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Welcome to youth RoughRiders Hockey Club!

Welcome to the thrilling world of youth ice hockey! As Executive Director of our esteemed club since 2018, it’s my pleasure to extend a warm greeting to all new families stepping onto the ice for the first time. I’m Dustin Timm, and alongside our dedicated team, we’re here to make your transition into hockey a seamless and exciting journey. We understand that entering a new sport can be daunting, but fear not – we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have as you embark on this exhilarating adventure in youth ice hockey.

Sincerely,

Dustin Timm
RRHC Executive Director

CLUB NEWS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming Events

New to Hockey

Is your son or daughter interested in the sport of hockey? Not sure where to start? The RoughRider Hockey Club is a great place to begin your journey.

The following information lays out the general progression for getting involved in youth hockey with our program.

Little Black Hawks Program

Dates: March 28, April 2, 11, 18, 25, and May 2 @ 5:00-6:00pm
Location: ImOn Ice Arena, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52404

REGISTRATION FOR THE SPRING LITTLE BLACKHAWKS PROGRAM IS LIVE! OUR IN-PERSON FITTINGS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A LATER DATE. A LINK TO THE ONLINE FITTING SITE WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION, SO PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL AFTER REGISTERING!

EQUIPMENT TYPICALLY TAKES 7-10 BUSINESS DAYS TO ARRIVE, SO PLEASE REGISTER AND COMPLETE THE FITTING PORTION AS SOON AS YOU CAN!

Developed with the help of experts from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada, the Learn to Play initiative aims to be the gold standard for youth hockey programs with the goal of inspiring more families to join the hockey community. Learn to Play changes the way youth hockey is offered by providing first time participants, between 4-9 years of age, head-to-toe equipment, age-appropriate instruction and certified coaching, led by NHL Alumni, in a fun and safe atmosphere. This program is for first-timers only. If you have previously participated in Little Blackhawks or if you already play on a team, you cannot enroll for this program.

If you are interested in registering for a session this Winter/Spring, it is highly recommended a Learn to Skate program is completed before starting Little Blackhawks. You may register for one at your local rink, or at your Little Blackhawks host location.

The Little Blackhawks program includes 6-8 weeks of lessons at a local ice rink and a full set of equipment! Weekly sessions are run by ice rink staff and local coaches.

Registration Fees Include:

  • Six (6) to eight (8) weeks of ice time and lessons at a local rink
  • Brand-new head-to-toe equipment to keep
  • Appearances by Chicago Blackhawks Alumni
  • One (1) ticket to a Chicago Blackhawks home game in the 2024-2025 season

Please contact Giselle Medina (gmedina@blackhawks.com) with any questions!

Typical Progression

Step 1 - Learn to Skate

Skating is a key element for the game of hockey. If your child is new to skating, that’s no problem! Our home arena (ImOn Ice Arena) offers many Learn to Skate sessions that will help your son or daughter build their skating skills and join the hockey fun soon.

See upcoming sessions and information.

Step 2 - Learn to Play Hockey

With basic skating skills, your child can begin to play hockey! We offer a few options to start learning the game of hockey including lessons and game experience:

Step 3: Little Black Hawks Spring Program

Developed with the help of experts from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada, the Learn to Play initiative aims to be the gold standard for youth hockey programs with the goal of inspiring more families to join the hockey community. Learn to Play changes the way youth hockey is offered by providing first time participants, between 4-9 years of age, head-to-toe equipment, age-appropriate instruction and certified coaching, led by NHL Alumni, in a fun and safe atmosphere. This program is for first-timers only. If you have previously participated in Little Blackhawks or if you already play on a team, you cannot enroll for this program.

If you are interested in registering for a session this Winter/Spring, it is highly recommended a Learn to Skate program is completed before starting Little Blackhawks. You may register for one at your local rink, or at your Little Blackhawks host location.

The Little Blackhawks program includes 6-8 weeks of lessons at a local ice rink and a full set of equipment! Weekly sessions are run by ice rink staff and local coaches.

Step 4: Instructional Program and RYHL

The RoughRiders Hockey Club Instructional Program is designed to cater to players who are still in the learning phase and may not be inclined towards travel hockey. Spanning 6-8 week increments, this program offers age-appropriate training sessions aimed at fundamental development. Emphasizing skill enhancement and hockey basics, the program ensures that participants have a solid foundation in the sport. Moreover, the sessions are structured to be engaging and enjoyable, placing a premium on fun-filled activities that keep players motivated and enthusiastic about their progress. Whether it’s mastering skating techniques or refining stickhandling skills, the Instructional Program strives to make every session both educational and entertaining, fostering a love for the game among its participants.

Step 5 - Travel Hockey

After some initial instruction and experience, your child has the option of joining/trying out for our travel hockey programs.

Age groups include 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, and high school. Seasons generally run October through March.

Learn more about our travel hockey programs, including costs, timing, and more.

Need Gear? We Have Options

For new hockey players (and families!), finding the right gear can be hard. Luckily, we have a Loaner Equipment Program with a closet full of gently used pads, helmets, sticks, and even skates.

Sign up for a time to meet with our staff and get started.

Still Not Sure?

We offer many different Try Hockey for Free events for prospective players and families. Join our coaches and current players for a fun, informal event where you’ll get a chance to try on gear, play on the ice, and meet our staff.

See upcoming dates and get more information.