Skating Levels


Beginning class for a skaters age 6 and up.

BASIC 1
A Sit on ice and stand up
B March forward across the ice
C Forward two-foot glide
D Dip
E Forward swizzles — 6–8 in a row
F Backward wiggles — 6–8 in a row
G Beginning snowplow stop on two feet or one foot
 Bonus skill: Two-foot hop in place

BASIC 2
A Scooter pushes — R and L
B Forward one-foot glides — R and L
C Backward two-foot glide — Glide the length of skater’s height D Rocking Horse (one forward swizzle, one backward swizzle) — Repeat twice
E Backward swizzles — 6–8 in a row
F Two-foot turns from forward to backward in place — clockwise and counterclockwise
G Moving snowplow stop  Bonus skill: Curves

BASIC 3
A Beginning forward stroking showing correct use of blade
B Forward half swizzle pumps on a circle — 6–8 consecutive clockwise and counterclockwise
C Moving forward to backward twofoot turns on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise
D Beginning backward one-foot glides — focus on balance
E Backward snowplow stop — R and L F Forward slalom
 Bonus skill: Forward pivots - clockwise and counterclockwise

BASIC 4
Forward outside edge on a circle — R and L
B Forward inside edge on a circle — R and L
C Forward crossovers — clockwise and counterclockwise, 4-6 D Backward half swizzle pumps on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise, 6-8
E Backward one-foot glides — for a count of four, R and L
F Beginning two-foot spin — Up to two revolutions
 Bonus skill: Forward lunges — both legs

BASIC 5
Backward outside edge on a circle — R and L
B Backward inside edge on a circle — R and L
C Backward crossovers — clockwise and counterclockwise, 4-6 D Forward outside three-turn — R and L
E Advanced two-foot spin — 4–6 revolutions
F Hockey stop — both directions
 Bonus skill: Side toe hop — R and L

BASIC 6
A Forward inside three-turn — R and L
B Moving backward to forward twofoot turn on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise
C Backward stroking
D Beginning one-foot spin — 2–4 revolutions, optional free leg position and entry
E T-stops – R and L F Bunny hop
G Forward spiral on a straight line — R or L
 Bonus skill: Shoot the duck — R and L

Beginning class for a skaters age 3 - 5.

SNOWPLOW SAM 1
A Sit and stand up with skates on – off-ice
B Sit and stand up – on-ice
C March in place
D March forward (8-10 steps)
E March, then glide on two feet
F Dip in place

SNOWPLOW SAM 2
A March followed by a long glide
B Dip while moving
C Backward walking, toes turned inward, shifting weight (4-6 steps)
D Backward wiggles (6 in a row)
E Forward swizzles (2-3 in a row)
F Beginning snowplow stop motion – in place or holding onto barrier
G Two-foot hop, in place (optional)

SNOWPLOW SAM 3
A Forward skating (8-10 steps)
B Forward one-foot glide, for a count of three (R and L)
C Forward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
D Backward swizzles (2-3 in a row)
E Moving forward snowplow stop (1 or 2 foot)
F Curves

SNOWPLOW SAM 4
A Forward skating
B Backward two-foot glide, length of skater’s height
C Backward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
D Rocking horse – one forward, one backward swizzle, repeat twice
E Two-foot turns from forward to backward, in place (both directions)
F Two-foot hop, in place

High Level Jumps and Spins after completing all Free Skate Levels

FREE SKATE 4 SKATING SKILLS
A Forward power three-turns (R and L), 3 sets each
B Waltz eight SPINS
C Forward upright spin to backward upright spin (3 revs., each foot)
D Sit spin (minimum three revolutions) JUMPS
E Half loop
F Flip
 Bonus Skill: Split jump, stag jump or split falling leaf

FREE SKATE 5 SKATING SKILLS
A Backward outside three-turn, mohawk (backward power three-turns), clockwise and counterclockwise
B Five-step mohawk sequence, clockwise and counterclockwise SPINS
C Camel spin (minimum three revolutions) JUMPS
D Waltz jump-loop jump combination
E Lutz jump
 Bonus Skill: Loop-loop combination

FREE SKATE 6 SKATING SKILLS
A Forward power pulls (R and L)
B Creative step sequence, skater’s choice, using a variety of three-turns, mohawks and toe steps SPINS
C Camel-sit spin combination (minimum two revolutions each position)
D Layback or attitude spin or cross-foot spin (three revolutions) JUMPS
E Waltz jump-Half loop-Salchow jump sequence
F Beginning Axel
 Bonus Skill: Backward outside pivot, entry optional

Learn to Jump and Spin after completing Basic 1-6

PRE-FREE SKATE SKATING SKILLS
A Forward inside open mohawk from a standstill position (R to L and L to R)
B Backward crossovers to a backward outside edge glides (landing position), clockwise and counterclockwise
C Backward outside edge to a forward outside edge transition, clockwise and counterclockwise
D Two forward crossovers into a forward inside mohawk, step down and cross behind, step into one backward crossover and step to a forward inside edge, clockwise and counterclockwise SPINS
E One-foot upright spin, optional entry and free-foot position (minimum three revolutions) JUMPS F Mazurka (R and L) G Waltz jump
 Bonus Skill: Backward inside pivots, clockwise and counterclockwise

FREE SKATE 1 SKATING SKILLS
A Forward power stroking, clockwise and counterclockwise
B Basic forward outside and forward inside consecutive edges (four to six consecutive edges)
C Backward outside three-turns (R and L) SPINS
D Upright spin, entry from back crossovers (min. four to six revolutions) JUMPS
E Half flip
F Toe loop
 Bonus Skill: Waltz jump-side toe hop-waltz jump sequence, or waltz jump-ballet jump- toe loop sequence

FREE SKATE 2 SKATING SKILLS
A Alternating forward outside and inside spirals on a continuous axis (two sets)
B Basic backward outside and backward inside consecutive edges (four to six consecutive edges)
C Backward inside three-turns (R and L) SPINS
D Beginning back spin (one to two revolutions) JUMPS
E Half Lutz
F Salchow
 Bonus Skill: Variation of a forward spiral, skater’s choice

FREE SKATE 3 SKATING SKILLS
A Alternating backward crossovers to back outside edges – Four sets
B Alternating mohawk/crossover sequence (R to L and L to R) C Waltz three-turns (forward outside three turn, backward outside edge glide), clockwise and counterclockwise SPINS
D Advanced back spin with free foot in crossed leg position (min. three revolutions) JUMPS
E Loop jump
F Waltz jump-toe loop or Salchow-toe loop combination
 Bonus Skill: Toe step sequence, skater’s choice, using a variety of toe steps