Learn to Play
Learn to Play 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.
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The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), in partnership with USA Hockey, have identified the need for a unified growth strategy as a priority for the sport of hockey. The Learn to Play initiative aims to be the gold standard for youth hockey programs with the goal of inspiring more families to join the hockey community. Learn to Play challenges the way youth hockey is offered by providing first-time participants free head-to-toe equipment, eight (8) classes of age-appropriate on-ice instruction, and certified coaching in a fun and safe atmosphere.
The Seattle Kraken Learn to Play program is offered to new, first-time participants (boys and girls) between the ages of five (5) and nine (9). Participants must not have previously registered with USA Hockey or previously participated in a hockey league/program (house/rec league, learn to play, mini-mites, camps, etc.). Participants should complete a Learn to Skate class prior to enrolling in Learn to Play.
Participants are required to complete Learn to Skate classes prior to enrolling in Learn to Play. Registration information for Learn to Skate is posted at Kraken Community Iceplex
Unfortunately, no. The NHL Learn to Play program is offered only to new, first-time participants. Players can join next level Learn to Play classes or join Jr Squid or Jr Kraken teams. Before the end of this series of classes, you will receive recommended next steps registration information for your player.
The program provides FREE head-to-toe equipment for your child to keep as they continue exploring youth hockey. However, there is a participation fee associated with the program which offsets ice and coaching expenses.
Upon registration, each participant will receive complimentary head-to-toe hockey equipment. Participants will attend a local fitting session to get sized for their equipment (pending COVID restrictions at the time, this may be virtual). After registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail and instructions for finding a local fitting session. The equipment provided includes: a helmet with cage, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, shin guards, gloves, hockey skates, a hockey stick, jersey, socks, and an equipment bag. Participants will be required to purchase their own neck guard, mouth guard, and athletic supporter (jock/jill). All equipment is required to be worn during on-ice sessions. Participants keep the equipment upon graduating from the Learn to Play program.
No, within the first few weeks of class, you will get an e-mail with your USA Hockey number, so do not register your child yourself for USA Hockey. USA Hockey is the governing body of ice hockey in the United States. (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 participants in the Seattle Kraken Learn to Play program.
It is strongly recommended that participants arrive 30-60 minutes early prior to the first on-ice session. Please arrive in enough time to ensure that your child is able to get checked in, dressed, and on the ice on time. It can take longer than expected to get your child dressed, especially in the first few sessions.
Let your coach know that you will not be attending a certain class, however we are unable to offer make up classes for missed lessons.