We are very excited for another great year of skating outdoors. Whether you are a figure skater or an ice hockey player, there is no better place to be on a cold winter's day then on the ice. With summer winding down we hope that you are all eagerly anticipating the opening of the Club in just a few short months.
As the new General Manager I am very excited to meet all of our members and hope to make this season one of our most successful years yet. I know I have big shoes to fill with Mickey retiring and I hope to live up to the level of excellence he provided the club for so many years.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and I look forward to seeing you soon.
The Figure Skating Program at the Greenwich Skating Club offers a variety of programs for beginners to more advanced skaters of all ages. The Greenwich Skating Club is a member of the United States Figure Skating (USFS) and utilizes the BASIC SKILLS PROGRAM as its primary teaching format.
Enrollment in a group class is a commitment, and attendance is taken at each class. At the end of the season, badges will be awarded on the basis of skill testing. Participants are deemed ready to test for badges based on the assessment of the professional instructor. Tests are judged by either Club Professionals or accredited USFSA judges.
In addition to group classes, the Figure Skating program offers Freestyle practice sessions. Private lessons may be booked by the individual skater during scheduled Pre-Paid Freestyle or General Skating sessions. Only Club authorized professionals may teach private lessons.
Registration in classes is ongoing for the first two weeks of the season. Classes will begin the first Saturday after the Club opens.Cancelations of classes will be accepted during the first three weeks of class and your bill will be prorated.After this, no refunds for canceled classes will be granted.In addition to class fees, each program participant must be a member of the USFS. All classes and other fees, including competition entries, will be charged through member accounts at GSC.
The following is a summary of all the skating classes offered for the 2014-2015 season at GSC. They are broken down by ability level. The schedule is subject to enrollment, and some classes may be limited in size. All registrations will be confirmed before the start of classes. Where a * is indicated, several classes will be scheduled within the time block.
LEARN TO SKATE: 20 MINUTE CLASSES
MONDAY 12:30 - 1:30 P.M.*
SATURDAY 8:30 - 8:50 A.M.
Monday class times are split into 3 twenty minute classes.
Designed for the younger skater (Pre-school and Kindergarten), the Learn to Skate program stresses preliminary coordination and strength to maneuver on skates. The Monday time slots have traditionally been a time for the younger skater to practice with his/her peer group and develop confidence on the ice. This class will include fun and games to encourage enjoyment of skating.
SKATING BADGE SKILLS CLASSES: 30 MINUTE CLASSES
SATURDAY 9:00 - 10:30 A.M.*
The fundamental skills of skating will be taught in these half-hour classes. Basic skills --including forward skating, backward skating, stopping, crossovers and turns -- will be stressed. The curriculum for this program is based upon the United States Figure Skating’s SKATE WITH US program, which utilizes a merit system of badge levels. Upon completion of the Basic 1 - 8 levels, skaters will have mastered the elements of skating which will enable them to advance to the more specialized areas of the sport, including hockey, freestyle and Moves in the Field.
Basic skills level 4-Pre-Preliminary Moves in the Field
This class will include instruction covering basic skating skills, edges and beginning Jump and Spins. This class will prepare skaters for Maneuver Team and individual competition.
Advanced Jump and Spin
(Open to Freestyle 2 and up)
The Advanced Jump & Spin program teaches various jumps and spins, along with some footwork and power skating sequences. This class is will also prepare skaters for competition in Maneuver Team and individual competition.
Advanced Moves in the Field
(Open to Preliminary Moves in the Field and above)
MONDAY 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
This class is for the beginner, intermediate adult skater. Basic skating skills, edges will be emphasized.
PRE-PAID FREESTYLE ICE:
Pre-Paid Freestyle Ice is open to all skaters who are enrolled in private instruction or working on freestyle figure skating. Signing up for pre-paid ice entitles the skater to attend any freestyle session. These times are reserved for serious skaters. In order to use the freestyle ice, skaters must sign up for the freestyle ice. Only those registered for freestyle ice time will be allowed on the ice during these sessions. Absolutely no recreational skating or hockey is permitted. In addition, guests will not be permitted.
Below are the Pre-Paid Freestyle ice times available:
Coaches, please make sure your coaching card and certification is valid for the 2014-15 season. For all coaches who are Level 3 and would like to get there level 4, there is a clinic next weekend in Hartford. It is the only Level 4 certification in New England this season. There will be one in NY in September if you cannot make it to Hartford. To sign up for a clinic or see if you are certified for the season please go to usahockey.com.
In preparation for Mite try-outs we will be holding tune-up skates on August 30 and 31st at Terry Connors Rink in Stamford. Times for both days are 2:10pm-3:10pm Great opportunity to get the rust off the skates!!
USA Hockey requires all coaches complete the SAFE SPORT Education Program in order to be on the bench for the 2014-15 season. The Greenwich Skating Club and USA Hockey are dedicated to providing a fun and safe environment for our families and guests. Please be sure to read more about the SafeSport program.
We have worked with Rink and Racquet to come up with great items for everyone in the family – from t-shirts to sweatshirts and from hats to skating bags. All items can be ordered either by phone or in person at Rink and Racquet in Greenwich (203-622-9180). All items and ordering information is on the attached file and is also featured on the GSC website. The Following Link will pull up the catalog: