Learn to Play Program

The Dynamites Learn to Play Hockey Program is a great opportunity for young boys and girls to learn more about the game of hockey, log quality ice time, and receive skating instruction from qualified and professional staff.

The Dynamites curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating to new players. Skaters will learn the basic hockey stance, stride, knee bend, use of edges and other necessary fundamentals to be successful in hockey practices and game situations. The program utilitizes the Learn to Skate USA format developed by US Figure Skating and endorsed by USA Hockey. 

Curriculum Highlights:

  • Designed for the 3-5 year old hockey player. If you have questions where your child should be, please contact Twin Rinks Skating School!
  • Participants will receive an Official Dynamites Learn to Play Hockey Jersey
  • Low player-to-instructor ratio with development through progressive teaching methods
  • 50 minutes of instruction & fun on-ice activities weekly. For 75 minute sessions, students will find out class time on first day.
  • Rental skates are included ($40 value)
  • Players earn badges as they progress through levels

This is a Learn to Skate USA Sanctioned program. Check out http://LearntoSkateUSA.com for info on this nationally recognized program.

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Coach Bio:

Deborah Smeriglio

A native of Greenwich, Deb trained in figures and freestyle in Fairfield County and has been coaching for 22 years at many rinks in the area. She coaches moves in the field, freestyle, and hockey skating skills.

Additional Reminders:

All program participants must pay a $20 Twin Rinks Annual Enrollment Fee in order to participate in our Learn to Skate program, school break camps, summer camp, ice shows, in-house competitions, and clinics. This fee covers the period of time from July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.

For more info on our Learn to Skate Program, click here!

Our ice rink is chilly! To ensure all skaters are prepared, we designed this list of recommended clothing and equipment. When our skaters are warm and safe, they are “free to be” and it speeds up the learning process!

Hockey Helmet with Cage

Hockey Skates (or Rentals)


Long Sleeves

Pants (No Jeans)

Winter Jacket/Fleece Top

Long Socks

Hockey Stick (Flat Blade)

Visit Wesco Sports Center at Twin Rinks for all your equipment needs!

  • Arrive 30 minutes early on your very first day to settle into your space and navigate our registration table, skate rental counter, etc.
  • Check-in at the Learn to skate table at the front entrance to receive your name badge for class.
  • Pick up skates at the skate counter, just right off the main entrance.
  • Head to the rink & find your coaches. High-fives are always encouraged!
    • We understand that conflicts may arise during each cycle. Unfortunately, we CANNOT offer make-up classes.
    • You may not switch between days for group lessons. You must select one day/time for the duration of the cycle.
    • All classes are non-refundable; however, should you choose to withdraw once a cycle has started, you will receive a credit equivalent to the pro-rated amount paid for the lessons (less the program enrollment fee). The credit may be applied to a future cycle of group lessons, summer programs, school’s out programs, public sessions, freestyle sessions, or Twin Rinks hockey programs.
    • If you withdraw prior to the start of a cycle, you will receive a refund equivalent to the amount paid for lessons (less the program enrollment fee).
    • Twin Rinks reserves the right to combine classes, reschedule, change, or cancel classes due to unforeseen circumstances.
    • After we register you with Learn to Skate USA, you will receive a sticker book in the mail that guides you through all the skills and levels your skater will be learning so you can engage in conversation with your skater and ask them about the skills they worked on in class each week.
    • Our coaches are available during free time to discuss your skater’s needs and to answer any questions you may have. Let them know before class when you drop your skater off rink side, and they can meet you during free time.

    Looking for other opportunities for your little one(s) to skate? Ask our staff about public skating, clinics, leagues & private lessons!