Anaheim Ducks Hockey Development
Little Ducks is a program that provides a unique opportunity for families to join the hockey community and for participants to develop fundamental skills to help them succeed both on and off the ice. Created jointly by the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL). Learn to Play’s goal is to inspire youth and welcome more families into the hockey community.
Children should have basic skating skills before taking part in Little Ducks. Click here for more information on the best place to get started.
***Children may only take part in the Little Ducks program once. Children who have prior hockey experience are not eligible to participate in Little Ducks. Click here to find the best next step for your child. ***
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Frequently Asked Questions
Everything you need to know about the Little Ducks!
This program is offered to new, first-time participants (boys and girls). First-time participants are those participants who have not previously been registered to a USA Hockey sanctioned youth hockey program. Children who have previously participated in another NHL Learn to Play program (i.e. Lil’ Kings) are not eligible to take part in Little Ducks.
Yes, participants should be able to skate from one end of the ice to the other unassisted in order to take part in the Little Ducks program. If your child is new to skating, click here for options on the best place to get started.
- A list of locations offering Little Ducks in your area can be found on this page.
The Little Ducks program costs $225 for six-weeks of instruction and a complete set of brand-new Bauer hockey equipment.
These costs cover ice time, equipment and your USA Hockey membership
Unfortunately, no. The Little Ducks program is offered only to new, first-time participants. You will be provided with information on next steps from the facility you participate with at the conclusion of your session.
The National Governing Bodies for youth hockey in the United States. (https://www.usahockey.com/)
USA Hockey as the Governing Body provides a number of resources for the Learn to Play program, including; age-appropriate training modules and practice plans, coaching certification, background screening and insurance for all Little Ducks participants.
Yes, the membership is valid for the current youth hockey season (membership runs Sept 1-Aug 31 annually). Upon enrolling in your next hockey program beyond the current playing season, standard fees will apply.
Registration with the Governing Bodies is included for the Learn to Play program. Should you elect to enroll in a future hockey program upon graduating from the Learn to Play Program, standard annual Governing Body and state affiliate fees will apply.
You should arrive a 45-60 minutes prior to start time for your first on-ice session to provide enough time for your child to check-in and get dressed before taking to the ice.
Yes. In the event that the session that you are attempting to register for is sold out, you will automatically be added to a waiting list and contacted should a spot become available.
If you have been moved off the waiting list and have been placed into a Little Ducks session, you will be contacted via email by a NHL Club/program representative. In the event that no spots become available, you will be contacted by a NHL Club representative to discuss future Learn to Play program opportunities.
All participants will be evaluated during the fifth week of the program so that they can be placed into the correct next step following the Little Ducks program. Additional information will be provided at the sixth and final session of the program.
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