On-ice programming takes place four nights per week and Saturdays at Lasker Rink in Northern Central Park. Students spend a minimum of one and a half hours on ice each week. The hockey program is broken out into an introductory hockey program for beginners and advanced sessions by age groups as approved by USA Hockey.
The Learn to Skate/Learn to Play program is for children between the ages of 4-12 who are just getting started. They are provided with hockey equipment and ice skates and begin the process of getting comfortable on the ice and learning the rules of the game. This is where they begin to build confidence and an appreciation for the game and their coaches.
Age-specific on-ice activities for students from 4-17 include skills development sessions and game setting scrimmages. Eventually students take part in intramural scrimmages to begin gaining in-game experience, and then home and travel games against teams from the local New York City and Westchester community, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Long Island.
These programs focus on academic achievement and character development for students between the age of 9-13. Through education programming, we give participants an opportunity to develop their academic skills, and by doing so, demonstrate IHIH’s motto: “Education is our Goal.” Students are required to attend weekly classroom sessions as a condition for participation in the hockey program.
The IHIH after-school enrichment curriculum teaches geography, history, and social studies, and skills in math, reading, and writing, using hockey as the central reference for study. This includes hockey literature, cities, statistics, players, rules of play, etc.
IHIH has made literacy a focus of its educational programming.
Four years ago, Book Club was created for our participants from the ages of 9-16 to enhance their reading skills as well as promote a love of reading. This year, students read Jean Beliveau: My Life In Hockey about the Hall of Fame center who won 10 Stanley Cups as a player.
In January, Ice Hockey in Harlem launched a College Readiness program designed to create opportunities for students of high school age. The program's main goal is to get more of our students into college. Campus trips were taken to NYU, Columbia, Princeton.
Ice Hockey in Harlem programming begins in October with a parents meeting and equipment fittings and runs through early April with our awards ceremony.
Prospective participants typically reside north of 110th Street in Manhattan. Each situation is reviewed individually. Boys and girls with no hockey experience between the ages of 4-10 are qualified to apply. Older students with hockey experience also are qualified to apply.
Accepted first-year players typically begin the season in our Learn to Skate division. If your child already has skating experience, please indicate this on the application so we may assign them to a more advanced level.
We are accepting inquiries regarding open spots for the 2013-14 season.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application and return to us by fax at 212-722-0018.