Lessons

Skating Chart 2017

Welcome to the Rockford Park District's beginning skating program. This program is designed to help our children and adults achieve their goals whether they pursue any ice sport recreationally or competitively.

The skating curriculum that will be followed is known as the Learn to Skate USA program. The curriculum is designed by U.S. Figure Skating, and is publicly endorsed by USA Hockey, U.S. Speedskating, and Special Olympics. We offer a variety of programming to fit the needs of all our citizens. We are committed to offering our skaters a positive and rewarding experience with the new improvements to our skating program.

We look forward to seeing you on the ice!


Youth Rec Skating Lessons

Baby Blades

Ages: 18 months - 2 Years

This class is designed for those ages 2 to 3 years old. We will have off-ice play and on-ice lessons. This class is a great way to get our little skaters excited about taking the ice! Helmets are required and available on site, if needed.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Intro to Skating - Level 1

Ages: 3-5 years

These 30-minute classes are designed for participants who are experiencing their first time skating. We will focus on off-ice technique prior to entering on-ice. Participants are introduced to the basic skills, which include falling and getting back up, marching, and gliding. Helmets are required and available on site, if needed.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Intro to Skating - Level 2

Ages: 3-5

These 30-minute classes are designed for participants who have passed the Intro 1 level and are ready to advance to the following skills to include swizzles, basic backward skating, and more advanced gliding and pushing. Helmets are required and available on site, if needed.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Intro to Skating - Level 3

Ages: 3-5

These 30-minute classes are designed for participants who have passed the Intro 2 level and are ready to advance to forward skating, one-foot gliding, and stopping. Helmets are required and available on site, if needed.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Intro to Skating - Level 4

Ages: 3-5

These 30-minute classes are designed for participants who have passed the Intro 3 level and are ready to advance to forward skating, two-foot gliding, two-foot turns, and more stopping. While in Intro 4, a skater may also take the first step into playing hockey with Ter-mites 1 or can continue perfecting basic skating techniques and advance to Basic 2 after completion of Intro 4. Helmets are required and available on site, if needed.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Beginning Skating Lessons - Basic 1A

Ages: 6-16 years

These 30-minute lessons are designed for those interested in recreational skating, playing hockey, or figure skating. The Basic 1A curriculum will introduce participants to marching forward, two-foot gliding, forward swizzles, and the basic beginner's stop. Helmets are required and available on site, if needed. We suggest skaters wear bike elbow pads, knee pads, and cotton gloves.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Beginning Skating Lessons - Basic 1B

Ages: 6-16 years

These 30-minute lessons are designed for those interested in recreational skating, playing hockey, or figure skating. The Basic 1B curriculum builds on the introduction of Basic 1A, enhancing the techniques of marching forward, two-foot gliding, forward swizzles, and the basic beginner's stop. Helmets are required and available on site, if needed. We suggest skaters wear bike elbow pads, knee pads, and cotton gloves.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Beginning Skating Lessons - Basic 2-3

Ages: 6-16 years

These 30-minute lessons are designed for those interested in continuing to learn the basics of skating. Whether your focus is recreational skating, hockey, or figure skating, this class is a building block structured for all. Participants will learn one-foot gliding, backward and forward swizzles, stroking, two-foot turns, a moving stop, and much more.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Beginning Skating Lessons - Basic 4

Ages: 6-16 years

This is a 30-minute lesson for those interested in continuing to perfect their skating skills offered through the Rockford Park District. Great for the hockey, figure or recreational skater, this class will focus on forward and backward crossovers and edges. At the end of each session, skaters will receive an evaluation and will advance to the Advanced Skating lessons.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Intermediate Skills Skate Lessons - Basic 5, 6

Ages: 6-16 years

This is a 30-minute lesson for those interested in continuing to perfect their skating skills offered through the Rockford Park District. Great for the hockey, figure or recreational skater, this class will focus on outside three turns, two-foot spins, T stops, backward stroking, forward and backward crossovers, edges, and much more. At the end of each session, skaters will receive an evaluation and will advance to the Advanced Skating lessons. This is a prerequisite for our Junior Figure Skating Program.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Youth Figure Skating Lessons

If your skater is looking to advance in the world of figure skating, we have a program for you! Our newly designed Junior Figure Skating program will focus on the necessary skills for our skaters to have the foundation to be successful. As the fall and summer progress, more info on camps, clinics, and extracurricular activities will be available.

