Tampa Bay Lightning 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 program is offered to new, first-time participants (boys and girls) between the ages of 5 and 10. First-time participants are those participants who have not previously been registered to a USA Hockey or Hockey Canada sanctioned minor hockey program.
It is recommended for a child who has no prior ice skating experience to enroll in a “learn to skate” program, but not required. Most rinks also have regular ice skating sessions which are open to the public and a great way to gain experience and confidence on the ice.
A list of locations offering Learn to Play in your area can be found on this page.
The fee for the Learn to Play Hockey program is $175, however, the program provides head-to-toe equipment for FREE.
These costs cover ice time and other associated fees.
Upon being accepted into the Learn to Play program, each participant will receive head-to-toe equipment. The equipment package includes; a helmet with cage, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, shin guards, hockey skates, a hockey stick, jersey, socks and an equipment bag. We also recommend a mouth guard and athletic supporter for all participants. All equipment is required to be worn during each on-ice session. Participants may keep the equipment upon graduating from the Learn to Play program.
No, when the program ends participants get to keep all of their equipment!
Unfortunately not. The LTP program is offered to only new, first-time participants.
The National Governing Bodies for youth hockey in the United States and Canada, respectively.
Yes, the membership is valid for the current youth hockey season. Upon enrolling in your next hockey program beyond the current playing season, standard fees will apply.
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 Learn to Play participants.
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 Governing Body fees will apply.
You should arrive a minimum of 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 Learn to Play Hockey session, you will be contacted via email by a Lightning representative.
You will be provided with an overview of next step/transition programs after our last on-ice sessions, prior to graduating from the Learn to Play program. Additional information will be available for families at the LTP Graduation Event.
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