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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.

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

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. 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 $60.00 for the first family member and $15.00 for the 2nd family member.  Membership  is active from time of registration through 6/30/17. 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: $10.00 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 48 hours prior to class start date will be accessed a $10.00 late fee.

Volunteerism: The Marquette Figure Skating Club is a non-profit organization run by volunteers and provides many volunteer opportunities. Please contact Volunteer Coordinators Jen Thunell or Sandy Davis, thunells4@hotmail.com or tsmctdavis@charter.net for more information.

2016-2017 Schedule

Term 1 – 5 weeks Tuesday  10-11-16  –  11-8-16     
Term 2 – 5 weeks Tuesday  11-15-16  –  12-13-16
Term 3 – 5 weeks Tuesday  1-10-17  –  2-7-17
Term 4 – 5 weeks Tuesday  2-14-17  –  3-14-17
     
Term 1 – 5 weeks Thursday  10-6-16  –  11-3-16
Term 2 – 5 weeks Thursday*  11-10-16  –  12-15-16
Term 3 – 5 weeks Thursday  1-12-17  –  2-9-17
Term 4 – 5 weeks Thursday  2-16-17  –  3-16-17

Th – Term #2-NO Class Thanksgiving Day 11/24

BASICS

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

Tuition and Fees Multiple Night Discounts
  1 Night Savings 2 Nights Savings
1 Term     $80.00               $150.00     $10.00
All 4 Terms  $305.00  $15.00  *$480.00*  $160.00

JUNIOR CLUB

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

Tuition and Fees Multiple Night Discounts
  1 Night Savings 2 Nights Savings
1 Term   $90.00    $165.00 $15.00
All 4 Terms  $340.00 $20.00  * $540.00 *  $180.00

*Payment plan available when you sign up for 2 nights, all 4 terms           BASICS $122.00 PER/TERM   –   JUNIOR CLUB $137.00 PER/TERM

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10% Discount on Tuition for 2nd Family Member

WHAT DO I RECEIVE WHEN I JOIN LEARN to SKATE USA 

  • 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. Costume and ice fee required. (Costume measuring in October to ensure delivery of costumes.)
  • Competition: Ron Carlson-Marquette International Open (RC-MIO) takes place in Marquette on February 17, 18 2017. Basics level events are offered.  A Competition class may be offered.
  • Other Basics competitions, may be offered in  Houghton 11-19-16, Escanaba, 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, Mon, Tue, Thurs nights, from September 25 to March 16. $19.00 per individual ice session (private lesson arranged and paid to instructor separately). Ice package price also available.
Contact Chris or Jamie for more information on these activities. (See contact information below)

Important Dates and Information

  • Thursday September 29th, 2016 – Try a Free Learn to Skate Lesson, Free Skating Lesson 6:00-6:50pm, Lakeview Arena-Marquette, Rental Skates Available $3 (limited sizes), No experience necessary, Ages 4 to adult, Helmets strongly suggested, Waiver must be signed by parent to participate.

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 it will also be announced on the Q107 Radio station.

Due to limited ice time, there are no make-up classes for missed or cancelled sessions.  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

Click on the Online Basic Skills Registration on the home page, complete forms 1, 2 & 3, you may pay by Credit/Debit Card (a 2.9% convenience fee will be added). EVERY SKATER MUST PAY FOR MEMBERSHIP AND FUNDRAISING IN ADDITION TO TUITION.  (If you do not have a credit/debit card, please contact the administrators)

Questions regarding this program should be directed to:

Chris Gauthier, chrisa@chartermi.net

Jamie Weigold, isk8rjw@charter.net

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