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Centennial Ice Arena

3100 Trail Way
Highland Park, IL 60035
847.432.4790
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REMINDER:

No classes on Monday, September 28th.

Practice ice time available for Tot/Basic skills and Freestyle skaters. Must pre-register, walk-ins not accepted.

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Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, Centennial Ice Arena has implemented strict safety and sanitization protocols and guidelines, click here for more information.

Effective Monday, August 17th, face coverings will be required in all areas of Centennial, at all times. This includes during gymnastics and skating classes.

We appreciate your compliance with these safety guidelines and procedures for the well-being of our community.

Centennial is a premier regional teaching center for both ice skating and gymnastics, with highly qualified staff and progressive programming. The facility features an indoor ice rink and a fully-equipped gymnastics studio. We offer Learn to Skate, hockey, freestyle, and gymnastics lessons for all skill levels. Centennial is a member of AAU Gymnastics,  US Figure Skating and follows the Learn to Skate USA program.

Front Desk Hours

The Front Desk at Centennial is currently closed. Please register for classes online, or contact Stephanie Sylvester, Recreation Supervisor at ssylvester@pdhp.org for registration questions.

Learn to Skate USA

Centennial is proud to offer the Learn to Skate USA curriculum, providing a fun and positive experience that instills a lifelong love of skating. Something happens the moment your skates touch the ice. It is a surreal and empowering experience to learn as much about yourself as you do skating. You learn glides, swizzles, edges, crossovers as you build confidence and personal strength.

Learn to Skate USA programs make skating fun and safe for all as they grow an everlasting love for this sport. Through our updated curriculum and our certified, passionate instructors, we build solid skill progression to improve self-esteem in both kids and adults while providing them the resources to reach their hopes and dreams. For more information on the program, click here.

Hockey Organizations and Leagues

Centennial Ice Arena is proud to be affiliated with the following local and metro Chicago hockey organizations.

Falcons Hockey Association
Highland Park Giants
Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago Wolves

Contact

Carol Sassorossi, Program Manager
847.579.4103
csassorossi@pdhp.org

Stephanie Sylvester, Recreation Supervisor
847.579.4108
ssylvester@pdhp.org

Public skating will not be available until at least Phase 5 of Restore Illinois Guidelines.

See updated information on facilities and programs here.

 

 

Comprehensive ice skating and hockey lessons are taught by ice arena and affiliate organization professionals. The United States Figure Skating Association Basic Skills sanctions our Learn to Skate Program. League hockey is played through the Falcons Hockey Association, as well as a variety of clinics and camps to improve hockey skills. Please read over our facility guidelines for hockey and facility guidelines for figure skating prior to arriving at our facility.

 

Learn to Skate and Hockey Lessons – Fall Session

If you are interested in private skating lessons please sign-up for our new Booster Lessons this fall!

