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Our Programs

Hockey for every level of player

Whether your child has played hockey for years or has never put on a pair of ice-skates - Greater Providence Youth Hockey Association has a place for them.

GPYHA is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and member of the Rhode Island Amateur Hockey Association (RIAHA) and an affiliate of USA Hockey. GPYHA offers from Instructional (Learn-to-Skate) Programs to Travel hockey, which provides your child an opportunity to experience the fun of playing ice hockey under the quality instruction of USA Hockey certified coaches. GPYHA also offers Rhode Island’s only Special Needs Hockey Program. 

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Registered players range from 3 to 18 years old and are categorized according to their age as of December 31 of that year:

Level Player Age Tryout Required Travel Required
Instructional (Learn to Skate) 8 and under (8U) no no
House League no no
Mites (Travel) 8 and under (8U) yes yes
Squirts (Travel) 10 and under (10U) yes yes
PeeWees (Travel) 12 and under (12U) yes yes
Bantams (Travel) 14 and under (14U) yes yes
Midgets (Travel) 18 and under (18U) yes yes
Special Hockey 4 to young adult
(with developmental disability)
no no

Instructional (Learn to Skate - Learn to Play))

Our Instructional Program is held once a week from mid-October to the middle of March. Working with USA Hockey certified coaches and local high school hockey players, beginners are weaned from push-chairs and crates and promoted into one of two skill-appropriate groups where they will work on the basics of skating and hockey. Registration is open throughout the season.


House League

Our House League program, modeled after the USA Hockey's American Development Model (ADM), consists of one skills session and one cross-ice game per week. The weekend schedule is a family-friendly and cost effective way for players to have fun and develop skills. All ice sessions are held at Lynch Arena in Pawtucket, RI and/or at Meehan Auditorium at Brown University in Providence, RI. Registration is open throughout the season.


Travel Hockey Program

For those who are ready to take their game to the next level, GPYHA offers Travel Hockey for Mite through Midget levels. Players are evaluated during pre-season tryout sessions and selected to play on a team with players of similar skill levels.

  • GPYHA Travel teams compete in the SNEHC (Southern New England Hockey Conference) and placed according to skill level in either the Smythe, Wales or Norris division. SNEHC typically provides a 25-28 game schedule with home games at Lynch Arena in Pawtucket, RI or at Brown University's Meehan Auditorium in Providence, RI and away games are played at various rinks throughout RI and SE Massachusetts.
  • Travel teams typically practice 2 to 3 times per week (including skills sessions) and play 1 to 2 games per week; ice times may vary from week to week.
  • Professional Goalie Training, led by Steve Silverthorn Ass't Coach Bentley University, is provided to travel team goalies.
  • Weekly dryland training is available to all travel teams and is conducted at GPYHA Off-Ice Training Center.
  • In addition to the SNEHC games, GPYHA travel teams may also participate in regional tournaments during the course of the season.
  • All GPYHA Travel coaches are certified under the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program.

Special Hockey Program

GPYHA's 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.Registration is open throughout the season.


Fees and Registration

GPYHA is committed to keeping hockey fun and affordable. Visit our registration information and program fees pages for more information.