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

This level is for 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 barrier
*Two foot hop, in place (optional)

Basic 1

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

Basic 1 Skills

*Sit on 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 from forward to backward in place – clockwise and counterclockwise
*Moving snow plow 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 on 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 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, on 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 ling 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 circle, clockwise & counterclockwise, 4-6 each
*Backward crossovers on 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

Power Skating Skills

*Powerful backward C-Cuts
*Forward alternating crossovers sown the length of the ice, with wide step transitions (3 to left and 3 to right)
*Forward power hockey turns / tight glide turns, 180 degrees and 360 degree turns
*Lateral pivots: forward to backward and backward to forward
*Fast stops and starts using powerful, full strides and quick hockey stops (R & L)
*Fast backward skating with quick backward V-stops (two-foot stops and one-foot stops, alternating feet)

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

Adult 3 Skills

*Backward outside edge on circle, R & L
*Backward inside edge on a circle, R & L
*Backward crossovers, clockwise & counterclockwise
*Forward outside three-turn, R & L
*Forward swing rolls to a count of 6
Beginning two-foot spin

Adult 4 Skills

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