Learn to Skate USA
with the Binghamton Figure Skating Club!
The Learn to Skate USA program offers group classes for students age 4 and older, including adults of all ages. Classes include a half an hour of instruction and a half an hour of ice time to practice skills learned in class. Classes typically range from 5 to 8 students.
The Learn to Skate USA program offers:
- One lesson per week in groups of 6-week sessions. There will be 6 sessions throughout the season (see schedule below)
- 8 levels with approximately 5 skills per level
- Classes organized by age and ability (student placement will occur during the first class)
- Instruction of beginning levels/basic techniques, including backward skating, crossovers, edges, turns, and beginning spins and jumps
- Free rental of rink skates (as available)
Students will advance to higher levels as they demonstrate proficiency of all skills in a level. Upon completion of each level, a badge may be purchased for $1 at the registration table.
Learn to Skate USA sessions are on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Skaters sign up for six weeks at a time. Click the icons below to see the full schedule for each session of the 2017-2018 season.
Saturday 1: Sept. 30 – Nov. 4
- Sept. 30, 10 – 11 a.m.
- Oct. 7, 10 – 11 a.m.
- Oct. 14, 10 – 11 a.m.
- Oct. 21, 10 – 11 a.m.
- Oct. 28, 10 – 11 a.m.
- Nov. 4, 10 – 11 a.m.
Saturday 2: Nov. 11 – Dec. 16
- Nov. 11, 10 – 11 a.m.
- Nov. 18, 10 – 11 a.m.
- Nov. 25, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (note time change this week)
- Dec. 2, 10 – 11 a.m.
- Dec. 9, 10 – 11 a.m.
- Dec. 16, 10 – 11 a.m.
Saturday 3: Dec. 30 – Feb. 3
- Dec. 30, 10 – 11 a.m.
- Jan. 6, 10 – 11 a.m.
- Jan. 13, 10 – 11 a.m.
- Jan 20, 10 – 11 a.m.
- Jan 27, 10 – 11 a.m.
- Feb. 3, 10 – 11 a.m.
Saturday 4: Feb. 10 – March 17
- Feb. 10, 10 – 11 a.m.
- Feb. 17, 10 – 11 a.m.
- Feb. 24, 10 – 11 a.m.
- March 3, 10 – 11 a.m.
- March 10, 10 – 11 a.m.
- March 17, 10 – 11 a.m.
Tuesday 1: Jan. 2 – Feb. 6
- Jan. 2, 7 – 8 p.m.
- Jan. 9, 7 – 8 p.m.
- Jan. 16, 7 – 8 p.m.
- Jan. 23, 7 – 8 p.m.
- Jan. 30, 7 – 8 p.m.
- Feb. 6, 7 – 8 p.m.
Tuesday 2: Feb. 13 – March 20
- Feb. 13, 7 – 8 p.m.
- Feb. 20, 7 – 8 p.m.
- Feb. 27, 7 – 8 p.m.
- March 6, 7 – 8 p.m.
- March 13, 7 – 8 p.m.
- March 20, 7 – 8 p.m.
Fees cover the cost of ice time, instruction, insurance, materials, and free rink skate rentals (as available). The cost of one session (one lesson per week for 6 weeks) is $90/skater. Be sure to pre-register, because the walk-on fee is $95/skater. If you cannot attend all six weeks of a session, we allow for one make-up lesson per skater per session for no additional charge.
A parent may skate during the student’s practice half hour at a rate of $30/session per parent. Rink skates are available at no additional cost, as supplies last.
Sponsorships: A memorial sponsorship program is available for up to five children, who, for financial reasons, may not be able to otherwise participate in the Learn to Skate USA program. Contact us for more information.
Cancellation policy: No refunds will be granted after the second week of each session. $25 portion is not refundable.
Rising Stars Program
Rising Stars is an additional program that offers small group classes for LTS skaters in levels 4-8 during club ice. The program is an excellent opportunity for committed skaters to advance further. The program acts as a bridge between LTS and the club. View the Rising Stars flyer or talk to your LTS instructor to learn more. Skaters may participate in Rising Stars and LTS at the same time, if desired.
Things to keep in mind…
1. Arrive a half an hour early to your first lesson.
This will give you time to get checked in, to find your class and instructor assignment, and to try on different skates. For all following lessons, be sure to arrive with enough time to get ready to hit the ice your class starts.
2. LTS includes free skate rental, or you may choose to purchase your own.
Figure and hockey skates are available at the rink for rental as long as supplies last. Skaters are encouraged to provide their own skates – make sure they provide ample ankle support. (New skates will need to be sharpened before the first lesson.) If you have questions on purchasing new or used skates, please contact the club. Although the club does not sell skates, we can help you find the skates that will work best for you. We recommend a professional skate shop, such as Ice Hot Concepts (Skaneateles), rather than a general sports store.
3. Dress appropriately.
Clothing should allow for freedom of movement. It is recommended to dress in layers, as skaters may warm up as they begin to exercise. Helmets and padding are strongly encouraged, especially for child skaters. Gloves/mittens must be worn for hand protection. Gloves may be purchased at the registration table. Wear thin socks for best fit in your skates – heavy socks can cause rubbing and a loose skate fit around the ankles.
- The practice half hour is for practicing techniques learned in lessons and for parent skate. Horseplay will not be tolerated, as we value the safety of our skaters above all else. Offenders will receive one warning. Failure to comply can result in removal from the program without refund.
- No food, beverages, or chewing gum on the ice.
Complete form and mail it, with your payment to: The Binghamton Figure Skating Club, P.O. Box 126, Endicott, NY 13761-0126