Class Descriptions

Notes for the Fall 2 Session: 
*The Fall 2 session will take a break over the Holidays: Thursday December 22, 2017 – Wednesday, January 4, 2018). Classes will resume on Thursday January 5, 2018

**Thursday and Friday classes for the Fall 2 session will have the following dates off (in addition to the Holiday Break) to observe the Thanksgiving Holiday (Thursday 11/23 – Saturday 11/25) and to host a Sled Hockey Tournament (Saturday 12/16).

Toddler Crawl (12 mo – 24 mo): This activity is for the toddler – aged child, who can’t stay off the ice! The half-hour long class will introduce your children to the ice in a FUN, silly way that will ease their fears about getting on something so slippery! Participants WILL NOT WEAR ICE SKATES in this class. It will start with 10-15 minutes of off-ice instruction and welcome, and finish with 15-20 minutes of fun time on the ice! They are required to wear snowpants, boots with traction, and helmets. Children are encouraged to explore their abilities, enhance listening capabilities, socialize in a group and develop gross motor skills. Theme weeks, music, toys, and other fun equipment are used to make it a fun and developmental experience.

Baby Blades (2 – 3 yrs): This class is for the older toddler – aged child, interested in skating! The hour long class will include pre-class instruction with guardian, approx 20 – 30 min on the ice for the skater, and story or craft time afterward. Children are encouraged to explore their abilities, enhance listening capabilities, socialize in a group and develop gross motor skills.
*Note: MPSC offers rental skates starting at size child size 8. Double blades are not allowed.

Snowplow Sam 1 – 4 (3 – 5 yrs): The Snowplow Sam levels are designed to help the pre-school aged skater (ages 3-5) develop preliminary coordination and strength and maneuver on the ice.

  • Snowplow Sam 1: Introductory level for ages 3-5, no pre-requisites are required. It teaches skaters to balance on the ice, move forward, how to fall properly and safely, and to get back up.
  • Snowplow Sam 2: Skater must pass Snowplow Sam 1 in order to be eligible for this class. Teaches skaters skills such as preliminary backward skating movements; gliding forward; dips and swizzles.
  • Snowplow Sam 3: Skater must pass Snowplow Sam 2 in order to be eligible for this class. Teaches skaters skills such as forward skating with speed; forward and backward Swizzles; Slalom motions and how to stop.

Basic Skills 1 – 6 (6 – 12  yrs): The Basic Skills levels are the beginner levels for ages 6 to 12, and teach the fundamentals of the sport of figure skating. These levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers and turns.

  • Basic 1: Introductory level, no pre-requisites are required. Teaches skaters skills such as how to balance on the ice; moving and gliding forward; forward Swizzles; backward wiggles and how to Snowplow Stop.
  • Basic 2: Skater must pass Basic 1 in order to be eligible for this class. Teaches skaters skills such as 1-foot glides; backward 2-foot glides; backward Swizzles; 2-foot turns from forward to backward.
  • Basic 3: Skater must pass Basic 2 in order to be eligible for this class. Teaches skaters skills such as forward Stroking; forward pumps on a circle; backward 1-foot glides; 2-foot turn with speed; forward slaloms. 

Teen & Adult Basic Skills 1 – 6 (Ages 13+): Teen & Adult curriculum is designed for beginner teen and up skaters (ages 13 and up). It will promote physical fitness and improve balance and coordination.

  • Teen & Adult 1: Introductory level, no pre-requisites are required. Teaches skaters skills such as how to balance on ice; moving and gliding forward; Snowplow stops with speed; dips; 2-foot turns in place.
  • Teen & Adult 2: Skater must pass Teen & Adult 1 in order to be eligible for this class. Teaches skaters forward stroking; pumps on a circle; 1-foot glides; chasses; backward glides; backward wiggles and backward Swizzles.
  • Teen & Adult 3: Skater must pass Teen & Adult 2 in order to be eligible for this class. Teaches skaters skills such as forward edges on a circle; forward crossovers; backward 1-foot glides; backward snowplow stop; backward pumps on a circle; 2-foot turn; beginning 2-foot spin.

