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Instructional & Learn To Programs

Group Lessons
Learn To Play Hockey

The Learn To Play Hockey program aims to teach the fundamentals of skating and hockey while creating an environment that cultivates fun and learning. During the instructional session time, students will be taught how to control their edges, skate forwards and backwards, pass and shoot a puck, and more. During the "game time," students will be able to use their newly-acquired skills in a half-ice hockey game which will be monitored by coaches and staff.

Bird Arena will be providing equipment and rental skates at no cost to those participants who do not have their own. Equipment and skates are to be returned at the end of the session.

Fall information coming soon!                                                                                                                             

Register online at  www.recshop.ohio.edu


Learn To Skate

Bird Ice Arena's Learn To Skate program teaches children ages 3 and up as well as adults the basics of ice skating. We are a Learn to Skate USA affiliated program, and we offer all Basic Skills, Freeskate, and Adult levels. 

Each 6 week session includes:  
6 Instructional Ice Sessions 
Rental Skates if needed
A pass for free admission to Recreational Skating sessions

For More Information please contact Skating@ohio.edu or call 740-597-1370.  

Fall information coming soon!

Register online at  www.recshop.ohio.edu

Individual Lessons
Coaching/Private Lessons

Private lessons are perfect for those who want to advance their skating skills. Private lessons take place during freestyle times with a coach that best fits the skater's needs. Skaters must pay the private lesson rate on top of the rate for freestyle ice time. 

All of our instructors are certified with the United States Figure Skating Association, have First Aid & CPR certifications, and are experienced skaters that are excited to coach. 

To arrange private lessons, please email the freestyle/private lessons supervisor at FreestyleSkate@ohio.edu with the name of the skater, age, skill level, what your skater is looking for in a coach, the duration of the desired lesson, and your availability. 


Freestyle Sessions

Freestyle sessions allow skaters extra practice time to fine-tune their skills. Skaters can work independently on various skills or receive a private lesson. For more informaton, email FreestyleSkate@ohio.edu. 


All skaters are required to follow the apparel guidelines. Click here for detailed information. 

All programs will be canceled when Athens County issues a Level 3 weather advisory. These programs will not have a make-up date.