Learn to Play

Learn to Play Hockey with Cape Fear!

Our Learn to Play program is recommended for players ages 4-10 years old interested in starting hockey as well as first-season players. It is important for these players to become comfortable on the ice as they progress into a full hockey curriculum.

This program is designed to be the natural progression of the USA Hockey Learn to Skate program combined with lesson plans from the USA Hockey American Development Model.

Please take a look at the USA Hockey Learn to Skate Evaluation Sheet to help determine if Learn to Play is right for your player.

In conjunction with Learn to Play, we strongly recommend participating in Learn to Skate USA Basic Skills or a Hockey 1-4 program. You can register for both with Airborne Ice Skating at the Cleland Ice Rink's front office.

Registration Is Open

Session 1:
8:00 am - 9:00 am on the following Saturdays

Sept 9, Sept 16, Sept 23, Sept 30, Oct 7, Oct 14

Session 2:
8:00 am - 9:00 am on the following Saturdays

Oct 21, Oct 28, Nov 4, Nov 11, Nov 18, Dec 2, Dec 9

Session 3
Registration is Open!

8:00 am - 9:00 am on the following Saturdays
Jan 6, Jan 13, Jan 20, Jan 27, Feb 3, Feb 10

Session 4:

Mar 2, Mar 9, Mar 16, Mar 23, Apr 6, Apr 13

What to Wear

Players must be in full hockey gear
for this program

Don't have gear? Contact us about our equipment loan program at secretary@capefearhockey.com or you may purchase your own gear.

Also required:
Protective Cup
Skate Guards or Soakers
Water Bottle

Thin clothing to wear under gear

We have straight wooden sticks as well as a variety of donated sticks to choose from. The other items on this list would need to be purchased.

For questions on how to dress your hockey player, we recommend USA Hockey's video here. We can help you at the rink as well.

Equipment Checklist (1)

Coaching Staff

Lisa DiRusso
Learn to Play Head Coach


Locker Room Policy

Learn To Play skaters will not be assigned a locker room. Please utilize the benches located around the rink to get ready and store your items neatly before getting on the ice.


Have more questions?

Give us a call at (910) 227-3586 or

send us an e-mail at secretary@capefearhockey.com

Our organization is not endorsed by the Department of Defense or the United States Army and this is a non-federal entity.

CFYHA is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and has no governmental status.