Winter Ice Skating and Hockey

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NOTES:

  • Classes may be combined or cancelled at the discretion of management depending on enrollment.
  • Make-Up Policy: One make-up class is allowed per session per skater. No make-ups are allowed during the first week of classes or the week of evaluations.
  • Class Evaluations: We offer evaluations before the end of each session. Instructors will determine whether a student is ready for evaluation one week prior to testing. Evaluations are optional. Skaters ready to test will be notified by their class instructor or the Figure Skating Supervisor.
  • Hockey Class Equipment: The Wilmette Park District requires skaters in Tot Hockey II through Advanced Power classes to wear the following equipment:
    • Helmet and face mask
    • Elbow pads (recommended)
    • Shin pads (recommended)
    • Hockey skates
    • Stick
  • Skating Class Attire/Equipment: Skaters should wear comfortable pants, a warm jacket or shirt and gloves or mittens. A thick, warm hat or a well-fitted helmet is recommended; a helmet is not required for skaters in figure skating classes. Figure skates are recommended for non-hockey classes, particularly in Snowplow Sam and Basic 1&2.
  • Skate Rental: Skates are available for rent onsite at the Ice Rinks, for a discounted rate of $3.75 per class for registered skaters in a learn-to-skate Winter Session class.

WINTER BREAK ICE SKATING CAMP!

During the holidays, the ice is nice here at Centennial! Our instructors will present the fundamental skills of ice skating along with a variety of activities. Highlights include the exciting game of broomball (similar to hockey but wearing rubber-soled shoes), arts/crafts and games. Campers may bring their own skates or use our skates at no charge. Register for any number of days you prefer; note that there's discount when you register for the whole session!

R-$50 per day; $360 for entire session/NR-$62 per day; $450 for entire session

8 days
220146-01 AGE 5-12
Tu-F
9:15 am-Noon
12/21-12/31


Ice skating Instruction


PRIVATE LESSONS

  • 30-Minute Sessions: rates vary based on instructor
  • Private Lessons are 1:1 student to instructor
  • Semi-private lessons are 1:2 students to instructor
  • Lessons are subject to ice and instructor availability - space may be limited

Click here to fill out the Private Lesson Request Form


PRACTICE TIME

NEW! LTS Practice Ice
Age 4 & up
30 minutes of practice ice created for all Learn to Skate class levels, for tots through Basic 6.


CLASSES

Toddler I
Age 3
Toddlers begin by learning to fall correctly, and get up alone off the ice before starting on the ice. We focus on balance and self-confidence as we introduce forward skills.

Toddler II
Age 3
Students in this class must have completed Toddler 1 and will continue learning to fall correctly and get up alone off the ice before starting on the ice. Balance and self-confidence are stressed. Forward skills are introduced.

Toddler III
Age 3
Students in this class must have completed Toddler II and will continue to build on the skills learned in the Toddler I and II classes.

Snowplow Sam 1
Age 4-5

We introduce beginners with no previous instruction or experience to basic skills including falling, standing, marching and basic gliding. On-ice and off-ice instruction builds confidence. We recommend figure skates for this class; children in hockey skates must wear a hockey helmet with a face guard.

Snowplow Sam 2
Age 4-5
Skaters in this next level learn moving dips, basic gliding, backward wiggles, forward swizzles, beginning snow plow stop motion, two-foot hop in place.

Snowplow Sam 3
Age 4-5
Skaters learn forward skating, forward one-foot glide, forward swizzles, backward two-foot glide, backward swizzles, snowplow stop, two foot turn in place, two-foot hop in place. From Snowplow Sam 3, skater can advance to Basic 2 or Hockey 2.

Basic 1 Ice Skating
Age 6-13

Beginners with no previous instruction or experience are introduced to basic skills including falling, standing, marching, dips, basic gliding, rocking horse swizzle, and backward wiggles. On-ice and off-ice instruction builds confidence. We recommend figure skates for this class; children in hockey skates must wear a hockey helmet with a face guard.

Basic 2 Ice Skating
Age 6-13

Skaters learn scooter pushes, one foot glides, forward and backward swizzles, backward two foot glides, two-foot turns in place, and snowplow stop. Children in hockey skates must wear a hockey helmet with a face guard.

Basic 3 Ice Skating
Age 6-13
Skaters learn beginning forward stroking, forward pumps on a circle, forward to backward two foot turns on a circle, backward one foot glides, backward snowplow stop, and forward slalom.

