The St. Louis Rockets’ Learn-to-Play (LTP) program is a fantastic opportunity for children new to hockey to experience the game and receive great coaching at a fantastic price.
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What age children will participate?
The program is designed for children of all ages. Children will be grouped on the ice by age and ability. Please contact the LTP coordinator if your child is older than 12 – there may be better options for you.
Who is eligible to participate?
Preference is given to children living in Rockets zip codes and who intend to continue hockey with the Rockets. In the event a session is oversubscribed, it may not be possible to accommodate participants who don’t live in a Rockets zip code. Please click here to see Missouri Hockey zip code assignments.
Does my child need skating experience?
We strongly recommend that new players (particularly those 6 and under) have some skating experience on hockey skates. Learn to skate programs are available at most rinks. Depending on the child, a few public sessions might be just fine.
What gear do I need?
Players need a full set of hockey gear, a list of which can be found on the Rockets website - Click Here
*****Check the Rockets Swap and Sell Facebook page for gently used gear.
What happens first?
What happens at the first on ice session?
Skaters will have a brief orientation, equipment check and some limited instruction. After the skaters have completed this process, they can participate in a stick-and-puck for the remainder of this first session.
What happens at subsequent sessions?
The instructional program officially begins the second session. The second session falls on Easter Sunday. We understand there may be some absences. You do not need to notify us regarding absences. The structure of the program involves repetition and skills stations with skills increasing in difficulty over the course of the program.
Around the 3rd session a jersey will be issued to each skater. Skaters are grouped by jersey color and will be expected to wear that jersey to subsequent sessions. The jersey will be his/hers to keep.
Can parents help out on the ice?
With the permission of Head Coach, yes, as long as you wear a helmet and gloves and remember that the sessions are for the kids. As fun as it is, don’t shoot pucks around or distract Coaches from the players. Please notify Mike Richards if you are interested in volunteering on ice.
What happens after LTP?
LTP is designed and intended for children with no hockey experience. It is not “extra ice” or instruction for children in other programs and is not meant to be done more than once. Children that participate in LTP multiple times distract both the instructors and the children who are truly new to the game.
The following programs are available for “graduates” of LTP. Rest assured that one session of LTP is plenty of preparation for subsequent programs.