The skating association launches new programs for 2021


Stephanie Weber, Snow Plow Program Director, helps Wayne’s 3-year-old Liam Black. Many children participated in the return of the Learn to Skate program on September 13 at the Ice Vault at Camden National Bank. Contribution photo

HALLOWELL – The Skating Association of Maine has announced the return of skating programs for the 2021 season. The programs began Tuesday with the first class of Learn To Skate USA at the Camden National Bank Ice Vault on Whitten Road.

Through the Learn To Skate USA program, SAM plans to offer the following courses:

• Snowplow Sam (for skaters 3 to 6 years old) will run for 30 minutes from 5:30 p.m.

• Basic skills (for skaters over 6 years old) will last 45 minutes starting at 6:15 p.m.

• Adult skills will last 45 minutes from 6.15 p.m.

• Hockey Edge Skills (for more advanced skaters who wish to practice hockey) will last 45 minutes starting at 5:30 p.m.

• The introduction to figure skating (for more advanced skaters wishing to continue figure skating) will last 45 minutes from 5:30 p.m.

All classes are conducted in a group learning environment, with skaters progressing through the program at their own pace.

This year’s program includes a new free Learn to Play program, a hybrid hockey program and an expanded Learn to Skate program. All SAM 2021 programs are designed to give local youth the opportunity and access to skating and hockey programs, while following national and local guidelines related to COVID-19.

The new Learn to Play program will take place on Sundays from October 31 to February 20, 2022. One-hour lessons over 16 weeks, divided into two eight-week sessions. Each session will take place from 8:20 am to 9:20 am at the ice jump. The program is designed for new players ages 4-7. New players over the age of 7 are always welcome to register for free.

There is no charge for new players to participate in the Learn to Play Atoms program. Eligibility for the free program for new players is only valid for the duration of one season, from October 31 to February 20, 2022. For any player 8 years of age or older, a registration fee of $ 48 is charged. at USA Hockey.

Rental equipment is available. Free skate rental will be provided by Ice Vault on a first come, first served basis.

In addition to the Learn to Play program, the association also announced a hybrid hockey season. Players who join the free Learn to Play Atoms program can advance and enroll in the association’s 6U or 8U Tier 4 hockey program midway through the regular season. The price will be adjusted accordingly.

The association is looking for additional volunteers to fill vacant positions on the board of directors and on the figure skating and hockey committees. For more information, contact Glenda Winn, Vice President of the SAM Board of Directors, at [email protected].

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