About RCRC Hockey
Hockey classes and leagues for both youth and adult are designed for beginner through advanced hockey players. The hockey program is a great way to develop a unique skill, stay active and develop a love for the best game on the ice. Read below for more information on our youth Hockey Academy or find info on our Ice Bears Travel Hockey League and Adult Hockey Programs via these links.
View a full list of our hockey programs.
REGISTRATION PROCESS! Hockey Academy Program registration is on a first come, first serve basis, with certain seasons giving priority registration dates to those who are already enrolled in the program. Please see below for registration timeline. For more detailed information regarding the program and what to expect, please see our Parent and Participant Manual!
Plan Ahead! 2017 Hockey Session Dates
Session III Lesson Registration
January-February 2017 Session
Wednesday Classes: January 11-February 22
(No Days Off)
Saturday Classes: January 7-February 25
(No Days Off)
Sunday Classes: January 8-February 26
(No Days Off)
Residents Enrolled in Session II: Friday December 9
Residents Not Enrolled in Session II: Saturday December 10
Non Residents Enrolled in Session II: Sunday December 11
Non Residents Not Enrolled in Session II: Monday December 12
All Registration begins at 8:30 am.
Youth Hockey Program Offerings
Why hockey? Review these commonly asked questions about our hockey program for more information!
The rejuventated Hockey Academy is introducing new levels with skill work designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating and progressively advance to more difficult skills with the stick and puck. Youth participants start in the lesson program, progress to the Polar Bear Hockey League, and then advance to the Ice Bears Travel Hockey program.
The Park District of Oak Park Hockey Academy is a learn-to-skate/learn-to-play program focusing on developing the basics of both skating and hockey specific skills. Based on age, our program is split into two groups; the Polar Cubs (ages 3-5) and Jr. Bears (ages 6 and up). Classes are divided up by skill and often blended when learning skills. These classes operate in 7 to 10 week sessions depending on the season.
Polar Bear Hockey League (PBHL)
In an effort to provide more game play experience, our new PBHL will be 50 minute time slots with a 3v3, 4v4, and 5v5 format depending on age in a cross ice format. This program is encouraged to be done in conjunction with our Hockey Academy classes to build the necessary skills, however if you're just looking to play, you can! The program is divided into 2 age groups: 5-8 and 9-14. Full equipment is required with this program.
The Park District of Oak Park Hockey Program features 2 programs, Polar Cubs and Jr. Bears; Polar Cubs are for ages 3-5 and Jr. Bears 6-13. Each program features 3 levels that have a mirrored cirriculum, allowing for easy transfers as players age. Polar Cub/Jr. Bear 1 focuses on skating only. Polar Cub/Jr. Bear 2 focuses on stickhandling and skating. Polar Cub/Jr. Bear 3 focuses on preparing players for travel hockey tryouts.
For the safety of all skaters on the ice, each level of the Hockey Academy requires some equipment. Please see our class descriptions for the required equipment at each level.
The Park District of Oak Park proudly utilizes USA Hockey's One Goal Program. The One Goal organization provides starter sets of equipment (no stick) for players generally ages 4-8 new to the game or unable to participate due to the high cost of equipment. One Goal Equipment has limited availabilty and is distributed on a first come, first serve basis and all fittings must be done prior to your first day of class. Quantaties are very limited through the summer months. For details, please contact our Hockey Coordinator, Andrew Prost.
In an effort to bring more awareness to concussions, please click here for an overview from the National Federation of State High School Associations on what concussions are, their signs and symptoms, and other valuable information related to head injuries. Click here for a free online concussion course!
We Hear You!
In an effort to follow up with feedback we've been given on how to improve our Hockey Programs, we will be updating this section frequently with current issues and how we're addressing them!
Q: "What can I do outside of class to help my child progress as a skater and hockey player?"
A: "Practice doesn't make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect." Practice! The individuals who are the best at their discipline, be it athletics, the arts, education, or otherwise make a habit of continually working on the basics. Here is a how-to presentation laying out hockey fundatmentals and mini-drills to try outside of lessons. With a skill overview and information on how to execute the skill, it is a great at home guide to help form good hockey habits!
For questions regarding our Hockey Programs, please contact Aquatic and Rink Program Supervisor Kayla Fauria
The Park District of Oak Park is a proud affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks.