Instructional Hockey Classes
Spring Session Dates: March 23 - May 23, 2021
In-District Residents - Tuesday, March 2
Open Registration - Wednesday, March 3
The current Winter session goes thru March 21, 2021.
Panther Paws Hockey Development
Panther Paws classes cover skating and hockey basics for youngsters ages 3 and up. Class time is dedicated to skill development through drills and on ice games. Panther Paws consists of 6 levels or groups where skaters begin in Group 1 and progress as they improve in their skating and hockey skills. Based on prior experience, skaters may be moved to a higher group but all must begin in Group 1. Groups 1-3 end with a cross ice game on the big ice and Groups 4-6 have 2 games on the big ice; one halfway through the session and one at the end. **Current Illinois guidelines do not allow for game play so cross-ice games will not be scheduled until further notice**
Skaters are taught 10 skills during the session. As skaters become stronger in their skating, the skills they’re learning become slightly more challenging. It is important skaters learn each skill properly and consistently so they have more success as they move up groups. Skaters are evaluated at the end of the session and either move to the next group, remain in the current group or get put into an "advanced" group of their current group. Please see the evaluation form below that is used for each group.
Hockey skates can be rented from the front desk weekly or families can provide their own. A hockey helmet with cage is required for Groups 1 and 2. Group 3 additionally requires a hockey stick. Full equipment with exception to shoulder pads is required for Groups 4-6. As pucks are used, full equipment is necessary for the safety of skaters.
**Class sizes are limited to reduce the number of skaters on the ice at one time. Children ages 8 & under are allowed to have ONE parent/guardian remain in the building during class. Children ages 8 & up may have ONE parent/guardian enter the building to help get skates on but should then exit the building until class is over. Face masks are required for all patrons over the age of 2 while in the building and current Illinois guidelines state that face masks must remain on while on the ice during class.**
Little Blackhawks Information
Check back soon! We hope to have an update on a Winter session of Next Step Panthers, our graduate program for Little Blackhawks!
Little Blackhawks is a once a week Learn to Play program for kids ages 5-9 who have some prior skating experience. In partnership with the Chicago Blackhawks, NHL & NHLPA, participants receive on-ice instruction from our experienced rink coaches. Each player receives a hockey bag with a helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, pants, shin guards. socks, a jersey, stick and skates!