The Rogers Activity Center Learn-to-Skate program offers a hybrid skating program designed to meet the needs of all skaters and incorporates the Learn to Skate USA curriculum. Each class presents a progression of specific skills that build upon one another and give a great foundation to reach both recreational and competitive hockey/figure skating goals. Students often remain in the same level for a few sessions before mastering the skills needed to move to the next level.
- Helmets (bike or hockey) are required for all beginning skaters; Snowplow Sam, Basic 1 and 2 and Hockey classes
- Skaters should wear warm, comfortable clothing, including gloves and mittens. No shores/boots or double-blade skates are allowed on the ice.
- First-time skaters and those using rental skates should arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to start of class.
- Arrive 20-30 minutes early first day of class to pick up name badge and instructions.
- Hockey classes require hockey helmet, gloves, shin pads and stick. Additional equipment is optional, bur recommended.
- Skaters will be assessed the first few lessons to ensure they are in the correct level.
- Pro-rating of fees for missed classes or refunds is not available one a session starts, unless approved by the skating director.
- Classes may be subject to changes/cancellation; you will be notified if a change occurs.
Hockey curriculum is divided into two age brackets:
1. Prep Juniors
- Age 4-6
- 30 minute class, this is a new time length for Juniors
2. Prep Beginner/Advance
- Age 7 and older
- 60 minute class
Both levels are designed to teach the same fundamentals of hockey skating, but at different paces. There are four badge levels where skaters learn how to be proficient and agile on the ice. Proper skating techniques for the game of hockey are the focus; most elements are taught without a stick or puck. Class uses stations or small groups based on the number of skaters and abilities, with some free time. Hockey helmet, shin guards, hockey gloves and a stick a required (other equipment optional but recommended).
Skaters must have completed Snowplow Sam 2, Basic 1 and/or able to glide a full body length before registering for hockey. Skater passing Hockey Jr 2 can enroll to hockey advanced classes.
Hockey Advance classes
- Hockey 1: Designed for beginner skaters who want to play hockey but have minimal skating ability. Must be able to stand, march and glide body length on skates. Skills include basic hockey stance, fall/recovery, glides and dips, forward swizzles/double c-cuts, T-pushes, snowplow stops, half turns and proper stick handling and passing.
- Hockey 2: Learn forward strides using V-pushes, one-foot push and glides, forward c-cuts, backward hustle, swizzles/double c-cuts, moving snowplow stops and scooting/skateboard pushes on circle. Beginning stick movement with puck and passing to be introduced.
- Hockey 3: A semi-advances level in which skater does lateral crossovers, marches, forward and backward c-cuts on circle, forward inside/outside edge on half circles alternating feet, backward snowplow stops and hockey stops. Stick and puck skating, handling straight and curves – both directions.
- Hockey 4: Advanced skating level using quick starts, long crossover glides (both direction, forward and backward), hockey stops with speed and Mohawk pivots from powerful, full strides. Focus will be with proficiency in both directions with and without stick and puck.