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LEARN HOW TO ICE SKATE

Welcome to the US Figure Skating (USFS) Basic Skills Program. A program of the national governing body of figure skating, Learn to Skate (LTS) instruction is a cost-effective way to learn the basic skills of ice skating. You will learn the fundamentals of ice skating whether you’re interested in recreational ice skating, competitive figure skating, or ice hockey. Individual skaters are grouped with participants of similar age and skill level. Several levels of advancement and patches are awarded for each level.

The LTS program consists of a 30-minute lesson each week for eight weeks plus one punch card with 8 free punches to practice what you learned during public ice times. Classes are taught all year round on Thursdays at 6:00 pm or Saturdays at 9:00 am. All Flight Skating classes require LTS yearly membership. Categories include:

  • Snowplow Sam – Ages 3 to 5
  • Basic Skills – Ages 6 to 15
  • Adult – Ages 16 and up

Snowplow Sam

(Preschool Ages 3 to 5)

This introductory class is for kids with no prior skating experience. It is designed to build confidence in skating and themselves by using the ABCs of movement: Agility, Balance, Coordination and speed. Classes are taught in a safe and positive environment, incorporating fun and games making class time an enjoyable experience for all. Class Skills: Fall and get up on ice, March in place and forward, Two-foot glide, Forward swizzles and Backward wiggles.

Learn to Skate Basic Skills FUNdamentals

(Ages 5 to 16)

Basic Skills teaches the FUNdamentals of ice skating and provides the best foundation for figure skating and hockey. Six progressive levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers and turns. Upon completion of the Basic Skills 1-6 levels, skaters will be able to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating (see chart below).  Skaters will progress at their own rate and advance after skill mastery is demonstrated/tested.

Class NameSkills Learned
Basic 1• Fall down and get up on ice
• march forward
• forward two-foot glide
• dips
• forward swizzles
• backward wiggles
• beginning snowplow stop with one or two feet
Basic 2• Scooter pushes (Right and Left)
• forward one-foot glides (R&L)
• backward two-foot glide, rocking horse
• backward swizzles
• two-foot turns and moving snowplow stop
Basic 3• Beginning forward stroking
• forward half-swizzle pumps
• moving forward to backwards two-foot turns
• beginning backward one-foot glides, backward
snowplow stop (R&L) and forward slalom
Basic 4• Forward outside edge on a circle (R&L)
• forward inside edge on a circle
• forward crossovers
• backward half-swizzle pumps on a circle
• backward one-foot glides and beginning two-foot spin
Basic 5• Backward outside edge on a circle (R&L)
• backward inside edge on a circle (R&L)
• backward crossovers, forward outside three-turn
• advanced two-foot spin and hockey stop in both directions
Basic 6• Forward inside open mohawk from a standstill
• forward inside three-turn
• moving backward to forward two-foot turn on a circle
• backward stroking
• beginning one-foot spin
• T-stops
• bunny hop
• forward spiral on a straight line

Adult 1-6 Beginner to Advanced

(Ages 16 to 100)

The Adult curriculum is designed for both beginning and experienced adult skaters who wish to improve their skating skills. Participation in the program will help promote physical fitness and improve balance and coordination while teaching proper skating techniques. Divided into six levels from basic skating to more advanced skills, adult skaters will progress at an individual rate while being challenged and motivated. Based on prior skating experience, adults may choose to begin at the level that best matches their skill base. Class skills are the same as the Basic 1 through 6 levels but taught at a pace that suits adults.

Homeschool

(Kindergarten thru 12th Grade)

This is a Thursday morning class time, to align with Homeschool activities. Classes are 30 minute group lessons (all Basic 1 through Freeskate 2) with a 30-minute practice time following directly after class.

Pre-Freeskate to Freeskate 2

Each free skate level is comprised of a variety of progressive skating skills, transitions, spins and jumps — all of which build on the previous skill, providing skaters a strong foundation of all elements. These levels will be taught in a positive and interactive group format such as a bridge program, circuit classes or as an introductory training program. Instructors will focus on quality and mastery of skills.Class skills continue to work on footwork at each level but also include spins and jumps.

Jump & Spin

(Pre-requisite Freeskate)

Class is designed for advanced skaters in Free Skate 1 and up. Skaters will be taught proper techniques for all jumps and spins, singles, and triples. Class is 45 minutes of group “on” ice lessons.

Superstars

(Pre-requisite Freeskate)

For beginning competitive skaters to advanced. Skaters will be taught proper techniques for all jumps and spins, learn how to train with a positive mindset. We will also emphasize proper balance, agility, use of arms, back, and head. Skaters will understand the USFS rules and how to apply to their skating. Class is 30 minutes of on ice group lessons with 45 minutes off off ice instruction.

Learn to Skate Hockey 1-4

(Pre-requisite Basic 1)

The Hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals hockey skating. In four badge levels, skaters will learn how to be more proficient and agile on the ice. Proper skating techniques for the game of hockey are the primary focus of the levels. All elements will be taught without a puck. Skaters will learn the basic hockey stance, stride, knee bend, uses of edges and other necessary fundamentals to be more successful in hockey, practices, and game situations.

RESOURCES

PROGRAM FEES & REGISTRATION

Program Description Schedule Fees

Basic 1-6 Sign up to Skate

8 week classes

1- 30 Minute Class each week (includes skate rental if needed)

8 Public Skating Passes to practice your skills

             (one free skate punch card per skater)

Includes yearly membership to Learn to Skate USA for secondary skater insurance (required)

Learn to Skate USA

 

Thursdays 6:00pm OR Saturdays 9:00am

$180.00+tax

Jump & Spin Classes

Sign up to Skate

8 Week class

Includes 8 Public Skating Pass (unless signed up as an Add-On class)

Thursdays 6:30pm – 7:15pm

$180+tax (discount available if an Add-On to a Learn to Skate class)

Superstars

Invitation class only, please see director.

8 Week class

Includes 8 Public Skating Pass (unless signed up as an Add-On class)

Sat 8:30-9am on ice and 9:05 to 9:45am off ice.

$180+tax (discount available if an Add-On to a Learn to Skate class)

Homeschool Learn to Skate

Sign up to Skate

Class for any child who is homeschooled

8 Weeks of Classes

Thursdays:
10:30am-11:00am (group class)

11:00am-11:30am (practice ice)

$140+tax (includes skate rental)

 

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