Introductory Programs
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Ages 3-6

INTRODUCTORY BREAKDOWNS

Our Introductory Programs welcomes players to the game of hockey.  Players will gain an understanding of their edges on their skates, their flats, how to stop, how to control the puck, how to pass the puck.

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Introductory - Learn to Skate

Our program follows a curriculum, with each session having a specific theme so players can be introduced to all the aspects of skating. All skaters must wear proper hockey helmets with full face shields. Most skaters that participate in the learn to skate program are between ages 3 and 5.  Older skaters are able to participate but the average age of the group will be younger.

On-Ice Mastery Keys

Balance (Both Skates)
Forwards Shuffle
Backwards Shuffle

Level 1 Requirements
  • First Time Skaters

  • Generally Younger Skaters | Ages 3-4

  • Ran on Goalie Sheet | 8 Skaters

Level 2 Requirements
  • Have Ability To Stand

  • Understanding of Edges, Balances, & Weight Transfer

  • Ran on Training Sheet | 12 Skaters

*Skaters are required to be registered with Skate Canada.  If you are not currently registered there is a 1x per year fee that applies to any programming you do. Please follow the link on your registration page to do so.

START YOUR HOCKEY JOURNEY HERE

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Location: RINK Training Centre

Pre-Season Level 1
October to December
Pre-Season Level 2
October to December
Pre-Season Adult/Teen
October to December
Winter Level 1
January to March
Winter Level 2
January to March
Winter Adult/Teen
January to March

Location: RINK North - Seven Oaks Arena

Not available at this location at this time.

Location: RINK Kelowna

Not available at this location at this time.

Introductory - Intro to Hockey

Our Intro to Hockey Program is designed to introduce the game of hockey in an enjoyable and safe environment. Players participate in full equipment and receive instructed skill training from one of our professional staff. Our focus is creating a foundation for good hockey basics; skating, puck handling, shooting and passing. Learning the basics correctly from an early age provides the solid foundation that all hockey fundamentals are based upon. 

On-Ice Mastery Keys

Single Leg Balance
Stopping
Puck Push While Skating
Passing Stationary

START YOUR HOCKEY JOURNEY HERE

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Location: RINK Training Centre

Pre-Season 2022
October to December
Winter 2023
January to March

Location: RINK North - Seven Oaks Arena

Not available at this location at this time.

Location: RINK Kelowna

Not available at this location at this time.

Introductory - Intro to Figure Skating

Program Overview

Intro to Figure Skating is an introductory program that is offered for children that have interest in competitive or recreational figure skating. This program will create a fun, enthusiastic atmosphere to learn correct technique in fundamental skills such as edges, stroking, jumps, spins, and musical interpretation. Skaters are taught in small groups by a Skate Canada Certified Coach. 

Program Requirements

The Intro to Figure Skating program is for skaters working on Stage 3-6 of the Skate Canada CanSkate program. This program is offered 2x per week for accelerated progress in figure skating with the goal of moving up into the Junior Development program. Off-ice classes are offered 2x per week and will teach fundamental off-ice development as it relates to figure skating. Off-ice jumping, dance, flexibility, and strength will be focused on throughout the off-ice sessions.

CanSkate Stage Guidelines

Skaters must have passed stage 2 or have acquired the following skills:

  • Skate forwards
  • Skate backwards
  • Glide on 1ft forwards and backwards 
  • Forward stop
  • 2ft jump while gliding forwards
  • Turn forwards to backwards
  • Turn backwards to forwards 

Equipment Required

  • Skaters must wear figure skates (no recreational skates)
  • Helmet – all skaters are required to wear a CSA approved hockey helmet until they have passed Stage 5 of the CanSkate program.
  • Hard guards to protect blades while walking off the ice.
  • Long hair should be neatly tied back in a ponytail or bun
  • Fitted clothing with long sleeves to allow the coach to see the lines and body positions. 
    • A RINK jacket will be provided to all skaters to be worn on all sessions. Layers can be worn underneath for warmth.
    • Leggings, figure skating dresses or skirts should be worn for bottoms.
    • Gloves or mittens 
  • Proper running shoes for off-ice classes. 

Skates and Blades

Proper equipment is important for comfort and safety on the ice. A good fitting pair of quality used boots is better than a new pair of low-quality boots for skaters still in the introductory levels. Skates should be leather and have firm support in the ankles as well as blades that are properly sharpened. When trying on skates, they should be fitted with one pair of thin socks or tights. There should be room for the toes to move but the foot should not be able to slide around in the skate. When tying the skate, the laces should not be wrapped around the top of the skate.

Ask a coach where to get sharpening done to ensure it is done properly. Hard plastic skate guards should be worn to protect the skate blade while walking on all surfaces. Blades should be dried with a soft rag after every session and then covered with a soft blade cover to prevent rusting. 

What should I have in my bag? 

  • Skates
  • Skate guards
  • Soft rag
  • Fabric blade covers
  • Helmet – all skaters are required to wear a CSA approved hockey helmet until they have passed Stage 5 of the CanSkate program. 
  • Hair elastics and clips
  • Gloves or mittens
 Dress the Part | Athletes are expected to come ready to train
  • On-Ice
    • Black pants and RINK Apparel
    • Layers can be worn for warmth
    • If it has been identified by a coach that a helmet is not required, females should have their hair pulled back in a neat ponytail or a bun
  • Off-Ice
    • Running shoes
    • Athletic bottoms and top
    • Females hair should be pulled back in a neat ponytail or bun

*Skaters are required to be registered with Skate Canada.  If you are not currently registered there is a 1x per year fee that applies to any programming you do. Please follow the link on your registration page to do so.

START YOUR FIGURE SKATING JOURNEY HERE

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Location: RINK Training Centre

Pre-Season 2022
September
Pre-Season 2022
October to December
Winter 2023
January to March

Location: RINK North - Seven Oaks Arena

Not available at this location at this time.

Location: RINK Kelowna

Not available at this location at this time.

Introductory - Intro to Ringette

Our Intro to Ringette Program is designed to introduce the game of ringette in an enjoyable and safe environment. Players participate in full equipment and receive instructed skill training from one of our professional staff. Our focus is creating a foundation for good ringette basics; skating, ring handling, shooting and passing. Learning the basics correctly from an early age provides the solid foundation that all ringette undamentals are based upon. 

On-Ice Mastery Keys

Single Leg Balance
Stopping
Puck Push While Skating
Passing Stationary

START YOUR RINGETTE JOURNEY HERE

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Location: RINK Training Centre

Pre-Season 2022
October to December
Winter 2023
January to March

Location: RINK North - Seven Oaks Arena

Not available at this location at this time.

Location: RINK Kelowna

Not available at this location at this time.

Introductory - Hockey Development

The Hockey Development Program will help skaters continue to build on fundamental skills required to participate in hockey. This program offers continuous hockey education on hockey fundamentals through skating and skill development as well as competitive drills and games. Throughout the program, skaters will be challenged to expand their abilities in essential topics such as: edge control, stopping, puck control, passing in motion and backwards skating. The Hockey development program will teach both the tangible and intangible skills to fully prepare players for a team atmosphere and future RINK Programs.

On-Ice Mastery Keys

Moving Backwards
Stopping
Understanding Edges
Puck Control - FH/BH and Between Toes
Passing In Motion

START YOUR HOCKEY JOURNEY HERE

Select Your Program Below »

Location: RINK Training Centre

Pre-Season 2022
October to December
Winter 2023
January to March

Location: RINK North - Seven Oaks Arena

Not available at this location at this time.

Location: RINK Kelowna

Not available at this location at this time.

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