Learn to Skate

Welcome to the 2020-2021 season of Commonwealth Figure Skating Club!

This season we will be offering our US Figure Skating Association Learn to Skate USA Programs at the Ulin Ice Rink in Milton at 11 Unquity Road. We continue to follow the state’s guidelines and we are working with the Ulin Rink to assure a safe and productive experience for our skaters and staff. We will keep you updated with our progress to get the program started.

The mission of Learn to Skate USA is to provide a fun and positive experience that will instill a lifelong love of skating. Learn to Skate USA is endorsed by US Figure Skating, USA Hockey and US Speedskating.

The Learn to Skate USA Program is appropriate for beginning skaters or those skaters who wish to improve and advance basic skating skills already learned. Our classes are for ages four to adult. CFSC 2020-21 Learn to Skate Ice Sessions and Costs at Ulin Rink, 11 Unquity Road, Milton MA are as follows:

  • Fall Session (Sept 12th – Nov 7th) $198 (9 wks.)
  • Winter Session (Nov 14th – Jan 23rd) $198 (9 wks.)
  • Spring Session (Jan 30th – Mar 27th) $198 (9 wks.)
  • Annual Registration required – $25

As indicated, the first session and lesson begins Saturday September 12, 2020, 3 to 3:50 p.m. at Ulin Ice Rink, 11 Unquity Road, Milton, MA. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the new Learn to Skate director for CFSC is Jim Oslin. Email: jamesloslin@gmail.com

Each Learn to Skate USA class includes group coaching instruction for the first half of the class. Our instructor to skater ratio is kept low and is under the direction of US Figure Skating Association Certified Professional Coaches.

During the second half of the Learn to Skate class, students have the choice of using the ice for free skate/self-guided practice time or students may elect to sign on with a Commonwealth Figure Skating Club professional coach for private or semi-private lessons.

Each Learn to Skate USA participant will receive:

  • an official Learn to Skate USA Basic Skills membership card
  • a record book with stickers to track your progress through the lessons
  • Secondary sport accident insurance
  • Basic Skills Edition of Learn to Skate USA skating magazine

The Commonwealth LTS program also offers a hockey skating curriculum. Kids who have never skated before will start out learning the very basics of being on skates, how to get up after a fall and how to move on the ice. After these basics are learned, kids in the hockey curriculum will learn skills specific for hockey from certified staff. Please join us in Milton on Saturday afternoons at 3 pm and ask us about this program. Click here for more information on the curriculum.

NOTE: the CFSC’s LTS program is asking you to pre-register by completing the attached Learn to Skate registration form. Additionally, CFSC’s LTS program will be accepting applications outside the Rink at our registration desk until 15 minutes prior to each lesson. Please arrive at least 45 minutes early if you have not pre-registration. Class size this year will be limited according to State regulations

The cost for the 9-week sessions of Learn To Skate USA is $198.00. In addition, there is a one-time $25.00 Learn to Skate USA Program Registration Fee that covers the entire 2020-2021 skating season. There will be a $15 Family Discount for the second and each additional skater(s) in a family for each session. Payment must be made by check.

Pro-rated membership offered: Just because a session may have already started, you do not have to wait for the next session. Registration will be ongoing throughout the sessions and the cost will be prorated based on the number of classes left in the session. There will be no refunds after the first lesson. We reserve the right to defer registration for young skaters who may not be mature enough to participate in our Group Lessons.

Helpful Information for Our Skating Families

For your child’s safety, a parent or responsible adult must remain at the rink during Learn to Skate lessons at all times.

Parents are not allowed on the ice for safety and liability reasons. If you have a concern about your child while on the ice, please bring this concern to the attention of the Learn to Skate Director, Assistants, and/or coaches/instructors, and we will bring your child to you.

All skaters must wear helmets while on the ice. Bicycle helmets are okay to use. Please make sure that your skater’s helmet fits properly before he or she takes the ice. Warm clothing and gloves or mittens are strongly suggested. No double runner skates are allowed.

Skaters may use figure skates, recreational skates, or hockey skates. Suggestions for local shops to check out for purchasing skates are Dick’s Sporting Goods, LL Bean, or Play It Again Sports in Dedham, .

Please get your skates sharpened before using them for the first time. Even brand-new skates right out of the box need a professional sharpening before use. Contact any Board member or talk to a staff member or coach at the rink for more information about new skates or where to get skates sharpened.

Private Lessons. We make every effort to provide your skater with some individual attention during our Group Lessons. However, if you would like your skater to receive some 1-to-1 instruction, private lessons with Commonwealth Figure Skating Club Professional Coaches will be offered on a “first come, first served” basis as available during the Free Skate portion of Learn to Skate. Fee and Payment for these lessons is arranged directly with each Coach. Please speak with the Learn to Skate Director to determine coach availability. (will need to change private lesson policy)

Contact Us – The new Learn to Skate director for CFSC is Jim Oslin. Email: jamesloslin@gmail.com

The CFSC’s Board and members would like to give Peggy Ho a huge round of applause for all she had done for the CFSC and for her outstanding leadership as LTS director.

Commonwealth Figure Skating Club is a section 501(c )(3) Massachusetts non-profit corporation run entirely by volunteers. We do not work for the Town of Milton or the Ulin ice rinks. As such, we are not at the ice rinks 24/7. If you have any questions about the Club or its offerings, please contact any Board member with your specific questions or information request and we will do our best to respond to you quickly.

The best source for getting information about our Learn to Skate Sessions and registration, ice schedules, and other general Club news is our website www.commonwealthfsc.com.

We look forward to seeing you at our Learn to Skate Programs!