IF YOU ARE NEW TO OUR LEARN TO SKATE CLASSES PLEASE see below for levels and ages of skating classes and descriptions.
This will help you know which class to sign up for and for what ages.
WHAT LEVEL DO I SIGN MY SKATER UP FOR?
Learn To Skate Classes
Kid / Parent : (age 3) For Hockey Players and Figure Skaters. 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.
Tot Hockey 1-2 / Snow Plow Sam 1-2: (ages 4-6) For Hockey Players and Figure Skaters. 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.
Tot Hockey 3-4 / Snow Plow Sam 3-4: (ages 4-6) For Hockey Players and Figure Skaters. Must have passed SPS 2 / 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 Tot Hockey 4 / Snow Plow Sam 4 the skater will move to a BASIC 2 class for Figure skaters with the older kids Or a HOCKEY 2 class for hockey players with the older kids.
Basic 1/ Hockey 1: (ages 7-16) For Hockey Players and Figure Skaters. 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 is Basic 2 ( for figure skaters) or Hockey 2 (for hockey players)
Hockey 2: (ages 7-16) For Hockey Players. No equipment required except a helmet. 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) For Figure Skaters. Must have passed Basic 1 or Snow Plow Sam 4 /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 (for the Figure skaters) or a Hockey 3 (for the hockey players)
LTS Power Hockey Skating:(ages 7 and UP) For Hockey Players. 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) For Hockey Players. 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. Contact Leo Mullin on the haymarketiceplex.com website for more information.
BASIC 3 - 6 (ages 7-16) For Figure Skaters. 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 (ages 7- 16) For Figure Skaters only. Your skater should have a USFS booklet and probably a private lesson coach by now.
ADULT 1-4: (ages 17- up) For Hockey Players and Figure Skaters. You will learn the basic skills of skating. Helmets required.
LTPH: Learn To Play Hockey (ages 4-10) For Hockey Players. 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.com website. Contact Leo Mullin on haymarketiceplex.com for more information.
Hockey Skills Sessions (for ages 7 and UP) For Hockey Players. Must have played house or passed LTS Hockey 3/4 to register. Full gear required. This usually runs in the spring/summer time. (March through August on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings)
HOCKEY POWER SKATING GH: (ages 6 and up) For House and Travel Hockey Players. For the skater who wants to improve their strides, form, speed, agility, balance, transitions, edges and quick stops and quick starts. This is on Tuesday nights with Coach Howard. This usually runs in the spring/summer time. (March through August on Tuesday evenings)
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 6:00pm. Saturday classes start at 11a. Every class is 30 minutes long.
If you are a brand new, beginner level skater the levels are
HOCKEY 1 / BASIC 1 (ages 7-16)
Tot Hockey 1-2 / Snow Plow Sam 1-2 (ages 4-6)
Kid / Parent Class (ages 2-3) Parent must be in skates too
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." They will do attendance and give you a safety skating speech. All this is done before you go onto the ice. Please bare with the first day as we have customers who have never been on the ice mixed with some who have been on the ice before a little bit.
If you are any other level (higher levels), 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.
On the last day of classes is evaluation day or test day. The children will be given a report card on how they performed the skills for that level.
If the child does not perform the skills consistently correctly, they will not pass the skill and will need to repeat the level.
If the child comes in on the last day and shows the coach that they can perform a skill one time over several attempts, they have not mastered the skill. It does NOT do the child any good to push them to the next level when this occurs. Each level is a progression with skills building on top of a foundation of the prior levels.
If they child is at a level ( Freestyle 1-6) where you are having a private lesson coach as well as group lessons, great news. Have the child take her report card to the private coach and have her tested again when she has practiced and mastered the skill.
The group lesson coaches will test the children on the second to last week of classes if they know they will be absent on the last day of classes. They will inform the child they are being tested.
If you, the skater, will be absent on the last day of classes, please inform your coach so they will know to test you the week before.
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.
Please note that private lessons are usually double the cost of group lessons and the skater has to pay the coach (professional fee) and pay the rink ice fee when taking a private lesson. If you do not have your own skates, you will pay for skate rental as well.
If you need assistance please contact the skating director at Haymarket Iceplex.