The San Francisco Sabercats are a youth hockey club based out of Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center in downtown San Francisco, California.


The Sabercats are dedicated to the development of young athletes through the sport of ice hockey. Our coaches are experienced, USA Hockey certified instructors with a passion for hockey development.

Our goal is to teach young athletes to master the challenge of ice hockey while developing confidence, character, and good sportsmanship in a safe and fun environment.

The Sabercats hockey program participates in A and B level competition throughout Northern California through the USA Hockey sanctioned Northern California Junior Hockey Association (NorCal).


The Sabercats provide teams at various levels of skill and age, including: In-house, Mite (8U), Squirt (10U), PeeWee (12U), Bantam (14U), and High School (19U). Our skating school also provides skating and hockey instruction for players from 3 to 17 years of age.

A & B Travel Hockey

San Francisco travel teams play competitive youth hockey at the A and B levels during the NorCal season from August to March. Teams are coached by experienced coaches and trained in age appropriate skill development. Practices are 2-3 times per week with games 1-2 times per week. Families are encouraged to be actively involved in the support of the program.

Program Details

  • Tryouts in June
  • Season runs Mid August through Mid March
  • Practice 2-3 times per week
  • Games once or twice a week
  • Tournaments at Yerba Buena Ice Center and other Bay Area rinks
  • USA Hockey Certified Coaches

In-House Youth Hockey

In-House hockey introduces young players to competitive hockey in a fun, instructive environment.

Players graduate from our skating school program. Our program is based on USA Hockey’s American Development Model with cross-ice and small area games to maximize and accelerate player development.

Program Details

  • Practice all year around
  • Open enrollment and drop in
  • Practices twice a week (weekends)
  • USA Hockey Certified Coaches
  • USA Hockey ADM instruction

Skating School

ISI group classes emphasize the most important component of hockey — skating! Each participant will learn the fundamentals of forward and backward skating, gliding, stopping, edge control, and crossovers. Classes are grouped by age and skill level.

Participants enrolled in any ISI Hockey Class are eligible to skate a free public session the day of their class. They also receive a 10% discount on all merchandise in the Yerba Buena Pro Shop and 2 free guest passes for friends or family.

Travel and In-House Program Requirements

  • Current USA Hockey Membership
  • Copy of US birth certificate or US visa
  • Full set of ice hockey gear, including: skates, helmet with cage, mouth guard, neck guard, stick, gloves, shin, elbow, and shoulder pads, hockey pants, hockey socks, jersey, athletic support cup and hockey bag

Click here for more about proper hockey equipment and please visit Yerba Beuna Ice Skating Center for more details on our youth hockey and skating programs.

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