Class Curriculum

Tot Classes (3-6 years)

  • Sit and stand up with skates on – off-ice
  • Sit and stand up with skates on – on-ice
  • March in place
  • March forward (8-10 steps)
  • March forward, then glide on two feet (3 seconds)
  • Dip in place
  • March followed by a long glide
  • Dip while moving
  • Backward walking, toes turned inward, shifting weight (4-6 steps)
  • Backward wiggles (6 in a row)
  • Forward swizzles (2-3 in a row)
  • Beginning snowplow stop motion - in place or holding onto barrier
  • Two-foot hop, in place (optional)
  • Forward skating (8-10 strides)
  • Forward one-foot glide, two times skater's height (right & left)
  • Forward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  • Backward swizzles (2-3 in a row)
  • Moving forward snowplow stop (two-foot)
  • Curves
  • Forward skating
  • Backward two-foot glide, length of skater's height
  • Backward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  • Rocking horse - one forward, one backward swizzle, repeat twice
  • Two-foot turns from forward to backward, in place (both directions)
  • Two-foot hope, in place

Basic Classes

  • Sit and stand up – on-ice
  • March forward across the ice
  • Forward two-foot glide
  • Dip 
  • Forward swizzles (6 in a row)
  • Backward wiggles (6 in a row)
  • Beginning snowplow stop, in place (right and left)

*Bonus skill: Two-foot hop in place

  • Scooter pushes (right and left)
  • Forward one-foot glides (right and left, 2 seconds)
  • Backward two-foot glide
  • Rocking Horse
  • Backward Swizzles (6 in a row)
  • Two foot turns in place (both directions)
  • Moving forward snowplow stop (right and left)

*Bonus skill: Curves

  • Beginning forward stroking showing correct use of blade
  • Forward half swizzle pumps on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise, 6 in a row)
  • Moving forward to backward two-foot turns on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Beginning backward one-foot glides - focus on balance
  • Backward snowplow stop - right and left
  • Forward slalom

*Bonus skill: Forward pivots - clockwise & counterclockwise

  • Forward outside edge on a circle (right and left, 3 seconds)
  • Forward inside edge on a circle (right and left, 3 seconds)
  • Forward crossovers (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Backward half swizzle pumps on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Backward one-foot glides (right and left, 2 seconds)
  • Beginning two-foot spin - up to two revolutions

*Bonus skill: Forward lunges - both legs

  • Backward outside edge on a circle (right and left)
  • Backward inside edge on a circle (right and left)
  • Backward crossovers (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Forward outside three-turn (right and left)
  • Advanced two-foot spin (4-6)
  • Hockey stop - both directions

*Bonus skill: Side toe hop (right and left)

  • Forward inside three-turn (right and left)
  • Moving backward to forward two-foot turns on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Backward stroking
  • Beginning one-foot spin - 2-4 revolutions
  • T-stops (right and left)
  • Bunny hop
  • Forward spiral on a straight line (right or left)

*Bonus skill: Shoot the duck (right or left)

Hockey Classes

  • Falling and recovery to a balanced, standing position
  • Proper basic hockey stance (forward and backward)
  • March forward across the ice, 8-10 steps
  • Two-foot glides and dips from forward marching across the ice
  • Forward swizzles / double c-cuts (4 to 6 in a row)
  • T-push to a two-foot glide (hold 2-4 seconds) on a straight line, alternating feet
  • Snowplow stop, stationary

*Bonus Skill: Front to back and back to front turns (stationary)

  1. Forward strides using 45 degree V-push, focus on good recovery and alternating arm drive
  2. Forward one-foot push and glide (right and left)
  3. Forward C-Cuts: single leg (right and left) and alternating feet (right and left) in a straight line
  4. Backward hustle or march, then glide on two feet
  5. Backward swizzles / double c-cuts (4 to 6 in a row)
  6. Backward C-cuts, single leg (right and left) and alternating feet (right and left) in a straight line
  7. Two-foot moving snowplow stop

*Bonus Skills: Scooter or skateboard push, on circle (right & left)

  1. Lateral crossover march (both directions)
  2. Forward C-cuts (1/2 swizzle pumps) on a circle, both directions
  3. Forward outside edges on half circles (large C’s), alternating feet on the short or long axis of the rink
  4. Forward inside edges on half circles (large C’s), alternating feet on the short or long axis of the rink
  5. Backward C-cuts (1/2 swizzle pumps) on a circle, both directions
  6. Backward snowplow stops: One foot and two feet V-stop
  7. One-foot moving snowplow stop (Right and Left), introduce 1/4 turn with hips to hockey stop

*Bonus Skill: Forward stops and starts

  • Quick starts using forward V-start
  • Backward one-foot glide, right and left
  • Forward crossover glides (clockwise and counter-clockwise). Hold feet in crossed position for 2 counts
  • Backward crossover glides (clockwise and counter-clockwise). Hold feet in crossed position for 2 counts
  • Forward crossovers on circle, clockwise and counterclockwise (4-6 each)
  • Backward crossovers on circle, clockwise and counterclockwise (4-6 each)
  • Hockey stops (stopping to the left and to the right, with speed)

