Sparty Learn 2 Skate

There is no better way for kids to have fun learning how to skate than with everybody's favorite mascot: Sparty!

The Sparty Learn 2 Skate program features:

  • Qualified skating instructors with the expertise needed to coach your child through the program’s six levels
    • Level One starts with falling down & getting up, balancing on two feet, turning on the spot, and skating forwards (walking)
    • Level Six progresses all the way to two-foot side stops and crossovers
      • See below for a full breakdown of the program's levels.
  • Children will have the opportunity to skate with their friend Spartacat. He will visit the class once per season to demonstrate drills, assist participants, and, most of all, have fun!
  • Each participant will receive a Sparty Certificate at the completion of the session to celebrate the new skills that they have learned.
  • A 12-week session with 50 minutes per class (plus an off-ice warm up)
  • PLEASE NOTE: Parents do not go on the ice with the children. For the Parent & Tot program, click here.

Click here to register for the Sparty Learn 2 Skate Program!

Please see the dates and time for all groups listed below.

  • 12 Week Program
  • 50 minute class (plus off-ice warmup)
  • Ages 3 to 8 years old
  • Cost: $219 - $309 (see below)

Monday, Wednesday & Saturday sessions will take place at Bell Sensplex (Kanata); Thursday and Saturday sessions will take place at Richcraft Sensplex (Gloucester).

Please note that sessions at the Richcraft Sensplex are powered by the Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs and as such feature Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs instructors (vs. "Skating only" instructors) helping with the Sparty Learn 2 Skate program.



Fall 2017

BELL SENSPLEX (Kanata)

SATURDAYS

Saturday September 9**, 16**, 23, 30, October 14, 28, November 11, 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23

* Please note there is no class Saturday October 7, 21, November 4, or 18.

  • 2:00 PM Session: $309 - SOLD OUT

RICHCRAFT SENSPLEX (Gloucester)

SATURDAYS

Saturday September 9, 16, 30, October 7, 14, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2, 16

* Please note there is no class Saturday September 23, October 21 or December 9.

  • 11:15 AM Session: $309 - SOLD OUT


​Winter 2018 - *NEW* Combined Sparty option available, see below!

BELL SENSPLEX (Kanata)

MONDAYS

Monday January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 21**, 26, March 5, 19, 26, April 4**

**Please note there are no classes Monday February 19.  These classes have been rescheduled for Wednesday February 21.

*Please note there are no classes on Monday March 12.

**Please note there are no classes Monday April 2 (Happy Easter!). These classes have been rescheduled for Wednesday April 4, and will begin at 5:15PM & 6:15PM, respectively.

WEDNESDAYS

Wednesday January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 9**, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 21, 28, April 4

**Please note there is no class on Wednesday February 7 - This class has been moved to Friday February 9 at 1:00 PM

*Please note there is no class on Wednesday March 14

  • 1:30 PM Session: $239 - Click here to register 

SATURDAYS

Saturday January 13, 20*, February 10, 17, 24, March 3, 24, 31*, April 7, 14*, 21*, 28*

** Please note there is no class Saturday January 27, February 3, March 10, 17

* Please note the class on January 20 begins at 1:45 PM

* Please note the class on March 31 begins at 2:15 PM

* Please note the class on April 14 begins at 2:15 PM

* Please note the class on April 21 begins at 3:30 PM

* Please note the class on April 28 begins at 2:15 PM

 

​SOLD OUT CLASSES: Join the waitlist and then register for another timeslot, or Spring 2018 (see below). Should a spot open up in a Sold Out class, we will contact you to transfer your registration into your preferred timeslot. Email Kate Holzhuter at [email protected] for availability and inquiries.


RICHCRAFT SENSPLEX (Gloucester)

THURSDAYS

Thursday January 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 22, 29, April 5

* Please note there is no class on Thursday March 15

SATURDAYS

Saturday January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 24, 31, April 7

* Please note there is no class Saturday March 17

 

​SOLD OUT CLASSES: Join the waitlist and then register for another timeslot, or Spring 2018 (see below). Should a spot open up in a Sold Out class, we will contact you to transfer your registration into your preferred timeslot. Email Kate Holzhuter at [email protected] for availability and inquiries.



*NEW 12-WEEK OPTION for WINTER 2018*

COMBINED Sparty Learn to Skate & Intro 2 Hockey Program

With a combination of our sold out Sparty Learn to Skate and Intro 2 Hockey programs, players will receive instruction that will not only continue to develop their skating skills, but also introduce them to the game of hockey in a FUN and supportive environment!

