No Skating Experience? No Problem!

Does your child want to play hockey, but doesn’t know how to skate? Our Learn to Play Hockey group lessons are the perfect place to start. Kids ages 3-17 can learn how to skate and how to play hockey in a safe, fun environment.

Call to register: 317-844-8889

Saturday Classes 10:30-11:30a

Series C: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10 (6 wks)
Series D: Feb 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (7 wks)

$105 / 6 weeks ($123 with skate rental)
$122.50 / 7 weeks ($143.50 with skate rental)

Benefits of Arctic Blast Group Lessons!

  • Arctic Blast Jersey with your OWN number!
  • FREE Public Skate on day of class
  • 3 Free Public Skate passes
  • 25 min class + 35 min free time weekly

Welcome to Arctic Blast Learn to Play Hockey! We are thrilled to have your child join us for what is sure to be a positive, fun, and exciting adventure on ice. To help navigate you through the first day of class, we’ve put together a few FAQs. See you at the rink!

What to Wear?
Wear sweat pants or athletic “warm up” pants, a long sleeve sweat shirt or a light weight jacket, and long socks. 

Where to Go on the First Day?

  • PleasArctic Blaste arrive 20 minutes early and check-in at the table located in the lobby. You will receive your Arctic Blast hockey jersey (new players only) , as well as your a Punch Card (for 3 free Public Skate sessions). 
  • If you are renting skates, please proceed to the “Skate Rental” counter for assistance. Request skates that are the same size as your shoe size, or one size smaller. Half sizes are not available. 
  • Once you have your child’s skates on, you can go directly to the ice rink door. The coaches will help the players onto the ice and then divide them into groups for lesson time.

Where Do Parents Watch?
Please enjoy watching your player’s class from the stands or the lobby. In effort to provide the optimal learning environment for your player, we respectfully request that parents do not instruct or offer corrections from the sidelines. 
No shoes allowed on the ice.

What to Expect:
Skating lessons are a fun and exciting challenge for children. Our goal is for your child to have a positive introduction to the ice, have fun, learn to skate, make friends, and begin to improve.

One of the first skills players will learn is how to get up after falling. Coaches do not pick players up. It’s important from the start that players learn to get up on their own. 

How Are The Groups Divided?
Skaters are divided up by level, with the youngest skaters (5 and under) in Mini Arctic Blast and our most advanced in Hockey 4. Skaters who are 6 or older, who have not previously taken Learn to Play Hockey classes, will be placed in Hockey 1.

How Does My Child Progress to the Next Class Level:
Each level has certain skills that must be mastered before moving up to the next. Evaluation is ongoing. Players are evaluated every class, and are moved up to the next skill level as soon as they demonstrate they can execute the curriculum in their current class level. For a list of class levels and required elements please click the next tab labeled “Levels and Skills”.

When Is Class? And When Is Free Time?
The LTPH program includes 25 minutes of professional group lesson instruction, plus 35 minutes of open free time for practice.

  • First 25 minute class:
    Mini Arctic Blast Tier 1, Hockey 1, and Hockey 2: P
    layers can remain on the ice after class for 35 minutes of free time to practice.
  • Second 25 minute class:
    Mini Arctic Blast Tier 2, Hockey 3, and Hockey 4: 
    Players will have 35 minutes of free time to practice before their class.

If you have any questions please ask your Coach, stop by the Guest Services desk, or send e-mail. Our hope for every player is that they will work hard, have fun, make friends, and come off the ice with a sweaty head and giant smile.

Barb Laughner
Skating Director
Arctic Zone Iceplex


Learn to Play feetArctic Blast Learn to Play Hockey is a group lesson program designed to teach the skills necessary to participate on a hockey team within 4-6 sessions.

Instruction will focus on balance, agility, coordination, body position, proper movements, and FUN!

In order to move up to the next class level, a player must demonstrate they can execute the curriculum required in their current class level. Evaluation is ongoing and players are evaluated every class by their instructor.

Mini Arctic Blast (new skaters age 3-5)
Tier 1         Sit & stand up, march forward, dip
Tier 2         Swizzles, 2ft glide, hop, back wiggles, stop

Hockey 1 (new skaters age 6-17)
Sit & stand up, March forward, 2ft glide, dip, forward swizzles, backward wiggles, stop, hop

Hockey 2
Scooter pushes, forward 1ft glide, back 2ft glide, backward swizzles, 2ft turns in place, moving stop

Hockey 3
Beginning forward stride, forward C-cuts on circle, 2ft turns on circle, back 1ft glide, backward stop, slalom

Hockey 4 (Requires FULL equipment)
Shooting, passing, position introduction, and scrimmaging

Helmet with full cage, gloves, & stick are required for ALL levels. Full equipment is encouraged.

