Package Ice

Music Uploads

Please use the Music Uploads link to upload your music to each package that you skate. The title should include your skater’s name. If a duet or artistic program is being uploaded, please include that detail in the file name as well. 

Explanation of skating levels

  • Low Freestyle: ½ jumps, single jumps and jump combinations
  • Intermediate FS: all single jumps, lutz-loop comb., working on axel
  • High Freestyle: landing axel from X-overs, working on double jumps
  • Open Freestyle: all levels of skaters will be on the ice at the same time
  • Moves: Moves in the field patterns, no jumps or spins

How To Skate A Package

General Information

  • A video explaining how to skate a package is linked above.
  • There is a lot of different activity on a freestyle session and it requires your special awareness.
  • Skate as if you are crossing a busy street. Look both ways before leaving the boards. Always skate defensively; be on the lookout for other skaters.
  • When not skating, skaters should stay close to the boards or in the player boxes.
  • Do not stand on the ends of the rink: many Moves patterns come very close to the end boards of the rink.

Flow of the Ice

  • Spins should be done in the center of the ice.
  • The ends of the arena are for jumping, or are considered the jump zone, especially the corners. Don’t stand around those areas.
  • Keep moving: standing means someone has to maneuver around you, which can cause an accident.

Skater Right of Way

  • A skater in a lesson has the right of way. Be aware, pay attention and yield the right of way to all skaters that are in lessons.
  • A skater whose program/dance music is being played also has the right of way. Listen to the announcer announce whose program is being played and yield the right of way to this skater. They will also have a sash on while they are skating their program.

Smarter Skater Rules

  • Keep your head up and be aware of other skaters around you. Any personal listening devices such as cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, or anything with headphones are forbidden during package time. Skaters not only need to watch for other skaters but also listen for them.
  • Do not stand around in groups and talk. (A coach/rink monitor may tell you to disperse)
  • If you fall, get up right away. If you are hurt, stay still on the ice until a coach reaches you.
  • Do not stay in one place on the ice. Do not skate on the hockey circle the entire session.
  • Be on time for your sessions, especially after a resurface. Use every minute of your ice time to the maximum. (Instructors appreciate students being on time)
  • Be aware when someone is having a harness lesson. They have the right of way.
  • Stretch before getting on the ice and always be careful stretching on or off the ice so you don’t accidentally kick someone.
  • NO FOOD OR GUM ON THE ICE. Be careful with drinks or the rink may ban them from the ice. Water is the only drink permitted on the ice.
  • Please do not litter or leave anything on the ice. Items left on the ice may severely damage the Zamboni, and it is inconsiderate to others to leave your used tissues along the boards. Used Kleenexes should be placed into your pocket or a small baggie for disposal.
  • Skaters are required to fill holes, chips, and gouges in the ice at the END OF EACH SESSION. Please use the bucket at the Zamboni end to FILL THE HOLES.
  • Be kind to one another both on and off the ice
    • Say, “excuse me”, if you can see that another skater does not see you coming.
    • Say, “I’m sorry” when you accidentally get in someone else’s way, especially if they had the right of way. (It does happen sometimes).
  • Skate with common sense!

Everyone has the same right to skate every session. Everyone has paid the same fee. But also, everyone shares the same responsibility to skate safely and be aware of others on the ice.

Ice Rink Package Management

Rink Monitors

As the Rink Monitor, you are the “adult in charge” during the ice time package. You are responsible for:

  • Arriving a few minutes early, reporting to the “music playing box”, signing in the log book and getting prepared to organize skater CDs before the package begins
  • Taking attendance for the skaters in the package
  • Playing CDs for the skaters
  • Telling the skaters to move off the ice, into the boxes, if they need to talk
  • Reminding skaters to stay out of the way of skaters receiving lessons or the skater whose music is being played
  • Providing any first aid that may need to be administered. There is a first aid kit located in the locked CIFSC box, as well as baggies which can be filled to be used as ice packs. There is also a list of emergency contact numbers for all CIFSC skaters located in the box in the back of the 3-ring binder.
  • Please contact a board member if there are any problems that you feel need to be addressed.

Be sure to check the Rink Monitor Schedule — the schedule can be found on the CIFSC website and in the package binder at the rink. You will be charged $20 for each no-show. BOTH PARENTS listed on the schedule MUST show up for rink monitor duties; if one parent is needed for an emergency, the other can keep CDs playing.

If the date you are scheduled for doesn’t work out for you, you may switch with another parent. Please notify the Rink Monitor Coordinator if you switch dates with someone. Also, be sure to sign-in if you filled in for someone who was a no-show so you can receive credit for doing so.

CD Playing Procedures

  • During the first couple of minutes of the package, skaters will give you their CDs and then warm-up on the ice. Organize the CDs in the order in which they were received to skate. Please be sure to never SLIDE the CDs across the table as they scratch easily.
  • After 5 minutes of warm-up, using the microphone, announce the first skater’s CD to be played and also the skater who is next in order. Example: “Heather Smith is up; Maggie Jones is on deck.”
  • Skaters must wear a sash when their music is being played. When the skater is in the ready position, start the CD and get the “on deck” skater’s music ready. The skater “on deck” should put on a sash as soon their name called, so as to be ready when the previous skater’s music ends. Please do your best to change discs quickly as it will allow more opportunities for each skater to skate their program.
  • Once a skater begins the program (except during a lesson), the CD cannot be stopped and restarted, unless there are technical difficulties.
  • Three minutes prior to the end of the package — please announce that pick holes must be filled. Announcement: ALL skaters please fill pick holes.
  • Return the CDs to their cases and return to the skaters at the end of the package.
  • If you are the last package of the evening, please return the binder, CD case, CD player and sashes to the CIFSC box and lock the box.
  • If there are no skaters needing music to be played, personal music may be played as long as the music does NOT include any inappropriate language.