Basic Ice Skating

Tot Class Levels (ages 3-4)

Snowplow Sam 1

A. Sit and stand up with skates on – off Ice
B. Sit and stand up – on Ice
C. March in place
D. March forward (8–10 steps)
E. March, then glide on two feet
F. Dip in place

Snowplow Sam 2

A. March followed by a long glide
B. Dip while moving
C. Backward walking, toes turned inward, shifting weight (4-6 steps)
D. Backward wiggles (6 in a row)
E. Forward swizzles (2-3 in a row)
F. Beginning snowplow stop motion- in place or holding onto barrier
G. Two-foot hop in place (optional)

Snowplow Sam 3

A. Forward skating (8–10 strides)
B. Forward one-foot glide, two times skater’s height (R and L)
C. Forward swizzles (4–6 in a row)
D. Backward swizzles (2–3 in a row)
E. Moving forward snowplow stop (two-foot)
F. Curves

Snowplow Sam 4

A. Forward skating
B. Backward two-foot glide, length of skater’s height
C. Backward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
D. Rocking Horse- one forward, one backward, swizzle, repeat twice
E. Two-foot turns from forward to backward, in place (both directions)
F. Two-foot hop, in place

Based on the age and ability of the child after completion of Snowplow Sam 3, they can successfully advance to Basic 2 or Hockey 2, or progress to Snowplow Sam 4.

Basic Skills Class Levels (age 5+)

Basic 1

A. Sit on ice and stand up
B. March forward across the ice
C. Forward two-foot glide
D. Dip
E. Forward swizzles (6–8 in a row)
F. Backward wiggles (6–8 in a row)
G. Beginning snowplow stop on two feet or one foot
Bonus skill: Two-foot hop in place

Basic 2

A. Scooter pushes (R and L)
B. Forward one-foot glides (R and L)
C. Backward two-foot glide- glide the length of the skater’s height
D.Rocking Horse (one forward swizzle, one backward swizzle)- Repeat twice
E. Backward swizzles (6–8 in a row)
F. Two-foot turns from forward to backward in place- clockwise and counterclockwise
G. Moving snowplow stop
Bonus skill: Curves

Basic 3

A. Beginning forward stroking, showing correct use of blade
B. Forward half swizzle pumps on a circle – 6–8 consecutive clockwise and counterclockwise
C. Moving forward to backward two-foot turn – clockwise and counterclockwise
D. Beginning backward one-foot glides- focus on balance
E. Backward snowplow stop (R and L)
F. Forward slalom
Bonus skill: Forward pivots- clockwise and counterclockwise

Basic 4

A. Forward outside edge on a circle (R and L)
B. Forward inside edge on a circle (R and L)
C. Forward crossovers- clockwise and counterclockwise
D. Backward half swizzle pumps on a circle- clockwise and counterclockwise
E.Backward one-foot glides (R and L)
F.Beginning two-foot spin- up to 2 revolutions
Bonus skill: Forward lunges- both legs

Basic 5

A. Backward outside edge on a circle (R and L)
B. Backward inside edge on a circle (R and L)
C. Backward crossovers- clockwise and counterclockwise
D. Forward outside three-turn (R and L)
E. Advanced two-foot spin (4–6)
E. Hockey stop- both directions
Bonus skill: Side toe hop- both directions

Basic 6

A. Forward inside three-turn (R and L)
B. Moving backward to forward two-foot turn on a circle- clockwise and counterclockwise
C.Backward stroking
D.Beginning one-foot spin- 2-4 revolutions, optional free leg position and entry
C. T-stop (R or L)
D. Bunny hop
E. Forward spiral on a straight line (R or L)
Bonus skill: Shoot the duck (R or L)

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