A warm welcome to the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy! Our mission is to make skating available to people of all ages, descriptions & ambitions. Mostly it's about having fun! Scott's brand is simple and clear... Skating is fun! The joy and positive approach our entire staff embody makes the experience! Families find us because of the man himself - Scott Hamilton, a true champion of the sport. They stay because of the culture created at the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy and Ford Ice Center - joy on and off the ice!
We welcome you to our beautiful state-of-the art Ford Ice Centers!
5264 Hickory Hollow Pkwy, Antioch, TN
7620 HWY 70S, Nashville, TN
Our Guide to get your skater on the right skate!
Step 1 - Waiver/Release
EVERY LEARN TO SKATE PARTICIPANT MUST HAVE A WAIVER ON FILE! (Waiver is good from Jan 1st through Dec 31st each year)
Before you join us for your ice time in 2019, please take a moment to sign our 2019 waiver. Every customer, no matter what program you're attending, must sign a waiver for the new year. As a valued Ford Ice Center guest, we want to extend the opportunity to you to sign your 2019 waiver at home, before your ice time, to skip the lines at Ford Ice Center. Once you sign your 2019 waiver for your family, you won't have to sign another until 2020!
Click the box below to sign your waiver!
Step 2 - What to expect on your first day of class
Arrive 30 minutes early on your very first day to settle into your space and/or pay for classes if need be.
Check-in at the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy kiosk in front of the North Rink. Here we will
Verify SHSA Membership (Mandatory for all new to SHSA members) If you have not done so yet, click here for $25 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
Once all the housekeeping is done:
Each skater will receive name badge for class (keep this badge safe, you will need it each week for class).
Pick up your class attendance card. Pick this up each week prior to heading to the ice and turn in to coach rink-side. For the safety of your skater, no skater will be allowed on ice without attendance card. If you lose yours, no big deal, just stop by our table and request a replacement.
Pick up skates. Attendance cards must be visible to front desk staff to receive skates for class. Make sure your shoes are off when you reach the counter to exchange for ice skates.
Rink side: Find your name on class level signs along the glass and meet your smiling Scott Hamilton Skating Academy coach. Let the fun begin!
On the first day of new semesters, all new skaters will meet off-ice to learn the proper way to fall, stand up and march prior to entering the ice.
As a member of the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy, you will recieve:
Week #1: Discount card to use at concession stand at Ford Ice Center and Bridgestone Arena.
Week #2: Scott Hamilton Skating Academy gear
Week #3: 10 public passes on your account at Ford Ice Center
Week #4: Sticker book from Learn to Skate USA delivered to your mailing address on file.
How to Tie Skates Properly so your skater is set up for success!
Fitting Skates - Rule of thumb - "the closer the fit, the more control" Skates should keep feet snug and immobile, but toes should be able to wiggle a touch!
Lacing Skates -
Tab the heel way back into the boot, gently pull the tongue up and secure it straight up and down before tucking it against the foot.
Pull the second or third set of laces from the bottom tightly to close the boot well over the front of the foot.
Laces should be snug through the ankle are and bottom 2 sets of hooks. The top 2 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!
The ice rink is chilly! To ensure all skaters are prepared, we designed this list of recommended clothing and equipment. When our skaters are warm and safe, they are "free to be" and it speeds up the learning process.
Helmet (or bike helmet) Strongly Recommended
Hockey skates (or rentals)
For Hockey 1-5 Levels
Helmet is mandatory for Hockey 1-5
Pants (No jeans)
Winter jacket/fleece top
Long thin socks (thick socks limit support and create unwanted bumps inside the skates)
What Happens During the 7-Week Course
Classes are all 30 minutes of instruction followed by seven (7) minutes of practice time
Week 1: Intro to skills
Weeks 2-5: Development of skills and skill mastery
Week 6: Evaluation of skills week! Each skater receives a written evaluation & recommendation for next level. Earlybird discount begins (1 week to receive $10 off next session)
Week 7: Graduation ceremoy and Intro to next level skills. Invite family and friends to show off your progress
Skills your skater will be learning during the course!
We understand that conflicts may arise during a seven-week session. Unfortunately, we cannot offer make-up classes. In the event of an absence, two (2) public skating passes will be provided for the child to practice on their own. This is a one-time compensation per session. Public skating passes have no expiration date.