The Park District of Oak Park has adopted the Basic Skills program developed by U.S. Figure Skating. The Basic Skills program was created to be the best 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. View a full list of our Skate Academy programs.
Figure Skating Lesson registration is on a first come, first serve basis. For November-January sessions and February-March sessions, registration will give priority registration to participants already enrolled in the program. Please see the Brochure Guide for registration days and times. The Park District of Oak Park Skate Academy follows the Basic Skills program that uses different class titles. To find the correct level, use our level conversion chart. For more detailed information that will walk you through the entire program, please click our Parent and Participant Manual!
Plan Ahead! 2016/17 PDOP Figure Skating Class Sessions Schedule
Session I Lesson Registration
Saturday Lessons: September 10 - October 22 (No Days Off)
Session II Lesson Registration
Registration going on now!
Tuesday Classes: October 25 - December 13
(No Class Nov. 22nd)
Thursday Classes: October 27 - December 15
(No Class Nov. 24th)
Saturday Classes: October 29 - December 17
(No Class Nov. 26th)
Session III Lesson Registration
Residents Enrolled in Session II: Friday December 9
Residents Not Enrolled in Session II: Saturday December 10
Non Residents Enrolled in Session II: Sunday December 11
Non Residents Not Enrolled in Session II: Monday December 12
All Registration begins at 8:30 am.
Ice Skating is a fun but difficult sport and practice is key to improvement. We make it easy for our skaters to work on skills through practice sessions at no additional charge. Practice times are split by level and offered at varying times during the week. Please check the schedule for times your level can attend.
The Park District of Oak Park welcomes its Synchronized Skating Team, Infinite Style. The team is designed for skaters Basic 8 and above! If you are interested in signing up for the team, please contact Skate Academy Coordinator Cathy Brown.
Freestyle ice is for skaters in the Skate Academy program looking for additional time to practice their skills individually or with a coach. Skaters Basic 8 and below must be accompanied by a coach. Skaters, parents, and coaches are expected to follow the Freestyle Rules & Etiquette. Cost: $10 per session or by pre-paid pass. Fall-Winter schedule is listed below! *schedule subject to change
Monday and Fridays: 5:45-9:00 am
Tuesday: 7:30-8:30 pm
Wednesday: 7:15-9:00 am
Saturday: 7:45-9:15 am
Greater Chicagoland Basic Skills Committee
The Park District of Oak Park Skate Academy is a member of the Greater Chicagoland Basic Skills Committe. Membership in this committee will bring more opportunties for our skaters to be involved in the wider figure skating community. Opportunities approaching include Skate America, Disney on Ice, coaching seminars, and scout programs.
The PDOP Ice Show will be returning in spring 2017! Visit the Ice Show page for up to date information!
In an effort to bring more awareness to concussions, please click here for an overview from the National Fedration of State High School Associations on what concussions are, their signs and symptoms, and other valuable information related to head injuries. Click here for a free online concussion course!
We Hear You
In an effort to follow up with feedback we've been given on how to improve our Figure Skating Programs, we will be updating this section frequently with current issues and how we're addressing them!
Q: "You have available practice times for my kids to come and skate outside of class. How do I know what they should be doing and how much?"
A: Like most sports, figure skating skills are built on the basics. Proper progression and repetition is essential to skill mastery and as such, we've developed at-home drill cards for our participants to help them progress quicker! Please see the links below to download the Park District of Oak Park's drill cards!
Snowplow Sam Classes
Basic 1-8 Classes
Freeskate 1-6 Classes