Skill Levels, Ages and Program Overview

 

Ice-Tech Skating Programs include:

Descriptions

Parents & Tots (ages 2 – 3)

Parents & Tots is a great opportunity for a parent to participate with a child’s early ice experience. We provide a coach to coordinate activities with the parent and the child. Instruction and activities are based on the mobility of the beginner as much as possible. Balloons and various toys are used to make the learning process smoother. This program is designed for Tots who are 2-3 years of age. CSA approved helmets are mandatory for the Tot and facemasks are strongly recommended. Adults are urged to wear a helmet if they are unsure of their skating ability. All Tots must be accompanied by an adult on the ice also wearing skates.
NEW: Effective January 8, 2012
Ice-Tech and its managers and staff may insist on a helmet for the adult based on skill assessment and therefore a helmet may become mandatory. This is at the sole discretion of Ice-Tech.

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Preschool (ages 3 – 5)

No previous skating skill is required.
We are ready and able to help the children right from the very beginning.
The main goal of this program is to have fun on the ice while helping the new skater overcome their initial fear. We also create an environment for the more experienced preschooler to improve their skill level. Each session is based on group instruction, including a warm-up, skill development, activities and games. CSA approved helmets are mandatory. Parents are requested to refrain from coming onto the ice surface, unless requested by an instructor.
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Learn To Skate and Skill Development (ages 6 – teen)

Learning to skate, and building on the basic skills in order to increase the skater's confidence on the ice,
is the focus of this program. Ice-Tech will help a skater get ready to progress into hockey, ringette or figure skating. Each session is based on group instruction, including a warm-up, skill development instruction and activities. Extra attention is given to using more of the ice surface, not just one small corner. Skaters will begin at their current level and progress accordingly. CSA approved hockey helmets are mandatory. Parents are requested to refrain from coming onto the ice surface, unless requested by an instructor.
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Adult

Skating is great exercise and a very challenging activity that develops a person both mentally and physically. Ice-Tech delivers an enjoyable, rewarding experience on the ice. Finding out first-hand what our children go through while learning the entry-level skills of skating, is also very eye-opening. This program will develop basic skating skills for general skating, hockey skills and if requested, introduce actual figure skating skills, in a group format. Our program is designed to meet the adult skater at their current level and help them improve accordingly. No previous skating experience is required but previous experience does help (big smile). Wearing a helmet is strongly suggested if you are unsure of your skating ability. Please use only CSA approved helmets.
NEW: Effective January 8, 2012
Ice-Tech and its managers and staff may insist on a helmet based on skill assessment and therefore a helmet may become mandatory. This is at the sole discretion of Ice-Tech.

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Hockey Fundamentals (ages 5 – 9)

Goalie Fundamentals (ages 5 – 9)

Our Hockey Fundamentals program is for girls and boys ages 5 – 9. Our hockey school helps to develop a hockey player´s skills including passing the puck, stick handling, shooting and a small amount of scrimmage as well. All participants must have fairly well developed skating skills. Our Hockey Fundamentals program is not a Learn To Skate program or a substitute for good skating skills before they attend this program.
Our coach ratio for this program is usually a 6 to 1 ratio and the goalie program will be 1 coach for 2-3 goalies.
Full hockey equipment is required.
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Figure Skating (ages 7 – teen)

Finished with Learn To Skate? Do you want to begin actual figure skating? We have a great program for the beginner figure skater.* Jumping, spinning and other skills for figure skating are covered. There are no specific requirements for this program, other than basic skating ability. Skaters will learn what is needed in this program. The skates should be of reasonable quality. Ask for assistance. Wearing a helmet is strongly suggested if you are unsure of your skating ability. Please use only CSA approved helmets.
NEW: Effective January 8, 2012
Ice-Tech and its managers and staff may insist on a helmet based on skill assessment and therefore a helmet may become mandatory. This is at the sole discretion of Ice-Tech.

Figure Skating Private or Small Group Lessons

Private lessons or small group lessons for figure skaters1 are available during some seasons. Please contact us directly for more information.
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General Information

Coach Ratios

Coach ratios are some of the lowest in the region and surrounding area. Our coaching ratios are as low as 3 to 1 for some Preschool levels or at the most 5 to 1. For the older children and/or adults it is 10 to 1.
Hockey Fundamentals are usually a 6 to 1 ratio and the Goalie Fundamentals is usually a 2 to 1 ratio.
Most sessions are 50 minutes. Check the schedule page for details.
Skaters are grouped according to age and current skating level so that the coaches can effectively develop lesson plans that will work on the types of skills that a group of skaters may need to work on.
This flexibility, in our experience, creates a better class environment and helps reduce the potential for skaters to become bored.
Each season the skaters are re-grouped according to their current skating skills. This again, allows for the skaters to work on skills that are relevant to their current circumstances, rather than pre-determining the curriculum.
These groups are not absolute, but rather an attempt to maintain an organized well structured session. Groups can be reviewed but are generally set for one season at a time by the coaching staff.
As a reminder, hockey helmets are mandatory for Tots, Preschool and Learn To Skate.
A face guard is also strongly recommended. Helmets are also recommended for Figure Skating and all Adults including adults in the Parents & Tots program.
NEW: Effective January 8, 2012
Ice-Tech and its managers and staff may insist on the use of a helmet for any skater including adults and ⁄ or parents based on skill assessment. This is at the sole discretion of Ice-Tech.
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**Not intended to draw current skaters away from current circumstances. New skaters are the focus of this program.
*Schedule subject to change without notice
1 Only for skaters who do not currently have a private coach
 
 
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