WEST ZONE LEARN TO SKATE (6 - 12 YEARS) (FOR 3-5 YEARS SEE BELOW)

                                         INFORMATION SHEET

 

ALL CHILDREN’S SKATE CLASSES:

 

1.          HELMETS WITH FULL FACE GUARD AND MITTS ARE COMPULSORY – Skating/Hockey helmet with a full face guard is mandatory. 
If a participant is not wearing proper equipment, they will not be allowed on the ice.

 

2.         SKATES MUST BE SHARP. Learning to skate can be frustrating enough without the added problem of skates that won't "bite" the ice.

 

3.         PARENT/GUARDIAN may be needed to assist with some classes, as requested by the instructor or until the child is able to get up by
themselves after falling.  HANDICAPPED OR SPECIAL NEEDS SKATERS may need assistance on the ice at each lesson. 
Please contact the instructor to make necessary arrangements.

 

NOTE:  It is recommended to use laced boot skates with good ankle support.  A skate that is all moulded in one usually causes
difficulties for the learning skater. Picks on the skates may cause the skater to trip and fall or the skater relies on them to push
forward instead of using a side push with the whole skate blade.   If the child is unaccustomed to skates, it will help to let them
walk on a carpeted area at home and practice falling and getting up.

 

This class intends to use fun and play as a medium to help your child learn to skate.  If the child has little or no skating experience,
a parent or guardian may be asked to accompany the skater on the ice until the child is able to stand on their own after falling.

 

The lesson is divided into a warm-up, teaching specific skill(s), games using skill(s) taught and possibly ice time for the skater
to practice the skill(s) taught. (Practice time is meant to be used by the participant to practice skills taught and not as a family/public skate time).

 

DO NOT GO ON THE ICE UNTIL THE INSTRUCTOR CALLS FOR YOUR CLASS.

 

We will work on the following skills:

            -proper forward skating to get speed and long glides                       -sculling

            -one and two foot glides in various positions (balance)                      -pop jumps

            -slalom gliding                                                                          -various stopping methods

            -quick starts                                                                            -turns and crossovers

            -backward skating introducing the above skills backwards

 

All skaters will NOT be taught all of the skills nor will the skater be able to accomplish all of the skills taught,
but it gives them things to try when skating on their own.  Please be patient and remember your child's progress
depends on their ability not on their age. At the end of each lesson please be sure to PRAISE your child and give
them CREDIT for what they DO accomplish.

 

The last lesson is a review of the skills taught.  Games (relays) may be used.  Family members and friends are
welcome to cheer from the bleachers on the last lesson.  Certificates will also be given at the end of the last lesson.

 

For further information regarding the Learn to Skating Classes please contact the West Zone Board Office wzb@sasktel.net or 306-791-0226.

 

                                                                             

 

 

 

WEST ZONE LEARN TO SKATE (3 - 5 years)

  INFORMATION SHEET

 

ALL CHILDREN’S SKATE CLASSES:

 

1.          HELMETS WITH FULL FACE GUARD AND MITTS ARE COMPULSORY – Skating/Hockey helmet with a full face guard is mandatory. 
If a participant is not wearing proper equipment, they will not be allowed on the ice.

 

2.         SKATES MUST BE SHARP. Learning to skate can be frustrating enough without the added problem of skates that won't "bite" the ice.

 

3.         PARENT/GUARDIAN may be needed to assist with some classes, as requested by the instructor or until the child is able to get up by
themselves after falling.  HANDICAPPED OR SPECIAL NEEDS SKATERS may need assistance on the ice at each lesson. 
Please contact the instructor to make necessary arrangements.

 

NOTE:  It is recommended to use laced boot skates with good ankle support.  A skate that is all moulded in one usually causes
difficulties for the learning skater. Picks on the skates may cause the skater to trip and fall or the skater relies on them to push
forward instead of using a side push with the whole skate blade.   If the child is unaccustomed to skates, it will help to let them
walk on a carpeted area at home and practice falling and getting up.

 

This class intends to use fun and play as a medium to help your child learn to skate.  If the child has little or no skating experience,
a parent or guardian may be asked to accompany the skater on the ice until the child is able to stand on their own after falling.

 

The lessons are divided into a warm-up, teaching specific skill(s), games to practice the skill(s) taught and possibly free time for the
skater to practice the skill(s) taught.  (Practice time is meant to be used by the participant to practice skills taught and not as a family/public skate time).

 

DO NOT GO ON THE ICE UNTIL THE INSTRUCTOR CALLS FOR YOUR CLASS.

 

The following skills will be introduced:

         -getting up (This is a major accomplishment for some children.)

         -movement while standing still                     -sculling   

         -walking on skates                                       -glide with 1 foot extended         

         -bending down while moving                         -glide while squatting

         -stopping                                                      -slalom gliding                   

         -backward skating                                       -side stops

         -skating with hands in various positions       -pop jumps

         -glide on one foot                                               

 

All skaters will NOT be able to accomplish all of the skills taught, but it gives the instructor and children a goal.  
Please be patient as these are such little feet and the ice is very slippery!  At the end of each lesson please be
sure to PRAISE your child and give them CREDIT for what they DO accomplish.

 

The last lesson is a review of the skills taught.  Games (relays) may be used.  Family members and friends are welcome
to cheer from the bleachers on the last lesson.  Certificates will also be given at the end of the last lesson.

 

For further information regarding the Learn to Skating Classes please contact the West Zone Board Office wzb@sasktel.net or 306-791-0226.