The Learn to Play programs outlined below (First Goal and Mini Checkers) are for kids aged 8 and younger.
If your child is older and has no previous experience, please check out the Hockey U program at Extreme Ice Center. If your child is older and does have experience, please find their appropriate age group in Extreme Ice Center’s Metro League or Rush Travel programs.
FOR TRUE BEGINNERS - FIRST GOAL PROGRAM
This initiative is for kids who have not already played in a house league or higher or have previously been registered to a USA Hockey or Hockey Canada sanctioned minor hockey program. This is an introduction to the great game of hockey for first-time players. At the conclusion of the First Goal program, participants will receive a recommendation to continue with one of two programs listed below.
Fall 2019 sessions of the First Goal Program at Bojangles' Coliseum are now sold out.
NEXT STEP - 5-STAR PROGRAM
Depending on the evaluations of coaches from the First Goal program, participants may receive a recommendation to continue playing in the 5-Star program at Extreme Ice Center.
The program consists of five different levels (Star 1 through Star 5), each of which focuses on different skating techniques and hockey skills. This is a year-round program open to ages 3-6 that consists of consecutive six-week sessions. The First Goal program is not a prerequisite for the 5-Star Program, but some previous skating experience (through Extreme Ice Center’s Learn to Skate program or by an in-person evaluation) is required. Certain pieces of equipment are included with each level.
For the latest 5-Star dates and registration info as well as a breakdown of skills covered in each level, please visit Extreme Ice Center’s website.
NEXT STEP - MINI CHECKERS U6 AND U8 PROGRAMS
Registration is now open for Fall 2019 at both locations. Visit the website for each session to learn more.
COMPETITIVE TRAVEL HOCKEY - JR. CHECKERS AAA
The Jr. Checkers are pleased to announce that the organization is planning on having the following AAA teams for the 2019-20 season:
- 11U Pee Wee Minor
- 12U Pee Wee Major
- 13U Bantam Minor
- 14U Bantam Major
- 15U Midget Minor
For more information on the Jr. Checkers AAA program, please contact Derek Wilkinson at [email protected].