Run by "Maryville University Hockey Center' sponsored by the Chesterfield Hockey Association (our facility owner & operator), our Learn to Play & Continue to Play hockey programs are a fun way for kids to get introduced to the sport of ice hockey while teaching the basics skills of the sport.
Registration now open!
- Learn to Play: Starts January 7th!
- Continue to Play (Future Falcons program): Starts January 7th!
Required: Full hockey gear is required for both programs
Which Program Should I Sign Up For?
Use this as a general guide. Keep in mind each kid will be different. Not sure? Please feel free to email us.
Learn to Skate:
- Can not skate at all;
- Can not skate the length of the ice a few times, at a decent pace without falling or instructor help;
- Anyone who wants to continually keep growing in their skating abilities.
REMEMBER: Skating is the fundamental base skill that hockey builds upon (just like walking & running is in soccer). You can never focus on it too much. Regardless of if you are in Learn to Play or Continue to Play, you can also continue to sign up for Learn to Skate
Learn to Play:
- They can skate the length of the ice a few times, at at a decent pace without falling or instructor help;
- Little Blues graduates;
- St Louis Blues Girls Development program graduates;
- Must have their own set of full hockey gear
HOW LONG?: We recommend they stay in Learn to Play for at least 2-3 sessions. Time spent in Little Blues or the Girls Development program counts as a session.
Continue to Play- 'Future Falcons program' Brand new program
This program is designed for kids who are ready to move beyond Learn to Play but are not quite ready to join a club team OR have missed the registration deadline for club teams (July / early August - Visit ChesterfieldHockey.com for more details).
- Need to have been enrolled in Learn to Play for at least 2-3 sessions prior to signing up for Continue to Play;
- Time spent in Little Blues or the Girls Development program counts as a session.
HOW LONG?: We recommend they stay in Continue to Play until the Spring Development program opens with Chesterfield Hockey OR until team registration opens with Chesterfield Hockey for the regular season (July time frame). Both Spring Development AND team registration are run as club programs. Visit our club website for any information. www.chesterfieldhockey.com
Frequently Asked Questions
- Please reach out to Information@MaryvilleUHC.com if you have any questions.
Isn’t Ice Hockey Expensive?
We know there is a perception that hockey can be expensive. While the cost of ice per hour and hockey equipment drives much of this perception, Chesterfield Hockey wants to make sure every child who has an interest in trying out hockey, has that opportunity. Our low introductory price along with our equipment rental program is designed to allow parents and children an opportunity to try ice hockey at an extremely reasonable cost.
How Safe is Hockey?
While all sports include some level of risk, ice hockey is very safe if played in the correct manner. In Ice Hockey, children are required to wear protective gear that covers much of their body, so while the risk is not zero, it is greatly reduced.
How Old Does My Child Have to Be?
Our Learn to Play program is designed for children 4 and older, and this is usually the average age that signs up. That said, if you have a child who is much older and wants to try hockey out for the first time, they are also welcome.
Will You Teach My Child How To Skate?
While our program is certainly designed to help improve a child’s skating abilities, we do require children have passed a Sam 3 or Basic 2 level skating class before signing up. Since the fundamentals of playing hockey involve skating, we want to make sure children who have an interest in playing are starting off correctly with the tools to succeed.
Please see our Learn to Skate Tab for information on Learn to Skate classes. You may also reach out to our Learn to Skate Director, if you would like to ask her specific questions.
My Child Plays Multiple Sports, How Flexible is Hockey?
Our Learn to Play program typically meets once a week. While our programs for older kids will meet more frequently, it is important to know we encourage kids to play multiple sports. Chesterfield Hockey offers different levels of programs at different intensity level based on skill sets, desires and cost. This allows us to offer a vast range of programs to match the interest level of our club members.
What are your different levels of play after Learn to Play?
Once you become “indoctrinated” to Ice Hockey, you may start hearing age group terms like “Mini-Mites (6U)”, “Mites (8U)”, “Squirts (10U)”, “PeeWees (12U)”, “Bantams (14U)” & “Midgets (16U & 18U)” along with programs like “ADM”, “GRHL”, “Missouri Hockey Travel”, and “Central States”. Fear not, we’ll explain it all.
Is there any travel involved?
Not at the Learn to Play level. As children get older, there is the possibility of travel involved (either to different rinks in the St. Louis area OR out of town), but all of this is tied to the program level they sign up for and the individual teams. Again Chesterfield Hockey offers programs for all skills and desires, including a program that involves no travel if that is your desire. For the Learn to Play level though, you don’t need to worry about it.
What Equipment is Required?
- Shin pads
- Elbow pads
- Shoulder pads
- Hockey Socks (to go over shin pads)
- Mouth Guard
We recommend buying these items at Pure Hockey, or Play it Again Sports.
Winter Session #1 - 2022
Registration for both programs now Full for this Session:
- Learn to Play
- Continue to Play - Future Falcons
Dates & Times of Winter Session
5 Weeks Long
One hour classes starting at 6:30pm
Both programs are offered at same the time
- January 7th
- January 14th
- January 21st
- January 28th
- February 4th
Maryville University Hockey Center
FULL EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
- Within the registration below, choose either the Learn to Play OR Continue to Play option