If you have are not sure what class your skater is in, please contact Heather at 218-770-0532 or by email email@example.com.
Where Do I Go the First Night?
You can enter through the main doors of the circle drive or through the doors from the back smoke stack parking lot. We will be skating in the North rink which is accessible from the second floor of the arena. You will find benches in the hall to sit and put your skates on. The floors have a rubber mat all the way to the ice. The rubber mats may have small rocks and dirt on them from shoes. If you have guards, make sure you wear them to the ice to protect your blades.
We will have name tags that should be worn every practice. Your child's name will be on an animal coded name tag that will correspond to a coach. These name tags will be found on a table in the hallway near the FFSC Office on the second floor of the arena. Your child will need to be wearing their name tag to get onto the ice. If your child doesn't have a name tag, please go to the registration table to get one. Apprentices will be at the door to direct skaters to their class and help those that need help. Coaches will collect name tags after class and they will need to be picked up each week. The first week of skating is always a little crazy. We will try to keep everyone informed as best as possible. When a skater first registers, they start in Snowplow Sam or Basic One depending on the age of the child. I will have extra coaches on the ice helping and testing skaters to get them placed in the correct level. As a skater passes a level we move them up, we don't want skaters getting bored. We want to make skating fun and challenging!
This year we have many new Snowplow Sam skaters! The first night we will all be together and then after this week divided into two classes. Please be patient as the first night may look a little crazy, but I promise it will get better!
Learn to Skate USA Membership
• Learn to Skate USA is the only beginning skating program in the world endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey and US Speedskating.
• After registering with Learn to Skate USA you will receive a record book to track your progress, a membership card, secondary sport accident insurance, a parent handbook and the Learn to Skate USA magazine filled with helpful information about all aspects of skating. This should all be mailed to you!
• Due to liability, your skater must be a registered member with Learn To Skate USA before stepping on the ice! Parents are also not allowed on the ice unless they are registered as a member with Learn To Skate USA!
Skates & Clothing
Make sure you have your skates sharpened! If they are brand new, they still need to be sharpened. If you sharpened them last year, they are probably due for a touch up. Cullens Home Center/Fergus Home & Hardware sell & sharpen skates, sell guards and other skating supplies. You can reach Dan Zierden at 998-5070. The rink will also have skate sharpening. For the start of the season some new arena staff members will be getting trained on how to do this and they will not be able to sharpen skates every night. Therefore, if possible, please drop your skates off during the day at the Park & Rec office in the lower lobby to get sharpened and then you can pick them up later that day or the next day if needed. Please dress your skater in warm layers. Heavy jackets and snow pants can be restrictive and difficult to move in. Tights, leggings, or cuddle dud type clothing under warm sweatpants is suggested for their lower body. A few layers on top with a warm sweatshirt or non-bulky coat is suggested for their upper body. Gloves and hats would be recommended as well. Snowplow Sam skaters are not required to wear helmets but recommended. Bike helmets work great!
We will be communicating by email (MailChimp) and Remind notification system (see more details below) so make sure you check the email you registered with online frequently! You can also check our website at www.fergusfallsskatingclub.com Please also check for important information on our FFSC bulletin board at the rink. The ONLY time we cancel skating is when the rink is closed. If school is cancelled due to weather, the rink closes and we have to cancel classes. You can listen to the radio for cancellations, check your email, Facebook or our website. Notification of cancellations and other important reminders will also be sent out via Remind.
To subscribe to text message notifications via the Remind notification system, please send a text to 81010 with the message @ffsk8.