Many Hockey programs are available for youth athletes and Snoopy's is proud to be the Home Ice for the Santa Rosa Flyers and the Santa Rosa Junior College Hockey team. If your child is interested in playing Hockey but you have questions, view our list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Learn More about Youth Hockey at Snoopy's Home Ice
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN PLAYING HOCKEY?
Snoopy’s Home Ice and the Santa Rosa Junior Hockey Club (SRJHC) offer a number of programs to introduce skaters to the game of ice hockey. We recommend a three-step approach to ensure a safe and enjoyable transition to the sport of hockey.
For more Intro to Hockey information, contact Kyle Ferguson IntroToHockey@santarosaflyers.org
JUNIOR HOCKEY CLUB
Founded in 1963, the Santa Rosa Junior Hockey Club is dedicated to developing a true and lasting love for the game of ice hockey in the Northern California Wine Country.
Programs are available for youth of all ages and skill levels. Developing ice hockey skills, good sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline and respect are the goals of our programs. The activities of the SRJHC are intended to foster an environment of fun and healthy competition for players, while creating an environment of shared community for their families.
Step 1 : Public Sessions and Parent and Puppy Practice
These programs are offered year-round and provide an introduction to ice skating. Public Sessions are offered daily, when buckets are available to hold on to for beginners. Parent and Puppy Practice is offered weekends and caters to families. Buckets are also available during Parent and Puppy Practice and a complimentary 15-minute group lesson is included.
Step 2 : Learn to Skate USA Group Lessons
The more experience a skater has on the ice, the easier the transition will be in learning hockey. Snoopy’s Home Ice offers the Hockey Lesson Track within the Group Lesson program. Skaters may progress through Hockey Levels 1-4 to develop stronger skating skills prior to joining Intro to Hockey.
Please click here for the Group Lesson Hockey Track and Curriculum Information
For more Group Lesson information, contact Kim@snoopyshomeice.com
Step 3 : Santa Rosa Junior Hockey Club Intro To Hockey
The Santa Rosa Junior Hockey Club (SRJHC) organizes the youth hockey activities offered at Snoopy’s Home Ice. Intro to Hockey introduces children new to the sport and focuses on fundamental skills, such as skating with a hockey stick, puck handling, passing, shooting, and team play. The program is typically run year-round. Basic equipment packages consisting of a helmet, gloves, and stick can be purchased through the SRJHC.
For additional information please visit the Santa Rosa Flyers Intro To Hockey page or contact Intro Coordinator Kyle Ferguson:
INTRO TO HOCKEY
ALL registrations for the Flyers Intro To Hockey program are completed through their website, www.santarosaflyers.org/intro. You will need to create/login with a SportsEngine account and provide a current USA Hockey registration. Payment will require a credit card at the end of the online registration process. There is no additional paperwork to fill out or bring to the rink; you will simply show up 30 minutes before your first session and check-in your player.
Q. My child has never played ice hockey before, where do I start?
A. We recommend the following progression to get your child into the sport:
1.) Come to Public Skating Sessions (to gain experience on ice skates)
2.) Enroll in Hockey Group Lessons (to gain confidence and continue development)
3.) Register in the Intro to Hockey program with the Santa Rosa Flyers SRJHC (a first taste of hockey)
4.) Progress to House and/or Travel hockey within the SRJHC.
Q. At what age can my child start skating and playing ice hockey?
A. Children can start skating as young as 3 or 4 depending on their development. Intro to Hockey begins for players at age 5.
Q. My daughter is interested, can girls play ice hockey too?
A. Certainly, girls are welcome and encouraged to participate at all age levels and in all youth hockey programs (Hockey Lessons, Jr. Stick Time, SRJHC Intro to Hockey, House and Travel).
Q. Is hockey a violent sport where my child could get hurt?
A. Hockey is a physical game but youth hockey is a different game than the NHL. With a different set of rules in place, youth hockey places a stronger emphasis on sportsmanship and friendly competition. Competitive Contact (body contact as a normal part of playing the puck) is allowed at all levels but Body Checking does not begin until Bantam 14U (ages 13 and 14). Fighting is not allowed at any age bracket and is subject to supplemental discipline.
Q. Do I need to buy any special equipment such as skates and a helmet?
A. Hockey skates are available to rent for use on the public sessions and are also available for use during Group Lessons. Helmets are recommended for any budding hockey player and a selection of helmets and related hockey gear is also available at Snoopy's Gallery & Gift Shop, open daily from 11am to 5pm.
Q. When does the youth hockey season run?
A. The Santa Rosa Flyers (SRJHC) typically offers programs from August through May. Intro to Hockey runs year round including over the summer (June and July). The season for Travel teams starts on August 1st with tryouts in June. The House program (non-travel) runs from August to May in two sessions. Visit www.santarosaflyers.org for details.
Q. What gear is required for Skating Lessons (Hockey Group Lessons)
A. A helmet is required for the Hockey Group Lessons, other gear is optional.
Q. What gear is required for Junior Stick Time?
A. Full Equipment is required: Helmet, elbow pads, shin guards, hockey pants and a stick. Other gear is optional
Q. Do you have hockey equipment for rent?
A. No, the arena only has hockey skates available. However, from time to time we have a random selection of donated gear which is made available to new/aspiring players to help get them into the sport. Contact the hockey coordinator to see what may be available.
Q. I have other hockey related questions, who should I contact?
A. Blake Johnson is the Hockey Coordinator and can be reached at 707-546-7147 or Blake@snoopyshomeice.com