Learn to Skate / Learn to Play Hockey

Plymouth State Skating Academy

PSSA proudly participates in the Learn to Skate USA program, endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey, US Speedskating, and the Special Olympics. PSSA offers group lessons in figure skating and beginner hockey skills for participants ages 4 years old through adult. As members of Learn to Skate USA we offer high quality instruction, cutting-edge curriculum, and a bridge to testing and competition. Most importantly, PSSA offers a fun, supportive community to both challenge and reward our skaters.

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Upcoming Learn-to-Skate and Learn-to-Play Hockey Classes 

November 3 to December 8, Sundays 5-6:30 p.m. – $80
(Special end-of-session test session on December 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m.)
5:00-6:00 p.m. – Learn to Skate Tots through Basic 6 and Hockey
5:30-6:30 p.m. – Freestyle Levels
5:30-6:30 p.m. – Performance Group

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY! The Nov/Dec session has a special opportunity for skaters in Basic 4 and above to join the PSSA Performance Group. This performance group is in place of a group lesson.  There will be $30 costume fee for a sparkly top; skaters are required to provide their own black stretch pants. Coach Beth will be choreographing a group number which will be performed at 4 events: New England Wolves Hockey Game (Sun 12/15, 2:15pm); PSU Men’s hockey game (Sat 1/11, 6pm); PSU Women’s hockey game (Sat 1/18, 2pm), and as the opening number for Ice Dance International’s show being presented at PSU (Sun 2/23, 3pm). Click here for the performance group flyer.

January 5 to February 16, Sundays 4:30-6:00 p.m. – $80
(No lesson on January 19)
4:30-5:30 p.m – Freestyle Levels
5:00-6:00 p.m. – Learn to Skate Tots through Basic 6 and Hockey

SHOW Session! March 7 to April 11, SATURDAYS, 10-11:30 a.m. – $80
Show on Saturday, April 11, 6 p.m.:  $5 Adults, $3 K-12, Free Under 4
Costume fees additional
4:30-5:30 p.m – Freestyle Levels
5:00-6:00 p.m. – Learn to Skate Tots through Basic 6 and Hockey

All skaters must be current registered members of Learn-to-Skate USA.  LTS-USA membership run from July 1 through June 30. All skaters, returning and new members, must register for the 2019-20 season; you will need your membership number to register for classes.

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$10 Discount for additional skater/s from the same family.

Click here for: New Skater Information

Click here to: Meet the Coaching Staff

Class Format and Descriptions

The ice surface is divided with the youngest beginners at the entrance end, more advanced skaters in the center section, and hockey skills at the Zamboni end beyond the safety barrier. Learn to skate groups will have a 30 minute group lesson and 30 minutes to practice; maximum group size of 10 skaters per coach. Additional staff assistance is available for the tot levels. During the last half-hour, skater practice time, one parent may join their Snowplow Sam skater on the ice.

learn-to-play-hockey-smLearn to Play Hockey: This entry level class will teach the fundamentals of stick and puck skills. Skaters must be able to skate at the Basic 2 level before transitioning to the hockey lessons. Skaters registered for hockey will be assessed by coaching staff at the first class and will be referred back to the learn to skate classes if they need more training on their basic skating skills. USA Hockey endorses the Learn to Skate USA and all hockey skaters must register with Learn to Skate USA. Skaters will need to have a certified hockey helmet with face shield and their own hockey stick to participate.

Snowplow Sam 1-4, Ages 4-6: The Snowplow Sam levels are designed to help the preschool age skater develop the primary coordination and strength needed for skating.  Elements included in the level are falling correctly, standing up, stopping, skating forward and the ever favorite swizzles.  Helmets are mandatory for all Snowplow Sam skaters (hockey, bike, or ski helmets are accepted.)PSSA Learn-to-Skate Group Lesson

Basic Skills 1-6, Ages 7 & up: Basics 1-6 begin to teach the fundamentals of the sport, such as forward and backwards skating, three turns, mohawks, edges, and crossovers. Levels 4-6 begin to incorporate beginner jumps and spins.  Helmets are highly encouraged.

Freestyle,  Pre-freestyle and freestyle levels 1-6 are divided into four sections: moves in the field, spins, dance/footwork sequence, and jumps. The free skate levels are designed to give skaters a strong foundation on which to build their skills. This is the point where the skater can choose whether to pursue a recreational or competitive approach to the sport of figure skating.

Adult 1-6, The adult curriculum is designed for the beginner adult skater. It will promote physical fitness and improve balance and coordination while teaching proper skating techniques. Divided into six levels, adult skaters will progress at an individual rate while being challenged and motivated. This is an exciting new program for people who look to skating as an enjoyable part of a fit and healthy lifestyle. Helmets are encouraged for all beginners.

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Email psu-icearena@plymouth.edu or call 603-535-2SK8 (2758) with any questions.