Homeschool Hockey

Friday, October 20, 2017Friday, December 15, 2017 (7 weeks)
1:40 pm – 3:00 pm

Minnesota Family Hockey

Hopkins Pavilion

11000 Excelsior Blvd
Hopkins, MN 55343

No class November 24, 2017

Description: Focus is on developing fundamental skills and then letting the kids have time for the all-important scrimmages.

For skill development, players spend about 30 to 40 minutes working on skating and stickhandling skills. Lots of repetition. And lots of focus on good technique. Coaches keep the kids moving. No long speeches, nor long lines.

Players then divide up into scrimmages, usually three cross-ice scrimmages to ensure kids are matched against similarly-skilled kids, and to ensure everyone is moving. Occasionally there is a full-ice scrimmage to give the kids a feel for a game on a big rink.

Parent volunteers will lead players in drills and scrimmages. For the younger age group, coaches typically have drills for all the kids for about the first ⅓ of the ice time, with the remainder set aside for games. Drills are done as one group and players are then divided by age/ability and set up cross-ice scrimmages. For the older group, coaches will have warm-up and skating drills, but with likely more focus on games/scrimmages.

Target grade level: for Kindergarten–12th grade
Players should have the ability to skate and be able to comfortably stand up and get around on skates. The kids in the program range from relatively competitive hockey players (e.g., having played at different levels in local associations) to active recreational players to players who have just learned basic skating and hockey skills. It is coed with typically lots of boys and a few girls.

Cost per child/student: $40
Parent volunteers can have one free player pass if volunteer commits to at least 5 of 7 sessions. Parent volunteers must be able to skate and oversee hockey players independently.

Equipment: Players must wear full equipment: Helmet, mask, mouthguard, pants/breezers, elbow pads, shoulder pads, shin pads, hockey socks, jock/cup with garter, skates, gloves, hockey stick and jersey. Full goalie equipment is necessary for those interested in playing this position.

Registration: download and complete a registration from and sign a waiver from and submit to Hopkins Pavilion.

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Participation in the Pavilion Open Skate is not included in the Homeschool Season Pass. The Pavilion does not have skate rental or sharpening.


Information subject to change. Please check with Minnesota Family Hockey for the most current information.