Tips for New Skaters

SKATES AND SOCKS – You may wear your own figure or hockey skates, or use rental skates for no additional charge. Most skaters wear skates one size smaller than their shoes (Size 6 shoes = Size 5 skates). Wear one pair of tall, thin socks that cover the ankle. The skates should fit snugly and you should lace tightly all the way to the top hook. The Skate Rental sharpens blades. Talk to the LTS director or your instructor before purchasing skates.

HELMETS – Strongly recommended for skaters in Snowplow Sam, Basic 1, beginner adults and hockey classes. Hockey and other rounded helmets are preferred.

DRESS – Wear long pants, jackets and gloves – even during warm weather. Ice is always cold!

PARKING – Free Fairgrounds parking passes for use on lesson days will be provided at registration.

DISCOUNTS – Ask about our family/sibling discount and returning-skater discount.

CLASS AND PRACTICE – Each skater takes a 30-minute group lesson each week; skaters can and should practice at the end of the rink when they are not in their group lesson. No friends, parents or siblings are allowed on the practice ice unless they are enrolled in a class.

MAKE-UP CLASSES – If you take Sunday classes (3:40-5:10), you may make up a class on a Thursday (5:15-6:15pm). If you take Thursday classes, you may make up a class on a Sunday.

EVALUATIONS – Each skater will be evaluated near the end of the session. When a skater masters ALL of the skills in a Basic1-6 or Free Skate 1-6 level, the skater will be awarded a badge and promoted to the next level. All skaters advance at their own pace. Many skaters require more than one series of classes to master all of the skills in a level.

LEARN TO SKATE USA – Winter Club Learn to Skate is part of the basic skills program endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey and US Speedskating. Each participant pays an annual Learn to Skate USA membership fee of $18, effective July 1-June 30. Each skater will receive a Personal Record Book with stickers, Parent Handbook, membership card, sport accident insurance, etc.

ADDITIONAL PRACTICE – Skaters may practice on public skating sessions at Pop Weaver Youth Pavilion (skate rental and admission fees apply). Skaters in Basic 4 and higher levels are invited to practice on Winter Club sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Additional fees apply. Focus Groups and private lessons are available from Winter Club coaches.

HOLIDAY RECITAL – Registered LTS participants in Session 2 are invited to perform with their class in Winter Club’s Holiday Recital and Skate with Santa on December 15.

PRIVATE LESSONS – Winter Club professional coaches are available for skaters who want to learn at a quicker pace, need one-on-one help to master difficult skills, or who want to prepare for a competition. Fees for private lessons are paid directly to the coach. Arrange the lesson with the coach of your choice or use a Private Lesson Request form. Winter Club’s coaches are members of the Professional Skaters Association and U.S. Figure Skating.

COMPETITIONS – Basic Skills competitions are offered frequently in Indiana. Winter Club will host the 2019 Indiana Figure Skating Championship November 23-24 at the Fuel Tank at Fishers. Stay tuned for details. Winter Club coaches can help you enter and prepare for a competition. ​​

Email Winter Club Learn to Skate Director Patty Hagen at