SDIA Youth Hockey League is fun!
Experience the joy of carrying the puck up the ice on a breakaway and the excitement of scoring a goal or making an amazing save.
With an emphasis on fun and safety, our youth league develops skills on the ice, confidence, pride, focus, responsibility & teamwork.
From the bonds created in the locker room to the relationships formed on the ice - hockey creates lifelong friendships.
Hockey encourages time management skills that help kids balance school, responsibilities at home, playing with friends and time at the rink.
We offer a house league program for all youth ages, as well as tournament and travel team options for you and your favorite hockey player(s) to choose from.
If your child is interested in learning to play hockey, try our 6 weeks free learn to play hockey for ages 4+.
SDIA Youth Hockey Programs
6 Week Free to Learn to Play
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12 Week Learn to Play
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Register now for the SDIA Winter Youth Hockey League!
September 9th -March 31
Practices will be held on , Thursdays, Fridays or Sundays. All players must have the SDIA house league jersey, which can be purchased in the Pro Shop.
Sign up now online at sdice.com or in the SDIA Pro Shop.
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(Winter 2021 - 22)
If your child is interested in learning to play hockey, try 6 weeks of free learn to play hockey for ages 4+.
We provide the equipment; you will just need a stick and jersey.
This is the best program for any new players that want to try hockey.
Classes take place Saturdays 1025 am to 1125 am .
This class is offered through the Skating School but it is a hockey class. This class is geared for the pure beginner and is a great successor to our free learn to play.
The class focus is basic skating, stopping, and simple drills to improve and teach the beginner all about hockey skating.
All skaters are required to have a stick and jersey and should wear a minimum of hockey skates.
This is a great way to try hockey skating without the cost of purchasing the gear.
With enrollment in this class you can practice at ANY public session.
You can register for 6 weeks passes.
If you prefer, you can pay a walk-on fee which is $19.00 per class, each week. If you choose this walk on option you will be given a green slip each week, which you will give to the instructor.
The walk-on option does NOT include any public session practice.
The age varies from 6 – 12 years old in this class.
MUST HAVE OWN STICK AND JERSEY
Saturdays at 1025 am to 1125 am – $19 walk-on or sign up for either 6 or 12 weeks
• SDIA TV Goalie Clinic
We will work on the basic fundamentals of goaltending from skating and puck handling to proper positioning and rebound control. We have equipment available for use to go along with a dedicated group of coaches.
If you or your child is interested in trying goalie please contact Craig Sterling
Goalie Clinic is Fridays 6.10pm to 7:10pm
• SDIA TV Power Skating
Skating class designed to help improve speed, agility and overall skating ability and is for more intermediate/advanced skaters.
This is where we focus on a limited set of skating skill each week and do it repeatedly, correctly, and quickly for 30 minutes ….. developing more power in every start, stride, stop & pivot.
This class goes on at the same time as other skating school classes at the Zamboni end of the rink. Full gear required.
Fridays 5:35pm – 6:05pm (Admission $17 per class)
This is a 60-min weekly session that focuses on various levels of development for all youth hockey players and is open to all players from all rinks. Learn Skating, Passing, Stick Handling & Shooting.
Format is similar to weekly practice.
2 stations working on skill such as skating, passing, shooting & puck control
1-2 stations working small area games (SAG) and scrimmage
1 station is dedicated to goalie clinic –This is a MUST if you’re a goalie.
FULL GEAR NEEDED
Fridays 6:10 pm – 7:10PM (Admission $20 for walk in or packages are available in the shop.) For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you want to work on your skating, shooting, puck handling or your overall game skills SDIA is a great place to do so.
We have a number of dedicated coaches who want to help you improve your game.
For information about private lessons please contact our hockey director Craig Sterling at email@example.com so that he can find the best coach for you.
The San Diego Youth Hockey Booster Club is a non – profit organization that supports the teams that play out of SDIA
We strive to support our local community by fundraising for our hockey players whom have devoted the time and efforts for the love of hockey.
GO TO BOOSTER CLUB
Bob Green was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and has been coaching all different levels of hockey for over 40 years.
He grew up playing and coaching hockey in Montreal and moved to California in 1992 in hopes of bringing his coaching knowledge to San Diego.
Bob has coached from in-house mites to high school travel teams across all different rinks in San Diego.
The first rink he started coaching at, proud to say, was SDIA and returned to coaching there after all the years of his coaching experience.
Currently, he coaches the in-house bantams in hopes of
teaching the kids not just about the game but about life.
It’s all about fun with Coach Bob!
Rebecca Green grew up playing hockey at SDIA as well as around other rinks in San Diego.
During her high school years, she played travel hockey for the LA Lions and eventually returned to SDIA in hopes of following in her dad’s footsteps and coach.
Her future goals of coaching are to get more girls involved in the sport of hockey and eventually coach an all-girls team.
Currently, Rebecca plays adult hockey at SDIA and is an assistant coach for her dad who is the head coach for the in-house bantams. She hopes to be a role model for young girls out there who love the game as much as she does and reminds them that it is all about having fun.
I was born in Milwaukee, WI
I grew up in both Racine, WI and Millville NJ playing Football and Hockey.
In 1983 I graduated from Racine Horlick High School and I left for Marine Corps boot camp that very same day at 17 years old.
I was honorably discharged from the USMC in 1989.
I started playing and refereeing at SDIA back in the early 90’s. I started coaching at Iceoplex in the early 2000’s and joined the SDIA Coaching Team a couple of years later.
