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 and US Speedskating and the Special Olympics offering 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.

You can still register for Session IV: “Spring Fever”
Sundays March 5-April 9, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Summer Schedule:
Summer lessons run through July and August on Sunday evenings.

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 level 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). 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. Click the link below to register for your session. (LTS sessions can be found in the drop-down menu on the registration page.)

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New Skater Information Sheet



The cost of lessons is $80 per session.

*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.

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.  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 may be combined, or potentially cancelled, if there are not enough skaters registered.

Skating Levels

learn-to-play-hockey-smHockey 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.


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Meet the Coaching Staff

Collaborative Skating Program in Tilton; Magic Blades FSC


2 responses to “Learn to Skate / Learn to Play Hockey”

  1. Elise Cushing says:

    Hi there! I’m looking for a skating coach for my 10 year old son. He is a strong skater but needs help with backwards skating and transitions. We have tried hockey coaches but I’d like an actual skating coach. Is this something you all could help us with?

    • Barbara says:

      Hi Elise,

      One of our coaches, Beth Weick, has time to do some private lessons with your son that I’m sure would help him. She is only available by email and sometimes takes a couple days to respond as she lives off-grid. b.a.weick@gmail.com

      Please be back in touch if you have any other questions.


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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
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