Learn to Skate USA classes are available with help from Marshall Comminty Services and the Southwest Figure Skating Club. Designed by the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA), this is a beginning ice skating program that is fun, challenging & rewarding.
Registration for Marshall Community Services at the link below.
Complete Learn to Skate information can be found at https://learntoskateusa.com
Students are encouraged to bring their own skates or skate rentals are available for $3 per rental. Single blades required for all skaters. Helmets recommended, especially for young skaters. Classes held at Red Baron Arena & Expo. No parents are allowed on the ice. SKATERS SHOULD WEAR WARM CLOTHING THAT IS EASY TO MOVE IN (preferably no jeans) AND BE SURE TO WEAR GLOVES OR MITTENS!
Skaters in the Learn to Skate USA program are invited to participate in the annual ice show help in March. Information regarding this opportunity is available upon request from any board member of the SWFSC.
A Junior Membership is available for younger and inexperienced skaters. Safety is our number one concern! Skaters who are enrolled in the Learn to Skate levels Basic 3 to Basic 6 will be considered Junior members. Ice safety education will be provided to both skaters and their parents. Once a skater reaches Learn to Skate Pre Freestyle, they will automatically be considered a member at the Club Membership level. Fees associated with the change will be due within 30 days of this change.
Private coaches are independent of the club fees and they are hired for their time. There are various coaches that coach at the club presently and the Club Director can facilitate finding one for the Junior Member. Schedules must be coordinated with the private coach. If the coach is not available, then the Junior Member cannot be on the ice.
As skaters advance, competition and testing through the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) is an option if you join the club, but it is not necessary. Competitions and testing are strictly to allow the skaters to reach goals and move on through levels. Typically, skaters do not compete or test the first year(s) of the club as they are learning the ropes, so to speak, but you can visit with your private coach and certainly compete and test if you think your skater is ready. If a skater wishes to compete at a lower level, skaters will be granted additional ice time during the competitive season to practice. The private coach, club director, parent(s) will discuss expectations for the skater's use of ice time and scheduling matters.
The purpose of the Southwest Figure Skating Club is to foster the love of amateur figure skating in the city of Marshall and the southwest area of Minnesota.
Being a member of the Southwest Figure Skating Club enables a skater to utilize more ice time and pursue additional instruction from a private instructor. Members participate in the annual ice show and some choose to become members of US Figure Skating (USFSA) and compete in local competitions and take tests under the US Figure Skating Curriculum.
Membership requirements vary each year. The Board of Directors will meet and make adjustments accordingly prior to each season starting. A complete list is available upon request.