Programs

Join us in skating lessons developed around skills taught by USA Figure Skating, USA Hockey, and USA Speedskating; together these highly recognizable associations have created a strong core for skating development for all ages and levels. Our skating lessons are for ages 3½ - adult and are broken down into various levels to enable skaters to grow, develop and have fun. Classes are taught over the course of six weeks and are held at the Rogers Activity Center. Rental skates are available for $2 /pair weekly, and bike helmets are available for $1. Helmets are required for all Snowplow Sam and Basic 1-2 classes. All skaters should wear warm pants, jacket and gloves. Hockey classes require helmets, hockey gloves, shin pads and a stick (other equipment is optional but suggested). No double-blade skates allowed nor are parents allowed on ice during lesion times. The skate director must approve exceptions.

We offer a variety of levels encompassing Snowplow Sam – Discover, Learn & Play [ages 3½ -5]; Basic Skills – Fundamentals [age 6+]; Adult – Beginner to Advance; and Hockey (age 4+). Classes are broken down in easy to understand skill sets. Snowplow Sam, Basics, and Adult classes are 30 minutes in length with six free open skate punches for additional practice time. Hockey classes are an hour and focuses on skating skills and techniques; however, we do introduce sticks, and they receive three open skate punches. To join our hockey classes, skaters must have passed Sam 2 or Basic 1 and be able to glide full body length.
It is common for children to repeat a level before advancing, especially with the new skill sets being introduced. All skaters will be assessed the first day of class to ensure they are enrolled in the correct level; if not, they may be moved appropriately. Attendance is important to learn new skills that build on previous classes. Please arrive 20 minutes early the first day of class to pick up name badge and general information. In addition, please check skates to ensure sharp edges as this will make it easier to skate; skate sharpening is available at the arena for $4. If you purchase new or used skates or see rust on them, have them sharpened before the first class or arrive 30-45 minutes ahead of time.
If you have any questions, contact Heather Palumbo at 763-428-1033, extension 408 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What level am I?

Snowplow Sam – Discover, Learn & Play | age 3 1/2 -5 | Fee: $69
This level is for new skaters who have rarely or never been on skates. It is designed to help the pre-school skater develop preliminary coordination and strength necessary to move on ice. Gloves/jacket/warm pants, and a bike or hockey helmet are required. Parents are not allowed on the ice unle3ss approved by skate director.

  • Snowplow Sam 1: Designed for skaters with no experience; introduces how to stand, sit, fall and get up on and off the ice, marching, dipping.
  • Snowplow Sam 2: Beginning process of marching, dipping while moving, includes wiggles, swizzles, weight shifting and glides.
  • Snowplow Sam 3: Designed for skaters that can move along the ice in strides with long glides, multiple forward and back swizzles in a row, snowplow stop and curves.
  • Snowplow Sam 4: A new level that focuses on pushing and balance while moving forward and backward, two-foot glides, rocking horse and two-foot turns from forward to backward in place (both directions).

Basic Skills – Fundamentals | age 6+ | Fee: $69
Basic Skills has six progressive levels that teach the fundamentals of ice skating, providing the best foundation for figure skating, recreational skating, hockey and speedskating. Basic 1 and 2 are introductory levels and Basic 3-6 develop fundamental skating skills, focusing on basic athleticism, agility, balance, coordination and speed.

Note: Basic 5-6 may not be offered every session due to lack of numbers. Please inquire for alternate option if unavailable or cancelled.

  • Basic 1: First of two introductory levels for new skaters with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning to skate. Sit and stand on ice, marching, gliding, dipping, wiggles and swizzles, and beginning snowplow stop.
  • Basic 2: Introduces scooter pushes, one and two-foot glides, rocking horse, backward swizzles, two-foot turns from forward to backward in place (both directions) and moving snowplow stops.
  • Basic 3: Skaters learn basic fundamental moves through a series of progression. Stroking, half swizzle pumps, moving two-foot turns, backward one-foot glides, backward snowplow stops, forward slalom and pivots.
  • Basic 4: Beginning advance level skills. Figure skates required as toe pick is used. Skills include inside and outside edges, crossovers, backward half-swizzle pumps, backward one-foot glides, beginning two-foot spin and forward lunges.
  • Basic 5: Advance skills focusing on edges and turns including, backward inside/outside edges, backward crossovers, forward outside three-turns, advance 4-6 two-foot spins, hockey stop, and side toe hops. (All in both directions)
  • Basic 6: Figure skating forward inside three-turns both directions, moving backward to forward two-foot turns, backward stroking, one-foot spin with revolutions, T-stops, bunny hop, forward spirals and shoot the duck.

