Learn to Skate / Learn to Play Hockey

Plymouth State Skating Academy

PSSA proudly participates in the Learn to Skate USA, endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey, US Speedskating, and the Special Olympics.  PSSA offers group lessons in figure skating and beginner hockey skills for participants ages 4 years old through adult. As members of Learn to Skate USA we offer high quality instruction, cutting-edge curriculum, and a bridge to testing and competition. Most importantly, PSSA offers a fun, supportive community to both challenge and reward our skaters.

NOW OPEN: Online registration for Learn to Skate/Learn to Play Hockey.

Program Dates 2017-2018 Season

Sunday Evenings, 5-6 p.m.
$80 for each 6-week session
Tuition includes free skate rentals for class time.
$10 discount offered for multi-skaters in a family.
$10 discount offered for pre-registering for multiple sessions.

Session 1

September 10 to October 22 (No class on October 8)

Session 2

November 5 to December 10

Session 3

January 7 to February 11

Session 4

March 4 to April 15 (No lessons on Easter, April 1)

Classes Available:

Learn to Play Hockey: Skaters age 4 and up. Must be able to skate forward and backward unassisted. Skaters registered for hockey who don’t have adequate basic skating skills will be directed to the learn to skate groups to work on basics. Skaters will transition back to the hockey program once necessary basic skills are mastered.

Learn to Skate: Tots ages 4 through skaters age 14, beginner through basic freestyle levels. Classes are also available for more advanced freestyle with varied curriculum covered; ie artistry, edge, power, synchro, theatre, dance. The pre-freestyle and above level skaters will have their lesson from 6-6:30 p.m.

Adults Learn to Skate: Age 15 and above, beginner through adult level 6.

Register for lessons in two easy steps:

Step 1. Obtain your official Learn to Skate USA yearly membership:  Go to learntoskateusa.com and sign-up for your annual Learn to Skate USA membership for $16 (plus processing fee). You will receive a confirmation email with your membership number and a welcome email. You will need your membership number to register for PSSA lessons. Your membership card (and basic skills record book if you are a new skater) will be mailed directly to your home address provided.

Step 2. Register online at this link after September 1. (LTS sessions can be found in the activity drop-down menu on the registration page.)

Class Format

The ice surface is divided with the youngest beginners at the entrance end, more advanced skaters in the center section, and hockey skills at the Zamboni end beyond the safety barrier. Learn to skate groups will have a 30 minute group lesson and 30 minutes to practice; maximum group size of 10 skaters per coach. Additional staff assistance is available for the tot levels. During the last half-hour, skater practice time, one parent may join their Snowplow Sam skater on the ice.

New Skater Information Sheet

Skating Levels

learn-to-play-hockey-smHockey: The basic skills hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of stick and puck skills. Skaters must be able to skate at the Basic 2 level before transitioning to the hockey lessons. Skaters registered for hockey will be assessed by coaching staff at the first class and will be referred back to the learn to skate classes if they need more training on their basic skating skills. USA Hockey endorses the Learn to Skate USA and all hockey skaters must register with Learn to Skate USA. Skaters will need to have a certified hockey helmet with face shield and their own hockey stick to participate.

Snowplow Sam 1-4, Ages 4-6: The Snowplow Sam levels are designed to help the preschool age skater develop the primary coordination and strength needed for skating.  Elements included in the level are falling correctly, standing up, stopping, skating forward and the ever favorite swizzles.  Helmets are highly encouraged for all Snowplow Sam skaters (hockey, bike or ski helmets are accepted.)

Basic Skills 1-6, Ages 7 & up: Basics 1-6 begin to teach the fundamentals of the sport, such as forward and backwards skating, three turns, mohawks, edges, and crossovers. Levels 4-6 begin to incorporate beginner jumps and spins.  Helmets are highly encouraged.

Freestyle,  Pre-freestyle and freestyle levels 1-6 are divided into four sections: moves in the field, spins, dance/footwork sequence and jumps. The free skate levels are designed to give skaters a strong foundation on which to build their skills. This is the point where the skater can choose whether to pursue a recreational or competitive approach to the sport of figure skating.

Adult 1-6, The adult curriculum is designed for the beginner adult skater. It will promote physical fitness and improve balance and coordination while teaching proper skating techniques. Divided into six levels, adult skaters will progress at an individual rate while being challenged and motivated. This is an exciting new program for people who look to skating as an enjoyable part of a fit and healthy lifestyle.  Helmets are encouraged for all beginners.


Email PSSA-LTS@plymouth.edu or call 603-535-2SK8 (2758) with any questions.

Informational Links

Meet the Coaching Staff

Collaborative Skating Program in Tilton; Magic Blades FSC


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Contact Information

Contact Information

January 14th, 2014 by Michael

General Information:
Main Phone (603) 535-2SK8 (2758)
Fax (603) 535-3369

Mailing Address:
Plymouth State University Ice Arena
17 High Street MSC72
Plymouth, NH 03264

Dave Gyger, Arena Manager
(603) 535-3360

Scott Shedd, Assistant Manager
(603) 535-3361

Barbara Adams, Program Support Assistant
(603) 535-3365





January 14th, 2014 by Michael

To arrive at Plymouth State Welcome Center and Ice Arena, from all points north and south take I93, exit 25, turn right onto Rt 175A.  We are the 4th building on the left. (2/10 of a mile from the off ramp)


Street Address:
129 NH Rt-175A (Holderness Road)
Holderness, NH 03245

Latitude 43 45 35
Longitude 71 41 02
0283950 UTM Easting
4848450 UTM Northing