*Bonus Skill: Forward to backward mohawk pivots (both directions, right and left) from powerful, full strides

Free Skate Classes

Skating Skills:

  • Forward inside open mohawk from a standstill position (R to L and L to R)
  • Backward crossovers to a backward outside edge glides (landing position), clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward outside edge to a forward outside edge transition, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Two forward crossovers into a forward inside mohawk, step down and cross behind, step into one backward crossover and step to a forward inside edge, clockwise and counterclockwise

Spins:

  • One-foot upright spin, optional entry and free-foot position (minimum three revolutions)

Jumps:

  • Mazurka (R and L)
  • Waltz jump

*Bonus Skill: Backward inside pivots, clockwise and counterclockwise

Skating Skills:

  • Forward power stroking, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Basic forward outside and forward inside consecutive edges (four to six consecutive edges)
  • Backward outside three-turns (R and L)

Spin:

  • Upright spin, entry from back crossovers (min. four to six revolutions)

Jumps:

  • Half flip
  • Toe loop

*Bonus Skill: Waltz jump-side toe hop-waltz jump sequence, or waltz jump ballet jump-toe loop sequence

Skating Skills:

  • Alternating forward outside and inside spirals on a continuous axis (two sets)
  • Basic backward outside and backward inside consecutive edges (four to six consecutive edges)
  • Backward inside three-turns (R and L)

Spin:

  • Beginning back spin (up to two revolutions)

Jumps:

  • Half Lutz
  • Salchow

*Bonus Skill: Variation of a forward spiral, skater’s choice

Skating Skills:

  • Alternating backward crossovers to back outside edges (four sets)
  • Alternating mohawk/crossover sequence (R to L and L to R)
  • Waltz three-turns (forward outside three turn, backward outside edge glide), clockwise and counterclockwise

Spin:

  • Advanced back spin with free foot in crossed leg position (min. three revolutions)

Jumps:

  • Loop jump
  • Waltz jump-toe loop or Salchow-toe loop combination

*Bonus Skill: Toe step sequence, skater’s choice, using a variety of toe steps

Skating Skills:

  • Forward power three-turns (R and L), 3 sets each
  • Waltz eight, clockwise and counterclockwise

Spins:

  • Forward upright spin to backward upright spin (3 revs each foot)
  • Sit spin (minimum three revolutions)

Jumps:

  • Half loop
  • Flip

*Bonus Skill: Split jump, stag jump or split falling leaf

Skating Skills:

  • Backward outside three-turn, mohawk (backward power three-turns), clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Five-step mohawk sequence, clockwise and counterclockwise

Spins:

  • Camel spin (minimum three revolutions)

Jumps:

  • Waltz jump-loop jump combination
  • Lutz jump

*Bonus Skill: Loop-loop combination

Skating Skills:

  • Forward power pulls (R and L)
  • Creative step sequence, skater’s choice, using a variety of three-turns, mohawks and toe steps

Spins:

  • Camel-sit spin combination (minimum two revolutions each position)
  • Layback or attitude spin or cross-foot spin (three revolutions)

Jumps:

  • Waltz jump-half loop-Salchow jump sequence
  • Beginning Axel

*Bonus Skill: Backward outside pivot, entry optional

Adult Classes (16+ Years)

  • Falling and recovery; on ice
  • Forward marching
  • Forward two-foot glide
  • Forward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  • One forward swizzle/one backward swizzle (rocking horse)
  • Dip
  • Forward snowplow stop – two feet or one foot
  • Forward skating across the width of the ice
  • Forward one-foot glides, R and L
  • Forward slalom
  • Backward skating
  • Backward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  • Two-foot turns in place
  • Forward stroking using the blade properly (begin with repetitive one-foot pushes)
  • Forward half-swizzle pumps on the circle; 6 to 8 in a row, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Moving forward to backward and backward to forward two-foot turn on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward skating into a long two-foot glide
  • Forward chasses on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward snowplow stop, R and L
  • Forward outside edge on a circle, R and L
  • Forward inside edge on a circle, R and L
  • Forward crossovers, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward one-foot glides, R and L
  • Backward half-swizzle pumps on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Hockey stop, both directions
  • Backward outside edge on circle, R and L
  • Backward inside edge on a circle, R and L
  • Backward crossovers, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Forward outside three-turn, R and L
  • Forward swing rolls to a count of six
  • Beginning two-foot spin
  • Forward stroking with crossover end patterns
  • Backward stroking with crossover end patterns
  • Forward inside three-turn, R and L
  • Forward outside to inside change of edge on a line, R and L
  • T-stop, R or L
  • Lunge
  • Two-foot spin into one-foot spin

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