Magic happens when steel hits the ice!

Join Scott Hamilton Skating Academy Learn to Skate program presented by CAT Financial, the #1 Learn to Skate program in the South!

Located at Ford Ice Center in Antioch and Bellevue, both locations use Learn to Skate USA, a curriculum recognized as the best in the industry. Our professionally crafted course keeps athletes enthusiastic about learning, from the time they begin lessons until they reach their goals. The Scott Hamilton Skating Academy Learn to Skate Program presented by CAT Financial is for all youth and adults interested in becoming a hockey player, figure skater or just wanting to skate and have fun on the ice, a great first step to life-long love for the ice.

Register today to master the basics!

How To Register

How To Register

  1. Create an account at Ford Ice Center. Add family members to your account and complete an online waiver for each participant.
  2. Register for your class! Open enrollment registration is available online for your convenience.
  3. If you are NEW to the academy, the system will require you to purchase our annual $27 membership fee which then unlocks class registration! If you have a current membership valid July 1, 2023 - June 31, 2024, the system will identify your athlete and class registration will be added to your cart!
Learn to Skate Levels

Learn to Skate Levels

All athletes new to Learn to Skate, regardless of experience, should register for the program based on age/experience prerequisites:

  • Scott's Tots (Levels 1-4) | NEW SKATERS (Ages 3-6)
  • Basic Skills (Levels 1-6) | NEW SKATERS (Ages 7-15)
  • Hockey | NEW PLAYERS (All Ages - Must Have Completed Basic Level 3)
  • Freeskate (Levels 1-6) | EXPERIENCED SKATERS (All Ages - Must Have Completed Basic 1-6)
  • Adults | NEW TO EXPERIENCED (Ages 16+)
  • Golden Edge ASPIRE Program | EXPERIENCED SKATERS (All Ages - Transition from LTS to Advanced Skating)

Additional Info

Learn to Skate Sessions Include
  • Complimentary skate rental with class registration
  • 30-minute group instruction
  • Includes unlimited number of public sessions during 6-week session to practice skills for registered athlete only.
  • Learn to Skate USA Basic Skills Membership, liability insurance, sticker book
New to Learn to Skate?

Thank you for registering for Scott Hamilton Skating Academy Learn to Skate classes, the No. 1 Learn to Skate program in the South! Find out everything you need to know to check-in for classes upon arrival at Ford Ice Center below:


  • All athletes must stop by our check in table located just outside the North Rink (Antioch) and Rink 2 (Bellevue) inside Ford Ice Centers. Here our friendly staff will verify your enrollment, waiver on file, and walk you through where to go to get rental skates, meet your coach, etc!  


  • Name Badge - All registered athletes must stop by to see SHSA Coordinator at our Scott Box to receive their name badge for new session with class level. Keep this name badge the entire session of classes and wear weekly! Return badge on last week - we recycle them!  

  • Attendance Card - You will also pick up your class attendance card. No athlete will be allowed on the ice without attendance card for safety 

  • Equipment - If you need to borrow rental skates for classes, this is where you will pick them up as well! Show your athlete's name badge to rental counter attendant. New skaters should wear figure skate rentals, hockey skates slow the learning process down during the first 14 weeks of learning to skate  

  • Generally, the closer a skate fits to a foot, the more control it offers. Skates should keep feet snug and immobile, but toes should be able to wiggle. 

  • Lacing Skates:  

  • Push the heel way back into the boot, gently pull the tongue up and secure it, before tucking it against the foot. 

  • Laces should be snug through the ankle and bottom tow sets of hooks. The top two hooks can be a touch looser to keep the ankle flexible!  

  • Never walk on hard surfaces, metal bleachers or concrete with skates on, it ruins the blade and creates an unsuccessful time on the ice! 


  • Antioch: North Rink inside by plexiglass signs with class roster! Find your athletes level and name! Wait there! 

  • Bellevue: Head to the front desk and one of our Ford Ice Center employees will point you in the right direction!

  • New Athletes: All Scott's Tots 1, Basic 1, and Go Skate Classes will meet coach in back of skate rental counter. 

  • Returning Athletes: Scott's Tots 2-4, Basic 2-6, Freeskate, Hockey, Adult Levels meet inside Rink 2, find your Level and Name on Plexiglass rosters and wait for coach to meet you. Adult list and Hockey list are located furthest down the wall toward the Zamboni entrance. 


  • Rental Skates - If you/athlete borrow skates for classes, we kindly ask you to tuck laces and tongue in (the way you received them) and stack soiled skates neatly as a pair on the skate rental counter. It speeds up the process of sanitation, especially on days we have multiple back-to-back classes. Thank you for your cooperation on this! 


  • Pre-registration is still required for all programs. 

  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home and speedy recovery to you! 

  • Participants must check in at the front desk before all programs. 

