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