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Medford Figure Skating Program

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FIGURE SKATING PROGRAM:
  Welcome to the exciting 2019-20 Figure Skating Fall-Winter Program. Established in 1987, Medford Figure Skating is recognized as one of the best city/town figure skating programs in Massachusetts, offering figure skating programs to the children of Medford and children from surrounding north of Boston communities of Malden, Everett, Somerville, Cambridge, Arlington, Lexington, Revere, Melrose, Stoneham and Winchester.
Oni-line Registration for the 2019-20 season is OPEN. Register your skater online today !!
Saturday Weekly Classes at the LoConte Rink, Route #16 in Medford are:
10:00 AM  Basic 5-8 and all Free Style levels.
11:00 AM  Basic 1-4, Snow Plow Sam 1-3 and all Learn to Skaters.
 
For more information and details contact Roberta Bailey at 781-395-2155 or [email protected] 

About Entry Level Skating | This Year's Program | Preparing for Your First Class | Our Coaching Staff | Registration Information | Our History

About Entry Level Figure Skating
So you want to learn how to ice skate? You have come to the right place. Medford Figure Skating offers a USFS "Learn to Skate" Program designed by U.S. Figure Skating, which is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating. The basic skills program is a BEGINNING ice skating program that is FUN. CHALLENGING, and REWARDING. Participation in the program will enable BEGINNING skaters of all ages and abilities to learn the fundamentals of the sport and begin a lifetime commitment to health and wellness.

SNOW PLOW SAM Badges Levels 1, 2, 3
 Designed to help the preschool aged skater develop preliminary coordination and strength necessary to maneuver on the ice.
 BASIC 1 - 8 Badge levels  The FUNDAMENTALS of the sport. These 8 levels of the program introduce the fundamental moves. Forward skating, backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, three turns and mohawks. Upon completion of the Basic 1 - 8 levels, skaters will have the basic knowledge of the sport, enabling them to advance to the more specialized areas of skating such as Figure Skating or Hockey.
 FREE SKATE
1 -6
 Skaters are always excited to graduate from Basics to the Free Skate levels. Each free skate level is divided into four sections *Moves in the Field, *Spins, *Dance/footwork and *Jumps. The free skate levels are designed to give skaters a strong foundation on which to build their skills. This is the point where the skater can choose whether to pursue a recreational or competitive approach to the sport of figure skating. If skaters choose to become hockey players, it's important that they learn skating fundamentals through the U.S. Basic Skills Program. In many instances, a figure skating coach is the first teacher a skater meets in group lessons.

 USA HOCKEY recommends those interested in playing hockey enroll in one year of skating lessons prior to joining the USA Hockey Learn to Play Program. A hockey coach will develop the player by teaching the strategy of the game, while a skating coach will focus on a foundation of proper skating technique.
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This Year's 2019-20 Program:

  • When/Where: Classes are on Saturday mornings at the LoConte Rink, Route #16 at Hormel Stadium, Medford.
    Please be ready to skate at the following times.
    10:00 - 10:50 am - All skaters working on Basic 5 - Free Skate 6 levels and all new beginners ages 8 and up.
    11:00 - 11:50 am - All NEW skaters ages 4 - 7, Basic 1 - 4 levels, and All Snow Plow Sam Levels.
  • Tuition: The tuition cost of the 20 week all inclusive 2019-20 figure skating program is ($375) per skater, $250 due at registration.
    The cost includes 20 weeks of instruction. A 25 minute lesson and a 25 minute practice, USFS Badges and Test Book, USFS Insurance, a show costume and a 5" x 7" solo and group show picture.
  • Schedule: We will be working on our USFS Badges for the first 12 weeks finishing up with a badge test session. Soon after the holidays, we will begin working on our Annual Figure Skating Show that will take place at the LoConte Rink mid-March. ALL OUR SKATERS WILL SHINE AS STARS OF THE SHOW!
  • Payment: MRHA will, once again offer a payment plan to help make payments easier. The cost will be broken up into 3 payments. $250.00 deposit due upon registration and $125.00 due in November. You also have the option to pay the whole amount at registration.
  • Registration Click here
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Preparing for Your First Class
  • Beginners must wear a helmet with his/her name taped across the front.
  • We recommend helmets be worn until your child passes basic 4. Then the decision is yours.
  • Dress your child in something he/she can move easily in. Sweat suits or fleece are great! Mittens are a must for beginners. The rink is cold, but the skaters do get "warm" while skating. Layering will make the skater more comfortable.
  • Skaters MUST have their own figure or hockey skates as the rink does not provide them.
  • Please make sure your child has skates that fit properly. Figure skates are preferred, but hockey skates are allowed. NO DOUBLE RUNNERS! A skate should run one half to one size smaller than their shoe size. To assure a good fit, go to a Sporting Goods Store. The one I recommend is Cooke's Skate Shop located on Main Street, Wilmington. Best fit around!

