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Salt Lake City Sports Complex

Salt Lake City Sports Complex

645 South Guardsman Way (1580 East), SLC UT 84108 • 385-468-1925

Learn To Skate Information

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What is the USFS?

The USFS (United States Figure Skating Association) is the national governing body for skating on ice in the United States. The USFS is responsible for selecting the teams that represent the United States in the Olympic Winter Games, the World Championships and other major national and international figure skating events. It is also the role of the USFS to introduce people of all ages to the sport of figure skating.

Getting Started in Learn to Skate

  • Dress for warmth by layering your clothes
  • Remember to bring your gloves and a hat
  • Comfort and the ability to move freely are very important
  • We suggest close fitting but not tight pants
  • Sweat pants, leggings, or warm up pants are ideal
  • Your feet will feel best if you wear one pair of lightweight socks or tights
  • Our program strongly recommends the use of helmets for our Snowplow Sam and Basic 1-4

WHAT ABOUT SKATES?

The boot should provide a snug fit. If the boot is too big, it will not provide the necessary support. If the boot is too small,Snowplow Sam Bear OUCH. You will experience great discomfort. Proper fit is essential to success in skating. The SLC Sports Complex provides rental skates to help acquaint you with figure or hockey skates. 

HOW LONG ARE CLASSES?

The SLC Sports Complex offers seven six-week sessions on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Classes are 30 minutes long. The 6-week class cost is $55.00, this includes a 1 year membership to US Figure Skating, one 30 minute class per week, 15 minute practice time, a Basic Skills booklet and badges, as well as one free public skate card for each student per session, skate rental included. At the end of each 6-week semester, skaters are tested on the skills they have learned. If you pass the test you can register for the next Basic Skills level. If you fail the test, we suggest taking the same skill level over.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS A CLASS?

There are no make-up classes or refunds for those that are missed.

All participants MUST register on or before the Friday prior to the start date of each session! Please register for proper class level. Participation in a session may be forfeited if registered in the wrong class level.

2014 REGISTER ONLINE OR IN PERSON

Online at activityreg.com

*REGISTRATION OPENS THREE WEEKS PRIOR TO EACH SESSION START DATE.
*REGISTRATION CLOSES THE FRIDAY PRIOR TO EACH SESSION START DATES.

NO LATE REGISTRATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Two class times every Tuesday and Wednesday

5:30-6:00 pm and 6:15-6:45 pm are 30 minutes of skate lessons. 6:00-6:15 pm between both lessons includes 15 minutes of practice time and free skate for class participants, family & friends.

2014 SESSION START DATES:

Tuesdays: 01/7, 02/25, 05/13, 06/24, 08/5, 09/16, 11/4

Wednesdays: 01/8, 02/26, 05/14, 09/17, 11/5

CLASS LEVELS:

Snowplow Sam 1:

A. Sit and stand up with skates off ice

B. Sit and stand up on ice

C. March in place

D. March forward 8-10 steps

E. March then glide on two feet 

F. Dip in place

Snowplow Sam 2:

A. March followed by a long glide

B. Dip while moving

C. Backward wiggles, 6 in a row 

D. Rocking Horse, one foot forward, one backward swizzle action

E. Forward two-foot swizzles, 2-3 in a row

F. Two-foot hop in place (optional)

Snowplow Sam 3:

A. Forward skating, 8-10 steps

B. Forward one-foot glide, right and left

C. Forward two-foot swizzles, 4-6 in a row

D. Backward two-foot swizzles, 4-6 in a row 

E. Forward snowploe stop with skid (one foot or both) 

F. Curves

Basic 1:

A. Sit on ice and stand up

B. March forward across the ice

C. Forward two-foot glide

D. Dip

E. Forward swizzles, 6-8 in a row

F. Backward wiggles, 6-8 in a row

G. Snowploe stop (one foot or both)

H. Rocking Horse, 2-3 in a row

I. Two-foot hop in place (optional)

Basic 2:

A. Forward one-foot glides, right and left

B. Backward two-foot glide

C. Backward sizzles, 6-8 in a row

D. Two-foot turn from forward to backward in place

E. Moving snowplow stop

F. Forward alternating 1/2 swizzle pumps in straight line (slalom-like pattern)

Basic 3:

A. Forward stroking showing correct use of blade

B. Forward 1/2 swizzle pumps on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise, 6-8 consecutive

C. Moving forward to backward two-foot turn, clockwise and counterclockwise

D. Backward one-foot glides right and left

E. Forward slalom 

F. Two-foot spin, up to two revolutions

Basic 4:

A. Forward outside edge on a circle, right and left

B. Forward inside edge on a circle, right and left

C. Forward crossovers, clockwise and counterclockwise, 4-6 consecutive

D. Forward outside three-turn from a standstill position, right and left

E. Backward 1/2 swizzle pumps on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise

F. Backward stroking

G. Backward snowplow stop, right and left

Adult 1: 

A. Falling and recovery

B. Forward strides and gliding

C. Forward swizzles, 4-6 in a row

D. Backward skating

E. Backward swizzles, 4-6 in a row

F. Forward one-foot glides, one time skater's height, right and left

G. Two-foot turns in place

H. Snowplow stops, one foot or both

I. Forward curves on two feet

J. Forward 1/2 swizzle pumps on a cricle, 4-6 in a row, clockwise and counterclockwise

Adult 2:

A. Forward stroking

B. Backward 1/2 swizzle pumps on a circle, 4-6 in a row, clockwise and counterclockwise 

C. Moving two-foot turns on a curve, both directions

D. Forward edges on a circle, outside and inside, clockwise and counterclockwise

E. Forward crossovers, clockwise and counterclockwise

F. Backward one-foot glide, right and left, one time skater's height

G. Forward pivot 

H. Forward chassés on a circl

Adult 3:

A. Backward edges on a circle, outside and inside, clockwise and counterclockwise

B. Backward crossovers, clockwise and counterclockwise

C. Inside Mohawk, either direction

D. Basic forward outside and inside consecutive edges (4-6)

E. Forward progressives

F. Beginning two-foot spin

G. Backward snowplow stop, right or left

Free Skate 1:

A. Advanced forward stroking (MIF*)

B. Basic forward outside and forward inside edges, 4-6 consecutive edges (MIF*)

C. Advanced backward outisde three-turn, right and left

D. Scratch spin from backward crossovers, minimum of 3 revolutions

E. Waltz jump from 2-3 backward crossovers

F. Half flip

 

All participants MUST register on or before the Friday prior to the start date of each session! Please register for proper class level. Participation in a session may be forfeited if registered in the wrong class level. NO LATE REGISTRATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Please note that classes may be cancelled due to low registration.

For more information please contact Kristen O'Brien at KOBrien@slco.org or 385-468-1917.

Salt Lake City Sports Complex

645 South Gaurdsman Way (1580 East)