Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I get myself or my child started in ice skating?
The HSSTA has Beginner Classes for children and adults all year long. You can start as soon as you're ready and continue until you reach your skating goal. Visit our Class page to determine which class would work best for you!
When should I hire a private coach?
Group classes are a great way to learn basic skating skills, but you can hire a private coach for supplemental lessons at any time! Private lessons take place during one of our Freestyle sessions.
Which coach is right for my child?
Some things to look for in a coach are personality, teaching style, teaching experience, skating background and technical know-how.
Why do I need to join the Skating Club of Huntsville?
Join the club to make friends, go to competitons, perform in ice shows and exhibitions and take skating tests. It's a blast!
What is the purpose of testing?
The test structure is a ladder of proficiency tests designed to encourage skill development and measure skill mastery.
How does my child get into a competition?
Skaters can compete at every level, even basic skills! To find an event near you, check the rink's bulletin board or stop by the HSSTA office!
How much should my child practice?
Practice and dedication are keys to success. Rule of thumb is to practice 2-3 times for every lesson if possible. Practice = perfect!
When do I buy skates?
Skate rental is included through Basic Skill Level 5, but you can invest in your own equipment anytime! Check out the rink's on-site pro shop, Skateworld, for more information on skating equipment.
What size rental skate do I get?
Rental skates should be the same size as your shoes or one size smaller
Can I get used skates?
Yes; however, figure skates usually conform to the foot of the owner, so be sure they are fitted properly before spending too much money on something that might not be right for your skater.
How do I tie skates?
Tie your skates from the toes up through the bottom hooks and lace them looser as you progress through the top hooks to provide for enough circulation and appropriate ankle flexibility.
How do I prepare for a lesson?
Rinks are chilly, so skaters should dress in warm, comfortable layers that allow for movement. Always remember to bring gloves and wear thin socks for your lessons. You should use the restroom before putting skates on and have your skates laced up and ready to go 10 minutes prior to class for stretching and warm-up.
How do I support my child?
Be on time and prepared for lessons, encourage your skater to practice and be patient! If your child enters a competition, remember to teach them good sportsmanship regardless of the result.