Learn to Skate Program

Learn to Skate classes range from Snowplow Sam 1-3 (ages 3-5) through Basic 1-6, finishing the program with the Pre-Freeskate (combo of B7 & B8). Adult classes are available 1-4. Hockey classes 1-4 and Powerskate.

Learn to Skate program is taught by licensed skating coaches. The lesson’s consist of half-hour training and a half-hour practice time.

Eccles Ice Center pricing for Learn – to Skate classes are $10 a class and are held in 3-6 week increments depending on the Ice Time schedule. Learn to Skate classes run all year long.

Snowplow Sam 1-4

This level is the beginning skater ages 3-6. Parents may put on skates to assist their child, free of charge.

Snowplow Sam 1 Skills
  • Sit and stand up with skates on – off-ice
  • March in place
  • March forward (8-10 steps)
  • March, then glide on two feet
  • Dip in place
Snowplow Sam 2 Skills
  • March followed by a long glide
  • Dip while moving
  • 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 the barrier
  • Two-foot hop, in place (optional)
Snowplow Sam 3 Skills
  • Forward Skating (8-10 Strides)
  • Forward one-foot glide, two times skater’s height (R and L)
  • Forward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  • Backward swizzles (2-3 in a row)
  • Moving forward snowplow stop (two-foot)\
  • Curves
Snowplow Sam 4 Skills
  • Forward Skating
  • Backward two-foot glide, length of skater’s height
  • Backward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  • Two-foot turns from forward to backward, in place (both directions)
  • Two-foot hop, in place
Basic 1-6

This level is the beginning skater ages (7 and up)

Basic 1 Skills
  • Sit on the ice and stand up
  • March forward across the ice
  • Forward two-foot glide
  • Dip
  • Forward swizzles – 6-8 in a row
  • Backward wiggles – 6-8 in a row
  • Beginning snowplow stop on two feet or one foot.

Bonus Skill: Two-foot hop in place

Basic 2 Skills
  • Scooter pushes – R & L
  • Forward on-foot glides – R & L
  • Backward two-foot glide – -Glide the length of skater’s height
  • Rocking Horse (one forward swizzle, one backward swizzle) Repeat twice
  • Backward swizzles – 6-8 in a row
  • Two-foot turns forward to backward in place – clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Moving snowplow stop

Bonus Skill: Curves

Basic 3 Skills
  • Beginning forward stroking showing correct use of blade
  • Forward half swizzle pumps on a circle – 6-8 consecutive, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Moving forward to backward two-foot turns on a circle – clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Beginning backward one-foot glides – focus on balance
  • Backward snowplow stop – R & L
  • Forward Slalom

Bonus Skill: Forward pivots – clockwise and counterclockwise

Basic 4 Skills
  • Forward outside edge on a circle – R & L
  • Forward inside edge on a circle – R & L
  • Forward crossovers – clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward one-foot glides – R & L
  • Beginning two-foot spin – up to two revolutions

Bonus Skill: Forward lunges – both legs

Basic 5 Skills
  • Backward outside edge on a circle – R & L
  • Backward inside edge on a circle – R & L
  • Backward crossovers – clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Forward outside three-turn – R & L
  • Advanced two-foot spin – 4-6
  • Hockey stop – both directions

Bonus Skill: side toe hop – R & L

Basic 6 Skills
  • Forward inside three-turn – R & L
  • Moving backward to forward two-foot turn in a circle -clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward stroking
  • Beginning one-foot spin – 2 – 4 revolutions, optional free leg position and entry
  • T-stops – R & L
  • Bunny Hop
  • Forward spiral on a straight line – R & L

Bonus Skill: Shoot the duck – R & L

Hockey 1
This level is for all ages Completion of Snowplow Sam is required
Hockey 1 Skills
  • 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

Hockey 2 Skills
  • Forward strides using 45-degree V-Push, focus on good recovery and alternating arm drive
  • Forward one-foot push and glide (R & L)
  • Forward C-Cuts: single leg (R & L) and alternating feet (R & L) in a straight line
  • Backward hustle or march, then glide on two feet
  • Backward swizzles/double c-cuts ( 4 to 6 in a row)
  • Backward C-Cuts, single leg (R & L) and alternating feet (R & L) in a straight line
  • Two-foot moving snowplow stop

Bonus Skills: Scooting or Skateboard push, in a circle (R & L)

Hockey 3 Skills
  • Lateral crossover march (both directions)
  • Forward C-Cuts (1/2 swizzle pumps) on a circle, both directions
  • Forward outside edges on half circles (large C’s), alternating feet on the short or long axis of the rink
  • Backward snowplow stops: one foot and two feet V-stop
  • One-foot moving snowplow stop (R & L), introduce 1/4 turn with hips to hockey stop

Bonus Skill: Forward stops and starts

Hockey 4 Skills
  • Quick starts using forward V-start
  • Backward one-foot glide, R & L
  • Forward crossover glides (clockwise & counterclockwise) Hold feet in crossed position for 2 counts
  • Forward crossovers on a circle, clockwise & counterclockwise, 4-6 each
  • Backward crossovers on a circle, clockwise & 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, (R & L) from powerful, full strides

Adult 1 Skills
  • Falling and recover; 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 Skills
  • 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 Skills
  • 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 ling two-foot glide
  • Forward chasses on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward snowplow stop, R and L
Adult 4 Skills
  • 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 Skills
  • Backward outside edge on a 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 Skills
  • Forward stroking with crossover end patterns
  • Backward stroking with crossover end patterns
  • Forward inside three-turn, R and L
  • Forward outside to inside changes of the edge on a line, R and L
  • T-stop, R and L
  • Lunge
  • Two-foot spin into a one-foot spin
Pre-Freeskate (combo of B7 & B8) Skills

Skating Skills:

  • Forward inside open Mohawk from a standstill position (R to L & L to R)
  • Backward crossovers to a backward outside edge glides (landing position), clockwise & counterclockwise
  • Backward outside edge to a forward outside edge transition, clockwise & counterclockwise
  • Two forward crossovers into a forward outside edge transition, clockwise & counterclockwise
  • Two forward crossovers into a forward inside Mohawk, step down and cross behind, step into one backward crossover and step to a forward inside edge, clockwise & counterclockwise

Spins:

  • One-foot upright spin, optional entry and free-foot position (minimum 3 revolutions)

Jumps:

  • Mazurka (R & L)
  • Waltz Jump

Bonus Skill: Backward inside pivots, clockwise & counterclockwise