PLEASE see the bottom of this page for levels of skating classes descriptions.
This will help you know which class to sign up for and for what ages.
Learn To Skate/ Ice Skating Classes
What to do on the first day of classes:
Arrive at least 20 minutes before your class begins. Bring warm clothes (sweatshirts, sweatpants, gloves, knee high socks ) We do NOT rent helmets so please bring your own bike helmet or a hockey helmet is recommended as well. Monday classes start at 6:10p in the summer and 6:00p in the Fall/Winter. Saturday classes start at 4p in the summer and 11a in the Fall /Winter.
If you are a brand new, beginner level skater the levels are
BASIC 1 / HOCKEY 1 (ages 7-16)
Snow Plow Sam 1-2/Tot Hockey 1-2 (ages 4-6)
Kid / Parent Class (ages 2-3)
you will need to walk into rink entrance and ask the front desk staff for the size of skates you will need for the class. We do not have half sizes. Put on your skates. They should fit snug. You can do this on the benches inside the arena area. Find your name on the class rosters on the lobby wall. Put your gloves, hats, and sweatshirts on. Then meet your instructor OFF of the ice by the party room door in the South Rink. " Your instructor will say," I have all the Basic 1/ Hockey 1 here please." They will do attendance and give you a safety skating speech. All this is done before you go onto the ice.
If you are any other level, you will meet your instructor ON THE ICE RINK in the assigned lane. Lane numbers are on the glass barriers up high on the rink side glass.
Impt: After the first day of classes ALL skaters and all levels will meet their instructor ON the ICE in assigned Lane.
The half hour weekly instructed classes do provide you with free skate rental for the time of your class, but we do not provide helmets at our rink. Please bring your own helmets. Helmets are not required just highly recommended. If you are practicing on your own and need to borrow skates, you will pay the $3 skate rental fee.
TO GET STARTED:
Kid / Parent : (ages 2-3) Very beginner. Never been on the ice before. Parent and child must put on skates to participate. Snow Plow Sam 1 skills will be taught. Bike helmets or hockey helmets are required. No parent in shoe allowed on the ice.
SnowPlow Sam 1-2/ Tot Hockey 1-2: (ages 4-6) Very beginner. Never been on the ice before. Must be able to separate from parent to attend classes. Bike helmet or hockey helmet recommended. Skills to be taught: SPS 1: Sit and Stand up with skates off the ice, Sit and stand up on the ice, march in place, march forward 8-10 steps, march then glide on two feet, Dip (touch your toes) in place. SPS 2 : March followed by a long glide, Dip while moving, backward wiggles (6 in a row), Rocking Horse(1 forward,1 backward swizzle action), forward swizzles (2-3 in a row), 2-foot hop in place. Next level is Snow Plow Sam 3-4/ Tot Hockey 3-4.
Snow Plow Sam 3-4/ Tot Hockey 3-4: (ages 4-6) Must have passed SPS 2 or Tot Hockey 2 to attend.
Skills to be taught: SPS 3: Forward skating (8-10 steps), Forward one-foot glide, (right and left), Forward two-foot swizzles (4-6 in a row), Backward two-foot swizzles (4-6 in a row), Forward snowplow stop with skid (1 foot or both feet), Curves. SPS4: Forward Skating,Backward 2-foot glide, backward swizzles,rocking horse repeat twice, two-foot turns in place both ways,and Two-foot hop. ** After passing SPS 4/Tot Hockey 4 the child will move to a BASIC 2 class for Figure skaters with the older kids Or a HOCKEY 2 class for ages (7-13)
Basic 1/ Hockey 1: (ages 7-16) Very beginner. Never been on the ice before. Bike or hockey helmet recommended. Skills to be taught: Sit on ice and stand up, march forward across the ice, forward 2-foot glide, Dip (touch your toes), Forward Swizzles (6-8 in a row), Backward wiggles (6-8 in a row), snowplow stop (1 foot or both), rocking horse (2-3 in a row), 2-foot hop in place, T pushes R and L with glides. Next level Basic 2 (figure skaters) or Hockey 2 (hockey players)
Hockey 2: (ages 7-16) Must have passed Basic 1/Hockey 1 or Tot Hockey 4 or Snow Plow Sam 4 to attend. Skills to be taught: Backward stance, skating forward using full strides, forward 1-foot glides( R & L), Backward Hustle, Backward swizzles 4-6 in a row, Glide turns (both ways), Moving snowplow stops. The next level is Hockey 3.
Basic 2: (ages 7-16) Must have passed Basic 1 or Snow Plow Sam 4 or a Tot Hockey 4 class. Skills to be taught: Forward 1-foot glides (R & L), Backward two-foot glide, Backward swizzles 6-8 in a row, 2-foot turn forward to backward in place, Moving snowplow stop, Forward alternating 1/2 swizzle pumps in straight line (slalom-like pattern). The next level is a Basic 3 (Figure skaters) or a Hockey 3 (hockey players)
LTS Power Hockey Skating:(ages 7 and UP) Must have passed Hockey 4. This is the final learn to skate class for hockey players to take before they do private lessons or join a LTPH class or a house team or travel hockey team. For more information: piedmonthockeyclub.com
TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE: (ages 4-10) These events will occur throughout the year. Please watch for the dates on the home page. The skater needs no prior experience on ice skates. You will need to sign up on-line and arrive 45 minutes early to the start time for getting the equipment to borrow. The children will experience full gear and hockey skates to play hockey for free.
BASIC 3- 6: Your skater should have a USFS booklet by now mailed to you from USFS. This will show you the levels and skills.
PRE FREE & FREESTYLE 1-6: For Figure skaters only. Your skater should have a USFS booklet and probably a private lesson coach by now.
ADULT 1-4: This is for hockey or figure skaters to learn.
LTPH (for hockey players ages 4-10) Must have passed Hockey 2 to register.** During the fall/winter/spring sessions, children ages 4-8 register through Capitals website and children ages 9-10 will register through haymarketiceplex website.
**During the summer months of 2017, all ages 4-10 will NEED to register through Haymarket Iceplex only. No free gear in the summer months.
Hockey Skills Sessions (for ages 7 and UP) Must have played house or passed LTS Hockey 3/4 to register. This is held April through August usually.
HOCKEY POWER SKATING GH for house and travel players ages 6 and up who want to improve their stride, form, speed, agility, balance, transitions, edges and stops and quick starts. This is on Tuesday nights with Coach Howard. This is usually run in the spring time. (March through May)
Customers seeking Private or semi-private ice skating lessons information: At any time you are allowed to seek a private lesson coach for skating instructions. Beginner thru advance skaters.
You can choose any coach who is on staff at Haymarket Iceplex. All of our current coaches emails are on our website under instructors.
You can contact the instructor themselves. Please tell the instructor if you have taking any private lessons from a prior coach before starting or booking lessons.
If you need assistance please contact the skating director at Haymarket Iceplex.