Once new skaters familiarize themselves with our program, usually a few months in, we encourage them to participate in their first competition. There are several competitions over the course of a season that are open to skaters of all abilities. Often times you'll see hockey and figure skaters competing at the novice level where no skillset is required to participate. It is proven that with repeated competition skaters gain an extra edge that can't necessarily be garnered at practice. The only thing better than racing on a regular basis is racing with teammates.
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