Coaches are oftJr. Stick and Pucken asked, “How often should my child practice? We encourage skaters to practice one additional day every week between group lesson classes. The more time you spend on the ice, the better you will get. 

Remember- you get 3 FREE Public Skate sessions with enrollment to practice your skills, plus Public Skate is FREE on the day of class. Just show your Punch Card to the cashier for admission.

For Public Skate and Stick & Puck times click:

Upon graduating from the Arctic Blast Learn to Play Hockey group lesson IYHA Organizational Strategyprogram, players are encouraged to join a league through the Indianapolis Youth Hockey Association (IYHA).

Who can participate? IYHA’s House Program includes both boys and girls ages 4 to 17. In most instances, a player’s date of birth at January 1 of the current year determines the age group in which he or she will skate. Children age 4-6 are placed in the Mini Mite Program. The Mite League is for ages 6-8.; Squirt, ages 9 and 10; Pee Wee, ages 11 and 12; Bantam, ages 13 and 14; Midgets are 15 to 17. The IYHA reserves the right to place participants appropriately with regard to age group based on USA Hockey guidelines and availability.

Fusion Girls Hockey Program

Indianapolis Fusion, or Indy Fusion, is the premier girls program in central Indiana, and is a grassroots program focusing on the development of young women and young women’s hockey. The Fusion has house teams at the 8U, 10U, and 12U level, that play against the IYHA house boys and 12U, 14U, and 16/19U teams, as well as play a travel schedule in the Midwest including participating in the NIHL Chicago league. As noted, the Fusion organization is focused on development, and has graduated players to elite AAA programs and college ranks.

The program enjoys a full complement of coaches including former college and pro-players and specialty coaches. The Fusion is interested in expanding and invites you to be part of that expansion! 

For more information about the Fusion girls hockey program, click:

All levels are required to have a helmet (Getting Dressed for Practicew/ full face mask), stick, and gloves. Full equipment is required for Hockey 4, and encouraged for Hockey 1-3.  

For a quick tutorial how to dress your child for practice, watch this USA Hockey video

Need Equipment? 

Rink Rats Pro Shop, located at Zotec Partners Carmel Ice Skadium, specializes in hockey equipment, including skates, helmets, protective gear, apparel, bags, and laces. Because we are a small company, our focus is on listening to your needs, and making sure you get what you want without paying too much.

Rink Rats has Central Indiana’s ONLY Sani Sport Gear cleaning system with drop off and Mobile gear cleaning available, computerized skate sharpening, fully stocked hockey pro shop and more! We can special order and we will match online pricing. 317-844-1683

Mini Arctic Blast Tier 1 and 2:

     Barb Laughner  
JJ Beck             

Hockey 1: 
     Trevor Davies   

Hockey 2:
     Devan Heiber   

Hockey 3:
     Devan Heiber   
     Trevor Davies   

Hockey 4
     Ryan Beck       
     Rocky Trottier  

Private lessons are a great supplement to group classes, help expedite skill Little Hockey Skate Stepping On Iceacquisition, and increase confidence.  As with any learning situation, a player may progress more rapidly because of the one-on-one attention. Players may take just one private lesson or schedule recurring private lessons. These lessons can be scheduled with your coach of choice during Public Skate or Stick and Puck.

Coaches are independent contractors and set their own rates and schedules. Students pay the coach directly for the lesson and pay Zotec Partners Carmel Ice Skadium for use of ice time. To schedule a lesson, contact your coach of choice directly via email:

  • JJ Beck                 
  • Ryan Beck          
  • Trevor Davies    
  • Devan Heiber    
  • Barb Laughner  
  • Rocky Trottier    

Tuesday Classes at Carmel Ice Skadium 4:00-5:00p

Series 1: Aug 22, no class 29, Sep 5, 12, 19, 26, and Oct 3 (6 wks)
Series 2: Oct 10, 17, 24, no class 31, Nov 7, 14, 21 (6 wks)
Series 3:
 Nov 28, Dec 5, 12, 19, no class 12/26 & 1/2, Jan 9, 16 (6 wks)

Series 4: Jan 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 (6 wks)

$105 / 6 weeks ($123 with skate rental)

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