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Introductory & Beginner Level Programs

Looking to Participate? New to Hockey?

In the interest of protecting the health of the community, the Beaver Dam Family Center and BDHA have suspended all spring programming effective Monday, March 16th and will remain closed until further notice, pending the COVID-19 situation. Hockey 1-4 and Girls Developmental will start at a later date to be announced.

BDHA offers both learn to skate and learn to play hockey programs for girls and boys, ages 3 and up. All programs at the introductory level are free and children can join at any time during our 7-week sessions, which are offered all year. Next FREE 7-week Hockey 1 & 2 and Hockey 3 & 4 will be announced. The next session of Girls Developmental 1 & 2 will be announced soon. Join anytime!

Learn more about and register for all programs on the links at left. 


Did you hear about the sport from a friend or neighbor and want to find out more? You're in the right spot!  We offer programs for boys and girls, ages 3 and up. 

If you have a child that is interested in hockey regardless of age, or program, have them check out one of our free intro to hockey resources located below.  Our site has a tremendous amount of info so please read through the pages and tabs. Can't find what you are looking for? Just contact us and we'll be happy to chat with you. 

Hockey is one of the fastest growing youth sports in the country right now. Don't worry if your kid has never played, our well-trained coaches and practice environment will allow them to learn how to skate and stickhandle in no time.   

Our introductory program includes Hockey 1 & 2, Hockey 3 & 4, and Girls Developmental that are offered in FREE, 7-week sessions throughout the year. While the base fee is waived, USA Hockey requires an annual fee of $50 for youth ages 7 and over participating in hockey. For those who sign up for our "Try Hockey for Free" Sessions held November and February, the USA Hockey fee will be waived for the year (or the remaining sessions in the season).  

Please go the Hockey 1-4 and Girls Developmental webpages for more information on each program.

Hockey 1 & 2 and Girls Developmental 1 & 2 are our introductory level programs in which participants will learn how to skate and be introduced to hockey play. Participants are formally trained how to skate in a progressive and sequential manner by skilled skating instructors. Hockey 3 & 4 is for skaters with more experience and are ready to move to the next level with increasing skill development. We recommend all skaters complete Hockey 1 & 2 and/or Girls Developmental before advancing to the 8U/10U levels or team play. Hockey 3 & 4 offers excellent additional skill developmental for skaters who have moved through Hockey 1 & 2 and/or are playing at the 8U/10U levels. 

While Hockey 1 & 2 will focus on beginner skating skills, Hockey 2 will begin to introduce participants to the fundamentals of hockey play.  Hockey 3 & 4 introduces more advanced skating and stick-handling skills. A station format will be implemented to enable skaters to learn a multitude of skills and advance at their own pace. Equipment will be provided for beginner level hockey programs with check-out and return required. Join at anytime during these FREE sessions. 

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