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Hockey (Ages 4-10)

Learn to Skate USA

The Y is associated with the Learn to Skate USA movement to make our skating programs more consistent and cohesive for all ages and levels. Learn to Skate USA provides a fun and positive experience for all skaters, inspiring a lifelong love of skating. With Learn to Skate USA, the Y will teach children and adults the fundamentals of ice skating while building confidence and providing a progressive curriculum that ensures success from the first steps on the ice to mastery of advanced skills. With this affiliation, we promote the health and fitness benefits of ice skating and equip each participant with the foundation necessary to reach their goal — be it recreation or competitive in nature. 

Learn to Skate for Hockey Players (Ages 4-10)

Learn to Skate Hockey teaches the fundamentals of hockey and provides the best foundation for recreational or competitive hockey. Four progressive levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers and turns with an emphasis on hockey skating. Upon completion of the Hockey 1-4 levels, skaters will be able to confidently skate on a competitive or rec team.


Hockey 1

  1. Falling and recovery to a balanced, standing position
  2. Proper basic hockey stance 
  3. March forward across the ice
  4. Two-foot glides and dips from forward marching across the ice
  5. Forward swizzles/double C-cuts 
  6. T-push right and left, then glide on two feet on line 
  7. Snowplow stop

Hockey 2

  1. Forward strides using 45-degree V-Push 
  2. Forward one-foot push and glide
  3. Forward C-cuts
  4. Backward hustle into two-foot glide
  5. Backward swizzles/double C-cuts
  6. Backward C-Cuts in a straight line
  7. Two-foot moving snowplow stop

Hockey 3

  1. Lateral crossover march
  2. Forward C-cuts on circle
  3. Forward outside edges on half circles
  4. Forward inside edges on half circles
  5. Backward C-cuts on circle
  6. Backward snowplow stop
  7. One-foot moving snowplow stop 

Hockey 4

  1. Quick starts using forward V-Start
  2. Backward one-foot glide
  3. Forward crossover glides
  4. Backward crossover glides
  5. Forward crossovers on circle 
  6. Backward crossovers on circle
  7. Hockey stops

Learn to Skate Notes: Skate rental is included; helmets are required, and gloves are encouraged. Please arrive approximately 15 minutes early for skate fitting. Classes may be combined, depending on enrollment. Late registrations may be accepted if there’s availability. We will do our best to make up classes that are canceled due to weather. You will receive your schedule prior to your first session.

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Ice: Learn to Skate & Figure Skating

303-443-4474 ext. 6203
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