Try hockey for free through the Get Out and Learn program!

Open to boys and girls ages 5 to 9, Get Out and Learn (GOAL) allows kids to give hockey a try, as the first step to enjoying the game on the ice, at a park, or in their neighborhood. Launched in 2018, the Blue Jackets have introduced 5,200+ kids to hockey through introductory street and ice clinics as part of the team's commitment to remove barriers to the game.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, August 27, 2024

5:45 PM - 6:15 PM

Licking County Family YMCA
470 W Church St, Newark, OH 43055
Tuesday, August 27, 2024

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Licking County Family YMCA
470 W Church St, Newark, OH 43055


  • 30-minute clinic

  • Hockey stick and jersey (or shirt) to keep

  • Safe, fun environment

  • "Next Step" parent guide

Outside the Columbus area? Click here to find a location near you!

For additional assistance, please contact Joe Renza at [email protected] or (614) 246-6353.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Get Out And Learn cost?

Get Out And Learn is a free, one-time participation program.

What should my child bring to the Get Out And Learn session?

Ice: Participants are encouraged to bring a helmet from home (bike helmet is acceptable). A limited number of helmets will be available at each session to borrow. Hockey equipment is not required to participate but is welcomed if you have your own and wish for your child to wear it.

Street: Participants should wear sneakers/athletic shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather conditions. Hockey equipment - including a helmet - is not required to participate but is welcomed if you have your own and wish for your child to wear it.

I do not own a pair of ice skates. Can my child still participate in the program?

Yes! Skate rental is complimentary for the program.

Does my child receive anything else at the rink?

Ice participants will receive complimentary knit gloves. Street participants will receive a complimentary street hockey ball.

What can I expect during my child's 30-minute session?

During each 30-minute session, participants will receive age-appropriate instruction from USA Hockey-certified coaches.

What time should we arrive at the rink for our session?

Families are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to their session for check-in, pick up their complimentary items, and get prepared to participate.

I arrived at the rink for my session, what do I do next?

The Blue Jackets will have a check-in table and will greet families upon arrival.

I want to register my child for the Get Out And Learn program, but the session is full. What do I do?

If your desired session is full, please sign up for our "to be notified" list, and you will be alerted when new sessions are open for registration.

Does my child need to have skating experience to participate in Get Out And Learn?

Basic skating experience is recommended, but not required. Get Out And Learn has numerous instructors to assist with first-time skaters.

What is the next step after Get Out And Learn?

Parents will receive a "Next Steps" packet which includes information on how to continue the pathway to becoming a hockey player through programs or classes offered through local rinks and community partners.

If my child has participated in the street session of Get Out And Learn, can they participate in the ice session?


My child does not meet the age requirement for Get Out And Learn (younger than 5/older than 9). What should I do?

The Chiller Ice Rinks offer introductory skating classes for players of all ages, and community partners hold street hockey classes year-round.

My child is already playing for a youth hockey association. Can they participate?

Get Out And Learn is intended for first-time players, not those already in a league. If you are looking for additional ice time, visit for camps and clinics.

I registered my child for the Get Out And Learn program, but they are no longer able to participate. Can I cancel my registration?

Please email Joe Renza at [email protected] to cancel your registration.

The Get Out And Learn program is supported by the Industry Growth Fund (IGF), which was created by the NHLPA and the NHL as part of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, in order to help grow the game of hockey.