Skating is one of the world’s greatest sports! Skating in Learn to Skate USA is fun, challenging and rewarding regardless of age. Skating is a sport that can last a lifetime! Whether your goal is to aim for the Olympics, learn to skate backward, improve your overall health and fitness, impress your friends, or just to have fun on the ice, you can find it with our Learn to Skate USA program.

The Marquette Figure Skating Club (MFSC) has designed their program to provide a simple but progressive method of intimate small group instruction (3-6 Skaters) for the basic skills of ice skating.  Skate Camp in September – See Below for information.

Objectives of LEARN to SKATE USA:

Teach children and adults the fundamentals of ice skating while building confidence and skills through each lesson.  Provide a progressive curriculum that ensures success from the first steps on the ice to the mastery of advanced skills.  Promote the health and fitness benefits of ice skating.  Equip each participant with the foundation necessary to reach their goal, be it recreational or competitive in nature.  

MFSC offers four 5 week terms on Tuesday & Thursday evenings. Ages 4 to Adult are eligible. A skater may have a choice of 1 or 2 sessions of lessons per week. Two sessions are recommended for optimal progress. All classes are held at Marquette’s Lakeview Arena and are taught by Professional Skaters Association, “Excellence on Ice” skating instructors.

  • T, Th 6:00 to 6:50 pm BASICS (Beginners through Basic 6) 25 minutes instruction  and 25 minutes practice ice
  • T, Th 6:25-7:20pm JUNIOR CLUB (Pre-Freeskate level and above) 30 minutes instruction (full Ice) and 25 minutes practice ice
  • NEW during Jr. Club time

Term #1 T, Th – skills

Term #2 T-Skills/Competition Class for Escanaba competition 12/8/19 (prepare for elements event), Th – Skills

Term #3 and #4 T – Skills Th – Skills/Competition Class for Marquette competition 2/21,22 2020 (prepare for elements and program with music)

Junior Club: Skaters working on Pre-Freeskate and above level will have the opportunity to continue working on badges with additional introduction to Freeskating, Moves in the Field and Ice Dance skating disciplines and competition preparation. Full ice will be used during lesson time.

MANDATORY Membership/Fundraising Fees: All participants must be MFSC and Learn to Skate USA members to participant.  It’s $66.00 for the first family member and $22.00 for the 2nd family member.  Membership  is active from time of registration through 6/30/20. Includes Mandatory per/family Fundraising fee.  You will receive 3 consumer cash cards (The major fundraiser of the MFSC). The card offers continuous discounts to local businesses. You may keep the cards for personal use or sell them for $10.00 each.

Rental Skates: $10.50 per/5 week term, per/night. Availability is limited, first come, first serve basis. Fees are paid to MFSC; please sign up for rental skates during the online registration process.

Pre-Registration / Late Fee Registration: Pre-registration is necessary. Class time and instructor assignments will be posted rink side on the first night of each term. Registrations received less than 72 hours (3 days) prior to class start date will be accessed a $10.00 late fee.  Late registrations will be accepted after paying the late fee and based on class availability.

Fundraising: In order to keep ever rising costs low, MFSC members including Learn to Skate members will be asked to participate in fundraising activities.

Volunteerism: The Marquette Figure Skating Club is a non-profit organization run by volunteers and provides many volunteer opportunities. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Sandy Davis, tsmctdavis@charter.net for more information.

2019-2020 Schedule

Term 1 – 5 weeks Tuesday  10-8-19  –  11-5-19    
Term 2 – 5 weeks Tuesday  11-12-19  – 12-10-19
Term 3 – 5 weeks Tuesday  1-7-20  –  2-4-20
Term 4 – 5 weeks Tuesday  2-11-20  –  3-10-20
     
Term 1 – 5 weeks Thursday  10-3-19  –  11-7-19
Term 2 – 5 weeks Thursday*  11-14-19  –  12-19-19
Term 3 – 5 weeks Thursday  1-9-20  –  2-6-20
Term 4 – 5 weeks Thursday  2-13-20  –  3-12-20

Thursday – Term #1-NO Class 10/31   Term #2- NO Class 11/28

BASICS – Tuition

Beginner through Basic 6 level, 6:00-6:50pm

Tuition and Fees Multiple Night Discounts
  1 Night Savings 2 Nights Savings
1 Term     $90.00               $170.00     $10.00
All 4 Terms  $345.00  $15.00  *$560.00*  $160.00

JUNIOR CLUB – Tuition

Pre-Freeskate level and above, 6:25-7:20pm

Tuition and Fees Multiple Night Discounts
  1 Night Savings 2 Nights Savings
1 Term   $100.00    $190.00 $10.00
All 4 Terms  $372.00 $15.00  * $640.00 *  $160.00

*Payment plan available when you sign up for 2 nights, all 4 terms
BASICS $148.00 PER/TERM   –   JUNIOR CLUB $168.00 PER/TERM

WHAT DO I RECEIVE WHEN I JOIN LEARN to SKATE USA MEMBERSHIP

  • Official LEARN to SKATE Membership Card
  • Official LEARN to SKATE Record Book                          
  • General Sports Accident Insurance
  • Badges earned
  • MFSC Learn to Skate membership
  • MFSC Newsletter (via email)
  • Competition Participation Opportunity
  • Eligibility for Ice Show
  • Eligibility for MFSC Private Lesson Session

LEARN to SKATE USA is the only ice skating program endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey, and U.S. Speedskating.  LEARN to SKATE USA offers every participant a rewarding experience rooted in the lifelong benefits of ice skating.

