2016 Free Learn to Skate (ages 4-10) – in conjunction with USA Hockey’s “Try Hockey for Free Day”

BYSA is pleased to offer a free Learn to Skate program once again this year. The scheduled dates are November 12th, 19th, 26th and December 3rd (8:45 am – 9:30 am). Come to as many as you like, there is no requirement to show up to all the lessons.


Required equipment includes skates, helmet and gloves (winter gloves are fine). Recommended equipment includes elbow pads and knee/shin pads (skateboarding pads are acceptable). We do have an inventory of equipment to borrow for this event, including helmets. This will be available on a first come first serve basis and can be used for all the sessions.  We are also holding an equipment swap on Sept 27th - 28th 6-7:30, in the Barre Auditorium basement. Skates can be rented from Thygesen Sports at the rink.



Last year we had 35-40 skaters on the ice for this program, it can be hectic (more so off the ice than on, PLEASE BE PATIENT). If your child needs equipment or skates, it can take time to size correctly, so arrive early (depending on the number of registrations we may hand out equipment prior to the 12th).

We will put your name on the helmet and you can grab it at the beginning of each event. We will have volunteers available to help with putting equipment on. There is also a helpful video at this link.

On the ice we will have approximately 15 coaches and high school players available to help your child. The sessions are very laid back, the goal is fun. Children are allowed to stay on the ice as long as they wish.

Coaches will try to show them a few basic techniques (getting up after falling, “duck” walk, etc). We allow them to move freely in the assigned area, but at times we’ll try to organize the whole group for a game of “Red Light, Green Light” or “Sharks and Minnows.” If your child has some experience on the ice already and has developed beyond this, we may separate them into a 2nd group and do more advanced skills.

We do have “walkers” that the children can use if they are not comfortable skating on their own. Parents are not allowed on the ice, unless they register with USA Hockey and take the appropriate training. We ask that if you are willing to coach that you help all the children not only your own.


Registration is through USA Hockey and will be open the first week of October.

Any questions please email