Programs

Our Lessons

At Little Lemons, we believe that learning and fun are like lemonade and a hot day – you can’t have one without the other! Our programs are thoughtfully crafted to embrace the natural progression of learning on ice for children dependent on their initial abilities and age. Each program is divided into 3 sections of development goals; balance, control, and agility, therefore our little movers will graduate with a well-rounded variety of skills. All of our programs are 4 weeks in length, each lesson is 30 minutes long, and take place at varying times throughout the year.

Skating is a fantastic activity for children of any age; patience, participation, and perseverance are a few of the many values that the sport can teach its young students. No matter what level your little one is starting at or to what level they take it to, your little skater will surely gain something from the experience, even if it’s just good memories. Read on to learn more about our program and how your child can become a Little Lemon!

Group Lessons.

No matter your little one’s ability, there is a level for them! If you have any questions or concerns about what level your little skater should be going into feel free to contact us at any time and we will be more than happy to help.

Little Seeds

Little Seeds is the entry-level program at Little Lemons, designed for our younger skaters who are just starting out where parents are required to attend (WITH HELMET) classes. With the use of fun games and engaging activities, our experienced Little Lemons coaches will teach their students the fundamental skills of skating in such a way that builds comfort and confidence on the ice.

  • 6 Week Program
  • 35 Minute Classes
  • Registrations on a first come first serve basis.
  • Earliest Start Date:  Saturday April 6th, 2024
  • Max: 10 children/group
  • Location: Crowchild Twin Arena

Program Price: $199 + $20 Registration Fee (Excluding Tax)

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

6 weeks 

April 6, 2024 ( 2:40 PM – 3:15  PM )

April 13, 2024 ( 6:50 PM – 7:30 PM )

April 20, 2024 ( 1:55 PM – 2:30 PM )

May 4, 2024 ( 11:40 AM – 12:15 PM )

May 11, 2024 ( 3:25 PM – 4:00  PM )

May 18, 2024 ( 12:40 PM – 1:15 PM )

      After the completion of the Little Seeds program, skaters should be comfortable with the following techniques;

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      Stability

      Skill #1: Skating Forward

      • Fall down & get up on their own
      • Forward consecutive push/glide
      • Forward 2 foot glide
      • Forward 2 foot sit glide

       

      Composure

      Skill #2: Stopping

      • Make snow using slide steps on both right and left

      Skill #3: Skating Backwards

      • Backward 2 foot skate/walk
      • Backward 2 foot glide
      Quickness

      Skill #4: Turning On The Spot

      • 2 foot half turn on the spot (clockwise/counterclockwise)

      Skill #5: Jumping

      • 2 foot jump on the spot

      EXTREME SKILL OPPORTUNITY

      • Forward perimeter stroking

      Swizzle Sticks

      *Registration for Fall 2024 begins in August*

      Our Swizzle Sticks program is designed for skaters who are ready to take their skating journey to the next level. With the combination of engaging games and skill developing activities, this program is perfect for those with basic foundational skating skills. This level includes more opportunities for the skaters to expand their skill set with extreme skill opportunities. This creates an environment where more advanced skaters are able to grow while those taking smaller steps are still tended to.

        After your little ones complete the Swizzle Sticks program, they should feel comfortable with the following techniques and skills;

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        Stability

        Skill #1: Skating Forward

        • Forward 2 foot sculling
        • Forward 2 foot to 1 foot glide (left/right)
        • Forward consecutive push/glide sequence

        EXTREME SKILL OPPORTUNITY

        • Forward 1 foot glide (left/right)
        Composure

        Skill #2: Stopping

        • Forward half or full snowplow stop

        Skill #3: Skating Backward

        • Backward 2 foot sit glide
        • Backward 2 foot to 1 foot glide (left/right)

        EXTREME SKILL OPPORTUNITY

        • Backward push/glide sequence

         

        Quickness

        Skill #4: Turning

        • Forward 2 foot turn
        • Backward 2 foot turn
        • Forward 180° glide turn (clockwise/counterclockwise)

        Skill #5: Jumping

        • Forward 2 foot jump with glide

        Lemon Twists

        *Registration for Fall 2024 begins in August*

        Our Lemon Twists program is meant for more advanced skaters with previous experience that are ready to begin to practice more technical moves. Within this level skaters begin to learn about more technical activities such as slalom and sculling, which provide a great foundation for advancing to trick skating and more refined technique in the future.

