Learn to Play Hockey with the Monsters!

In partnership with Monsters-certified Learn to Play programs, this page is designed to teach you about the sport of hockey and where to sign up your future hockey player. Learn to Play programs across the area are typically offered to kids ages 4-8 with some other select programming offered to kids ages 9 and above.

Learn to Play programs are the first step in learning the game of hockey. After “graduating” from Learn to Play, your player begins on the path to more competitive stages of hockey in the 8U (Mite) program or the 10U (squirt) program of the Cleveland Suburban Hockey League (CSHL). The CSHL is the only hockey league of its kind in NE Ohio with almost every rink in the area fielding a CSHL program.


Many LTP programs in our area follow this process for teaching your player the game of hockey:

  • Learn to Play program (ages 4-8) for one year!
  • 8U (Mite) Blue travel hockey
    • Station-based practices/curriculum similar to Learn to Play, but now featuring other area teams to play against!
  • 8U (Mite) White travel hockey
    • Some players will graduate Learn to Play and go straight to Mite White, the second stage of 8U hockey!
    • Station-based practices are still taking place, but more advanced area competition and more games included on the schedule
  • 8U (Mite) Red travel hockey
    • This is the last stage of Mite hockey and most competitive stage of 8U. 
    • Almost exclusively set for 7 and 8 year olds to compete and can feature select full-ice hockey games as well.
  • 10U (Squirt) travel hockey
    • Depending on age after graduation from LTP, your player may advance to 10U hockey!
    • Each CSHL association will feature various skill level teams at this age group to accommodate all levels.

If graduating from a Mite program, the same procedure will follow with placement on a team of the skill level relative to your player.


Monsters Certified Learn to Play Programs


Program Rink City Phone Number
Brooklyn Youth Hockey John M. Coyne Recreation Center Brooklyn (216) 635-4284
Canton-Akron Hockey Association Center Ice Sports Complex North Canton (330) 966-0169
Cleveland Heights Youth Hockey Cleveland Heights Community Center Cleveland Heights (216) 691-7373
Cleveland Skating Club Cleveland Skating Club Shaker Heights (216) 791-2800
Elyria Panthers Hockey North Park Ice Rink Elyria (440) 326-1500
Gilmour Youth Hockey Gilmour Ice Academy Gates Mills (440) 473-8000
Lake Erie Panthers Youth Hockey C.E. Orr Arena Euclid (216) 289-2700
Learn to Play Hockey at Kent Kent State Ice Arena Kent (330) 672-4732
Mentor Youth Hockey Mentor Civic Arena Mentor (440) 974-5730
North Olmsted Hockey Club North Olmsted Recreation Center North Olmsted (440) 734-8200
OBM Arena Learn to Play OBM Arena Strongsville (440) 268-2800
Parma Hockey Association Michael A. Ries Rink Parma (216) 885-8870
Starter Hockey Program at The Pond The Pond Chagrin Falls (440) 543-3884
Wooster Youth Hockey Alice Noble Ice Arena Wooster (330) 345-8686