All new skaters to classes must register for either a Tot 1(ages 3-5) or Pre-Alpha (ages 5 and above) During weeks one and two skaters are evaluated and moved into the appropriate class. We do not hold skaters back when they are ready to move into a higher skill level class.
What type of skates should my child wear: Figure or Hockey?
If your child is just learning to ice skate, it is safer for them to wear a figure skate. Most children find it easier to march and balance in figure skates, because the blade is longer and flatter. Hockey skates have a shorter blade that is rounded at the front and back, and children with balance problems often fall forwards or backwards due to the roundness of the blade.
How old should my child be to participate in learn to skate classes?
When they can stand unassisted in ice skates; usually around 3 years old. Skates must be the proper size, and children must be socially ready to participate on their own in classes.
What size skate should my child wear?
Skaters should wear ONE pair of thin socks in their skates. Skate sizes run LARGER than shoe sizes, so most people wear a SMALLER skate size than street shoe.
Need help lacing your skates? We will be happy to assist you!
Loosen the laces all the way down the boot so the foot will slide into the boot. Toes should come very close to the end of the boot, but allow a little room to wiggle toes. Pull the laces leaving no slack up to the bend of the ankle. Do not wrap extra lace around boot. Tie a half knot below the hooks, and continue crossing the laces around ALL of the hooks. Tie a bow at the top of the skate, leaving room to bend the ankle forward.
What should my child wear to class?
Warm comfortable clothing, that allows the participant to move, such as a workout suit or leggings and a jacket. Snow pants and blue jeans restrict movement. Gloves are important for all skaters to protect their hands from the cold. Please avoid wearing plastic pads or kneepads, often used for roller bladeing; the plastic will slide on the ice and becomes dangerous to the skater.
How do I find my teacher during classes?
Each skater receives a color coded name badge with their class name, day, and time located on the front of it. Color matching signs are posted on the glass in the arena.
Should my child wear a helmet?
We strongly recommend that all tots and beginner skaters wear helmets. Properly fitted bicycle helmets work well. Those skaters desiring to play hockey will be required to wear a USA Hockey certified helmet for classes and league play. When choosing a helmet, look for a rounded helmet; those that are pointed in the back can injure the skater’s neck when falling.
What curriculum is being taught in classes?
Our skating school curriculum is based on the ISI’s (Ice Skating Institute) test structure. This is a worldwide ice skating trade association that provides recreational and competitive skating programs. The specific progression of skills required for each level are listed on the back of your skater’s
Are there special events which my child can participate?
Yes, all participants in classes at the Lou & Gib Reese Ice arena are encouraged to participate in our annual ISI Recreational Skating Competition in March, our annual Holiday Exhibition in December, and our annual Spring Ice Show in April. Participation/costume fees may apply.