COVID-19 Guidelines

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Parents and Skaters,

We hope you are all well, healthy and safe. We have certainly missed seeing your smiling faces over the course of the past few months. We are happy to announce that we will be resuming Learn-To-Skate classes on Friday July 10.

Of course, we are still in the midst of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic as a community and as individuals, so we have implemented the following guidelines to help you navigate the policies and procedures that have been set forth by our local health department, state health department, as well as U.S. Figure Skating and Learn-To-Skate USA,


SUMMER LEARN-TO-SKATE CLASS SCHEDULE:

Fridays – July 10 through August 14 (6 week session)

5–5:30pm –   Snowplow 2, Snowplow 3, Snowplow 4, Basic 2

5:30–6pm –   Basic 3, Basic 4, Basic 5, Basic 6

6-6:30pm   –   Pre-Free Skate, Free Skate 1/2, Free Skate 3/4, Free Skate 5/6

Saturdays – July 11 – August 15 (6 week session)

10 – 11am – Power + Edge Class (*Skaters must have passed Pre Free-Skate or higher)


Here is what you need to know about our return-to-the-ice policies for July/August:

Effective July 1, 2020 (until further notice)

CLASS REGISTRATION AND GENERAL CLASS INFORMATION:

  • All participants must be pre-registered for class (no walk-up registrations on the day of class). Please consider using our online registration, which can be found on our website.
  • Unfortunately, we are NOT able to offer beginner classes for the summer session (Snowplow 1 and Basic 1) In order to reduce the need for contact between instructors/skaters, all participants must be able to skate and get up off the ice without assistance.
  • Friday classes (Snowplow Basic, and Free Skate) will be limited to 6 skaters per class. Saturday’s class (Power + Edges) will be limited to 15 skaters. Registration will be first-come, first-served.

 

INSIDE THE RECREATION CENTER:

  • ONE parent will be allowed to accompany each skater to the rink. All skaters are encouraged to come to the rink fully dressed to skate. Jackets, long pants, gloves (and helmets for Snowplow skaters). Per facility guidelines, please do not bring other children to the rink if they are not taking part in a class.
  • If a skater needs rental skates, please indicate what size skates your child will need at the time of registration. Our staff will have them ready at the skate rental counter with the skater’s name.  One you are finished with class, please leave the skates where you picked them up and a member of our staff will be able to clean them and put them back. 
  • Our instructors and building staff will be wearing masks for your safety. Skaters are not required to wear masks. Parents in the building are not required to wear masks, but are welcome to do so if they choose.
  • All parents must be seated in the designated seating areas in the rink (bleachers) while classes are in session. Please do not congregate by the glass, the entry doors, or in the lobby during lesson time.

 

ON THE ICE:

  • Only skaters who are scheduled to be on the ice for their lesson may be on the ice. Due to distancing requirements, we cannot offer practice ice on the end of the rink at this time.
  • Skaters will be lined up by class level and instructor before taking the ice. We will be using only one door (the main door) to enter the ice. This door will be marked Enter Only.  The door on the west side of the rink will be the Exit Only door and will be marked as such.
  • Please be ON TIME! We ask that skaters arrive approximately 15 minutes before the start of class (but not earlier) to get skates on and get ready. Arriving late disrupts the entire class, especially when we have to work within the parameters of the current safety measures.
  • Skaters are permitted to exit the ice to use the restrooms, if necessary, during class, but please refrain from congregating in the lobby/socializing, per facility rules.

Take the LTS USA Fit-25 Bingo Challenge!

How can you challenge yourself this week to achieve your goals? Learn to Skate USA is committed to helping you along your skating and wellness journey.

The Fit-25 challenge, a wellness-themed bingo activity, combines balance, strength, cardio, stretching and overall wellness initiatives in a fun 25-segment challenge. Complete five in a row and earn a bingo. Complete all 25 for a bingo blackout!

