Learn to Skate USA Membership:
All skaters enrolling in the Learn to Skate USA program are required to pay an annual fee. The membership fee provides the skater with liability insurance during classes. The membership fee is valid at July 1,2019 - June 30,2020. The membership fee is paid at www.learntoskateusa.com.
We welcome you to visit www.learntoskateusa.com and www.usfigureskating.org for more information, or contact the Program Manager, Megan MacLeod with any questions you may have.
If you have a child who wants to skate but are unsure of how they will do in a class, you may do a trial class. Trial classes are available during the first week of each session and cost $25.
LEARN TO SKATE USA CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Snowplow Sam- Discover, Learn & Play (Ages 3-5)
The Snowplow Sam levels are introductory classes divided into four progressive levels allowing children, of ages 3-5 with no prior skating experience, to build confidence while learning the basic skills of skating. These classes are designed to help children develop the ABCs of movement: Agility, Balance, Coordination and speed. The ABCs are essential for developing fundamentals movement skills and physical literacy. All classes will be taught in a safe and positive environment, incorporating fun and games making class time and enjoyable experience for all.
Snowplow Sam 1 – For beginning skaters between the ages of 3-5, who have never taken any formal classes before. Skills: Sit and stand up with skates on off the ice, sit and stand up on ice, march in place, march forward 8-10 steps, march and then glide on two feet, dip in place.
Snowplow Sam 2 – Prerequisite: Must have passed Snowplow Sam 1. Skills: March followed by a long glide, dip while moving, backward walking, backward wiggles, 2-3 forward swizzles in a row, beginning snowplow stop motion in place, two-foot hop in place.
Snowplow Sam 3 – Prerequisite: Must have passed Snowplow Sam 2. Skills: Forward skating 8-10 strides, forward one-foot glides, 4-6 forward swizzles, 2-3 backward swizzles, moving forward snowplow stop, curves.
Snowplow Sam 4 – Prerequisite: Must have passed Snowplow Sam 3. Skills: Forward skating, backward two-foot glide, 4-6 backward swizzles, rocking horse, forward to back two-foot turns in place.
If a skater has successfully completed Snowplow Sam 3 and is close to the age of 6, they may advance to Basic 2 or Minor Hawks. If a skater has successfully completed Snowplow Sam 3, and are still between the ages of 3-5, they may advance to Snowplow Sam 4.
Basic Skills - Fundamentals (Ages 6 & up)
Basic Skills teaches the fundamentals of ice skating and provides the best foundation for figure skating, hockey and speedskating for skaters ages 6 and up. Six progressive levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, 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. All classes will be well-structured with the focus on proper skill development taught in a positive, FUN and social environment. Skaters will progress at their own rate and advance after skill mastery is demonstrated.
Basic 1 – For beginner skaters over the age of 6, who have never taken any formal classes before. Skills: Sit on the ice and stand up, march forward across the ice, forward two-foot glide, dip, 6-8 forward swizzles in a row, backward wiggles, beginning snowplow stop.
Basic 2 – Prerequisite: Must have passed Basic 1. Skills: Scooter pushes, forward one-foot glides, backward two-foot glide, rocking horse, 6-8 backward swizzles, forward to backward two-foot turns in place, moving snowplow stop.
Basic 3 – Perquisite: Must have passed Basic 2. Skills: Beginning forward stroking showing correct use of blade, 6-8 forward pumps, moving forward to backward two-foot turns, beginning backward one-foot glides, backward snowplow stop, forward slalom.
Basic 4 – Prerequisite: Must have passed Basic 3. Skills: Forward outside and inside edges on a circle, forward crossovers, backward pumps, backward one-foot glides, beginning two-foot spin.
Basic 5 – Prerequisite: Must have passed Basic 4. Skills: Backward outside and inside edges on a circle, backward crossovers, forward outside 3-turns, advanced two-foot spin, hockey stop.
Basic 6 – Prerequisite: Must have passed Basic 5. Skills: Forward inside 3-turns, moving backward to forward two-foot turns, backward stroking, beginning one-foot spin, T-stops, bunny hop, forward spiral on a straight line.
Teen/Adult – It’s never too late to learn how to skate! Adults of any age and skill level can start skating with this program. Join us to work on basics and proper skating technique. If you’re interested in building your fundamentals before taking a beginner level hockey program or just want to learn to skate recreationally, Adult Learn to Skate is for you.
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 with a strong foundation of all elements. These levels will be taught in a positive and interactive group format, focusing on quality and mastery of skills.
Pre-Free Skate – Prerequisite: Must have passed Basic 6. Skills: Forward inside open mohawk, landing position, edge transition, moves footwork, one-foot upright spin, mazurka, waltz jump.
Free Skate 1 – Prerequisite: Must have passed Pre-Free Skate. Skills: Forward power stroking, basic forward outside and inside edges, backward outside 3-turns, upright spin from backward crossovers, half flip, toe loop.
Free Skate 2 – Prerequisite: Must have passed Free Skate 1. Skills: Alternating forward outside and inside spirals, basic backward outside and inside edges, backward inside 3-turns, beginning back spin, half lutz, salchow.
Free Skate 3 – Prerequisite: Must have passed Free Skate 2. Skills: Alternating backward crossovers to backward outside edges, alternating mohawk/crossover sequence, waltz 3-turns, advanced back scratch spin, loop jump, waltz jump-toe loop or salchow-toe loop combination.
Free Skate 4 – Prerequisite: Must have passed Free Skate 3. Skills: Forward power 3-turns, waltz eight, forward upright to backward upright spin, sit spin, half loop, flip jump.
Free Skate 5 – Prerequisite: Must have passed Free Skate 4. Skills: Backward power 3-turns, five step mohawk sequence, camel spin, waltz-loop jump combination, lutz jump.
Free Skate 6 – Prerequisite: Must have passed Free Skate 5. Skills: Forward power pulls, creative step sequence, camel-sit spin, layback or attitude spin, waltz-half loop-salchow jump sequence, axel.
High Free Skate – Prerequisite: Must have passed Free Skate 6. This level is for skaters continuing to work through axel and on to double jumps and spin combinations.
Spins & Jumps – is a specialized class for figure skaters looking to improve and perfect this area of their skating development. The course will focus on jump height, landing positions, traditional spins, artistic spins and creative spins. All skaters will be divided up according to the difficulty of the spins and jumps they are trying to perfect so coaches can focus consistently on the same details for everyone in the group.
Intro to Theatre On Ice – The core components of Theatre on Ice include choreography, skating movements and the camaraderie shared between skaters at the introductory level. Controlling skills and conquering elements will serve as the primary focus to achieve badges. The four themes for the curriculum are joy, body as an instrument, traveling through space and rhythm.
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