Skater Levels

Our program is structured according to the USFS standards

Snowplow Sam - Beginners level, typically under 3
Basic Skills - Any skater working in the Badge Program (Badge 1-8), typically 5 and up
Advanced Basic Skills - Freestyle 1 - 4
Adult - Skater receiving group instruction during an Adult session
Low level - Any skater who has passed USFS Freestyle 2
Middle level - Any skater who has passed the Preliminary Freestyle test
High level - Any skater who has passed the Juvenile Freestyle test and the Intermediate Moves in the Field test
Associate - A non-skating member

Learn to Skate (Formally known as Basic Skills)

Two words that can be used to describe our Learn to Skate program are FUN and SAFETY. The purpose of our Learn to Skate program is to:

  • Provide an enjoyable and safe skating experience
  • Teach correct techniques of basic elements
  • Provide incentive rewards
  • Promote health and physical fitness
  • Develop social relationships through group instruction
  • Encourage skating as a lifelong sport

All registered members of the Learn to Skate Program will receive:

  • Official Learn to Skate Membership Card
  • Learn to Skate record book with stickers
  • Official Learn to Skate Membership Patch
  • Year Patch
  • Sports accident insurance coverage
  • General information about ice skating

Free Skating:

FreeSkating or Freestyle, as it is something known, is the most popular and probably the best-known form of figure skating. Freestyle skating incorporates all of the technical aspects in conjunction with artistic content and various numbers of jumps and spins skated to a specified length of music. Moves in the Field Tests are a pre-requisite to testing the corresponding Freestyle Test.

Free Skating Tests:

* Pre-Preliminary - Specific elements required, please refer to the USFS Rule book.
* Preliminary - 1 1/2 minutes to music of the skater's choice.
* Pre-Juvenile - 2 minutes to music of the skater's choice.
* Juvenile - 2 minutes to music of the skater's choice.
* Intermediate - 2 1/2 minutes to music of the skater's choice.
* Novice - 3 minutes to music of the skater's choice.
* Junior - Ladies - 3 1/2 minutes to music of the skater's choice.
* Junior - Men - 4 minutes to music of the skater's choice.
* Senior - Lades - 4 minutes to music of the skater's choice.
* Senior - Men - 4 1/2 minutes to music of the skater's choice.

Ice Dance:

Ice dancing is fundamentally a skating version of International Ballroom Dancing and like ballroom dancing consists of certain individual dances and exhibition dancing. The most common dances are the compulsory dances that are skated in a pre-determined pattern over the ice surface. Dances can be tested either solo or with a partner depending on the testing track the skater has chosen. For specific information on Ice Dance requirements, please refer to the USFS Rule book.

Moves in the Field:

Moves in the Field teach the skater the basic knowledge of steps, edges, and form; progressing through the level to Senior, where the skater must display power, extension, strong edge control and precise footwork. A skater must pass the corresponding level of Moves in the Field before he/she is eligible to take the Free Skating Test. However, the skater can advance to one or more higher Moves in the Field levels without taking the corresponding Free Skating Test.

Synchronized Team Skating:

Silver Stars - Open to any skater on Badge 7 & 8, Freestyle 1 & 2. This team will be registered as a beginner level team.

Shooting Stars - The team will earn the Learn to Skate Synchro 1-4 Badges and learn the fundamental skills of synchronized skating in a group lesson setting. Eligibility: Open to any Learn to Skate skater who has passed at least Badge 2.