Hockey 123 is open to children ages 5 (could start at 4 if they have participated in our Tiny Tot class lessons) and is an introductory class to the fundamentals of hockey skating. It is heavily recommended for children to have already completed a skating class: Tots, Youth Beginner 1 Learn to Skate, or another comparable class at another rink.
The class is divided into three levels: Hockey 1, Hockey 2, and Hockey 3, with corresponding increasing levels of difficulty.
- getting comfortable in your skates and equipment
- how to fall
- beginning skating techniques
- focuses on developing power in skating techniques
- control over movement
- backwards skating
- focuses on refining skating techniques
- backwards skating
- edge work
- beginning use of pucks
Each level of Hockey 123 has recommended skills provided by USA Hockey that will be used as benchmarks for appropriate level placement. Upon completion of Hockey 3, skaters will have the option of joining the Sharks Ice Youth Hockey League In-House program. Kids are also given an opportunity to join the “Cub Hockey Program.”
We offer rental hockey equipment at no cost while the players are registered for classes (more information below).
- ; full hockey equipment is required.
- 10% discount for Oakland Residents with valid ID
- 10% discount for a second sibling enrolling in a Hockey or Learn to Skate class of the same series.
NO CREDITS OR REFUNDS - ALL SALES ARE FINAL
Hockey has a lot of components and can be overwhelming when you add gear, sticks and pucks to kids who are not comfortable on their skates. All Learn to Skate classes may be completed in hockey skates and are recommended as the starting point for players of all ages who are new to ice skating. For more information or questions about skating classes, please contact Hockey Manager
RENTAL EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE AT NO COST
We are offer Hockey 1,2.3 participants the opportunity to take gear home as part of their participation in one of our hockey programs with a signed Rental Agreement and Equipment Waiver at no cost. If the gear is not returned you will be charged for the items items checked out.
Gear is distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Participants will be fitted for gear the first week, and the gear is their to take home for the duration of the class. All borrowed gear must be returned at the end of the session unless they will be continuing in the next session. Depending on the number of registrants, and due to our limited gear available, we cannot guarantee the availability of equipment. Skates used for the class must be rented and returned after each class.
If borrowing gear it is recommended to schedule an appointment to receive gear prior to the first day of class. Please plan to arrive at a minimum of 60 minutes prior to the start of class to get your child dressed so he/she can be on the ice on time.
SKATE RENTAL IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE REGISTRATION COST & EQUIPMENT RENTAL – 12-session skate rental books are available at the front desk at a discounted price of $50 (12 skate rentals for the price of 10).
***Jerseys and equipment are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.***
PARKING AT THE OIC
Dalziel Garage: Free parking is available for all OIC patrons at the Dalziel Garage on 15th Street between San Pablo and Clay Streets (1 block from the rink—see map below) from 4pm to 1am Friday evening and Saturday from 8am to 1am. Please make sure to request validation upon entering the garage in order to receive free parking during these hours.
18th & San Pablo Surface Lot: Parking is available in this lot for up to four hours, for a fee of $2 per hour. PARKING IS FREE IN THIS LOT ON SUNDAY.
Street Parking: Metered 2-hour parking is enforced around our building on Friday until 6pm and Saturday from 8am to 6pm. STREET PARKING AFTER THESE HOURS AND ON SUNDAY IS FREE