Valley Youth Hockey is a Tier II association based at Onondaga Nation Arena and Meachem Rink in Syracuse, NY.

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Welcome to First Strides Skating School (FSSS)!

For ages 4-8, learn to skate in a safe environment with the support of a number of coaches and players in the Valley organization, even players from the Corcoran High School Hockey team (Syracuse Cougars). Many Valley Hockey players started skating with our First Strides program and acquired their skills and passion for hockey there!


2017-18 Season Schedule

Session 1 – NOV to DEC (9-10am): 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17
Session 2 – JAN to FEB: 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11

Lessons will be one hour in length. All children are required to wear skates, a helmet, and heavy winter or hockey gloves. Our coaches will work to get the children comfortable and moving all over the ice, establishing a solid skating foundation.

Registration for new skaters to First Strides Skating School is FREE for first time registrants!

Due to fantastic interest in this program, registration will be capped at 40 children for Session 1 and 40 children for Session 2.





1. Go to and click on the "Register Now" button.
2. Choose member type "Ice player and Coach"
3. Follow the directions and fill in the blanks.

If your child was born before 2010, you are required to pay USA Hockey a non-refundable $43 fee via credit card to USA Hockey. For children born in 2010 or later, there is no fee.

Please note your confirmation number (USA Hockey will e-mail it to you).



Register your child online with Valley HERE!

If you have questions about FSSS, please refer to the First Strides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

First Strides FAQs

First Strides Flyer with dates

For questions regarding registration issues, please contact either VYHA Registrar, Anthony Polhamus, at or VYHA Webmaster, Brian Lalik at .

For questions about whether to enroll your child in First Strides or as an Initiation Player (IP), contact Garth Werner, IP & Mini Mite Coordinator, at .