Cross Ice Hockey
HAWK Cross Ice at WIFC
Upcoming 2023-24 Season Information!
Online registration is now available for the 2023-24 season!
The 2023-24 season of Cross Ice Hockey will start on October 13 and run through March 10 and we will have registration available on Sept 3.
- Fridays at 5pm (starting Oct 13)
- Sundays at 12pm (ends March 10)
Our easy and convenient Online registration is now available for the 2023-24 season - you can sign up your player and make installment payments using our registration portal! If you don't want to sign up online, you can stop by the WIFC to fill out a registration form or email to Gillian.
Our Cross Ice program is perfect for kids aged 4 to 13 who want to develop their hockey skills. No previous hockey experience needed. Kids just need to have basic skating ability, and we will take it from there! At Walker Ice and Fitness Center (WIFC), players get to progress at their own pace and the emphasis of Cross Ice is on making hockey fun! Friday night skill-based practices start at 5 pm and the Sunday 12pm sessions have skill skates and game day.
Cross Ice at WIFC is the best value in West Michigan! Our program is just $445 and includes ice time twice per week, a jersey, the Van Andel Jamboree and expert instruction led by Coach Mike Fountain and his coaching staff. This helps our program stand out, as very few Cross Ice Programs are personally run by a facility Hockey Director with Mike's playing and coaching background. Coach Mike understands, as a former professional player and as a dad, the importance of making hockey fun for young players. If you are signing up late, the cost will be pro-rated. If you'd like more information on the pro-rated cost, email Gillian.
If you're not ready for Cross Ice, we have sessions of Learn to Skate and Learn to Play hockey offered year-round. For both Cross Ice and Learn to Skate/Play, sign up at using our online registration portal.
For more information on our Cross Ice program, please keep browsing, or feel free to email our Ice Director, Mike Fountain.
- My child didn’t start hockey at a young age, at what age is it too late to begin?
It's never too late to begin! Hockey is a late developing sport that you can begin at any age.
- What’s included in the cost?
Our Cross Ice Program skates twice a week. We run skill-based practices and have in-house game days. Our team of dedicated coaches is led by our Hockey Director, Mike Fountain. The program also includes a jersey and Jamborees (games against other associations).
- Does my child have to start in Learn to Play Hockey or can he start with Cross Ice?
The "typical" path is to start out in Learn to Skate and Play Hockey, but it's not mandatory. In Cross Ice, all we require are basic skate skills and we can take it from there. If you're not sure where to begin, we recommend you email Coach Mike.
- I want my child to play year-round, why doesn’t Cross Ice continue through the summer?
We do offer clinics and camps during the summer, including drop-in clinics for Cross Ice. We don't offer a full summer Cross Ice session, as it's good for kids to play multiple sports to help them become well-rounded athletes! USA Hockey has helpful information on this issue.
- What are the next stages after Cross Ice?
After Cross Ice, players will move into the HAWK (Hockey Association of West Kent) program. If you need help with this process, please reach out to Coach Mike.
- Why don’t players in this group play full ice hockey? Doesn’t this hold back their development?
Cross Ice is scaled better for children and actually helps improve player development! USA Hockey estimates that the typical adult player takes 15 to 17 strides to skate end-to-end on 200 feet of ice. It takes an 8-year-old 14 to 16 strides to skate 85 feet cross-ice, so Cross Ice is perfect for younger players. It helps players develop skills that allow them to "skate the game" as they develop small area skills and the ability to deal with other players at close quarters.
- Why should I choose Walker Ice and Fitness for my child’s hockey development?
Our program is unique in West Michigan, as it is City-run - this means we can offer the best value at just $395 for a full Cross Ice season. It is also run personally by our Hockey Director, Mike Fountain, who brings many years of professional playing experience to his coaching. No other area hockey program has a head coach with Mike's level of experience and hands-on dedication to teaching hockey skills to all our players.
- Who should I reach out to with questions?
Reach out to Coach Mike any time you have questions. He can be reached at 616-735-6286 ex. 6112 or via email.