PSSA proudly participates in the United States Figure Skating (USFS) Learn to Skate USA Program offering group lessons in figure skating and beginner hockey skills for participants ages 4 years old through adult. As members of USFS, 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.
Session III: “Color My World” – 6 Weeks plus Show for $80*
Sundays, January 8 through February 12
Show Presented on February 19
Our winter session of lessons involves all skaters participating in our annual PSSA and Magic Blades FSC combined skating show. Beginners, advanced skaters, and hockey skaters are included in the show. Please email skating director, Sarah Benoit, or call 603-535-2758 for any questions you have about group lessons with PSSA.
* There are nominal additional fees for show costumes for all skaters.
Classes available for:
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 moved to the Learn to Skate groups to work on basics. They will transition to the hockey program once necessary basic skills are mastered.
Learn to Skate: Tots ages 4 through skaters age 14; beginner through advanced.
Adults Learn to Skate: Age 15 and above; beginner group only.
Register for lessons in two easy steps:
Step 1. Obtain your official US Figure Skating yearly membership: Go to learntoskateusa.com and sign-up for your annual Learn to Skate USA membership for $12 (plus processing fee). At this site you should first sign up for a “family account” and then add your skater/s to the account. You will receive a confirmation email from USFS with your membership number and a welcome email. You will need your membership number to register for PSSA lessons. USFS will mail your membership card (and basic skills record book if you are a new skater) directly to your home address provided.
Step 2. We are still accepting students for Session III, January 8 through February 19, but the online form is currently closed. Please Coach Sarah at 603-254-8675 or email at PSSA-LTS@plymouth.edu to register.
Future Program Dates
Session IV: Spring Fever – Sundays March 12-April 9, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Summer lessons run through July and August. Exact dates and time will be posted shortly.
The cost of lessons is $80 per session**
All skaters must self-register annually with Learn-to-Skate USA. Membership includes a basic skills record book, official membership card, achievement badges, FREE rental skates for the registered skater, sports accident insurance, basic skills edition of SKATING Magazine, and the opportunity to compete/perform in approved events. Membership runs June 1 through May 31.
** A multi-child discount of $10 is given per additional child.
** Save $20 when you sign-up for multiple sessions.
** You must register in person to receive the family discount or multiple session discount.
Six-week sessions are run during the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Plymouth State Skating Academy also runs a summer session which starts in July.
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. NOTE: Class levels will be combined, or potentially cancelled, if there are not enough skaters registered.
Hockey 1-4: 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 Coach Scott or Skating Director Sarah 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 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.
Pre-Freestyle & Freestyle 2-6*: Freestyle levels 2-6 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. *At this time group lessons are not offered for skaters beyond the freestyle 6 level or who have passed the USFS pre-preliminary freestyle or above.
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.