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Children learning to Ice skate

Step 1: Learn to Skate introduces participants to ice skating in a fun, group setting and focuses on skating basics. Our award-winning programs teach skills logically and progressively in a fun and enjoyable way to help all skaters enjoy ice sports.

After mastering the fundamentals in Step 1, skaters continue to Step 2 where they continue to develop skating skills and technique. Skaters who wish to play hockey, will need to have taken at least one season in hockey skates and have the recommendation of their instructor. Undecided? No worries! The Skating track continues skill progression and advancement.

Age: At least 3 years old and potty-trained.

Equipment: A helmet, such as a bike helmet or HECC helmet is required. Rental skates are available on a first-come, first-served basis and included in the class fee.

  • A program’s price represents the class experience delivered over a season (4-8 week span)
  • Special Events usually occur towards the end of a season and may be scheduled on a different day or time and in a different location than the original class.
  • An ISI (Ice Sports Industry) membership, a $15 value, is included in the class fee.
  • Additional skating opportunities (events, programs, discounts, private lessons and more) may be available.
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Looking for something more advanced?
Try Step 2. Learn to Skate

See also, Teen/Adult Learn to Skate for ages 16+.

Children learning to ice skate

Step 2 classes are broken down into two sections. For skaters new to Step 2, we offer a 25-minute class that transitions skaters to more skill-based instruction and self-directed class format. Instructors continue to use games, songs and toys to keep learning fun. It is generally recommended for skaters ages 3 to 6 although older skaters are welcome.

Our second section of Step 2 is 50 minutes and generally recommended for skaters 7-15 years, although ages 3-6 can participate with a recommendation from an instructor. Instructors will focus on skills in longer stretches which requires participants to work more independently. Instructors use tools such as skill linking, props and free time to aid skill development. If desired, skaters can perform their skill linking at the season’s special event.

Age: 3 to 6 and 7 to 15

Requirements: For skaters who have mastered the skills in FMC Step 1: Learn to Skate

Equipment: A helmet, such as a bike helmet or HECC helmet is required. Rental skates are available on a first-come, first-served basis and included in the class fee.

  • A program’s price represents the class experience delivered over a season (4-8 week span)
  • Special Events usually occur towards the end of a season and may be scheduled on a different day or time and in a different location than the original class.
  • An ISI (Ice Sports Industry) membership, a $15 value, is included in the class fee.
  • Additional skating opportunities (events, programs, discounts, private lessons and more) may be available.
FIND A SESSION

See also, Step 1: Learn to Skate. After completing Step 2, you can move on to Step 3: Learn to Skate. Interested in hockey? Bruins FUNdamentals might be right for you.

Children learning to ice skate

Step 3: Learn to Skate Classes are 50 minutes. Instructors continue the techniques used in Step 2 to develop a solid skating foundation such as gliding, proper pushing technique, beginning edge use and more. Tools such as skill linking (chaining learned skills together), props and free time aid skill development. If desired, skaters can perform their skill linking, which may include small groups being highlighted, at this season’s special event.

Age: 3 to 16

Requirements: For skaters who have mastered the skills in Step 2: Learn to Skate.

Equipment: A helmet, such as a bike helmet or HECC helmet is required. Rental skates are available on a first-come, first-served basis and included in the class fee.

  • A program’s price represents the class experience delivered over a season (4-8 week span)
  • Special Events usually occur towards the end of a season and may be scheduled on a different day or time and in a different location than the original class.
  • An ISI (Ice Sports Industry) membership, a $15 value, is included in the class fee.
  • Additional skating opportunities (events, programs, discounts, private lessons and more) may be available.
FIND A SESSION

Need more of the basics? Check out Step 2: Learn to Skate. Ready for more? Try our Skating Club Group Class.

Want to play better? SKATE BETTER! When it comes to taking your game to the next level, your skating ability is the most important part of your development path. This class will focus on edge quality, balance, speed, agility and power. Puck control and movement may be integrated at the end of each session. Join FMC and take your game to the next level!

Age: 6 or older

Requirements: For skaters who have completed at least one season of Step 3: Learn to Skate in hockey skates and received the appropriate recommendation from their Instructor.

Equipment: HECC Approved Helmet with Facemask, Elbow Pads, Shin Pads, Hockey Pants, Hockey Gloves, Hockey Socks, Hockey Stick and Hockey Skates (Rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis).>.

Children learning to play hockey

Skaters are guided through their very first hockey experience and begin to learn fundamental hockey skills and game play. Skaters will be divided by age and ability if possible.

Age: 5 and up

Requirements: For skaters who have completed at least one season of Step 1: Learn to Skate in hockey skates and received the appropriate recommendation from their Instructor.

Equipment: Full hockey equipment is required. View our Equipment Guide.

  • A program’s price represents the class experience delivered over a season (4-8 week span)
  • Special Events usually occur towards the end of a season and may be scheduled on a different day or time and in a different location than the original class.
FIND A SESSION

Before learning Hockey, learn ice skating basics in Step 1: Learn to Skate. After FUNdamentals, talk with your instructor about hockey opportunities available in your area.

The mission of FMC Ice Hockey is to increase participation in the sport of ice hockey by focusing our efforts on high quality and affordable programming with a reasonable time commitment that can benefit beginner to advanced players of any age.

Children playing hockey

Tournament, special events, and more!

New England Future Stars logo type overlayed on photo of past player skating

The New England Future Stars is a highly competitive and skilled Spring/Summer program designed for youth hockey players (Squirt-High School) who compete at the highest levels of play and want to improve their game in the off-season. League includes both Girls and Boys teams.

Players must be born after December 31, 2008. Players must try out (There is a $35 tryout fee, in addition to league tuition).

The competition in this program will be comparable with Elite and Tier 1/AAA level of play.

Frequently Asked Questions

What equipment does a skater/player need to participate?

  • Hockey Step 1 skaters will benefit from having a caged helmet. Recreational rental skates might be the best way to start until they are comfortable. Other equipment can be a hindrance so warm layers and waterproof clothing might be best.
  • Hockey Skating Development classes require almost all of the equipment except shoulder pads, mouth guards, and neck guards.
  • All other programs require full equipment.

How do I put on equipment?

Click here for a video.

Does FMC offer hockey programs for ages 18+?

YES! Check out our Adult Programs for Adult Hockey Instruction and Leagues.

What else should I know before registering?

Whether you're new or have skated with us before, our "General Program Information" page can answer many of your questions.

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