Taught by Ohio University D-II Head Coach Philip Oberlin, 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.
Session 1 :
TRY IT FREE!, September 7, 6:00 - 7:45 p.m., please arrive 30 mintues before scheduled time
Dates/Times: Thursday, September 14 - Thursday, October 19, 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Jamboree One: Sunday, October 8, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Jamboree Two: Sunday, October 15, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Session 2 :
Try Hockey Free: Monday, October 23, 6:05 - 8:05 p.m., please arrive 30 mintues before scheduled time
Dates/Times*: Thursday, November 2 - Thursday, December 14, 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.
*There will be no class the week of Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 22
Jamboree One: Sunday, November 19, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Jamboree Two: Sunday, December 3, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Session 3 :
Try Hockey Free: Thursday, January 18, 6:00 - 7:45 p.m., please arrive 30 mintues before scheduled time
Dates/Times: Thursday, January 25 - Thursday, March 1, 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Jamboree One: Sunday, February 11, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Jamboree Two: Sunday, March 4, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
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Learn To Skate teaches children ages 4-11 to skate, stick handle and shoot. Participants do not need to own equipment or know how to skate prior to the program. Each six-week session includes six instructional ice sessions, rental skates if needed and a recreational skate card required for free rec skate.
Six Week Session: Tuesdays AND/OR Saturdays
SESSION 1: (Choose Tuesday AND/OR Saturday)
TRY IT FREE! Tuesday, September 5, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: September 12 - October 17 , 6:15 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays: September 16 - October 21, 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
SESSION 2: (Choose Tuesday AND/OR Saturday)
TRY IT FREE! Tuesday, October 24, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: October 31 - December 12 , 6:15 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays: November 4 - December 16, 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
*There will be no class the week of Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov 22
SESSION 3 :
TRY IT FREE! Tuesday, January 16, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
First Day: Tuesday, January 23, 6:15 - 7:00 p.m..; Saturday, January 27, 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
Last Day: Tuesday, February 27, 6:15 - 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, March 3, 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
Tuesdays: January 23 - February 27, 6:15 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays: January 27 - March 3, 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
*There will be no class the week of Thanksgiving
Six week session: $69
Each 6 weeek session includes:
6 Instructional Ice Sessions
Free Try Hockey Session
2 Mini-Game Ice Sessions
II Rental Equipment
Registration: To register visit www.recshop.ohio.edu
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 supervisorar firstname.lastname@example.org 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 allow skaters extra practice time to fine-tune their skills. Skaters can work independently on various skills or receive a private lesson. Click here for detailed information about freestyle skate sessions.
Freestyle Skate will be available in Fall 2017.
All skaters are required to follow the apparel guidelines.
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All programs will be cancelled when Athens County issues a Level 3 weather advisory. These programs will not have a make-up date.