Class Levels & Curriculum

Tot Classes (ages 3-6)

  • Sit and stand up with skates on – off-ice
  • Sit and stand up with skates on – on-ice
  • March in place
  • March forward (8-10 steps)
  • March forward, then glide on two feet (3 seconds)
  • Dip in place for 5 seconds without falling
  • March followed by a 2 foot glide for a count of 4
  • Dip while moving for a count of 4
  • Backward walking, toes turned inward, shifting weight (4-6 steps)
  • Backward wiggles (6 in a row)
  • Forward swizzles (2-3 in a row)
  • Beginning snowplow stop motion - in place or holding onto barrier
  • Two-foot hop, in place (optional)
  • Forward skating (8-10 strides)
  • Forward one-foot glider a count of 3 (right & left)
  • Forward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  • Backward swizzles (2-3 in a row)
  • Moving forward snowplow stop using one or two feet
  • Curves
  • Forward skating
  • Backward two-foot glide, length of skater's height
  • Backward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  • Rocking horse - one forward, one backward swizzle, repeat twice
  • Two-foot turns from forward to backward, in place (both directions)
  • Two-foot hop, in place

All tots ages 3-6 start in Snowplow 1 and progress through Snowplow 4.   Snowplow 1-4 for tots covers the same as Basic 1 or Hockey 1 for youth.  After passing Snowplow 4, skaters can advance to Basic 2 (Figure Skating) or Hockey 2.

Basic Classes

  • Sit and stand up – on-ice
  • March forward across the ice
  • Forward two-foot glide for a count of 4
  • Glide on two feet and Dip for a count of 4
  • Forward swizzles without coming to a stop (6 in a row)
  • Backward wiggles without coming to a stop (6 in a row)
  • Student will stop using a one or two foot snowplow stop

*Bonus skill: Two-foot hop in place

  • Scooter pushes (right and left)
  • Forward one-foot glides for a count of 4 (right and left)
  • Backward two-foot glide equal to skater's height
  • Rocking Horse
  • Backward Swizzles without coming to a complete stop (6 in a row)
  • Two foot turns in place (both directions)
  • Moving forward snowplow stop (right and left)

*Bonus skill: Curves

  • Beginning forward stroking showing correct use of blade
  • Forward half swizzle pumps on a circle with proper arm and head position - 6 in a row (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Moving forward to backward two-foot turns on a circle holding the exit of the turn for a count of 2 (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Beginning backward one-foot glides for a count of 2 (right & left)
  • Backward snowplow stop showing an obvious skidding motion (right and left)
  • Forward slalom - 4 to 6 slalom pushes across the ice

*Bonus skill: Forward pivots - clockwise & counterclockwise

  • Forward outside edge on a circle for a count of 6 (right and left)
  • Forward inside edge on a circle for a count of 6 (right and left)
  • Forward crossovers without use of topic and showing two obvious pushes (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Backward half swizzle pumps on a circle - 6 to 8 pumps without coming to a stop (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Backward one-foot glides for a count of 4 (right and left)
  • Beginning two-foot spin - up to two revolutions

*Bonus skill: Forward lunges - both legs

  • Backward outside edge on a circle without wobbling for a count of 6 (right and left)
  • Backward inside edge on a circle without wobbling for a count of 6 (right and left)
  • Backward crossovers - 4 to 6 crossovers with the foot sliding over and minimum toe pushing (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Forward outside three-turn holding both the forward outside and backward inside edge for 3 seconds (right and left)
  • Advanced two-foot spin (4-6)
  • Hockey stop - both directions

*Bonus skill: Side toe hop (right and left)

  • Forward inside three-turn holding bot the forward insider and backward outside edge for 3 seconds (right and left)
  • Moving backward to forward two-foot turns on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Backward stroking
  • Beginning one-foot spin - 2-4 revolutions
  • T-stops - stopping foot must be on an outside edge (right and left)
  • Bunny hop
  • Forward spiral on a straight line with free leg at hip level or higher for a count of 6 (right or left)

*Bonus skill: Shoot the duck (right or left)

Academy Prep Classes

  • Forward Outside & Inside Edges 
  • Forward Outside & Inside 3-turns from moving 
  • Forward Inside Mohawk from standstill 
  • Back Outside to Forward Outside Edge
  • Intro Scratch Spin
  • Back Inside Pivot  
  • Waltz Jump from Stand Still 
  • 1-Foot Upright Spin from Back Crossovers

Skaters are required to supplementally enroll in Academy Prep Turns & Edges

  • Moving Forward Inside Mohawks 
  • Backward Outside & Inside Edges 
  • Backward Outside & Inside 3-turns 
  • Forward Scratch Spin from Back Crossovers 
  • Waltz Jump from Back Crossovers 
  • Toe Loop from Stand Still 
  • Half Flip 
  • Half Lutz

Skaters are required to supplementally enroll in Academy Prep Turns & Edges

  • Forward Power Stroking 
  • Backward Power Stroking 
  • Forward Outside & Inside Spirals 
  • Forward Power Pulls 
  • Beginning Back Spin 
  • Beginning Sit Spin 
  • Salchow from Stand Still 
  • Toe Loop from Moving

Skaters are required to supplementally enroll in Academy Prep Skating Skills

  • Alternating Backward Crossovers to Backward Outside Edges 
  • Backward Power Pulls 
  • Forward Power 3-turns 
  • Advanced Back Spin 
  • Beginning Camel Spin 
  • Salchow from Back Crossovers 
  • Toe loop Combination 
  • Loop from Stand Still 

Skaters are required to supplementally enroll in Academy Prep Skating Skills

This is a required class for skaters enrolled in Academy Prep 1 & 2. Class will cover skating skills, edges, turns, and steps in the Academy Prep levels.  Skating skills are the foundation for all skill development.  This class will also prep skaters for Academy Prep Skating Skills Class.

