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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.

 

6 WEEK SESSIONS

Session 1:

September 13 - October 18                                                                                                                                        Thursdays, 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.

Jamboree:  Sunday, October 7, Noon to 1 p.m. (Parents need to arrive 30 minutes before ice time to get equipment) 

Session 2:

November 1 - December 13* (no lessons the week of Thanksgiving)                                                                       Thursdays, 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.

Jamboree:  Sunday, December 9, Noon to 1 p.m. (Parents need to arrive 30 minutes before ice time to get equipment) 

Each 6 week session includes:
6 Instructional Ice Sessions
Free Try Hockey Session
1 Mini-Game Jamboree Sessions
Rental Equipment

TRY IT FREE!

Thursday September 6th 6:00-7:00 p.m. 
Thursday October 25th 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Thursday January 17th 6:00-7:00 p.m. 
Thursday March 7th 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Pricing:  $69                                                                                                                                                                     

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.  

6 WEEK SESSIONS

Session 1:
Tuesdays: 
 September 11 - October 16, 6:15 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays:   September 15 - October 20, 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.

 

Session 2:
Tuesdays:   October 30 - December 11, 6:15 - 7:00 p.m. (off the week of Thanksgiving)
Saturdays:   November 3 - December 15, 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. (off the week of Thanksgiving)

 

Do you want to learn more? Come and meet the instructors and TRY IT FREE!
September 4, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
October 23, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

 

Pricing:  
$86.25 once a week
$172.50 twice a week
Skate rental: $15 for 6 week sessions

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. 
 

 
Apparel 

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.