HIP - Learn to Play

Our Hockey Initiation Program (HIP) / Learn To Play program is geared towards children with little or no skating experience, typically between the ages 4 to 8. This program focuses on improving skating ability and other basic hockey skills focusing on USA Hockey's HIP (Hockey Initiation Program) 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 8 years old but there are always exceptions.


HIP is run in four 5-week sessions. Sessions are $20 each.

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

Session 1

October 10, 17, 24 & November 7, 14

Session 2

November 21, 28, December 5, 12 & 19

Session 3

January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Session 4

February 6, 13, 20, 27 & March 6


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