The Pittsfield FSC

Q.  When does the season start and end?

A.  The PFSC season begins October 1st and ends early March with our annual ice show concluding the season.  However, each program and type of session will vary by length and days during the season.  Please see Registration Form for further information.

Q.  Does my child have to start lessons right away?

A.  No.  There is rolling admission for all lessons.  If the child enrolls late for the start of a regular session, the lesson fees will be prorated.  The Intro to Hockey and Intro to Figure Skating is a consecutive five week session and can begin any time before the end of December. 

Q.  What is the cost, dates, times and duration for each session?

A.  Varies by program and type of session.  Please see Registration Form 

Q.  My child has never skated before; do they need to know how to skate before signing up?

A.  No. We welcome new beginners of any age to skate.

Q.  My child skated in the Intro to Figure Skating (or Intro to Hockey) last year, can I sign her up again for the Intro session?

A.  No, she would need to sign up for a regular season session.  The Intro programs are only for children who have never skated with this club.

Q.  My child finished skating the 5 weeks of Intro to Figure Skating (or Intro to Hockey) this season.  Can she continue with another 5 week Intro session?

A.  No, but at this point the skating lessons can continue by purchasing a Basic Skills (or Hockey) session.  The cost will be prorated and the membership fee waived for the first year.

Q.  My child finished skating in the Intro to Figure Skating (or Intro to Hockey), and heard that there is a skating show.  Can my child skate in the show?

A.  Yes, but they will need to continue with lessons and join a Basic Skills session at their level.  The cost of the session will be prorated.  There are additional costs associated with show participation not included in the lesson fee:  show participation fee, costume fee, and show tickets.

Q.  My child is not interested in participating in the show and would just like lessons, what program should she sign up for?

A.  Intro to Figure Skating or Hockey (if new to Club) or Basic Skills Short Season.

Q.  Do you offer financial aid/assistance?

A.  While the Club does not offer direct financial aid, it does offer assistance to offset costs by providing the child with a fundraiser.  If you participate in the Summer/Fall fundraiser, credit will be applied to the billing for the final payment unless you have sold enough to cover the entire cost of your PFSC bill.  If your fundraising total exceeds your bill, the difference or credit will be given to PFSC.

Q.  Do you rent skates?

A.   No, however, there is a PFSC Boutique that sells gently used skates at a discounted price.

Q.  Do you offer Adult Skating Lessons?

A.  Yes.  Here are the different options:

Group Lessons – with other adults offered same day as Basic Skills: Tuesday evenings or Sunday afternoons, and Friday evenings.  First time adult skaters can also sign up for the 5 week Intro to Figure Skating on Tuesdays and Sundays.

OR if these times/days do not work:

Private Lessons – purchase time on the ice either during a General session or an “Ice Only” session and hire a Coach for lessons.
Semi-Private Lessons – along with other adults, split the cost of ice and coaching fees during a General or “Ice Only” session.

Q.  Do Adults skating for the first time need a USFS level PFSC membership or a Basic Skills level PFSC membership?

A.  First time Adult Skaters can have a Basic Skills membership.

Q.  If someone is signing up for an "Ice Only" session, do they still need a PFSC membership (based on level) and a B&G Club Badge (except Adults do not need a B&G Badge)?

A.  Yes, please see the fees pages on our website. 

Q.  What should my child wear for skating lessons?

A.  For first time skaters in our Intro and Basic Skills lessons, warm winter clothing is highly recommended: winter coat, hat, gloves or mittens, snow pants or warm pants.  Head protection is also high recommended: bike helmet or hockey helmet.  For more advanced skaters, warm clothing is at the discretion of the parent and/or skater.  The rink is kept at freezing temperatures.  Skaters need to use discretion and keep warm to avoid exposure to the cold which can cause distraction or bodily harm.

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