What should I expect at the first class?

What happens on the ice at the first class?

What clothes should my child wear for skating?

What equipment will my child need?

Does my child need a helmet?

What kind of helmet do we need?

What is the meaning of the color dot on my child’s helmet?

How long is the class?

Can I get on the ice during my child’s lesson?

Who can answer any questions I have?

Can I make up a class if we miss one?

How do I know if class is cancelled in bad weather?

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What should I expect at the first class?

On the first day of class, students should arrive at the rink at least 15 minutes early. Make sure to check in with the Coordinator. You will typically find them inside the front door of the rink holding a clipboard.

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What happens on the ice at the first class?

Generally, students are grouped according to ability and age. There are various instructors for different skill levels. At the first class, all students are evaluated and placed in the skill level that is most appropriate for them. As the skater masters the skills in their group, they are re-evaluated. Keep in mind that children’s rate of progress can vary depending on their age, motor skill development, equipment, and motivation. The goal is to have fun, while learning skating skills.

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What clothes should my child wear for skating?

Comfort and the ability to move freely are very important. We suggest warm, water resistant, and loose fitting clothing. Sweatpants or warm up pants are ideal because they are generally loose fitting. First time skaters may find the added cushion of snow pants to be helpful. Avoid pants that are too long and are wide around the ankles as they can get tangled in skates. Remember to dress in layers and have gloves or mittens. No matter what time of year, the skating rink is cold!

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What equipment will my child need?

Skates –It is best to have your own skates that are fitted for the season. Most Sporting Goods stores carry skates. Not all rinks have skate rental. Please check with the rink before the first class, to see if they rent skates. Click on the Rink Location hyperlink, to find the contact information for the rink, baystateskatingschool.org. Here is some helpful information for purchasing skates:

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● It is best to be fitted or at least have the skater try them on in the store.

● Choosing Figure, Hockey or Recreational Skates is a personal choice.

● Students need single blade skates that fit for the season, NO DOUBLE RUNNERS.

● Ankles should be up straight, not turning in or out.

● Keep in mind that the more snug the fit, the better support for the ankles.

● Students need to be able to wiggle their toes.

● Generally, figure skates run a half size smaller or the same size as the shoe size.

● Hockey skates can run big. Often hockey skates are a full size smaller than shoe sizes.

● Usually new skates don’t come sharpened. Sharpen skates BEFORE THE 1ST CLASS.

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Does my child need to wear a helmet?

Helmets are required for all children ages 4 ½ through 9 years old and strongly recommended for all skaters. Your own helmet is required, NO HELMET RENTALS PLEASE. This makes the group assignment for your child very difficult, as you will not get the same helmet each week with their color dot on it.

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What kind of helmet do we need?

There are many types of helmets available for purchase; they include hockey, bike, skateboard and ski helmets. A hockey helmet with a face mask offers the best protection. A properly fitting bike or skateboard helmet is another choice but offers less protection.

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Why is there a colored dot on my child’s helmet?

A color dot will be placed on the front of each student’s helmet. PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE IT. This indicates the assigned group and will ensure that the student is in the correct class each week. Please note – Do not rent a helmet. This makes the group assignment for your child very difficult, as you will not get the same helmet each week.

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How long is the class?

Students are on the ice a total of 50 minutes. There is a 25 minute lesson and 25 minutes of supervised practice. We encourage all parents to be supportive and enthusiastic. Watching your child skate is welcome and encouraged. Please make sure to stand back several feet from the ice surface and barrier so as not to distract students and Instructors during class time.

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Can I get on the ice during my child’s lesson?

No. People that are NOT registered for the class are not allowed on the ice during the 50 minute class. Parents and guardians do need to remain on the premises at all times during the class.

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Who can answer any questions I have?

If you have a question please feel free to ask any of the Instructors, prior to the class starting. If they are unable to answer your question, they will direct you to the Coordinator. Please do not attempt to ask the Instructors questions during the lesson, as this takes away valuable teaching time. You can email the office Lessons@BayStateSkatingSchool.com or call the office at 781-899-8480 Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 3 PM.

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Can I make up a class if we miss one?

The school policy is NO makeup’s or transfers.

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How do I know if class is cancelled in bad weather?

Classes are cancelled only when the rink is closed, which does not happen often. In the event of bad weather, you can check the website at www.BayStateSkatingSchool.org , call the office at 781-890-8480 or listen for cancellations on these local TV channels, NECN, WLVI, CW, WCVB, FOX25. For the outdoor Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink at Larz Anderson Park, call 617-739-7518 or 617-730-2083.

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