1. What type of skate is the best to put a first-time skater on? All skaters, adults and children alike, should take their first steps on the ice in figure skates. A figure skating boot will generally offer more support than a hockey skate, and a figure skating blade offers more stability to a beginner.
2. When is my child ready for private lessons? This answer, of course, differs with each skater. Some children are best suited to group activities initially, while others may be more timid/cautious and find themselves better suited to being introduced to ice skating in a one-on-one scenario. Group lesson skaters who express a desire to skate more than once a week or who show signs of strong ability/passion for the sport should be supported by private lessons.
3. Why do we have an ice time fee in addition to our instructor's fee? and why does it differ so much according to the session that we skate? The ice time fee essentially pays for the ice. Ice time this season is sold at a rate of $325 per hour at the Skatium. If you are skating between 3:05 - 5:05 pm on Sundays, you are skating on Skatium sponsored ice that is hosted in concert with the Group Lesson program. The ice is as low as $5 per 30 minutes during these times. All other times the DCSC has contracted the ice, and your walk-on fees ($15 for active members, $16 for others) or 10-session tickets ($130 for active members, $140 for others) help pay for this ice.
4. Does my child have an opportunity to perform in a recital or some type of exhibition during the Club season? There are two Club performances each year. The HollyBerry Skate is our holiday exhibition that features ensemble skating of group lesson students and lower level skaters. During this performance, skaters who have passed their Juvenile Moves in the field test are able to skate solo programs. The Spring Fling, our end of season exhibition, takes place in April. Private lesson students who are members of the Club are able to perform their programs according to the prescribed allotted times for the skaters' respective level.
5. Once my child has completed all the Basic Skills Levels, are there additional tests to be taken in figure skating? United Skates Figure Skating has a series of tests that range from Pre-Preliminary Levels through Senior or Gold Level tests in all of the figure skating disciplines; i.e. Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Pairs, Ice Dance, and Figures. Private lessons are needed to support the skater who chooses to be a test candidate and/or a competitor.
6. Should I purchase skates at a sports retail store? No. The skates that you might find at a regular retail store are of lower quality than the rental skates. There are reputable skate dealers in the area who are better qualified to fit your child properly. There are also used skates from members that are still in excellent condition. Simply stop in the figure skating office and inquire about the names of local dealers and/or the availability of good used skates.
7. Are there competitions for low level skaters? There is an ever-growing number of Basic Skills Competitions in the area. These applications are generally posted in the girls' locker room or the Pro Room/Figure Skating Office.
8. If my child wants to play hockey, shouldn't I enroll him or her directly in the Sunday Hockey Clinic? All beginner skaters, whether they want to play ice hockey or figure skate, are introduced to and taught the same basic skills. Once new skaters have completed a set of group lessons, they may enter the Hockey Skills Clinic provided they are ready to skate in hockey skates and with full equipment.