Practice

The best way to find out about practice times is to keep an eye on the Yahoo! Team Rainbo message board (open to anyone who is interested). This is the main way we communicate practice times and locations. The information here is for general information only. The practice schedule is always subject to change.

 

Indoor Practice Schedule & Information

Indoor practice information below is for the 2016-2017 indoor season.

Practices are at  Orbit Skate Center [Link pops new window with map] indoor team practices run from roughly Oct to around the end of March, weather permitting. Orbit has open skating sessions all year long for anyone who loves indoor roller rink skating.

  • Sunday 9:00 – 10:30 am — This is an open speed session – no specific coaching is scheduled. As stated above, start time is subject to change based on parties being scheduled. Watch your e-mails on the week of practice.

Gear Required for all Indoor and Outdoor practices: All skaters are required to wear a helmet and there is no headphone wearing allowed during organized practices.

Recommended gear: indoor wheels.Indoor practice is better with indoor wheels. Indoor wheels are designed for maximum traction & grip on indoor rink surfaces. The wheels used for outdoor skating may not be suitable for high speed skating indoors. Wheels can be ordered from Cale Carvell.

Cost per Rainbo practice session at Orbit: $8.00 per session, $7.00 with purchase of a 5 session discount card, $6 with purchase of a 10 sessions discount card. Exact amount cash (preferred) or check payable to Orbit Skate Center.

Why Skate at Indoor Practice?

  • Improve your skating
  • Develop better technique
  • Skate faster!
  • Have more confidence
  • Stay in shape this winter!

 

Outdoor Practice Schedule-the outdoor practice information.

Organized outdoor practices are held only on the weekends and only while the weather has a chance of being warm. As the weather dictates practice time will adjust slightly. Watch the email message board linked to above for changes in times and weather/rain conditions each day. The practice times and locations below are for reference only, watch the email group for up-to-date information.

2016 Schedule:

  • Saturdays 9:00 AM, “Sears,” Hoffman Estates
  • Sundays 9:00 AM, Conway Park, Lake Forest
  • Tuesdays 5;15 PM, Busse Woods

Outdoor Skating Locations, Maps and Directions

Official organized outdoor practices start up again in the spring, however many people skate outdoors in small groups whenever weather permits. Below is a listing of skating areas frequently used [links pop open new windows with maps]. Saturday and Sunday practice times were at 9 am. Times will vary as the weather cools down and skaters want the roads to warm up a bit. Updates can be tracked on our message board.

  • AT&T Center in Hoffman Estates – (Click on the link above for a map of the location.) From Chicago- I-90 west, exit Barrington Road North, turn right onto Lakewood Blvd, turn left into the parking lot of Jersey’s restaurant. The practice route is most of the course for the Chicagoland Inline Marathon. Please note the parking is in a different location from that during race weekend.
  • Busse Woods Forest Preserve – Entrance is South of Route 72 (Higgins Rd) off of S, Arlington Heights Rd. Park just before the parking lot street crosses the skating path.
  • Conway Park – take I 94 exit east on Rt. 60 (Townline Rd). At the top of the exit ramp, turn East. There is a stoplight in about 200 yards, Field St. (you will also see the corporate development sign for Conway Park) turn left (north). When you enter on Field St., off of Rt 60, take the first right turn, and then turn into the second driveway on the left, 1955 W. Field Court, we will be parking behind that building.
  • Old Elm Trail – From Rt 41 in Lake Forest, turn West on Old Elm Rd. Go to first stop sign and turn left. Turn left at the next stop sign into Northcroft Park. Drive to pavilion. Skaters now most often meet in the Cross Roads Shopping Center parking lot north of the intersection of Lake Cook and Old Skokie Roads.
  • “Sears” – Prairie Stone Industrial Park, Hoffman Estates – The Major land mark is the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Parking is just north of the Sears Center, off Pratum, between Trillium and Prairie Stone Pky.
    Directions Take 90 west and exit, Rt 59, Pass directly thru the intersection onto Hoffman Blvd.
    Take a right at Pratum ( about 1 mile up the road, after you go over the bridge)
    Follow Pratum past the Sears Centre Arena and past the intersection/stop sign (Prairie Stone Pky)
    Parking is on the left, in the big parking lot, just past the intersection.
  • Shoe Factory Forest Preserve – From I-90, take Barrington Road south past Higgins. Turn right (west) into forest preserve parking lot. Park near the entrance. You cross the path as you enter the parking lot.

Questions can be left in the comment section below or through an email to Cale

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