Basic 4 Ice Skating
Age 6-13
Skaters learn forward outside and inside edges on a circle, forward crossovers, backward pumps on a circle, backward one-foot glides, T-stop and T-push, and forward lunges.

Basic 5 Ice Skating
Age 6-13
Skaters learn backward stroking, backward outside and inside edges on a circle, backward crossovers, forward outside three-turn, and hockey stop.

Basic 6 Ice Skating
Age 6-13
Skaters learn forward inside mohawk, forward inside three-turn, backward to forward two-foot turns, two foot spin, and bunny hop.

Pre-Freeskate
Age 6 & up
Skaters learn backward outside mohawk, forward and backward combinations, forward and backward pivots, one-oot spins, waltz jump, and mazurkas.

Freeskate 1
Age 6 & up
Skaters learn forward power stroking, forward outside and inside edges, backward outside three-turns, forward pivot, forward spiral, one foot spin from crossovers, half flip, and ballet jump.

Freeskate 2
Age 6 & up
Skaters learn alternating forward outside and inside spirals, backward outside and inside edges, waltz jump-ballet jump sequence, forward and backward crossovers figure eight sequence, beginner back spin, and half lutz.

Freeskate 3
Age 6 & up
Skaters learn backward crossovers to back outside edges, alternating Mohawk/crossover sequence, backward inside three turns, Waltz three-turns, advanced back scratch spin, toe loop, and and salchow.

Freeskate 4
Age 6 & up
Skaters learn forward power three-turns, back spirals, Waltz 8 pattern, forward upright spin to backward upright spin, sit spin, A 1/2 loop jump, loop jump, and flip jump.

Freeskate 5
Age 6 & up
Skaters learn backward outside three-turn mohawk, five-step Mohawk sequence, twizzle, Choctaw, camel spin, waltz jump-loop jump combination, and Lutz jump.

Freeskate 6
Age 6 & up
Skaters learn forward power pulls, choreographed step sequence, brackets, camel-sit spin combination, layback or attitude spin or cross-foot spin, Waltz jump-half loop-Salchow jump sequence, split jump, and Axel.

High School Group Ice Skating
Age 14-20

NEW! ASPIRE Skating Clinic
Age 6-16
This program is designed for skaters looking to make the transition from learn-to-skate group classes into U.S. Figure Skating testing and competing in a safe, supportive group training environment. Each week, class will focus solely on a particular skill set, such as: edges, jumps, spin and music interpretation.

Skaters learn core values: Attitude, Sportsmanship, Perseverance, Integrity, Respect, and Effort. Classes include both on and off-ice training, and developing good practice habits to skate recreationally or begin a competitive career.

Class structure:
- 40 minutes on-ice
- 30 minutes off-ice

Adult 1-6 Ice Skating
Age 18 and up
The adult curriculum is designed for beginner and experienced adult skaters who wish to improve their skating skills. Participation helps promote physical fitness and improve balance and coordination while teaching proper technique. Our program is designed for those looking to skate as an enjoyable part of a fit and healthy lifestyle.
Adult 1-3: Skaters focus on learning introductory skating skills progressing to forward stroking, pumps, beginning glides.
Adult 4-6: Skaters focus on forward edges on a circle, forward crossovers, backward one-foot glides, backward pumps on a circle, hockey stops, progressing to backward crossovers, three-turn, forward and backward stroking, beginning power pulls, t-stop, and lunges.


HOCKEY

Hockey I
Age 4-14
Skaters learn introductory skating skills including fall and recovery, proper basic hockey stance, marching, two-foot glides, dips, forward swizzles, double c-cuts, t-push to a two-foot glide, and beginning snowplow stop.

Hockey II
Age 4-14
Skaters learn forward strides with v-push, forward one-foot push and glide, forward c-cuts, backward hustle or march, backward swizzles, backward c-cuts, two-foot moving snowplow stop.

Hockey III
Age 4-14
Skaters learn lateral crossover march, forward c-cuts on a circle, forward outside and inside edges, backward c-cuts, backward snowplow stops, one and two foot v-stop, one-foot moving snowplow stop.

Hockey IV
Age 4-14
Skaters learn quick starts using forward v-start, backward one-foot glide, forward crossover glides, backward crossover glides, forward crossovers on a circle, backward crossovers on a circle, hockey stops.

Hockey - Power Skating
Age 4-14
Skaters build endurance while developing forward and backward skills (c cuts, alternating crossovers, power hockey turns, stops/starts).