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Learn to Play

Learn to Play Hockey

Each week players develop their skills during practice and execute them in cross-ice scrimmages on Sunday (Intro to Hockey and Hockey School have a scrimmage day on Sunday mornings). Attend as many sessions or as few as you want for one price. 

Our Learn to Play Program is made up of a three (3) part series of progressionary classes.  If your child has never skated before or has very little skating experience, we recommend starting them in Hockey Learn to Skate.

At the end of each session, coaches will provide direction on which class to sign up for next.


1.) Hockey Learn to Skate

Ages 3-8. This class is for brand new skaters with no skating experience. Class focuses on balance, getting up and down without assistance, beginner stride, beginner edge-work, and entry level hockey skating skills. Classes meet for two 30-minute sessions per week. Minimum equipment needed is skates and a helmet. This class is run at both RecPlex and Top Shelf ice Arena in Gurnee, IL.


2.) Intro to Hockey

Ages 3-9. This class is for skaters with basic skating skills who want to continue to learn to learn basic to intermediate skating techniques while feeling like a hockey player! Along with skating skills, basic skills with a puck will start to be introduced. Classes meet for three 30-minute sessions per week. Players wear full equipment. This class is run at both RecPlex and Top Shelf Ice Arena in Gurnee, IL.


3.) Hockey School

Ages 4-12. Hockey School focuses on the main skills of skating, puck-handling, and shooting that will be needed before joining a hockey team. Classes are taught by our Hockey School staff that keep each drill fun and competitive. Hockey School meets for three, 50-minute classes per week.  Two sessions are suggested before joining a hockey team. This class is run at the RecPlex Only.


Spring 2024 Session Information

RecPlex Location Classes

  • Start Date: Monday, March 4, 2024
  • End Date: Thursday, May 23, 2024
    • NO CLASS: 3/9, 3/16, 3/31, 4/20, 4/21

Top Shelf Location Classes

  • Start Date: Monday, March 4, 2024
  • End Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Summer 2024 Session Information

RecPlex Location Classes

  • Start Date: Monday, June 3, 2024
  • End Date: Friday, August 9, 2024
    • NO CLASS: 6/13, 6/14, 6/28, 7/4, 7/5, 7/26

Top Shelf Location Classes

  • Start Date: Monday, June 3, 2024
  • End Date: Friday, August 9, 2024

Questions

Please direct any questions to: 

Tim Kinsman

Tim Kinsman

Vipers Hockey Director

Phone: (847) 856-1064

Laura Baran

Laura Baran

Top Shelf Ice Arena Rink Manager

Phone: (847) 856-1064