Basic Skills Program

Basic Skills Program is design for ages 5-14.

The first stage of skills forms a strong foundation for your skaters to explore the world of skating. All will progress at their own pace working toward mastering each skill. Active Start encourages skaters to trade in hesitation for excitement as they grow a love for skating. FUNdamentals harness those skills as agility, balance, coordination and speed become the main focus of this curriculum.

BASIC 1

  • Sit on ice and stand up
  • March forward across the ice
  • Forward two-foot glide
  • Dip E. Forward swizzles — 6–8 in a row
  • Backward wiggles — 6–8 in a row
  • Beginning snowplow stop on two feet or one foot «Bonus skill: Two-foot hop in place

BASIC 2

  • Scooter pushes — R and L
  • Forward one-foot glides — R and L
  • Backward two-foot glide — Glide the length of skater’s height
  • Rocking Horse (one forward swizzle, one backward swizzle) — Repeat twice
  • Backward swizzles — 6–8 in a row
  • Two-foot turns from forward to backward in place — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Moving snowplow stop «Bonus skill: Curves

BASIC 3

  •  Beginning forward stroking showing correct use of blade
  • Forward half swizzle pumps on a circle — 6–8 consecutive clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Moving forward to backward twofoot turns on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Beginning backward one-foot glides — focus on balance E. Backward snowplow stop — R and L
  •  Forward slalom «Bonus skill: Forward pivots – clockwise and counterclockwise

BASIC 4

  •  Forward outside edge on a circle — R and L
  • Forward inside edge on a circle — R and L
  • Forward crossovers — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward half swizzle pumps on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward one-foot glides — R and L
  • Beginning two-foot spin — Up to two revolutions«Bonus skill: Forward lunges — both legs

BASIC 5

  •  Backward outside edge on a circle — R and L
  • Backward inside edge on a circle — R and L
  • Backward crossovers — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Forward outside three-turn — R and L
  • Advanced two-foot spin — 4–6
  • Hockey stop — both directions
    «Bonus skill: Side toe hop — R and L

BASIC 6

  •  Forward inside three-turn — R and L
  • Moving backward to forward twofoot turn on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward stroking
  • Beginning one-foot spin — 2–4 revolutions, optional free leg position and entry
  • T-stops – R and L
  • Bunny hop G. Forward spiral on a straight line — R or L «Bonus skill: Shoot the duck — R or L