There are two ways to try out hockey, both at no cost:
Try Hockey for Free Program: Chaparral Ice at the Crossover offers a "Try Hockey Skating for Free" class almost every week. Email Angie Vaught for more details: email@example.com
Austin Future Stars Program: Austin Future Stars is a free 4-week program and is meant to be an introduction to the sport of hockey for all ages. Information and registration below.
Learn to Skate is the next step after Austin Future Stars. This is required before moving onto the next step, Learn to Play.
Chaparral Ice Learn to Skate program: https://www.chaparralice.com/learn-to-skate
Pond Hockey Club Learn to Skate program: https://www.pondhockeyclub.com/page/show/1194974-youth-offerings
Once a player goes through the Learn to Skate program, they're ready to move onto Learn to Play. It is here where they start to use hockey equipment and learn more about the game.
Chaparral Ice Learn to Play program: https://www.chaparralice.com/learn-to-play-hockey
Pond Hockey Club Learn to Play program: https://www.pondhockeyclub.com/page/show/1194974-youth-offerings
Players who have finished Learn to Play but aren't ready to take the next step to the Texas Rising Stars house league can participate in the Development League. Here they can hone their skills before moving onto Texas Rising Stars. However, players who are ready to go to Texas Rising Stars from the Learn to Play program can certainly do so.
Texas Rising Stars is the AMHA's house (rec) league. There are no tryouts, but players are placed on teams in their appropriate age group. The season consists of 2 practices per week plus games.
Texas Jr. Stars is the AMHA's travel league. Tryouts occur every summer before the upcoming season. The season consists of 3 practices per week plus games. Some games are local, while others are throughout Texas (Dallas, San Antonio, Houston). There are usually 2-3 out of state tournaments as well.