County Ice Center
5201 South Murray Park Lane, Murray UT 84107 • 385 468-1650
Learn To Skate
Learn-to-Skate at the County Ice Center is a comprehensive Ice Skating lesson Program, sanctioned by U. S. Figure Skating. It is exciting, rewarding, safe and fun.
Whether your goal is to achieve Olympic fame or simply enjoy the recreational benefits of ice skating, the U. S. Figure Skating Learn-to-Skate program is for YOU.
The objectives of the program are:
- To teach the correct techniques and the fundamental basic elements of ice skating,
- To develop a finer degree of coordination and balance,
- To promote physical fitness,
- To enable all to achieve the skills necessary to skate for fun for the rest of your life,
- To move into U. S. Figure Skating advanced testing and/or competitive levels.
Learn-to-Skate Semester 4
Semester 4 of the Learn-to-Skate program begins on February 22. Classes are available for all ages and abilities on your choice of Wednesday late afternoons or Saturday mornings. Semester 4 is a 6 week semester, and runs through April 8.
The cost for Semester 4 is $60.00.
Learn-to-Skate Semester 4
What is U. S. Figure Skating?
The U. S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for ice skating in the United States. U. S. Figure Skating is responsible for selecting the teams that represent the United States in the Olympic Winter Games, the World Championships, and other major national and international figure skating events. It is also the role of U. S. Figure Skating to introduce people of all ages to the sport of ice skating.
Getting Started in Learn-to-Skate
Dress for warmth by layering clothes. This will also give you the ability to remove layers if you become too warm. It may feel cold when you first enter the arena, but you warm up quickly as you begin to skate. Remember to bring gloves and a hat. Comfort and the ability to move freely are important. We suggest close fitting but not tight pants. Sweat pants, leggings, or warm pants are ideal. Your feet will feel best if you wear one pair of lightweight socks or tights.
But What About the Skates?
The boot should provide a snug fit. If the boot is too big it will not provide the necessary support. If the boot is too small, OUCH! You will experience great discomfort. In general figure skates should be about the same as the shoe size for feet size 1 and above and about 1/2 size larger than shoe size for feet below size 1. If there is any doubt please utilize the skate fitting mat at the Ice Center skate rental counter.
*Please keep in mind that most skates are made of leather and they are stiff. Most children are not used to having something like this on their feet. Combine that with the snug fit mentioned above and they often perceive a properly fitting skate as being too tight or too small. Once again, skates must be snug in order to provide proper support. This is something they must get used to.
Skate rental is included in the program registration fee, and most participants will rent skates at first. Many decide they want their own skates by their second or third semester in the program. Skates are available for purchase through the Ice Center pro shop.
Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled class time to rent and/or put on skates.
How Long Are the Classes?
The County Ice Center offers 6 week semesters. The skating season starts in September with semester one. There are generally six semesters throughout the year.
- Classes are 30 minutes long.
- Each class is followed by a 15 minute practice session.
- Learn-to-Skate classes are available for all ages and ability levels.
- Classes meet once per week on your choice of Wednesday late afternoon and Saturday morning class times.
- The cost for each 6 week semester is $58.
At the end of each semester skaters are tested on the skills they have learned. If you pass the test you can register for the next Basic Skills level. If you fail the test we recommend taking the same skill level over. It is a good idea for skaters to come to public skating practice the skills hey have been taught in their Learn-to-Skate lessons. Because of this each skater is given a discount card which provides admission to any public skating session for only $1.50. This includes skate rental.
How Large Are the Classes?
Classes consist of 5 -12 students depending on the skating level. The maximum number of students at the youngest beginning levels is 8. The maximum at the older, more advanced levels is 12. It may be necessary to cancel or combine classes depending on enrollment numbers.
What happens if I miss a class?
One make up class per semester is allowed. Arrangements for class make-ups must be made and approved in advance, subject to class sizes.
Who teaches the classes?
All Learn-to-Skate classes are taught by qualified instructors. All instructors are registered with U. S. Figure Skating , and have skated in national and regional competitions. Occasionally you may have a substitute teacher. We apologize for the inconvenience. All substitute teachers are qualified instructors.
What can ice skating do for me?
Skating is an excellent way to help people of all ages to improve their coordination and balance, develop and strengthen muscles, and provide a great cardiovascular workout. The Learn-to-Skate program is an exciting way to begin a lifetime of fun. Thanks for your participation
U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Curriculum
Snowplow Sam I (3 - 5 year olds)
