Learn To Skate

Lou & Gib Reese Ice Arena Staff and Instructors understand that your child comes to us with unique experiences, learning styles and interests.  Our goal is to get to know each child and use this knowledge to teach, guide, and support him or her.  We believe that good teaching requires continual professional development, personal reflection and collaboration. Lou and Gib Reese Ice Arena Staff teach all levels, based on the Ice Skating Institute guidelines, and standards. Professional instructors will conduct classes in a positive atmosphere, providing quality instruction and motivation for recreational, hockey, and figure skaters of all ages.

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Open to all HomeSchoolers

HOME SCHOOL PUBLIC SKATE

  • * COUNTS TOWARDS PHYSICAL EDUCATION CREDIT *
  • Join our families for a morning of fun
  • Cost $6.00 w/skate rental
  • Cost $4.00 if you have your own skates

Home School Public skate Dates and times

  • Thursday August 17 10:am – 11:50am
  • Thursday September 21 10:am – 11:50am
  • Thursday October 19 10:am – 11:50am
  • Thursday November 16 10:am – 11:50am
  • Thursday December 21 10:am – 11:50am
  • Thursday January 18 10:am – 11:50am
  • Thursday February 15 10:am – 11:50am
  • Thursday March 15 10:am – 11:50am
  • Thursday April 19 10:am – 11:50am
  • Thursday May 10 Last One 10:am – 11:50am

Home School Public Skate will be 3rd Thursday of the Month.

Contact Jordan McWayne at jmcwayne@newarkicearena.com for more information.

A FREE HOCKEY & SKATING PROGRAM FOR AREA SCHOOLS!

We would like to invite your school to participate in our Scores for Schools program. This is a FREE program available to all area schools within the Newark area and surrounding communities. The program is designed to offer children in grades 1-5 the opportunity to come to the ice arena and learn the fundamentals of ice skating while gaining an understanding of the science behind the creation of ice. The program was established in 2008 by the Newark Ice Hockey Association (NIHA) and the Lou & Gib Reese Ice Arena (LGRIA). During its first year of operation, the program experienced great success, serving over 10 schools in 3 different school districts. During the 2014-2015 school year we serviced 25 schools with over 1900 kids attending. The schools have provided tremendous feedback on how informative and FUN these field trips have been. Field trip days are usually Wednesday, Thursday, or Fridays and are held at the Lou & Gib Reese Ice Arena. We will help you schedule either one or multiple grades. The trip accommodates 50 – 70 children per visit. We can coordinate multiple trips for the entire grade level. Starting in September times are available from 9:00 AM -11:30 AM.

Have Fun While Learning!

Science lessons are included with the visit by providing a lecture about making ice and it’s maintenance in the arena. Students are provided a hands-on approach to discover the science of hockey and skating. While on the ice, we discuss differences between figure and hockey skates and the changes in balance and stance. In hockey, we show the students how to shoot a puck and discuss with them the laws of motion, friction, and speed involved in the sport. The finale includes an up close look at the Zamboni. Children learn how the machine resurfaces the ice.

A Free Program? How?

Grants awarded to the Newark Ice Hockey Association from the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation and Mid-Am USA Hockey pay for all school transportation costs to the arena. This includes bus transportation, bus drivers and other expenses. Simply provide your costs to the Newark Ice Hockey Association and we will reimburse you. The Lou and Gib Reese Ice Arena is excited to support this program! They provide the ice time, skates and instruction free of charge to the schools. The Arena will provide each child a packet of information about additional programs such as field trips, skating lessons, and open skate times. They look forward to having the children and their families come back and skate this season. In addition, NIHA will provide times for Free Hockey clinics and hockey leagues.

SCORES FOR SCHOOLS IS PRESENTED BY: Newark Hockey Association

Welcome to Scouts and Daycares’

Greetings Scout Leaders… Does you troop have badges to earn? Here is an opportunity to consider Lou & Gib Reese Ice Arena; a venue which can assist in achieving these goals. We have group rates for the Boys and Girl Scouts. We can assist in creating the perfect package to suit your needs. We have public skate times,private rentals, and overnights. We can include in the cost a meal for the group’s outing, or if you decide to do an overnight we will supply dinner, bedtime snack, and breakfast for all.

Important:

If you find the scouts do not have the skills or it is their first visit on the ice. Let’s make it a memorable one. Our skating Director Kristan would like to offer a mini lesson for the entire group. 1/2 hour Mini lesson covering how to fall, getting back up, marching and then getting them moving so they are not hugging the wall the entire time. $22.00 covers the entire group ( parents who are skating are welcomed to join)

Greetings to all Daycares ….
Here is an opportunity to shine above the rest. Lou & Gib Reese is the perfect venue to offer daytime visits combined with lessons for your group at a special rate. Day times are available for your group Monday-Friday. Call Gary to schedule your perfect time or come during our noon sk8
Noon skate 12:00pm – 1:50pm Monday – Friday …The perfect time to practice!

Contact Gary for scheduling a time for your group! 740.349.6784 gbaldwin@newarkicearena.com

The Lou and Gib Reese Ice Arena Staff and Instructors understand that your child comes to us with unique experiences, learning styles and interests. Our goal is to get to know each child and use this knowledge to teach, guide, and support him or her. We believe that good teaching requires continual professional development, personal reflection, and collaboration.

Our instructors and staff value parental involvement and encourage parents to partner with our team to give your child the most rewarding and FUN learning experience possible.

WHY PRIVATE LESSONS?
Private Lessons are perfect for skaters seeking additional instruction outside of class or to work on specific elements and goals. Private Lessons are also a great way to try ice skating without an 8 week commitment to a class lesson. Private Lessons can help some skaters learn faster with one-on-one instruction. Private Lessons are used to prepare skaters for upcoming competitions and tournaments.

HOW ARE PRIVATE LESSONS SCHEDULED?

Private Instruction is available at the Lou & Gib Reese Ice Arena for all ages and levels of both figure skating and Ice Hockey from our staff instructors.
Lessons are scheduled directly with the instructors, at times convenient to both, usually in 15 or 30 minute increments. We can assist you in contacting one of our instructors. Stop by the Pro Shop counter for more information.
Depending on the type of lesson and the level of the skater, Private Lessons may be scheduled during less crowded public sessions, during Stick and Puck Sessions, or during Freestyle sessions.

WHAT IS THE COST?

There are two costs to a private lesson: Ice Time and Instructor Fees.
Ice time costs vary according to the type of session during which the lesson is being taught. Ice time fees are to be paid in advance of the lesson at the Pro Shop counter.

Instructor Fees vary between instructors according to their certifications and experience.
Instructor Fees are either paid directly to the instructor or at the pro shop counter.

INTRODUCTORY PRIVATE LESSON SPECIAL**

$20 for 15 minutes or $40 for 30 minutes
**This special is available only on public sessions, is for first time beginner lessons only, and includes ice time fees. Stop by the pro shop counter to schedule.

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MEET THE STAFF

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