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Ice Skates

**REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 FOR CLASSES BEGINNING JANUARY 8**


Please note changes to this year's skate levels, descriptions, and ages. 

Spots are VERY LIMITED.
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** We ask that ONLY 1 PARENT accompany the skater into the arena during class, and social distance while in the stands.  


Detailed instructions on drop-off / pick-up procedures will be emailed to participants prior to the first class.

Masks are required at all times while in Loring Arena, including when on the ice.
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Each 45 minute class is structured to include a 5-minute warm-up, 35 minutes of instruction, and 5 minutes to practice. 
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BASIC BEGINNER (ages 5-10 yrs)
 - This is an introduction to the Ice - Students will learn:
          * Stand
          * March
          * Glide
          * Forward Wiggles
          * Backward Wiggles

BEGINNER (ages 7-12 yrs)

     -  Students should be able to skate across the ice (Home side to Away side) unassisted prior to registering for the Beginner Level
     -  Students will learn:
          * Glide on 2 feet
          * Glide on 2 feet and dip (bend knees)
          * 2-foot sculling (pushing off with inside edge of skate)
          * Snowplow stop
          * 2-foot hop in place
          * 2-foot hop moving


ADVANCED BEGINNER (ages 7-12 yrs)
     - Students MUST be able to complete the BEGINNER skills PRIOR to registering for Advanced Beginner.
     - Students will learn:
          * Backwards skating
          * Backward 2-foot glide
          * Backward sculling
          * Forward 1-foot glide
          * 2-Foot turn in place (forward to back)
          * Forward pumps in straight line
          * Forward pumps in a circle


INTERMEDIATE (ages 10-12 yrs)
          - Students MUST be able to complete the ADVANCED BEGINNER skills PRIOR to registering for INTERMEDIATE.
     - Students will learn:
          *Forward stroking, showing correct use of blade
          * Forward 1/2 swizzle pumps on a circle
          * Moving forward to backward 2-foot turn on a circle
          * Slalom course on a circle
          * Snowplow stop - 1 foot
          * Forward outside edge on circle
          * Forward inside edge on circle
          * Forward crossovers 


ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE (ages 10-12 yrs)
          - Students MUST be able to complete the INTERMEDIATE skills PRIOR to registering for ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE.
     - Students will learn:
          * Backward 1-foot glide
          * Backward cutbacks
          * Hockey stop
          * Lunge
          * Forward outside 3-turn 
          * Forward spiral
          * Bunny hop
          * 2-foot spin

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ALL SKATERS WILL NEED


     - Skates that fit properly
          - No double runners
          - Skate rentals are available

     - All skaters must wear approved helmets
          - Bicycle helmets will NOT be allowed
          - Please see link to "HELMET GUIDELINES" below
               -  Hockey, skateboard, or ski helmets are suitable for ice skate lessons

          - Helmet rentals are NOT available

     - Name tags will be provided and must be worn weekly
     - Masks must be worn in order to participate


     - Mittens or Gloves are mandatory
          - It is also recommended that students dress in layers