A. Sit and stand up with skates on
B. Sit and stand up on ice
C. March in place
D. March forward
E. March, then glide on two feet
F. Dip in place.
Snowplow Sam II (3 - 5 year olds)
A. March, followed by a long glide
B. Dip, while moving
C. Backward wiggles, 4-6 in a row
D. Forward two foot swizzles, 4-6 in a row
E. Rocking horse - one forward, one backward swizzle action
F. Two foot hop in place
Snowplow Sam III (3 - 5 year olds)
A. Forward skating, 8-10 steps
B. Forward one-foot glide, right and left
C. Forward swizzles, 4-6 in a row
D. Backward swizzles, 4-6 in a row
E. Forward snowplow stop
Basic I (Ages 6 and up)
A. Sit on the ice and stand up
B. March forward across the ice
C. Forward two foot glide
E. Forward swizzles, 6-8 in a row
F. Backward wiggles, 6-8 in a row
G. Snowplow stop
H. Rocking horse, 2-3 in a row
I. Two-foot hop in place.
Basic II (Ages 6 and up)
A. Forward one-foot glides, right and left
B. Backward two-foot glide
C. Backward swizzles, 6-8 in a row
D. Two-foot, from forward to backwards in place
E. Moving snowplow stop
F. Forward alternating 1/2 swizzles pumps in a straight line (slalom like pattern)
Basic III (Ages 6 and up)
A. Forward stroking, showing correct use of blade
B. Forward 1/2 swizzle pumps, on a circle
C. Moving forward to backward two-foot turn, clockwise and counter-clockwise
D. Backward one-foot glides, right and left
E. Forward slalom
F. Two-foot spin, up to two revolutions
Basic IV (Ages 6 and up)
A. Forward outside edge on a circle, right and left
B. Forward inside edge on a circle
C. Forward crossovers, clockwise and counter-clockwise
D. Forward outside three-turn, right and left, from a stand still position
E. Backward 1/2 swizzle pumps on a circle, clockwise and counter-clockwise
F. Backward stroking
G. Backward snowplow stop, right and left.
Basic V (Ages 6 and up)
A. Backward outside edge on a circle, right and left
B. Backward inside edge on a circle, right and left
C. Backward crossovers, clockwise and counter-clockwise
D. Beginning one-foot spin, up to 3 revolutions, optional entry and free foot position; Hockey stop
F. Slide toe hop, both directions
Basic VI (Ages 6 and up)
A. Forward inside three-turn, right and left, from a standstill position
B. Moving backward to forward two-foot turn on a circle, clockwise and counter-clockwise
C. T-stop, right or left
D. Bunny hop
E. Forward arabesque/spiral on a straight line, right or left
F. Forward lunge, right or left
Basic VII (Ages 6 and up)
A. Forward inside open Mohawk from a standstill position;
B. Backward outside edge to forward outside edge transition on a circle, right and left
C. Ballet jump, right or left
D. Backward crossovers to a backward outside edge glide (landing position), clockwise and counter-clockwise
E. Forward inside pivots, right or left
Basic VIII (Ages 6 and up)
A. Moving forward outside three-turn on a circle, right and left
B. Moving forward inside three-turn on a circle, right and left
C. Combination move: Forward crossovers (2) into forward inside Mohawk, cross behind, step into crossover (1) and step to forward inside edge - repeat 3 times, clockwise and counter-clockwise
D. One foot upright spin, optional entry and free foot position
E. Waltz jump
F. Mazurka, right or left
A. Falling and recovery
B. Forward strides and glides
C. Forward swizzles, 4-6 in a row
D. Backward skating
E. Backward swizzles, 4-6 in a row
F. Forward one-foot glides, one time skater's height, right and left
G. Two-foot turns, in place
H. Snowplow stops, right or left
I. Forward curves on two feet
J. Forward 1/2 swizzle pumps on a circle, clockwise and counter-clockwise
K. Forward Chasses on a circle, both directions
A. Forward stroking
B. Backward 1/2 swizzle pumps on a circle, clockwise and counter-clockwise
C. Moving two-foot turns on a curve, clockwise and counter-clockwise
D. Forward edge on a circle, outside and inside, clockwise and counter-clockwise
E. Forward crossovers, clockwise and counter-clockwise
F. Backward one-foot glide, right or left
G. Backward snowplow stop, right or left
H. Forward pivot, one direction only
A. Backward edge on a circle, outside and inside, clockwise and counter-clockwise
B. Backward crossovers, clockwise and counter-clockwise
C. Inside Mohawk, right to left or left to right
D. Basic forward outside and forward inside consecutive edge, 4-6
E. Forward progressives, clockwise and counter-clockwise
F. Footwork sequence, beginning with two-foot swizzle to a forward progressive, followed by a forward Chasse, ending with a two-foot side lunge around in a small circle
G. Beginning two-foot spin
A. Advanced forward stroking
B. Basic forward outside and forward inside consecutive edges, 4-6
C. Advanced back outside 3-turns, clockwise and counter-clockwise
D. Scratch-spin from back cross-overs, minimum 3 revolutions
E. Waltz-jump, from 2-3 back cross-overs
A. Basic back outside and back inside consecutive edges, 4-6
B. Forward outside and forward inside spirals, clockwise and counter-clockwise
C. Continuous forward progressive Chasse sequence, clockwise and counter-clockwise
D. Waltz threes
E. Beginning back-spin, two turns
F. Waltz jump, side toe hop, waltz jump sequence
G. Toe loop