Learn to Skate / Learn to Play Hockey

Plymouth State Skating Academy (PSSA) lessons are on Sunday nights from 5-6pm. Sign-up for the next available session of Group Figure Skating & Beginner Hockey Lessons.  Please call 603-535-2SK8 (2758) with any questions.  Join for all 6 weeks for $80. Save $20 by signing up for multiple sessions. Get a multi-child discount of $10 per additional child. Discounts can only be applied when paid in person.

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Plymouth State Skating Academy 

PSSA proudly participates in the United States Figure Skating (USFS) Learn-to-Skate Basic Skills Program offering group lessons in figure skating and beginner hockey skills for participants ages 3 years old through adult.

Upcoming Program Dates

February 15, 2015 - Start of Winter session 4*

*This session is the PSSA Spring Skating Show Session

Winter Session 4 is 7 weeks due to the show. All lessons are on Sundays.

February 15th through March 15th from 5-6pm.

March 22nd 4-5pm **NOTE TIME CHANGE

March 29th **Show Night** All skaters must be at the arena dressed and laced up by 3pm

3 Week Mini-Session- We will be running a 3 week mini-session before we take out the ice the first week in May. It will start on Sunday, April 12th. The cost is only $30 and will run Sundays from 3:30p-5:00p. It will be for Basic Skill Levels, Freestyle Levels, & Adults but no test track (skaters beyond Freestyle levels) since those coaches will not be available. Hockey lessons will also not be available for the mini-session.

We will put the ice back in the end of June and start our summer sessions after the 4th of July. More details to come!


Sessions are $80/6 weeks or $70/6 weeks if you register for multiple sessions in person.
$10.00 discount for multiple skaters registering from one household. **
Registration includes USFS membership, a Basic Skills Record Book, achievement badges, and FREE rental skates for the registered skater.
** You must register in person to receive the family discount or multiple session discount.

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.  Figure skaters 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.  Parent/s of Snowplow Sam skaters may join their skater on the ice during practice time; skate rentals not included for parent/s.

Skating Levels

Hockey 1-4: The basic skills hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating.  Skaters will learn how to maneuver faster and be more agile on the ice.  Skaters will need to have a certified hockey helmet with face shield to participate.
Snowplow Sam 1-3, Ages 3-6: 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 sufficient).
Basic Skills 1-8, Ages 7 & up: Basics 1-8 begin to teach the fundamentals of the sport, such as forward and backwards skating, three turns, mohawks, edges, and crossovers. Levels 4-8 begin to incorporate beginner jumps and spins.  Helmets are highly encouraged.
Freestyle 1-6:  Freestyle levels 1-8 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.

Beginner Competitions

All PSSA registered members are eligible to participate in any USFS Basic Skills competition across the nation.  Several competitions are available locally each year and more throughout New England.  If you skater is interested in learning more about this option, please contact the PSSA skating director, Sarah Pirrotta-Benoit, for more details.

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US Figure Skating Information for Parents

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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

Marly Solebello, Business Services 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