HIP - Learn to Play

The Hockey Initiation Program (HIP) is geared towards children with little or no skating experience, typically between the ages 4 to 10. This learn-to-skate program focuses on improving skating ability and other basic hockey skills focusing on USA Hockey's development model. Participants will learn balance, agility, edge work, forward skating (glide and stride), backward skating, and stopping. They will also learn basic puck handling, passing and shooting. Cross ice scrimmages are added as the season progresses. The goal at this level is to teach fundamental hockey skills for a successful transition into one of the Mite programs.


Typically between 4 to 10 years old but there are always exceptions.


HIP is run in four 5-week sessions. The first session is free, $20 for follow additional sessions.

Sessions are on Mondays during the hockey season from 6:15-7 PM.


HIP sessions are always at the Manitowoc County Ice Center


If a player shows significant progress, and parents and coaches agree, it is possible to move from our HIP program to the 6U/8U Mites program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What equipment should my child wear?

Helmet & Gloves are required along with skates. Skate rentals are included as part of the registration if needed. We have a supply of hockey helmets that can be borrowed but a well fitting bike helmet will work. Thicker winter or hockey gloves are the recommended gloves to wear. In addition to that, snow pants and jackets will help due to falling down and other games on the ice to provide some padding.

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Registration for the Hockey Initiation Program is intended for children who have no skating or hockey experience. The first session is free. Following sessions are $20.

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