Learn to Hockey Skate

Fall 23/Winter 24 Session Begins December 3

The Learn To Hockey Skate program is a group skating curriculum designed to teach children the basics of skating to help prepare them to successfully move into our Learn To Play-Hockey 1 or Learn To Play-Tweens N Teens program. Skaters progress at their own rate and advance to the next level after skill mastery is demonstrated. Weekly classes are a combination of skill acquisition and practice sessions. There are two levels in this program. Skaters can also complete Learn to Skate Basic 1 and 2 classes instead of Learn to Hockey Skate to fulfill the prerequisite necessary to join Learn to Play – Hockey 1.

program details

Participants should be comfortable on the ice without a parent/guardian and be able to stand up on their own without a skating aid (i.e. walker or wall).

8-10 week sessions, $39 per weekly 45-min class

Hockey gear is not recommended or needed. Bring your own helmet which is HIGHLY recommended for all participants. Recreational rental skates are included with your registration.

Skaters must complete and demonstrate the necessary skills to pass Learn to Hockey Skate-Level 2 or Learn to Skate-Level 2 or Tots-Level 3. Evaluations take place during the last two weeks of the session. Players must be evaluated and receive Coach recommendation to move to Learn To Play-Hockey 1.

Fall 23/Winter 24 Learn to Hockey Skate

Session Date & Time Options


Dates: December 2 – March 2
Days: Saturdays
Times: 9:40am, 10:25am, or 12:00pm
Session Length:  10 weeks
No Class Dates: December 23 & 30, January 13, February 17


Dates: December 2 – March 2
Days: Saturdays
Time: 2:45pm
Session Length: 9 weeks
No Class Dates: December 16, 23, & 30, January 13, February 17Dates: December 3 – March 3
Days: Sundays
Time: 12:05 pm, 2:45pm
Session Length: 10 weeks
No Class Dates: December 24 & 31, January 14, February 18Dates: January 3 – March 27
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 10:30am
Session Length: 12 weeks
No Class Dates: February 21


Dates: December 3 – March 3
Days: Sundays
Time: 10:15am
Session Length: 10 weeks
No Class Dates: December 24 & 31, January 14, February 18

Dates: January 3 – March 27
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 6:25pm
Session Length: 12 weeks
No Class Dates: February 21

Dates: January 8 – March 25
Days: Mondays
Time: 10:30am, 6:25pm
Session Length: 11 weeks
No Class Dates: February 19

frequently asked questions

Learn to Hockey Skate is part of our Youth Learn to Play hockey program, designed for children ages 4 through 17 to experience and learn the fundamentals of skating and playing hockey. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about our Youth Learn to Play program.

Kids as young as four years old can begin their hockey journey in our Learn To Hockey Skate program. Our Learn To Play-Hockey 1 and Learn To Play-Hockey 2 programs are designed for kids 5-10 years old. We also have the Learn To Play-Tweens N Teens 1 and Learn To Play-Tweens N Teens 2 program that is designed for kids 11-17 years old.

Kids between the ages of 4-17 who have NEVER tried or played hockey can register and attend one of our 60-minute Learn To Play-Try Hockey Free events. These are offered one time per month and rotate between our three locations in Kirkland, Renton and Snoqualmie.

Children do not need to know how to skate to participate in one of our Try Hockey Free events. However, children do need to complete ONE of the following in order to register for a Learn To Play program:

Learn To Hockey Skate Level 2, -OR-
Learn To Skate (LTS) Level 2, -OR-
Snowplow Sam/Tots Level 3

There are two options for kids to explore to help meet the minimum Learn To Play program skating prerequisites.

Learn To Hockey Skate program – This program is taught by experienced hockey coaches and/or professional figure skating instructors.
Learn To Skate program – This program is taught by professional figure skating instructors.
Both programs provide sound fundamental skating instruction for both beginners and those that want to improve their skating.

Children registering for Learn To Hockey Skate do not need full gear.

Children registering for Learn To Play-Tweens N Teens must provide their own equipment.

Children registering for Learn To Play-Hockey 1 or Hockey 2, can rent the following equipment:

  • Hockey Helmet with Full Face Guard
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Elbow Pads
  • Hockey Pants
  • Shin Pads
  • Hockey Skates
  • Hockey Gloves
  • Hockey Stick

Other items needed:

  • Garter Belt or Jack/Jill Hockey Shorts with Velcro and sports protective cup
  • Thin hockey socks

Depending on the program some, or all, of the following gear may be needed:

  • Neck Guard
  • Mouth Guard

Sno-King has several sessions for each Learn to Play program throughout the year and players may join at any time with a pro-rated fee if space is available. The length of each session varies.

Depending on their age and ability, players can move on to our youth hockey program. Evaluations are conducted and recommendations are made by the Learn to Play-Hockey 1, Hockey 2 or TNT coaches as to what is the next step for your player. For additional information about all the youth hockey programs available at Sno-King, including our Select and Recreation teams, visit the Youth Hockey Programs page.

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