Basic Skills


The U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills program was created to be the best beginning ice-skating program in the world. It is designed to serve the needs of both recreational and competitive skaters. The curriculum keeps skaters enthusiastic about learning from the time they begin lessons until the time they reach their goals. Whether they want Olympic fame or to simply enjoy the recreational benefits of skating, the Basic Skills Program is the place to start!

Skating schools and ice facilities can use this comprehensive development program to draw more skaters onto the ice. Skaters, instructors and directors will benefit from this structured approach. Ice facilities will be used, enrollment will increase, and skaters of all ages and abilities will be able to participate in this lifelong sport.

Thank you for choosing the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Basic Skills Program Manager, Erin Schopf.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Basic Skills Program is to provide a goal-oriented program that encourages ice skating at all levels and to enhance the quality of skating skills at these levels.

The objectives of the program are:

  • To provide a fun and safe skating experience for the beginner as well as the more advanced skater
  • To teach correct technique of the simple basic elements
  • To promote health and physical fitness
  • To enable all participants to achieve the skills necessary to either skate for fun the rest of their lives or to move competently into the U.S. Figure Skating advanced test and/or competitive structure

WHO: Developed by U.S. Figure Skating and approved by the Professional Skaters Association (PSA), the Basic Skills Program is available to any member figure skating club, ice facility, recreation department, individual skating instructor, college, university or other organization. Club affiliation is not a requirement to use the program.

WHAT: This exciting program consists of Snowplow Sam, Basic Skills, Free Skate, Hockey, Adult, Dance, Synchronized, Pairs, Theatre On Ice, Artistry in Motion, Speed Skating and Special Olympics/Therapeutic group class curricula. Upon completion of each level, the skater should be equipped with the necessary knowledge and technique to advance to the next level.

Basic Skills Curriculum Charts (All PDFs)

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(For the Spanish translations of the Basic Skills, Free Skate and Snowplow Sam curricula, click here [PDF]).

WHERE: Basic Skills classes are conducted at more than 1,000 registered ice facilities across the United States and internationally.

WHY: Basic Skills was developed to create an interest in skating activity across the nation, enhance the quality of skating and increase enrollment for the benefit of the skating industry and U.S. Figure Skating.

PROGRAM FEES: There is a one time only set-up fee of $50 to register a new program. Administrative materials (all items needed to run a Basic Skills program) are available at no cost. Additional support materials are offered at a nominal charge. While the additional materials are not necessary to run a skating school, they have proven to be quite helpful to many groups that have used them. See what's available by downloading a price list and order form (PDF).

REGISTRATION FEES: It is only $12 to join. For more information, visit the Join Basic Skills page.