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Learn To Skate/Beginning Hockey



Incoming Learn To Skate Families:

First of all, I'd like to welcome all of you to the KOHA Learn to Skate program. We are very excited to get another season of KOHA Learn to Skate started. The anticipation of all these young skaters coming through the arena doors brings a smile to all of our faces here at KOHA.

We strongly request your attendance at our Parent Orientation Meeting

Wednesday, October 13th

7:00 pm

Wings West Arena

5076 Sports Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

(best if skaters not attend this meeting)

As we prepare for next weekend's first ice sessions, I want to take this opportunity to inform you of the Learn to Skate protocols when you come to the arena.

Please plan on arriving to the rink at 7:15am, which is 30 minutes before the scheduled 7:45am start time. This will give you enough time to get your skater checked-in, assembled into their group with the first day of instructions and warm-ups prior to going on the ice.

  • Please make sure that the kids are dressed properly for the cold ice surface (jacket and gloves). Hockey equipment can be worn but not required (no sticks).
  • Helmets are mandatory for the program. Any type of helmet can be worn (Hockey, bike, etc......)
  • If you have not sharpened your child's skates, please do so. Typically they are very dull (which doesn't help a new skater) and will only have to be done once.
  • If you haven’t purchased skates the rental skates are available, at no charge, from the skate rental area in the lower lobby.
  • We will go on the ice at 7:45am, which will be the same time for all of the sessions, October 16th thru November 14th every Saturday and Sunday.
  • The first weekend will be quite hectic, please be patient with us as we get all the kids checked in and assigned to their proper groups.

BE SURE TO BRING A COPY OF YOUR SKATE’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE. We’ll be happy to make a copy if you bring the original.

REQUEST FOR ON ICE HELPERS - KOHA's Learn to Skate is primarily volunteer-run and we need your help on the ice. We will have our Learn to Skate Director facilitating the practices. However, we will need help from you to run the practice plans (which we provide). If you skate and are able to come on the ice, please bring your skates and a helmet and be prepared to help us on the ice. We will have over 70 skaters broken up into 8-10 groups and we need helpers working with each group. This is a critical component to our Learn to Skate program's success.

If you are interested in helping us on the ice, please send me an email so we can ensure that we have enough adults with each group and then register yourself with USA Hockey as a Player/Coach just like you registered your player. We’ll review the procedures on Saturday as well as preparing your skater for a successful session. 

We look forward to seeing you all this weekend and starting another successful session of KOHA Learn to Skate.

Frank Noonan

Recreational Program Director