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Getting Started in BRSA Lessons

BEFORE CLASS
What should your skater wear?
Dress warmly, but allow for movement.
  • Cotton/knit pants (not jeans)
    • Pants should not be excessively long or have a wide flare
  • T-shirt or long sleeve shirt with a sweatshirt or light weight jacket
  • Skating dresses are acceptable, but not required for lessons.
  • Mittens or gloves should be worn.
  • Helmets are strongly encouraged for all skaters that have little skating experience.  Skaters who are 6 years old and younger should wear a helmet regardless.  Bicycle helmets work well.
  • New skates should be sharpened before the first class.
  • Skates should be tied securely, snug around the ankle but still allowing some flexibility.

Nametags

  • Each week your child should pick up their nametag before taking the ice.  Nametags will be located on the table near the entrance to the ice and should be worn for the duration of the class.
  • Nametags should be returned to the table after each class.
  • When your child has tested and passed a Basic Skills level they will receive a badge in their nametag the following week.  The test level badge is for your child to keep.
 
CLASS STRUCTURE
Where should your skater meet for their group lesson?
  • Snowplow Sam Skaters:
    • Snowplow 1 should meet their coach off the ice by the entrance to the rink for the first two weeks of class.
    • Snowplow 2 and 3 skaters should meet their coach on the ice.
  • Basic 1-8 Skaters:
    • During the practice ice portion of the group lesson time skaters are expected to be self-directed in order to practice what has been learned during their group lesson.  Level specific posters will be displayed along the boards to help remind skaters what is on their current level.
    • When it is time for the group lesson, skaters should line up along the boards on the Zamboni side of the rink.  Each group will have a designated area and all skaters will be directed to the proper area on the first night of class.

During Class

·    Parents are asked to watch from the stands.

·    Parents are asked to not stand in the area by the door.

·    Parents should not take the ice.  Please let our trained coaches bring your child to you if there is a need.

·    Parents should not pick up and carry a child wearing skates.  The blade could accidentally kick someone near by.

 
Evaluations

·    Each coach will track the progress of the skaters in their group.

·    When a skater has mastered every element in their level the coach will mark her/him as “Ready” to be evaluated.

·    The next week of class, the BRSA Director will test the skater and mark her/him as “Pass” or “Retry”

·    When a skater passes a level, they are moved to the next level immediately.  If a skater needs to retry their test, they are returned to their current group and it is communicated to the coach what needs attention in order to pass the level.

·    It is not uncommon for a skater to have to retry a test.  The skills taught build upon each other.  To move a skater up before they have mastered all skills in a level sets a child up for frustration by making skating more difficult.
The BRSA holds a very high standard for all skaters.
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