Learn to Play Hockey is designed to teach and strengthen basic skating and hockey skills. The classes prepare players for in-house or travel league play. Qualified instructors guarantee adequate attention to all players because of small teacher to student ratios.
Learn to Skate to Play Hockey: A strong skating foundation is key to a good hockey player. The learn to skate to play hockey class is designed for players with little skating experience. Players will learn basic skating skills necessary to play in the Hockey 1 program. Players in this program will only need a hockey helmet and hockey gloves which can be provided by the ice arena. If you have NEVER skated before we recomend skaters taking one series of our learn to skate program. http://www.udel.edu/icearena/learn2skate/beginner.html
Hockey 1 is for the beginning player.The focus of the course will to develop the players skating skills as well as introduce puck and sticking handling skills. . Players with little ice skating experience are encouraged to start in the Learn to Skate to play hockey class, participants need to be able to have basic skating skills to enroll in Hockey 1. All skaters who have never participated in a Learn to Play hockey session at UD should begin with Hockey I and if necessary, can be moved up after the first week with the coach’s recommendation.
Hockey 2 is for players who have completed Hockey 1 or possess a similar skill level. This session will focus on strengthening existing skating and puck control skills as well as developing shooting skills needed to begin game play. Players, age 8 or younger, who have enough skill and comfort with the game, are welcome to join the Cross-Ice Hockey League after passing Hockey 2.
Hockey 3 players have completed Hockey 2 or have considerable background in the game of hockey. Skills are further developed in preparation for introduction to game situations and In-House Hockey.
A Learn to Play Hockey student who has passed all three levels will be skilled at forward skating and crossovers, backward skating and crossovers, hockey stops, passing and puck receiving skills, shooting skills (forehand & backhand) and Introductory game skills.
Skates, helmets with cages, hockey gloves and hockey sticks are required for all classes. Shin guards, kneepads and elbow pads are highly recommended because of some drills performed. The Ice Arenas provides ALL equipment if needed, including stick, gloves, helmet, elboe and shin pads and skates. We also have a limited number of hockey rental equipment bags which can be reserved the first day of class. Please call ahead with your skate sizes to ensure they are sharpened and ready on your first day.
Dates: Following Winter Dates: March 18, 25, April 1
April 8, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20
NO Class April 15
Classes at held in the Gold Ice Arena from 9am-9:45am
All levels are taught at 9am time slot
$120 first player
*Fee includes skates, helmet, stick and gloves if necessary.