Learn To Skate
Learn to Skate USA Program
The U.S. Figure Skating designed the Learn to Skate USA Program to provide top-quality beginning ice skating program for both the recreational and competitive skater. The LTS USA Program is the perfect place to start skating.
The North Atlantic Figure Skating Club (NAFSC) offers Learn To Skate USA program classes September through June, a week long camp in the summer and year round ice for figure skating. Skaters who participate in the Learn to Skate USA Program through NAFSC will learn new and exciting maneuvers and will be tested as they progress through the program. Skaters will receive US Figure Skating Learn to Skate USA (basic skills) membership, an official Learn to Skate USA record book to track progress through the program, sport accident insurance, a parent handbook, a Learn to Skate USA magazine filled with helpful information about all aspects of skating, a certificate and badge or a skills report card and ribbon at the end of each session.
Higher level LTS USA program skaters interested in transitioning from the basic skills program to NAFSC club membership, please contact Coach Kristin at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn to Skate Fall Session 2018
8 weeks: October 20—December 15
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North Atlantic Figure Skating Club
NAFSC is a non-profit figure skating club providing opportunities, community, and support for skaters to achieve their goals. We operate on the principle that skaters of all ages, levels, and disciplines have the opportunity for success and growth in a safe, fun, and committed environment. As a full member club of U.S. Figure Skating, we strive to provide programs and encourage participation across all disciplines, from recreational to competitive, allowing our skaters to practice, improve, and present their skills and achievements through a variety of skating opportunities.
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Great Atlantic Speedskating Club
Great Atlantic Speedskating Club (GASC) is Maine’s only short track speedskating club. GASC was established in 2002 by a few enthusiastic people who wanted to learn speedskate after watching the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Club is a Direct Club under US Speedskating Association. We are a tax-exempt organization recognized under IRS Section 501(c)(3).
GASC is an all ages/all abilities club committed to train recreational skaters as well as those wishing to compete. Our adult and youth skaters compete in local meets in New England and Canada as well as nationally. The club has 30 members ranging in age from 8 to 70. The club is coached by a US Speedskating certified Level 3 Coach, Karen Schilling and Level 1 Coach Shelley Littlefield.
The club has been skating at Family Ice Center in Falmouth, Maine, since 2003. The season runs from September to April. Each year we have at least one event to introduce speedskating to the public. The Club’s popular “Try Speedskating” event takes place on October 14th from 10 AM to Noon.
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Sled Hockey League
Sled hockey follows most of the typical ice hockey rules with the exception some of the equipment. Players sit in specially designed sleds that sit on top of two hockey skate blades. There are two sticks for each player instead of one and the sticks have metal pics on the butt end for players to propel themselves. Goalies wear basically the same equipment but do make modifications to the glove. Metal picks are sewn into the backside to allow the goalie to maneuver.
A few rinks around the country are sled accessible. Sled accessible rinks allow players to remain in their sleds and skate off the ice into the bench area. This requires that the bench area is flush with the ice and there is clear plexiglass replacing the white boards.
Sled hockey provides opportunity for many types of disabilities and there are opportunities available in local areas for recreation/competition all the way to the National Sled Team that plays in the Paralympics. Sled hockey is rapidly growing in the US and players are "hooked" once they touch the ice the first time.
Casco Bay Youth Hockey League
(CBHA) is a non-profit organization that has been committed to providing affordable youth hockey opportunities for more than 40 years. It’s the largest youth hockey organization in the state, with more than 850 girls and boys playing youth hockey, from ages 4 to 18, and more than 150 volunteer coaches. Casco Bay players come from every town and city in the Greater Portland area, including Portland, South Portland, Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Cape Elizabeth, and Gray. Casco Bay offers affordable hockey programs for beginners (CB Academy’s Break the Ice and Learn to Play programs) through high school, including a full slate of travel and house programs. For more information about Casco Bay Hockey’s programs, please visit:
Rousseau's Hockey Clinic
Rousseau's Hockey Clinic offers hockey players of all ages the opportunity to develop fundamental hockey skills. Our program is progressive, offering instruction in Power Skating, Passing and Puck Handling, and Advanced Team skills. We have earned a reputation as the state's most notable power skating Instructors.
Black Bear Hockey Clinic
College, Prep and High School coaches, along with current and former UMaine Black Bear players, provide all instruction.
Navrat Performance Hockey Clinic
Modern hockey requires a combination of European and North American skills, grit and determination. Pavel Navrat grew up playing hockey in the Czech Republic and bases his training on real European skills development. In North America, Pavel played D1 college hockey on a full four-year scholarship, played in the Frozen Four and then worked closely with NHL All Stars and Stanley Cup winners. He learned that hockey is a game of skill, but also a game of passion and persistence. His camp and training staff includes instructors that are great with the kids, make every day fun for the players and work with each player individually on his or her skill development.
Greater Portland Industrial Hockey League
The Greater Portland Industrial Hockey League formerly the PIAIHL and FICHL was formed in the spring of 2008. The new league played out of both the Portland Ice Arena in Portland and the Family Ice Center in Falmouth brings together the elite in adult hockey in Southern Maine. With five individual divisions encompassing all skill levels the GPIHL has a division to suit anybody's ability
The Morning Hockey Club
The Morning Hockey Club is a group of Hockey fanatics who play at 5:30 AM every weekday, year round at Family Ice Center. The players range from all ages and skill levels. The goal of the club is to have fun, stay healthy and enjoy the game they love – hockey.