Class NameAgeDescriptionPlayer Abilities
Parent & Tot3½-5BeginnerFor the timid skater who would like an adult in class for support.
Tot 14-5BeginnerBasics for beginner skater.
Tot 24-5IntermediateIntroduction to forward swizzles, backward skating, and snow plow stop.
Tot 34-5Intermediate-Advanced Beginning stroking, skate on one foot, edges and curves.
Tot 44-5AdvancedBeginning crossovers, forward stroking, and backward swizzles.
FUNdamental Skating Skills
Basic 16-12BeginnerBasics for beginner skater.
Basic 26-12Prerequisite Basic 1One foot skating, turning front to back, back swizzles.
Basic 36-12Prerequisite Basic 2Stroking, two foot spin, on foot glides, beginner forward crossovers, and edges
Basic 46-12Prerequisite Basic 3Backward stroking, edges, advanced forward crossovers, beginning back crossovers.
Basic 56-12Prerequisite Basic 4Back edges, back crossovers, beginning one foot spin.
Basic 66-12Prerequisite Basic 53-turns, T-stops, Spirals, Lunges, back 2 foot turns.
Pre-Freeskate Silver6-12Prerequisite Basic 6Mohawks, edges, advanced turns. Intro to jumps and spin preparations, footwork.
Freeskate & Specialty Skating Classes
Pre-Freeskate Gold6 & UpPrerequisite Pre-Freeskate SilverMohawks, edges, advanced turns. Intro to jumps and spins, jump and spin preparation, and footwork.
Freeskate 1-66 & UpPrerequisite Pre-Freeskate GoldJumps, spins, and footwork.
Freeskate 76 & UpPrerequisite Freeskate 6Skills included those needed to earn a solo in the annual ice show. Axel, double jumps, flying, and combination spins and footwork.
PowerPre-FS & UpPre FS-High FSDevelop endurance, speed, and strength.
Showcase Team6 & UpFs 1-6Competitive performance team. Commitment to 3 competitions and 2 performances required.
Moves for Moves6 & UpPrerequisite Basic 6Learn power, flow, body alignment, cadence, edge and turn techniques needed to progress through the USFS Moves in the Field tests.
Showcase Team Jr.6 & UpBasic 4-PreFS GoldSame as Showcase Team.
Dance for Skaters6 & UpBasic 3-6Work off ice on proper form and technique for skating, jumps and turns.
Learn to Skate USA Adult Lessons
Adult 1-416 & UpBeginner-AdvancedLearn standing and balance, forward and backward skating.
Skate Fit16 & UpAdult AdvancedSkate into fitness. Skate 10 laps to complete 1 mile.
Figures14 & UpAdvancedCreating the figure eight and other patterns through body alignment, control, and technique.
Adult Freeskate16 & UpAdvancedIntroduction to jumps, spins, footwork, and gliding maneuvers.
Falcons Hockey AssociationAdvanced Required to have passed Mini-Mites, Tot 1 or Basic 1.
Little Falcons4 & UpPrerequisite Mini-Mites, Tot 1, or Basic 1Developmental program to give skaters a solid foundation of skating, stick handling, shooting and passing.

Skating Tips and Information

  • Please arrive at Centennial no more than 10 minutes prior to class time. This ensures enough time to put on ice skates and be ready for the start of class.
  • Skates can be rented at the front desk for $20/session, with an $85 refundable damage deposit.
    • We recommend renting skates during the first few sessions prior to purchasing your own.
    • Skates run true to shoe size. We do not have half sizes.
    • Thin socks or tights should be worn with skates.
    • Skates should fit tighter than tennis shoes.
    • Laces should be tied as tight as possible.
  • Proper ice skating attire:
    • Warm, comfortable athletic pants
    • Long-sleeve sweatshirt or light jacket
    • Mittens or gloves (required)
    • Helmets are highly recommended for beginner skaters- Tot 1 and Basic 1
    • Please avoid bulky winter clothing as they usually restrict movement
  • What to expect on the ice:
    • During the first few weeks of class, we  teach our skaters how to be independent on the ice.
    • This includes learning how to get back up when/if they fall down.
    • For the safety of our instructors and skaters, coaches will not pick students up from the ice.
    • While being on the ice, it is important for each child to pay attention and follow instructions given by their coach.
  • For the safety of all, spectators will not be allowed until Phase 5.
  • Skating evaluations will be held the second to last week of each session. Evaluation forms will be sent home after the final class with registration information for the next level.
  • Please note, as each level becomes progressively more demanding and challenging, skaters may remain on the same achievement level for several consecutive sessions.
  • Make up Class Policy:
    • Make up classes will not be allowed until Phase 5.

Contacts:

Stephanie Sylvester
Recreation Supervisor
ssylvester@pdhp.org

Sheila Lonergan
Skating Coordinator
slonergan@pdhp.org

Fall 2020 Open Freestyle Practice Time – Subject to Change – Reservations Now Open! Click to view schedule and availability. 

Limit 22 skaters/session

$7/skater

All skaters must pay for each session online, prior to arriving at the rink. In-person drop-ins are not permitted during Phase 4. Please check back later in August for September Open Freestyle available times.

