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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.
Please reach out to Greg.Papuga@ChesterfieldHockey.com if you have any questions.
Communications & Club Secretary
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.
Last updated: June 30th, 2020 (See yellow highlights)
In accordance with State and County guidelines; combined with safety procedures developed & implemented by Chesterfield Hockey at our Pacific Rink facility (which has been operating since early May); please read our following procedures:
Arrival: Please arrive 30 min prior to your session. Parents are encouraged to wear a mask - Players will not be asked to wear a mask on ice. Everyone will enter through the front door, where temperature checks, a quick health questionnaire and a collection of names will be administered to everyone entering the building. In accordance with guidelines, please maintain social distancing where possible. UPDATE: Spectators must wear a mask at all times while in the building. Spectators will be allowed to move freely around the building; including inside the rinks. Players will not be required to wear a mask while on the ice. Social distancing guidelines remain in effect. While in the bar, you will not be required to wear a mask while sitting at a table or eating / drinking. You will be required to wear a mask while moving around the bar area.
Players will proceed to the appropriate rink & parents will proceed upstairs. UPDATE - ITEM REMOVED PER STATEMENT ABOVE.
No fans or spectators are allowed in the rink or in the stands (per the County). Parents may however view the ice through the upstairs floor to ceiling windows. Our large bar called the “Falcons Nest” is now open! Come on in! Our upstairs foyer area (where the video games are) is however closed.
Getting dressed / undressed: Players will use locker rooms. UPDATE - ITEM REMOVED PER STATEMENT ABOVE:
Parents may assist their players in getting dressed if necessary, but must then proceed upstairs. Additional folding chairs are available outside the locker rooms. If Players can arrive partially dressed, it is greatly appreciated. Locker rooms will be sanitized before the next group.
Water bottles: Players are to bring their own water bottle. Be sure their names are written on them.
Restrooms: The lobby restrooms will be open - locker room restrooms will not be open (including showers)
Exiting building: Everyone will exit the building through the rink side doors (We have a one way traffic flow system).
Thank you for your patience everyone!
Refer to the schedule to know which rink they will be on
SH = Right rink
HK = Left rink
Park cars accordingly
Will start the evening of Friday June 19th.
GROUP A. WILL START @ 6:45PM
GROUP B. WILL START @ 7:45PM
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.
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):
Items NOT Included: (Must be independently purchased or acquired).
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
Equipment Rental Questions