Tap to Call

Skating School at the Pettit Speed Skating Classes

If you have ever wanted find out what it’s like to fly around the Pettit Center Olympic Oval, a speed skating class is for you. Speed skating can be enjoyed at any age – youth, teen or adult. The Skating School at the Pettit offers the premier speed skating program for those who are comfortable with the basic skills of ice skating and want to go FAST on the ice!

Participants are grouped according to their skating ability and are initially divided by age. Remember, you don’t have to be a elite skater to learn how to speed skate, just have a some basic skating skill and experience.

Agility on Skates  (Ages 6 – 11) – $99 per six week session

For those who want to transition to speed skating who have mastered Basic 3 or higher skating skills. The class introduces intermediate to advanced skating skills for the purpose of preparing students to wear longer, thinner, and flat blades. Participants will spend time learning how to make sharp turns in both directions, maneuver quickly on their edges, pivot from forwards to backwards, and crossover quickly and powerfully. As part of our approach to teaching skaters how to adapt to different circumstances and conditions, participants will also skate on both ice and the cement surface of the oval footprint using in-line skates. Those who master Agility on Skates can expect to progress at a faster rate when they transition to speed skating. Some of the skills you will learn: Tight Turns, Drop to 1 Knee & Up: Alternate Legs, 2 Foot Mogul Ski, Figure-8 Inside Edge, Figure-8 Outside Edge, Exaggerated Stride, Lateral Pivot: Forward to Backward, Forward Crossover, Backward Crossover. Questions? E-mail Carolyn Spiewak at cspiewak@thepettit.com.

Transition to Speed Skating/Intermediate Speed Skating Technique– $99 per six week session

Transition to Speed Skating/Intermediate Speed Skating Technique introduces new and returning students to the fundamentals of speed skating. When students switch from hockey or figure skates to speed skates in this class, they learn how to transfer general skating skills to a much longer, thinner, and flatter blade. They also learn basic speed skating position and the straightaway stride, which applies the key concept of shifting one’s body weight to build speed and skate efficiently. Intermediate level students build on the fundamentals by exploring pressure and tempo, as they continue to practice crossovers and correct body alignment. Questions? E-mail Carolyn Spiewak at cspiewak@thepettit.com.

Session 7: Transition to Speedskating/Intermediate Speedskating Technique
Tuesday June 29- August 2 (5:45pm-6:25pm)
** 20 Min of Exclusive Practice Time Follows Each Class Time

REGISTER FREE ONLINE

Online registration will close at 12pm the day before each day’s first class. (Example: Saturday classes close on Friday at 12pm). ALL registrations must be completed online. No on site registration is available.

Please Note: Skate Rental is available, but not included in registration price ($18 for the six week class). Please purchase skate rental in advance online when purchasing your Skating School Class (if you need it) or if needed you can purchase the day of.

 

Learn to Speed Skate Levels 1-6 (ages 6 & Up) – $99 per six week session. Skills taught at each level include (but are not limited to):

Speed Skating 1 (Groundwork/Basics)

  • Proper techniques to fall & get up
  • Stopping
  • Skate 1 Lap on Long Track without Falling
  • Understand the length, safety rules of track etiquette for speedskating

Speed Skating 2 (Basic Position)

  • Sit in basic position for 30 seconds
  • Glide in basic position for 50 meters

Speed Skating 3 (The Straightaway Push)

  • Sit in single leg basic position for 15 seconds with bucket
  • Carve using all four edges
  • Skate the straightaway in basic position with full extension to the side and fluidity

Speed Skating 4 (Racing)

  • Learning of starting commands
  • Demonstrate the proper starting position
  • Execute a start

Speed Skating 5 (The Crossover)

  • Standing Crossovers
  • Glide in single basic position in the corner
  • Glide in single leg extension in the corner
  • Skate a full corner with crossovers (in a row)

Speed Skating 6 (Advanced Technique)

  • Skate a full lap on long track with proper technique from start in 75 seconds

2021-22 Class Dates (6 Week Sessions): ALL Classes $99

Session 2 (No Classes 11/23-11/28):
Tuesdays November 2- December 14, 6:15pm-6:55pm
Thursdays November 4- December 16, 6:15pm-6:55pm (1-3 ONLY)
** 20 Min of Exclusive Practice Time Follows Each Class Time

Session 3:
Tuesdays January 18- February 22, 6:15pm-6:55pm
Thursdays January 13- February 17, 6:15pm-6:55pm (1-3 ONLY)
** 20 Min of Exclusive Practice Time Follows Each Class Time

Session 4:
Tuesdays March 1- April 5, 6:15pm-6:55pm
Thursdays February 24- March 31, 6:15pm-6:55pm (1-3 ONLY)
** 20 Min of Exclusive Practice Time Follows Each Class Time

REGISTER FREE ONLINE

Online registration will close at 12pm the day before each day’s first class. (Example: Saturday classes close on Friday at 12pm). ALL registrations must be completed online. No on site registration is available.

Please Note: Skate Rental is available, but not included in registration price ($18 for the six week class). Please purchase skate rental in advance online when purchasing your Skating School Class (if you need it) and as always, you are certainly welcome to bring your own skates.

Upcoming Events

December 6, 2021 - December 12, 2021

12/06/2021

12/06/2021