The Scott Hamilton Skating Academy's Learn to Skate program is available at Ford Ice Center Antioch and Bellevue and uses Learn to Skate USA curriculum.
The program is designed to serve the needs of both recreational and competitive skaters by teaching figure skating and hockey skills. All of our coaches are committed to sharing a fun and positive experience that will instill a lifelong love of skating. Our mission is to make skating available to people of all ages, descriptions and ambitions.
Pick up your class attendance card. Pick this up each week prior to heading to the ice and turn in to your coach rinkside. For the safety of your skater, no skater will be allowed on the ice without an attendance card.
Pick up your skates. Attendance cards must be visible to the front-desk staff to receive skates for class. Make sure your shoes are off when you reach the counter to exchange for skates.
Rinkside: Find your name on the class level signs along the glass and meet your Scott Hamilton Skating Academy coach.
Week 1: Discount card to use at concession stands 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
Strongly recommended: Helmet (or bike helmet)
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)
Skate Fit Tips:
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.
Push the heel way back into the boot, gently pull the tongue up and secure it, 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 two 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!
Classes are all 30 minutes of instruction followed by seven minutes of practice time
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Development of skills and skill mastery
Week 3: Development of skills and skill mastery
Week 4: Development of skills and skill mastery
Week 5: Development of skills and skill mastery
Week 6: Each skater receives a written evaluation and recommendation for their next level. Early bird discounts begin for future sessions (receive $10 off your next session)
Week 7: Graduation ceremoy and introduction to next level skills. Invite your family and friends to show off your progress
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 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.