This is a required class for skaters enrolled in Academy Prep 3 & 4.  This is a full ice class will cover power, edge quality, and skating skill development.  This class will also prep skaters for our Skating Skills 1 Class in our Skating Academy. 

Hockey Classes

  • Falling and recovery to a balanced, standing position
  • Proper basic hockey stance (forward and backward)
  • March forward across the ice, 8-10 steps
  • Two-foot glides and dips from forward marching across the ice
  • Forward swizzles / double c-cuts (4 to 6 in a row)
  • T-push to a two-foot glide (hold 2-4 seconds) on a straight line, alternating feet
  • Snowplow stop, stationary

*Bonus Skill: Front to back and back to front turns (stationary)

Note: Hockey 1 will cover the same skills as Basic 1.  Skaters can also progress from Basic 1 to Hockey 2.

  1. Forward strides using 45 degree V-push, focus on good recovery and alternating arm drive
  2. Forward one-foot push and glide (right and left)
  3. Forward C-Cuts: single leg (right and left) and alternating feet (right and left) in a straight line
  4. Backward hustle or march, then glide on two feet
  5. Backward swizzles / double c-cuts (4 to 6 in a row)
  6. Backward C-cuts, single leg (right and left) and alternating feet (right and left) in a straight line
  7. Two-foot moving snowplow stop

*Bonus Skills: Scooter or skateboard push, on circle (right & left)

  1. Lateral crossover march (both directions)
  2. Forward C-cuts (1/2 swizzle pumps) on a circle, both directions
  3. Forward outside edges on half circles (large C’s), alternating feet on the short or long axis of the rink
  4. Forward inside edges on half circles (large C’s), alternating feet on the short or long axis of the rink
  5. Backward C-cuts (1/2 swizzle pumps) on a circle, both directions
  6. Backward snowplow stops: One foot and two feet V-stop
  7. One-foot moving snowplow stop (Right and Left), introduce 1/4 turn with hips to hockey stop

*Bonus Skill: Forward stops and starts

  • Quick starts using forward V-start
  • Backward one-foot glide, right and left
  • Forward crossover glides (clockwise and counter-clockwise). Hold feet in crossed position for 2 counts
  • Backward crossover glides (clockwise and counter-clockwise). Hold feet in crossed position for 2 counts
  • Forward crossovers on circle, clockwise and counterclockwise (4-6 each)
  • Backward crossovers on circle, clockwise and counterclockwise (4-6 each)
  • Hockey stops (stopping to the left and to the right, with speed)

*Bonus Skill: Forward to backward mohawk pivots (both directions, right and left) from powerful, full strides

Class is open to ages 3-6 that have PASSED Snowplow 2.

  • Proper hockey stance forward and backward
  • Forward T-Stride, 4-6 on each foot
  • One-foot glide for two times the skater’s height (right and left)
  • Rocking Horse - one forward double c-cut, one backward double c-cut, repeat twice
  • Forward double c-cuts without coming to a complete stop (4-6 in a row)
  • Backward double c-cuts without coming to a complete stop (4-6 in a row)
  • Two-foot hockey twists - 2 sets.
  • Snowplow stop
  • Curves - two-foot curves in a deep knee bend in both directions.
  • Supermans - skaters will skate forward and then fall and slide on to their stomach and quickly get up.

 

All hockey classes as part of our "Learn to Skate" program focus strictly on skating skills to provide a strong foundation as a hockey player.   Skaters can take our "Learn to Play" program with gear and equipment without any skating experience.  It is very strongly recommended, however, taking "Learn to Skate" classes first so your skater can comfortably balance and handle wearing gear and using equipment for the most positive experience.

Adult Classes (18+ years)

  • Falling and recovery; on ice
  • Forward marching
  • Forward two-foot glide
  • Forward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  • One forward swizzle/one backward swizzle (rocking horse)
  • Dip
  • Forward snowplow stop – two feet or one foot

Adult 2

  • Forward skating across the width of the ice
  • Forward one-foot glides, R and L
  • Forward slalom
  • Backward skating
  • Backward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  • Two-foot turns in place

Adult 3

  • Forward stroking using the blade properly (begin with repetitive one-foot pushes)
  • Forward half-swizzle pumps on the circle; 6 to 8 in a row, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Moving forward to backward and backward to forward two-foot turn on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward skating into a long two-foot glide
  • Forward chasses on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward snowplow stop, R and L

Adult 4

  • Forward outside edge on a circle, R and L
  • Forward inside edge on a circle, R and L
  • Forward crossovers, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward one-foot glides, R and L
  • Backward half-swizzle pumps on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Hockey stop, both directions

Adult 5

  • Backward outside edge on circle, R and L
  • Backward inside edge on a circle, R and L
  • Backward crossovers, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Forward outside three-turn, R and L
  • Forward swing rolls to a count of six
  • Beginning two-foot spin

Adult 6

  • Forward stroking with crossover end patterns
  • Backward stroking with crossover end patterns
  • Forward inside three-turn, R and L
  • Forward outside to inside change of edge on a line, R and L
  • T-stop, R or L
  • Lunge
  • Two-foot spin into one-foot spin

Skaters will develop better edge control and quality through working on elements such as the folowing:

  • Forward Outside & Inside Edges
  • Backward Outside & Inside Edges
  • Forward & Backward 3-turns
  • Mohawks
  • Backward Outside Edge to Forward Outside Edge
  • Forward Outside & Inside Spirals
  • Forward & Backward Power Pulls
  • Swing Rolls
  • Cross Strokes

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