FAQ

It’s my 1st day of class. What should I expect?

Welcome! The 1st day of class please arrive  10-15 minutes before the start time in order to check in and pick up your skates. We will meet in you the warming room to introduce the coaching staff and answer any questions you may have before we head to the ice.

What should I wear to class?

It’s important to wear something comfortable and warm. Long sleeves, long pants and long socks are best and don’t forget gloves or mittens. A helmet is recommended but not required.

What if I signed up for the wrong level?

No problem. New skaters should always begin in a Level 1 class (Snowplow 1, Basic 1, Adult 1). If our coaches see that you are not in the correct level, we will move you to the appropriate class

Do I need my own skates or should I use rentals?

Rental skates are included in the cost of your class and they are a great way to get started.  However, if you plan to skate at least once or twice a week, your own pair of skates are a great investment. We can help you find the right pair for you.

How should my skates fit?

Skates should fit snugly, with just enough room for your toes to wiggle inside the boot. Lace them all the way to the top pulling tightly over your ankle.

Why do I need a Learn to Skate USA membership?

Learn to Skate KC is a member of Learn to Skate USA, the official learn to skate program of US Figure Skating, USA Hockey and US Speedskating. Your membership allows us to use the LTS USA curriculum, allows participants to participate in Compete USA event and provides a supplemental sports insurance policy to members that can be used in case of injury. In addition, there are numerous resources for parents on the Learn to Skate USA website, learntoskateusa.com. The annual membership expires on June 30th each year.

Can I take more than 1 session of classes?

Yes! We run classes year round so skaters can continue to improve and pass the progressive level structure.  At the end of each session you will receive an evaluation to let you know what level to register for next. During the winter we offer classes twice a week so you could even take 2 classes a week!

What if I don’t pass the level at the end of the session?

Don't worry. The Learn to Skate USA curriculum is designed with progressive steps, one level building on another. Sometimes it takes a while to master these skills but it is important before moving on to the next level. Some levels may take a few sessions. If you are struggling with a skill or 2, a few private lessons may get you over the hump.

What about practice time?

We've all heard  that practice makes perfect and skating is no exception. Practicing the skills you've learned in class will help you progress through the levels more quickly. Public sessions are a great time to get that practice time in. Public sessions are open to all skaters. Line Creek also offers sessions reserved for figure skaters and for hockey players. "Stick time" is a session for hockey players to practice with a stick and a puck. "Freestyle" is a session that figure skaters use to  safely practice jumps and spins. Skaters should be Basic 6 and above before practicing on a "freestyle" session.

I want to be a figure skater. How do I get started?

Classes are the best way to begin. Learning the basic skills is the first step. You can also add private lessons with one of our staff coaches for more personalized instruction. For those who are ready to jump right in to figure skating, check out  our KC Skating Academy classes that offer more figure skating options

I want to play hockey. What about me?

Group classes are also the best way to learn the basic skating skills needed to play hockey. You can also check out the Kansas City Fighting Saints Hockey Association who call Line Creek home.  https://www.kcsaints.com/

I’m interested in private lessons. How do I find a coach?

If your skater has worked well in class with a particular coach, that’s a great place to start. If you aren’t sure, contact our Learn to Skate director at learntoskateKC.com and she will help you find the perfect coach.

What is the Line Creek Figure Skating Club?

LCFSC is a member club of the United States FIgure Skating Association and supports figure skaters at Line Creek. https://www.linecreekfsc.com/

What is the Fighting Saints Hockey Association?

The Fighting Saints organization is a member of USA Hockey and the Kansas City Youth Hockey Association and supports youth hockey at Line Creek.