Join us for a fun-filled winter while learning to skate and developing basic hockey skills. The program is divided into three levels: 

  • Learn to Skate, U6 and U8 (Mites). “Learn to Skate” is for first time skaters regardless of age. 
  • U6 is for players born between 7/1/2011 and 6/30/2013 that already have basic skating skills. 
  • U8 (Mites) is for players born between 7/1/2009 and 6/30/2011 that have basic skating skills. The U8 (Mites) level will feature an in-house league with 6 to 8 teams. Players will be divided into equally balanced teams in early to mid-November. All games will be played on half-ice with 3 – 8 minute run time periods. 

We also welcome youth who were born before 7/1/2008 to join us if they are new to skating or ice hockey so they can give it a try. This is Owatonna’s starter program that players progress through before becoming active in Owatonna Youth Hockey Association traveling hockey.

Registration is also available online and at the Owatonna Park and Recreation Office.

Program supervisor: Tony Schwichtenberg 

Cost: $75 per session or $150 for both sessions

Location: Four Season’s Centre

Program dates Learn to Skate: Two Sessions: Late October-December, and January-Early March

Program dates U6 & U8: Late October-Early March

Times: Varies

Days U6 & U8: Varies

Days Learn to Skate: Mostly Mondays & Sundays

Registration: August 28 5-8 pm or August 29 6-8pm at Four Season’s Center


A helmet is required for everyone on the ice. An entire bag of protective equipment is available for rent through the Owatonna Youth Hockey Association rental program for $50 per year. Skates can be leased at Straight River Sports for an entire season for a reasonable cost.

Dates for equipment rental at the Four Seasons Centre:

These dates go by the first letter of the players last name

October 16: 5-6pm A-L

October 17: 5-6pm J-R

October 18: 5-7pm S-Z


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