Hockey Learn to Skate Curriculum
The Hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating. In four badge levels, skaters will learn how to maneuver faster and be more agile on the ice. Proper skating techniques are the primary focus of the levels. All elements will be taught without a puck. Skaters will learn the necessary fundamentals to be successful in game situations.
It is important that the level progression is followed and for skaters to demonstrate skills efﬁciently to staff before advancing. Instructors will evaluate students and give progress reports to skaters at the end of each session. If you have any questions about additional programs that your child may be ready for, please contact your child’s instructor or Linda Keane, our Learn to Skate Director.
A. Falling and Recovery
B. Proper Forward and Backward Stance
C. March Forward across the ice, 8-10 steps
D. March Forward with 2 foot glides and dips
E. Stationary Snowplow Stop
F. Rocking Horse
G. Forward swizzles (2 to 4 in a row)
H. Front to Back and Back to Front turns (Stationary)
I. T-Push R,then glide on two feet on line, T-Push Left, then glide on two feet on line
J. Backward March or Wiggle
Hockey Boss Equipment Package
Our Programs – Where to Start?
Learn to Skate - Hockey 1
Hockey Learn to Skate, which takes place during our Saturday & Sunday Learn to Skate sessions, is the place to start for beginner hockey players of all ages. Skaters will develop preliminary coordination and strength to maneuver on the ice in hockey skates. Once successfully completing Hockey 1, skaters will be evaluated and placed in Hockey Boss Learn to Play or above, based on a coaches recommendation. You are on the page now!
Learn to Play Hockey
Hockey Boss Learn to Play will be geared towards beginner hockey players ages 4 to 18 who have passed Basic Skills Hockey 1 or have been evaluated into the program. This program is appropriate for the first time hockey player looking to enter cross ice or recreational hockey programs in the fall; once completed skaters will be evaluated into either cross ice or a league (based on age). Players will focus on hockey skating skills and be introduced to basic stick handling and skating drills. Full gear is required (Hockey Boss Equipment Package). Students will be group by age and/or skill level. Players must have completed hockey one or have been evaluated by a coach before being accepted into the program. All players must have basic skating ability in hockey skates. Click here to go to the Learn to Play Page and get the application!
Hockey Boss Cross Ice (Ages 5 to 8)
Cross Ice Developmental Hockey is designed for skaters ages 5 to 8 who have successfully completed our Hockey Boss Learn to Play Program (See Above). If skaters have not completed either of the above programs, private instructor approval must be provided upon registration. During all cross ice sessions, the ice will divided into three cross ice sections and children will be grouped by age. In each section, players will participate in instructional cross ice scrimmages, emphasizing on understanding the game of hockey and having fun. Click Here to visit that page!
Middle School League
For players going into 6th, 7th or 8th grades, who have successfully completed either HockeyBoss Intro to Hockey or HockeyBoss Cross Ice, Aspen Ice is forming a 2015 Spring Middle School Hockey League. In addition to the Aspen Ice team, there are various towns that make up their own middle school hockey leagues. The primary goal is to provide players with a chance to play in a competitive league that will prepare them for skating on the high school level and skate with the kids they live and go to school with.
Squirt Hockey League
For players with birth years ’05 and ’06 (’07 with league approval), who have successfully completed Hockey Boss Learn to Play or Hockey Boss Cross Ice, Aspen Ice is forming a Squirt Hockey League. Each team will play 12 game season plus playoffs and will play at the 2015-16 level of play.
Hockey Boss Private Lessons
Private skating or hockey lessons are available to all levels of skaters. Private lessons can be a great start for skaters of all ages and levels. If your skater is struggling with a certain element or skill, a few private lessons can get them right back on track. Check out our Hockey Boss private lesson board for more information on our coaches. Click Here to view our private lesson instructors!