Adult
Adult curriculum is designed accommodate beginning and advances adult skaters. There are six levels of adult fundamentals, much like the basics; however, if the adult want to move towards hockey, we will adjust our program to fit your needs. The program improves balance and coordination and focuses on all aspects of skating and edges. Call Heather at 763-428-1033 extension 408.

Hockey | age 4+ | Fee: $89
Our hockey curriculum is divided into two age brackets: Prep Jr for ages 4-6 and Prep Beginner/Advance for age 7+. Both levels are designed to teach the same fundamentals of hockey skating, but at different paces. There are four bade levels in which skaters learn ow to be proficient and agile on the. Proper skating techniques for the game of hockey are the focus; most elements are taught without a stick or puck. Class is 60 minutes and uses stations or small groups based on the number of skaters and abilities, along with some free time. It is required that all new skaters have completed Snowplow Sam 2, Basic 1, or are currently in a youth hockey program before registering for hockey. Hockey registrants MUST be able to stand, march and glide without help full body length. Hockey helmet, shin guards, hockey gloves, and a stick are required (other equipment is optional but recommended). Register according to age bracket.

  • 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.
  • 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 passing.
  • 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. Skating with stick in hand is incorporated.
  • 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. Skating with stick and puck will be added.

Schedule

Learn to Skate Winter 1
Fees: Snowplow Sam & Basic Classes - $69 | Hockey Classes - $89
30 minute classes except for hockey – includes on/off ice time
**Helmets required for all snowplow Sam classes, Basic 1 & 2 | warm clothes, gloves, helmet required [bike helmet ok]
***Hockey requires helmet, shin guards, gloves & stick (other equipment is optional but suggested)
SATURDAYS JAN 20 – FEB 24 | 6 SESSIONS
Snowplow SAM 1  8:45 - 9:15 am
Snowplow SAM 1  9:15-9:45 am
Snowplow SAM 2 8:45-9:15 am
Snowplow SAM 2 9:15-9:45 am
Snowplow SAM 3 9:15-9:45 am
Snowplow SAM 4 9:15-9:45 am
Basic 1 9:15-9:45 am
Basic 2 8:45-9:15
Basic 3 9:15-9:45
Basic 4 8:45-9:15
Hockey Prep Jr 1 9:15-10:15
Hockey Prep Jr 2 9:15-10:15
Hockey Beginner 1 9:15-10:15
Hockey Beginner 2 9:15-10:15
Hockey Advance 3 9:15-10:15
Hockey Advance 3 9:15-10:15

Learn to Skate Winter 2
Fees: Snowplow Sam & Basic Classes - $69 | Hockey Classes - $89
30 minute classes except for hockey – includes on/off ice time
**Helmets required for all snowplow Sam classes, Basic 1 & 2 | warm clothes, gloves, helmet required [bike helmet ok]
***Hockey requires helmet, shin guards, gloves & stick (other equipment is optional but suggested)
March 3 - April 14
Snowplow SAM 1  8:15 - 8:45 am
Snowplow SAM 1  8:45 - 9:15
Snowplow SAM 2 8:15 - 8:45 am
Snowplow SAM 2 9:15-9:45 am
Snowplow SAM 3 9:15-9:45 am
Snowplow SAM 4 8:45 - 9:15 am
Basic 1 9:15-9:45 am
Basic 2 8:45-9:15
Basic 3 9:15-9:45
Basic 4 8:45-9:15
Hockey Prep Jr 1 9:15-10:15
Hockey Prep Jr 2 9:15-10:15
Hockey Beginner 1 9:15-10:15
Hockey Beginner 2 9:15-10:15
Hockey Advance 3 9:15-10:15
Hockey Advance 3 9:15-10:15

Registration

Register through the ISD 728 Community Education website at www.728communityed.com or call 763-241-3520.

Registration deadline for classes is three days prior to start of the session; however, should classes max out; they may close earlier. There is no pro-rating of registration fees for missed classes and no refunds once sessions start, except for extenuating circumstances or director approval. If minimum quota per class is not met, classes may be cancelled or combined with another group.

Snowplow SAM 1  8:45 - 9:15 am

Snowplow SAM 1  9:15-9:45 am

Snowplow SAM 2 8:45-9:15 am

Snowplow SAM 2 9:15-9:45 am

Snowplow SAM 3 9:15-9:45 am

Snowplow SAM 4 9:15-9:45 am

Basic 1 9:15-9:45 am

Basic 2 8:45-9:15

Basic 3 9:15-9:45

Basic 4 8:45-9:15

Hockey Prep Jr 1 9:15-10:15

Hockey Prep Jr 2 9:15-10:15

Hockey Beginner 1 9:15-10:15

Hockey Beginner 2 9:15-10:15

Hockey Advance 3 9:15-10:15

Hockey Advance 3 9:15-10:15