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