Pioneer Valley Youth Hockey has an outstanding "Learn-to-Skate" program taught by USA hockey certified coaches. The Learn to skate program for the 2020-2021 season will include 13 sessions for the low cost of $60 and be held at Fitzpatrick Skating Rink in Holyoke, MA. The general "Learn-to-Skate" sessions run each Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 11:20 a.m. starting on Saturday December 5, 2020 and ending on March 6, 2021. (There will be no class on Saturday January 16, 2021). "Instructional Hockey/Learn to Play" portion of the session, also runs from 10:30 a.m. until 11:20 a.m. The rink will be seperated in half by "half boards/cones/bumpers." All skaters will need to register with USA Hockey . A copy of the USA registration confirmation can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that in order for your child to participate in the "Instructional Hockey" session, they will need full hockey equipment:
- USA Hockey approved helmet with cage or full shield
- Shoulder pads
- Hockey pants
- Hockey gloves
- Elbow pads
- Shin guards
- Neck guard
- Hockey stick
- Supporter and Cup
If you need more information about "Learn-to-Skate", or are willing to volunteer to coach the kids, please send us an e-mail.
Many of our "Learn-to-Skate" kids come back at the end of the year to sign up for our Novice/Mite program. From there, they progress through the ranks as Pioneer Valley Youth Hockey players; most of them all the way through high-school age.
There are some helpful pointers and rules we have established for "Learn-to-Skate". Please keep in mind that the rules are there for the safety of the children.
- Your child must have a USA Hockey approved helmet with a mask.
- We also recommend elbow pads and kneepads. Put these items on under their clothing. It will be more comfortable for them and not so slippery. Many kids have found it most comfortable to wear a pair of winter snow pants which provided them an easier time trying to get up when they fall.
- We recommend your child have some kind of gloves for their hands. The ice is cold!!
- Please stay off the players' benches. This is where the children rest and our staff tries to keep them focused on skating. They may be upset and want to see Mom or Dad. We try to keep them focused and get them skating again. We understand you may want to videotape or take pictures. Please stay in the stands.
- If you are going to purchase skates, keep in mind brand new skates may make your child's feet sore for the first few times on the ice. There are lots of used skates out there up for sale.
- Sharpen your child's skates, especially if they are brand new. Tell the pro shop your child is using them for learn to skate. They won't make them as sharp.
- PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE THE RINK DURING LEARN-TO-SKATE!
If you need equipment, Bertelli's in West Springfield is a good place to start.
Sign-ups for any of the sessions are usually held a couple of weeks in advance, through the first few Saturdays of each session. Announcements about upcoming sign-ups will be posted on pioneervalleyhockey.com.
We look forward to helping your child learn the basic skills in ice-skating!
You can complete the on-line registration form through our registration tab.