SportsEngine Registration: Des Moines Youth Hockey Association

2023 DMYHA Winter learn to play



Welcome to the 2023 DMYHA winter Learn to play Registration with Des Moines Youth Hockey!

This registration session will allow you to sign consents, complete contact information and submit payment.  To complete registration through our secure site, please have your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or checking account information available.  Following the completion of this registration, you will see a charge on your account from Des Moines Youth Hockey!.

While Ice Hockey requires a great deal of skill, the proper instruction and attitude make the game more fun and rewarding.Our Learn to Play Hockey Program incorporates the most current and innovative ideas available today. It 
represents the best methods to start beginning players on the right path to an enjoyable experience in our sport.The Learn to Play Hockey Program lesson plans have been well tested, and have 
proven successful in every type of Community setting. The established program objectives are:

  • To learn the basic skills required to play the game of hockey. 
  • To develop an understanding of basic teamwork through participation in a variety of activities and adapted game situations. 
  • To have fun while playing hockey and engaging in physical activity. 
  • To create and refine basic motor patterns. 
  • To be introduced to the concepts of cooperation, fair play and sportsmanship. 
  • Each level consists of 6-10 lesson plans that follow a defined path of progression. As players move through the program, they improve both hockey skills and self-confidence. The program focuses primarily on basic hockey skills: skating, puck-handling, passing and shooting.

Each skill is introduced and refined in a progressive“one step at a time” manner.
Players participate in practice drills, informal and modified games (similar to shinny or pond hockey). Players are soon proficient enough to have fun while 
they play. Although the main emphasis is on fun and progressive skill development, the Learn to Play Hockey Program also allows youngsters to experience:

* Cooperation 
* Fair play 
* Fitness 

In addition to developing players’ hockey skills and promoting physical fitness, our Instructors encourage initiative, stimulate interest in the sport, and instill a desire for continued participation.

Class begins 1/4/23 and will end 3/8/23

Class will meet on Wednesdays and Sundays (for most part) at MidAmerican Recplex. 

Program Overview

*Learn to play- Each week includes a review of skills learned in Learn to Skate and the introduction of new skills such as snowplow stop, one-foot glides, backward O's and forward strides. From this solid base, the fundamental skills of skating, stick handling, passing and shooting can be properly taught. Classes meet two times per week; 45 minute training sessions.

 *At the end of 20 weeks of training, players typically are ready to join either our house or travel leagues. 


Ice Hockey equipment is not as expensive as many assume…….much of the gear can last a few years before having to purchase new. Each participant must have the following equipment before they take to the ice: Hockey helmet & mask, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey gloves, hockey pants, shin guards, ice skates, hockey stick. 



Please direct any questions regarding this registration to:

Scott Long


Phone: 515-491-3703