Learn To Skate

Attention: All skaters must be registered with Learn-to-Skate USA, the cost is $16 per player plus a $1.25 processing and handling fee. Please click here to register with Learn-to-Skate USA. This registration is required for insurance purposes and is active for the entire 2022-2023 season. You only need to register once per season, even if you participate in multiple sessions of CHA instructional programs.

Ages

Ages for 2022 - 2023 Season: Birth dates of 2012 - 2018

*If your player falls out of the target age range, but you would like to register, please contact Brad Marmo, Development Program Director.

When

All sessions are at 10:40-11:40am on Saturday mornings at the Chelmsford Forum

Session 1: 12/10/22 through 01/28/23 (class is on for both 12/24 and 12/31)

Session 2: TBD

• Weekly Saturday classes in two, 8-week sessions

• Participants can join at any time; completing a prior session is not required

• Target ages: 4-10 year-olds

Where

Location: Chelmsford Forum (2 Brick Kiln Road, North Billerica, MA 01862)

Equipment

HECC approved helmet with face mask, knee pads, and thick gloves. Elbow pads are recommended as are hockey gloves in place of thick gloves. Hockey skates or figure skates can be worn.

2022-2023 - Session 1

Program Description: The Learn-to-Skate Program is a great entry point for kids to begin and develop skating skills and have fun out on the ice. The program targets boys and girls ages 4-10 and will be divided into groups on the ice based on level of proficiency.

All skill levels welcome. Kids who aren't able to keep up with the larger groups will break off into smaller groups at center ice and work on the basics until they are able to keep up with the pace of the class.

Overall format of class will be as follows:

First part of each class will focus on balance exercises and skating skills. Next, kids will be broken up into smaller groups and rotate through 'stations' where they will continue to master their skating skills, try more advanced skills, and play games that reinforce all types and levels of skills.

Our #1 rule is to "have fun" and will always be the backdrop of everything we do."

Phase 1 program emphasis: Children learn to stand up on their own on the ice and begin to move independently.

Phase 2 program emphasis: Children learn more advanced skating techniques, such as; forward stride, gliding, skating backwards, snow plow stops, and turning.

Phase 3 program emphasis: Children learn even more advanced skating techniques, such as; gliding on one foot, pivots, two foot stops, and crossovers.

Attention: On-ice parent volunteers that would like to assist CHA coaching staff are welcome.

Please contact our Development Director for more details and the requirements necessary to join us on the ice.

Cost for this program is $99 per 8 week session.


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