The Northbrook Sports Center’s Instructional Hockey Program serves children who have little or no hockey experience. Northbrook Hockey League (NBHL) coaches provide instruction. All classes require a helmet with a cage, elbow pads, shin pads, and hockey skates are recommended. New participants receive a Northbrook Bluehawks jersey.

Hockey Class Progression
Northbrook Park District Classes

  • Toddler 1 (3 years) OR
  • Basic 1 (4-5 years) OR
  • Pre-Alpha 1 (6-12 years)
  1. Learn to Skate/Intro to Girls’ Hockey
  2. Learn to Play Hockey
  3. Pre-Mites
  4. Mites (8U) → Jr. Spartans
  5. Squirts (10U) → Bluehawks
  6. Peewees (12U) → Bluehawks
  7. Bantams (14U) → Bluehawks
  8. Glenbrook North High School Hockey

Learn to Skate Hockey
Introduce your child to hockey in a fun and safe environment with NBHL instruction. Classes focus on basic skating skills required for team play.
Prerequisite: Toddler 1, Basic 1 or Pre-Alpha 1

Learn to Play Hockey
Increase your skating skills and learn to play hockey with NBHL instruction. Required equipment: a helmet with a cage, elbow pads, shin pads, gloves and stick.
Prerequisite: Learn to Skate Hockey

Pre-Mite Hockey
The pre-mite program is for beginning hockey players who have progressed through Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey classes. These skaters are ready to learn and develop more challenging hockey skills. Skaters will begin playing small games and scrimmages. Required equipment: a helmet with a cage, elbow pads, shin pads, gloves and stick. (No class 5/27)
Prerequisite: Learn to Play Hockey