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Learn to Skate

Learn-to-Skate

YAIA offers two six-week sessions for Learn-to-Skate. Classes are held three times per week   This is an introductory activity for those interested in recreational skating, figure skating, or hockey.  Ages 3*-18, no prior experience needed (*some 3-4 year olds may not be mature enough, contact coordinator if questions).  Sessions are structured as a group activity where children can explore skating.  Coaches will be on the ice to assist the children, demonstrate skills, and offer encouragement.  Individual lessons are NOT provided, and this is not one on one instruction.

Please note:  Only certified coaches and volunteers, and junior coaches are allowed to be on the ice with the participants during these sessions. Parents wishing to share ice time with their children are asked to check our website calendar for Open Skate times when we encourage families to be on the ice together!

Please have your child dress warm for their lessons.  Snow pants, winter coats, mitten or gloves and have them wear long socks so the skates do not rub on their skin causing blisters.

Shawn Weber

Shawn Weber

Learn to Skate Coordinator

Phone: 605-691-0026

Cost - FREE!  -- Includes rental of skates and helmet.
The YAIA Board has committed to cover the cost of Learn To Skate session #2, making it FREE to participants!

Session 1: November 2 - December 18  (except Nov. 27)

Session 2: January 8 - February 12

Session times:
   Monday - 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
   Wednesday - 5:45 - 6:15 p.m.
   Saturday - 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Helmets are required.  Skaters may either use their own helmets or use helmet provided by the rink.  A bike helmet or hockey helmet may be worn. 

Skaters will have the option to use their own skates or use skates provided by the rink.  Hockey skates or Figure skates may be worn.

An $80 equipment deposit is required for participants borrowing gear. The deposit check will be held until the equipment is returned at the end of the session.

The Registration "Learn to Skate" is not currently available.


OPEN SKATE:  Each skater will get 5 free admission passes to open skate as long as they bring their skates.  When you come, please let the City’s open skate attendant know that you are with the Learn to Skate Hockey program and they will mark you down.

If NO school in Yankton due to bad weather, we will not have Learn to Skate lessons.

Please check the website for accurate times and days since some Saturdays and Sundays might have hockey games scheduled during the regular open skate times. Days may be added when Yankton Public does not have school .

Recent Learn to Skate News

Safe Sport Training

By YAIA 10/21/2013, 9:45pm CDT

To access the training:

  1. You’ll need your USA Hockey membership number (confirmation number from online registration as a Player/Coach, Official or Manager/Volunteer). If you don’t know your USA Hockey membership number (confirmation number) you can access by clicking here – under Member Options, click on ‘Request Duplicate Registration Confirmation.’
  2. If you don’t have a USA Hockey membership number you can get one by processing your Manager/Volunteer Registration for the current season. It’s easy to do and there’s no charge. Go to www.usahockeyregistration.com and click on ‘Register Now’…check that you are over 18 and select Ice Manager/Volunteer. At the end of the process, you will immediately receive your confirmation number.
  3. To access the training click on the link https://www.usahockey.com/safesporttraining. Click on the Register button on the bottom right-hand side of the page.  You will then be asked for your email address as well as a password. In the drop-down menu for “Select Organization,” be sure to select USA Hockey. You will then be asked for your membership number, which is your USA Hockey confirmation number. Next, click on the red register button on the bottom left side of the page. You now have an account with SafeSport. You will only need to register the first time to set up the account. Once the account is set up, you will use your email address and password in the sign-in area to access the training.


Learn to Skate Coaches

Chad Kapla

Chad Kapla

Head Coach

Phone: 605-760-3226

Nate Dimmer

Nate Dimmer

Coach

Phone: 605-660-9633

Ryan McClennen

Ryan McClennen

Coach

Phone: 6056611177

Ryan Thoms

Ryan Thoms

Coach

Phone: 605-661-4615

Eric Kloster

Eric Kloster

Coach

Phone: 402-750-4268

Brian Wenisch

Brian Wenisch

Coach

Phone: 605-660-7182

Mikayla Meyer

Mikayla Meyer

Coach

James Byrkeland

James Byrkeland

Coach

Phone: 605-661-4641

David Abbott

David Abbott

Coach

Phone: 605-660-7014

Skip Moeller

Skip Moeller

Coach

Phone: 970-302-4594

Chad Renken

Chad Renken

Coach

Phone: 605-661-5725

Shawn Weber

Shawn Weber

Coach

Phone: 605-691-0026

Kyla Konfrst

Kyla Konfrst

Coach

Morgan Privett

Morgan Privett

Coach

Austin Reining

Austin Reining

Coach

Phone: 605-660-9060

Leslie Drake

Leslie Drake

Coach

Phone: 605-660-4884

Rory Murphy

Rory Murphy

Coach

Phone: 605-660-0603

Brian Kim

Brian Kim

Coach

Phone: 605-660-3307

Terry Pedersen

Terry Pedersen

Coach

Phone: 605-660-3118

Brintney Hogie

Brintney Hogie

Coach

Piper Schulz

Piper Schulz

Coach