Learn to Skate/
Winter Club instructional classes cover a broad range of ages, abilities, and disciplines. We offer Basic beginning instruction from age 3 up to Adults as well as more progressive classes for developing hockey players, figure skaters, and recreational participants. We use the Learn to Skate USA curriculum, which is the only ice skating program endorsed by US Figure Skating, USA Hockey and US Speed Skating
- Learn to Skate -Our youngest skaters (beginning at age 3) are taught the ABCs of skating: Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed. In our fundamental classes, skaters enjoy learning forward skating, backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers and turns. Their confidence grows as this curriculum sets the stage for exploring activities such as figure skating, hockey and speed skating.
- Supplemental Classes – We offer several classes that aid in the development of the complete skater or player. For our hockey track skaters, we offer a Hockey Skating Skills class for the rising hockey player. For our competitive travel hockey players, we offer Power Skating classes.
The NCWC Travel Hockey Program offers competitive players (Mites – Midgets) a comprehensive program for player development based on Long Term Athlete Development principles and coached by a top professional coaching staff. The program’s CORE principles are to teach our student-athletes to compete with grit, overcome adversity, respect others and the game, and approach the process of preparation and game play with great enthusiasm.
The CT Ice Cats are an established, competitive Girls hockey program which began in 2000. We currently offer thirteen teams from the U8 – U19 age level. Ice Cats teams have won 6 CT State Championships, 2 New England Regional Championships and 1 National Finalist in the last four years alone. The primary goals are to field competitive teams, develop all players’ skills and knowledge of the game, and most importantly to have FUN. At least two teams are offered in each age group giving girls at different skill levels the opportunity to play girls’ hockey.
Transitions, spins and jumps. More progressive skating skills like these gives more determined skaters like yours challenges they crave. This positive, interactive group pushes one another to conquer these skills. Figure Skaters also have the benefit of several additional classes: Jump and Spin, Moves in the Field, Ice Dance, and Synchronized team skating (the “Snow Angels”)
- The Mite Development Program provides children, grades Pre-K through 4, with their first exposure to organized hockey. Youngsters with basic skating skills participate in a structured instructional program designed to develop and enhance fundamental hockey skills while promoting sportsmanship and teamwork. The program is designed to develop each player’s talent and self esteem in a positive environment.
- The Senior House League provides the opportunity for boys and girls, grades 4 through 9, to continue their hockey experience in a more casual way. New and experienced skaters are welcome to participate. The League is comprised of four/five teams and emphasis is placed on mutual enjoyment of hockey competition while providing continued instruction at age and skill appropriate levels. Games are played on Friday and Saturday evenings, and occasional Sunday mornings. There are no required practices with the goal being recreational skating, hockey skills and fun.
The Men’s Hockey League is a competitive, no-check eight-team league for club members. One of the more entertaining nights of the year is draft night where designated captains select their teams from the membership rolls. All are welcome to play and the league caters to all ability levels with a three line-based approach where players of similar abilities are matched up against each other. There is a mid-season MHL all-star game and the season culminates with the always hard-fought play-offs and championship game.
The Women’s Hockey Program provides adult members with the opportunity to experience hockey at both the travel and house levels. The program is designed to encourage maximum participation amongst the Club’s female members by providing experience at a more competitive travel level and a more relaxed, instructional house level.