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UASC POLICIES


Please carefully review the Union Arena Skating Club policies before the session begins.

ALL skaters & parents must sign Skating Etiquette Guidelines before they can use freestyle ice time.

Payments

  • All programs must be fully paid for prior to getting on the ice, unless arrangements have been made with the club.

Helmets

  • Helmets are required for all skaters Basic Skills 1-6 regardless of age.

  • Helmets are required for all skaters ages 10 and under regardless of level.

  • Parents may wave helmet policy with submission to a board member, if skater is a freestyle skater.

Prior to skating session

  • Parents are responsible for the following…

    • Be on time: arrive a good 20 minutes before class begins. To lace up skates and check in.

    • All skaters are to check in on roaster with a coach before stepping onto the ice

    • Bring lots of layers: remember comfort and moving freely. Bring a jacket.

    • Socks. Thin over thick: go with lightweight socks or thinner tights.

    • Keep their hands warm: gloves or mittens are imperative to prevent hands from getting all scrapped up.

    • Protect your head: review Union Arena Skating Club Helmet Policy

    • Lacing skates: tap the heel way back into the good. Gently pull the tongue up and secure it straight up and down before tucking it beside the foot. Pull the second or third sets of laces from the bottom tightly to close the boot well over the front of the foot. Laces should be snug through the ankle area and bottom two sets of the hooks. The top two hooks, meanwhile, can be looser to keep the ankle flexible. Cross the two extra laces over hooks neatly. Avoid winding them around the skates as loose flying bows often cause accidents. Effectively laced boots should provide enough room to stick a finger between the back of the foot and the leg.

    • Take care of your skates: never walk on hard surfaces or concrete with uncovered blades, always wear hard guards when walking in skates. Blades should be wiped dry after each use and covered with fabric soft guards.

Supervision

  • For all skaters in Learn to Skate (regardless of age), a parent, legal guardian or other appointed adult must be in the rink during skating session.

  • For all skaters under the age of 15 (regardless of level), a parent, legal guardian or other appointed adult must be in the rink during skating session.

  • Union Arena Skating Club is not responsible for any child left at the rink unattended.

  • Parents/visitors may watch from the warming room, bleachers, or behind the class. Only skaters, coaches, and board members are allowed in the boxes.

Dress Code

  • UASC does not have a “dress code” however, skater’s are expected to dress appropriate for skating. Suggestions as follows…

    • Layers: comfort and moving freely (no flowing clothing)

    • Hair: should be pulled back out of face

    • Wearing leggings, close-fitting, athletic attire helps the coaches observe body position and placement which enhances their ability to teach correct form.

  • You can purchase UASC logo jackets at ONSTAGE Dancewear and Footwear. It is located in the Powerhouse Mall in West Lebanon, NH 603-298-9061

Volunteers

  • All skater’s families are asked to volunteer throughout the skating season.

  • Volunteer opportunities include…

    • rink monitor for Freestyle ice

    • join a committee for annual skating show

    • assist at open house

    • assist in fundraising

Equipment (Skates)

  • A rewarding skating experience requires good skates. Skates should provide a snug fit and be made of a firm material (like top grain leather) that supports the ankle. The eyelets and hooks should be firmly anchored and the boots should be fully lined. Skate blades should be stainless steel so they will hold an edge and be mounted on the boot with screws. It is crucial that boots fit properly!

  • Lacing skates: tap the heel way back into the back. Gently pull the tongue up and secure it straight up and down before tucking it beside the foot. Pull the second or third sets of laces from the bottom tightly to close the boot well over the front of the foot. Laces should be snug through the ankle area and bottom two sets of the hooks. The top two hooks, meanwhile, can be looser to keep the ankle flexible. Cross the two extra laces over hooks neatly. Avoid winding them around the skates as loose flying bows often cause accidents. Effectively laced boots should provide enough room to stick a finger between the back of the foot and the leg.

  • Skates can be rented at Union Arena or purchased new or used from various retail outlets. It is very acceptable and very common to buy used skates. Look for (a) clean, firm, fully lined leather boots; (b) soles that are not rotted, blades that do not have deep nicks or scratches, and (d) enough edge on the blade to allow for further blade sharpening.

  • New figure skates are NOT readily found in the Upper Valley, UASC coaches can advise you for the best locations to purchase newer used skates. As skaters reach the Freestyle levels, they will require custom fit boots and blades. UASC can provide a list of competent retailers that carry these higher level skaters and blades. UASC also has skates available to borrow for skating sessions.

  • Skates need to be kept in good condition. Skaters should never walk on a hard surface (cement, metal, ceramic tile) in their blades.  Always wear hard guards when walking in skates. Blades should be wiped dry after each use and covered with fabric soft guards.

  • It is important to keep skate blades harp. Union Areas can sharpen skates for beginner level skaters. The high quality, competition blades used by freestyle skater’s require special sharpening at families familiar with the fine nuance of competition edges. UASC coaches can provide locations for sharpening.

Rink Rules: 

  • The Union Arena Skating Club is subject to the polices of the Union Arena Community Center. Those policies may be founding the Policy, Employee and Operations Handbook in the Union arena Manager’s Office. To review this handbook, please contact the Union Arena Manager’s office directly.

Other

  • Eating or chewing gum is not permitted on the ice.

ETIQUETTE FORM

Please carefully review the UASC policies & etiquette before signing with your skater.

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