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Learn to Play

Southside Skating School offers Learn to Skate Hockey classes for hockey driven skaters.    Skaters will  be taught important skating skills including edges, stopping, speed, control, backwards skating, and agility in a fun and engaging environment.   Skaters will also learn stick and puck handling and other hockey skills to prepare them for Cross-Ice and future game situations.

Some skating experience is required - we ask that participants have completed Basic 2 of the Learn to Skate program and be able to do beginners stopping, backward skating, and edges. 

New to Skating? Start in our Learn to Skate program first!

Spring 2021 Clinic

Homeschool Partnerships

Are you part of Niles or Hamilton's Homeschooling Partnerships?

We are excited to be partnering with them for another season!  You must complete the appropriate registration with your homeschool partnership and complete our registration.  When you register with us, enter in the appropriate discount code "NilesXice21" or "HamiltonXice21".

Pricing and Information

5 week Spring Clinic @ Kentwood Ice Arena for Learn to Play and Cross-ice Players. Will consist of stations and small groups focusing on skating skills, stick and puck handling, shooting, etc

Includes a jersey! Full equipment required. $95 for 5 weeks

Covid-19 Protocols 

  • Skaters are allowed 1 spectator in the building with them.
  • Skaters may enter the building 15 minutes before class time and we ask that you exit the building 10 minutes after class ends.
  • Masks must be worn at all times including while on the ice 
  • Note that we will all do our best to be socially distant while on the ice and instructing but there may be situations in which close distance can occur. 
  • If anyone from your family is waiting on a Covid test result, experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, or isn’t feeling well, please stay home.

USA Hockey Registration Requirements

All Southside Learn to Play skaters MUST be registered with USA Hockey in order to participate.

Southside's affiliation with USA Hockey ensures our skaters are learning the best curriculum and skills in the skating community from registered coaches.  Benefits of being registered with USA Hockey include a skating magazine subscription, world-class insurance coverage to provide peace-of-mind for all involved in the sport, online resources for parents and skaters, and other educational materials.


USA Hockey Registration

If your skater is 6 and under, USA Hockey Registration is FREE.   For skaters over the age of 6, the cost is $45 per season and your USA Hockey Registration is good for all sessions in the 2019-2020 Season: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020. 

Register your skater at


Required Equipment

Players are required to have:

  • Hockey Helmet
  • Hockey Stick
  • Hockey Gloves

Shin Pads, and Elbow pads are recommended


Danielle Bozio

Skating School Director