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Welcome to the Rockford Park District's beginning skating program. This program is designed to help our children and adults achieve their goals whether they pursue any ice sport recreationally or competitively.

The skating curriculum that will be followed is known as the Learn to Skate USA program. The curriculum is designed by U.S. Figure Skating, and is publicly endorsed by USA Hockey, U.S. Speedskating, and Special Olympics. We offer a variety of programming to fit the needs of all our citizens. We are committed to offering our skaters a positive and rewarding experience with the new improvements to our skating program.

We look forward to seeing you on the ice!


Youth Rec Skating Lessons

Baby Blades

Ages: 2-3 years

We will have off-ice and on-ice lessons with play time in Sapora Playworld. This class is a great way to get our little skaters excited about taking the ice! We suggest skaters wear bike elbow pads, knee pads, and cotton gloves. Helmets required.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Intro to Skating - Level 1

Ages: 3-5 years

This 30-minute class is designed for participants who are experiencing their first time skating. We will focus on off-ice skills prior to entering the ice to learn basic skills to include falling and getting back up, marching, and gliding. We suggest skaters wear bike elbow pads, knee pads, and cotton gloves. Helmets are required and available on site if needed. Helmets required.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Intro to Skating - Level 2

Ages: 3-5

This 30-minute class is designed for participants who have passed the Intro 1 level and are ready to advance to skills to include swizzles, basic backward skating, and more advanced gliding and pushing. We suggest skaters wear bike elbow pads, knee pads, and cotton gloves. Helmets required.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Intro to Skating - Level 3

Ages: 3-5

This 30-minute class is designed for participants who have passed the Intro 2 level and are ready to advance to forward skating, one-foot gliding, and stopping. We suggest skaters wear bike elbow pads, knee pads, and cotton gloves. Helmets required.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Intro to Skating - Level 4

Ages: 3-5

These 30-minute classes are designed for participants who have passed the Intro 3 level and are ready to advance to forward skating, two-foot gliding, two-foot turns, and more stopping. While in Intro 4, a skater may also take the first step into playing hockey with Ter-mites 1, or can continue perfecting basic skating techniques and advance to Basic 2 after completion of Intro 4. We suggest skaters wear bike elbow pads, knee pads, and cotton gloves. Helmets required.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Beginning Skating Lessons - Basic 1A

Ages: 6-16 years

These 30-minute lessons are designed for those interested in recreational skating, playing hockey, or figure skating. The Basic 1A curriculum will introduce participants to marching forward, two-foot gliding, forward swizzles, and the basic beginner's stop. Helmets are required and available on site, if needed. We suggest skaters wear bike elbow pads, knee pads, and cotton gloves.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Beginning Skating Lessons - Basic 1B

Ages: 6-16 years

These 30-minute lessons are designed for those interested in recreational skating, playing hockey, or figure skating. The Basic 1B curriculum builds on the introduction of Basic 1A, enhancing the techniques of marching forward, two-foot gliding, forward swizzles, and the basic beginner's stop. Helmets are required and available on site, if needed. We suggest skaters wear bike elbow pads, knee pads, and cotton gloves.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Beginning Skating Lessons - Basic 2-3

Ages: 6-16 years

These 30-minute lessons are designed for those interested in continuing to learn the basics of skating. Whether your focus is recreational skating, hockey, or figure skating, this class is a building block structured for all. Participants will learn one-foot gliding, backward and forward swizzles, stroking, two-foot turns, a moving stop, and much more.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Beginning Skating Lessons - Basic 4

Ages: 6-16 years

This is a 30-minute lesson for those interested in continuing to perfect their skating skills offered through the Rockford Park District. Great for the hockey, figure or recreational skater, this class will focus on forward and backward crossovers and edges. At the end of each session, skaters will receive an evaluation and will advance to the Advanced Skating lessons.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Intermediate Skills Skate Lessons - Basic 5, 6

Ages: 6-16 years

This is a 30-minute lesson for those interested in continuing to perfect their skating skills offered through the Rockford Park District. Great for the hockey, figure or recreational skater, this class will focus on outside three turns, two-foot spins, T stops, backward stroking, forward and backward crossovers, edges, and much more. At the end of each session, skaters will receive an evaluation and will advance to the Advanced Skating lessons. This is a prerequisite for our Junior Figure Skating Program.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Figure Skater Training

Ages: 5+

Want to take your skating to the next level? This class is designed for all levels by our experienced senior coaches to focus on key on-ice elements such as power, and the Annie’s Edges curriculum. Prerequisite: Basic 6. Day of drop-in rate is $15 per class; sign up for the training session and save!

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Youth Figure Skating Lessons

If your skater is looking to advance in the world of figure skating, we have a program for you! Our newly designed Junior Figure Skating program will focus on the necessary skills for our skaters to have the foundation to be successful. As the fall and summer progress, more info on camps, clinics, and extracurricular activities will be available.

