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Spring Learn to Play - Little Blues Participants Welcome!

Hockey is Coming Back to St. Louis County!

May 29th, 2020
Hello Chesterfield Hockey Families,


We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe! Your support has been phenomenal during this time of unprecedented uncertainty! St. Louis County is slowly starting to reopen, and Youth camps and sports are finally, yet slowly, beginning to receive county guidance. We know everyone is excited to start hockey again!  As we begin our reopening process in St. Louis County, we will be starting off with camps focused on skating and development while maintaining social distancing guidelines. 

We place your safety #1 on our priority list.  We are leveraging the best safety practices that we have learned from this past month of running our Pacific Rink facility in Franklin County.  We are performing temperature checks and health screenings for all who enter the building and we are cleaning the facility regularly with disinfectant to help keep our members safe and the environment sound. These best practices conform to the guidelines from the CDC and local health departments. 

Please understand, while we will do everything in our power to stay on track with the following timelines, everything is subject to change should a Federal, State or County mandate be issued. Thank you for your understanding.

Spring Development and Spring Learn to Play
June 15th marks the start of our Development and Learn to Play programs at the Maryville University Hockey Center.  If you are registered for these programs, you will receive an email on June 7th describing the start times and objectives for these camps.  Our curriculum and objectives remain the same but what has changed is that we are limiting the number of skaters on the ice due to social distancing guidelines.  In addition to email, all program information will be available on our Facebook and club website. Thank you for your patience as we work through the process of restarting these programs.


Learn to Skate Remains Delayed 
Our rink Learn to Skate program is currently on hold.  Stay tuned for more information on new start dates.  

Pacific Rink
Pacific Rink in Franklin County will remain open through the month of June; and ice is currently available for rent by any individual or group. Those interested should reach out to Sheila.Waddell@chesterfieldhockey.com for more information and availability. A decision regarding keeping Pacific Rink open in July will come at a later date. 

Central States & MO Hockey Travel Programs
Normally at this point in the year, we would be announcing our Tier II Central States program tryout details; which occurs after the Tier I AAA program tryouts. Due to the shutdown, this timeline has been delayed. Our current plans are to start our Central States camp in late July with tryouts starting the week of August 3rd. Once completed, we will then start the Evaluation process for our Tier II MO Hockey programs.  Stay tuned for additional information.

The ‘Falcons Nest’ Bar is Built and Ready for Habitation!
Yes!  Your new favorite bar hangout is now ready on the second floor of the Maryville University Hockey Center.  The only thing we need is County approval to open it!  Food and beverages will be available as you watch your Falcons fly around on the ice from the comfort of the ‘Falcons Nest’!   We will announce the opening on our websites as soon as approval is given.  

Questions
Please reach out to Board@ChesterfieldHockey.com

Thank you for your support! Safety will be our number one priority. We know everyone is excited to resume some sense of normalcy; and we look forward to seeing you soon. See you at the Rink!

Board of Directors
Chesterfield Hockey Association

Questions

Spring Learn to Play

$99 - Open to GIRLS and BOYS - Little Blues Hockey Participants Welcome!

OVERVIEW: Our Learn to Play program is a fun way for girls and boys to get introduced to the sport of ice hockey!

We offer most of the gear for a small deposit that is returned when you return the gear, so this program is a great way to allow your player to test out the sport without the financial commitment. Our goals are to develop a fun learning experience while teaching the very basics of the sport of hockey. We will cover both skating and puck skills while progressing in a fun manner. Our certified on-ice coaches get the children to develop through a variety of practice drills and fun informal games.

START: Program will start following the lifting of the current St. Louis County "Stay at Home" order and the start up of schools. The program is not cancelled.

We reserve the right to merge the groups into the 1st hour if necessary (Only if registration numbers are low)

 

LOCATION: All sessions will be held at the new Maryville University Hockey Center, located in the Chesterfield Valley. 18383 Chesterfield Airport Rd. (It is directly behind the Comfort Inn & Suites hotel.)

NUMBER OF WEEKS: 8 weeks; 1 class per week. See schedule for specifics.

COST:   $99 program cost 

  • Cost does not include USA Hockey membership or equipment, which is required.
    • All previous Little Blues participants will already have a USA Hockey membership number as part of their participation.
    • Anyone who did not participate in Little Blues and was born in 2013 or later, the USA Hockey membership is free.
    • Anyone who did not participate in Little Blues and was born in 2012 or earlier, it will be $46 for USA Hockey membership. It's good till August.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED 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.

Additionally all players are required to register and become a member with USA Hockey. Membership with USA Hockey includes insurance. Read more about USA Hockey Membership Benefits.

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.

Pre-Requisite: 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 website (on our Maryville University Hockey Center webpage) for information on Learn to Skate classes. You may also reach out to our Learn to Skate Director, Melody Carper, 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 skillsets, 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.

I would like to rent the hockey equipment, what is included and who do I contact? Our equipment rental program offers much but not all of the required equipment for a deposit cost of $150 (refundable after returning of the equipment). Rental equipment items are subject to stock availability.

Items Included (subject to availability):

  • Gloves
  • Shin pads
  • Pants
  • Elbow pads
  • Shoulder pads
  • Bag
  • Jersey

Items NOT Included: (Must be independently purchased or acquired).

  • Skates
  • Stick
  • Hockey Socks (to go over shin pads)
  • Cup
  • Helmet
  • Mouth Guard

We recommend buying these items at Pure Hockey, located near Lowes in Chesterfield Valley.

If you are interested in renting equipment, see below:

Next Equipment Fitting Sessions

  • Please bring a check (we can not accept cash or credit cards) made payable to Chesterfield Hockey Association for $150.
  • The equipment fitting session will be on:
    • Details coming soon.

Additional Questions?
General Program Questions

Equipment Rental Questions

Registration

Questions

Please reach out to Greg.Papuga@ChesterfieldHockey.com if you have any questions.