No matter your age or skills stage, you can be involved in Sharks hockey!

Our programs are designed to enable hockey players and skaters to develop their individual skills in a fun and rewarding environment. On-ice instruction focuses on teaching participants the proper techniques of the fundamentals of skating, figure skating and, of course, hockey.

In addition to individual skill development, participants are introduced to basic rules, team play and the importance of teamwork, enabling them to be successful in their progression onto the subsequent levels of skating and play.

Rink Rewards

Bring your team to the tank! Want to learn more about our special youth ticket discount for hockey teams? Want to skate on the ice before the game? Do you and your teammates want to watch the Sharks take the ice for warmups from the home bench? Contact us to learn more!

Learn to Skate 

The San Jose Sharks Learn to Skate program is the perfect place for children and adults who are interested in hockey, figure skating, or recreational skating! Beginners of all ages will learn the fundamentals of proper skating technique in each level before advancing with both figure skating and hockey skills included in the program.

Curriculum

The step-by-step curriculum is designed to take participants from beginning steps through advanced levels and, regardless of the path or the age of the participants, each class is focused on skill development, positional play and FUN while also teaching courage, patience, goal setting, and how to best get back up when you fall.

We support and use the program information provided by the Ice Sports Industry, and acknowledge US Figure Skating, and USA Hockey as the governing bodies of ice skating and ice hockey.

Group Skating

Group skating lessons are available for anyone age 3 and up, including adults, and offer exceptional student to teacher ratios. Group instruction includes a 30-minute class and 30-minute supervised practice. Each skater will receive a pin upon completion of each level and a certificate of completion for each class.*

*Skating classes only

More Info

For more information on our Learn to Skate program, call us at (408) 279-6000 or contact our Skating Director, Candy Goodson, directly at (408) 999-6753 or via email at [email protected].

Little Sharks

Little Sharks and the Learn to Play program are designed to teach children ages 5 to 9 who have completed at least one Learn to Skate program and are interested in learning the fundamentals of hockey.

Program Requirements
  • 5-9 years of age
  • Previous skating experience (must provide a certificate from a Learn to Skate program)
  • First time hockey participant (not eligible if you have been on a team or previously participated in Little Sharks
Program Benefits

For a registration fee of just $220, each participant receives

  • Six one-hour sessions
  • Head-to-toe hockey equipment that they get to keep 
  • FREE USA Hockey registration
  • Great first step towards league play
  • Guest NHL Alumni instructors
  • One free ticket to a select San Jose Sharks regular season game
Program Goals

For first-time participants of the game, Little Sharks & Learn to Play:

  • Provide a consistent training model
  • Provide a fun and effective environment for learning and building character
  • Reduce cost barriers and safety concerns
  • Encourage more fans of the game of hockey
More Info

All registered participants must attend one of the in-person fitting events be fitted through Pure Hockey's online portal. Information for equipment will be sent out within two (2) business days of registering. The information will contain details on the in-person fitting days and for online fitting. All equipment will be shipped directly to you.
Please note:

  • There are limited spaces available at each location - spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • All participants must be no younger than 5 years old by the first lesson and no older than 9 years old on the last lesson to participate, no exceptions
  • We highly recommend skating lessons for any child who has no prior ice skating experience. Most rinks also have regular ice skating sessions which are open to the public and a great way to gain experience and confidence on the ice
  • This program is only open to kids brand new to the sport of hockey. Any participants with prior organized hockey experience will be removed from the program with no refund

For questions or more information, please email [email protected].

Sharks Play On

For many, the jump from a Learn to Play program to in-house hockey can be a big one and that's where the Sharks Play On program comes in!

Sharks Play On bridges that gap and gives Little Sharks and Learn to Play participants the chance to continue working on their skills while getting more comfortable in game-like settings.

Program Goals

Youth hockey data and statistics have shown that children who begin their hockey training within this format have an outstanding chance to succeed.

Data also shows that, upon completion of Little Sharks and/or Learn to Play program, many children need additional ice time, skills practice and/or instruction before moving on to a team or league environment. The Sharks Play On series is designed to provide just that!

Program Components

Skating is the skill that makes hockey unique and it is something that players of all levels of the sport continually strive to improve. Without adequate skating ability, players are less able to perform the other skills of the sport.

Stickhandling is perhaps the most difficult of the basic skills to master. It allows a player to maneuver around opponents and create better offensive opportunities.

Passing is what makes hockey a true team sport. Helping teammates experience success is what the game is all about and passing allows the thrill of scoring to be shared.

Shooting is the end result of offensive team play. Many players spend most of their time practicing shooting because they believe scoring is the most fun. Players should, however, place an equal emphasis on the other basic skills of hockey, as they are all important in developing the complete player.

Program Philosophy

The San Jose Sharks are in line with USA Hockey's ADM model and are proud believers in the Sharks Play On/Bridge Series curriculum. We also believe that:

HOCKEY IS MORE THAN A GAME. It develops skills on the ice that build a foundation for a lifetime. Hockey promotes confidence, pride, focus, and responsibility. With an emphasis on fun, hockey is a game to be played and enjoyed for life.

HOCKEY CREATES LIFE-LONG FRIENDSHIPS. Starting with the bonds created in the locker room to the relationships formed on the ice, hockey creates lifelong friendships. This camaraderie shared on and off the ice encourages teamwork and the natural development of leadership skills.

HOCKEY SETS PLAYERS UP FOR SUCCESS. From learning to balance responsibilities at home, school, and the rink - hockey encourages kids to learn time management skills. Hockey's unique source of physical fitness also promotes a healthy lifestyle.

More Info

For questions or more information on Sharks Play On, please email [email protected].

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