Where do I start? Learn to Skate or Private Lessons?

We always recommend that any skater begin with group classes in the Learn to Skate program. Generally, group classes are an easy way to get a skater to learn the basics needed for Freestyle or Hockey skating. Private lessons to sharpen a skater's skills are available for any skater in any discipline such as Ice Dancing, Pairs, Synchronized, and Hockey. Please contact any of the coaches with questions about availability for lessons.

Once a skater learns the basics of skating, they typically go the route of figure skating or hockey. Figure skaters in Learn to Skate wanting to take the next step in the sport should begin by joining a club and taking private lessons.

How much should I practice?

The amount a skater should practice is based on their individual goals. Some skaters practice one hour a week and other skaters practice more than ten hours a week. The best way to determine a successful amount of practice time is to speak with your group instructor or private lessons coach about your goals and a plan to achieve them.

What are the different levels in figure skating?

Skaters measure their proficiency and accomplishment in the sport through testing.

Basic Skills
A USFS endorsed Basic Skills program, such as Learn to Skate at the Fuel Tank, offers testing within the class structure. Skaters work through elements over the course of the class, and are tested by their instructor at the end of session. Basic Skills Levels include:

  • Snowplow Sam
  • Basic 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
  • Free skate 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6

Moves in the Field (MIF)
Once a skater has completed Free Skate 6, they are ready for more advanced testing. Moves in the Field represents what was once known as "Figures." This demonstrates a skater's technical expertise. Tests are done in front of a panel of USFS judges at approved testing sessions. Moves in the levels include:

  • Pre-Preliminary
  • Preliminary
  • Pre-Juvenile
  • Juvenile
  • Intermediate
  • Novice
  • Junior
  • Senior

Free Skate (FS)
After a skater has passed a MIF level, he/she may test the equivalent level in Free Skate. These tests are also conducted in front of a panel of USFS judges at an approved test session. Free Skate tests give skaters the opportunity to show their skating skill in a musical and artistic program. Free Skate levels include:

  • Pre-Preliminary
  • Preliminary
  • Pre-Juvenile
  • Juvenile
  • Intermediate
  • Junior
  • Senior

The last successfully passed Free Skate test determines the level at which a skater must compete. 

Ice Dancing, Pair, Synchronized, Hockey and Speed Skating
There
are many other disciplines in the sport of skating. Ice Dancing, Pairs, Synchronized, Hockey, and Speed Skating are some other paths skaters decide to pursue. Depending on personal preferences, skaters choose different paths. 

How can I sponsor the Learn to Skate program or the club?

For those want to sponsor Learn to Skate at the Fuel Tank or the Fisher's Figure skating club, please contact Chad Hallet at challett@indyfueltank.com