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


Specialty Classes

Beginning Spin Class
A class to develop and strengthen beginning spin
techniques for the Basic 7 to Freeskate 2 skaters

Beginning Footwork
For skaters Basic 8 to Freeskate 2, this class provides a basic introduction on how to properly execute steps and turns in a sequence. Skaters will enjoy learning various moves including 3-Turns, Mohawks, Toe-Steps, Running-Steps, and Swing-Rolls. This is a great way to enhance their program performance for both recreational and competitive ISI/USFS skaters!

Advanced Footwork
For more advanced skaters from Freeskate 3 and up, this class further improves their understanding of turn accuracy, axis, body alignment, edge quality, and bilateral movement while improving the quality and performance of step sequences. Learning unique transitions such as Spread Eagles, Ina Bauers, Lunges, Pivots, and Spirals, enhance a step sequence that is not only fun to skate, but exciting to watch!

Creative Movement
Considering competition? Are you ready for some fun? Creative movement is a class exclusively for Basic 3 to Basic 7 skaters to learn how to interpret music through simple routines. Take the skills you have learned in your technical class and combine them with music for a fun way to prepare for performances or competitions


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