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Learn to Skate


YAIA offers two six-week sessions for Learn-to-Skate. Classes are held three times per week through each six-week session.  These classes are designed to teach the fundamentals of skating so individuals can continue on as a hockey player, figure skater or recreational skater.

The primary program goal is for every skater to correctly learn all the skills introduced in a level before advancing to the next level.

Please have your child dress warm for their lessons.  Snow pants, winter coats, mitten or gloves and have them wear high socks so the skates do not rub on their skin causing blisters.

Shawn Weber

Shawn Weber

Learn to Skate Coordinator

Phone: 605-691-0026

Cost - FREE!  -- Includes rental of skates and helmet.
Thanks to a gracious donor, we are offering our first session of the 2019-20 Learn-to-Skate Program for Free!

Session 1: October - December

Session 2: January - February

Class times:
   Monday - 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
   Wednesday - 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
   Saturday - 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Helmets will be required.  Skaters may either use their own helmets or use helmet provided by the rink.  A bike helmet or hockey helmet may be worn. 

Skaters will have the option to use their own skates or use skates provided by the rink.  Either Hockey skates or Figure skates may be worn.

There is an $80 equipment deposit that is required for the participants borrowing gear. The deposit check will be held until the equipment is returned at the end of the session.

OPEN SKATE:  Each skater will get 5 free admission passes to open skate as long as they bring their skates.  When you come, please let the City’s open skate attendant know that you are with the Learn to Skate Hockey program and they will mark you down.

If NO school in Yankton due to bad weather, we will not have Learn to Skate lessons.

Please check the website for accurate times and days since some Saturdays and Sundays might have hockey games scheduled during the regular open skate times. Days may be added when Yankton Public does not have school .

Recent Learn to Skate News

You are Invited to Summer Picnics

By YAIA 05/20/2019, 8:30am CDT



The YAIA Vision Committee invites you and your family to join us for some off-season fun and friendship!

The YAIA Board will be providing hot dogs for this potluck-style picnic. Please bring a side dish to share in addition to beverages for your own family.

We understand the summer is a busy time, and we have chosen different days of the week to attempt to accommodate as many schedules as possible. We hope you can join us! The dates and times are listed below.


Picnic #1:

Saturday, June 15th

Pierson Ranch (PSH-1)

Time: 4 pm

Pierson Ranch has tennis, soccer, baseball, and basketball courts nearby, so bring balls, frisbees or your child’s hockey stick and street hockey pucks.


Picnic #2

Thursday, August 8th

Riverside Park (Shelter 3)

Time: 6 pm

Riverside Park has a terrific playground that the younger kids will love and lots of open space to run around!


Picnic #3

Late September.

Date and location: TBD


Questions? Contact

Shawn Weber 605-691-0026

Karen Schleiger 970-481-9097


***The Vision Committee is seeking volunteers to join the Social Committee! So those of you who like to plan or just know how to party… put those skills to work! Let us know if you are interested

Area Skaters Place at Sioux Falls

By Submitted 04/05/2019, 7:30am CDT

Several Yankton skaters competed in the Sioux Falls figure skating competition March 22-23. Placewinners include (front) Taylor Larson (2nd, Team Ensemble), Nora Schramm (2nd, Team Ensemble), Brooklynn Bentley (5th, Delta; 2nd, Solo Comp. Delta; 3rd, Lt. Ent. Spot Delta; 4th, Stroking Delta; 1st, Char Spot Delta; 2nd, Team Ensemble), (back) Adison Uhall (5th, Stroking Delta; 3rd, Solo Comp. Delta; 2nd, Char. Spot Delta; 4th, Delta; 2nd, Team Ensemble), Hailee Privett (5th, Open FS Silver; 3rd, Rhythmic Hoop Silver; 2nd, Lt. Ent. Spot. Silver; 4th, Artistic Silver; 2nd, Team Ensemble), Eva Paulson (1st, Footwork Bronz; 2nd, Solo Comp. FS3; 1st, Stroking FS3; 2nd, Open FS Bronze; 2nd, Team Ensemble) and Alivia Berry (3rd, Solo Comp. Beta; 3rd, Stroking Beta; 4th, Beta; 2nd, Team Ensemble).