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09-25-2013, 11:54 AM
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I think it may be rink dependent. When I started my son, I put him right into a learn-to-play clinic as it is essentially a learn-to skate anyway, for those who can't skate. The advantage was that he had all of the equipment on so if he fell there wasn't any issue. I think this is a reason for why he accelerated so quickly (i.e. no fear) and has consistently played up levels. In answer to your question, I would ask the rink or instructor putting on the clinic.

In terms of your participation, it is also probably somewhat rink dependent, but if you did not want to participate, my guess is you probably would not need to. I run our learn-to-play clinics, and we always have plenty of instructors available to participate, though we never discourage a parent that wants to participate with their child.

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