Rules and FAQs

STICK AND PUCK

 

We want all ages and skill levels to have fun and be safe! Below are some key guidelines for participating in our Stick and Puck program. Failure to comply with any of the below may result in being asked to leave the session with no refund.

1. Every person attending must check in at the front desk, sign the waiver, and pay in full before taking the ice for every session they attend.

2. Each skater must wear skates, gloves, and a helmet. Skaters under 18 years old must wear full facial protection.

3. Two locker rooms will be available for use. If you are dressing in equipment or need to change, you must use these rooms.

4. The neutral zone (between the blue lines) will have net(s) available and will be reserved for our younger players if any are present at any session. We recommend that the young players use this area and older players stay at either end and pay special attention and take care when moving through this area.

5. There will be no hockey training "tools" allowed on the ice, such as pylons and stick handling aids.

6. We will allow players to play small-area games at either end of the rink. In order to do so, at least half of the players on the ice must be willing to participate. Small groups may not "take over" one side of the rink. Feel free to ask anyone on the ice to join. Have fun, make some friends, and play some hockey!

7. NO coaching/private lessons are permitted on Stick and Puck. We have created blocks of time for coaching for our approved coaches. To become an approved coach, or if you have any questions about our coaching ice, please contact our Hockey Director, Mike Berger at mberger@indyfueltank.com.

8. Be safe! Pay attention to your surroundings and respect everyone on the ice. We want everyone to have fun, but the safety of our players is always the top priority!

 

Skating faqs

 

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 learn the basics needed for Freestyle skating or Hockey. Private lessons to sharpen a skater's skills are available for any skater in any discipline, including freeskate, ice dance, pairs, synchronized skating, 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 the The Winter Club of Indianapolis 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?

Testing is used to measure skaters' proficiency and accomplishment in the sport.

Basic Skills
USFS-endorsed Basic Skills programs, such as Learn to Skate at the Fuel Tank, offer 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 each 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. MIF replaced the former testing process known as "figures." MIF allow skaters to demonstrate their technical expertise. Tests are assessed by a panel of USFS judges at approved testing sessions. MIF levels include the following:

  • Pre-Preliminary
  • Preliminary
  • Pre-Juvenile
  • Juvenile
  • Intermediate
  • Novice
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Adult Pre-Bronze
  • Adult Bronze
  • Adult Silver
  • Adult Gold

Free Skate
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 skills in a musical and artistic program. Free Skate levels include the following:

  • Pre-Preliminary
  • Preliminary
  • Pre-Juvenile
  • Juvenile
  • Intermediate
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Adult Pre-Bronze
  • Adult Bronze
  • Adult Silver
  • Adult Gold

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

Ice Dance, Pairs, Synchronized Skating, Hockey and Speed Skating
There are many other disciplines in the sport of skating. Ice dance, pairs, synchronized skating, hockey, and speed skating are some other paths skaters can pursue depending on their personal preferences. 

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

If you would like to sponsor Learn to Skate at the Fuel Tank or The Winter Club of Indianapolis, please contact Chad Hallett at challett@indyfueltank.com