  • Make-up classes - Life happens, we get that, but we do not offer make-up classes due to the high volume of class participants. 


  • Equipment: To ensure a positive on ice experience, skates should be tied very tight from the bottom laces all the way to the top!  

  • Helmet - protect your noggin! Bike helmets are GREAT! Bring it!  

  • Gloves 

  • Long sleeves 

  • Pants (No jeans) 

  • Winter jacket/fleece top 

  • Long thin socks (thick socks limit support and create unwanted bumps inside the skates) 

  • Adults/Teens: Long sleeves, Pants, Helmet/knit cap, Wrist guards. 

WEEK #1 (and sometimes into week 2)  

  • Please be patient as we get all our new athletes finding their groove and settling into the space! 

  • Week #1 on ice, we also look to see if all athletes are in the correct class/level. We move athletes up and down based on overall class to be sure each athlete is being challenged, successful, and class participants are moving relatively at the same speed. 


  • We understand that conflicts may arise during a learn to skate session. Unfortunately, we cannot offer make-up classes. Class registration allows athletes to attend public sessions for  


2023-24 Lesson Schedule: Antioch & Bellevue
  • Session #1 | 7/10/2023 - 8/26/2023 | Bye week (no classes) 7/31 - 8/5
  • Session #2 | 9/11/2023 - 10/28/2023 | Bye week (no classes) 9/25 - 9/30
  • Session #3 | 10/30/2023 - 12/16/2023 | Bye week (no classes) 11/20 - 11/25
  • Session #4 | 1/8/2024 - 3/2/2024 | Bye week (no classes) 1/29 - 2/3
  • Session #5 | 3/4/2024 - 4/13/2024
  • Session #6 | 4/15/2024 - 6/8/2024 | Bye week (no classes) 4/29 - 5/4 and 5/27 - 6/1
2023-24 Lesson Schedule: Clarksville
  • Session #1 | 7/9/2023 - 8/23/2023 | Bye week (no classes) 7/23 - 7/26
  • Session #2 | 8/27/2023 - 10/18/2023 | Bye week (no classes) 9/3 - 9/6 & 10/1 - 10/4
  • Session #3 | 10/29/2023 - 12/13/2023 | Bye week (no classes) 11/19 - 11/22
  • Session #4 | 1/7/2024 - 2/28/2024 | Bye week (no classes) 1/28 - 1/31 & 2/18 - 2/21
  • Session #5 | 3/10/2024 - 4/17/2024
  • Session #6 | 4/21/2024 - 6/5/2024 | Bye week (no classes) 5/26 - 5/29

Antioch & Bellevue

  • $134 + tax | 6-week session x 1 scheduled class per week (6 classes total)
  • $218 + tax | 6-week session x 3 scheduled classes per week (18 classes total)


  • $145 + tax | 6-week session with 12 classes total
Available Discounts
  • 25 percent off each additional family member
  • 15 percent off for Preds Season-Ticket Citizens

    • *Only one discount per transaction; may not combine discounts.

    SHSA Annual Membership - $27 | Valid July 1st through June 30th each year. After you have purchased each athlete membership, it unlocks class registration opportunities.

Annual $27 Membership Includes
  • Winter Ugly Sweater Party on Ice - late December
  • Summer - Splash Party on Ice - mid June
  • Membership to Learn to Skate USA (required for class registration)
  • Receive a Welcome Packet in the mail from Learn to Skate USA, which includes a subscription to Learn To Skate USA® The Magazine
  • Secondary sport accident insurance
  • Participate in lessons, performances, competitions, and all activities associated with Learn to Skate USA and sanctioned by LTSUSA
Policies, Procedures & Equipment
  • Class capacity is limited to ensure quality of classes! Enrollment will close when classes are full! Secure your athlete's spot today!
  • All Classes: 30 minutes in length.
  • Gloves are encouraged.
  • Instruction at all times followed by 5 minutes of practice time.
  • Due to class sizes, make-up classes will not be offered.
Homeschool Learn to Skate Program

The Scott Hamilton Skating Academy is happy to provide a skating program for Nashville's homeschool and Pre-K children. Our Learn to Skate Homeschool Program provides the perfect opportunity for those not bound to a traditional schedule, to make new friends and get their required physical education credits in a fun way.

Parents and friends are also encouraged to hit the ice as well! While one half of the ice is used for our Homeschool Learn to Skate program, the other half is open for our Homeschool Open Skate session!

Class Schedule:

  • Thursday 9:30am at our Antioch Location
  • Wednesdays 8:45am at our Bellevue Location
  • Wednesdays 12:45 p.m. at our Clarksville Location

Contact us for more information!


We're happy to answer any additional questions you might have. Feel free to reach out to the following staff:

Peter Sasmore | Antioch | [email protected]

Shawnee Appell | Bellevue | [email protected]

Hanna Fussman | Clarksville | [email protected]