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
Given current COVID-19 circumstances, rink policies and rules can change often and suddenly. Please click the link below to link to the SCHL rink policy page for information regarding COVID-19 rink restrictions and guidelines for the rinks where GPYHA play.
Registration for 2020-21 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 end of October through the middle of March at Lynch Arena.
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 2019-2020 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!!