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Learn To Play a/k/a "Little Knights"

Little Knights Learn to Play

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 Knights Program embraces the American Development Model (ADM) for teaching boys and girls how to play hockey. We're proud to continue our 55 plus year tradition of developing young players by offering 2 convenient sessions during the fall/winter session and a separate spring session Each session will offer both the Little Squires Learn to Skate and the Little Knights Learn to Play programs tailored to your player's abilities.


Sessions:

St. Jude will offer 2 sessions during the Fall/Winter 2018 - 19 season and a Spring 2019 session:

Session 1 – September 21st through December 16th

Session 2 – January 25th through March 31st

Spring – April/May 2019

 

 

St. Jude will be holding Little Knights/ADM Assessments for Session 1. They will take place on Saturday, September 15th at 910am at SIA.  The Assessment for Session 2 will be Saturday, January 12th at 910am at SIA.  Players interested in joining St. Jude's Little Knights program  are required to participate in the assessments corresponding to each session.  These assessments will evaluate the players and place them on the appropriate squad with like skill and aged players.  These squads will then participate together in jamborees.  There will be three levels of skills, and a total of 6 squads, 2 per level. 

Ready to Join St. Jude's Little Knights 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.

2018 Little Knights Schedule

Little Knights Session 1 Schedule (Cost $598, split payments available)

DoW Date Start Time End Time Rink
Fri 9/21/2018 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 9/22/2018 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 9/23/2018 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 9/28/2018 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 9/29/2018 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 9/30/2018 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 10/5/2018 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 10/6/2018 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 10/7/2018 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 10/12/2018 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 10/13/2018 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 10/14/2018 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 10/19/2018 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 10/20/2018 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 10/21/2018 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 10/26/2018 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 10/27/2018 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 10/28/2018 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 11/9/2018 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 11/10/2018 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Fri 11/16/2018 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 11/17/2018 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 11/18/2018 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 11/23/2018 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 11/24/2018 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 11/25/2018 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 11/30/2018 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 12/1/2018 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 12/2/2018 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 12/7/2018 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 12/8/2018 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 12/9/2018 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 12/14/2018 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 12/15/2018 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 12/16/2018 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA

Little Knights Session 2 Schedule (COST $515 SPLIT PAYMENT AVAILABLE)

DoW Date Start Time End Time Rink
Fri 1/25/2019 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 1/26/2019 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 1/27/2019 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 2/1/2019 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 2/2/2019 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 2/3/2019 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 2/8/2019 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 2/9/2019 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 2/10/2019 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 2/15/2019 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 2/16/2019 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 2/17/2019 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 2/22/2019 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 2/23/2019 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 2/24/2019 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 3/1/2019 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 3/2/2019 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 3/3/2019 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 3/8/2019 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 3/9/2019 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 3/10/2019 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 3/15/2019 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 3/16/2019 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 3/17/2019 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 3/22/2019 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 3/23/2019 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 3/24/2019 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 3/29/2019 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 3/30/2019 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 3/31/2019 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA

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

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 Michele Boyce at the link below.  Please note your child must have 2018-2019 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 Knights Learn to Play program?   All Little Knights players must have full hockey equipment including: helmet, neck guard, shoulder/chest protector, elbow pads, hockey pants, shin guards, sweater socks, gloves and, of course, hocket skates.  Players will not be allowed on the ice if they do not have a neck guard.  Additionally, many players like to have a mouth guard secured to their helmet so it does not fall out on the ice if they spit it out.  If you unfamiliar with any of the equipment, please contact Shannon Gutkowski and she will help direct you to a good source for it.  Equipment (excluding skates and neckguard) is available to rent, but limited to very small sizes.  Please contact Shannon Gutkowski for more information on rentals.  All players will be required to purchase a reversible St. Jude jersey for $35.  One jersey will last each player all the winter 2018 - 19 sessions.  If your player has a  reversible jersey from last season that still fits, they do not need to purchase another.

Who may participate? The St. Jude Little Knights Learn to Play program is open to boys and girls born in 2013 through 2009 who have successfully completed a Learn to Skate program.

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 Knights Learn to Play program, please contact Nicole Hauser or AJ Hernacki.

AJ Hernacki

Hockey Director

Phone: 708-990-9073

Shannon Gutkowski

Little Knights Coordinator