Learn to Play Hockey

Learning to play hockey is more than just learning a game. More than skating, passing and stick-handling, hockey is about responsibility, respect and teamwork. As adults learn the skills needed to succeed on the ice, they also build and solidify important character traits needed to succeed off the ice.  
 
The Greater Seattle Hockey League (GSHL) Learn to Play Hockey (LTPH) program aims to be the gold standard for hockey programs with the goal of inspiring more adults to join the hockey community. LTPH changes the way adult hockey is offered by providing weekly sessions of skill appropriate on-ice instruction by certified coaches in a fun and safe atmosphere. LTPH on-ice instruction plans have been developed in collaboration with experts from USA Hockey.
 
The GSHL hosts year-round LTPH classes -- ranging from beginner/novice to intermediate classes. The LTPH schedule and registration information is included below -- as well as some frequently asked questions. 

Program Schedule

All Learn to Play Hockey classes will be held on Sunday, 4:30pm at Olympic View Arena. Cost: $200 for the 8, weekly classes of 75-minutes on-ice instruction. To register, click here. All participants must be registered with both USA Hockey and the GSHL, and each participant is responsible for supplying their own equipment. See below for a list of equipment suggestions.

  1. Sunday, February 10 @ 4:30pm
  2. Sunday, February 17 @ 4:30pm
  3. Sunday, February 24 @ 4:30pm
  4. Sunday, March 3 @ 4:30pm
  5. Sunday, March 10 @ 4:30pm
  6. Sunday, March 17 @ 4:30pm
  7. Sunday, March 24 @ 4:30pm
  8. Sunday, March 31 @ 4:30pm

Meet GSHL's Newest Players



    EVERYONE IS WELCOME

    If you share the same passion for hockey as we do, that is all you need! The program is for both men and women -- and many participants join with their girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, wives or friends.
     
     

     

    NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED

    Clearly you love hockey -- that's why you are here. Perhaps you played as a kid but fell out of it by pursuing something else. Whatever the reason may be, it is never too late to get back into it.


     

     

    8 WEEKLY LESSONS

     The program spans 8 weeks where we teach you how to become a hockey player. There are also pre-ice chalk talks to learn game strategy, basic rules & fundamentals, and to answer any questions you may have.


     

     


    SKATING


    While we recommend you have a basic understanding of skating, you'll learn other techniques to skating forwards, backwards, stopping, tight turns, and even crossovers and transitions.
     

     
     


    PASSING & SHOOTING


    Our program will teach you all aspects of hockey. This will include passing & shooting, as well as a saucer pass, snap & wrist shots, and the famous slap shot. Once everyone grasps the individual skills, you'll start playing games!
     
     
     


    PLAY GAMES


    The last session is reserved for a scrimmage -- a light game where you compete against your classmates. This is the last step before the program forms into an actual team or two and enters league play.
     
     
     
     

    Equipment Suggestions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The Greater Seattle Hockey League is an adult league, so anyone over the age of 18 is welcome with no cap! We have new hockey players sign up that are over 80 years old! You are never too old.



    Although it will help to have some skating ability, if you have never skated before the instructors will work with you and teach you the basics to start skating and playing hockey. No previous experience is required and the first two sessions of the program are focused explicitly on skating, starting and stopping.



    The Greater Seattle Hockey League does not loan or otherwise supply equipment for our Learn to Play Hockey program. All skaters and goaltenders will need a full set of ice hockey equipment (Skaters: click here. Goalies: click here). If you do not have any equipment or have old equipment, stop by any of the local Pro Shops to acquire or be outfitted with updated equipment.



    The short answer is: yes! Co-ed means different things to different people. To the Greater Seattle Hockey League, it means that we treat men and women as equals, so there is no reason in the world why both genders could not play in the same program or on the same team. How does this work in the locker room, you may wonder? You may simply put your undergarments on prior to leaving home or in the separate restrooms, followed by the rest of your equipment with everyone else present so you don't miss out on the social aspects of the locker room. If you are not comfortable with this suggestion, dedicated locker rooms can be sought out at most playing arenas (depends on playing arena availability, please contact the league ahead of time to inquire).



    The Learn to Play Hockey program spans eight (8) weeks and all on-ice sessions are 75 minutes with some pre-scheduled off-ice chalk talks prior to on-ice instruction. Please arrive 30 minutes before each on-ice session so you have enough time to get dressed and enjoy the pre-game locker room atmosphere.



    If the program is not sold out, it would be up to you and on how many sessions are left. If you are missing the orientation and one or two other sessions, it is still worth taking the program because you will have a team to play for at the end and you would only miss a little bit of material that you can catch later. Your registration costs would be pro-rated, of course. Contact the league to register.



    Certainly! Each session has room for two to four goalies, and there is a qualified instructor as well as actual, more experienced goalies, present to work with new goalies for on-ice sessions. The rest of the sessions are games/scrimmages and you get to try out your newly acquired skills in real action between the pipes. After the program is over, there should be one or two teams forming that'll jump right in to play in the lowest division of the league. You are guaranteed a place to play since you get to be part of that process. If a team does not form, we will do our best to get you onto a team.


     



    Great question! The process varies from goaltenders to skaters. One that can only be answered by watching these short videos.

    SKATERS: https://youtu.be/DRFg4kkLmtY


    GOALTENDERS: https://youtu.be/lExZSYk2EsY

     



    If you are interested in registering for the Learn to Play Hockey program, here is how:

    1. First, if you don't already have them, obtain both USA Hockey and GSHL Memberships.
    2. Unless you already have everything, acquire all of your required -- and suggested -- hockey equipment. If you need help understanding what equipment is needed -- and acquiring your equipment -- head on over to our Pro Shops page.
    3. Check the schedule above for the dates, times & location. Please register by clicking here.
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