Learn To Skate & Play Classes
Tiny Hawks is a morning program for tot hockey players of all skill levels. It's designed for ages 2-4 to develop coordination in a creative and playful environment. Coaches will work with first time skaters new to the ice or skaters with limited experience. Tiny Hawks has a low student to teacher ratio for individualized attention and will allow skaters to develop at their own pace.
This is a learn to skate program for players who are new to the ice. Players at this level will learn skating basics such as falling down and getting up safely, marching in place, gliding and turning. Players in this class will develop confidence on the ice and comfort in both skates and basic pads. Equipment required: skates, helmet, knee/shin pads and gloves.
Players in this program must have passed Beginner Blackhawks. At this level, players will continue to develop skating fundamentals such as forward stride, backwards skating, stopping and basic edge control. Sticks and pucks will be introduced at this level to teach participants how to skate with a stick and learn the fundamentals of basic puck control. Equipment required: skates, helmet with full face shield/cage, shin pads, gloves, elbow pads, pants, shoulder pads, and stick.
Developed with the help of experts from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada, the Learn to Play initiative aims to be the gold standard for youth hockey programs with the goal of inspiring more families to join the hockey community. Learn to Play changes the way youth hockey is offered by providing first time participants, between 5-9 years of age, head-to-toe equipment, age appropriate instruction and certified coaching in a fun and safe atmosphere. This program is for first-timers only. If you participated in Little Blackhawks last year or if you have an already registered USA Hockey number, you cannot enroll this year. (Little Blackhawks is offered in spring and summer only)
Skaters at this level must have passed Beginner Blackhawks and MinorHawks. This class works to prepare players for an ADM experience. Players will refine forward skating, backwards skating, stopping and edge work. Players will also begin passing, shooting and learning about situational play. Equipment required: skates, shin pads, hockey pants, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, helmet and stick.
Continue to Play Program
The Continue to Play Program is geared towards players ready to progress into game concepts. This program will feature 3 on 3 cross-ice play to emphasize small area decision making as well as positional support. Sessions will be structured to continue fundamental skill repetition and progress into realistic game situations. Players must be enrolled in or have completed an ADM program, Little Blackhawks Program and/or the Level 2, Minorhawks or Level 3, Rookies programs at Fifth Third Arena. Full equipment is mandatory.
ADM (American Development Model) Teams
The ADM is USA Hockey’s nationwide player-development program for youth hockey associations. It’s based on age-appropriate, age-specific competition and training for boys and girls, beginning with their first steps onto the ice and preparing them for a lifelong passion for the sport of hockey. ADM teams are offered through the Chicago Jets and Chicago Stallions. Click on the logos below for more information.
“This program and the coaches are amazing. I also appreciate the routine email updates regarding classes and events. “Anonymous
“We are glad to be part of this family and give our child the opportunity to develop under the eyes of people who are not only well qualified but also passionate about the sport.”Anonymous
"I couldn’t possibly offer a stronger endorsement of this program. I was impressed by every aspect. The cost is unmatched and the quality of instruction and number of coaches really impressed me. "Anonymous
“Coaches are very professional and extremely engaged. Absolutely thrilled with the entire program.”anonymous