PATCH CLASS (Learn to Skate)
Patch class runs every Tuesday during school terms from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm. All ages are welcome.
The first 3 lessons are FREE so you can see if you love skating as much as we do!
MEMBERSHIP FEE The annual membership fee for the Upper Hutt Roller Skating Club is $60 for a skater or $30 for a social (non-skating) membership, or $120 per family (living at the same address) Annual membership is from 1st July to 30th June. If you join the club after the 1st January then only 50% of the fee will be charged. As a member you will be given a membership card which must be shown when attending a disco to receive discounted entry.
TERM FEE There is a fee of $55 per skater per term (reduced if more than 3 in family). This fee will be pro-rata if joining during the term i.e. you only pay for the part of the term that you are skating. Paying this term fee allows the skater free entry to the Saturday afternoon and school holiday discos. A Social member must pay a reduced entry fee if they wish to skate at these sessions (please see our Public Disco page for more information. Paying the term fee does not include free entry to our special night time disco as these are a fundraiser for our National and/or International level skaters.
WHAT TO BRING A drink bottle with lots of water. This can be left on the side of the rink so skaters don’t need to leave the rink to get a drink.
Wear suitable clothing – no jeans or any tight clothing as this can restrict movement and make skating difficult.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARRIVE Please make sure skaters come to the desk to register their name as soon as they arrive. Any child under 14yrs must have an adult accompany them to and from the rink.
Arrive about 5.15 – 5.25 pm to get your skates on and be ready for when Patch starts. All Patch skaters and families must stay on the desk side of the rink and do not cross the rink until Patch starts. You may see some skaters cross the rink but these are skaters who are privately coached and hold a full or part card.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM PATCH You will start in the Pre-Patch grade. Once the coach feels the skater is ready they will be taken to Patch One. Each Patch has certain jumps, moves etc. and once the skater has mastered them they will be tested and if they pass they will move onto the next Patch. There is no time limit on how long each person is in Patch.
Twice a term there will be Patch testing for those who the coaches’ feel are ready to pass their level and the following week we will have a Patch Meeting held just before the end of Patch. It is important that all parents come to these as we give out information for upcoming events and also present certificate to those who passed their Patch level.
In December we hold our Club Champs Competition and this is open to all skaters who are UHRSC members. Each Patch group will be taught a routine and more information will be given out closer to the time.
Once signed up each family will be expected to help out with the Saturday afternoon disco’s a couple of times during the year. You will always be rostered on with experienced club members. We will also require help with school holiday discos. These are very important as our major fundraiser to help cover the cost of the club and for us to be able to keep our fees at a reasonable cost for our skaters.