My wife and I have 5 awesome kids and 3 of them have the passion for hockey.
Some of the best times in my life have been enjoyed here and involved doing things with my Hockey Family here at San Diego Ice Arena.
Anthony Mata grew up playing hockey at the age of 7.
He played most of his youth league at SDIA until going to SDSU to play college hockey. Anthony Mata started coaching Peewee B in 2019.
He continues to help kids and grow the passion of the game.
Ziga Ivanic - Goalie Coach
Ziga played hockey as a goalie in Europe, Canada and the US. He grew up playing hockey in Slovenia, Europe winning national championships at various levels and competed in European championship on the national team.
After playing one year of professional hockey in Europe, as a 16 year old he moved to Vancouver, Canada to play in the Canadian Junior A Hockey League.
After 4 years of playing in Canada he received a scholarship to play US College Division 3 hockey at Norwich University in Vermont.
His team won a national championship in 2000 (2nd in 2002, 3rd in 1999) and he graduated as a valedictorian of his class with a degree in mechanical engineering.
He ran a goalie school in Slovenia during summers and was a goalie coach for MIT during graduate studies.
He moved to San Diego 5 years ago and works as a professional engineer on transportation electrification. His 10 year old son Luka is a goalie and a player and a 7 year old daughter Nina is a figure skater at SDIA
Growing up in Toronto, coach Dan Dasko only got into hockey in college, but has brought his passion and enthusiasm for the game to SDIA over the past seven years.
He has coached in both mite and squirt programs and currently helps oversee the learn to play program, as our mite development coordinator and as one of our goalie coaches.
His goal is to make sure that kids always have a smile on their face both on and off ice when they step foot in SDIA.
Vince Rappleyea - Squirt
I’m a local kid who grew up playing roller hockey at the age of 7 in San Diego. I transitioned to playing ice hockey at the age of 12 and played travel hockey for the junior gulls through my early high school years.
As life happens, hockey took a back seat while I started my family.
I got into coaching back in 2017 when my own kids were just getting old enough to play. I’ve coached minis, mites, squirts and competitive travel teams
Matt Taylor - Mites
I began playing ice hockey when my family moved to Chicago. My friends invited me to join them for the first time.
The experience playing ice hockey on that day changed my life forever! I started playing in the Homewood-Flossmoor Youth Hockey Association and continued through my junior year in high school.
My family moved to Memphis Tennessee midway through my high school junior year and started playing for the Memphis Eagles 18U AA travel hockey club in the southeastern division of USA Hockey.
During my 2 years of hockey with the Eagles, we traveled all over the country playing divisional games and tournaments.
These travel hockey years would fuel my personal development and my life.
After high school I moved to Houston Texas to start college and played in many different adult men's league programs throughout the city. During those years in Texas I played on D4-D6 teams.
I moved to California a few years later and continued to play men's leagues, pickup hockey, and roller hockey in San Diego.
When my son was old enough to start playing hockey, we signed him up in the LA Kings Learn to Play Hockey program in 2016.
I watched him and the other kids learning to play for the first time which prompted me to start volunteering with the Mites.
He played and I coached in Escondido at the Ice-Plex with the Penguin's Mite Program from 2016-2018, and in the fall of 2019 we joined the SDIA Oilers.
My son and I are finishing our third season at SDIA in the Oilers Mite 8U program. I have volunteered on Mites 2 in 2019 & Mites 1 in 2020 with Coach Mike Langridge as his Assistant Coach.
In the fall of 2020 I started as Head Coach of the Mites 6 team. The 2020-2021 has been a blast and I look forward to the growth and development of each player in the 8U and beyond at SDIA!
Adam joined the Mites coaches at SDIA in 2020. Adam brings a positive and enthusiastic attitude to player and team development. When not playing or coaching, Adam enjoys Homebrewing and traveling with his family.
AARON MOCHIZUKI - MITE DEVELOPMENT
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah hockey was not the popular sport but something drew me to it at a young age.
Started playing when I was 10 years old, and played up to the time I graduated High School.
Hockey is my passion and have done a little bit of everything in my life time, from being a player, to sharpening and mounting blades managing a pro shop, to coaching JV High too Hockey, and now watching kids learn and grow in the game we all love.
I believe there is a place in this great game for every person on this planet because hockey is for everyone.
I look forward to watching our young ones turn into leaders, good hockey players, but most importantly watching them smile and have fun on the ice.
Eric started coaching at SDIA in 2010 with the mini mites and has since gone on to coach on various teams at the mite, squirt, peewee, and high school levels.
In 2019-2020, he was named the San Diego Hockey Community Member of the Year for his efforts with the Learn to Play, minimites, and squirt programs.
He is currently a Level 4 coach in USA Hockey and leads a squirt house team and the Saturday Learn to Play class.
Coach Todd Wees grew-up in Ontario, Canada where he played AAA and AA hockey during elementary, middle, and high school. Playing at the highest level of youth hockey instilled the commitment and skill set required to be a successful competitive hockey player.
Moving to California after graduating high school, Todd later picked-up where he left off by participating in hockey programs in the Lake Tahoe area, eventually introducing the sport to his son through the local winter/spring outdoor leagues.
Todd’s love for and understanding of the sport, combined with his kind, very approachable demeanor make him natural for assisting any youth hockey program. He is very happy to be involved with his son at a top-notch, family-oriented program like SDIA.