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Learn to Play Hockey

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 | skate@du.edu

Program Information

Current Series: August 13 – October 12

Next Series: October 15 – December 14

Ages: 3 years and older

Cost: $120-136/series

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Upcoming Series

Series 1: August 13 – October 12 (no classes on September 3, 5 or 7)

Series 2: October 15 – December 14 (no classes on November 11, 23 or 26)

Series 3: January 7 – March 1

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.

Class Schedule

Youth Hockey Skating 1-2

Youth Hockey Skating 1

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 Pre-Team 1-2

Jr. Pioneers Hockey Pre-Team 1 & 2

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 Pre-Team: $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 Pre-Team program.

All players must wear helmets and hockey skates. Hockey pads are optional.

Learn Hockey Skating 1 (youth) - Skills

Skaters will learn:

  • 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

Skaters will learn:

  • A backward stance.
  • Skating forward using full-strides.
  • Forward one-foot glides.
  • Backward hustle.
  • Backward swizzles.
  • Glide turns.
  • Moving snowplow stops.

Jr. Pioneers Hockey Pre-Team

Jr. Pioneers Hockey Pre-Team is for skaters who have completed Youth Learn Hockey Skating 2 and prepares skaters for hockey game play. Skaters learn how to maneuver the ice while in full hockey gear and now with hockey sticks and pucks. The pre-team level prepares skaters to enter the Jr. Pioneers Hockey U8 Beginner program.

All Jr. Pioneers Hockey Pre-Team 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 Pre-Team - Skills

Skaters will learn:

  • 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.
  • Mohawks.
  • 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.

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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.

Learn to Skate Interest Form

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.