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2017-2018 Learn To Play Hockey - Children

Year-Round for Ages 4-10, Spring & Summer for Ages 11-16

Learn to Play Hockey classes provide children the opportunity to learn the basics of skating and hockey from USA Hockey-trained instructors in a fun-to-learn, relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere. No skating or hockey experience is required.

Each class includes 40 minutes of skating and stick instruction and a 10-minute hockey game. Upon completion of the classes, players are ready to join the RMU ISC Island Colonials and enjoy playing with children of similar age and ability.

Pre-Hockey/Learn to Skate

A structured lesson plan provides a strong foundation of skating know-how and confidence building. Skills include stance, walking, t-push, two-foot glide, scooting, O's, preparing for snowplow stop, backwards stance and walking.

Hockey I

Each week includes a review of skills learned in Pre Hockey/Learn to Skate and the introduction of new skills such as snowplow stop, one-foot glides, backward O's and forward strides. From this solid base, the fundamental skills of skating, stick handling, passing and shooting can be properly taught.

Hockey II

Each week includes a review of skills learned in Hockey I and the introduction of new skills such as v-start, stationary and moving stick handling, open ice carry, forehand and backhand passing and receiving, turning, use of feet to control puck and stopping with the puck.

Priority Registration

Because our program fills very quickly we have adopted the following priority registration policy to ensure that returning children have the opportunity to register as long as they meet the deadline.

Priority 1

Skaters enrolled in the present session. (Please note for the 2017 Back To School session ALL children who have skated in any Learn to Play Hockey session between September 2016 and July 2017 are priority 1 for the Back to School session.)

Priority 2

Priority 2 students must meet ONE of the following criteria.

-          They are a sibling of a child enrolled in the current Session of LTP Hockey.

-          The student or sibling is/was enrolled in one of the RMU LTP Hockey Sessions between September 2017 and July 2018.

-          The skater, a sibling or an immediate family member is/was enrolled in one of the RMU Learn to Skate sessions between September 2017 and July 2018.

-          The skater, a sibling or an immediate family member is/was is enrolled AS AN INDIVIDUAL in one of the following RMU programs between September 2017 and July 2018: Learn to Play InLine, Youth InLine Spring or Summer House League, Steel Power, Senior Iron Lung, Sunday evening adult hockey classes, Hockey Survival Skills, RMU Summer Ice Hockey Camps, RMU Summer InLine Hockey Camp, Golf Academy Classes.

-          They are a sibling of a child who is playing for the Artic Foxes or Island Colonial during the 2017-2018 season.

-          They are a child of current RMU employee and/or student.

-          They are a child of RMU Alumni.

-          They have moved to Pittsburgh area from an area outside the tri state region within the last 6 months. (Must get Bob Arturo approval prior to registering to meet this criteria.) 

Priority 3

Open registration.

All registration can be done online at, in person, via mail, or over the phone at 412-397-4454.


Classes require a USA Hockey approved helmet (HECC) with facemask, hockey skates, hockey elbow pads, hockey shin guards, hockey gloves (mittens are allowed for little ones), warm clothing and a hockey stick. An athletic cup, shoulder pads, pants and neck guard are recommended. All skaters will receive an RMU Island Colonials hockey jersey for the first session in which they enroll. Rental skates are available at no charge. The RMU ISC Pro Shop offers a special Beginner's Package and an Equipment Buy Back Program. For more information, call 412-397-4459.

USA Hockey Membership

You must have your 2017-2018 USA Hockey Membership in order to register for the LTP Hockeky program. Go to and click on 'online registration'. Once you have completed the registration process you will be e-mailed a confirmation page with a 14 digit confirmation number. We need this number to enroll you in the Learn to Play Hockey program.

The fee is $45 for all players born 2010 and earlier, but there is no charge for those born 2011 and later. However, ALL players must register with USA Hockey, even those who do not have to pay.

This membership fee is valid through August 31, 2018.


Your registration fee also includes six Stick Time passes, which can also be used for public skating.


Parents, assistant coaches are needed. Do not worry about having to skate like Sidney Crosby. If you enjoy working with children, we would love to have you on the ice - its fun!!!

We supply you with the "what, when and how" to teach - you supply the enthusiasm and a lending hand. Please note all parents wishing to help out on the ice must wear a USA Hockey HECC certified hockey helmet and read, sign and abide by our Working with Minors Policy.

Level 1 coaching seminars are available through USA Hockey. We will reimburse you for the registration fee if your chose to attend any level 1 seminar.

For more information on registering for these seminars please go to the USA Hockey website,

Interested volunteers should complete the "Assistant Coaches" section on the attached registration form. Thanks for your help - it will be fun!!!