          After your skater completes the Lemon Twist program, they should feel comfortable with the following skills and techniques;

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          Stability

          Skill #1: Skating Forward

          • Stationary blade push & glide (T, V or L ) Right and Left
          • Fwd 2 foot slalom
          • Fwd 2 circle thrusts CW / CCW
          • Walking crosscuts Left/ Right

           

          • Extreme
            • Fwd 2 foot to 1 foot glide on a circle Left / Right
          Composure
          • Stop
            • Fwd snowplow from fast skating Left / Right
          • Skate Backwards
            • Bwd 2 foot sculling
            • Bwd 2 foot to 1 foot glide Left / Right
            • Bwd consecutive push glide sequence
          • Extreme
            • Bwd 1 foot glide
          Quickness

          Skill #4: Turning

          • Quick forward two foot turn
          • Quick backward 2 foot turn
          • Forward 360° turn with steps

          Skill #5: Jumping

          • Backward 2 foot jump with glide

          EXTREME SKILL OPPORTUNITY

          • Fast forward perimeter stroking (clockwise/counterclockwise)

          Juicy Fruits

          *Registration for Fall 2024 begins in August*

          Juicy Fruits is the fourth and final level at Little Lemons where skaters have the opportunity to refine the skills they have developed. In a fun and welcoming environment, skaters are encouraged to work towards the next step of their skating careers, whether that be for figure skating, competitive skating, hockey, ringette, or just to have fun.

            The Juicy Fruits program works towards developing the following skills, and after the successful completion skaters should feel comfortable with the following skills and techniques!

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            Stability

            Skill #1: Skating Forward

            • Forward crosscuts (clockwise/counterclockwise)
            • Forward inside slalom course
            • Forward outside slalom course

            EXTREME SKILL OPPORTUNITY

            • Forward drag with glide

            Skill #2: Spins & Spirals

            • Forward spiral

            Skill #3: Hockey & Ringette

            • Forward drop down & get up while moving
            • Forward “V” start acceleration
            Composure
            • Stop
              • Bwd 1/2 or full snowplow stop
            • Skate Backwards
              • Bwd circle thrusts CW / CCW
              • Bwd 2 foot slalom
              • Bwd consecutive push/ glide sequence
            • Speed
              • Skate goal line to blue line in 7-9 seconds
            • Extreme
              • Bwd 1 foot glide
              • Fwd 1 foot glide blue line to blue line
            Quickness

            Skill #7: Turning

            • Forward 180° 1 foot turn, small curve (FI/FO)
            • Backward 360° turn with steps

            Skill #8: Jumping

            • Forward 180° 2 foot jump
            • Backward 180° 2 foot jump

            Skill #9: Spins & Spirals

            • 2 foot spin
            • 2 foot sit spin

             

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            Please fill out the form below with you and the student’s information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

            *Registration Fee for all classes $20

            Program Assistance

            Little Lemons Sports has an incredible history of working with corporate partners for the betterment of our clients. If you cannot afford to place your kids in sports programs these two fantastic organizations can assist.

            Click on the link and you will be directed to potential assistance for your child’s classes.

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            Little Lemons Safety Reminders

            At Little Lemons we take the safety of our skaters very seriously. Ensuring that our skaters understand how to keep themselves and others safe is of utmost importance, and we begin teaching safe and positive skating habits from their first day on the ice. However, we also need your help as a parent to make sure that your little skaters understand and respect the rules, and are prepared and ready to help our classes run smoothly.

            Little Lemons Safety Reminders

            At Little Lemons we take the safety of our skaters very seriously. Ensuring that our skaters understand how to keep themselves and others safe is of utmost importance, and we begin teaching safe and positive skating habits from their first day on the ice. However, we also need your help as a parent to make sure that your little skaters understand and respect the rules, and are prepared and ready to help our classes run smoothly.
            Parent's Safety Checklist

            Before each lesson skaters (with the help of parents) should:

            1. Be at the gate on time so that the instructor can lead each child one by one to the ice (keep in mind we only have 30-minute sessions).
            2. Check that skates are sharp and laced up properly.
            3. Be wearing gloves, long pants or tights, and a light sweater or jacket.
            4. Ensure that their helmet is certified.
            5. Parent must wear skates on ice.
            Little Lemon's Safety Checklist

            Throughout every lesson, our coaches do their best to ensure your little skater’s safety. Our instructors are experienced at encouraging children of varying ages to practice safe skating habits and preventing collisions during lessons. Some of the precautions Little Lemons’ coaches take to protect our skaters are:

             

            1. Name tags are given out during the first session and are skaters are required to wear them to identify the child.
            2. On the ice, our instructors explain the importance of being cautious with blades and toe picks to avoid the danger of running over fingers.
            3. Constant reminders will be given during lessons to form safe habits in the skaters when practicing unsafe behaviour.

            Discover your sports passion.

            Be Your Best Self.

            Please register your child at the appropriate level for their abilities.
            We reserve the option to move children to a level most suited for them if needed.