Welcome to the North Andover Figure Skating Club

Site updated 10-2-13

 

THE 2013 - 2014 SEASON

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OUR 2013-2014 SEASON WILL BEGIN ON NOVEMBER 2ND AND WILL RUN TO MARCH 8TH 2014. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING OUR MEMBERS AND NEW FACES ON THE ICE AGAIN. THE COST PER SKATER IS $275.00. PLEASE USE THE APPLICATION ON THIS SITE UNDER THE FORMS TAB TO REGISTER. DO MAIL TO THE PO BOX. PLEASE MAIL YOUR PAYMENT AND APPLICATION TO:

CHRISTINE COOKE-BEDELL

110 LIBERTY STREET

HAVERHILL, MA 01832

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WE GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR BUSINESS!

CONTACTS:

CLUB AND PROGRAM QUESTIONS CONTACT CHRISTINE COOKE 978-771-8931.

FOR LEASED SKATES CONTACT CHRISTINE COOKE 978-771-8931.  

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 OUR FULL SKATING SEASON CONSISTS OF APPROXIMATELY 16-17 WEEKS FROM NOVEMBER TO MARCH. PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE BELOW. SKATERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR THE PROPER HELMET FOR BEGINNERS THRU BASIC SKILLS BADGE 2.

SEE ALL DETAILS BELOW.

  SKATING LESSONS ARE OFFERED TO BOYS AND GIRLS ON SATURDAY MORNINGS ONLY. NO OTHER SESSIONS ARE AVAILABLE OTHER THAN SATURDAY AT THE HOURS BELOW. CHILDREN MUST BE 3 YEARS OLD. REFUNDS ARE SUBJECT TO AN APPROVAL PROCESS AND TO A $30.00 ADMINSTRATION FEE. THE REFUND WILL BE PRORATED AND WILL NOT BE ISSUED AFTER 30 DAYS FROM NOVEMBER 1, 2013 FOR FULL SEASON MEMBERS. 

 HOURS & LEVELS:

10:30AM-11:30AM BEGINNERS AND SNOW PLOW SAM LEVELS THRU BASIC SKILLS BADGE 1 WILL BE ON HOUR 1. 

11:40AM-12:40PM BASIC SKILLS BADGE 2 AND UP WILL BE ON HOUR 2. LOWER BADGES ON HOUR 2 ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO ENROLLMENT.

SKATERS ARE GROUPED BY SKILL AND STRENGTH. WE TRY TO ACCOMODATE CHILDREN WITH A FRIEND OR SIBLING THAT WOULD LIKE TO BE TOGETHER IN A CLASS IF THEY ARE EVALUATED TO BE SIMILAR IN SKILL. BADGE TESTING IS PERFORMED AS SKATERS REACH REQUIRED SKILL LEVELS FOR ELEMENTS ON THE BADGE USUALLY IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY OF THE SEASON FOR THE FULL SEASON MEMBERS. SKATERS FROM OTHER USFSA BASIC BADGE PROGRAMS WILL BE EVALUATED AND PLACED IN THE APPROPRIATE CLASS ACCORDING TO OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF. 

LEASED SKATES

SLIGHTLY USED SKATES ARE AVAILABLE FOR BOYS AND GIRLS TO LEASE FOR THE SEASON (SHARPENINGS INCLUDED) FOR A FEE. PLEASE CALL ATLEAST ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE OF SKATE NEED. FOR LEASED SKATES ONLY CONTACT CHRISTINE 978-556-9484. 

 PARENTS NOTICE

A PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST REMAIN AT THE RINK DURING THEIR CHILD'S SKATING HOUR. ICE SKATING CAN BE A DANGEROUS SPORT AND SKATERS HAVE INJURIES AND OTHER NEEDS OFF THE ICE INCLUDING HELMET AND SKATE ADJUSTMENTS OR BATHROOM NEEDS. OUR INSTRUCTRORS ARE RESTRICTED TO THE ICE SURFACE FOR NON-EMERGENCY CONCERNS. OUR STAFF IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ATTENDING CHILDREN BEYOND THE ICE SURFACE UNLESS THERE IS AN EMERGENCY.

WEATHER

WEATHER CANCELLATIONS WILL BE POSTED TO THIS SITE AT THE TOP OF THIS HOMEPAGE. WEATHER RARELY EFFECTS THE RINK SCHEDULE.

PRIVATE LESSONS

PRIVATE LESSONS ARE OFFERED THROUGH OUR INSTRUCTORS-PLEASE CONTACT THEM INDIVIDUALLY FOR RATES AND SCHEDULES:

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ABOUT US:

The North Andover Figure Skating Club is a non-profit organization located at Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts.  We offer instruction to many ice skating levels for the youth.  Our program represents the United States Figure Skating Association Basic Skills Badge Program.  The season has been from November to March each year since 1972.
 
The North Andover Figure Skating Club is beginning its 40th season!  We are looking forward to another great year.  Our staff consists of both Professional Instructors and Instructional Assistants.   It is our goal to ensure that each student receives expertise instruction while having fun. Our final day of skating in March, each season, has an informal exhibition of each class, guest skaters, and fun, food, and music for all members to enjoy. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

SKATES should be firm, preferably leather, and sized correctly.  The fit and blade mounting are critical for skaters including beginner levels when learning to skate.  Avoid vinyl and plastic skates if possible.  Please contact Cooke’s Skate Shop (978) 657-7586 in Wilmington for quality skates and information. Prices for figure skates are about $70 to over $130. Prices for hockey skates are about $80 and up.  Used skates are available at the shop also. It is best to make an appointment for your skate fitting. It will take approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours for your fitting.  When you leave, your skates will be made to fit correctly.  Skates purchased at Cooke's will have a stretching option to accomadate growth for another season of wear in most cases.  If your skates are purchased elsewhere, please make sure your child's feet are up straight when standing on the floor.  The skates should be one size smaller than their shoe size.  If the skates feel tight or hurt, it is up to the sports store selling the skates, to make them comfortable without going to a larger size.

SKATE CARE is very important. Wipe the blade after skating with a dry, absorbant cloth. Do not keep skates guards on the blade after skating. This will cause the blade to rust and blacken and effect the performance of the skater. Store the skates in a moisture free area. Sharpening is needed once per season for the weekly skater at our 4 month program.

SKATE LACES should be comfortably snug on top of the foot and the ankle.  The laces can be a bit looser toward the top of the boot so that only one finger can fit between the boot and the child’s leg.

HELMETS must be worn by beginners through Basic Badge 2.  Helmets must cover the back of the head to the nape of the neck similar to hockey or ski helmets.  Bike and football helmets are not allowed. Full coverage helmets are available at most sports stores and are available at Walmart for about $25.00 or less.

KNEE & ELBOW PADS are not recommended or required. If necessary due to a prior injury, they may be worn under the jackets and pants.  Plastic knee pads slip on the ice and create difficulty in getting up - if worn on the outside of pants.  If necessary, use the plastic knee pads underneath warm pants and place over the tights or leggings.  Secure pads to allow comfortable knee bend and movement. 

CLOTHING should be warm and in layers. Snowpants are not recommended. Tights with sweatpants or fleece are the most comfortable for movement and warmth.  Turtlenecks with sweaters, sweatshirts or fleece jackets are recommended. Mittens or gloves are required. Clothing which hangs too loosely or drags below skate level is dangerous and is prohibited.