  • Players will rotate through stations designed and led by Ryan Smyth, our Head of Hockey Development, and Mary Yarush, our Lead Figure Skating Instructor.
  •  Skating stations will feature progressive development on fundamental skating skills – forwards and backwards skating, stopping and tight turns, and more. Hockey-specific drill will teach the foundational skills for body positioning, puck control, stationary shooting, and passing.
  • As a core feature of our Sparty Learn to Skate Program, participants will have the opportunity to skate with their friend Spartacat. He will visit the class once per season to demonstrate drills, assist participants, and, most of all, have fun!
  • This 12-week program provides 50 minutes of skill development per class (plus an off-ice warm up).

Ease your child's transition between learning how to skate and progressing into hockey-specific development – register now for the COMBINED Sparty Learn to Skate & Intro 2 Hockey Program!

 

Bell Sensplex (Kanata)

Wednesday January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 9**, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 21, 28, April 4

**Please note there is no class on Wednesday February 7 - This class has been moved to Friday February 9 at 1:00 PM

*Please note there is no class on Wednesday March 14

 

​EQUIPMENT: ​This program requires full equipment to be provided by the parent/guardian. No child shall participate without: Hockey skates, CSA-approved helmet (with cage), neck guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, jock or jill, shin pads, hockey gloves and a hockey stick.

SKATING REQUIREMENT: Participants MUST be able to stand and propel themselves around the ice as well as be able to fall down and get back up to a standing position without assistance. Contact Kate Holzhuter at [email protected] for assistance and inquiries.



Spring 2018

BELL SENSPLEX (Kanata)

MONDAYS​ 

Monday April 9 to June 25 

  • 4:15 PM Session: $279 - Click here to register  - this session sold out both Fall & Winter, register early to guarantee your spot! 
  • 5:15 PM Session: $309 - Click here to register  - this session sold out both Fall & Winter, register early to guarantee your spot! 

WEDNESDAYS 

Wedensday April 11 to June 27 

SATURDAYS

Saturday May 5 to June 23 (8-week session)

  • 2:15 PM Session: $219 - Click here to register - this session sold out both Fall & Winter, register early to guarantee your spot! 

RICHCRAFT SENSPLEX (Gloucester)

THURSDAYS

Thursday April 12 to June 28

SATURDAYS

Saturday April 14 to June 23 (10-week session)

  • 11:15 AM Session: $269 - Click here to register - this session sold out both Fall & Winter, register early to guarantee your spot! 


 Levels

If your child is finishing up with our current learn to skate program or a similar program elsewhere, it's time to think about moving them to the next level. There are six levels to achieve in the Sparty Learn 2 Skate program. These levels are outlined below. Once a child graduates from, or reaches the upper levels of the Sparty Learn 2 Skate program, they are encouraged to take the next step which is to join the Ottawa Senators Intro 2 Hockey Program, which takes place at the Bell Sensplex & Richcraft Sensplex. The Intro 2 Hockey program is quite simply the best way to introduce little ones to the world's greatest game!

Note: Parents register based on time slots only, not by level. Each session is further divided up by level.

Please call (613) 599-0222 to register by phone.

Sparty Learn to Skate Levels

Level 1

  • Falling down
  • Getting up
  • Balancing on two feet
  • Turning on the spot
  • Skating forwards (walking)

Level 2

  • Forward 2 foot glide
  • Forward sculling (bubbles)
  • Forward sliding touching toes
  • Backward skating (walking)
  • Forward stopping (snowplow, 1/2 snowplow)

Level 3

  • Backward sculling (bubbles)
  • 2 foot turn, forward to backwards
  • Forward 1 foot glide (both feet)
  • Backward stopping (snowplow, 1/2 snowplow)
  • Skating forwards - 2 foot jump

Level 4

  • 5 consecutive crossovers
  • 2 foot glide to 1 foot
  • 2 foot jump (forward-backward & backward-forward)
  • Backward skating
  • Forward to backward skating on circle

Level 5

  • Back crossovers (walking)
  • 5 consecutive crossovers
  • Forward to backward sculling
  • 2 foot jump (forward - back & back to forward)
  • 2 foot turning on a curve

Level 6

  • 2 foot side stop both ways
  • Slalom forward and backward
  • Backward gliding on curve (1 foot)
  • Inside edges forward
  • Consecutive back crossovers


Equipment Needed

  • Skates
  • CSA approved helmet with full cage is mandatory
  • Gloves are mandatory
  • Long pants and long sleeves are mandatory
  • Athletic pants are recommended

Refund Policy: Read our Refund & Cancellation Policy.

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