Ohio University

Skating Programs

Bird Ice Arena Programming Update

All Bird Ice Arena programming, special events, and rentals are postponed until Spring 2021- Including: Rec Skate, Freestyle & Lessons, Drop In Hockey, and the Bird Arena Hockey League (BAHL)

Learn to Skate

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Recreational Skate Sessions

Rec Skate ice times are open skating sessions available to all experience levels and ages. There is no registration required- entry fees can be found on the Fees and Memberships page and must be paid at the Front Desk before entering the ice. 

Before attending, please review the Rec Skate Policies and Procedures Bird Arena staff will be available on the ice for any assistance. Helmets and Rental Skates (additional fee) will be available at the Front Desk. For more information or accommodations, call 740-593-4676 or contact campus.recreation@ohio.edu!

  • Rec Skate Times
    • Tuesdays- 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays- 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
    • Saturdays- 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
    • Sundays- 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Freestyle Skate Sessions

Freestyle ice time is for scheduled private one-on-one lessons & independent skilled skating. Freestyle sessions allow skaters extra practice time to fine-tune their skills. Skaters can work independently on various skills or receive a scheduled private lesson by an outside instructor.

Skaters below the level of Basic 4 must be in a lesson with an instructor in order to skate during Freestyle ice times. For more information on Learn To Skate USA’s Basic Skill Levels, visit the Basic Skills- FUNdamentals document here.

Before attending, please review the Freestyle Policies and Procedures. 

Freestyle Skate prices are listed on the Fees and Memberships page. Skaters must purchase 15 minute ice time passes in addition to private lesson fees. Bird Arena staff will be located at the ice to monitor Freestyle times and music. For more information or accommodations, call 740-593-4676 or contact campus.recreation@ohio.edu!

  • Freestyle Times
    • Tuesdays- 5:15 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays- 4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
    • Fridays- 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
    • Saturdays- 11:15 a.m.- 12:45 p.m.
    • Sundays- 1:25 p.m.- 2:45 p.m.

Private Skate Lessons

New for 2020, private lessons must be coordinated by external instructors. Instructors who are interested in providing Private Lessons at Bird Arena can find more information by reviewing our Instructor Handout Document.  For more information or accommodations, call 740-593-4676 or contact skating@ohio.edu!

Skaters looking for a private lesson must coordinate lesson times and payment with an outside coach/instructor. Bird Arena will keep an active list of instructors and contact information for interested participants. Payments for private lessons must be completed directly with your coach/instructor. The 15 minute Freestyle ice time entry fees will be paid at the Front Desk with Bird Ice Arena Staff.

Example- If you have a 15 minute private ice lesson with an outside instructor, you will pay the 15 minute Freestyle entry fee at the Front Desk and will also pay your instructor directly for the lesson.

 

Midnight Meltdown Ice Skating

Midnight Meltdown Rec Skates are late night skating sessions that take place on select Saturdays after D1 Hockey games throughout the hockey season. Rec Skate prices apply. Before attending, please review the Rec Skate Policies and Procedures. Bird Arena staff will be on the ice for assistance.

 

Midnight Meltdown Dates:

January 23: after the OHIO Hockey vs. Stony Brook game
March 13: after the OHIO Hockey vs. Lindenwood game

 

Time: 10:00 p.m. - Midnight
Fee: Rec Skate fees apply. No registration is required- Fees will be paid at the Front Desk. Helmets and Rental Skates (additional fee) will be available at the Front Desk.

For more information or accommodations, call 740-593-4676 or contact campus.recreation@ohio.edu!

Synchronized Skating

Bird Ice Arena is the proud home for the Synchronized Skating Club team. For more information about the Synchronized Skating Club, please email OhioSynchro@ohio.edu or visit the Campus Recreation Club Sports website.

Athens Figure Skating Club

Bird Ice Arena is the proud home for the Athens Figure Skating Club. Check the AFSC on Facebook- @AthensFigureSkatingClub