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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.
Thanks to a gracious donor, we are offering our first session of the 2019-20 Learn-to-Skate Program for Free!

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

Session 2: January 4 - February 19

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.


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

And the winners are...

By YAIA 11/10/2019, 5:30pm CST

2019 Calendar Fundraiser Winners

Winners of the 2019 calendar fundraiser so far are...

Friday, November 1, 2019 Mary Jane Hisek  $      50
Saturday, November 2, 2019 Sherri Koletzky  $   100
Sunday, November 3, 2019    
Monday, November 4, 2019 JoAnn Nelson  $      50
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Ryan Thoms  $      50
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 John Lemke  $      50
Thursday, November 7, 2019 Meaghan Crandall  $      50
Friday, November 8, 2019 Rebecca Rapp  $      50
Saturday, November 9, 2019 Jason Schortzman  $   100
Sunday, November 10, 2019    
Monday, November 11, 2019 Nathan Dimmer  $      50
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Tonya Taggart  $      50
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Berklee Harford  $      50
Thursday, November 14, 2019 Jon Nockels  $      50
Friday, November 15, 2019 Sarah Smith  $      50
Saturday, November 16, 2019 Paul VanOlson  $   100
Sunday, November 17, 2019    
Monday, November 18, 2019    $      50
Tuesday, November 19, 2019    $      50
Wednesday, November 20, 2019    $      50
Thursday, November 21, 2019    $      50
Friday, November 22, 2019    $      50
Saturday, November 23, 2019    $   100
Sunday, November 24, 2019    
Monday, November 25, 2019    $      50
Tuesday, November 26, 2019    $      50
Wednesday, November 27, 2019    $      50
Thursday, November 28, 2019    $      50
Friday, November 29, 2019    $      50
Saturday, November 30, 2019    $   100
Sunday, December 1, 2019    
Monday, December 2, 2019    $      50
Tuesday, December 3, 2019    $      50
Wednesday, December 4, 2019    $      50
Thursday, December 5, 2019    $      50
Friday, December 6, 2019    $      50
Saturday, December 7, 2019    $   100
Sunday, December 8, 2019    
Monday, December 9, 2019    $      50
Tuesday, December 10, 2019    $      50
Wednesday, December 11, 2019    $      50
Thursday, December 12, 2019    $      50
Friday, December 13, 2019    $      50
Saturday, December 14, 2019    $   100
Sunday, December 15, 2019    
Monday, December 16, 2019    $      50
Tuesday, December 17, 2019    $      50
Wednesday, December 18, 2019    $      50
Thursday, December 19, 2019    $      50
Friday, December 20, 2019    $      50
Saturday, December 21, 2019    $   100
Sunday, December 22, 2019    
Monday, December 23, 2019    $      50
Tuesday, December 24, 2019    $      50
Wednesday, December 25, 2019    $      50
Thursday, December 26, 2019    $      50
Friday, December 27, 2019    $      50
Saturday, December 28, 2019    $   100
Sunday, December 29, 2019    
Monday, December 30, 2019    $      50
Tuesday, December 31, 2019    $   500

YAIA Hockey Apparel Available

By Gwen Wenisch 10/27/2019, 10:15pm CDT

Greetings!  I am incredibly excited to launch our new apparel items for the 2019-2020 Hockey Season!  The provider this year is once again JJ Benjii's of Yankton.  

Our first round of orders will use the following timeframe:

  • Orders are taken now through 9 p.m. November 4th
  • Delivery will be mid-November…perfect for the start of our season!

Our second round of orders will use the following timeframe:

  • Orders taken from November 18-December 3rd @ 9 p.m.
  • Delivery will be mid-December…perfect for those holiday gifts!

Our third round of orders will use the following time frame:

  • Orders are taken from January 20-January 27th @ 9 p.m.
  • Delivery will be before PW state tournament.

Orders may be submitted to the black box marked “APPAREL” by the conference room door (the order forms will be in the folder rack for ease in ordering).  All Checks should be payable to Yankton Area Ice Association or YAIA.  Cash is acceptable for orders throughout the display.

Don't see something you like?  Like last year, feel free to contact JJ Benjii and they will gladly work with you to design a custom embroidery option specific to your needs!  

We have some of last year’s apparel items that will be available at discounted prices on Tuesday, October 29th.  Stop in and check it out from 5:30-8 in the Rink Lobby.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to text/leave your name and a message @ 605-660-1028. 

Gwen Wenisch

 


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