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Learn to Play / New to Hockey

Welcome to Ice Hockey!

Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association would like to welcome you to ice hockey and to the Sno-King community. We’re certain your child will discover that ice hockey is a fun and enjoyable sport. Our mission is to Build Players for Life. We have a heart to grow the game and develop young hockey players . We think you’ll find most of the answers to your questions below, and also be sure to take time to read all the information on our website. If you have any further questions please feel free to email us

Sno-King's Learn to Play Programs

Sno-King offers several programs for children and adults to experience and learn the basic fundamentals of skating and playing hockey. If your child wants to try playing hockey Try Hockey Free clinics are offered where equipment is provided and where participants can experience the thrill of being on the ice. A child can learn to skate in our Hockey 1 program that teaches basic skating and preliminary hockey skills. In addition, the Learn to Skate program is taught by experienced figure skating instructors and provides the opportunity to learn to skate without hockey gear. The next stage of participation is in the Hockey 2 program which prepares a player for joining a competitive team. We offer Adult Learn to Play for Adults who have never played before or for those who have very little experience.

For more information on each program click the links to the right. For answers to Frequently Asked Questions continue reading below and be sure to take time to read the information within our website. If you have any further questions please feel free to call 425-821-7133 or email us

Frequently Asked Questions:
 
At what age can my child begin ice hockey at Sno-King?

Typically, children are between five and eight years old when they enter the Learn To Play Program although some children as young as four years of age can learn how to skate in one of our programs. If your child is other than eight, we also offer a Late Start program. 

What if my child needs to learn to skate?  

Sno-King has two ways your for your child to learn to skate:

  • Learn to Play Hockey 1 - This portion of the Learn to Play program provides the opportunity to learn skating skills while incorporating some very basic fundamentals for playing hockey.   
  • Learn to Skate - This is a program that is taught by professional figure skating instructors and provides sound fundamental skating instruction for both beginners and those that want to improve their skating.
Can we try it first?

Periodically Sno-King offers a one-day TryHockeyFree program where a child can experience what it is like to be on the ice in hockey gear.

Where can we skate?

Sno-King operates 3 ice rinks on Seattle's Eastside:

What happens after Learn To Play?

Depending on their age and ability, players can move on to a team. Recommendations will be made by your Learn to Play Hockey 1 & 2 instructors as to what is the next step for you.  For additional information about all the programs available at Sno-King, including our Select and Recreation teams go to the Programs page.

When does the season start and how long is it?

Sno-King has several Learn to Play programs throughout the year and players may join at any time with a pro-rated fee. The length of each program varies. 

How do I register my child to play at Sno-King?

You can register by clicking the appropriate link: Learn to Play Hockey 1 or Hockey 2.

TRY HOCKEY FREE

Have an on-ice experience

Learn to Play Hockey 1

Learn skating & basic hockey movements

LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY 2

Prepare to move to a competitive team

Late Start Program

For Ages 10 to 14

Adult Learn To Play

Adults learn basic hockey skills and movements

Learn to Skate

Click Here

HOCKEY EQUIPMENT

Where can I purchase ice hockey gear?

Elevate Sporting Pro Shops are located in the Renton and Snoqualmie Ice Arenas and provide a variety of new and used hockey and figure skating gear and apparel along with skate sharpening service.  Please check their website for more details.

How can I as a parent get involved at Sno-King?

Sno-King welcomes your participation in the organization. We feel that member participation is the best way to give your child a quality experience that builds players for life. Check out the Volunteer page to see just a few ways that you can get involved.

What hockey gear does my child need?

Depending on the program some or all of the following gear may be needed.  For children in the Learn to Play Program, some equipment can be rented from Sno-King. For more info on equipment click here.

  • Ice Hockey Skates
  • Hockey Helmet with Full Face Guard
  • Hockey Gloves
  • Hockey Stick
  • Elbow Pads
  • Hockey Pants
  • Shin Pads
  • Hockey Socks
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Neck Guard
  • Garter Belt or Hockey Shorts with Velcro
  • Sports Protective Cup
  • Mouth Guard
  • Practice Jersey