H-F Skating School

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should a skater wear to
Learn to Skate class?

Skaters should dress in thin socks or tights, long pants and layered shirts/jackets. The Ice Arena is a cool 40–50F all year round, so dress warmly. Gloves are a must!

Do’s:

  • Beginners: Bring bike or hockey helmet
  • Track Suits or Sweats/Fleece
  • Skating Tights/Skirts/Pants
  • Warm Leggings
  • Sweaters/Light Jackets
  • Gloves
  • Thin Socks or Tights

Don’ts:

  • Jeans
  • Snowsuits
  • Capri Pants/Shorts
  • Thick Socks/Multiple Socks

How should skates fit?
If a skater does not have his or her own skates for classes, skate rental is available for an additional $2 per class.

We encourage new skaters to rent skates initially, and try skating before investing in skates. For skaters that have their own skates or are considering purchasing them, proper equipment is essential to a skater’s success. Expect to invest at least $50 in a good pair of beginning skates.

  • Good ice skates have solid support through the ankle.The skate should be able to withstand pressure applied to the ankle.
  • Skates should fit snugly – not tight – when a skater wears one thin pair of socks or tights with them. A skate that is too big or made out of flimsy leather or vinyl will not provide adequate support for the skater’s ankle.
  • Make sure that skates are properly sharpened BEFORE wearing them on the ice. Most new skates do not come sharpened. The Skate Station Pro Shop, located at the H-F Ice Arena, is a great resource for all of your skating equipment needs.

What should a skater expect at the
first class?

Plan on arriving at least 15 minutes before class to allow time to get skates on. If you need additional assistance, ask any of our staff and we will be glad to help. At the start of class, the instructor will group skaters together and cover some topics before taking the ice. Once skaters are on the ice, they will be separated based on age/ability into classes. If a skater is moved, they should come to that class for the rest of the session.

Our classes keep a 1:12 student to instructor ratio. Most of our classes also have student instructors. These volunteers are older skaters in our program and are there to assist the instructor and students as needed.

 

 

The H-F Skating School is designed for skaters of all ages and abilities. Whether you’ve skated before or are stepping on the ice for the first time, you will find that our classes introduce skills progressively, so that you master them at your pace.

For the recreational skater, we offer a variety of classes that teach all aspects of figure skating and hockey in a setting that emphasizes fun and recreation. For the more competitive figure skater, our classes may be supplemented with private lessons from one of our many staff instructors.  Hockey players are encouraged to join our youth hockey program in the fall, winter and spring, or one of our year-round adult leagues.

As with any skill, in skating practice is the key to success. Our public sessions and special events are great opportunities to practice skating skills and spend quality family time together.


BEGINNER LEVEL CLASSES

Ages 3-5 This class is for our youngest skaters who have never skated before. Gloves or mittens and a bike or hockey helmet are strongly recommended. Toys will be used to motivate and entertain our skaters.
Pre-Alpha 6-12 This class is for beginners who are older than our youngest skaters. Skaters will be taught basic forward and backward skating in both forward and backward directions.
Alpha 1 & 2 Skaters in this class have already passed Pre-Alpha and are ready to move onto more advanced one-foot skating. Skaters will also be introduced to their first stop.

 

 

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CLASSES

Basic Skills 3 Basic Skills 3 will be a review of Alpha 1 & 2 in addition to other USFS maneuvers. Skaters will be asked to complete each element smoothly and with a bit more speed. Students may repeat levels.
Basic Skills 4 Basic Skills 4 includes more advanced glides in both forward and backward positions then Basic Skills 3. Skaters will be taught backward stroking, three-turns, backwards stops and more. Some skaters may repeat levels.
Basic Skills 5 Skaters who are ready for for Basic Skills 5 will learn backward cross overs, advanced backward glides and edges in addition to the entry of a one-foot spin. Other maneuvers will be introduced as well. Some skaters may repeat levels.
Basic Skills 6 The skater who is ready for Basic Skills 6 has really made the committment to skating. A Basic Skills 6 skater will be taught forward arabesques aslo know as spirals, T-stops, Bunny hops, Inside three-turns and more. Some skaters may repeat levels.
Basic Skills 7 Basic Skills 7 skaters will learn how to transition from a forward position to a back position on one foot, be introduced to a proper landing position, a forward pivot and more. Skills become polished in preparation for Free Skate. Students may repeat levels.
Basic Skills 8 Skaters in Basic Skills 8 will continue to learn how to transition from a forward position to a back position on one foot, practice proper landing positions and more. Skills must be polished before they move onto Free Skate. Skaters may repeat this level
Free Skate 1 Skaters will work on forward stroking, forward edges, backwards three-turns and familiar jumps and spins. Skaters will be required to execute each required element with speed, grace and control. Additional practice is required. 
Free Skate 2 Free Skate 2 is designed to enhance your jump and spin skills. Skaters will be introduced to jump sequences, basic footwork and advanced patterns. It is strongly recommended that students skate more than once a week and/or take private lessons.
Free Skate 3 A Free Skate 3 skater will be taught single jump combinations, backward figure eight patterns, backward spins and more. It is strongly recommended that students skate more than once a week and/or take private lessons.
Free Skate 4 The Free Skate 4 class will include sit spins, loop jumps and loop jump combinations as well as spiral sequense patterns and more. Skaters are strongly encouraged to skate more than once a week and/or take private lessons.
Free Skate 5 Skaters in Free Skate 5 will learn Camel spins, Flip jumps, advanced footwork and patterns as well as advanced jump sequences. Skaters will also be introduced to additional jump combinations from previous levels. It is strongly recommended that students skate more than once a week and/or take private lessons.
Free Skate 6 Skaters in Free Skate 6 will learn more advanced footwork and patterns as well as advanced jump sequences. Skaters will also be introduced to additional advance jump combinations like previous levels. It is strongly recommended that students skate more than once a week and/or take private lessons.