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February 24, 2024

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Kids Can Easily Learn to Ice Skate

Enough of hanging onto the railing! All ages can learn to skate and classes are forming now.

Kids can easily learn to ice skate through opportunities — but know that falling is a big part of learning! If you’re learning to skate, you’re going to fall. A lot. And even if the first time on the ice is a daunting experience, very quickly kids can learn the confidence and skills they need to keep going. It’s from there that the joy and love of skating grows, and there are local programs here to get them started:

Kids Can Easily Learn to Ice Skate

Nashville Skating Academy (NSA)  For skaters of all ages, classes take place at Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville and include seven weeks of instruction. Snow Plow Sam 1 classes are for ages 3 – 5 and Basic 1 – 8 are for ages 6 and older. All participating skaters may advance into youth competitive skating or hockey.The Basic class package is $165 per seven-week series for one class per week; complete package is $275 per seven-week series for all classes offered in the session. Skaters must pass Basic 1 and 2 before signing up for this class. The next session runs Feb. 20 – April 6, 2024.

The Scott Hamilton Skating Academy (SHSA) Learn-to-Skate offers recreational and competitive skaters a chance to learn how to skate in figure skating and ice hockey. Classes take place at Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Bellevue Ice Center and in Clarksville at Ford Ice Center Clarksville.

  • The Scott’s Tots program for ages 3 – 6 and Basic Skills 1 – 6 for ages 7 – 15 teach kids agility, balance, coordination and speed.
  • Hockey: New Player, all ages, must have completed Basic Level 3.
  • Adults: Ages 16+

A new session begins every seven weeks, year round. To register, you must create an account at Ford Ice Center. If you are new, you will be required to purchase an annual $27 membership fee in order to unlock registration.

Public Skate Sessions

At Centennial Sportsplex, public skate times vary each day for the north and south rink inside Ford Ice Center. Cost is $7 ages 13 and older, $6 ages 5 – 12, free ages 4 and younger. Skate rental is $2. See the public skate calendar here.

At Ford Ice Center Register online for $15 public skate times (includes skate rental).

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Susan Swindell Day

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