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Learn to Skate/Learn to Play FAQ

Learn to Skate/Learn to Play (LTS/LTP)

Come learn to skate and learn to play hockey!

Brewer Youth Hockey and Dunkin' Donuts have teamed up to provide the best instructional program in the area. Our two 12 week programs are still only $75 each. LTS/LTP sessions occur each Sunday at 12:40pm beginning the third week of October and run until early January, 12:40 pm at Penobscot Ice Arena. Second session typically follows a one week break after the first LTS/LTP session.

Any questions for registration, please contact our Registrar Shannon White . Any questions regarding equipment rental, please contact Travis Bryant.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

What do You Need for Gear?

Learn To Skate / Learn To Play Gear:

Our first concern on the ice is skater safety. In the beginning young skaters will fall a lot and we find if they are wearing proper equipment it reduces the likelihood of injury, as well as providing confidence in returning to the ice each week.


* PLEASE NOTE: Due to the rapid growth of this program BYH has a very limited number of rental gear sets available.


* Hockey Helmet With Cage- No Bike helmets
* Shoulder / Elbow pads
* Hockey Pants / Or Heavy Snow Pants
*Shin Pads-Under sweat Pants / hockey socks/ Heavy Snow Pants
*Hockey Skates
* Hockey gloves
* Neck guard is recommended

If you have special gear requirements contact our rental gear coordinator Roger White. Brewer Youth has rental gear available . You can also obtain gear at Gunn's Sport Shop in Brewer.

Rental Gear Return

Rental Gear Returns-
If you have rental gear please return it after the last day of LTS/LTP that you attend.  Brewer Youth Hockey staff will be available for you to return the gear to.  Please DO NOT drop gear off at Penobscot Ice Arena to rink staff.  If for some reason you cannot return the gear after your last LTS/LTP session please contact Travis Bryant at to schedule a return time.  Returning gear to non Brewer Youth Hockey staff may delay the refund of your rental payment.

Learn to Skate Financial Assistance

Please send this form to Brewer Youth Hockey, PO Box 594, Brewer, ME  04412

Explanation of Age Groups

According to USA Hockey, players age is determined by birth year, not calendar age. A player born in January of 2001 is the same age as a player born in December of 2001.

For the 2018-2019 Season the age brackets are:

Mites (8U): 2010 and under

Squirt(10U): 2008, 2009

Pee Wee (12U): 2006, 2007

Bantam (14U): 2004, 2005

Midget (18U): 2000-2003; or enrolled in High School

Should I Register My Skater for Mites or LTP?

Our Mite division is split into Mini-mites and Mites. Any child who was born in 2011 or earlier is eligible for Mites. Generally a year of LTS or LTP is recommended for younger children. If your child is 2008 or 2009 and he or she would like more hockey, Mites is appropriate. The decision is personal preference. Do you want hockey one day a week or three?

My Child is Squirt Age but Just Learning to Skate:

All our teams are house teams. We allow any child who would like to play on a team to sign up for the team. If you child is age appropriate and would like to play, he or she is welcome. Squirts have two practices a week and 1 to 2 games on the weekend. The team will have games mostly north of Augusta. There will be an occasional game in the Lewiston or Portland area. If your skater is new to hockey and would like more ice time, he or she is always welcome at Learn to Skate on Sundays.

My Child has completed LTP, What is their next step?


After your child has participated in Learn to Play (LTP) you may ask yourself what is next and is my child ready?

Talk to the on ice instructors and ask if your child is ready developmentally for one of these programs.

Atom - 4v4 cross ice hockey that introduces young players to game play. Typically begins after second session of LTS/LTP and runs for 4 weeks.

Mini-Mites/Mites - 4v4 cross ice hockey for players ages 5-8. The season runs from October through February with weekly practices and games on the weekend. Mites are separated into Mini Mites (younger or new to game play) or Mites (older or multiple years of game play)so that players can participate in an environment  that helps them develop their skills against similarly sized and development stage players.

Penobscot Ice Arena - also offers mite age recreational leagues in the offseason (spring and summer) to give players the opportunity for additional ice time. PIO hosts several hockey camps during the summer for all ages as well.

Questions? Please fell free to contact Paul Pangburn at



Transferring to Brewer Youth Hockey

Have you recently moved to the area? Are you switching hockey organizations? A quick reminder, those skaters who are transferring from another organization must have the release form signed by the organization they are leaving by September 30th of the calendar year

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