The GPYHA/RI Special Needs Hockey program offers Learn to Skate/Instructional Hockey for children age 4 to young adult with Down Syndrome, Autism, or any other developmental disability.
Ice sessions are held Saturday mornings at Lynch Arena in Pawtucket, RI, starting in late October and ending in March. No previous skating experience is required; enrollment is open throughout the season.
The program is open to any boy or girl who is physically able to play, but would be unable to participate in any other organized program due to his or her developmental disability. Players must be free from any physical or medical condition that could cause them to do harm to themselves or to other participants during participation.
The minimum equipment required for the program will be skates (single blade hockey skates) and a hockey helmet with face mask. We have historically found that players who have elbow pads, knee pads, hockey pants (with the standard tail-bone pad) tend to get up smiling when they fall – a great motivator for new skaters!
Private individuals have generously donated some used hockey equipment for participants in the program.
For more information email: RISpecialHockey@aol.com
Registration for 2019-20 GPYHA House League, Instructional and Special Hockey programs is now open. PLEASE register as soon as possible.
Program schedules will be available soon - all three programs will run from October through the middle of March.
To learn more about GPYHA programs, please visit our website HERE.
Steps to register are as follows (you must complete both and log in separately for each player being registered):
Also, please note that if you have an outstanding balance owed from the 2018-2019 season your child will not be permitted to skate until the balance has been paid-in-full.
We are looking forward to another great hockey season !!
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All orders need to be accompanied by the order form and payment, either cash or check. The order form can be downloaded HERE or simply click the image below and print. Orders will not be placed unless accompanied by form and payment. Please make sure that you print clearly on the order form. If you are ordering more than one of the same item, please make sure the form is clearly marked. In order for the orders to be ready by the Holidays, all forms and payment must be returned no later than November 28, 2018. Please return all completed forms to your coaches by the 28th.
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