Welcome to the 75th season of Commonwealth Figure Skating Club! This season we will be offering our US Figure Skating Association Basic Skills Learn to Skate Programs at the Zapustas Ice Rink in Randolph and at the Ulin Ice Rink in Milton.
The USFS Basic Skills Program is appropriate for beginning skaters or those skaters who wish to improve and advance basic skating skills already learned. Our classes are for ages four to adult. Classes are scheduled as follows:
- Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m. at Zapustas Ice Rink in Randolph or
- Saturday, 3 to 3:50 p.m. at Ulin Ice Rink in Milton
Each Learn to Skate (LTS) class includes group coaching instruction for the first half of the class. Our instructor to skater ratio is kept low and is under the direction of US Figure Skating Association certified Professional Coaches. During the second half of the Learn to Skate class, students have the choice of using the ice for free skate/self-guided practice time or students may elect to sign on with a Commonwealth Figure Skating Club professional coach for private or semi-private lessons.
CFSC 2012-2013 Learn to Skate Ice Sessions
Fall Session – starts Saturday, September 15, 2012 and runs through Saturday, November 3, 2012 (8 weeks)
Winter Session – starts Saturday, November 10, 2012 and runs through Saturday, January 19, 2013 (8 weeks). There will be no LTS for Winter Session on the following Saturdays: 11/24/12, 12/22/12, 12/29/12
Spring Session – starts Saturday, January 26, 2013 and runs through Saturday, March 30, 2013 (8 weeks). There will be no LTS for Spring Session on the following Saturdays: 2/9/13, 2/16/13.
Registration and Cost
Registration for our Fall Session of our Learn to Skate Program opens on the first class date of the session. Please arrive 30 to 45 minutes early in order to complete registration and get skates on. The cost for an eight-week session will be $160, which includes a one-time $12 USFS Basic Skills Program Registration Fee that covers the entire ice season.
There will be a $15 Family Discount for the second and each additional skater(s) in a family for each session. The USFS Basic Skills Program Registration Fee will be credited from the total session cost for skaters enrolling for subsequent sessions. Payment may be by check (preferred) or cash.
Registration will be ongoing throughout the sessions. There will be no refunds after beginning the second skating date. Late registration will be pro-rated by $15 per ice date. We reserve the right to defer registration for young skaters who may not be mature enough to participate in our Group Lessons.
Helpful Information for Our Skating Families
- For your child’s safety, a parent or responsible adult must remain in the rink with the skater during Learn to Skate lessons at all times.
- Parents are not allowed on the ice for safety and liability reasons. If you have a concern about your child while on the ice, please bring this concern to the attention of the Learn to Skate Director, Assistants, and/or coaches/instructors and we will bring your child to you.
- All skaters must wear helmets while on the ice. Bicycle helmets are okay to use. Please make sure that your skater’s helmet fits properly before he or she takes the ice. Warm clothing and gloves or mittens are strongly suggested. No double runner skates are allowed.
- Skaters may use figure skates, recreational skates, or hockey skates. Suggestions for local shops to check out for purchasing skates are Play It Again Sports in Dedham, Sports Authority, Dick’s Sporting Goods, LL Bean.
- Please get your skates sharpened before using them for the first time. Even brand new skates right out of the box need a professional sharpening before use. The Zapustas and Ulin Rinks both have skate sharpening services (please check with rink staff for availability) or some stores may provide these services.
- Private Lessons. We make every effort to provide your skater with some individual attention during our Group Lessons. However, if you would like your skater to receive some 1-to-1 instruction, private lessons with Commonwealth Figure Skating Club Professional Coaches will be offered on a “first come, first served” basis as available during the Free Skate portion of Learn to Skate. Fee and Payment for these lessons is arranged directly with each Coach. Please speak with the Learn to Skate Director to determine coach availability.
- Loop League Membership. We encourage skaters who have passed Basic 3 and above who wish to take their love of skating to a higher level to consider a membership in Commonwealth Figure Skating Club’s Loop League. This is an introductory, junior membership for one season in the Commonwealth Figure Skating Club. Loop League members contract for one skating session per week at designated times on Club ice with the full club members. Loop League members must arrange for a minimum of a 15-minute private lesson with a Commonwealth Figure Skating Club Professional Coach during their contracted ice session each week. Options to pick-up additional designated ice sessions are available as long as the Loop League member has made arrangements with a coach for a lesson during the ice time. Loop League members are eligible to participate in the Loop League number in our annual Ice Capers Show.
Commonwealth Figure Skating Club is a section 501(c )(3) Massachusetts non-profit corporation run entirely by volunteers. We do not work for the Towns of Randolph or Milton or for the Zapustas or Ulin ice rinks. As such, we are not at the ice rinks 24/7. If you have any questions about the Club or its offerings, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to respond to you quickly.
The best source for getting information about our Learn to Skate Sessions and registration, ice schedules, and other general Club news is our website www.commonwealthfsc.com.
We look forward to seeing you at our Learn to Skate Programs!