Junior Figure Skaters - Intro to Pre-Freeskate

Ages: 7-16 years

This 40-minutes lesson is designed for the skaters who have passed the Intermediate Skating skill level. We will hone on skills that were designated by the Chicagoland Learn to Skate Director's committee to create a solid figure skating foundation before Freeskate. Focusing on back outside edges, moving three turns, lunges, stroking, and much more. Prerequisite: Basic 6.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Junior Figure Skaters - Pre-Freeskate 1

Ages: 7-16 years

This 40-minute lesson is designed for the skaters who have passed Intro to Pre-Freeskate. We will focus on a program constructed by US Figure Skating to connect skills from Intermediate to Freeskate before learning sequences and combinations. Skaters will hone in on the Waltz jump, forward inside open mohawk, one-foot upright spin, and much more. Prerequisite: Intro to Pre-Freeskate.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Junior Figure Skaters - Freeskate 1-6

Ages: 7-16 years

These 40-minute lessons are for skaters who have passed the Intermediate Skills level (page 32). We will focus on skills that are included in Freeskate 1-6. Along with the traditional jumps, spins, and edges, we will also introduce other programs offered by U.S. Figure Skating. Programs that will be featured are Theatre on Ice, Synchronized Skating, Dance, Pairs, etc. Prerequisite: Pre Freeskate.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Figure Skating Enrichment

Ages: 5-17 years

Want to take your skating to the next level? This class is designed for all levels by our experienced coaches to focus on key on-ice elements such as power, figures, edges, and moves in the field. Prerequisite: Basic 4.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Junior IceHogsYouth Hockey Lessons

If your skater would like to learn to play hockey, we have a program for you! Once you learn basic skating skills in Intro to Skating (ages 3–5) or Basic Skating Skills–Basic 1 (ages 6–16), you can begin taking hockey lessons.

Our hockey lessons, clinics, and camps focus on developing the skills necessary to successfully join the Junior IceHogs Hockey League.

Ter-Mites 1

Ages: 3+

Ter-Mites 1 is for players who have good balance and gliding skills. Players will practice using a hockey stick for the first time, and continue building on basic skating techniques. Prerequisite: Intro to Skating 1-4 or Beginning Skating Lessons - Basic 1. Participants can enroll in both Intro to Skating 4 and Ter-Mites 1 at the same time!

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Ter-Mites 2

Ages: 3+

Ter-Mites 2 introduces players to puck handling, passing, and skating. Prerequisite: Ter-Mites 1.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Learn to Play Hockey

Ages: 7-15 years

Beginning hockey lessons for older youth who are learning to play hockey for the first time. Players learn skating, puck handling, shooting skills, and game fundamentals. Prerequisite: Intro to Skating 1-4 or Beginning Skating Lessons - Basic 1.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Little Blackhawks LogoLittle Blackhawks Program

Little Blackhawks Learn to Play program is an 8-week week learn to play program for 4-8 year olds who have prior skating knowledge and would like to try playing with full equipment for the first time.

In partnership with the Chicago Blackhawks, NHL, NHLPA, CCM, and Total Hockey, participants receive the on-ice instruction from certified coaches and Blackhawks alumni, along with FREE Little Blackhawks branded gear, including: ice hockey helmet with cage, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey gloves, hockey pants, shin guards, skates, jersey, socks, stick, and equipment bag.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Minor Hawks League

Ages: 4-8 years

This is a 40-minute class that utilizes stations to push skaters to the next level. This class functions as an excellent transition from lessons to the Jr. IceHogs Fundamental Hockey League. Prerequisite: Ter-Mites 2; must be ready to practice scrimmaging.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Adult Skating Lessons

Learn to Skate Lessons

Following the U.S. Figure Skating Adult 1-6 Curriculum, adults will learn the fundamentals of skating. As our adults progress through the curriculum, skills will increase in difficulty.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Adults Theatre on Ice

Join this new adult program that explores theatre on ice! The first year will work on enhancing skill level and no competitions, but will perform in the ice show and Christmas show for the club. Please note that this class meets every other Saturday.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Adult Hockey Lessons

Learn to Skate (Hockey)

Want to play hockey, but can't skate? This beginning skating class will teach you the basics, and get you playing in no time.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Learn to Play Hockey

You’re never too old to play hockey! Players learn skating, puck handling, shooting skills, and game fundamentals.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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