This season we are moving our Learn to Skate program to a USA Hockey sanctioned Skills Development Program. This program brings a different twist in that it’s divided into a Learn to Skate section, and a Learn to Play section (or two) with pucks and sticks. One major difference is that every person on the ice has to be registered with USA Hockey, and follow their coaching protocol. Parents will not be allowed on the ice as in the past unless they follow the USAH criteria. Although there will be a few kinks to work out, we look at these differences as positive changes, and encourage any parent willing to volunteer with the program to let us know.
The classes will be held on Monday evenings at 6:00 pm and Saturday mornings at 10:00 am. The registration fee is $150.00 per session and includes 20 times on the ice. Loaner equipment (except skates) is provided (as available) while registered in the Skill Development program. Skate rental is $1 for classes.
Learning to skate at the SBIA is achieved through a welcoming and relaxed environment, with an emphasis on fun and personal relationships. We strive to prepare our students for a future in ice skating sports by providing a solid foundation to build on. We embrace the individual needs of learning on such a slippery surface—and work to ensure that each participant will leave with a smile.
Full equipment is necessary for the Skills Development program, which includes a helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey gloves, hockey pants, shin guards, and skates. Participants in the Learn to Play section will also need sticks.