Skate guards are the hard plastic covers that allow the skater to walk around off ice without dull-ing their blades. Soakers are the fabric blade covers that protect the blades from moisture while in the skater’s bag. Never leave skate guards on the blades while in the skater’s bag. It will cause the blades to rust.
Ask any club board member about getting skates sharpened when needed.
- Snowplow Sam — four levels for skaters age 6 and under. Helmets are strongly recommended.
- Basic 1 through 6 — figure skating fundamentals that take skaters from forward stroking to beginning one-foot spins.
- Pre-Free Skate — beginning jumps and footwork
- Free Skate 1 through 6 — advanced jumps, spins and combination moves
There are similar skills progression programs for adults and special needs skaters, plus synchronized skating, dance, pairs and theater on ice.
You can download a collection of apps that feature video demonstrations of all the skills.
U.S. Figure Skating has a series of skills tests (https://www.usfigureskating.org/skate/test-structure) in freestyle, pairs, dance and moves in the field. (Moves in the Field are sets of footwork and turns to demonstrate speed, control and edge quality.) Skaters who successfully complete an entire test sequence earn a gold medal from USFS.
The level of test you’ve passed also determines what group you’ll be in at skating competitions. There are test sessions in Omaha almost every month. Test sessions require a paper test application to be sent in advance along with payment for the test. Your coach will help get the test application.
An individual skater must work with a private coach in order to perform a solo. Coach and skater usually work together to choose the music.
The club hosts a Basic Skills competition in the summer, which includes all levels, including Snowplow Sam. There are several competitions in Omaha. Skaters from our club have also traveled to St. Joseph and Kansas City, Mo., Des Moines, Iowa, and Fort Collins, Colo. Learn more about how these events are structured in the club’s handbook.