Skating academy curriculum


Snowplow Sam Curriculum (3-6 years old)

Snowplow Sam 1
A. Sit and stand up with skates on – off-ice
B. Sit and stand up – on-ice
C. March in place
D. March forward (8-10 steps)
E. March, then glide on two feet
F. Dip in place

Snowplow Sam 2
A. March followed by a long glide
B. Dip while moving
C. Backward walking, toes turned inward, shifting weight (4-6 steps)
D. Backward wiggles (6 in a row)
E. Forward swizzles (2-3 in a row)
F. Beginning snowplow stop motion – in place or holding onto barrier
G. Two-foot hop, in place (optional)

Snowplow Sam 3
A. Forward skating (8-10 strides)
B. Forward one-foot glide, two times skater’s height (R and L)
C. Forward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
D. Backward swizzles (2-3 in a row)
E. Moving forward snowplow stop (two-foot)
F. Curves

Snowplow Sam 4
A. Forward skating
B. Backward two-foot glide, length of skater’s height
C. Backward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
D. Rocking horse – one forward, one backward swizzle, repeat twice
E. Two-foot turns from forward to backward, in place (both directions)
F. Two-foot hop, in place


UTC Ice Skating Academy Basic Skills Curriculum 

Basic 1
A Sit on ice and stand up
B. March forward across the ice
C. Forward two-foot glide
D. Dip
E. Forward swizzles — 6–8 in a row
F. Backward wiggles — 6–8 in a row
G. Beginning snowplow stop on two feet or one foot
«Bonus skill: Two-foot hop in place

Basic 2
A. Scooter pushes — R and L
B. Forward one-foot glides — R and L
C. Backward two-foot glide — Glide the length of skater’s height
D. Rocking Horse (one forward swizzle, one backward swizzle) — Repeat twice
E. Backward swizzles — 6–8 in a row
F. Two-foot turns from forward to backward in place — clockwise and counterclockwise
G. Moving snowplow stop
«Bonus skill: Curves

Basic 3
A. Beginning forward stroking showing correct use of blade
B. Forward half swizzle pumps on a circle — 6–8 consecutive clockwise and counterclockwise
C. Moving forward to backward twofoot turns on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise
D. Beginning backward one-foot glides — focus on balance
E. Backward snowplow stop — R and L
F. Forward slalom
«Bonus skill: Forward pivots – clockwise and counterclockwise

Basic 4
A. Forward outside edge on a circle — R and L
B. Forward inside edge on a circle — R and L
C. Forward crossovers — clockwise and counterclockwise
D. Backward half swizzle pumps on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise
E. Backward one-foot glides — R and L
F. Beginning two-foot spin — Up to two revolutions
«Bonus skill: Forward lunges — both legs

Basic 5
A. Backward outside edge on a circle — R and L
B. Backward inside edge on a circle — R and L
C. Backward crossovers — clockwise and counterclockwise
D. Forward outside three-turn — R and L
E. Advanced two-foot spin — 4–6
G. Hockey stop — both directions
«Bonus skill: Side toe hop — R and L

Basic 6
A. Forward inside three-turn — R and L
B. Moving backward to forward twofoot turn on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise
C. Backward stroking
D. Beginning one-foot spin — 2–4 revolutions, optional free leg position and entry
E. T-stops – R and L
F. Bunny hop
G. Forward spiral on a straight line — R or L
«Bonus skill: Shoot the duck — R or L


UTC Ice Skating Academy  Pre-Freeskate through Freeskate 6 Curriculum 

Pre-Freeskate
A. Forward inside open mohawk from a standstill position (R to L and L to R)
B. Backward crossovers to a backward outside edge glides (landing position), clockwise and counterclockwise
C. Backward outside edge to a forward outside edge transition, clockwise and counterclockwise
D. Two forward crossovers into a forward inside mohawk, step down and cross behind, step into one backward crossover and step to a forward inside edge, clockwise and counterclockwise
Spins:
E. One-foot upright spin, optional entry and free-foot position (minimum three revolutions)
Jumps:
F. Mazurka (R and L)
G. Waltz jump
«Bonus Skill: Backward inside pivots, clockwise and counterclockwise

Freeskate 1
A. Forward power stroking, clockwise and counterclockwise
B. Basic forward outside and forward inside consecutive edges (four to six consecutive edges)
C. Backward outside three-turns (R and L)
Spin:
D. Upright spin, entry from back crossovers (min. four to six revolutions)
Jumps:
E. Half flip
F. Toe loop
«Bonus Skill: Waltz jump-side toe hop-waltz jump sequence, or waltz jump-ballet jump-toe loop sequence

Freeskate 2
A. Alternating forward outside and inside spirals on a continuous axis (two sets)
B. Basic backward outside and backward inside consecutive edges (four to six consecutive edges)
C. Backward inside three-turns (R and L)
Spin:
D. Beginning back spin (up to two revolutions)
Jumps:

E. Half Lutz
F. Salchow
«Bonus Skill: Variation of a forward spiral, skater’s choice

Freeskate 3
A. Alternating backward crossovers to back outside edges – Four sets
B. Alternating mohawk/crossover sequence (R to L and L to R)
C. Waltz three-turns (forward outside three turn, backward outside edge glide), clockwise and counterclockwise
Spin:
D. Advanced back spin with free foot in crossed leg position (min. three revolutions)
Jumps:
E. Loop jump
F. Waltz jump-toe loop or Salchow-toe loop combination
«Bonus Skill: Toe step sequence, skater’s choice, using a variety of toe step

Freeskate 4
A. Forward power three-turns (R and L), 3 sets each
B. Waltz eight, clockwise and counterclockwise
Spins:
C. Forward upright spin to backward upright spin (3 revs., each foot)
D. Sit spin (minimum three revolutions)
Jumps:
E. Half loop
F. Flip
«Bonus Skill: Split jump, stag jump or split falling leaf

Freeskate  5
A. Backward outside three-turn, mohawk (backward power three-turns), clockwise and counterclockwise
B. Five-step mohawk sequence, clockwise and counterclockwise
Spins:
C. Camel spin (minimum three revolutions)
Jumps:
D. Waltz jump-loop jump combination
E. Lutz jump
«Bonus Skill: Loop-loop combination

Freeskate 6
A. Forward power pulls (R and L)
B. Creative step sequence, skater’s choice, using a variety of three-turns, mohawks and toe steps
Spins:
C. Camel-sit spin combination (minimum two revolutions each position)
D. Layback or attitude spin or cross-foot spin (three revolutions)
Jumps:
E. Waltz jump-half loop-Salchow jump sequence
F. Axel
«Bonus Skill: Backward outside pivot, entry optional


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