Priority for On-Ice Practicing

  • Skaters must be aware at all times and respect all skaters and coaches.
  • Skaters will abide by the scheduled discipline (stroking, free skate, and skills/dance), unless an exception applies and has been approved by coaches on the ice.
  • Skaters during practice are asked, for safety purposes, to follow the priority list:
    1. Skater in a lesson with music with coach
    2. Skater with music (no coach)
    3. Skater in a lesson with coach
  • When two skaters are in a lesson at the same time, coaches and skaters alike will share the ice in a respectful and safe manner.

During free skate

  • Spins, jumps, footwork, and field moves in appropriate places, and in keeping with the flow of the session, are acceptable.
  • Spins are to be practiced at center ice; jumps are to be practiced at the ends of the ice.
  • Solo programs are acceptable.
  • Complete or partial skills or dance patterns are not allowed during free skate.

During dance/skills

  • Skills exercises, footwork, and field moves are acceptable.
  • Dance patterns and practice exercises are acceptable.
  • Skaters who have completed Gold skills/dance tests may practice spins on skills/dance session.
  • No free skate. No jumping. No flying spins.

During stroking

  • Skaters are expected to be prepared and prompt as to not disturb the group lesson. If late (missing over half of session), please wait to enter ice until stroking is finished.


  • Skaters in a lesson may practice a different discipline than scheduled (ex. dance/skills on free skate ice).
  • Skaters having a lesson at an ice time other than the regular ice time for coaching reasons must have club permission, and it should pose no safety issues to the skaters that regularly skate on that session (i.e. dance lessons).

Enforcement of rules

Rules are to be monitored and enforced if necessary by all coaches on the ice, and should the need arise the board of directors in cooperation with the coaches will pursue resolving any incidents brought to the board in writing by a parent or skater (if over the age of 18).

In order to avoid mixed messages being sent to our skaters, if there is a conflict which arises between two skaters, it is the responsibility of the coaches to review the above on-ice priorities with both skaters.

(Revised/Approved September 2014)