Hockey Season Update from Tony Schwichtenberg, Program Supervisor: We are moving from the current 4-Level system to an age specific system. The goal of this program is to develop basic skating and hockey skills and prepare your child for future participation in the Owatonna Youth Hockey Association or for future play on a recreational basis on the frozen ponds of Minnesota. We emphasize FUN, active practices, and age-appropriate skills development.
There are three levels: Learn to Skate, U6 and U8.
Learn to Skate: If your child is a first time skater, this is where he/she will start the season, regardless of age. Once your child can skate reasonably well, we will encourage him/her to move into his/her age specific level (U6 or U8). Children with birth dates of 7/1/2011 or later will remain at the Learn to Skate level this year.
U6: Children with birth dates between 7/1/2009 and 6/30/2011 should register for the U6 level. Children in this age group that start the season in Learn to Skate will be encouraged to move to the U6 group as soon as they can skate reasonably well.
U8: Children with birth dates between 7/1/2007 and 6/30/2009 should register for the U8 level. Children in this age group that start the season in Learn to Skate will be encouraged to move to the U6 group as soon as they can skate reasonably well and then advance to the U8 level when they feel ready.
If your child’s birth date is before 7/1/2007, they will skate with the U8 group. If you have a child at this older age that is just starting out, we welcome them to start out skating in the Learn to Skate group until they are comfortable on their skates and can skate reasonably well.
A helmet is required for everyone on the ice. An entire bag of protective equipment is available for rent through the Owatonna Youth Hockey Association rental program for $50 per year. Skates can be leased at Straight River Sports for an entire season for a reasonable cost. You can contact Tony Schwichtenberg, program supervisor for equipment rental at 507-461-7546 or Tony.Schwichtenberg@gmail.com.