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Class Descriptions

SNOWPLOW SAM 1 (ages 4+ )

  • Sit and stand up with skates on - off-ice
  • Sit and stand up - on-ice
  • March in place
  • March forward (8-10 steps)
  • March, then glide on two feet
  • Dip in place

SNOWPLOW SAM 2 (ages 4+)

  • 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)

SNOWPLOW SAM 3 (ages 4+ )

  • Forward skating (8-10 strides)
  • Forward one-foot glide, two times skater’s height
    (R and L)
  • Forward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  • Backward swizzles (2-3 in a row)
  • Moving forward snowplow stop (two-foot)
  • Curves

SNOWPLOW SAM 4 (ages 4+ )

  • 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 hop, in place

BASIC 1

  • Sit on ice and stand up
  • March forward across the ice
  • Forward two-foot glide
  • Dip
  • Forward swizzles — 6–8 in a row
  • Backward wiggles — 6–8 in a row
  • Beginning snowplow stop on two feet or one foot
  • Bonus skill: Two-foot hop in place

BASIC 2

  • Scooter pushes — R and L
  • Forward one-foot glides — R and L
  • Backward two-foot glide — Glide the length of skater’s height
  • Rocking Horse (one forward swizzle, one backward swizzle) — Repeat twice
  • Backward swizzles — 6–8 in a row
  • Two-foot turns from forward to backward in place — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Moving snowplow stop
  • Bonus skill: Curves

BASIC 3

  • Beginning forward stroking showing correct use of blade
  • Forward half swizzle pumps on a circle — 6–8 consecutive clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Moving forward to backward two-foot turns on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Beginning backward one-foot glides — focus on balance
  • Backward snowplow stop — R and L
  • Forward slalom
  • Bonus skill: Forward pivots - clockwise and counterclockwise

BASIC 4

  • Forward outside edge on a circle — R and L
  • Forward inside edge on a circle — R and L
  • Forward crossovers — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward half swizzle pumps on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward one-foot glides — R and L
  • Beginning two-foot spin — Up to two revolutions
  • Bonus skill: Forward lunges — both legs

BASIC 5

  • Backward outside edge on a 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
  • Advanced two-foot spin — 4–6
  • Hockey stop — both directions
  • Bonus skill: Side toe hop — R and L

BASIC 6

  • Forward inside three-turn — R and L
  • Moving backward to forward two-foot turn on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward stroking
  • Beginning one-foot spin — 2–4 revolutions, optional free leg position and entry
  • T-stops – R and L
  • Bunny hop
  • Forward spiral on a straight line — R or L
  • Bonus skill: Shoot the duck — R or L

Pre-Free Skate

  • 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
  • One-foot upright spin, optional entry and free-foot position (minimum three revolutions)
  • Mazurka (R and L)
  • Waltz jump
  • Bonus Skill: Backward inside pivots, clockwise and counterclockwise

FREESKATE 1

  • 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)
  • Upright spin, entry from back crossovers (min. four to six revolutions)
  • Half flip
  • Toe loop
  • Bonus Skill: Waltz jump-side toe hop-waltz jump sequence, or waltz jump-ballet jump-toe loop sequence

FREESKATE 2

  • 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)
  • Beginning back spin (up to two revolutions)
  • Half Lutz
  • Salchow
  • Bonus Skill: Variation of a forward spiral, skater’s choice

FREESKATE 3

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

FREESKATE 4

  • Forward power three-turns (R and L), 3 sets each
  • Waltz eight, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Forward upright spin to backward upright spin (3 revs., each foot)
  • Sit spin (minimum three revolutions)
  • Half loop
  • Flip
  • Bonus Skill: Split jump, stag jump or split falling leaf

FREESKATE 5

  • Backward outside three-turn, mohawk (backward power three-turns), clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Five-step mohawk sequence, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Camel spin (minimum three revolutions)
  • Waltz jump-loop jump combination
  • Lutz jump
  • Bonus Skill: Loop-loop combination

FREESKATE 6

  • Forward power pulls (R and L)
  • Creative step sequence, skater’s choice, using a variety of three-turns, mohawks and toe steps
  • Camel-sit spin combination (minimum two revolutions each position)
  • Layback or attitude spin or cross-foot spin (three revolutions)
  • Waltz jump-half loop-Salchow jump sequence
  • Axel
  • Bonus Skill: Backward outside pivot, entry optional


Adult 1

  • 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

Adult 2

  • 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

Adult 3

  • 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

Adult 4

  • 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

Adult 5

  • 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

Adult 6

  • Forward stroking with crossover and 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

Hockey skating techniques taught only. No use of pucks or sticks.

HOCKEY 1

  • 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)

HOCKEY 2

  • Forward strides using 45 degree V-Push, focus on good recovery and alternating arm drive
  • Forward one-foot push and glide (right and left)
  • Forward C-Cuts: single leg (right and left) and alternating feet (right and left) in a straight line
  • Backward hustle or march, then glide on two feet
  • Backward swizzles / double c-cuts (4 to 6 in a row)
  • Backward C-Cuts, single leg (right and left) and alternating feet (right and left) in a straight line
  • Two-foot moving Snowplow stop
  • Bonus Skills: Scooting or Skateboard push, on circle (Right & Left)

HOCKEY 3

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

HOCKEY 4

  • Quick starts using forward V-Start
  • Backward one-foot glide, right and left
  • Forward Crossover glides (clockwise and counter-clockwise). Hold feet in crossed positon for 2 counts
  • Backward Crossover glides (clockwise and counter-clockwise). Hold feet in crossed positon 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

POWER SKATING

  • Powerful backward C-Cuts
  • Forward Alternating Crossovers down the length of the ice, with wide step transitions (3 to left and 3 to right)
  • Backward Alternating Crossovers down the length of the ice, with wide step transitions (3 to left and 3 to right)
  • Forward power hockey turns / tight glide turns, 180 degrees and 360 degree turns
  • Lateral pivots: forward to backward and backward to forward
  • Fast stops and starts using powerful, full strides and quick hockey stops (right and left foot)
  • Fast backward skating with quick backward V-stops (two-foot stops and one-foot stops, alternating feet)