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Learn to Play Hockey

Learn to Play Hockey classes teach the fundamentals of hockey skating both to kids and adults. Kids who have completed Snowplow Sam 3 or Basic 2 in our Learn to Skate program can enter Youth Hockey 1 or 2. Adults can learn and reinforce their skating and stick skills without Hockey 101 and 201 classes.

Proper skating techniques are the primary focus, and we teach all elements without sticks or pucks. 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, hockey skates and full hockey pads.

Meet the Coordinator: Bernadette Tynan | 303-871-3820 | skate@du.edu

Program Information

Current Series: July 9 – August 1

Next Series: August 18 – October 17

Ages: 3 years and older

Cost: $128-150/eight-week series

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Upcoming Series

Series 6: July 9 – August 1*

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

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 except for Adult Learn to Play Hockey, which meets once a week for four weeks.

Class Schedule

Youth Hockey Skating 1-2

Youth Hockey Skating 1

Choose one day and time per week.

Mondays: 5:30 p.m.

Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m.

Saturdays: 9:30 a.m.

Youth Hockey Skating 2

Choose one day and time per week.

Mondays: 5:30 p.m.

Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m.

Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.

Jr. Pioneers Hockey U8 Beginner

U8 Beginner

Choose one day and time per week.

Mondays: 5:00 p.m.

Wednesdays: 5:00 p.m.

Adult Learn to Play Hockey 101 & 201

Adult Learn to Play Hockey 101

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: $128/eight-week series

Adult Learn to Play Hockey: $150/eight-week series ($75/four-week series in Series 6)

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 2. 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

Skaters will learn:

  • 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

Learn Hockey Skating 2 (youth) - Skills

Skaters will learn:

  • Forward strides using 45-degree V-Push (focus on good recovery and alternating arm drive)
  • Forward one-foot push and glide (right and left)
  • Forward c-cuts, single leg (right and left) and alternating feet (right and left) in a straight line
  • Backward hustle or march, then glide on two feet
  • Backward swizzles/double c-cuts
  • Backward c-cuts, single leg (right and left) and alternating feet (right and left) in a straight line
  • Two-foot moving snowplow stop
  • Bonus skill: Scooting or skateboard push on a circle (right and left)

Jr. Pioneers Hockey U8 Beginner

Jr. Pioneers Hockey U8 Beginner 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
  • Gloves
  • Shin pads
  • Shoulder and elbow pads
  • Hockey pants with padding
  • Hockey skates
  • Stick

Jr. Pioneers Hockey U8 Beginner - Skills

Skaters 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

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 6 registration

All levels: Now open

If you’re interested in a class that has reached the maximum enrollment or a class that has already started, please call 303-871-3820.

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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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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 sidn 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.
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