CIA COVID-19 Freestyle Guidelines 

General Guidelines 

  • You should NOT enter facility if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or you are from a household with someone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • Face covering is required at all times in the facility, even while exercising.  
  • Use hand sanitizer or wash hands as you enter Centennial. 
  • Signage and floor markings will guide participants to the ice surface. 
  • No more than 22 skaters are permitted on the ice. 
  • No spectators allowed. 
  • Lost items such as personal clothing, shoes, bags will be disposed of daily, except for electronic items and keys. 
  • No vending machines or concessions will be available.

Entrance/Exit Procedures 

  • Arrive no earlier than 1minutes prior to your scheduled freestyle time. 
  • Enter through the left side of the door and proceed to rink or assigned holding area.  
  • Do not congregate in lobby or rink area. Stanchions will be used to direct traffic. 
  • Once a participant has entered the facility they cannot leave and re-enter. If skaters need to stretch and warm-up, they should do so outside before entering.  
  • Areas will be designated for skaters to put on skates. If possible, please arrive with skates already on. 
  • Skaters must stay in their holding area until after the Zamboni has cleaned the ice and/or previous participants are out of the rink area. 
  • Skaters must leave the facility within 10 minutes after they have finished skating. 
  • All skaters will use the door in hallway along locker rooms C & D to promptly exit the facility. 

Skater Expectations 

  • Skaters are expected to follow physical distancing rules of 6 feet before, during, and after skating.  
  • Skaters should not congregate along the boards or on the benches. 
  • Face coverings must always be worn, except when on the ice. 
  • Skaters must arrive fully dressed and ready to participate. A water bottle, skate guards, face mask, Rink Music fob, hand sanitizer, and small face towel will be the only items allowed in the facility in a small skate bag. No rolling bags allowed.  

Coach Expectations 

  • Coaches must check-in with ice monitor prior to entering the rink. All coaches (PDHP staff and independent contract coaches) will be provided with a PDHP scan card 
  • Coaches are expected to follow physical distancing rules of 6 feet. 
  • Coaches are permitted on the ice but must continue to wear a face mask. 
  • Coaches must arrive prepared to teach. A water bottle, skate guards, face mask, Rink Music fob, hand sanitizer, and small face towel will be the only items allowed in the facility. 

 

 

 

Centennial Ice Arena is open for select gymnastics classes following these guidelines.  

Recreational and Competitive Gymnastics – Fall Session

Class NameAgeDescription
Tumble Tots | Parent Tot2-3Develop large motor skills and basic gymnastics using equipment in an obstacle course format.
Little Pros3-4An independent learning opportunity to build self-confidence, strength, coordination, balance and flexibility. Focuses on enhancing basic body movement, tumbling skills, and using equipment.

Children must be potty trained.
Superstars4-5
An advanced class which builds a strong foundation for skill comprehension.
Kindergym5-6This class is designed for kindergartners to learn basic gymnastics skills using all the gymnastics equipment. A great way to have fun and stay active.
Gymnastics | Recreational Gymnastics Program
Beginner 16-12No previous formal gymnastics experience required. Learn basic gymnastic body positions, skills, and build coordination and strength.
Beginner 26-12An continuing class which focuses on improving and learning more advanced skills.

Prerequisites: Beginner 1 level class or evaluation by an instructor.
Advanced Beginner6-12Progressively harder gymnastics skills will be taught while focusing on proper form and technique on all equipment.
Prerequisites: Beginner 2 level class and instructor evaluation and permission.
Intermediate6-13A higher level class geared towards gymnasts who prefer not to be on a competitive team. Strength and conditioning as well as proper technique will be emphasized.
Prerequisites: Advanced Beginner level classes and instructor evaluation and permission.
Pre-Team and Competitive Team | Pre-Team and Competitive Team programs are invitation only or must have evaluation from Team Coach, Gymnastics Coordinator or Recreation Supervisor.
Pre Team6-13For gymnasts showing potential for competitive team. Focus on skill development, form, technique, strength, conditioning and flexibility. Must have approval from Team Coach or Coordinator.
Competitive Team6-13Competitive Team follows USAG guidelines and compete in AAU and GIJO League. Must have Team Coach or Coordinator approval.

