Learn to Play Hockey
Click here for specific details for the current HIP/LTP program
Meramec Hockey Club is one of the fastest growing hockey clubs in the St. Louis area. To introduce children 3-10 years old to the sport of ice hockey we offer a Learn to Play (LTP) program on Saturday mornings. Our LTP program is modeled after the USA Hockey, Hockey Initiation Program (HIP) and focuses on learning to skate and basic hockey skills at an appropriate pace. No previous skating or hockey experience necessary! Click here to see photo's of a few of last years LTP participants.
We expect to have approximately 150-200 skaters in our HIP program. The players will be taught basic hockey skills by several certified coaches. Our program typically has 3 separate ice times, depending on the number of participants. For the first couple of weeks, the coaches will evaluate the players’ ability level. Then, your child will be placed in the appropriate session that corresponds to their age & ability level
Fall LTP / HIP:
We use a station format and work on all skating and stick handling skills necessary to advance to game play. Our program develops the players' skills in preparation for recreational and league teams in the future. We occasionally use small cross-ice games during the session to keep the young skaters interested.
On the last day of the program, we let the children play an actual hockey game against one another. It is an opportunity for the players to show off the hockey skills that they have learned throughout the session. Following the game, we celebrate their progress with a recognition party!
Our fall session runs for 18 weeks with 45 minutes of ice time on Saturday mornings. The 2013 program will start on November 2nd and end on March 8th, 2014. The Fall LTP program is $195* per player. We do offer a buddy system to reduce the registration costs. Click on the links below for more details about our Fall HIP Program and Buddy Program.
2013-14 Fall HIP Flyer
2013-14 Buddy Program
2013-14 Buddy Form
Fall 2013-14 HIP Equipment Rental Date:
Thursday, October 17 (5:00 - 8:00pm)
Saturday, October 19 (8:30 - 11:30am)
First-Come, First-Served basis while supplies last
Meramec Hockey Club offers rental equipment at NO ADDITIONAL COST while supplies last. The rental equipment is available for a $150 refundable rental deposit. The rental deposit will be refunded at the conclusion of the HIP session provided that the equipment is returned in good condition and is returned on the specified equipment return date. Rental equipment includes a helmet, gloves, all pads (chest/shoulder, elbow and shin guards) as well as hockey pants.
Each player is also required to have hockey skates, a stick, neck guard, mouth guard, hockey socks and jocks shorts or a protective cup and hockey garter belt. These items may be purchased from any sporting goods store that carries hockey equipment. We recommend our Pro Shop, Schutz-n-Scores, located inside our rink, as well as Total Hockey, Johnny Macs Sporting Goods, Sport’s Authority or Play it Again Sports. Please visit the ADM page on our website for a video on how to properly dress your player.
HIP Equipment Requirement Information
The FSI Shark Tank is located at 6297 Lemay Ferry Rd, near the intersection of Meramec Bottom Rd. & Lemay Ferry Rd. in South St. Louis County.
Missouri Hockey is the USA Hockey affiliate that governs hockey in the St. Louis area and they have districted affiliate clubs by ZIP code. Players are required to register with the appropriate club based on their primary residence ZIP code.
Meramec ZIP codes consist of:
63010, 63012, 63052, 63125, 63127, 63128, 63129
Open ZIP codes consist of:
63019, 63026, 63028, 63103, 63104, 63106, 63107, 63113, 63115, 63118, 63120, 63121, 63137, 63140
For the 2013-2014 Fall session we are partnering with the Southern Illinois Ice Hawks to offer LTP/HIP to entry level players in the Ice Hawks zip code district. MHC program rules apply.
USA Hockey Membership:
You will be responsible for paying USA Hockey for insurance when you register. Our online system will validate your USA Hockey confirmation number against the USA Hockey database and will NOT let you proceed through registration without it. To establish a USA Hockey Membership visit www.usahockey.com from the top menu bar and select Membership. If you need to look up your current membership number go to Membership, select Registration confirmation, click on link, then select request duplicate registration confirmation.
To register your player for our Learn to Play program, use our online registration system that can be accessed through the home page of the club’s website. This system allows you to enter all of your player’s contact information, as well as pay the registration fee using a credit card. If your player qualifies for the Buddy Program (Fall HIP ONLY), please contact the Club Registrar, Angie Kovacs, before you register your player(s) email@example.com.
For questions about LTP/ HIP, please email Gina Bak at LTPmanager@meramecsharks.com.
*Prices are subject to change*