learntoskate-2011The Basic Skill Program is designed by U.S. Figure Skating Association (USFSA) and serves the needs of hockey, recreational and figure skaters. Designed for all ages, this program provides a simple progressive method of group ice skating instruction. Classes are taught by sanctioned instructors over the course of six weeks. Group lessons consist of a 30-minute lesson (on and off ice) and free open skate passes for practice. All skaters will be assessed the first week of classes to ensure proper levels. It is common for children to repeat a level before advancing to the next level. Attendance is important to learn new skills that build on the previous class. Please arrive 20 minutes early the first day of class to pick up badges.

Some other items to note:

  • Classes are held at the Rogers Activity Center.
  • Rental skates available for $2/pair weekly.
  • Helmets are available for $1 weekly; helmets are required for ages 3-6 and all hockey classes.
  • Double-blade skates are not allowed.
  • Parents are not allowed on ice during lesson times except for Parent/Tot classes.


Registrations are taken online through the ISD728 Community Education website at, or via phone at 763-241-3520. Registration deadline for all classes is the Wednesday prior to the start of class. No pro-rating of fee for classes missed. No refunds once session starts except for extenuating circumstances


Learn to Skate Classes

Parent/Tot (Ages 3 – 5 maximum 20 students, minimum 4) fee: $69
Parent is on ice with their child; however, they must be on ice with skates. Class designed to teach parents how to instruct and encourage their child to skate, following the same guidelines as Snowplow Sam classes.

Snowplow Sam Program (Ages 3-5 maximum 25 students, minimum 4) fee: $69
A three level badge program designed for pre-school age skaters to develop coordination and strength to move on skates.

Basic Skating (Ages 6+ maximum 25 students, minimum 4) fee: $69
We currently offer 3 of the 8 levels of the program, introducing fundamental moves, forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, turns and more. Basic 1 and 2 are true beginning levels of skating and geared for everyone. Basic 3 and above are geared for figure skating techniques. For levels over 3, please contact Cherie at 763-428-0975.

Adult/Teen (Ages 14 & up) fee: $69
Ideal program to learn to skate, exercise and have fun. Quick progression through the basic skill levels and/or hockey skating techniques.

Hockey Learn to Skate Classes

This program is structured using the guidelines of USFSA and USA Hockey learn-to-skate techniques. The Hockey Prep classes are to teach the basic skating skills needed to play hockey and build confidence while on skates. Classes are for the beginner to the slightly advanced skater. Sticks will be introduced no later than the 3rd week pending abilities. Helmets, shin guards, hockey gloves & stick are required, other protective gear is recommended. Instructors will group the skaters according to their ability at the first class meeting. (Note: This program allows for flexibility to deviate from skill-sets to focus on skills needed by ability of skaters.) This is an hour long class, broken down into stations or small groups based on number of skaters and abilities, with an allowance for some free time.

Prep Jr. (Age 4-6)

  • Designed for beginner skaters who want to play hockey but have little skating ability but are able to stand and march on skates. (If child cannot balance and march on skates, it is recommended that they go through one of our Sam classes prior to doing Hockey Prep Jr.) Note: Skaters younger than 6 can participate in other prep levels providing they have the ability to keep up with the class.

Hockey Prep (Age 7+)

  • Beginner level skaters cover the Basics beginning format of skating including stance, quick get up from falls, forward skating, dips, snowplow stop, scooter/T-pushes and proper way to hold stick.
  • Advanced beginner, focus on glide turns, proper way to hold stick, backward skating, stopping and some stick-puck handling.
  • Advanced skaters who are ready for crossovers and other more challenging skills. Quick stop and starts, crossovers, c-cuts, one-foot pushes and glides on circles, mohawks, hockey stop, and stick-puck handling drills. (Great class for those who have played before but need to work on their skating skills.)


Note:  Saturday classes that were in the Spring/Summer brochure are cancelled.
Tuesday/Thursdays  >  June 10 - June 26 / 3 sessions - 2x/wk
4980-1S:  Snowplow Sam 1  >  1:15 - 1:45pm
4981-1S:  Snowplow Sam 2  >  1:15 - 1:45pm
4982-1S:  Snowplow Sam 3  >  1:15 - 1:45pm
4983-1S:  Basic 1  >  12:45 - 1:15pm
4984-1S:  Basic 2  >  12:45 - 1:15pm
4994-1S:  Hockey Prep Jr.  >  12:15 - 1:15pm
4995-1S:  Hockey Prep Basic  >  12:15 - 1:15pm

Tuesday/Thursdays  >  July 8 - July 24 / 3 sessions - 2x/wk
4980-2S:  Snowplow Sam 1  >  1:15 - 1:45pm
4981-2S:  Snowplow Sam 2  >  1:15 - 1:45pm
4982-2S:  Snowplow Sam 3  >  1:15 - 1:45pm
4983-2S:  Basic 1  >  12:45 - 1:15pm
4984-2S:  Basic 2  >  12:45 - 1:15pm
4994-2S:  Hockey Prep Jr.  >  12:15 - 1:15pm
4995-2S:  Hockey Prep Basic  >  12:15 - 1:15pm

Tuesday/Thursdays  >  Aug. 5 - Aug. 21 / 3 sessions - 2x/wk
4979-1S:  Parent/Tot  >  10:45 - 11:15am
4980-3S:  Snowplow Sam 1  >  10:45 - 11:15am
4981-3S:  Snowplow Sam 2  >  10:45 - 11:15am
4983-3S:  Basic 1  >  11:15 - 11:45am
4984-3S:  Basic 2  >  11:15 - 11:45am
4994-3S:  Hockey Prep Jr.  >  11:15am - 12:15pm
4995-3S:  Hockey Prep Basic  >  11:15am - 12:15pm

Saturday morning classes will resume in September.