MFSC Membership Optional Activities:

  • Ice Show: For all ages and abilities, sign up offered in October, participants must participate in all four terms of lessons. Ice Show 2020 will be held on Friday, April 17th and Saturday, April 18th. Costume and ice fee required. (Costume measuring in October to ensure delivery of costumes.)
  • Marquette Competition: Ron Carlson-Marquette International Open (RC-MIO) takes place in Marquette on February 21, 22 2020. Basics level events are offered.  A Competition class is offered.  See information below.
  • Other Basics competitions, Escanaba – December 7,2019.  May be offered in  Houghton, and Iron Mountain (dates to be announced).
  • End of Year Banquet: All junior club and learn to skate skaters are recognized for their accomplishments. Potluck dinner. Date and location to be announced. Pre-sign up required.
  • Private Lesson Session: Offered Sun, Tue, Thurs nights and Monday morning, from September 29 to March 14. $19.00 per individual ice session (private lesson arranged and paid to instructor separately). Ice package price also available. You may skate up to one private lesson session per/week.

Contact Chris or Jamie for more information on these activities. (See contact information below)

Additional Information

SKATE CAMP 2019 – September

  • Try Skating for a reduced fee of $60.00 for 4 Lessons (plus CC convenience  fee)
  • 6:00-6:45pm, Berry Event Center – NMU, 9/10, 9/12, 9/17, 9/19 – 30 minute lesson & 15 minutes organized on-ice fun!  Education session for parents each night.
  • No experience necessary, Ages 4 to adult, Helmets strongly suggested
  • Pre-registration necessary, registration deadline 9/7/19 – Free T-shirt to everyone registered by this date. Register online on this website www.marquettefigureskating.org, click on Learn to Skate, then Register Online at the top of page.  Membership not required for this camp.

COMPETITION CLASS 2019-2020 

EXCITING….FUN…AFFORDABLE INTRODUCTION TO COMPETITION…CONFIDENCE BUILDING

Be a participant of Escanaba’s competition – 12/8/19 –  Sign up Term #2

Be a participant of Marquette International Open Competition 2/22, 2020 – Sign up Term #3 and #4

SNOWPLOW SAM through FREE SKATE levels eligible (highest level passed)

  • Includes: 30 minute small group lesson, 5 lessons per/term,
  • 6:50-7:20pm
  • Off-Ice discussion with coach, parent and skater, and coaching at competition event
  • $90 class fee for Basic Skaters Per/Term…….Limited enrollment availability
  • Eligibility – must be a Learn to Skate member.

Prepare for Elements event  for Escanaba competition during Term #2, and Elements and Program with music for Marquette competition Term #3 and #4.  Plus we will walk you through how to complete the registration, how to prepare for competition – what to wear…makeup…hair, learn to prepare and plan your competition day routine and what to expect on competition day.

In addition to the competition class fees, you will need to pay a competition entry fee of $60 for the first event $30 additional event per/competition, purchase a new/used dress and tights, pants & shirt in the case of males, that are appropriate for competition (we will help you with this).

Coaches will be assigned to each group.

HOW TO REGISTER:  Online at www.marquettefigureskating.org

At top of Learn to Skate page click on Online Registration, fill out personal information, scroll down to competition class registration

COMPETITION CLASS REGISTRATION DEADLINE:   3 days prior to start date

 (register early, limited enrollment)

QUESTIONS?  Contact Learn to Skate Administrators

 Chris Gauthier – chrisa@chartermi.net  249-92453  or

Jamie Weigold – isk8rjw@charter.net 226-6372

Notices Snow Days:  Skating classes are not always cancelled when there is a school snow day.  Please check the MFSC Facebook page or Website for information and as time allows an email may also be sent.

Due to limited ice time, there are no make-up classes for missed or cancelled sessions.  This includes Skate Camp and  Competition Class.  Refunds will not be given for any reason except upon a physician’s written excuse. Membership & Fundraising fees are non-refundable.

Registration Process – Online Only 

Pre-registration is Necessary 

No Mail In Registrations will be Accepted

www.marquettefigureskating.org Click on LEARN to SKATE, then Register Online at the top of page, complete registration for each skater, you may pay by Credit/Debit Card (MC, Visa, Am Exp, Discover, and Diners Club accepted).  EVERY SKATER MUST PAY FOR MEMBERSHIP AND FUNDRAISING IN ADDITION TO TUITION.  SKATE CAMP 2019 exempt from membership/fundraising while participation in the camp.
(If you do not have a credit/debit card, please contact the administrators)

Questions regarding this program should be directed to:

SafeSport Public Statement –

MFSC is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for members’ physical, emotional and social development and ensuring that it promotes an environment free of miscon­duct. Members should not attempt to evaluate the credibility or validity of misconduct allegations as a condition for reporting to appropriate law enforcement authorities. Instead, it is the responsibility of each member to immediately report suspicions or allegations to Lorelei Johnson (phone: 906-204-4142 or loreleijohnson@alumni.edu) or safesport@usfig­ureskating.org. Complaints and allegations will be addressed under U.S. Figure Skating’s disciplinary rules and procedures.

MFSC recognizes that the process for training and motivating athletes will vary with each coach and athlete, but it is nevertheless im­portant for everyone involved in sport to support the use of motivational and training methods that avoid misconduct.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!