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Introduction - The Jr. Yellow Jackets Learn to Skate / Learn to Play program is designed for beginners from age 3 and up. The program provides the opportunity for all boys and girls to learn the basics of ice skating and basic hockey skills, in a SAFE and FUN environment. When you sign up for the Learn to Skate / Learn to Play, you will be in a program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development.  Skater's progress at their own rate and coaches make session’s active using teaching aids and a wide variety of games and activities that create a fun environment and promote learning. Beginners can start out by pushing "walkers" across the ice in order to keep their balance.  And before you know it, they are skating on their own!


Coaches/Instructors - USA Hockey certifies all our coaches throughout the Jr. Yellow Jackets. It is a mandatory requirement for all coaches in the association to be certified. Parents interested in assisting in the Learn to Skate program should contact the program coordinator for more information.


Required Equipment - All skaters must have ice skates, helmet with face cage or shield, neck guard and heavy gloves (preferably hockey gloves).   We also highly recommend knee/shin pads and elbow pads for the Learn to Skate program. For the Learn to Play program, in addition to the above mentioned, skaters will also need hockey gloves and stick, shoulder and elbow pads, hockey pants, shin guards and athletic supporter/jock with protective cup.


Location - All sessions are held at Cyr Arena, 200 Trafton Rd, Springfield, MA (inside Forest Park).


Schedule - Sundays from 1:00pm - 1:50pm. 

Session 1:  10/3/21 - 12/12/21  (11 weeks)
Session 2:  1/9/22 - 3/20/22 (11 weeks)


Cost - $100 per session

No refunds of registration fees will be issued after the program has begun.


Registration - To register, complete online registration form, and USA Hockey Consent to Treat Form.  Both forms are available under documents tab.


No child will be allowed to participate until all the forms are completed and all fees are paid. Please understand that this is for the safety of the child, the parents/guardian and GSYHA.


Information - For more information about this program, please contact our Board of Directors @ 

by posted 09/21/2021

The Novice program is played in (3) sessions with each session having (6) games played on Sundays and (1) jamboree at the end of each session.



  • Practices will be on Tuesday at 4:00 - 4:50 pm
  • Games for Session 2 will begin approximately Sunday Dec 5th, running 7 weeks (all Sundays mornings)
  • Games for Session 3 will begin approximately Sunday Jan 30th, running 7 weeks (all Sundays mornings)


The cost is $250 per session (this includes access to Learn to Skate / Learn to Play, as well as a uniform to keep for the games). To register, please complete online registration form.



Volunteers - Typically there are (3) Novice teams, so ideally 5-6 coaches on the ice.  During games, 1 coach per team will skate and 1 coach will man the bench.  Please feel free to email us if you are interested ( ).  In addition to coaches, it is also very helpful to have a volunteer as Team Manager.  This is an opportunity for someone to facilitate communications to the team, group text and help coordinate events that may come up, such as a year end pizza party, group outing to an AIC college hockey game, etc.  The more volunteers the better!


If you have any questions let me know,


We look forward to seeing you at the ice.

by posted 09/21/2021

Congratulations to our Squirt 3 team for winning the GSL East Championship game!

by posted 03/14/2021
Squirt South Champions!

Congratulations to our Squirt 2 team for winning the GSL South Championship game!

by posted 03/14/2021
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