General Information and Procedures

  • Please self-certify prior to coming to class.  Do NOT enter facility if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or you are from a household with someone with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • For the safety of all concerned, anyone who is not participating in a class (siblings, friends, parents, or caretakers) is not allowed in the gym. Spectators will not be allowed until Phase 5.
  • Only 1 adult allowed during parent/tot class.
  • Face mask is required at all times in the facility, even while exercising.
  • Social distancing must always be maintained.  No congregating allowed.
  • Parents are allowed to walk their gymnasts into the facility, but then must leave the facility and return at pick up time.
  • For safety and comfort, proper athletic attire is mandatory for all gymnasts.  Arrive dressed for your class. Limit personal belongings.
    • Girls: gymnastics leotard or leggings/shorts and a t-shirt or tank top. Please no baggy shirts.
    • Boys: Shorts or sweatpants and a t-shirt.
  • Any clothing with buttons, zippers and/or snaps is unacceptable.
  • No shoes or socks are permitted in the gym, bare feet are best!
  • Long hair MUST be tied back into a pony-tail. Short hair or bangs should be pulled away from the face with a clip or headband.
  • There is no food, gum/candy, or drinks other than water permitted in the gymnastics gym.  Concession and vending machines are closed until Phase 5.
  • Bring your own water bottle.  Water fountains are closed except for touchless re-fillable water bottle stations.
  • Makeup Class Policy:
    • Make up classes will NOT be allowed until Phase 5.
  • Participants must remain off the equipment and floor until it is their class time and they are called to class by their instructor.
  • Our gymnastics staff reserves the right to move students to the appropriate level if needed.

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Will return in Phase 5

 Private Lessons

For those interested in learning more skills and progressing faster, or specific skills for cheerleading or competition.

Private Lesson Fees: (Beginning 9/1/2020)

$45/30 minutes
$60/ 45 minutes
$75/60 minutes

Contact:
Deb Dean, Gymnastics Coordinator
847.579.4106

Rentals and birthday parties will not be available until at least Phase 5 of Restore Illinois.    See updated information on facilities and programs here.

Ice Skating Party

Skate and glide your way to a birthday party not to be forgotten. Ice skating parties are a unique and exciting way to celebrate your special day. Parties are held during public skating sessions on the weekends. Party package includes skate fees, skate rentals and party room. Upon your request, when you book your party, on-ice instruction is available for your guests.

A $50 refundable damage deposit is charged at the time of purchase. Deposits shall be refunded approximately two weeks after the date of the rental if the group or individuals using the space left the room in an orderly state. Please note: Additional fees will be assessed to the renter if there is any damage incurred by misuse of the facility and its property.

Cancellation Policy: Parties are 50% refundable if your reservation is cancelled thirty or more working days prior to approved rental time. If reservation is cancelled less than thirty days, only the security deposit will be returned.

Ice Skating Party FAQ

Ice Skating Party times include:

  • Saturday and Sunday 12:45-2:15 pm

Party Package Fees

  • 10-20 skaters: $200
  • 21-30 skaters: $280
  • 30+ skaters: $360
  • $75/instructor (advance notice required)

Gymnastics Party

Children ages 3-12 are invited to jump, swing and roll to a birthday filled with fun at Centennial’s gymnastic studio. Our parties are geared to your child’s age group and ability. Obstacle courses are set up using various pieces of gymnastic equipment. Parties last an hour and a half: one hour of gymnastic fun and a half hour of refreshments and presents provided by the host. Party package includes instructors, gymnastics room and party room.

A $50 refundable damage deposit is charged at the time of purchase. Deposits shall be refunded approximately two weeks after the date of the rental if the group or individuals using the space left the room in an orderly state. Please note: Additional fees will be assessed to the renter if there is any damage incurred by misuse of the facility and its property.

Cancellation policy: Parties are 50% refundable if reservation is cancelled thirty or more working days prior to approved rental time. If reservation is cancelled less than thirty days, only the security deposit will be returned.

Gymnastics Party FAQ’s

Gymnastics Party times include:

  • Saturdays: 3:30-5:00pm
  • Sundays: 10:45am-12:15pm, 12:45-2:15pm, 2:45-4:15pm

Party Package Fees

  • 0-20 kids: $310
  • 21-30 kids: $385