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.
USA Hockey Registration
Each Player must register first with USA Hockey, as a MISSOURI based player, before registering for the program
CLICK HERE to go to USA Hockey Registration and register your player(s).
Registration Fee is $46 per child (FREE for birth year 2015 and after). Affiliate Fee is $8 per child (FREE for birth year 2015 and after). Be sure to PRINT and SAVE the confirmation code(s). Remember to register EACH of your players with USA Hockey. Each player must have their own unique USA Hockey confirmation number. This is an insurance requirement to be on the ice.
Medical Consent and Code of Conduct Form
Every participant must fill out and sign the USA Hockey Medical Consent and Code of Conduct forms. These can either be downloaded and filled out electronically or printed and handwritten.
They must be uploaded at the time you register.
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.
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.
Learn to Play is an opportunity for younger children to try the sport of ice hockey.
You will need to complete the Medical Consent form, found on this page, to register your child. (You must upload it as one document.)