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Learn To Skate

Learn to Skate

Does your son/daughter wants to play ice hockey? Learning the proper way to ice skate is the first step for your beginning player. St. Jude Hockey Club's Little Squires (Learn to Skate) and Little Knights (Learn to Play) programs embrace the American Development Model (ADM) for teaching children how to play hockey. We're proud to continue our 55 plus year tradition of developing young players by offering four convenient sessions during the year (three during the fall/winter season and one in spring). Each session will offer both the Little Squires and Little Knights programs tailored to your player's abilities.

Sessions:

The fall/winter season has 2 Sessions beginning in late September, followed by a separate session for Spring. 

Session 1 – runs September 25th through December 18th

Session 2 – runs January 14th through March 26th

Spring  - will run in April/May 2017 (exact dates to be announced)


The flowchart below shows player progression for learning to skate to playing recreational/competitive hockey as part of a team.

Learn to Skate Program

This program is designed for young pre-k, kindergartners, and new-to-skating first through third grader boys and girls who are interested in learning to skate. It is focused on creating a welcoming environment to foster a love for the player’s time spent on the ice. Our goal is for the players to learn the most basic skating skills while having fun.

The session costs are shown on the full schedule below.

2016-17 Little Squires Learn to Skate Schedule

Session 1: Cost $180
September 25 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
October 2 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
9 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
16 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
23 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
November 6 Sun 1050 - 1150a SIA Main Rink
13 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
20 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
27 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
December 4 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
11 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
18 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
Session 2: Cost $165
January 15 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
22 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
29 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
February 5 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
12 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
19 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
26 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
March 5 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
12 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
19 Sun 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink
26 Sat 810a - 920a SIA Main Rink

SPRING 2017 LEARN TO SKATE SCHEDULE

Day Date Time Rink
Sunday April 9th 8:10 am SIA
Sunday April 23rd 11:20 am SIA
Saturday April 29th 8:10 am SIA
Sunday April 30th 9:00 am OL
Sunday May 7th 10:40 am SIA
Saturday May 13th 8:10 am SIA
Sunday May 14th 8:10 am SIA
Sunday May 21st 8:10 am SIA

FAQ's

How do I register my player for a session? Registration is done via our website at www.stjudehockey.org.  If you have any questions about the program or need help registering, please contact Nicole Hauser at the link below.  Please note your child must have 2016-2017 USA Hockey Insurance to participate, please click here to register with USA Hockey.

Where are the classes and how much ice time is there per session? The schedule for each session is above.  All ice sessions are at Southwest Ice Arena (SIA) in Crestwood, IL.   Session times/dates are subject to change due to ice availability.

What equipment will my player need to participate in the Little Squires Learn to Skate program?   All you need to get started in our LTS classes is a helmet with face guard, neck guard and ice skates. Hockey equipment (excluding skates and neck guard) in limited sizes is available to rent; please contact Nicole Hauser at the address below for more information.  Players may wear their own jerseys or may purchase a reversible St. Jude jersey also used by the Little Knights Learn to Play program for $30.  If your player has a green/white reversible jersey from last season that fits, they do not need to purchase another reversible jersey. 

Who may participate? The St. Jude Learn to Skate program is open to players born in 2012 through 2008 interested in learning to skate.

What are you teaching? The Knights Coaching Staff subscribes to the American Development Model of instruction based on the foundation of play, love, and excel. Learn the basics in their simplest form- fun. If they’re having the fun, the excelling part is easy.

I am not familiar with the USA Hockey ADM model.  Where can I learn more?  Additional information on the USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM) can be found at www.ADMKids.com .  The St. Jude organization won 2011 Program of the Year from the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI).

 

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Need More Info?

For more information on the Little Squires Learn to Skate program, please contact Nicole Hauser or Michele Boyce.

Nicole Hauser

AJ Hernacki

Youth Hockey Director


Ready to Join St. Jude's Little Squires Program?

Click the word 'Register' below to being the registration process...  At the bottom of the first information page, you will be given the opportunity to either login, if you already have an NGIN account, or create a new account.

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