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 5 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.

Lessons on Saturday Mornings

Show Session – “Animation on Ice”
Classes February 18 – April (7 weeks)
Show at 6:30 p.m. on April 1
(There are additional fees for show costumes)

Class times are based on skater level as listed below:

  • Basic 6 through Freestyle Levels: 8:00-9:00 a.m.
  • Tots through Basic 5 levels: 9-10:00 a.m.
  • Learn to Play Hockey: 9-10:00 a.m.
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Learn to Skate USA Membership

LTS USA Membership runs from July 1 through June 30 each year and the fee is $17.25/year. ($16 + processing fees). This membership is required of all skaters who participate in the Learn to Skate USA program.  Learn to Skate USA is endorsed by US Figure Skating and USA Hockey. Membership benefits include a subscription to Learn to Skate USA Magazine, a Skills Record Book for first-time members, badges earned for passing levels, and secondary sport accident insurance.

Register Here for LTS USA Membership

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. A parent may join their tot during the 30 minute practice time.

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 5-6: Younger skaters are considered if they have previous skating skills and can maneuver unassisted on the ice. 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.

Email psu-icearena@plymouth.edu or call 603-535-2758 or 535-3365 with any questions.