On November 8th, USA Hockey and nearly 500 local associations across the country will encourage kids, ages 4 to 9, to come to a participating rink and try youth hockey as part of Come Play Hockey Month. All locations will have limited amount of equipment available for use.
To find the closest Try Hockey event to you click here, please search with your zip code. Try Hockey events will be indicated with a (color) pin on the map. Click the pin most convenient to you to register your child.
We will need help registering kids, helping them get dressed, answering questions, setting up, cleaning up and running drills! If you are interested and available, please sign up by clicking here!
For any questions, please contact:
Grow the Game Chair / Mite Level Co-Director
Phone: (518) 879-9815
Please click on the below link to download a pdf file to print out "Try Hockey for Free Cards" that are being supplied by USA Hockey for our event. This two page file is formatted for double sided printing. You can print these out prior to Halloween and give them out to the trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood.
Jean D'Andrea Griffin Photography
Saratoga Youth Hockey administers LTS/LTP sessions each season and is offered in two 8 week sessions commencing around the third week of October and again in January. The objective of LTS/LTP is to allow children to try out ice skating and learn fundamental skating skills in preparation for the Mite Program. The LTS/LTP participants are beginning skaters that have had little or no prior skating or playing experience. Most of these skaters are in the 6U/8U category.
The LTP program runs concurrently with the LTS program. LTS normally does not include sticks and pucks in the fall session while they will be introduced in LTP and during the winter session. Required equipment is hockey helmet with cage, hockey gloves, elbow pads, shin guards/knee pads and hockey skates; hockey pants and shoulder pads are recommended.
Instruction is provided by volunteers, usually coaches and assistant coaches (who are awarded snack bar hours for their time), but also older youth hockey players. Players attend once a week over the course of 8 weeks. Participants are divided into two or more groups based on ability. The ice is then divided into stations, and age-appropriate drills taken from the 6U USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM) will be implemented so that all participants are given instruction in the fundamentals of skating through skill building drills and games. The more advanced participants in the 8 week program will be introduced to puck handling and passing as well as some cross-ice/small area games in the later sessions.
The Mite House Program is for skaters at the 6U/8U level. The Mite House Director and Co-Director coordinate the program which stresses the learning of fundamental skills of skating and puck handling with a special emphasis on ABCs (Agility, Balance and Coordination).
The program consists of one ADM practice, usually in the beginning of the week with six rotating stations with players grouped by ability, and one “game night” of 4v4 cross-ice games w/ goalies, (no scores or stats are kept) with simple rule enforcement. In order to facilitate a smoother entry into the demands of youth hockey, the master scheduler shall try to “fix” the Mite House times and meeting places to be about the same each week. Other skills sessions will be offered on a bi-weekly basis, usually on Sunday mornings. The emphasis is on learning hockey skills, having fun, and developing a rudimentary understanding of game concepts such as puck support, moving to space, stick-on-stick and net-side positioning.
The Mite House program will offer participants the opportunity to participate in a home cross-ice jamboree and several local away jamborees for the fun of tournament experience and to help develop competitive play.
Here's a list of "local" CEP clinics. There are other clinics available outside of the Albany capital district, see the USA Hockey Coaching Clinic Page for other options. Space is limited in these sessions so you should register ASAP!