Figure Skaters do not need to join USA Hockey or tryout. Everyone is welcome and skaters do not need to be a Medford resident to participate. Please spread the word and tell your friends about our program. For additional information or help registering, please contact Roberta Bailey at [email protected] or call (781)395-2155, [email protected].
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Our Coaching Staff

ROBERTA BAILEY: (781)395-2155, [email protected]
     Roberta has 41 years of coaching experience focusing on all levels of free skating, moves in the field, and power skating. She is the Director of Medford Recreational Hockey's Figure Skating program which she implemented 31 years ago for the youth of Medford. She also is the on-ice Director for the Learn to Play Hockey program in Medford. Co-Director of EDGEWORKS Skating Programs based in Burlington, Stoneham, and Malden. Co-Director of the Bailey's Pond Hockey Program and Learn to Skate at Holland Arena. Staff Professional at Andover Academy and Flynn Rink. Coach of New England and Eastern Competitors. Former Figure Skating Director of Woburn Youth Hockey Figure Skating and Malden Youth Hockey Figure Skating. Roberta has coached students over the years from Basic Skills levels to the USFS Gold Medal tests in both Moves in the Field and Free Skate. Roberta is a member of USFS and PSA and the SCOB. She has passed the PSA Basic Accreditation test and is registered as Category A testing for the current skating season. She is also harness approved. Roberta skated professionally with the Ice Capades, and has directed well over 65 Figure Skating Ice Shows for various organizations. For the past three seasons Roberta has been the WFSC Pro-Liaison. Objective: is to Instruct and support children in achieving their individual goals, competitive or recreational, in this wonderful sport of Figure Skating!

COACH MAUREEN DiBIASO - [email protected]
     Maureen DiBiaso represented the Winchester Figure Skating Club as an amateur skater, and under the tutelage of Roberta Bailey, began teaching ice skating for more than 30-years. Maureen has been on board here at Medford Figure Skating since day one. Maureen is also Director of Everett Recreational Figure Skating. She has expertise in both figure skating and hockey development. Maureen graduated from Boston College and now teaches Special Education and High School math at Everett High School. 

SHERI BENEDETTO - 781-248-1751 [email protected]
     Sheri competed when she was younger winning various medals in interclub and open cometitions. She is a Bronze medalist in Free Style and a Silver medalist in Moves in the Field. Sherri has been teaching skating for 20-years. She is a member of USFS and PSA. Sherri is also a staff coach at the Hayden Rec. Center Rink in Lexington. She works with all levels of free skating as well with power skating with hockey players. She is currently working on her pre-Gold Ice Dances.

VICTORIA LoRUSSO
- 781-929-7454 [email protected]
     Victoria is a member of USFS and PSA and has been coaching skating since 2009. She coaches Basic Skills classes along with private lessons. She is a Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field. She competed in the Nutmeg Games in 2018 in the Junior Ladies Division where she placed first earning her a Gold Medal. She and her pairs partner competed in the 2012 Eastern Sectional Championships where they placed second earning them a trip to the US National Championships where they placed in the top 12.
 

All of our coaches are available for private ice skating lessons.
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Registration Info

Everyone MUST pre-register online for our figure skating program. The good news is that you can now pay by credit card.
Follow these steps to register:
1. Click here: Registration
2. Sign in if your are already registered or create a new registration for parent. If you forgot your username or password, you will be able to get it.
3. Enter info for new members (kids' info - also needed Dr. name/number/allergies etc.)
4. Choose figure skating program
5. Choose Payment option
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A Celebration of over 32 years

What do Nancy Kerrigan, Michelle Kwan and Ashley Wagner all have in common? They all started their figure skating careers skating at their local ice skating programs. All Olympic dreams begin with a successful local program, Medford has such a program - Medford Recreational Hockey School of Figure Skating.

Roberta Bailey, a Medford resident, who skated professionally with the Ice Capades, with the help of then President, Bob Taddeo, founded the Medford Recreational Hockey School of Figure Skating in October 1987. Maureen DiBiaso (from Everett), figure skating instructor, has been a part of the program since its inception. The program was first of its kind in the area and a huge success for the Medford Rec. Hockey Assoc. More than 3,000 skaters have passed through the LoConte Ice Rink doors each and every Saturday morning from mid-October to mid-March since the first season in 1987/1988.

Most of our skaters enjoy the fun aspects of ice skating and learn the basic skating skills well enough to be able to skate just for pleasure. After learning strong skating skills many skaters turn in their figure skates for hockey skates and have had much success in the hockey arena. Then there are the ones that truly love the sport of figure skating and go on to private lessons and become serious figure skaters.

Here is the current list of accomplishments achieved by some of the Medford Rec. Hockey Assoc. figure skaters over 30 years: Skaters have gone on to become New England Regional Championships Medalists, Eastern Regional Competitors, United States Junior Nationals Alternates, United States National Competitors, United States National Collegiate Champions in Synchronized Skating. United States National Gold Medalists, United States World Team Members, United States Gold Medalists in Ice Dance, Moves in the Field and Free Skating. Many have gone on to become Figure Skating Professionals teaching our next generation of Ice skaters. Others have taken their special talents to the cast of Disney on Ice.

Medford Recreational Hockey School of Figure Skating ..........Where Dreams begin!
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