Pre-Free Skate and Free Skate Levels 1 – 6: This curriculum is for advanced skaters only, who have already passed Basic 1 – 6 or equivalent.

Fall Session – Specialty Classes and Programs:

Off Ice Classes for Skaters

  • Basic Off-Ice Stretch and Jump (For skaters Basic 4 – Basic 6 eligible)
    Saturday: 7:00 – 7:45 am                                  224732
    This activity is designed for intermediate skaters, who are in the Basic 4 – Basic 6 levels. It takes place OFF-ICE, in the Morgan Park Gymnastics Center, and will focus on training the skaters in basic off-ice practices, stretching and strength techniques. It will also work on proper position for jump rotation in the air, while also working on core and muscle strength to make taking off, and landing jumps safer and easier. They will use pieces in the gym to assist their learning such as the trampoline, the floor and the pit. Skaters need to be Basic 4 qualified in order to register for the class
  • Advanced Off-Ice Jump (For skaters Pre-Free Skate – Free Skate 6 eligible)
    Saturday: 7:50 – 8:30 am                                224731
    This activity is designed for advanced skaters, who are in the Free Skate levels. It takes place OFF-ICE, in the Morgan Park Gymnastics Center, and will focus on proper position for jump rotation in the air, while also working on core and muscle strength to make taking off, and landing jumps safer and easier. They will use pieces in the gym to assist their learning such as the trampoline, the floor and the pit. Skaters need to be Basic 5 qualified in order to register for the class

Adult / High Level

  • Ice Dance & Edge Control

Thursday -11:15 – 12:00pm                                      224729

This activity loosely follows the Ice Dance track of the U.S. Figure Skating Learn to Skate USA program. The Ice Dance curriculum is designed for beginner to advanced skaters, to promote physical fitness and improve balance and coordination, while working on basic skating skills, edge quality and timing to music. This class has no level prerequisites, but it is suggested that Adults have passed Basic 3. Skaters may be under the age of 13 years old to enroll, but will need to be qualified by the Skating Director. Call facility for more information.

South Side Skating Academy 

Bridge Programs are for skaters looking to Bridge the gap between  recreational Learn To Skate (LTS) classes, and starting to become a competitive skater. The MPSC Bridge Programs are for skaters in Basic 4 through Free Skate 3, and is made up of multiple classes (on and off the ice) each week, for a reduced rate.

  • South Side Skating Jr. Academy (Basic 4 – Basic 6) – 224874
    Friday                                                                                                            Saturday
    4:45 – 5:15 pm            Turns & Jump Prep                                       7:00 – 7:45 am            Off Ice Stretch & Jump
    5:15 – 5:45 pm            Edge & Power                                                   8:00 – 8:45 am            LTS Group Class
    6:00 – 7:00 pm          Yoga/Fitness/Parent Education
  • South Side Skating Academy (Pre FS – FS 3) – 224873
    Friday                                                                                                             Saturday
    4:45 – 5:15 pm            Spin & Jump                                                      7:00 – 7:45 am            LTS Group Class
    5:15 – 5:45 pm            Edge & Power                                                  8:00 – 8:45 am            Off Ice Strength & Jump
    6:00 – 7:00 pm          Yoga/Fitness/Parent Education

Skaters in the Bridge Program will be enrolled in this structured “training program”, with the goal to create an MPSC Competitive Team. It will give skaters and parents the skills and information needed to take the next step into local competitions, maintain their love of the sport, and open their eyes to different options that the sport of Figure Skating has to offer. 

*If there are questions about a skater’s proper level, please contact Skating Coordinator to set up an evaluation time on the ice.

For more information on level requirements or other info about learning to skate, please visit our Class Schedule page, or visit LearntoSkateUSA.com!

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