How to get started in hockey at the Winter Club

LPB Solution 

·       Simplifying Learn to Play WC program into “Learn to Skate” and “Little Polar Bears”

·       “Learn to Skate” program will feed into “Little Polar Bears” program

·       WC Hockey will now oversee the Learn to play program

·       More opportunities for new players to join with three sessions

·       Quicker transition into “Little Polar Bears” leading to more involvement in Mite Program

Future programming

·       We will be offering three sessions for “Learn to Skate program.

·       One mid-September-October, next session will be from November-mid December, the final one will be at WC from Mid-January-February. 

·       These programs will feature one 30-minute session during the week and one 30-minute session on the weekend (Right after the Little Polar Bears scrimmage).

·       At the end of the session the instructors, evaluate if players can move on to “Little Polar Bears”

What this will accomplish 

·       Less confusion on where players belong

·       Faster development leading to more mite players in the future

The guidelines set by Winter Club Hockey in order to move on to the Little Polar Bears full program the child must be able to do: 

·       Two-Foot Glide 

·       Right and Left One-Foot Glides 

·       Forward Swizzles 

·       Backward Wiggles 

·       Backward Swizzles 

·       Forward Crossovers In Both the Clockwise and Counter-Clockwise Directions 

·       One Foot Snowplow Stop 

·       Backward Crossovers in Both the Clockwise and Counter-Clockwise Directions Right and Left T-Stops 



With this program we would love to see the Winter Club be able to have enough players where the Little Polar Bears Program has enough players so that we can split up into 4 teams for our Saturday scrimmages and really make the games that much more fun. This will be likely after the winter session of learn to skate and being able to move players up to the full program of Little Polar Bears. A clear understanding and method of growth will be set with this plan and continue to grow our great program and provide us with the right number of mites every season.   

About the Program

·      Learn to skate and learn to play hockey are the first steps in a child’s involvement into youth hockey. 

·      All ages welcome 

·      The learn to skate (Little Polar Bears-LPB) are one practice a week (45 minutes each) for session 1 and two practices per week (45 minutes each) for session 2 and 3, new sessions start once the previous session concludes. 

·      The learn to play (Little Polar Bears-LPB) are one practices per week (45 minutes each) in session 1, and one practice per week (45 minutes each) and one intra-squad game a week in session 2 and 3.  

·      Players will begin in a learn to skate class in which all participants are learning the basics of skating; balance, edges, and form are key elements of instruction. There are no pucks, sticks, or hockey in the learn to skate class. Participants will need a helmet and skates. 

·      After each session players are evaluated and discussions with parents in regard to development will occur. Once a collaborative decision is made between the participant, parents, and coaching staff the player will ether remain in LTS for another session or be moved into the learn to play hockey program. (Little Polar Bears-LPB) 

·      Players will only be allowed to move on from learn to skate to the learn to play after the conclusion of a session and at the coach's discretion.  

·      Players who move up will pay a pro-rated fee.

·      LTS and LPB are instructed by Jimmy Warrick (Learn to Play Director) and Heather Coskey.  

Equipment Needed for Learn to Skate 

·      Skates 

·      Helmet 

Equipment Needed for Learn to play hockey (Little Polar Bears) 

·      Skates 

·      Hockey Helmet 

·      Gloves  

·      Knee pads 

·      Elbow Pads  

·      Hockey Pants 

·      Hockey Stick  

·      Cup 

·      Socks and Jerseys will be provided 


·      Session 1: September 13-November 1- Held at Lake Forest College

·      Session 2: November 8-December 19- Held at Lake Forest Academy and the Winter Club

·      Session 3: January 4-February 27- Held at Winter Club 

·      Session 1 will be held on Sunday Mornings 8-8:45am at Lake Forest College

·      Session 2 and 3 will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings for their respective groups at 4:15-5pm and Saturday Mornings with LTP going on at 9am and LTS going on at 10:10am. Session 2 will also have two ice slots at Lake Forest College (11/8, 11/15) at 8-8:45am. 


·      Director Jimmy Warrick, 773-458-4864 

·      Hockey Director Steve Sarauer, 773-750-4181


What if my child gets asked to stay in the Learn to Skate program again? 

This is common, every player has their own path. This will give your child the best opportunity to develop and gain confidence along the way instead of being overwhelmed. There is no such thing as too much development.  


If my child is too old for the Little Polar Bears Hockey Program how will the Learn to Skate program help? 

In this situation we would ask the child to do all three sessions so that we can prepare him/her to be ready for next season and the ability to join the squirt, peewee, or bantam program depending on their age.  

What is the goal of this program? 

The goal from the coaches is that each player develops and gains the proper skating skills in order to move on to the Little Polar Bears Hockey program. From there we want players to begin their journey into the Mite program and playing full ice games! 



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