Practices

Covid-19 Alert:

Due to the pandemic, official team practices for 2020 are suspended until further notice. Team members are still skating, but not together and on a ‘show and go’ basis.

Weekly Practice News

The best way to find out about practice days/times is to like our Facebook page and check it regularly for updates.

Facebook is the main way we communicate practice days, times, and locations. The information on this website is for general information only.

The weekly practice schedule is always subject to change.

Indoor Practices

October – March: Sundays, 9:00 – 10:30 am

  • Indoor practices are at Xtreme Wheels in Crystal Lake, IL and are held approximately from October to the end of March, weather permitting.(Xtreme Wheels also has open skating sessions all year long for anyone who loves indoor roller rink skating.)
  • This is an open speed session – no specific coaching is scheduled.
  • Cost: $8.00 per session; exact amount cash is preferred.
  • Practice days and start times are subject to change based on other events held at the venue. Check the Facebook page and watch for Yahoo group e-mails.

Outdoor Practices

April – October, weather permitting:

Where to Park for Outdoor Practices

  • Conway Park:  Take I 94 exit east on Rt. 60 (Townline Rd). At the top of the exit ramp, turn East. At the 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., take the first right turn. Then turn into the second driveway on the left, 1955 W. Field Court. We park behind that building.
  • Prairie Stone Industrial Park (“Sears”) 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.

Practice Gear

Required for all indoor and outdoor practices:

  • All skaters are required to wear a helmet
  • NO headphones or ear bud allowed during organized practices

Recommended for indoor practices: 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.

Other Skating Trails/Locations

  • AT&T Center in Hoffman Estates – 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.