Ice skating registration begins

ALLEN PARK – Registration for recreational fall ice skating classes for all ages will begin at the Civic Arena, 15800 White Street, from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 7 for city residents and Oct. 9 for nonresidents.

     Lessons will run for eight weeks on Wednesdays and Fridays. Wednesday classes will be held from 4:30 to 6:20 p.m.; Friday classes are 5 to 7 p.m.

     Wednesday classes will begin Oct. 21; Friday classes start Oct. 23.

     Figure, power, preschool and adult skating will be offered. Most classes will be 50 minutes long, except for preschool classes, which last 25 minutes. Classes will be based on United States Figure Skating Association guidelines and standards.

     Class size is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Preschoolers must be three by the time of registration.

     Power skating classes are limited in number. Each child must supply their own skates, which cannot have double runners. Helmets are recommended for inexperienced skaters. Hockey skates can be used only for power skating classes; figure skates can be used only for figure skating classes.

     Tot classes are designed for skaters ages 4 and 5. Beginning skating 1 through 3 is designed for skaters age 6 and older.

     Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta levels will learn to do forward and backward crossovers, T-stops, three turns and Mohawks. After completing each level, the skater may join the Ice Skating Institute and be eligible to enter competitive skating if desired.

     Information on private ice skating lessons is available on request for skaters wishing to enter competitive skating.

     Freestyle classes teach skaters to jump and spin, as well as to do the designated step sequences that incorporate moves from previous levels. Competitive freestyle skating will use the skills from the freestyle class, and will select music and learn a competitive program.

     The hockey skating class is limited to skating skills. Skaters will learn to skate forward and backward, stop, glide, balance on one foot, curve, turn from forward to backward and do crossovers.

     Preschool classes cost $52 for the eight-week session. Basic 1 through 4, Hockey 1 through 4 and adult figure and power skating classes are $57. Basic 5 through 8 is $62, and freestyle 1 through 6 is $67.

     Freestyle ice time is $52. Fees are an additional $5 for nonresidents.