Junior Figure Skaters - Intro to Pre-Freeskate

Ages: 6-16 years

This 40-minutes lesson is designed for skaters who have passed the Intermediate Skating skill level. We will hone skills that were designated by the Chicagoland Learn to Skate Director's committee to create a solid figure skating foundation before Freeskate. Focusing on back outside edges, moving three turns, lunges, stroking, and much more. Prerequisite: Basic 6.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Junior Figure Skaters - Pre-Freeskate 1

Ages: 6-16 years

This 40-minute lesson is designed for skaters who have passed Intro to Pre-Freeskate. We will focus on a program constructed by US Figure Skating to connect skills from Intermediate to Freeskate before learning sequences and combinations. Skaters will hone in on the Waltz jump, forward inside open mohawk, one-foot upright spin, and much more. Prerequisite: Intro to Pre-Freeskate.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Junior Figure Skaters - Freeskate 1-6

Ages: 7-16 years

These 40-minute lessons are for skaters who have passed the Intermediate Skills level. We will focus on skills that are included in Freeskate 1-6. Along with the traditional jumps, spins, and edges, we will also introduce other programs offered by U.S. Figure Skating. Prerequisite: Pre-Freeskate 1.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Rhythmic Movement for Skating

Ages: 5+

Figure skating is about fluid motion, technique, and control over one's body. This class is designed to meet the needs of figure skaters off the ice, helping them to take control on the ice. With a concentration in ballet, there is an emphasis on grace, balance, and coordination. Taking your skating to the next level starts off-ice!

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Junior IceHogsYouth Hockey Lessons

If your skater would like to learn to play hockey, we have a program for you! Once you learn basic skating skills in Intro to Skating (ages 3–5) or Basic Skating Skills–Basic 1 (ages 6–16), you can begin taking hockey lessons.

Our hockey lessons, clinics, and camps focus on developing the skills necessary to successfully join the Junior IceHogs Hockey League.

Ter-Mites 1

Ages: 3+

Ter-Mites is for players who have good balance and gliding skills. Players will practice using a hockey stick for the first time, and continue building on basic skating techniques. It is recommended to take Intro to Skating - Level 4 during the same session as Ter-Mites 1. Full gear recommended.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Ter-Mites 2

Ages: 3+

Ter-Mites 2 introduces players to puck handling, passing, and skating to prepare them for joining the Jr. IceHogs Fundamental Hockey League. Players should complete Ter-Mites 1 before advancing to Ter-Mites 2. Full gear recommended.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Minor Hawks League

Ages: 4+

This 40-minute class utilizes stations to push skaters to the next level. This class functions as an excellent transition from lessons to the Jr. IceHogs Fundamental Hockey League. Full gear recommended. Prerequisite: Ter-Mites 1 and 2; must be ready to practice scrimmaging.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Little Blackhawks Program

Little Blackhawks Learn to Play program is an 8-week week learn to play program for 4-8 year olds who have prior skating knowledge and would like to try playing with full equipment for the first time.

In partnership with the Chicago Blackhawks, NHL, NHLPA, CCM, and Total Hockey, participants receive the on-ice instruction from certified coaches and Blackhawks alumni, along with FREE Little Blackhawks branded gear, including: ice hockey helmet with cage, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey gloves, hockey pants, shin guards, skates, jersey, socks, stick, and equipment bag.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

Dates: Spring

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Learn to Play Hockey

Ages: 5-15 years

Beginning hockey lessons for older youth who are learning to play hockey for the first time. Players learn skating, puck handling, shooting skills, and game fundamentals. Full gear recommended. Prerequisite: Minor Hawks League.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Jr. IceHogs Skills and Drills Clinic

Ages: 8+

Tim Matilla, Director of Coaching Development for the Rockford Park District and hall of fame coach of the 16-time state champion Rockford Icemen, will hold this session of intense skill development. Space is limited, so sign up early!

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Shooting/Stick Handling

Ages: 6+

Instructed by our experienced staff, this 5-week session will cover not just shooting, but shooting to score by examining proper ways to shoot and handle the puck.

Location: Jr. Icehogs Off-Ice Training Facility

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Power Skating for the Hockey Player

Ages: 7+

This 50-minute class is designed for any hockey player at the level of Mite and beyond. The focus of this class will be on improving skating fundamentals to apply to game situations. Class will be divided into sections based on level and ability. Full hockey gear is required.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Adult Skating Lessons

Learn to Skate Lessons

Following the U.S. Figure Skating Adult 1-6 Curriculum, adults will learn the fundamentals of skating. As our adults progress through the curriculum, skills will increase in difficulty. Limited slots are available for Tuesday nights. Helmets recommended for beginner adults.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Figure Skating Training

Want to take your skating to the next level? This class is designed for all levels by our experienced senior coaches to focus on key on-ice elements such as power, and the Annie’s Edges curriculum Prerequisite: Basic 6. Day of drop-in rate is $15 per class; sign up for the training session and save!

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Adult Hockey Lessons

Learn to Skate (Hockey)

Want to play hockey, but can't skate? This beginning skating class will teach you the basics, and get you playing in no time. Hockey gear recommended.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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Learn to Play Hockey

You're never too old to play hockey! Players learn skating, puck handling, shooting skills, and game fundamentals. Hockey gear recommended.

Location: Carlson Ice Arena

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For the Rockford Park District to be the best urban park and recreation system in North America, as measured by national standards and the citizens we serve.

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