Acceleration Hockey

Ages 9 - 16* • Sky Rink

Acceleration Hockey Camp offers comprehensive ice hockey instruction for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 16. With low player-to-coach ratios and a professional staff, motivated athletes will improve their skating and hockey skills. Across two Acceleration groups (9-12 year olds will be grouped into Acceleration Minor, 12-16 year olds will be grouped in Acceleration Major), campers will receive intense on-ice instruction, campers receive off-ice training at Sky Rink’s Top Shelf Hockey Training Center. Full equipment and a minimum of 3 years playing experience are required. Campers must turn 9 by 7/1/18.

*Note: Players younger than 9 and with less than 3 years of playing experience accepted with Hockey Director's approval or 1 year of travel team.


Camp Time: 8:45am-4:00pm
Drop-off: 8:30am-8:45am

Camp Features

  • Off-ice training and classroom instruction
  • Use of Top Shelf Hockey Training Center
  • Specialized goaltender training
  • An experienced staff of professional, college and high school coaches and players
  • Individualized instruction and low camper/instructor ratio
  • Chelsea Piers Summer Camp jersey


Chelsea Piers is dedicated to providing a hockey camp environment that is challenging, educational and enjoyable. Campers improve their individual skills in a fun, yet challenging, environment and leave camp with a game plan for future skills development. We are proud to offer a system that allows all players to participate for multiple weeks, taking their game to the next level.


Full equipment is required. Campers are encouraged to visit Skater's Edge Pro Shop, located in the Sky Rink lobby, for outfitting and equipment needs. The following is a list of the required equipment:

  • hockey skates
  • hockey pants
  • hockey socks
  • hockey gloves
  • hockey stick
  • shin pads
  • shoulder pads - optional
  • elbow pads
  • neckguard
  • helmet with full face shield
  • internal mouthguard
  • athletic cup


Sky Rink is one of the premier indoor hockey facilities in the United States. Featuring two full-sized year-round skating rinks, classrooms, locker rooms and a pizzeria/snack bar, Sky Rink is the home of amateur ice hockey in New York City.

Top Shelf Hockey Training Center

Top Shelf Hockey Training Center is a state-of-the-art training space designed for competitive hockey players. With the latest-generation equipment and proven training protocols, Top Shelf Hockey Training offers unparalleled services and Athletic Republic-certified coaching to hockey players interested in taking their game to the next level.

Top Shelf's facility is home to an Athletic Republic-patented skating treadmill, which can reach speeds of 16 MPH and an incline grade of 36.5 degrees. This machine, combined with the short duration/high intensity sprinting sequences that simulate hockey shifts, delivers the most sport-specific conditioning program possible. Players are taught proper stride mechanics at high speeds and learn to self-correct in three ways: real-time visual -- by training in front of a mirror; auditory — through the coach's cues; and video replay -- through Dartfish video motion analysis. All contribute to improved stride mechanics.

Top Shelf also houses an artifical ice Skills Zone. The Skills Zone helps players develop their individual skills with drills that focus on stick handling, shooting, off-balance accuracy, soft hands, passing, toe drags, dekes, shooting technique and power, obstacle stick handling, puck control and goalie skills.


The Acceleration Hockey Camp staff is comprised of professional, caring coaches and counselors who are committed to helping campers learn and experience ice hockey in a fun and safe environment.

Weeks Offered

WK 1: June 18 - 22
WK 2: June 25 - 29
WK 3: July 2 - 6*
WK 4: July 9 - 13
WK 5: July 16 - 20
WK 6: July 23 - 27
WK 7: July 30 - August 3
WK 8: August 6 - 10
WK 9: August 13 - 17
WK 10: August 20 - 24
WK 11: August 27 - 31

*No camp on July 4th.


May 18
May 19
8+ weeks $765/wk $830/wk
3-7 weeks $800/wk $890/wk
Two weeks $830/wk $925/wk
One week $885 $955

NEW: Early Bird Specials

10% OFF
Receive an additional
10% OFF combinations of
Weeks 1 & 2 or 1, 2 & 3 (half or full)
WK 2 3 DAYS: Wed, Thurs & Fri $540
WK 3
July 4th
2 DAYS: Mon & Tue OR Thurs & Fri $360
4 DAYS: Mon, Tue, Thurs & Fri $725

Summer Camp customers can register quickly and easily online for all camps, transportation and after-care options through our online registration system. This system allows you to instantly enroll your child and manage your camp account throughout the summer.

If you did not create an account in 2017, please read our Parent Handbook for detailed instructions on how to set up your account. If you already have an account, simply log in to the “Parent Dashboard” and select the camps and weeks of your choice. Note that we do not accept registrations over the phone. Please register online or fax/mail the application. If faxing, you must call to confirm receipt.


Camp begins at 8:30am and ends at 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Please email or call the Camp Office (212.336.6846) for specific daily schedules.
Camp runs from June 18 through August 31. We know how difficult it is to coordinate summer plans, so we have packaged our camps into weekly sessions. Register on or before May 18 and receive Early Bird Pricing. Discounts are also available if you sign up for multiple weeks of the same camp. For tuition questions, please call 212.336.6846.
For an additional charge, licensed school bus vans, fully equipped with seat belts and two-way radio dispatch, pick up and drop off campers at convenient locations. Click here for more information and pricing.
If you are registering for the following week of camp, online registration closes at midnight the WEDNESDAY prior. Online registration for transportation closes at midnight the MONDAY prior to the week of camp. After these dates, please contact the Camp Office at 212.336.6846 to register.
Chelsea Piers provides nourishing, well-balanced, and generous lunches for all campers. The midday break is a time when campers relax and meet with friends. Camp lunches, which are prepared by the catering partners of Chelsea Piers, are nutritional and satisfying, and always include a vegetarian option. Camp lunches include hamburgers, hot dogs, green beans, meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, vegetable medley, sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, pizza, baked ziti, chicken fingers, salad, watermelon, bagels with cream cheese or butter, assorted yogurts and cookies. Campers can choose from water and milk.
Chelsea Piers offers an Aftercare program in the Field House from 4:30pm to 6:00pm each day. Click here for more information and pricing.
Our maximum ratio is 7-10 campers to 1 coach.
There is a daily recreation period where campers participate in different activities at our incredible sports venues. Some of these activities include field sports, ice skating and bowling. A schedule of each activity is emailed to parents the week before camp.
Ice Hockey campers are grouped by age and ability. Our coaching staff then evaluates each camper's skill level in order to provide appropriate challenges as the camp progresses.
While we cannot guarantee any group requests to place your camper with another, we do our best to accommodate. Grouping requests must be submitted via email to before 12 noon on the Friday prior to the week of camp. If friends are the same age/grade, you may request for them to be together if the same counselor group off-ice. However, because the on-ice classes are level-specific, we cannot guarantee that friends will be placed together.


We offer a bus service that provides pick-up and drop-off at multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Chelsea Piers is also easily accessible by car and public transportation. On-site parking is available with a free 20-minute grace period, the M23 bus, which runs across 23rd Street, stops at the entrance to Chelsea Piers. The M14-D crosses 14th Street and ends at 18th Street and the West Side Highway, across the street from Pier 59. For directions, click here.
Ice Hockey camp drop-off and pick-up will be at the desk in front of the East Rink at Sky Rink. With the exception of campers who are at least 12 years old and approved for dismissal, all campers must be accompanied by an adult during check-in and pick-up.
Parents receive an email from the camp office Wednesday - Friday of the week before their child attends camp with pick-up and drop-off information for each week they are enrolled in camp. If you do not receive a call, please email, and a representative from the Camp Office will get back to you.
Chelsea Piers Summer Camps have athletic trainers who monitor the safety of the campers and dispense medication to any child who has medication and a note from their parents.
Yes. Water fountains are available at each camp venue. All campers have a designated snack time.
Ice Hockey campers will need full hockey equipment (hockey skates, shin pads, shoulder pads, hockey pants, hockey socks, elbow pads, hockey gloves, athletic cup, and helmet with full face shield, internal mouth guard, neck guard and hockey stick). All campers will need their camp t-shirt, water bottle, tennis shoes and socks for their daily recreational activity.
Please leave all toys and non-camp related personal items at home. This includes handheld games, jewelry, cell phones and iPods. Chelsea Piers is not responsible for lost or stolen property.
Every Friday there will be a scrimmage amongst the hockey players. Parents are encouraged to attend these weekly Friday Hockey games which are at 2:30pm on the West Rink.
Chelsea Piers offers an Aftercare program in the Field House from 4:30pm to 6:00pm each day. Click here for more information and pricing.


A non-refundable $175 per week deposit is required at the time of registration. The balance of tuition must be paid in full by May 9, 2018. All campers who register after May 9, 2018 must pay the entire tuition at the time of registration. Checks will not be accepted as a form of payment after June 1, 2018, nor will they be accepted for walk-ups or for those enrolling in camp the same day. Credit cards or cash will be accepted forms of payment. If you are extending camp weeks for your child on or after May 9, the credit card on file will be charged.

Transportation/Aftercare Information

Transportation can only be added or edited up to the Tuesday prior to camp session, and Aftercare up until the Thursday prior to the camp session. Please note that if you chose transportation you will be emailed or called with your pick-up time the Friday before your child starts camp.

Campers who remain at Chelsea Piers after 4:30pm will be placed in our Aftercare Program. This program allows parents the chance to complete their workday and affords campers a chance to unwind and relax after a long day. Campers may be picked up in the Field House between 4:30pm - 6:00pm. Aftercare will be billed according to use and no pre-payment is required at the time of registration.

Cancellations and Making Changes

If you paid-in-full and would like to cancel camp before May 9, 2018, all of your money will be returned to you except the $175 per week cancellation fee. After this date, no refunds will be granted for absences, transportation delays, or withdrawals for any other reason. Refunds will not be granted in the event that an act of war (declared or otherwise), strike/work stoppage, natural disaster or reasons beyond the control of Chelsea Piers, disrupts or forces the cancellation of camp.

There is a $45 change fee for each change made before May 18, 2018 to the original application. On or after May 18, 2018, there is a $45 change fee plus the actual cost of camp. If there are any changes regarding transportation, your child's attendance at camp or early pick-up, please contact us via one of the following methods.

Phone: 212.336.6846
Fax: 212.336.6720

Walk-up Fee and Other Fees

All registrations received after 4:00pm on the Thursday prior to the start of desired week of camp incur a $50 walk-up fee.

Aftercare is available in the Field House for an additional fee of $40 per day or $150 per week from 4:30pm - 6:00pm. Parents will be charged a $25 late fee every half hour for picking up their children after 6:00pm.