While Ice Hockey requires a great deal of skill, the proper instruction and attitude make the game more fun and rewarding.
Our Learn to Play Hockey Program incorporates the most current and innovative ideas available today. It represents the best methods of starting beginning players on the right path to an enjoyable experience in our sport.
The Learn to Play Hockey Program lesson plans have been well tested, and have proven successful in every type of community setting. The established program objectives are:
- To learn the basic skills required to play the game of hockey.
- To develop an understanding of basic teamwork through participation in a variety of activities and adapted game situations.
- To have fun while playing hockey and engaging in physical activity.
- To create and refine basic motor patterns.
- To be introduced to the concepts of cooperation, fair play and sportsmanship.
Ice Land's Learn to Play Hockey Program has three levels of instruction designed for beginning hockey players. Each classification represents a different level of skill progression. At the beginning of the program, players are evaluated according to ability and placed in the appropriate program level.
Each level consists of 20 lesson plans that follow a defined path of progression. As players move through the program, they improve both hockey skills and self-confidence.
The program focuses primarily on basic hockey skills: skating, puck-handling, passing and shooting.
Each skill is introduced and refined in a progressive "one step at a time" manner.
Players participate in practice drills, informal and modified games (similar to shinny or pond hockey). Players are soon proficient enough to have fun while they play.
Although the main emphasis is on fun and progressive skill development, the Learn to Play Hockey Program also allows youngsters to experience:
- Fair play
In addition to developing players' hockey skills and promoting physical fitness, our Instructors encourage initiative, stimulate interest in the sport, and instill a desire for continued participation.
Ice Hockey equipment is not as expensive as
many believe it to be… much of the gear can
last a few years before having to purchase
new. Each participant must have the following
equipment before they take to the ice: Jersey,
Hockey Helmet & Mask, Mouth Guard, Elbow Pads,
Hockey Gloves, Hockey Pants, Shin Guards,
Athletic Supporter, Ice Skates, Hockey Stick. If
you need any of the above, please visit our huge
Pro Shop where our salespeople will be glad to
help you. We offer the best beginning equipment
for the lowest prices to make ice hockey more
affordable. We carry the best names in hockey;
Bauer, Sherwood, Easton and much more!
Click Here to view the hockey tips video at video gallery.
Head Instructor: Chris Barcless
- Ice Land Player Development Director
- Former Princeton Day School Head Coach
- Current Mercer Chiefs Head Coach
We have additional On Ice Staff who assist our Head Instructors. This allows a low skater to instructor ratio...... more personal attention!
Sign up here for the new
Learn to Play Hockey!
Sign up with Ice Land Skating Center and press
"Play" to register for Learn To Play Hockey
Plus USA Hockey Fees $50
Must register online & submit registration
to Ice Land before with registration form
Early registration discount:
Receive 5% if you register online
prior to the 1st class!
Learn to Play Hockey Calendar
Fridays - 6:45-7:45pm
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28