Ice Arena Programs
Learn To Skate Curriculum Changes for 2016-17
In a continued effort to provide the best quality of instruction for all skaters, United States Figure Skating Association has introduced the new and improved Learn to Skate USA program. Winnetka Ice Arena is excited to implement this new program, and will transition from the former Basic Skills curriculum to Learn to Skate USA in 2016 with our Fall Session I. The new Learn To Skate USA curriculum offers something for everyone— from the first steps on the ice to mastering advanced techniques. Solid skill development is based on the ABCs of basic athleticism: agility, balance, coordination and speed. Upon completion of the program, this progressive system allows skaters to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating. Through passion and unwavering commitment, Learn To Skate USA is recognized as the world’s best ice skating program, changing the lives of so many who said yes to the challenges and rewards. Learn To Skate USA is endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey, US Speedskating, and the Special Olympics. More information can be found online at learntoskateusa.com.
Please use the descriptions and chart below to see our new level structure. The chart illustrates what the new names for our previous programs will be moving forward. Most of the curriculum will remain the same with slight variations. Some new skills have been moved or added among the levels that we will be teaching to our students when they start class.
Snowplow Sam 1-4 – Discover, Learn and Play
The Snowplow Sam levels are introductory classes divided into four progressive levels, allowing children with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning the basics of skating. These levels are designed to help children six and younger develop the ABCs of movement on ice— Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed. The ABCs are essential for developing fundamental movement skills and physical literacy. All classes will be taught in a safe and positive environment, incorporating fun and games making class time an enjoyable experience for all.
Basic Skills Program
Basic Skills teaches the FUNdamentals of ice skating and provides the best foundation for figure skating, hockey, and speed skating. Six progressive levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, and turns. Upon completion of the Basic Skills 1-6 levels, skaters will be able to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating. All classes will be well-structured with the focus on proper skill development taught in a positive, FUN, and social environment. Skaters will progress at their own rate and advance after skill mastery is demonstrated.
Basic 1 -2 – Discover, Learn and Play
These introductory levels allow new skaters with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning to skate.
Basic 3-6 – FUNdamentals
These levels develop all of the fundamental skating skills on the ice. Focus is on learning the ABCs of basic athleticism: agility, balance, coordination and speed. Upon completion of these levels, skaters will be able to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating.
Pre-Free Skate, Free Skate 1-6 & Advanced Free Skate
Each free skate level is comprised of a variety of progressive skating skills, transitions, spins and jumps— all of which build on the previous skill, providing skaters a strong foundation of all elements. These levels will be taught in a positive and interactive group format such as a bridge program, circuit classes or as an introductory training program. Instructors will focus on quality and mastery of skills.
Minor Hawks Hockey Program
The Winnetka Ice Arena Minor Hawks Hockey Class program is affi liated with the Chicago Blackhawks. Participants in all Mini Hawks, Little Hawks, and Junior Hawks classes will receive a free Minor Hawks jersey! Our classes are designed to teach the aspiring hockey player the skills needed to enjoy the great game of hockey. Whether your objective is to improve your hockey skills or just learn skating on a recreational basis, we have something for you. Our highly skilled professional staff have years of experience at teaching young hockey players the fundamentals of hockey and skating. ALL participants must wear a hockey helmet with mask during class. We have a limited number of free helmets available during class.