration.

Chris Coble

LTP Program Director

Phone: 540.397.2941


Equipment Needed

All participants will receive a Valley Youth Hockey Learn to Play “Rail Yard Pups” hockey jersey at the start of their first session of Learn to Play.  

LTP participants are required to have the following equipment when participating in LTP activities:

  • Hockey Helmet with cage

  • Shoulder Pads

  • Elbow Pads

  • Hockey Gloves

  • Hockey Pants

  • Shin Guards

  • Hockey Stick

  • Hockey Skates

  • Athletic Protective Cup & Garter


Coaches Needed!

Parents,

Assistant coaches are needed. Do not worry about having to skate like Sidney Crosby or shoot like Alex Ovechkin. If you enjoy working with children, we would love to have you on the ice - its fun!!!

We supply you with the "what, when and how" to teach - you supply the enthusiasm and a lending hand. Please note all parents wishing to help out on the ice must wear a USA Hockey HECC certified hockey helmet.

Level 1 coaching seminars are available through USA Hockey. For more information on registering for these seminars please go to the USA Hockey website, usahockey.com.

If you are interested in becoming an assistant coach for LTP, please contact Chris Coble, Director of VYHA Learn To Program.