Parent and Cub
Falling, standing, basic skills to go forwards and backwards.
Mini Cub/Mighty Cub 1
Falling, standing, hockey stance, marching, two foot glides and dips, forward swizzles, double c-cuts, t-push to a two-foot glide, snowplow stop, basic stick and puck skills.
Mini Cub/Mighty Cub 2
Forward strides, one-foot push and glides, forward c-cuts single leg and alternating, backward march and glide, backward swizzles/double cuts, backward c-cuts, two foot moving snowplow stops, advanced puck carrying and shooting
Mighty Cub 3
Lateral crossover march, forward c-cuts on circle, forward inside and outside edges on half circle, backward c-cuts, backward snowplow stops, ¼ turn with hockey stop, advanced shooting
Mighty Cub 4
Forward v-start, backward one-foot glides, forward and backward crossover glides and on circle, hockey stops, advanced shooting and puck carrying.
Ice Bear Prep League
Players learn to apply hockey skills through league play to begin preparing them for Ice Bears games. Players should also sign up for skills and drills and their respective mighty cub level.
Skills and Drills
Focus on hockey specific skills in small class size through fun and interactive drills. Players should also sign up for IBPL to gain practical experience in a fun, game-based setting.
Powerful backward c-cut, forward and backward alternatingcrossovers, forward power hockey turns, lateral pivots, fast stops and starts, fast backward skating with quick backward v-stops. Players should also sign up for IBPL to gain practical experience in a fun, game-based setting.
Introduction toequipment and fundamentals of playing goalie in a hockey game. Players should also sign up for IBPL to gain practical experience in a fun, game-based setting.
Youth Hockey Program Offerings
The 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. 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. Full hockey gear is required for ALL Hockey Academy Classes. We offer a free gear rental program for beginners.
In an effort to provide more game play experience, our new Ice Bears Prep League (IBPL) 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.