Learn to Play Hockey classes teach the fundamentals of hockey skating both to kids who have completed Snowplow Sam 2 or Basic 1 in our Learn to Skate program, and to adults. Skaters in this program learn how to maneuver faster and become more agile on the ice.
Proper skating techniques are the primary focus, and we teach all elements without a stick or puck. These levels prepare skaters ages 4 to 8 to enter the Jr. Pioneers Hockey pre-team and U8 beginner teams. Ages 9 to 12 can prepare for the full Jr. Pioneers Hockey program. Adults can prepare to join DU’s adult hockey leagues.
All skaters must wear helmets and hockey skates. Hockey pads are optional.
Meet the Coordinator: Bernadette Tynan | 303-871-3820 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Series: March 4 – May 3
Next Series: May 6 – June 28
Ages: 3 years and older
Cost: $120-136/seriesRegister Now
Series 4: March 4 – May 3 (no classes on March 18, 20 or 22)
Series 5: May 6 – June 28 (no classes on May 27, 29 or 31)*
Series 6: July 10 – August 2**
Classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays or Saturdays. Fall, winter and spring series meet once a week for eight weeks. The summer series meets twice a week (Mondays and Wednesdays) for four weeks.
*Series 5 is only a seven-week series.
**Series 6 is only a four-week series and meets on both Mondays and Wednesdays.
Youth Hockey Skating 1-2
|Mondays: 5:30 p.m.||Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m.||Saturdays: 9:30 a.m.|
Youth Hockey Skating 2
|Mondays: 5:30 p.m.||Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m.||Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.|
Jr. Pioneers Hockey U8 Beginner (formerly JPH Pre-Team)
|Mondays: 5:00 p.m. (30 minutes)||Wednesdays: 5:00 p.m. (30 minutes)|
Adult Learn to Play Hockey 101 & 201
|Mondays: 9:15 p.m.|
Adult Learn to Play Hockey 201
|Wednesdays: 9:15 p.m.|
Series Cost & Benefits
Hockey Skating 1 & 2 and Jr. Pioneers Hockey U8 Beginner: $120/8-week series
Adult Learn to Play Hockey: $136/8-week series
The registration fee includes:
- membership with Learn to Skate USA
- free skate rental
- free on-campus parking
- eight free public skate sessions
Participants may skate during our 30-minute practice sessions on their class day at no additional cost. Parents may skate with their child at no additional cost (including skate rental) during:
- Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-6:30 p.m.
- Saturdays, 10-10:30 a.m.
Learn to Play Hockey Levels
Learn to Skate – Hockey Skating (Youth)
These two levels of classes teach the fundamentals of hockey skating to kids who have completed Snowplow Sam 3 or Basic 1. Skaters in this program learn skating skills specific to hockey, how to maneuver faster and become more agile on the ice.
Proper skating techniques are the primary focus, and all elements are taught without a stick or puck. These levels prepare skaters ages 5 to 8 to enter the Jr. Pioneers Hockey U8 Beginner program.
All players must wear helmets and hockey skates. Hockey pads are optional.
Learn Hockey Skating 1 (youth) - Skills
- To sit on the ice and stand up.
- A proper stance.
- To march forward across the ice.
- A forward two-foot glide.
- Scooter pushes and T-pushes.
- Dips and squats.
- Forward swizzles.
- Snowplow stops.
- Backward skating.
Learn Hockey Skating 2 (youth) - Skills
- A backward stance.
- Skating forward using full-strides.
- Forward one-foot glides.
- Backward hustle.
- Backward swizzles.
- Glide turns.
- Moving snowplow stops.
Jr. Pioneers Hockey U8 Beginner
Jr. Pioneers Hockey U8 Beginner (formerly known as Jr. Pioneers Hockey Pre-Team) is for skaters who have completed Youth Learn Hockey Skating 2 and prepares skaters for hockey game play. The U8 Beginner program consists of an eight-week skating program.
U8 players may also opt for the U8 Beginner hockey season program, which requires more practice time and functions more similarly to a traditional hockey season.
All Jr. Pioneers Hockey U8 Beginner skaters are required to wear full hockey gear, including:
- Helmet with full face cage
- Shin pads
- Shoulder and elbow pads
- Hockey pants with padding
- Hockey skates
Jr. Pioneers Hockey U8 Beginner - Skills
- Forward C-cuts on a circle.
- Hockey turns with speed.
- Forward slalom.
- Forward stops and starts.
- Backward v-stops.
- Lateral marching crossovers.
- Forward one-foot pushes on a circle.
- Forward crossover glides.
- Forward crossovers clockwise and counter-clockwise.
- Alternating backward C-cuts.
- Backward one-foot glides.
- A hockey stop.
Adult Learn to Play Hockey
Adult Learn to Play Hockey lessons are designed for those who may have realized their calling a little bit later in life.
Learn to Play Hockey offers two progressive class levels and focuses on the fundamental skills of hockey—power skating, stick handling, passing and shooting. Learn to Play 101 is more basic and Learn to Play 201 is more advanced with will be instructed as such.
The program is designed to help participants develop the skills required for recreational or competitive play. Full hockey gear is recommended, however, a helmet, gloves, shin guards, elbow pads and a stick are required.
Series 5 registration
All levels: Begins April 11
Please note: Registration will not be accepted on the first day of a series.
If you’re interested in a class that has reached the maximum enrollment, please call 303-871-3820 to be added to the waitlist.
For additional information on Learn to Skate/Play Hockey, please contact Bernadette Tynan at 303-871-3820 or email@example.com, or complete the interest form below.
Learn to Skate Interest Form
Frequently Asked Questions
What should my child wear for lessons?
- long pants
- long-sleeved shirt
- mittens or gloves
- a hockey or bike helmet
- a hat and coat
Skate rental is included with your registration.