The Fit-25 challenge is available in three formats:

  • Online via the Learn to Skate USA mobile app (a free benefit of membership)
  • On your phone/tablet as a shareable Instagram story-sized graphic
  • As a printable full-page PDF

Completing the challenge in the Learn to Skate USA mobile app is the ultimate test, as the only way to earn the Fit-25 badge is by completing all 25 initiatives! Be sure to document your efforts and share them with #LearnToSkateUSA!

Download the PDF here.
Download the Instagram Story version here.
Learn more about the Learn to Skate USA app and download it here.

Registration for Spring Swizzle 2020 is NOW OPEN!

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Registration for Spring Swizzle 2020 is now open!

All skaters who are enrolled in the Brooklyn Blades on Ice Learn-To-Skate program or the Brooklyn Figure Skating Club are invited to participate!

The cost to register is:

  • $20 per Learn-To-Skate Member (or $25 for LTS families)
  • $25 per Brooklyn FSC member (or $35 per family)

Forms must be turned in, with payment, to the front cashier’s office no later than Saturday February 29!

You can find a registration form HERE or at the rink’s cashier’s office.

This year’s theme is ‘Back to the 90’s’ – Skaters are encouraged to choose their favorite song from the 90’s to skate to!

All Brooklyn FSC skaters are eligible to skate a solo OR duo. Please keep program lengths no longer than your program length for your highest FREE SKATE test passed!

The show will be held on Saturday April 25, 2020 at 7:00pm.

We hope to see you all there!

Please feel free to email us at brooklynskating@gmail.com with any questions.

National Skating Month!

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate National Skating Month with us!

We had a great turnout for our event, and were also featured on WKYC’s morning newscast with reporter Austin Love, who did liveshots to preview our event!

#NationalSkatingMonth

#LearnToSkateUSA

You can check out the coverage on WKYC HERE

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It’s Turkey Training Time!

Get into the Thanksgiving spirit with this month’s Learn To Skate USA skating challenge: Turkey Training! Your turkey wants to grow his feathers for the holiday, but he needs your help.

You can help your turkey by practicing one of your most challenging skills. This can be anything from a one-foot glide to a mohawk to a spiral. When you’ve chosen a skill, write it down on the turkey’s stomach as a reminder.

Download your Turkey Training worksheet here: Turkey Training

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How many feathers will your turkey have?

Every time you practice your skill, draw a feather. Try to practice as many times as you can so that your turkey will have many feathers to show off.

When you’ve finished, color in your turkey’s feathers. You can keep him festive with red, orange, yellow, and brown or use your imagination to make your turkey stand out from the rest.

Do this activity with your friends to see whose turkey grows the most feathers!

Bonus: Rate your skill

If you want to work more on your skill, color in your turkey according to how well you’ve practiced your skill each time.

The color of each feather depends on how well you performed the skill. If you think you could use improvement, color the feather red. If the skill was average, color it yellow. If you performed the skill perfectly with no error, color it orange. How many orange feathers will your turkey have?

You can choose to use different colors as well. Just make sure to keep a color key!

Post your turkey online

Once you’ve practiced your skill and drawn and colored your turkey’s feathers, show him off to the world! Have your coach or a friend take a picture of you and your turkey, and post it on social media with the hashtag #LearntoSkateUSA.

Do this activity with your friends and post a group picture, too!

Fall is a great time to practice, practice, practice!

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As the leaves are changing colors and the weather is cooling, the autumn season is a great time to practice your skills. Use Learn to Skate USA’s Tree of Mastery activity to track your progress

Here’s how to participate:

  1. Download and print the Tree of Mastery activity here.
  2. Pick a skill that needs improvement and write it on the line below the tree.
  3. For every five times you practice that skill, draw a leaf on the tree.
  4. Even though leaves are falling outside, watch your tree bloom as your skating improves!
  5. Share your accomplishments with the skating world with #LearnToSkateUSA and #TreeOfMastery, and you might be featured on Learn to Skate USA social media!