Education

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)

Hockey Class Levels

Hockey 1

A. Falling and Recovery to a balanced, standing position
B. Proper basic hockey stance (Forward and Backward)
C. March Forward across the ice, 8-10 steps
D.Two-foot glides and dips from forward marching across the ice
E. Forward swizzles/double c-cuts (4 to 6 in a row)
F. T-Push to a two-foot glide (hold 2-4 seconds) on a straight line, alternating feet
G. Snowplow Stop, stationary
H. Front to Back and Back to Front turns (Stationary)
Bonus skill: Front to Back and Back to Front turns (stationary)

Hockey 2

A. Forward strides using 45 degree V-Push, focus on good recovery and alternating arm drive
B. Forward one-foot push and glide (right and left)
C. Forward C-Cuts: single leg (right and left) and alternating feet (right and left) in a straight line
D. Backward hustle or march, then glide on two feet
E. Backward swizzles / double c-cuts (4 to 6 in a row)
F. Backward C-Cuts, single leg (right and left) and alternating feet (right and left) in a straight line
G. Two-foot moving Snowplow stop
Bonus skill: Scooting or Skateboard push, on circle (right or left)

Hockey 3

A. Lateral crossover march (both directions)
B. Forward C-Cuts (1/2 swizzle pumps) on a circle, both directions
C. Forward outside edges on half circles (large C’s), alternating feet on the short or long axis of the rink
D. Forward inside edges on half circles (large C’s), alternating feet on the short or long axis of the rink
E. Backward C-Cuts (1/2 swizzle pumps) on a circle, both directions
F. Backward snowplow stops: One foot and two feet V-stop
G. One-foot moving snowplow stop (Right and Left), introduce 1/4 turn with hips to hockey stop
Bonus skill:Forward stops and starts

Hockey 4

A. Quick starts using forward V-Start
B. Backward one-foot glide, right and left
C. Forward Crossover glides (clockwise and counter-clockwise). Hold feet in crossed position for 2 counts
D. Backward Crossover glides (clockwise and counter-clockwise). Hold feet in crossed position for 2 counts
E. Forward Crossovers on circle, clockwise and counterclockwise (4-6 each)
F. Backward crossovers on circle, clockwise and counterclockwise (4-6 each)
G. Hockey Stops (stopping to the left and to the right, with speed)
Bonus skill: Forward to backward Mohawk pivots (both directions, right and left) from powerful, full strides

Power Skating

A. Powerful backward C-Cuts
B. Forward Alternating Crossovers down the length of the ice, with wide step transitions (3 to left and 3 to right)
C. Backward Alternating Crossovers down the length of the ice, with wide step transitions (3 to left and 3 to right)
D. Forward power hockey turns / tight glide turns, 180 degrees and 360 degree turns
E. Lateral pivots: forward to backward and backward to forward
F. Fast stops and starts using powerful, full strides and quick hockey stops(right and left foot)
G. Fast backward skating with quick backward V-stops (two-foot stops and one-foot stops, alternating feet)