You know your child best and how they handle instructional circumstances. However, here are the four things we always ask parents:
If the answer is yes to all of these your child will most likely do well in lessons. If not, we suggest that you wait a while before starting classes.
Remember to be patient as they learn. Our Snow Plow Sam 1 classes are designed to teach the very basics of skating such as:
A. Sit and stand up with skates on – off-ice
B. Sit and stand up – on-ice
C. March in place
D. March forward (8-10 steps)
E. March, then glide on two feet
F. Dip in place
Some young students will catch on quickly while others may take a whole session to complete 3 skills. Every student is different and learns at their own pace. Celebrate every learned skill!
Answers to many of the most commonly asked questions can be found below.
Included in the Registration Fee: 6 weeks of lessons, end of session assessment, skate rentals & 6 FREE passes for Public Skate.
On your registration form you may make note of your time preference and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Please note that class times are based on coach availability, registered class levels and the number of students registered therefore we may not be able to give you your requested time.
You may request an instructor on your registration form in the "Notes" section but because we receive so many requests we cannot guarantee that you will have any specific instructor.
It is recommended that kids start off on single blade skates right away. Double blade skates only help a child to balance but hinder the ability to skate in a straight line and to turn. Once kids have progressed on to learning basic spins, double bladed skates will prevent them from being able to do any spins.
We do not limit the class size but we try to have four students to one coach. There may be times where we have a few more than four students depending on coach availability.
Students should be comfortable and in layers to accommodate getting hot during class. We recommend a hockey or bike helmet, hat, mittens or hockey gloves, and snow pants.
Your skater can register for Hockey 1 once they have completed Basic 5. Basic 1-5 introduce the proper foundation of all skating! Once these techniques are mastered your student will be ready to branch off into Hockey 1 where they will begin to build off of the techniques they have learned in Basic 1-5 and add in proper Hockey skating skills.
Hockey 1-4 & Hockey-Power Skating are not Learn to Play or Inroduction to Play classes but they are the step you take before entering one of those programs. In Hockey 1-4 you will learn the basics of hockey skating and solidify those techniques before moving on to an Intro or Learn to Play class. These skills are the basis of all hockey play and are necessary for the proper development of your player.
Snow Plow Sam- Ages 5 and Under
Basic 1- Ages 6 and up
Upon completion of Basic 1-8, skaters will have a basic knowledge of the sport, enabling them to advance to more specialized areas of skating
Selecting the proper size ice skate can be confusing. We have selected two videos to help you make the right choice.