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GSC FIGURE SKATING INSTRUCTION

The Figure Skating Program at the Greenwich Skating Club offers a variety of programs:

 

GROUP CLASSES

These classes follow the Learn to Skate USA program, as endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey, and US Speedskating. The mission is to provide a goal-oriented program that encourages ice skating at all levels and to enhance the quality of skating skills at these levels. Skaters are encouraged to register for multiple classes at their skill level for increased ice time and instruction, if desired.

The objectives of the program are:

  • To provide a fun and safe skating experience for the beginner as well as the more advanced skater
  • To teach correct technique of the simple basic elements
  • To promote health and physical fitness
  • To enable all participants to achieve the skills necessary to either skate for fun the rest of their lives or to move competently into the U.S. Figure Skating advanced test and/or competitive structure

 

1. Learn to Skate:

Designed for beginning skaters, the Learn to Skate program stresses preliminary coordination and strength to maneuver on skates. This class will include fun and games to encourage enjoyment of skating. Please remember to dress your child appropriately, especially in extremely cold weather.

 

Prerequisite Age:                 Age 3+

Mandatory Equipment:         Any single-blade skates (figure, hockey, LL Bean velcro, etc.)

                                             Helmet

 

Ages 3-4:

Class length:                        20 Minutes (as recommended by Learn to Skate USA)

Days/Times offered:            Monday 12:30-12:50pm*

                                            Saturday 8:00-8:20am

                                               * Additional classes at 12:50pm and 1:10pm will be added if necessary

 

Ages 5+:

Class length:                        30 Minutes

Days/Times offered:            Friday 1:30-2:00pm

                                             Saturday 8:00-8:30am 

 

**You may register your skater for multiple Learn to Skate classes during the week if you would like**

 

2. Skating Badge Skills:

This class follows the Basic Skills 1-6 curriculum for the fundamental skills of skating, providing the best foundation for figure skating and hockey. Six progressive levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers and turns. Upon completion of the Basic Skills 1-6 levels, skaters will be able to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating. Classes will be well-structured with the focus on proper skill development taught in a positive, FUN and social environment. Skaters will progress at their own rate and advance after skill mastery is demonstrated. Skaters will be placed in groups based on skill level and age, at the discretion of the professionals.

 

Class length:                        30 Minutes

Days/Times offered:            Monday 5:10pm-5:40pm

                                             Friday 1:30pm-2:00pm

                                             Friday 2:00-2:30pm

                                             Saturday 8:30am-9:00am*

 

*Practice ice is available on Saturday mornings from 8-9:30am where skaters can warm up and practice before and/or after their class.

 

**Skaters can register for multiple Skating Badge Skills classes if desired**

 

3. Beginning Jump & Spin:

This class focuses on the skills necessary to perform jumps and spins, as part of the Basic Skills 1-6 curriculum. Favorite skills include two-foot spin, forward lunge, bunny hop jump and shoot the duck.

 

Class length:                       30 Minutes

Days/Times offered:           Friday 2:00-2:30pm

                                            Saturday 9:00am-9:30am

Prerequisite Level:              Must have passed Basic 2 or higher

 

4. Beginning Moves in the Field:

Moves in the Field emphasizes developing and improving basic skating skills – specifically balance, power, edge control/quality, stroking, posture, extension and quickness and flow into each skating element. This class will focus on basic edges as crossovers, spirals, 3-turns and mohawks that are important components of more advanced elements.

 

Class length:                        30 Minutes

Days/Times offered:            Monday 5:40-6:10pm

Prerequisite Level:               Must have passed Basic 2 or higher

 

5. Advanced Jump & Spin:

The Advanced Jump & Spin program teaches various jumps and spins, along with some footwork and power skating sequences.

 

Class length:                        30 Minutes

Day/Time offered:               Monday 5:10pm-5:40pm

Prerequisite Level:               Free Skate 2 or higher

 

6. Advanced Moves in the Field:

Moves in the Field emphasizes developing and improving basic skating skills – specifically balance, power, edge control/quality, stroking, posture, extension and quickness and flow into each skating element. This class will focus on more intricate, higher-level moves like mohawks, cross rolls and power pulls.

 

Class length:                        30 Minutes

Days/Times offered:            Monday 5:40-6:10pm

Prerequisite Level:               Free Skate 2 or higher

 

7. Yoga & Stretching for Figure Skating:

***NEW for 2018-2019***

This is an off-ice class designed to enhance flexibility, balance, muscular endurance and total body awareness. Elements will include dynamic stretching, upper and lower body strength building, core strengthening, deep static stretches and breathing exercises. This is a perfect warm-up class for anyone enrolled in Monday night classes!

 

“Figure skating is a sport of relaxed focus – yoga teaches body awareness and how to stay in the moment, which have been invaluable to my skating career.”– Gracie Gold

 

Class length:                        30 Minutes

Days/Times offered:            Monday 4:30-5:00pm

Location:                              GSC Clubhouse – 2ndFloor “1956 Room”

 

8. High Performance Power Skating

Launched last year, this season-long class is designed for enthusiastic skaters (both hockey & figure) who want to improve the performance of their skating skills. Classes will emphasize proper technique training for the purpose of becoming more powerful, stable, explosive, efficient and faster skaters. Technique lessons will include power, edge control and quality, posture, carriage, extension, quickness and flow -- specific stance and stride mechanics to help players maximize acceleration and speed, and posture and edgework to create low center of gravity, and balance so players won't get knocked off the puck.

 

Class length:                         30 Minutes

Day/Time offered                 Tuesday 6:00pm-6:30pm

Prerequisite Age:                  Age 9+

Prerequisite Level:                Before registering your child, please make sure they are able to perform the following skating maneuvers proficiently:

-   skate backwards

-   stop

-   balance on 1 foot

-   change direction from forward to backward and backward to forward

 

PRE-PAID FIGURE SKATING PRACTICE SESSIONS 

Pre-Paid Figure Skating Ice is available for skaters who would like to practice their skills outside of group class time. This is a great opportunity to enroll in private instruction and accelerate your skater’s progress.

 

Signing up for Pre-Paid Figure Skating Practice Sessions entitles the skater to attend any or all of the session times listed below, every week, throughout the season. These times are reserved for skaters focused on practicing their skills in a supportive, team-like environment. This is not meant for social gatherings or recreational skating. All skaters must be registered for Pre-Paid Figure Skating Practice sessions, and no guests are permitted.

 

2018-2019 Pre-Paid Figure Skating Practice Session Schedule:

Monday                      6:10pm-6:40pm                30 minutes

Tuesday                      5:10pm-6:00pm                50 minutes

Friday                         2:30pm-3:50pm                1 hour 20 minutes

Saturday                     9:30am-10:30am               1 hour

Sunday                       12:30pm-2:30pm               2 hours

 

PRIVATE OR SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS

Private or Semi-Private Lessons may be booked by an individual skater(s) during scheduled Pre-Paid Figure Skating Practice sessions or General Skating sessions. Only Club authorized professionals may teach private lessons. Please contact the coaches directly – their contact information can be found on the “Coaches” page.

 

ADULT PROGRAMS

 

1. Adult Skating Class:

This class is for the beginner or intermediate adult skater. Basic skating skills and edges will be emphasized.

 

Day/Time offered:                Monday 11:00am-12:00pm

 

2. Adult Private Lessons:

This time is reserved for private lessons for adults with a pro.

 

Day/Time offered:                Thursday 11:00am-12:00pm