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LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY

Group hockey skating lessons for ages 4 to adult

Learn the fundamentals of hockey skating with our year-round Learn to Play Hockey lessons, available for both kids and adults. Proper skating techniques are the primary focus, and we teach all elements without sticks or pucks.

All skaters must wear helmets, hockey skates and full hockey pads.

Current & Upcoming Series Dates

Series 1: August 18 – October 17
(No classes on September 1, September 3 or September 5)

Series 2: October 20 – December 19
(No classes on November 19, November 21 or November 24)

Series 3: January 5 – February 27

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

REGISTRATION FOR SERIES 2 BEGINS SEPTEMBER 21!

YOUTH HOCKEY SKATING

These two levels of classes teach the fundamentals of hockey skating to kids who have completed Snowplow Sam 3 or Basic 2 of our Learn to Skate program. 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. All players must wear helmets and hockey skates. Hockey pads are optional.

Not sure what level your child is ready for? Please contact Bernadette Tynan, our Learn to Skate/Play Hockey Coordinator, at 303-871-3820 or skate@du.edu.

 

Youth Hockey Skating 1

Youth Hockey Skating 1

Youth Hockey Skating 1 teaches skaters:

  • Falling and recovery to a balanced, standing position
  • Proper basic hockey stance (forward and backward)
  • Forward marching across the ice
  • Two-foot glides and dips from forward marching across the ice
  • Forward swizzles/double c-cuts
  • T-Push to a two-foot glide on a straight line, alternating feet
  • Snowplow stop, stationary
  • Bonus skill: Front to back and back to front turns

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Youth Hockey Skating 2.

Lesson Schedule

Youth Hockey Skating 1 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted. Make-up classes are not offered for missed sessions.

Mondays: 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 9:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 2: $136.00 (8 sessions)

Register Online

Youth Hockey Skating 2

Youth Hockey Skating 2

Youth Hockey Skating 2 teaches skaters:

  • Falling and recovery to a balanced, standing position
  • Proper basic hockey stance (forward and backward)
  • Forward marching across the ice
  • Two-foot glides and dips from forward marching across the ice
  • Forward swizzles/double c-cuts
  • T-Push to a two-foot glide on a straight line, alternating feet
  • Snowplow stop, stationary
  • Bonus skill: Front to back and back to front turns

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Jr. Pioneers Hockey U8 Beginner.

Lesson Schedule

Youth Hockey Skating 2 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted. Make-up classes are not offered for missed sessions.

Mondays: 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 2: $136.00 (8 sessions)

Register Online

JR. PIONEERS HOCKEY U8 PROGRAM

Jr. Pioneers Hockey U8 Program is for skaters who have completed Youth Learn Hockey Skating 2 and prepares skaters for hockey game play. Our U8 program features four levels: mite, beginner, intermediate and advanced.

U8 Mite

U8 Mite

The U8 Mite program follows the structure of other Learn to Skate/Play Hockey lessons, meeting during eight-week series. At the end of each eight-week series, U8 Mite players must re-register for the next eight-week series.

All U8 Mite players must register online with USA Hockey and will receive a jersey and socks.

During practices, U8 Mites will learn:

  • Lateral crossover march (both directions)
  • Forward c-cuts (half swizzle pumps) on a circle (both directions)
  • Forward outside edges on half circles (large Cs), alternating feet on the short or long axis of the rink
  • Forward inside edges on half circles (large Cs), alternating feet on the short or long axis of the rink
  • Backward c-cuts (half swizzle pumps) on a circle (both directions)
  • Backward snowplow stops (one-foot and two-feet V-stops)
  • One-foot moving snowplow stop (right and left), introduce quarter turn with hips to hockey stop
  • Quick starts using forward V-stop
  • Backward one-foot glide (right and left)
  • Forward crossover glides (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Backward crossover glides (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Forward crossovers on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Backward crossovers on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Hockey stops (stopping to the left and to the right, with speed)
  • Bonus skill: Forward starts and stops
  • Bonus skill: Forward to backward mohawk pivots (both directions, right and left) from powerful, full strides

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Jr. Pioneers Hockey U8 Beginner team.

All Jr. Pioneers Hockey U8 Mite players are required to wear full hockey gear, including:

  • Helmet with full face cage
  • Gloves
  • Shin pads
  • Shoulder and elbow pads
  • Hockey pants with padding
  • Hockey skates
  • Stick

Lesson Schedule

U8 Mite meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted. The team will also participate in games on Saturday mornings. Make-up classes are not offered for missed sessions.

Mondays: 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 a.m. (games)

Cost & Registration

Series 2: $250.00 (8 sessions)

Register Online

U8 Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced

U8 Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced

Our U8 Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced teams follow a traditional hockey season through Jr. Pioneers Hockey.

Learn more about the teams on the Jr. Pioneers Hockey U8 page.

ADULT HOCKEY LESSONS

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.

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.

 

Learn to Play Hockey 101

Learn to Play Hockey 101

Adult Learn to Play Hockey 101 teaches beginning hockey and skating skills, stick handling, passing and shooting.

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Learn to Play Hockey 201.

Lesson Schedule

Learn to Play Hockey 101 meets for 60-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted. Make-up classes are not offered for missed sessions.

Mondays: 9:15 p.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 2: $150.00 (8 sessions)

Register Online

Learn to Play Hockey 201

Learn to Play Hockey 201

Adult Learn to Play Hockey 201 builds off of the skating and hockey playing skills from Learn to Play Hockey 101 and focuses on more advanced skills.

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they may be interested in joining DU’s Adult Hockey League.

Lesson Schedule

Learn to Play Hockey 201 meets for 60-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted. Make-up classes are not offered for missed sessions.

Wednesdays: 9:15 p.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 2: $150.00 (8 sessions)

Register Online

Learn to Play Hockey 301

Learn to Play Hockey 301

Adult Learn to Play Hockey 301 is an advanced hockey skills class which works on individual hockey IQ and team strategies. It includes advanced edge work, footwork, transitions and power skating.

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they may be interested in joining DU’s Adult Hockey League.

Lesson Schedule

Learn to Play Hockey 301 meets for 60-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted. Make-up classes are not offered for missed sessions.

Tuesdays: 9:15 p.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 2: $150.00 (8 sessions)

Register Online

Frequently Asked Questions

What should my child wear for lessons?

We suggest the following clothing for skaters:

  • long pants
  • long-sleeved shirt
  • mittens or gloves
  • a hockey or bike helmet
  • a hat and coat

Skate rental is included with your registration.

What gear is required for Adult Learn to Play Hockey?

Full hockey gear is required.

As an adult, should I sign up for 101 or 201?

The 101 class is designed for beginners or those with little hockey experience. The 201 class is designed for those who have some hockey experience or are looking to get back into the game.

Learn More & Contact Us

For additional information on Learn to Skate/Play Hockey, please contact Bernadette Tynan at 303-871-3820 or skate@du.edu, or complete the interest form below.

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