Learn to Play

Our FREE Learn To Play (LTP) Program is designed to introduce families to the wonderful sport of ice hockey. 


The program is for boys and girls from ages 4-10 with the vast majority being 8 & under.


Twin Bridges typically offers several Learn to Play sessions each year.


East Alton Ice Arena is our home rink for Learn to Play.


The six week session is modeled after the USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM) to teach the fundamentals of skating and hockey in a fun environment while providing a solid foundation for young players to build on. USA Hockey has spent millions of dollars in research to create this model. The model allows kids to learn while playing tag, soccer, and other fun games on the ice that keeps the kids wanting to come back to the rink because it is enjoyable.


All players registered in the LTP session must wear the proper equipment in order to participate in the on-ice activities.  Twin Bridges offers an equipment rental service that includes all of the proper equipment for FREE! or families can supply their own equipment as long as it meets proper safety requirements.

A check in the amount of $100 is required as a deposit and must be submitted the day of the Equipment Rental Handout, typically a couple of hours before the first day of LTP. The check is returned or shredded when the equipment is returned in good condition.


  • Please make checks submitted for the equipment rental deposit made out to: Twin Bridges Lightning
  • Because the program is directed towards younger players, we are very limited in larger equipment.
  • TBL does not offer equipment rental for any other programs other than LTP.

Included NOT Included
Helmet w/Cage X
Shoulder Pads X
Hockey Pants X
Shin Pads X
Elbow Pads X
Hockey Gloves X
Skates X
Hockey Stick X
Equipment Bag X
Mouth Guard X
Jock X

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Should my player wear a mouth guard?

A: Mouth Guards are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as they provide adequate protection against players biting their tongues and biting down hard on their teeth. They can be purchased in the Pro Shop at East Alton Ice Arena. 

Q: What is groin protection?

A: A Hockey Jock (boys) or Jill (girls) provides a player with pelvic protection. Velcro straps help hold hockey socks in place.  A regular jock can also be worn but tape will most likely be necessary. 

Q: How do I use hockey sock tape (clear)?

A: Tape is applied around hockey socks and over the shin pads to prevent the shin pad from shifting and the hockey sock from sliding down. Tape can be purchased in the Pro Shop at East Alton Ice Arena (enough for the entire session).

Q: How do I know when my player is ready to join a regular club season and play on a team?

A: Generally after two (2) LTP sessions your child is ready to take their next step and join one of our regular season teams. We have numerous teams with various skill levels at each age group so your child can feel comfortable and continue to have fun while playing at the next level.

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